In 1921, thirty Labour Councillors in Poplar went to prison to protest at an unfair rating system that penalised poor boroughs. They eventually won their fight. Here are the parting messages from the Councillors (well, most of them, anyway) as printed in the Daily Herald on 1st September 1921, the date that arrests began.
Stuff about the city where I live!
(Swearing appropriate to the tone of the verse)
Why the fuck did you nick my bike?
What have I ever done to you?
Since Eighteen Ninety
In all of its finery
Stood Gibbons the furniture sellers
London’s last such attraction
With cash-only transaction
Until plastic caught up with the fellas
They eventually gave in
To modernity’s whim
With a sign saying ‘We accept Visa’
Through bombings and raids
Gibbons still stayed
Hackney’s very own Tower of Pisa
Janine speaks at a fringe meeting at the National Education Union (NEU) conference. All welcome, whether you are attending the conference or not.
Venue: The Victory, 6 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AH
A public meeting/discussion, organised by Lewisham Workers' Liberty
North London supporters of The Clarion magazine are hosting a meeting with RMT and Hackney Labour activist Janine Booth, author of Guilty and Proud of it! Poplar’s Rebel Councillors and Guardians 1919-1925 (Merlin Press, 2009)
Janine is one of fifty poets who has contributed to this anthology of verse about the Grenfell Tower fire.
Join us at this launch event. Venue: Seven Dials Club, 42 Earlham St, WC2H 9LA.
Poets reading their work: Pat Winslow, Tom McColl, George Szirtes, Neil Reeder, Andrew Dixon, S.O. Fasrus, Peter A. Kelly, Gillian Laker, Caroline Maldonado, Janine Booth, Kevin Higgins, Nick Moss, Myra Schneider, Lindy Newns
Venue: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive, 277 Bancroft Rd, London E1 4DQ.
Free entry. All welcome.
With speakers, refreshments, and copies of the pamphlet available for just £2.50 per copy.
Join Second Home and Words of Colour Productions for an evening in recognition of the tragedy of Grenfell Tower.
There will be a screening On the Ground at Grenfell - which won the Portobello Film Festival 2017 Best Film Award - and hosting a discussion with filmmaker Adrianne McKenzie.