Minnie Lansbury and the Poplar revolt
My political hero! Minnie Lansbury (nee Glassman) 1889-1922 was the child of Polish Jewish immigrants, who in her short life in the East End of London was a school teacher, suffragette, campaigner for the victims of war, and rebel councillor. She died aged only 32, weakened by a six-week prison spell as one of thirty councillors who refused to collect excessive rates in the impoverished London borough of Poplar.
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.
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)
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.
Be inspired by over 100 years of east London women fighting for change (and winning!)
Join the East End Women's Museum and East End Sisters Uncut for an afternoon of short talks and conversations about the different ways east London women have challenged sexism, racism, exploitation, and injustice then and now. Share your ideas and learn some new ones.
Janine leads a guided walking tour of east London, tracing the life and struggles of Minnie Lansbury, Jewish socialist, suffragette, campaigner for war orphans, communist and rebel councillor.
Meet at Bow Road London Underground station at 6pm ... and finishing up with chillout and chat in Victoria Park.
Janine will be giving this year's George Lansbury Memorial Lecture at a venue in East London.