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.
Venue: Effra Social, 89 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF
Come to our next meeting of our monthly socialist feminist reading group, hosted by Workers' Liberty members - open to all!
We'll be reading chapter 6 of Janine Booth's new book 'Minnie Lansbury: Suffragette, Socialist, Rebel Councillor', and will be joined by Janine for the discussion!
Janine will be giving an illustrated talk about the life of Minnie Lansbury.
Venue: International Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FN
This is a members-only event, although it is free to join the Nottingham Women's History Group!
A donation of £3 from attendees will help towards refreshments and costs.
Signed copies of 'Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor' will be on sale.
Janine will be speaking about the life of Minnie Lansbury at a day-long event at Peterborough Town Hall as part of the Peterborough Women's Festival.
The event starts at 11am, with speakers from 1pm.
Join Janine and other featured writers at LOOSE MUSE – London’s Premiere Women’s Writers Night.
On this occasion, Janine will be speaking mainly about her book, 'Minnie Lansbury - suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor'.
Venue: The Sun Pub, 21 Drury Lane (on the corner of Betterton Street), London WC2B 5RH – 8.00 p.m. – doors open from 7.30 pm. £6/£5 concessions.
Venue: Unite House, 8 Castle Quay, Nottingham NG7 1FW
Hosted by Nottingham Unite Community, Janine will speak about the life and politics of Minnie Lansbury, with a particular emphasis on her community campaigning.