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 give a talk and lead a discussion about Minnie Lansbury, with her new book - Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor - on sale.
Hosted by Labour Political Education Workshop.
Venue: Finsbury Library
As part of Islington Council Libraries' 'Echoes of Hollowy Prison' series of events, Janine speaks about Minnie Lansbury, who spend six weeks in the prison as part of the successful fight against unfair rates, and who died just ten weeks after her release.
Event poster attached.
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)