Politics and Protest
This information panel (picture), written by Janine, has been posted by Tower Hamlets Council to accompany the newly-renovated Hale Street mural, which pays tribute to the Poplar councillors. The text is below.
After the ‘Great War’, London’s East Enders lived in extreme poverty.
Blocking folk from getting jabs
Harassing working people
Spouting endless bafflegab
While calling others sheeple
Sharing psychobabble memes
Spurning free protection
This is off so many beams
This isn't insurrection
I too don't trust authority
I want to smash the system
But this is not a just minority
This is not resisting
At 3pm, Janine speaks on a panel about Minnie Lansbury and the Poplar rates rebellion in a seminar taking place immediately before the premiere of a new play on this subject at 5pm.
Venue: RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX
A century ago, in August 1921, Labour Councillor Jack Wooster told crowds demonstrating in support of Poplar's rebel councillors that "Sympathy without relief [the name back then for welfare benefits] is like mustard without beef".
Sympathy without relief
is like mustard without beef
or lettuce without leaf
Published in RMT News, July/August 2021
RMT members have helped to win justice for Osime Brown, a young, black, autistic, learning-disabled man. The union saw this as an issue that deserved our support and solidarity. Janine Booth, Secretary of RMT’s Disabled Members’ Advisory Committee, explains why.
Janine speaks on why and how we should fight anti-strike and anti-union laws, as part of the launch week for Empower the Unions, a new initiative from Earth Strike UK, a group of anti-capitalist activists in the climate movement. The campaign aims to unite environmental activists and trade unionists to resist laws that prevent unions from fighting for the climate.
A classic of Great British humour
caught on candid camera
And everyone likes to see
the bad guy get his comeuppance,
But there is something of
the gangster genre
about it too
where Al Capone is brought down
for his dishonest affairs
not for the cruel and unnecessary deaths on his watch