Monday, 16 October 2017

Greener Jobs Alliance Newsletter.

Below is the link to the latest Greener Jobs Alliance Newsletter. Please forward to contacts who want an update on labour movement responses to climate change and progress to a low carbon economy.

Graham (GJA Secretary)

Friday, 13 October 2017

FRACK, FFOS FUNDRAISING & FROLICS : Welcome to the latest Rising Tide Newsletter:-

FRACK, FFOS FUNDRAISING & FROLICS : Welcome to the latest Rising Tide Newsletter:-
21st & 22nd OCTOBER, Saturday & Sunday
Our friends at the camp will need support from London and South East activists! Please come and visit to see the area and find out more about what's happening at the solidarity weekend on 21st & 22nd October, with music from Phat Bollard & (hopefully) Mobius Loop, plus community & activist workshops including: know your rights, dealing with courts, compost toilets, climbing, and more! There are regular trains to Dorking and the camp can normally provide transport from the station (see links).

The South East is under threat from a new wave of unconventional oil extraction. Near Dorking, in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a consortium of companies are preparing to drill for oil on Leith Hill, a beautiful woodland area which is accessed via a steep sunken lane. The Leith Hill Protection Camp was set up to protect the land and began life on the intended drill site. It was evicted over a 2 day operation in June but has moved over the road ready for the next phase. If the oil company's 'traffic management plan' is passed on 18th October, lorries could start coming up the lane pretty soon.

Leith Hill Protection Camp, Redlands Wood, Coldharbour Lane, Holmwood, Surrey, RH5 6HB    
Solidarity Weekend details:
24th October, Tuesday9pm-2am, Volks Nightclub, Brighton Benefit gig 
In April this year a group of people from Earth First!/Reclaim the Power/Rising Tide UK took action against the largest opencast coal mine in the UK. In a very successful action the site was unable to operate for a day. The court case didn't go so well and now they need help in paying a compensation order of £10,000! There are two easy ways you can help. a) contribute or share the crowd funder; and b) come to the gig and dance; to help raise the £10,000 compensation order they were sentenced to pay by the court. We will not stop climate change by continuing to burn dirty coal. We need to shut shit down and keep it in the ground.
To get a ticket, please pay £4 (or more) via the fundraiser page 
Saturday . 28th October, Saturday, 10am to 7pm.
3) RISING TIDE UK STALL AT London Anarchist Bookfair

Come and see us and say hello and sign-up for this Newsletter to get involved if you've not already! Find us in the Hall at Park View School, West Green Road, Tottenham, London, N15 3QR. Nearest Stations are :- Seven Sisters, Manor House and Turnpike Lane. For more information:
That's all for now, see you on the streets.

Love  Rising Tide UK,
  c/o LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, LONDON E1 1ES
  Tel: 07708 794665

Thursday, 12 October 2017

85 year-old Anne Power (Manchester Green Party) being dragged across the road by 3 police officers

Hi, all
No doubt many of you have already seen the photos of 85 year-old Anne Power (Manchester Green Party) being dragged across the road by 3 police officers during this week's Green Monday protests. For those of you who haven't, here it is:

Jenny Jones (Green Party member of House of Lords), who came up for the 25 September Green Monday, has received a parliamentary answer to the question she asked about the 'additional' costs to Lancashire County Council resulting from their policing/facilitating of Cuadrilla's fracking site: it amounts to a staggering £3.1 million! This £3.1m bill is MORE than this year's increase in council tax raised, and the answer confirms that Lancashire council tax payers will pick up the bill for the Welsh and Somerset police. Encouragingly (as regards Labour's anti-fracking stance), Labour's Shadow Spokesperson in the House of Lords, for Home Affairs, also asked a supplementary question about this. Jenny has called for "the police to scale back the operation and [instead] provide minimal policing of the operation, so that police officers can get back to protecting the public rather than harassing protestors." You can read more about this on Jenny's latest blog:

Before Anne's dramatic first-hand experience of current policing methods, about 30 protesters had heard speeches from:

Romayne Phoenix (New Lucas Plan Group, & former Chair/Co-Chair of the Coalition of Resistance and The People's Assembly), who spoke about the denial of democracy over fracking in particular, and on other more general issues

Alan Williams (Reclaim The Power) and

Martin Porter (Manchester Greenpeace).

REMINDERGreen Monday 16 October

So far, we have no confirmed speaker(s) for this week's Green Monday - but do turn up in numbers, as you never know what's likely to happen! One possibility is Adam Ramsay (Co-Editor of openDemocracy; he also works for Bright Green), who has promised to come in the VERY near future (train times awaiting confirmation:


Forthcoming 'Green Mondays' & other protest days at PNR:
As well as next Monday, and the on-going daily protests at PNR - which now include the regular & very successful 'White Wednesdays' and 'Trade Union/Red Fridays' - here is advance notice of:
1. Monday 23 October: 4 dance teachers, who are also members of Ludus Dance (Lancashire's leading dance development charity), will be making a visit to the site's gates to perform some of their entertaining dances:

2. Monday 30 October: Siân Berry (London Green Party Councillor) will be the main speaker:
Siân Berry (front right) protesting against air pollution in London, during her campaign in the recent London Mayoral election.
3. Wednesday 1 NovemberThis 'White Wednesday' protest is DEFINITELY one to attend! Emma Thompson and Natalie Bennett (AND possibly Bianca Jagger, Vivienne Westwood ) will be there!

So it's definitely another date for your diary!! 'Green' women (Green Party, Greenpeace, FoE, etc) are particularly urged to bring banners to this event. 

Practical details:
1. For this White Wednesday, the meeting time at Maple Farm is from 9.30am, with SILENCE at the gates at 11.00am EXACTLY!

2. Those who can't make it to Preston New Road that day are requested to gather at sites of importance/town centres in their nearest town, in order to still be part of this 'Women's Call for Calm'. PLEASE wear white - and hold a few minutes' silence at 11.00am, to coincide with that at PNR.


All the best 
Allan Todd
Membership Secretary
Allerdale & Copeland Green Party

Tuesday, 3 October 2017




1. Housmans Peace Diary is now available
2. Special late night openings with 20% discount
3. Anarchist Bookfair + FiLiA (previously Feminism in London)

4. HOUSMANS PEACE DIARY LAUNCH: ‘The Women's Peace Crusade 1917-1918’ with Alison Ronan
5. ‘We're Queer And We Should Be Here: The perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan’
with Darryl Telles
6. Veterans for Peace Present: ‘The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World’ with Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro

7. ‘The Last London’ with Iain Sinclair
8. ‘Out of his struggles - the poems of Kosuke Shirasu’ with Bruce Barnes, and reader Akiko Shindo

9. Peace News present: ‘1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution’ with Milan Rai
10. Peace education poetry event with the poet Anthony Owen 11. Left Book Club Present: ‘Student Revolt:  Voices of the Austerity Generation’ with Matt Myers 
12. ‘The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation’ with Ian Cobain in conversation with Wail Qasim 
13.  ‘Building Better Societies: Promoting social justice in a world falling apart’ with Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS14. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
15. Feminist Sci-fi Book Club at Housmans
16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group


1.  Housmans Peace Diary 

Housmans Peace Diary is now available for purchase in the shop and by post. For those of you who have already pre-ordered the diary, we shall starting posting out your copies early next week. As ever it's in a pocket format, with a week to a view, and gives notable dates and anniversaries as well as a weekly quotation. It includes calendars, a forward planner for 2019 and space for notes. This year's cover designer is Kate Evans.

The retail price of the Housmans Peace Diary is unchanged for the 2018 edition at £8.95. You can pay by debit or credit card using the Paypal buttons here, or you can send a cheque for the amount shown on our website (in UK Pounds only) to Housmans.  Also look out for the launch event on 4th October in the listings below!

2. Special late night openings with 20% discount
We’re pleased to announce that in the run up to Christmas, we’ll have four special late night openings:

Tuesday 31 October, 6.30 to 8.30pmWitchy Night with 20% discount on all purchases between 6.30 and 8.30pm. You can find more information here.
-Thursday 23 November, 6.30 to 8.30pm: Special student evening with 20% discount, a beer and a tote bag for all students.
-Thursday 14 December, 6.30 to 8.30pm: late night Xmas shopping.
-Thursday 21 December, 6.30 to 8.30pm: late night Xmas shopping.

3. Anarchist Bookfair + FiLiA (previously Feminism in London)
Two big events for your diary – catch Housmans at both! For full details check the links:


‘The Women's Peace Crusade 1917-1918’ with Alison Ronan 
Wednesday 4th October, 7pm – Free Entry

To celebrate the launch of this year’s Housmans Peace Diary we welcome  Dr Ronan to tell the lesser-known tale of the antimilitarist, socialist and internationalist Women’s Peace Crusade, which spread like wildfire across the country during the last years of the First World War.
click here for more info

5. ‘We're Queer And We Should Be Here: The perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan’
with Darryl Telles 
Friday 6th October, 7pm – Free Entry
Darryl Telles discusses his personal experiences of homophobia and racism as a football fan,  and his wider campaign work to change the culture around and within football.  Darryl will be joined by football journalist Anthony Clavane.
click here for more info

6. Veterans For Peace Present: ‘The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World’ with Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro
Monday 9th October, 7pm – Free Entry

Veterans for Peace UK host the launch of The Internationalists which tells the provocative history of the men who fought to outlaw war and how an often overlooked treaty signed in 1928 was among the most transformative events in modern history.
click here for more info

7. ‘The Last London’ with Iain SinclairWednesday 11th October, 7pm

Housmans are proud to welcome seasoned London chronicler Iain Sinclair on the publication of his latest book The Last London, an angry, poignant and frequently hilarious elegy to a London that Sinclair feels has lost its soul.
**Please note this is a ticketed event. To attend this event, you must book tickets in advance here.
click here for more info

8. ‘Out of his struggles - the poems of Kosuke Shirasu’ with Bruce Barnes, and reader Akiko Shindo
Friday 13th October,7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Kosuke was born in Tokyo, and worked as a journalist and pamphleteer. His involvement in the Japanese Communist was reflected in his work in Akita City producing and circulating a newsletter for local workers as well as documenting the farmers’ riots against local landowners. His poems are influenced by European styles of free verse and often explore multiple perspectives; however his main concern appears to be a desire to record the day to day experience of workers in struggle.   click here for more info

9. Peace News present: ‘1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution’ with Milan Rai
Wednesday 25th October, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Milan Rai highlights the crucial role of mass nonviolent action in the Russian Revolution, and focuses attention on the grassroots workers' revolution that was crushed by Lenin.
click here for more info

10. Peace education poetry event with the poet Anthony Owen Thursday 2nd November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

A participatory evening of poetry with Anthony Owen, inspired by his experiences of growing up during the Cold War, and travelling to Hiroshima in 2015 to hear testimonies of atomic-bomb survivors.
click here for more info

11. Left Book Club Present: ‘Student Revolt:  Voices of the Austerity Generation’ 
with Matt Myers 
Wednesday 8th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Left Book Club launch their most recent title Student Revolt: Voices of the Austerity Generation which focuses on the 2010 student protests. Author Matt Myers will be discussing his experience as a participant and reflecting on the lessons that can be learned from the movement.
click here for more info

12. ‘The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation’
with Ian Cobain in conversation with Wail Qasim 

Wednesday 15th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
From the birth of the first Official Secrets Act in 1889 to present times, investigative journalist Ian Cobain takes a look at the history of the British Government’s clandestine bureaucracy and its political impact on the nation.
click here for more info

13.  ‘Building Better Societies: Promoting social justice in a world falling apart’
with Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow

Wednesday 22nd November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

What would it take to make society better? For the majority, conditions are getting worse and this will continue unless strong action is taken. This book offers a wide range of expert contributors outlining what might help to make better societies and which mechanisms, interventions and evidence are needed when we think about a better society.
click here for more info


14. The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles

Housmans has a monthly book club which usually meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm in the shop. Forthcoming titles under discussion are:

Thursday 12th October
‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel tells the story of a young enslaved woman as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

Thursday 9th November Four Futures: Life After Capitalism’ by Peter Frase
Frase imagines how a post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism might actually entail.
If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.comThe Fuse has its own web page with more info here:

15. Housmans Feminist Sci-fi Book Club
Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, parthenogenesis, feminist militias, reproductive dystopias, cyborg families, and more at the new Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club! Join us at the bookshop on the first Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm, starting Thursday June 1st. All genders welcome. Please bring drinks or snacks to share.
Thursday 5th October: ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman
Thursday 2nd
 November: ‘The Bees’ by Laline Paull

Book Club books available at 20% discount from Housmans. Any questions please email Hannah on 

16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

Housmans has a regular Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group, who meet on the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome, but please be prepared to join in the discussion. Please try to turn up by 7pm sharp. 

We sometimes take a break over the summer - this year we’ll be taking a break from the regular meetings for two months – August and September. When we’re back in the autumn, our plans for OCTOBER and NOVEMBER are to discuss NONVIOLENCE AND SPORT, and to revisit NONVIOLENT ACTIVISM – CONSCIENCE, CONVENIENCE AND COMPROMISE. See you then!

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

'New Scientist Live' sponsored by Shell

Campaign against Climate Change

8:33 AM (1 hour ago)
to me
Dear all
The 'New Scientist Live' festival might catch the eye of anyone interested in science and climate change. But browsing the website for the event reveals that they have chosen as a sponsor (for the Earth Zone no less) Shell, one of the fossil fuel companies whose activities are endangering the very biodiversity the event is celebrating. This is in clear contradiction of New Scientist magazine's professed position on climate change. Further browsing reveals BAE Systems as another major sponsor, one sure to raise eyebrows among anyone aware of this arms company's contribution to the ongoing tragedy in Yemen.
We have joined with other campaign groups and organisations to oppose these sponsorship deals, with a joint statement below and a petitionwhich you can sign and share, calling on New Scientist to adopt an ethical sponsorship policy for future events, including avoiding companies whose core business exacerbates conflict or climate change.
And if you're around this Thursday morning, do join us as the exhibition opensFacebook event
Thanks for your support!

"This Thursday, 'New Scientist Live' will open at London's ExCel Centre, described excitingly by its organisers as 'a festival of ideas and discovery'. But New Scientist has had a particularly bad idea already – the festival will be prominently sponsored by Shell, a major oil company that has funded attempts to undermine climate science, and BAE Systems, an arms company that willingly sells weapons to repressive regimes. By associating their brands with this family-friendly event, these irresponsible companies will deflect attention from their many environmental and human rights impacts around the world.
With no hint of irony, Shell will sponsor the 'Earth Zone', attaching its brand to discussions about climate change. Meanwhile, it is out exploring for new sources of oil and gas around the world – fossil fuels that we can't afford to burn if we are to prevent devastating climate change. And BAE Systems will be branding the 'Engineering Zone' and guarantees that visitors will 'learn something new and exciting'. But will they learn the reality behind this dangerous arms company, and how its weapons are playing a central role in Saudi Arabia's bombardment of Yemen? By signing these sponsorship deals, New Scientist is giving these unethical companies a social legitimacy they just don't deserve.
With big names from the fields of science, engineering and the arts set to appear – from astronaut Tim Peake to author Margaret Atwood – Shell and BAE Systems are set to clean-up their brands by buying into the reputation of others. In a world facing record-breaking extreme weather and numerous wars, it is essential that major corporations that help fuel this destruction and profit from conflict and repression are not allowed to hide behind the positive reputation of science. New Scientist should take a stand and cut its ties to these sponsors."
Art Not Oil
Campaign Against Arms Trade
Campaign against Climate Change
Scientists for Global Responsibility

Monday, 25 September 2017

Some History Seminars

Some History Seminars (acknowledgements to Steve Cushion)

The Neglected History of the Diverse Victims of Nazism
Merilyn Moos

30 Oct 2017, 17:30 to 19:30
Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, Institute of Historical Research , Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
more details...

Other London Socialist Historians Group seminars:
The Leveller Revolution
John Rees
13th November'Every Cook Can Govern': C.L.R James and the Russian Revolution’
Christian Hogsbjerg
27th NovemberFrom Revolution to Labourism?: Orwell and the Left'
John Newsinger
11th DecemberA History of London’s Housing Crisis
Dave Hill

The next meeting of the Socialist History Society will take place on 21st October at 2pm
 at the Marx Memorial Library.
1917 - The Russian Revolution, Reactions and Impact
It will be the launch of a new SHS occasional publication on the Russian Revolution.

Arguing around Toussaint': The Black Jacobin in an Age of Revolutions

October 4th, 2017 17:30
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square Attendance to this event is free of charge, but registration is required.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Protest at the London Arms Fair

photos by Jay Ginn