Radical History Network (RAHN) meeting Wednesday May 7th
POLITICAL POLICING AND SURVEILLANCE
How and why are the police used to try to suppress public dissent and any challenge to the capitalist ‘status quo’?
What tactics have protestors and campaigners developed to successfully defend public rights and struggles for a better society?
Kevin Blowe from Newham Monitoring Project on community campaigns resisting oppressive policing and seeking to hold the police to account.
Dave Morris on London Greenpeace – possibly the most infiltrated group in UK history. Despite that it was a highly effective campaigning organisation – the group initiated the Stop ‘The City’ anti-capitalist mobilisations in the early 1980s, and the global anti-McDonald’s and McLibel campaigns in the ’80s and ’90s.
John Eden on campaigns against police corruption in Hackney in the 80s and 90s.
All welcome to come and share experiences, anecdotes, photos, archive material and general thoughts.
Wednesday May 7th
7.30pm, Wood Green Social Club
3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ (off the High Rd, near Wood Green tube)
Some interesting press articles reproduced over at Anterotesis blog. Both are about people resisting austerity after the first world war: by squatting municipal buildings and via a rent strike in Shoreditch:
In related news there will be a free school on the radical history of World War One on Sunday 18th May at Mayday Rooms, 88 Fleet Street.
Another new upload to the excellent dorlec01 YouTube channel.
This short report covers a lot of ground – the background of the killing of Colin Roach in Stoke Newington Police Station, Hackney teacher Blair Peach being killed by police at an anti-fascist demonstration and of course the general racism and brutality of police in Hackney at the time.
These factors lead to the Hackney Teachers’ Association calling for the Police to be excluded from schools. Their position is summarised in the extremely convincing Police Out of School document which is also available on this site. As you can hear in the report, their proposals were taken up by 18 (about a third) of Hackney’s schools.
The lack of an acknowledgement from police representatives of the deep seated issues in their own force is troubling, but perhaps not surprising: “what has happened to us in the past – is in the past. We must look to the future”.
It’s hard to say in retrospect whether people actually believed that cops spending time disco dancing with kids whose older brothers and sisters still faced daily racism would achieve anything or whether it was a PR stunt. But we do know that serious police brutality and corruption in Hackney continued well into the 1990s.
Some friends and comrades have started work on an initiative to put forward a radical history of the first world war.
There is (inevitably) a blog http://therealww1.wordpress.com/ including a very good “about” page and reading list.
Other activities are planned…
If I get time I will try to put something together on the war and Hackney – any suggestions or contributions would be welcome.
An incredible short documentary about a food co-op providing cheap food to estate residents – and being opposed by local shopkeepers.
Note the copy of Hackney Peoples’ Press on the wall at the 6:57 mark.
The dorlec01 Youtube Channel has a bunch of material of interest, which I’ll return to soon I think!
Radical History Network meeting February 12th 2014
RADICAL AND ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN YOUTH MOVEMENTS
Jazz agers, beatniks, mods & rockers, hippies, punks, ravers, riot girrls, revolting students, 2011 rioters and other youth-influenced movements here and abroad – what did they do to challenge the establishment and to put forward alternatives, and what can we learn from them today?
Wednesday February 12th
7.30pm, Wood Green Social Club
3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ (off the High Rd, near Wood Green tube).
All welcome to come and share experiences, anecdotes, photos, archive material and general thoughts…
Note: Future discussions proposed include:
* Political policing and surveillance, and resistance to it.
* The 1983-4 miners’ strike – 30 years on
* Decent homes for all
* Radical childcare
* Resistance to World War One
Breaking Ground is a documentary film about the London Irish Women’s Centre which was based on Stoke Newington Church street from the eighties until 2012.
I’ve previously covered the film here (including a trailer).
It is showing at The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street E8 2PB at 11:00am, Sunday 23rd February.
Tickets are £6.50/£5.00 and can be bought online direct from The Rio.