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Stonewall Was A Riot

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From the pamphlet, Radical Chains: sexuality and class politics, 1999: “The rallying point of the gay liberation movement … the bar riot that ushered in the gay rights movement” … “Stonewall is the emblematic event in lesbian and gay history … Read more

1919 – Ready for Rebellion

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Also posted on the Workers’ Liberty website here. As 1919 began, working-class people in Britain and many other countries looked forward to leaving the Great War behind them and rebuilding their lives. They expected and demanded a better society than … Read more

1919 – Purging the Police

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This would be the year in which the capitalist state rigorously enforced the role of the police, purging them of rebels, ensuring their loyalty and cutting any link between them and the workers’ movement. The events of 1919 shaped the … Read more

1919-2019: Making History

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Also published the Workers’ Liberty website here. The stories of 1919 are historic struggles. But mostly, they failed. Even when they succeeded in heading off a particular attack or winning an advance, they did not succeed in remaking society. Imagine … Read more

1919 – Hands Off Russia!

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Also published on the Workers’ Liberty website here. The British left hailed the Russian revolution in 1917. On 18 January 1919 in London, a mass meeting launched the ‘Hands Off Russia’ campaign to oppose British military intervention in support of … Read more

1919 – Whose Peace?

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Also published on the Workers’ Liberty website here.   11 November 1918 had been merely an armistice. The war would not be officially over until peace terms had been negotiated. The victorious Allied countries began six months of talks in … Read more

1919 – Militarists and Mutineers

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Also published on the Workers’ Liberty website. The ‘Great War’ was finally over. When it had begun in August 1914, the British government predicted that it would be won by Christmas, but it had dragged on for four more years, … Read more

1919 – Throwing off the shackles of Empire

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Also published on the Workers’ Liberty website here.   After Britain and its Allies had won the war, proclaiming themselves champions of freedom and democracy, the people of its imperial possessions stepped up their democratic demand for some of that … Read more

1919 – Divided by Racism

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While workers were angry and willing to fight, too often their anger was aimed at fellow workers of a different colour rather than at the employers and authorities responsible for their exploitation and poverty. Sometimes this occurred in the absence … Read more

1919 – Triple Alliance: Untapped Power

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Also published on the Workers’ Liberty website, here. With engineers and others taking on the employers, the time was ripe for the other bastions of industrial power – the rail workers, miners and transport workers – to join the fray. The … Read more

1919: Strikes, Struggles and Soviets

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A new short book (40 pages + cover), written by Janine Booth and published by Workers’ Liberty. In 1919, inspired by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, British workers took more strike action than ever before. But communists in Britain had … Read more

Scrap All the Anti-Union Laws

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Janine has co-written (with Sacha Ismail and Simon Hannah) this pamphlet for the Clarion magazine, giving a thorough but readable explanation of Britain’s anti-union laws and calling on Labour to carry out its policy to scrap them all. Just two … Read more

Article on ‘Autism in the Workplace’ guide

This article – http://www.hrreview.co.uk/hr-news/diversity-news/workplaces-need-to-be-more-autism-friendly/51541 – in HR Review, outlines the usefulness of the ‘Autism in the Workplace guide’ I wrote for the TUC in 2014.

Autism In The Workplace Course

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Autism in the Workplace is a course being run at the Workers’ Educational Association – WEA, Luke Street. This briefing is for union reps, officers and members of all unions on Autism in the Workplace. Fill out the form to register here. The … Read more

Pink Pound Will Not Bring Liberation

The attached article was included in the Workers’ Liberty pamphlet Pink Pound or Red Flag? Socialists and the Fight for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Liberation in 1995.

From Radical Feminism to Lesbian Chic

The attached article was included in the Workers’ Liberty pamphlet Pink Pound or Red Flag? Socialists and the Fight for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Liberation in 1995.

An Autism Glossary

From the TUC handbook, ‘Autism in the workplace’. Asperger syndrome  An autism spectrum condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to others. People with Asperger syndrome usually have fewer problems with language than those with other forms of autism, and … Read more

Autism: Useful Websites

From the TUC handbook, ‘Autism in the workplace’. All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism  Autism Europe Autism Hub (list of autism blogs)  Autistic UK  DANDA (Developmental Adult Neuro-Diversity Association)  National Autistic Society