Four fab free events at the Working Class Movement Library this month…
Counterpower: Making Change Happen - book launch
Wednesday 16th November 2pm free
Activist, Tim Gee, fresh from speaking at Occupy protests in London and Edinburgh, launches his book on how to overthrow the system in zillions of not so easy steps. He looks at everything from the recent revolutions in the Middle East, to the anti-apartheid fights in South Africa,and traces the tactics that protest and revolutionary movements have employed to get rid of rubbish regimes.
The blurb states that the book `argues that effective political change is not won by asking nicely, but by social movements challenging the rule of political and economic elites with organised, bottom-up, collective people-power…' The event is being co-hosted, ironically, by the University of Salford.
The News International Dispute: 25 Years On
18-19 November/ 22-24 November
It's 25 years since Rupert Murdoch transferred production of News International papers from Fleet Street to Wapping, sacking five and half thousand staff and resulting in a massive, violent year-long dispute with media trade unions. Now, hopefully, Murdoch is finally getting his come-uppance via the hacking scandal and a million Select Committee knives. Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke. To see what Murdoch was a capable of, don't miss this archive exhibition 25 years on from where it all began. This is the News International workers' stories.
PLUS ON WEDNESDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 7pm…
Taming The Media Moguls
A public meeting about the Wapping strike with Tony Burke (Assistant General Secretary Unite the Union); Ann Field (Wapping strike organiser); Granville Williams (Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom); Thais Portillo-Shrimpton (Hacked Off! Campaign) and John Bailey (Former union rep on The Sun).
There’s also a guided tour of the exhibition at 6pm on the same night.
Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism and Rebellion In The Garden
Wednesday 30th November 2pm
Can soil be socialist? No idea, so this should be a fascinating talk by George McKay which promises to `show how notions of Utopia, of community, of peace and of activism for progressive social change are practically worked through in the garden'. We always thought that Bill and Ben were anti-establishment anarchists. Can you dig it?
Strawberry Thieves Choir
Friday 25th November 2pm
Nowt to do with the above – or maybe they are…
It's a choir from London performing poetry, prose and songs, telling stories of workers' struggles `from 1649 to the present day'. What happened in 1649? The songs will tell all, no doubt…
Working Class Movement Library
51 The Crescent
Salford M5 4WX
0161 736 3601
Further details www.wcml.org.uk