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1958 Notting Hill race riots

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Ron Ramdin's history on the 1958 Notting Hill 'race riots', which saw mass racial violence last for several days over a wide area of West London as groups of white people, often Teddy Boys or individuals linked to far-right organisations, would attack black individuals as they walked through the streets or sometimes even at their homes.

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Socialist Dog Catchers (or Presidents) Won’t Save Us

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With Bernie Sanders entering the race to be the Democratic candidate for the 2020 election, Pádraig Sinjun discusses whether diverting resources from grassroots struggles to electoral campaigning is really the way to pursue class struggle.

Instead of “a socialist in every office” much more interesting would be a union in every workplace. A tenant union in every building. A mass assembly in every neighborhood. These are the building blocks for winning victories now and the foundation for a society beyond capitalism and the state. Pádraig Sinjun

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Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence

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Anandi Ramamurthy's history of the Bradford 12 trial, in which twelve members of the United Black Youth League were arrested on conspiracy charges for preparing to defend their community from fascists. Ramamurthy places the trial in the context of the urban riots which swept Britain in the summer of 1981 as well as detailing the solidarity campaign, their bold legal defence and eventual acquittal.

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Five Years in the Warsaw Ghetto - Bernard Goldstein

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Memoirs of life in the Warsaw ghetto from Bernard Goldstein, leader of the Jewish Labour Bund, recounting his underground activities in Nazi-occupied Warsaw such as how he (and the rest of his group) smuggled food, clothing and, eventually, arms into the Jewish ghetto in preparation for one of the most significant anti-Nazi uprisings during World War Two.

Emerging conflicts in the Asian Youth Movements

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Anandi Ramamurthy analyses the emerging divisions within the Asian Youth Movements around the issue of state funding. One faction opted to accept and was slowly absorbed into the functioning of the local state apparatus as individuals made careers for themselves in the Labour Party. Meanwhile, the other faction split off to form the United Black Youth League, opting instead for a more militant path.

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5 times Sabate proved he was Franco’s Public Enemy No. 1

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The life of Francesc Sabaté Llopart, aka ‘El Quico’, reads like the story of an anarchist action film: participating in the Spanish Civil War, the anti-Nazi resistance in France and armed struggle against Franco, Sabaté carried out assassinations of fascists, illegal border crossings across the Pyrenees and armed robberies to fund the resistance.

We are not robbers, we are libertarian resistance fighters. ... We are people who have never and will never beg for what is ours. So long as we have the strength to do so we shall fight for the freedom of the Spanish working class. Francesc Sabaté Llopart aka 'El Quico'

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Call of “Yellow Vests” from Paris east side

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Our vests are no longer road safety suits; they have become a rallying sign to the movement that globally challenges the established order. The reason they twinkle is not to alert the authorities on any emergency or social distress. We didn’t put them to demand something to the Power. The yellow of our vests is not the yellow that is usually attached by the workers’ movement to treachery. The colour of this garment is that of the lava of anger that the volcano of social revolution, which has been dormant for too long, is beginning to spew out again. It is only yellow because it embraces red.

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Racists, Reds and the Revolt on the Clyde, 1919

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The story of a race riot that broke out in Glasgow, during the height of Red Clydeside militancy, when around 30 black sailors were chased out of the hiring yard by a mob of white sailors. Yet, rather than a spontaneous outburst of hatred, it was actually the culmination of nationalist and anti-migrant politics promoted within working-class organisations (such as the Independent Labour Party and the British Seafarers's Union) both before and even after the events.

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