Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day School: China, World Capitalism and Workers' Resistance

Saturday 28 February 2015
10.30am – 5pm
Central London
Sessions on:
  • The Political Economy of China Today
  • China in the World
  • Labour struggles, the umbrella protests and new movements for democracy
Speakers include:

  • Tim Pringle, lecturer at SOAS and author of Trade Unions in China: The Challenge of Labour Unrest 
  • Jenny Chan, lecturer at Oxford and expert on labour in China and the workers at Foxconn in particular. 
  • Jane Hardy, professor of political economy at University of Hertfordshire and author of Poland’s New Capitalism 
  • Adrian Budd, lecturer in politics at London South Bank University and author of Class, States and International Relations: a critical appraisal of Robert Cox and neo-Gramscian theory
  • For more details and how to book see here
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    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Remembering the Soldiers' Revolt at Christmas

    Good pieces by Adam Hochschild and Chris Fuller on the 100th anniversary of the Christmas revolt in 1914, and how it has been commemorated and commodified.

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    Saturday, December 06, 2014

    The SR/ISJ Index and Bob Cox

    Any socialist or Marxist who has ever made use of the Socialist Review and International Socialism Journal Index - and there must be thousands if not hundreds of thousands internationally who have done so, and learned much in the process by doing so, over the years - will have been saddened to read of the passing of the founder of this invaluable resource, Bob Cox.  RIP.

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    Friday, December 05, 2014

    Open statement of solidarity with Warwick Students occupying against police brutality

    Open statement of solidarity from the Student Assembly against Austerity

    We support the student occupation and ongoing protests at Warwick University in response to police violence, for free education and against fees, cuts and debt. We send out solidarity to all the students concerned and condemn the escalating use of police violence on our campuses.   

    On Wednesday 3 Dec 2014 students at Warwick University were holding a peaceful sit-in protest on campus as part of the national day of action for free education called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and the Student Assembly Against Austerity. They were sat in a circle discussing free education and the university community.

    However, this was met with violence from police and who attacked them using CS spray and drawing tasers.  A number of students were assaulted and injured, and some arrested only to be released without charge later that evening. 

    We support the demands of the students occupying their campus and echo their calls on the University of Warwick management to “support the right to protest and condemn any form of state violence including the use of CS gas and tasers on our campus.”

    This attack on peaceful protesters at Warwick University represents a further ratcheting up of police violence used against student activists following the disgraceful scenes that followed a student occupation at Senate House in December 2013 and those at Birmingham University last year.

    Students and staff should be able to protest against policies and practices with which they disagree. They should be able to take part in protests without fear of attack or the use of tasers or CS gas.  Universities are meant to be places of debate and discussion.  We condemn the actions of the University, the police and security. We support all those students involved and offer solidarity to protests and occupations now taking place. 

    To sign please email info@thestudentassembly.org.uk 

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    Wednesday, December 03, 2014

    Saint Patrick's Battalion (David Rovics)

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Still the Enemy Within

    STEW DVD Spe Ed for website

    Short of ideas for Xmas presents?  Why not pre-order the Still the Enemy Within film about the Great Miners' Strike of 1984-85 on DVD?

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    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Justice for Mike Brown - US Embassy Emergency Protest

    Justice for Mike Brown – US Embassy Emergency Protest 
    5.30pm Wed 26 Nov
    called by Stand up to racism 

    Wed 26 November 5.30pm 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 2LQ

     We condemn the decision of the Grand Jury not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown in St Louis. This comes on the same day that Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy, was shot dead by the police after carrying a toy gun. We call on all those who oppose this injustice to join us at the US Embassy tomorrow for an emergency protest.

     Speakers will include Carol Duggan, aunt of Mark Duggan and Marcia Rigg of the Sean Rigg Justice and Change campaign, anti-racist campaigners and others.

     Diane Abbott MP said:
     “My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Mike Brown. Not only have they lost a loved one but following the Grand Jury’s decision they no doubt feel the strongest sense of injustice, which can only make their pain worse. The anger and disruption that has already followed this decision extends beyond the killing of Mike right to the root of long standing issues with the criminal justice system. Just as in Britain, the Black community in the US has a fraught history with the police. It is one of the reasons I have always been against the arming of police. A recent report has shown that in recent years young black males in the US were 21 times more likely to be shot dead by police than their white counterparts. This is shocking, but inequality in policing is not a new phenomenon. Therefore how can it ever be reasonable to allow police to use deadly force against an unarmed young man? And just this week-end A 12-year-old boy has been shot dead by police in the US as he played with a fake gun in a park. And time and time again no one is held accountable. When yet another unarmed young black man is killed and it is “lawful”, it can be no surprise that black people are questioning how much value these same laws place on their lives"

     Carol Duggan, aunt of Mark Duggan who will be speaking at the event said:
     “Murder is not legitimate. No one should lose their child. Michael Brown has not got justice and neither has Mark Duggan. The Police are there to protect, not to kill our children”

     Marcia Rigg of the Sean Rigg Justice and Change campaign said:
     “My heart goes out to Michael Brown’s family and the community in Ferguson. No Justice No Peace.”

     Zita Holbourne National Co-Chair BARAC UK said:
     "Until there is a balance of powers there will be no balance of the scales of justice. Oppression, institutional racism, inequality, poverty & injustice occur because of a division of rights where black people are treated like third class citizens. As Martin Luther King said, a riot is the voice of the unheard. When will the powers that contribute to injustice be prepared to hear?"

     Aaron Kiely NUS NEC said:
     "We join the family of Mike Brown in calling for an indictment of the officer who shot their son dead. We currently live in a world where young black people can be shot dead on the street with impunity. This has got to stop. No justice, no peace."

     Sabby Dhalu for Stand up to racism said:
     “We fully support the family of Mike Brown. Having seen at first hand the pain of his family in Ferguson. We fully support the family’s call for the indictment. This comes within a day of Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy, being shot dead by US police carrying a toy gun. The cheapness of black lives in the US is a reflection of racism that black communities face at the hands of the police that must be stopped.”

     Weyman Bennett of Stand up to racism said:
     “I went to Ferguson and met Mike Brown’s family. They have our full support justice must be served.”

     for more information contact info@standuptoracism.org.uk https://www.facebook.com/events/742965182457535/

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