Janey Stone
Janey Stone
Remembering the battle of Cable Street
Janey Stone

“No English-speaking city has ever seen anything like the scenes which marked this attempted demonstration … Those who like myself had the privilege of taking part in the event will never forget it. For this was one of those great communal acts of a mass of people aroused by a profound emotion or by a sense of outraged justice, which makes history … It was indeed the great epic of the Jewish East End.” – William Zuckerman, a distinguished Jewish journalist

Vale Val Macarow, a tireless campaigner
Janey Stone

Val Macarow, a lifelong activist for many causes, most notably the Movement Against Uranium Mining (MAUM) and the anti-nuclear movement, died on 9 March at the age of 87.

Vale Zelda D’Aprano, a fighter for women’s liberation
Vale Zelda D’Aprano, a fighter for women’s liberation
Janey Stone

Zelda D’Aprano, famous for chaining herself to the railings of the Commonwealth Building in Melbourne in 1969 to demand equal pay for women, died on 21 February, aged 90.

Not the first time refugees have been demonised by the powerful
Not the first time refugees have been demonised by the powerful
Janey Stone

The Western powers lack of interest in refugees from totalitarian regimes is not new.

The radical history of International Women’s Day
Janey Stone

International Women’s Day has become mainstream in recent years. But historically it was a socialist event. Clara Zetkin, a leading member of the German Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the early 1900s, argued that the working class would never win its battles without women and raised the issue of special party work among women. Under her leadership, a working women’s movement grew rapidly in Germany, and the female membership of the SPD rose from 10,500 in 1907 to 150,000 in 1913.

Which side are you on? A tribute to Pete Seeger
Janey Stone

The Victorian Trades Hall Council is flying its flag at half-mast. Their epitaph says it all: “Pete Seeger, your work is your monument”. The Facebook site for the 30th anniversary of the British Miners’ strike is overwhelmed by tributes. All around the world, people are mourning the world’s best known folk singer.

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