History

A timeline of US women's labour history, 1824-2009

An interesting selective timeline of women's and women's labour and union struggles in the US.

The occupation of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, 1979 - Steven Johns

A short account of a sit in at the Swedish health board by LGBT activists in 1979 which successfully pressured the government to remove the designation of homosexuality as a mental illness. It also sparked myths of a widespread "phoning in gay" protest.

Gay in the gulag

Historical information about the repression of gay men in the Soviet Union in the wake of the government's re-criminalisation of homosexuality in 1933, after its decriminalisation in 1922. Trigger warning for sexual violence.

The No Gun Ri massacre, 1950

A short history of one of the biggest mass killings of civilians by US ground troops, the No Gun Ri massacre, which took place during the Korean war on 26 July, 1950.

Egalitarian social organisation: the case of the Mbendjele Bayaka - Jerome Lewis

It would be absurd to try to return to the social relations of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. But these social relations lasted for 100,000 years in the most successful anarchist-communism experiment in history. So there must be something to learn from hunter-gatherers. The pygmies of Central Africa traditionally live in ways that come closest to the ways prehistoric hunter-gathers may have lived. This article is one of the most recent studies of the way African pygmies maintain egalitarian social relations and so make anarchist-communism work.

Shays' rebellion, 1786

Soldiers opened fire on rebels

A short history of the "Shays' rebellion" in Massachusetts in the wake of the American Revolution, in which many poor farmers and war veterans attempt to shut down the state's courts in protest at the debt burden on veterans and high taxes on farmers.

The Northwood and Pinner hospital occupation, 1983

The Northwood and Pinner hospital, occupied

A very short history of the occupation of the small Northwood and Pinner hospital in London, which successfully prevented its proposed closure.

The Hayes Cottage hospital occupation, 1983

Hayes Cottage hospital, occupied by the workers

Historical information about and images from the occupation of Hayes Cottage hospital by its workers, who took over the establishment and ran it collectively when it was faced with closure in 1983.

Lesser Known Wobblies series

Lesser Known Wobblies series

A series of short biographies of members of the IWW who aren't as remembered as some of the more famous names.

Remembering Spain: Italian anarchist volunteers in the Spanish civil war - Umberto Marzocchi

Umberto Marzocchi speaking, wearing a hat, jacket and tie

Marzocchi supplied arms to Spanish anarchists at the start of the Spanish Revolution and fought on the Aragon front from October 1936 until 1937. This is his account , covering the counter-revolution of May 1937 in Barcelona and the Communists’ murder of Camillo Berneri, published in this expanded second edition with a timeline of Marzocchi’s life from "Umanita Nova".