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Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence

Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence.

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.

Why Some Like the New Jim Crow So Much

A critique of Michelle Alexander's widely praised book on the prison-industrial system in the United States.

Afro-Blue Notes: The Death of Afro-pessimism (2.0)?

This article examines Wilderson and Sexton’s trending reiteration of an old Euro-imperial pessimism—a perverse “Afro-pessimism (2.0)” in which Africa disappears altogether along with most of the Black diaspora. Its fatalist representation of “slavery” is interrogated for its “Americanism” and Occi-dentalism besides its canonical erasure of Black resistance and Pan-African revolt for white settler state historiographies.

Messianic Troublemakers: The Past and Present Jewish Anarchism - Jesse Cohn

Jesse Cohn looks at the engagement and activities of Jewish people in the international anarchist movement, their involvement in labour struggles, propaganda by deed and their relationship to Jewishness as both a religious and national identity.

Amussu: An Experiment for a Cinema from Below

The villagers of Imider marching against Africa's biggest silver mine.

An indigenous filmmaker's theoretical and practical reflections on the decolonisation of North African cinema, collective filmic narratives, direct action and community-run film production through the upcoming documentary, "Amussu." The film trailer can be viewed here.

Five Years in the Warsaw Ghetto - Bernard Goldstein

Jewish fighters captured in the aftermath of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, 1943.

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.

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - Marek Edelman

Jewish fighters captured during the Warsaw ghetto uprising, 1943.

First-hand account of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, and the increasingly inhumane living conditions imposed on the ghetto by the Nazis in the years leading up to it, told by Marek Edelman, member of the socialist Jewish Labour Bund and co-founder of the Polish anti-Nazi resistance group, the Jewish Combat Organization (ŻOB).

Emerging conflicts in the Asian Youth Movements

United Black Youth League, Bradford.

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.

1892 New Orleans General Strike

White and black dockworkers rest on cotton bales. The general strike was success

An extract from Life in the Teamsters: The Civil Rights Movement documenting an early example of class solidarity in the segregationist southern USA.