UK

Black people in the British empire: an introduction - Peter Fryer

British troops round up suspected Mau Mau resistance fighters

Acclaimed writer Peter Fryer exposes the exploitation and oppression of Britain's colonies, looks at grassroots rebellions and restores black people to their rightful place in Britain's history.

Sylvia Pankhurst reader

Sylvia Pankhurst demonstrating against British policy in India, 1932

An extensive compilation of the political writings of left communist Sylvia Pankhurst on class, women, communism and fascism.

Spain and the world newspaper

Partial archive of Spain and the World, an anarchist newspaper published by Freedom Press in London throughout the course of the Spanish civil war.

WorkersWildWest #4 - Out now!

Issue no.4 of our working class paper for Greenford, Southall, Park Royal area in West London - We distribute 2,000 copies, mainly in front of bigger work-places, but also housing estates and job centres. For workers' self-organisation and an internationalist position.

Who were the Luddites?

Illustration of a Luddite

A brief overview of the Luddite movement: militant textile workers in the UK who fought against job losses and deskilling brought about by the industrialisation of the industry.

The matchgirls strike, 1888 - John Simkin

Annie Besant with the strike committee

A short account of the successful strike in 1888 by thousands of unorganised female workers at the Bryant & May match factory in London.

Undercover police within the social movements

A brief look at the infiltration into political groups by the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), an undercover unit of the British police's Special Branch. The SDS used relationships with women activists to help give credibility to their false identities which were often created with use of dead children's names.

Manifesto - Gay Liberation Front

GLF members in Sussex on Remembrance Day, 1973

The manifesto of the UK organisation the Gay Liberation Front, written in 1971 in London and revised in 1978.

Mémoires - Guy Debord and Asger Jorn

An influential art book by Guy Debord and Asger Jorn, first published in December 1958 by the Copenhagen SI, with a second issue in 1959. Renowned for its sandpaper cover which inspired, among others, the design for the 1980 debut album of the English post-punk band The Durruti Column, 'The Return of the Durutti Column'.

Talking schools - Colin Ward

A comprehensive school in the 1970s

A compilation of 10 talks given by Colin Ward on education from a libertarian and anarchist perspective.