accounts

Building a community: construction workers in Stevenage 1950-1970

Construction workers in Stevenage

Interesting pamphlet about the workers who built the new town of Stevenage, commissioned by the government in 1946. Constructed from interviews with the workers themselves, they discuss their disputes with the employers and their building of a community.

Building the Barbican 1962-1982: taking the industry out of the dark ages

Workers on the Barbican site, 1965

Fantastic pamphlet on the workers' struggles during the construction of the brutalist masterpiece the Barbican in central London. Told largely in the words of the workers themselves.

My first years in Philadelphia - Joseph Cohen

Philadelphia Jewish Workman's Circle

A chapter from the autobiographical memoirs of Joseph Cohen, a Philadelphia-based Jewish anarchist at the to and of the 19th/20th centuries. Translated by Emil Kerenji.

Forty years in the struggle: memoirs of a Jewish anarchist - Chaim Leib Weinberg

Chaim Leib Weinberg

Autobiographical memoir of Philadelphia-based Jewish anarchist, Chaim Leib Weinberg, translated by Naomi Cohen. It gives a great snapshot into the Jewish and Yiddish-speaking anarchist and working class movements in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Bronx slave market, 1950 - Marvel Cooke

Unemployed domestic workers seek employment, New York 1937

Fascinating series of reports and first person accounts of the markets in New York City where unemployed African-American women would be hired by white housewives to perform domestic tasks at extremely low wages.

Mick Woods remembers Lewisham '77

A first-hand account of the 1977 Battle of Lewisham, in which the far-right National Front were routed by locals and anti-fascists, from a Sheffield socialist and railway worker.

The Battle of Lewisham: an anti-fascist's account - Martin Lux

A vivid and action-packed account of the Battle of Lewisham, written by Martin Lux and taken from his book Anti-Fascist.

I remember waking up next to you in the morning...

Part personal experience, part fictionalised story, this blog explores the possibilities that exist outside of capitalist 'clock time' and how we can escape them by rejecting notions of waged labour and rent through creating autonomous squatted spaces.

Eyewitness account of the Peterloo massacre - Samuel Bamford

Poster entitled Manchester Heroes, published in 1819

A first person account of the Peterloo massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators by the British army in 1819, by Samuel Bamford, who was arrested and imprisoned for a year after the killings.

One Big Union and horizontal worker cooperatives in Texas: a story

Picketers outside Ecology Action

A brief history of a labour dispute at a non-profit that resulted in the establishment of a co-operative that then spent years experimenting with horizontal leadership and self management.