celebrity working class heroes

Almost a testament: Encounters with Pasolini - Peter Dragazde

A collection of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s observations and aphorisms on religion, politics and culture, based on transcripts of unpublished interviews held over a six-year period and revised by the controversial Italian poet, novelist, filmmaker and all-around political-cultural celebrity, in which Pasolini, who once notoriously proclaimed his sympathy for the “working class” policemen in their clashes with spoiled “middle class” students, expresses his eccentric views on America, Third World nationalism, China, Russia, a pope or two, his favorite filmmakers and poets, hippies, NATO’s involvement in the attempted coup d’état in Italy in 1964, etc.

Remembering Treviso’s controversial 2001 anti-racism gesture - Paolo Bandini

Article about the anti-racist display by Treviso FC players, following trouble directed at a Nigerian teammate.

Volker Ippig - goalkeeper and squatter

Anarchist footballer who played in the Bundesliga with St. Pauli later becoming a coach and dock worker.

1982 South African Grand Prix strike

Short account of the only strike in Formula One history, an almost unanimous 24 hour sit in in response to contractual changes.

Vidal Sassoon, "anti-fascist warrior hairdresser", dies

Vidal Sassoon, the celebrity hairdresser and one-time militant in the anti-fascist 43 Group, has died aged 84.

Jean Seberg: screen icon and Black Panther supporter

Jean Seberg - film icon harassed by the FBI

Born in Iowa in 1938, Jean Seberg was an iconic actress of the 1960s and 70s whose support for radical politics led to her being hounded ultimately to suicide by the FBI as part of a wider campaign against the American New Left.

Sócrates - midfielder and anti-dictatorship resister

Sòcrates - anti-dictatorship resister.

Brazil and Corinthians midfielder, doctor of medicine and philosophy, Sócrates also organised demonstrations of opposition to Brazil's military dictatorship.

Danny Glover - lifelong activist

Not too old for this shit yet: Danny Glover

Lethal Weapon actor Danny Glover has a long history of radicalism, from the opposition to the Vietnam war, through to the Panthers, the Iraq war and anti-racism today.

Javier Zanetti - Zapatista supporter

Javier Zanetti - right back and left winger

Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti was instrumental in building links between his club and the Zapatistas.

Ricky Tomlinson - imprisoned building union organiser

Born into a working class family in Liverpool in 1939, Ricky Tomlinson was an active building union member and served time in prison for his part in the 1972 strike.