race

1976: The Soweto riots

The Soweto uprising

A short history of the riots against new education laws that turned into a mass collective rejection of apartheid South Africa by thousands of working class black youths.

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense

Black Panther rally

A short history of and comment on the revolutionary black American socialist organisation, the BPP, which at its height reached around 5,000 members, before disintegrating due to a campaign of state terror and internal problems.

(For a more critical look at the Panthers and their times see James Carr, The Black Panthers, & All That).

The US prisoners' movement, 1970-1978 - Howard Zinn

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Howard Zinn's history of the movement of US prisoners and supporters on the outside against poor conditions and ill-treatment.

1816-1939: Syndicalism in South Africa

A short history of radical trade unionism, class struggle and race in Southern Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Industrial Workers of Africa, 1917-1921 - Bikisha Media Collective

IWW

The history of four years of the revolutionary multi-racial union in South Africa, the Industrial Workers of Africa, and the labour movement at the time.

A very brief history of racism - Workers Solidarity Movement

A quick look at the origins of racism in modern society from its roots in the justification of slavery.

Beating back Mosley in Notting Hill, 1958 - Baker Baron

A Notting Hill resident recounts his story of fighting racists and fascists in West London.

Queensland canecutters' strike, 1934 - Peter Sheldon

The history of the victorious strike of mostly migrant cane-cutting workers in Australia. To secure the victory the workers had to overcome the bosses' resistance, the police and the racist trade union.

1971: The Attica prison uprising

Prisoners take over

Against the background of the mass revolutionary, black power and prisoners' movements in the US, a five day revolt began on September 9, 1971 at the Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, NY in the United States. Its repression left 39 people killed.

The Australian maritime strike, 1878-1879

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A short history of the 1878 strike of sailors and maritime workers in Australia which prevented the seaman being sacked and replaced by cheaper workers.