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Jason Cortez
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Jun 26 2006 13:44
Radical History Walks/talks

Fom Terry Liddle:I'm planning a radical history walk of Greenwich and Deptford.

"FROM REVOLTING PEASANTS IN THE 14TH CENTURY TO SOCIALIST SOAPBOXERS IN THE 20TH".

Its on Saturday, July 29. People should meet at 3pm at the Blackheath

gate to Greenwich Park in Charlton Way, London, SE3.

Buses 53, 89 and 108 stop nearby. Nearest rail stations are Blackheath and Maze Hill.

It'll take in the activities of the Greenwich and Deptford Secular Society who met on Blackheath and in Deptford Broadway in the 19th century.

for further details tliddle@freeuk.com

RaHN

Radical History Network of NE London , PO Box 45155 , London , N 15 4WR

celebrate our history, avoid repeating our mistakes

Press statement 25 June 06

CHARTISM UNDER SCRUTINY

At the monthly meeting, radical historians delved deep into the past to look at early demands by ordinary working people for the right to vote. This was restricted to only seven hundred thousand out of a population of twenty five million. Local author Dave Black outlined the events of 1839 and the Chartist movement. Like later crises in 1842 and

1848, that year saw lots of demonstrations, assemblies, marches, petitions with millions of signatures, strikes - and plenty of internal discussion.

Without getting lost in the details, the speaker outlined the events, institutions and people in this tumultuous political crisis. In particular, he spoke about the split in the leadership of the Chartists into the moderates and militants. Members of the Chartists , though the movement went into a decline after 1848, were active for several decades in both Britain , and the USA, The subject is in countless school text books even today

All the points of the Charter , except annual parliaments, were later achieved. Discussion centred on the strange reversal of priorities over the last century. After getting the right to participate in parliament, there is a strong feeling at present, among many people that politicians are untrustworthy, dont keep their promises and voting in elections is more of a duty than a exercise in power.

Tom Benson said of the meeting "Listening to Dave Black reminde me

of the hard won basic rights in society. It also helped to talk about the contradictions in voting today and what is the way forward

David Black is author of Helen Macfarlane, a Feminist Philosopher and

Revolutionary Journalist in Mid-19th Century England. He is also co-author, with Christopher Ford of a forthcoming book on 1839, the Year of the Chartist Uprisings.

For the next meeting, RaHN will celebrate the anniversary of the

outbreak of the Spanish revolution and civil war in 1936 . Liz Willis

speaks on Women in the Spanish Revolution , at 8 pm on 12 July at the Wood Green Labour Club , 3 Stuart Crescent , N 22.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS, CONTACT ALAN WOODWARD ON 020 8292 8862

or RaHN AT alan@petew.org.uk