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1831 The Jamaica Slave Rebellion

Destruction of the Roehampton Estate, January 1832, by Adolphe Duperly

A short account of the Baptist War, the revolt by Jamaican slaves in 1831 that forced the British Empire to abolish slavery within its borders in the aftermath.

Common sense for hard times

Commonsense front cover

In 1973, author Jeremy Brecher spent a summer with truck driver and union activist Tim Costello interviewing young American workers about the historical forces that shaped their lives. This book, published in 1976, was the result.

A Brighton tenant successfully organises to beat deposit theft

Housing Union in Brighton, UK successfully organised with a tenant who was facing a £510 deduction to her deposit. The amount was repaid in full after a roughly three week campaign. Below, the tenant explains the situation she was in, as well as her experience of the campaign and the affect it had on her.

La grève des écoliers de Stepney

Un compte rendu court à propos de la grève par 800 élèves à Stepney, dans l’est de Londres le 27 mai 1971, qui a réussi à obtenir le retour d’un professeur qui avait été licencié pour avoir publié un livre de poésies écrites par les enfants.

How the NKVD framed the POUM

POUM headquarters

An extract of the memoirs of Jesús Hernández, a leading member of the Spanish Communist Party and minister in the republican government during the Spanish civil war, explaining how Soviet secret police framed and persecuted the anti-Stalinist communist group the POUM during the conflict.

Shut it Down! On The Recent AT&T Strikes

A striker writes on what the AT&T strike wave means, and proposes next steps in developing a direct action workers movement in North America.

WCH E5: Workmates - organising with agency workers on London Underground

London Underground track workers

An interview with Andy Littlechild, a rail track charge hand and rail workers' union official, about Workmates: a fighting organisation of permanent and agency contract workers on London Underground in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

WCH E3: The Angry Brigade, part 2

Angry brigade suspect's

Second of our two-part interview with John Barker, Angry Brigade prisoner, covering the arrests, the sensational trial, his time in prison and the political situation upon his release in the late 1970s.

Gambia: April 10, 2000 - I remember…

Massacre survivors

First-person account of the massacre of school students who were protesting the fatal torture of one school student by firefighters and the rape of a 13 year old girl by a soldier.

The Untold Story: Queer Prison Rebels in Alabama

Anarchist prisoner Michael Kimble describes the role played by queer inmates in recent uprisings at Holman Prison, Alabama. This article first appeared on his blog, Anarchy Live!