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The History of a Riot: Class, Popular Protest and Violence in Early Colonial Nelson

Petitions, public meetings, strikes, go-slows, violence and armed revolt. Nelson, New Zealand in 1843 was said to be 'in a state little short of anarchy'. In this paper, Jared Davidson argues that the self-activity of the Nelson labourers and their wives had a significant impact on the development of Nelson, drawing on traditions of popular protest, class power and the gendered labour of making shift. The agricultural backgrounds of many of the emigrants and the conflicts of the English countryside – including but not limited to the Swing Riots of 1830/31 – played a role in structuring the gang-men’s response to their situation.

Nightmare on Downing Street

Johnson may get more extreme as his problems pile up. He now has a parliamentary majority, but the fundamental problems with his Brexit strategy – from capital’s point of view – still remain: the north of Ireland, Scotland, the economy."

Racists, Reds and the Revolt on the Clyde, 1919

Black British sailors, 1919.

The story of a race riot that broke out in Glasgow, during the height of Red Clydeside militancy, when around 30 black sailors were chased out of the hiring yard by a mob of white sailors. Yet, rather than a spontaneous outburst of hatred, it was actually the culmination of nationalist and anti-migrant politics promoted within working-class organisations (such as the Independent Labour Party and the British Seafarers's Union) both before and even after the events.

Glasgow St Andrews Day Anti-Racism March: Join the Antifascist Unity Bloc!

Antifascist Unity Bloc callout
STUC St Andrew's Day Anti-Racism March & Rally
SAT 24th November
10.30am
Glasgow Green

Urgent Demo Callout By Glasgow Tenants! Shut Down Slum Landlords!

On Sunday the 30th of September a collective of Glasgow tenants is holding a demonstration against the eviction of a reclaimed slum tenement block by Police Scotland in alliance with notorious slumlord Harpal "Harry" Singh. Here is the text from their demo callout.

Glasgow Tenants Take Action Against Slumlords

On the 23rd of September a collective of Glasgow tenants took back a block of tenements from notorious slumlord Harpal Singh. This is their statement on the events that followed.

Glasgow SDL Demo Confronted by Anti-Fascists

On Saturday the 21st of July, a coalition of militant anti-fascists came together to oppose the Scottish Defence League in Glasgow. This is an account of the day's events.

Two new anarchist feminist projects in Scotland

Two white and purple unicorns locking horns on a black background

A quick blog in which I’m very optimistic about the Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair, and a new class struggle self-education project in Edinburgh

Glasgow UberEats and Deliveroo couriers form the Couriers Network Scotland!

UberEats and Deliveroo couriers in Glasgow have formed a new network with the help of the IWW, making the city the latest in the UK to see precarious workers in the gig economy organising to improve their conditions.