Thursday, 14 March 2019

HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER MARCH 2019






Quite a 'mixed bag' bibliography below.

Alan Wheatley



HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER MARCH 2019

NEWS /ACTIONS

1. Dream Nail's Live Album – recorded at Housmans
2. No Pasaran -  A European Conference
3. Bread & Roses – New Workers Beer Company bar & venue in King's Cross
4. AFest 2019 – Get involved!

INSTORE EVENTS
5. 'Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships' with Juno Roche

6. 'Switchboard Lgbt+ Helpline's 45th Birthday' with Natasha Walker and other Switchboard members
7. Victorina Press present the launch of 'The Ardent Witness' with Danielle Maisano

8. 'Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison' with Caitlin Davies
9. An evening of Sex & Politics with Lucy-Anne Holmes and Robert Woodshaw
10. 'The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s' with Mark Sinker and Owen Hatherley
11. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
12 Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
13. Feminist Sci-fi Book Club at Housmans
14. Housmans Queer Book Club
15. Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women's Reading Group
16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS /ACTIONS

1. Dream Nail's Unplugged Live Album – recorded at Housmans


London's feminist punk witches Dream Nails release an "accidental" acoustic album named Take Up Space. Singer Janey Starling says, "This album was an accident! We didn't mean to make it, we just did an intimate acoustic gig for 100 fans in our favourite bookshop, because we're sick of our lyrics and harmonies getting lost on shitty PA systems in punk venues. Then it turned out pretty bloody good, and we wanted to share it!"
Stream and/ or buy it on their Bandcamp page: https://dreamnails.bandcamp.com

2. No Pasaran - A European Conference bringing together activists from across Europe and beyond to discuss and organise against the rise of the far-right
Saturday 2nd March – Central London


The far-right is on the offensive: the biggest upsurge since the 1930s. They are increasingly internationalised, well-funded and well-organised. Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil extends this wave into Latin America. These developments must be countered by rapid and effective mobilisation. This conference will bring together left and progressive forces from across Europe and beyond: to work together, to promote viable political alternatives and coordinate an effective response.
For further information and registration visit www.prruk.org

3. Bread & Roses – New Workers Beer Company bar & venue in King's Cross
 
A very welcome arrival to King's Cross, the Workers Beer Company have opened a new bar and meeting room space, just a couple of minutes from Housmans on Grays Inn Road, underneath the National Union of Journalists offices. Friendly staff, good food and drink, a lovely space, and all supporting the trade union movement. Well worth getting down there.
https://www.thechapelkingscross.co.uk

4. AFest 2019 – Get involved! Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June 2019

Following the success of last year's decentralised anarchist festival, we're going to give it another try, but this time with events not just in London, but across the UK and Ireland. The idea is simple: groups put on their own programme of anarchist events, concentrating on the dates of the long weekend of 31st May to the 2nd June 2019, and the programme is collated by us on our website and social media.
To find out more please visit: https://anarchistfestival.wordpress.com

IN-STORE EVENTS

5. 'Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships' with Juno Roche
Wednesday 6th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

Transgender activist Juno Roche discusses sex, desire and dating, and inspiring readers to explore their own concepts of intimacy and sexuality, and to celebrate the wonder and potential of trans bodies to push at the boundaries of how society views gender, sexuality and relationships.
click here for more info

6. 'Switchboard Lgbt+ Helpline's 45th Birthday' with Natasha Walker and other Switchboard members
Friday 8th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php



Join us to celebrate the 45th birthday of Switchboard, a pioneering support organisation that began in the rooms above Housmans Bookshop. A presentation and panel discussion on the history of the organisation will be followed by continued conversations over refreshments.
click here for more info

7. Victorina Press present the launch of 'The Ardent Witness' with Danielle Maisano

Saturday 9th March, 6.30 pm – Free entry

Based on the author's own experience, this novel gives a startlingly fresh and intimate perspective on how western aid programs are failing Africa. It also shows, with blistering honesty, how one woman's life can be irrevocably changed by a sojourn in one of the most captivating and complex nations on earth, Togo.
click here for more info

8. 'Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison' with Caitlin Davies
Wednesday 20th March, 7pm - tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

Caitlin Davies tells the stories of how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century, what crimes - real or imagined - they committed, who found them guilty and why. It is a story of victimization and resistance; of oppression and bravery.
click here for more info

9. An evening of Sex & Politics with Lucy-Anne Holmes and Robert Woodshaw
Wednesday 27th March, 7pm - tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

Lucy-Anne Holmes talks with fellow author Robert Woodshaw about her memoir 'Don't Hold My Head Down', the story of how she found feminism through sex and successfully took on The Sun over Page 3. With dramatised readings, author interviewing author, and a frank Q and A, join our guests as they delve into the passions and frustrations that led them to write about sex and politics.
click here for more info

10. 'The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s' with Mark Sinker and Owen Hatherley
Wednesday 3rd April, 7pm - tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

Our guests reflect on a new anthology of conversations and essays that explore the UK music press of this era, and ask how this uncharted space first came about, who put it together, what it achieved, where it went, and what critical legacy remains of the work of a network of young anarchists, dreamers, and agitators who dared to take pop culture seriously.
click here for more info

11. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation
Monday 8th April, 7pm - tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

Join Joe Kennedy and Juliet Jacques to discuss our obsession with authenticity, and the ways it has been instrumentalised politically.  We are entering, we are told, a post-liberal age. Authoritarian populism is in the ascendant, and permissiveness, multiculturalism and "identity politics" have allegedly failed us, meaning that we must now fall back on some idea of tradition. However, it's not only the usual, conservative suspects who are making this argument, but centrist politicians who. "Authentocracy" is the populism of the centre, with a spurious concern for "real people" that's part of a broader turn within British culture. In their declaration that the Left can only save itself by becoming less liberal, our guests charges liberals themselves with fuelling the post-liberal turn, and asks where the space might be found for an alternative.
click here for more info

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS 

12. The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles


Housmans has a monthly book club which usually meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm in the shop. Forthcoming titles under discussion are:

Thursday 14th March: Revolting Prostitutes by Juno Mac and Molly Smith
Thursday 11th AprilIf Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.comThe Fuse has its own web page with more info here: http://www.housmans.com/fuse.php

13. Housmans Feminist Sci-fi Book Club

Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, parthenogenesis, feminist militias, reproductive dystopias, cyborg families, and more at the Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club! Join us at the bookshop on the first Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. All genders welcome. Please bring drinks or snacks to share.
 
Thursday 7th March: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
April: No meeting - 
book club back in May
Thursday 2nd May: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Book Club books available at 20% discount from Housmans. Any questions please email Hannah on scifi@housmans.com  or check the book club page here.

14. Housmans Queer Book Club

Housmans Queer Book Club is a new group that reads a wide range of LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. We meet every second Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm. All genders are welcome, as are any snacks, drinks and book suggestions you can bring along too. You can find future book club titles in Housmans, a 20% discount can be applied to them if you mention the group.

Thursday 14th MarchConfessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

15. Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women's Reading Group

Held the third Thursday of month. The group is free to attend. Group members get a 20% discount if they choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop. The event is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis) of Black African and Caribbean descent. Black non-binary, agender or gender variant people who feel they can contribute to and benefit from attending are welcome.
Space is limited so if you would like to come please email: blackfeministreading[at]gmail.com

No event in March - Back in April......


16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

Housmans has a regular Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group, who meet on the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome, but please be prepared to join in the discussion. Please try to turn up by 7pm sharp. 

At our MARCH meeting (on Tuesday 12 March), we will look at the issue of PACIFISM AND CENTRALISATION. In APRIL (on Tuesday 9 April) the topic will probably be NONVIOLENCE AND TOLERANCE – check back later for confirmation.
For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/

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Youth Strike 4 Climate: Green Left supports the Youth Strike











































Please invite trade union colleagues and supporters to rally in support of Youth Strike 4 Climate
12.00-14.00  Friday 15 March. Meet Parliament Square. For updates text 07981 753970

Causes event by Campaign against Climate Change on Friday, March 15 2019

UK wide youth strikes

Support the strikes in more than 40 cities!

UK Strike - #YouthStrike4Climate. We are choosing to rise up and take direct action where older generations have failed. We are already facing devastating and irreversible impacts around the world.

Trade unionists support our youth strike for climate on 15 March!

Trade unions worldwide are supporting school strikers defending their future. In Belgium The Centrale Générale (FGTB), which includes the largest power station in the country, are striking in support on 15 March - as are unions in Australia, including teachers and firefighters. Many NEU members are signing a letter supporting school strikes in the UK, which will be taking place in over 40 cities. Get your comrades out to support our youth - further details.https://ukscn.org/ 

In solidarity,

Fliss Premru

And the Green Party says:
Tomorrow, pupils from schools up and down the country will be walking out of lessons.
They’ll be gathering in dozens of locations across the country with a simple message. We need emergency climate action now.
And the Green Party says:
As a teacher myself, I’m proud of each and every pupil taking civic action to demand climate action.
While our political leaders call our young people “truants”, there are thousands of teachers, parents and fellow citizens cheering on this movement of radical hope.
The children of this country are not truants. They are fighting for their future. They are heroes.
While young people are leading the way, it’s up to all of us to support them in any way we can.
If you’re a parent, please support your kids in taking action if they want to. If you’re a teacher like me, press for support and understanding from your headteacher. If you’re free tomorrow, head down to support your local strike.
Most importantly, if you are a young person thinking of taking action tomorrow - go for it. Thousands of us stand with you.
All over the country, more and more councils are declaring a climate emergency, and we need Westminster to do the same. Business as usual is over. It’s time for a radical transformation. It’s time for real climate action.
As a valued member of the Green Party, I'm sure you agree it's time for this action. Will you support the school strike?
Best wishes,
Vix Lowthion, Green Party Education Spokesperson

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Trade Union Clean Air Network Charter


Trade Union Clean Air Network Charter













Trade unions need a response to the public health emergency and also the occupational health emergency of air pollution.  Over 40,000 people die each year in the UK where the outdoor air that they breathe is a major contributory factor. Thousands of people will also die because of occupational diseases caused by air pollution at work. Pollution arising from work and travel to work are health issues for which employers take little responsibility. There is hardly any recognition of this in national and local authority strategies. This is an issue for workers and their families at all stages from before birth to old age and particularly damaging the growth and development of babies and children.  This charter provides a framework for unions to campaign for the health and environmental concerns of workers.  We call on the Government to:

1. Introduce a New Clean Air Act that enshrines the right to breathe clean air. It must set stringent legal limits for ambient air quality, which reflect WHO (World Health Organisation) guidelines. There should be recognition that air pollution is an occupational health issue. Employers must be required to make Environmental Impact Assessments on the pollution related to their work activities. They should have a duty to present strategies for minimising and eradicating pollutants within the workplace and in the wider community.

2. Update Health and Safety Law - The COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations and related guidance should be amended to reflect new research on indoor and outdoor air pollution.  This  includes amending Workplace Exposure Limits to place duties on employers to monitor and adopt control measures for diesel and other toxic vehicle emissions not currently covered by HSE (Health and Safety Executive) EH40. 

3. Ensure effective enforcement – Strict enforcement by relevant agencies of the occupational and environmental legislation with the power to hold public bodies and employers to account. Representatives of the trade union movement must have seats on the relevant agencies.

4. Involve the workforce – Air quality measures for indoor and outdoor occupational air pollution must be subject to the consultation requirements of the SRSC (Safety Reps and Safety Committees) Regulations.  Measures should cover both employees and others, and especially the needs of vulnerable occupants of buildings, including in particular children and young people.  Employers should be required to raise awareness and support workforce training on risks and control measures. Workers may need access to independent advice on exposure levels and health effects.

5. Protect jobs – Government and employer clean air strategies will have implications for jobs and employment. The application of Just Transition principles, including consultation and negotiation with appropriate and industry unions, must include full equality impact assessments, to ensure positive and fair outcomes for all workers.

6. Rapidly expand clean and inexpensive public transport systems alongside investment in active transport to increase levels of cycling and walking – Cleaning up air in the UK will require significant public expenditure. Government should drive the policies to ensure that those least able to afford it are not expected to pick up the bill, and to subsidise measures for less polluting forms of energy and transport. Including affordable public transport.   This will encourage more integrated and more active forms of transport.        
For more information contact: gjacoms@gmail.com or janet@gmhazards.org.uk

The Workers Who Wanted to Stop Making Weapons and Start Waging War on Climate Change

The Workers Who Wanted to Stop Making Weapons and Start Waging War on Climate Change

In the 1970s, workers at a defence manufacturer in Lancashire came up with a radical idea to start making things that would be better for society.



Sunday, 10 March 2019

As cities march across the world to mark UN anti-racism day, join them to say #NoRacismNoFascism















As cities march across the world to mark UN anti-racism day, join them to say #NoRacismNoFascism

Racism and fascism are on the rise.

The Trump Presidency has inspired a wave of racism and the growth of the far right around the world.

In Britain, a new far-right street movement is attempting to take advantage of the political crisis by scapegoating migrants, refugees and the Muslim community.

From Bolsanoro in Brazil and Le Pen in France, to the AfD in Germany and the FO in Austria, racists and fascists are moving off the political margins to centre stage.

A wave of Islamophobic hate crime is continuing to grow, with Muslim women at the sharp end. And there has been a major resurgence of antisemitism.

The Windrush scandal has shown the inhumanity of this government's ‘hostile environment’. Detention and deportations are destroying the lives of people that are part of the fabric of our society, and thousands of refugees remain stranded in Northern France.

The threat is huge, but together we can turn the tide. This UN anti-racism day we need the biggest, broadest international display of opposition to racism & fascism we have ever seen.

On Saturday 16th March, join us to show that the anti-racist, anti-fascist majority is on the march and we will not stop until the rise of racism & the far right has been defeated.

What is UN Anti-Racism Day?


The UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was inaugurated in 1966 to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre which saw 69 anti-apartheid protestors killed and 178 wounded for taking to the streets against the regime’s racist pass laws.
In commemorating the massacre, the UN General Assembly called on all world states and organizations to participate in a program of action to combat racism and racial discrimination.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Children Unchained - Palestinian Children Under Occupation



Children Unchained - Palestinian Children Under Occupation


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17
MARCH
14:00 - 17:00

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Waltham Forest Community Hub
18A Orford Road Walthamstow Village, E17 9LN London, United Kingdom
Film, speakers and stalls about the situation of Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation. With a special contribution by Ahed Tamimi, the teenager imprisoned for slapping an Israeli soldier who invaded her home after her cousin was shot in the head. 

Come to learn about the suffering and the resistance of children living a nightmare.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Hugo Blanco on fighting for indigenous land rights in Peru; Socialist Resistance meeting London 26/2/2019

Hugo Blanco on fighting for indigenous land rights in Peru; Socialist Resistance meeting London 26/2/2019. Introduction by Terry Conway of SR and Jeff Webber, author of books on indigenous struggles and the left in Latin America. Hugo Blanco: Introducion and Jeff Webber url: https://youtu.be/8RXYaSTXWqM Hugo Blanco on fighting for indigenous land rights in Peru. url:https://youtu.be/bGNQiDejSnM Hugo Blanco on fighting for indigenous land rights in Peru; Socialist Resistance meeting London 26/2/2019.Latin America.Questions and discussion url:https://youtu.be/gWLDXYY3nWY