Historic events

20 October 2021

The fall of Apartheid in South Africa

Why didn't its overthrow end poverty and inequality?: Twenty seven years ago, the world rejoiced as the monstrous apartheid regime was overthrown with the election of the first black majority African National Congress (ANC) government.

13 October 2021

The 'winter of discontent' - When workers could take no more

A combination of the rising cost of living, low pay, tax increases, and fuel and food shortages has led some commentators in the establishment media to talk about the possibility of a new 'winter of discontent'

6 October 2021

Ten years since our 330-mile Jarrow March for Jobs

In 1936, 200 unemployed workers marched from their homes in Jarrow in north-east England to London against mass unemployment, demanding the government re-establish the shipbuilding industry in their town

22 September 2021

10 years since Occupy

Occupy popularised the terms

In October 2011, unemployment hit its highest level for 17 years, with youth unemployment heading for 1 million

8 September 2021

9/11 and the 'War on Terror' twenty years on

The 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on US soil prompted George W Bush and Tony Blair to invade and occupy Afghanistan

25 August 2021

Lessons from Poplar 100 years on

This year marks 100 years since the victory of Poplar council against austerity and unemployment, led by fighting Labour councillors who mobilised a mass movement of the working class

11 August 2021

August 1991 - The aborted military coup in the 'Soviet Union'

How the defeated putsch opened the floodgates to capitalist restoration: 30 years ago, an ill-fated military coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, head of what was still known as the Soviet Union (USSR), was launched

7 July 2021

Terry Fields MP, Prisoner DV 3695 - The jailing of 'poll tax' rebel and Militant

The late Terry Fields was Labour MP for Broadgreen in Liverpool, and a supporter of Militant, the forerunner of the Socialist Party.

9 June 2021

The 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders occupation and work-in

Lessons from history: In June 1971, the privately owned shipyards of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders collapsed into receivership. But instead of accepting redundancy, the large workforce occupied the affected sites and began its famous

26 May 2021

Get up, stand up - don't give up the fight!

The life and legacy of Bob Marley: Forty years ago, on 21 May 1981, the island of Jamaica came to a halt as the celebrated reggae musician and political activist Bob Marley was given a state funeral

12 May 2021

British state absolves itself from killings during 'the Troubles'

Family of Joe McCann continues to fight for justice: Two unnamed former British paratroopers, accused of the 1972 murder of Joe McCann, an Official Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader, were formally acquitted on 4 May

28 April 2021

How partition of Ireland derailed a revolutionary struggle for national and social liberation

The recent street disturbances in Northern Ireland, albeit on a far smaller scale compared to the decades of the 'Troubles', showed that the 'power sharing' arrangements of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement have failed to bring about a resolution of the 'Irish national question' or end the sectar

14 April 2021

1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism

Lessons from history: "Realising only by the abolition of this hideous capitalist system can the horror of unemployment be removed from our midst, I here and now take upon myself a binding oath, to never cease from active strife against this system until capitalism is abolished and our country and its resources truly be

7 April 2021

1981 Brixton riots: Racism and poverty - the anger explodes

April 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the riots in Brixton, south London, against police racism, unemployment and poverty.

24 March 2021

Lessons of the 2011 pensions strike: when workers showed their power

In 2011, trade unionists demonstrated in their hundreds of thousands and then took strike action in defence of their pensions and against public service cuts

24 March 2021

150th anniversary of the Paris Commune

The birth of the Paris Commune marked the first time in history when the working class took political power directly into its own hands

10 March 2021

150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth

A revolutionary life, exuding passion and determination: Rosa Luxemburg was born in Poland on 5 March 1871 - the year of the Paris Commune. In her short lifetime she experienced three major revolutions and participated in the most important debates among socialists

3 March 2021

A history of International Women's Day

8 March this year marks the 110th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD). Over the years there's been a sustained attempt to remove the socialist origin of the day

3 March 2021

1981: New Cross Massacre

On 2 March 1981, 20,000 young black people demonstrated in London against police and Tory government failures over the deadly New Cross fire which occurred on 18 January of that year.


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