What International Women’s Day is really about.

Jayaben Desai, one of the mostly British-Asian women out on strike at the Grunwick factory in 1977, pictured on the picket line. Image Credt: Photograph by Getty Images. It was in 1857, that on 8 March in New York City, garments workers went on strike. Suffering horrific conditions, endless hours and low pay, they took […]

Protest Art in New York.

Alice Mizrachi/Ginko Press by Steven Heller. Defiant, farcical, profane: These are the words that come to mind when attempting to describe the street art that photographer Yoav Litvin has chronicled on the streets of New York for the past few years. Semi-sanctioned, quasi-legal, or downright illegal, the works that draw Litvin’s eye—those created by alternative […]

Raid on the Queensland Government Printing Office.

Following Australia’s entry into the first World War, thousands of Queenslanders enlisted in the military to go and fight in Europe. However, as the war dragged on and it became evident that victory would not be achieved quickly or easily, the initial enthusiasm for the conflict waned and recruitment rates began to decline. The British […]

Chartist Newspapers in Britain circa 1830-1852.

The Chartist movement emerged out of the London Working Men’s Association in 1836. Several of the leaders of this group were already involved in publishing radical newspapers. Henry Hetherington had been the publisher of the very popular The Poor Man’s Guardian and James Watson had edited the Working Man’s Friend. In 1836 John Cleave was […]

Rose McGowan Actor & Activist.

Edinburgh, Scotland Actor and activist Rose McGowan on stage during her debut stage show Planet 9 at Edinburgh Festival. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Rose McGowan is an American actress and director, known for her contribution to independent film. Since the age of nineteen, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De […]

Joe Hill ‘The Man Who Never Died’.

The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill. by William M. Adler This is the new, definitive, well-illustrated biography of Joe Hill, legendary American songwriter and labor hero, with explosive new evidence pointing to his innocence of the crime for which he was executed nearly a century ago. In 1914, […]

The Dagenham Girls Fight for Equal Pay, 1968.

The former transport union official Frederick Blake, recalled: “When the Dagenham girls came down to see Barbara Castle [then employment minister] in 1968 I was asked to sit in a separate room because she wanted to see them on their own, which is fair enough.” Mr Blake was described by newspapers at the time of […]

Save Our ABC.

Stop the Coalition from getting rid of Our ABC Even more concerning, Pauline Hanson is mounting a hostile parliamentary review of the ABC and SBS, designed to interfere with their charters and editorial content. It’s a dream come true for Rupert Murdoch and the Conservative think tanks who’ve been fighting for years to cut, gut […]

Timeline of International Workers Day (May Day) in Australia.

Photo: May Day March held in Adelaide, early 1970s. 1791: Australia had its first strike when Sydney convicts demand daily rations instead of weekly rations. 1829: Printing Compositors and Carpenters win the right to be paid with real money, instead of rum. 1854: The Eureka Stockade in Ballarat is stormed by police and troops (30 […]

The Eight Hour Day Struggle in Australia.

Eight-hour day march circa 1900, outside Parliament House in Spring Street, Melbourne. The Australian gold rushes attracted many skilled tradesmen to Australia. Some of them had been active in the chartist movement, and subsequently became prominent in the campaign for better working conditions in the Australian colonies. Eight-hour day banner, Melbourne, 1856 The Stonemasons’ Society […]