- The z28
- Northern Upland Sheep Strategy (Rodney Relax)
- White Lightnin’
- Babylon Dub Punks
- Dapitz Punks
- Little Love and The Friendly Vibes
- Shock And Awe
The haunting lyrics are based on testimony to Ashley’s mines commission in the 19th century. Patience was a hurrier, pushing carts loaded with coal underground. Hard manual labour of a kind that doesn’t fit with the standard idea of women’s work. The characterisation of class politics as fixated on burly male factory workers has always been a caricature.
At times it has been forgotten and deliberately obscured but the working class has never been (just) white, (just) male or (just) straight. We’ve always been queer, female, black as well. Any workplace politics that doesn’t take this into account is incomplete.
Which is not to say that all the experiences of different parts of the working class are the same. Some workers have it better than others; while sharing the same condition of exploitation, they also are oppressed in ways specific to (e.g.) their gender. Unpicking the details of this set of (relative) privileges and oppressions gets complicated and fraught. The existing theories (intersectionality, privilege theory) aren’t wholly satisfactory. Some don’t like them because they appear to remove the centrality of the class relationship, or reduce it to just another of a set of oppressions; others dislike the overly academic language it’s couched in. But the theories attempt to describe a real, important and historically neglected set of experiences and we need to work our way through them. (Someone I know says that the only thing worse than privilege theory is the arguments presented against it.)
Given all the apparent complexity; I like being reminded that these aren’t new or abstract issues. Listen to the song and hear Patience Kershaw’s description of terrible working conditions made worse by the position she’s in because of her gender (sometimes I’m slower, and terrified these naked men will batter me); there’s even body image issues in there too (a lady sir, oh no not me/I should’ve been a boy instead). Heartbreaking in its matter-of-fact delivery and its acceptance of hopelessness.
But of course, tomorrow doesn’t have to be just the same. Come to ACE to watch these films with us from 3pm.
Hey, why not choose both? Thursday evening offers two talks at convenient intervals with cheap falafel to be found on the way between the two venues.
“Blogger and Author of Capitalist Realism, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, and contributor to The Guardian, Frieze, The New Statesman and Sight & Sound, Mark Fisher is among the most acute and respected cultural and political commentators writing today. On Feb 28, he will give a lecture entitled ‘The Slow Cancellation of the Future’ as part of the History of Art department at Edinburgh University’s Graduate Research Seminar series. Free and open to the public [at Edinburgh Art College, Lecture Room 1, Minto House, 20 Chambers Street]
We are living in times of unprecedented attacks on our living conditions on all fronts, of rising social tensions and sometimes violent eruptions of class conflict. And yet if anything, the surprise is not that there has been riots and the odd strike, but that there have been so few. How are we to make sense of this. How are we to fight back, to take the initiative? Against capitalism, what do we w…ant to put in its place? The 20th century discredited state socialism, and rightly so. But with it, a whole history of international class struggle, of revolutions and counter-revolutions, victories and defeats, spontaneous uprisings and vast workers’ organisation has been eclipsed too.
The book aims to recover some of the lost history, in order to set out a revolutionary strategy for the present conditions.
Rock ‘n’ roll at a ridiculously low entrance cost with all of the proceeds going to Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty and The Autonomous Centre Of Edinburgh and it’s on A BOAT!
Yes, A BOAT!
You’ll find The Cruz Bar docked at 14 The Shore, Leith.
Once on board, make your way to The Engine Room for a night of supercool rock ‘n’ roll entertainment served up by the following beat combos…
Friday 16th November.
Doors open at 7:30PM.
£3 entrance fee.
Extra donations welcomed.
The Autonomous Centre Of Edinburgh presents A wee fundraiser to celebrate this Vernal Equinox with friends at Scotland’s most radical resource centre.
Come and sample our scrumptious vegan cooking, delicious brews, be entertained by our radical bard Rosco Vacant on Saturday 19th March from 2pm-6pm followed at 7pm by Ace Free Cinema’s showing of The Wicker Man.
Hope to have some comments on the film festival later in the week, but first I’ll draw your attention to 2 fun things happening in town this week.
On Wednesday, there’s a celebration of the life & work of Eduardo “Open Veins of Latin America” Galleano. Starts 7.00 at the Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge. Full listing at Indymedia.
On Friday, there’s a 2nd chance to see De Toda la Vida (if you missed it on Saturday) at the Edinburgh Anarchafeminist Kollectiv‘s Social:
Potluck and film night for the monthly social event of the Edinburgh Anarchafeminist Kollective!
Please bring some food to share, and maybe something to eat it with, to ACE at 8pm on Friday March 26th. Film will start at 8.45pm. We hope to be screening “De Toda La Vida: All our lives” – a film about the Spanish Anarcha-feminists Mujeres Libres who were active in the Spanish Revolution, in the 1930′s. We have a second film about the situation of women in Cuba which we will show if time permits.
The Edinburgh Anarchafeminist Kollective hopes to be holding social events monthly, on the last Friday of the month. Check out our website for more information!
After the Success of Saturday’s AntiNazi Demos there will be a Fundraiser for ACE in the upstairs of the Forest Cafe on Wed 24th From 10pm featuring :-
Also before that from 9pm “Talk to Frank” will be on Downstairs in the Cafe with the Fantastic Fabulous Freeloadin Frank and the Bucking Fastards.
With Contributions from Wise L Leathermonk and The Weather Underground.
Apartheid has ended but the struggle for economic justice continues.
Our speaker, visiting from South Africa, will talk about the current situation: the xenophobic pogroms of 2008; the recent election of Jacob Zuma as president and what his administration means for the popular classes; effects of the global economic crisis on SA; the recent wave of strikes and community revolts.
Food available from 6pm, with talk & discussion following from 7pm.
Apparently last week’s fundraising gig was a massive success. Bannermans was hoaching, the walls were dripping with sweat and every single raffle ticket was sold (when has that ever happened?). A quick count says that the night raised nearly £1000 to be split between ACE and solidarity funds for the autonomous Zapatista communities of Southern Mexico (read about the clinic they built here).
Grassroots fundraising, making a difference without subjecting you to washed-comedians with expense accounts bigger than your monthly pay packet. Why not set up a Standing Order to these groups and get the warm fuzzy feeling every month:
Also playing are Certain Death and Tickle.