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March 2020

‘Feminism for the 99%’ with Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff.

Wednesday March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Discussion on a feminism that is anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist, introduced by Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff. Free entry but please register via Eventbrite. makes a simple but powerful case: feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with the drive to have women represented at the top of their professions. It must focus on those at the bottom, and fight for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist. Sara Farris is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths…

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‘A Nuclear Refrain: emotion, empire and the democratic potential of protest’ with Kelvin Mason, Philip Johnstone and Lotte Reimer

Friday March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

In 2020, the hands of the Doomsday Clock moved closer than ever to global destruction: humanity has just 100 seconds left to take action. While climate change and cyber-warfare grab more headlines, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists forcibly reminded us that the nuclear arms race is also running out of control. A Nuclear Refrain enlivens the discourse on nuclear deterrence, mutually assured destruction (MAD) and Trident replacement. The debate on nuclear weapons in the UK is entrenched: perpetual strategic, moral…

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A Kingdom of Love: Rachel Mann in conversation with Roz Kaveney

Wednesday March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£1 – £5

We are very excited to announce a poetry event at Housmans in collaboration with Carcanet Press, one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of classical and modern poetry of our time. Anglican priest, poet, writer and broadcaster Rachel Mann will be reading from her highly praised A Kingdom of Love, a lyrical interrogation of the place of the sacred and profane in a demythologised world. Whilst framed within the language of Christianity, Mann interrogates the dominant linguistic and mythic inheritances…

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AUTONOMY NOW! presents: ‘Dead White Anarchists’ performed by Paul Case

Thursday March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Paris, 1892. If you're not rich, things looks bleak. Exploitation, starvation and disease are daily realities for many. Police crackdowns and political bombings tear the city apart. Out of this chaos emerges Emile Henry, a young anarchist preparing for his war against the State. But when he hears strange rumblings from the future, madness beckons... Paul Case's Dead White Anarchists is a Molotov cocktail of storytelling, theatre, radical history lesson, sci crime thriller and revolutionary psychedelic death trip. It is…

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‘Spain’s Revolution Against Franco: The Great Betrayal’ with Alan Woods

Saturday March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX
£1 – £5

The story of the Spanish revolution of the 1930s is quite well known to most people on the left, but there is a surprising level of ignorance concerning the events that occurred subsequently. History did not cease with the victory of Franco in 1939. And the story of how the Franco dictatorship was eventually brought down by the revolutionary movement of the Spanish workers is an inspiring one. Under the most difficult and dangerous conditions, Spanish workers launched a strike…

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AUTONOMY NOW! presents: ‘Stopping the Poll Tax: 30 Years On’ with Martin Lux and Alex Hodson

Tuesday March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road
London, N1 9DX

Join us on the 30th anniversary of the Poll Tax riot which helped drive out Margaret Thatcher from power. Find out about the crucial local level campaigning work that led up to the crunch point of the riot, and how a combination of Police provocation and government incompetence helped turn a popular mass demonstration into a full-scale battle which spilled out across the West End, leading to the downfall of one of the UK's longest-serving and most authoritarian Prime Ministers.…

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April 2020

‘Split: Class Divides Uncovered’ with Ben Tippet

Wednesday April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£1 – £5

'More than a decade after the financial crisis, Split is a timely reminder of the most important divide that runs through the global economy, and how working people can organise to take back control of their lives. Clearly-argued, incisive and accessible, this book should be required reading for activists everywhere' - Grace Blakeley, author of 'Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation' 'This book is essential reading for making sense of society, digging into the realities of class for…

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