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Working Class History

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Working Class History is a web-based social media project made to popularise our collective history of struggle. In collaboration with the libcom.org online archive and a team of international voluntary researchers, WCH posts On This Day in History content every day about struggles of workers, women, LGBTQ+ people to people of colour to various social media platforms with over 150,000 followers. Plans for 2018 include podcasts, maps and more new media projects.

“Kudos to Working Class History for keeping us informed and keeping alive the memory of great people.”

– Linda Towlson

 

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On this day in 1927 in the US, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, both anarchist workers and Italian immigrants, were executed by electric chair for a murder which neither committed. (23 August)

October 24th, 2017

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Eric Duivenvoorden // Amsterdam

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Eric Duivenvoorden is the founder of the Staatsarchief, the archive of the Dutch squatters movement. From the early nineties onwards he is collecting the material from and about this notorious social movement. The squatters started their crusade in the mid-sixties and are going on, unfortunately in retreat nowadays, since squatting in The Netherlands is banned since 2010. Duivenvoorden has published several books on the subject (‘A foot in the door’ + ‘The coronation riot’) and also produced a documentary film (‘It was our city’). Apart from squatters he has also published books about the Provo movement (‘Rebellious Youth’), happening artist Robert Jasper Grootveld (‘Magician of a new age’), Amsterdam neighbourhood committees and action groups (‘Stay out of our neighbourhood!’), and Dutch social movement posters (‘With bucket and brush’).

“A groundbreaking work that stands solid like a house.”

– Geert Mak

 

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October 20th, 2017

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Pusat Sejarah Rakyat // Kuala Lumpur

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Based in the Kuala Lumpur region, Pusat Sejarah Rakyat (People’s History Centre) is an independent historical archive of the people’s struggle in Malaysia and Singapore. The centre has been established as an independent non-profit organization that will focus on the collation, classification and preservation of records – written, oral and visual – of personalities, groups and communities, events and struggles, particularly those which have not been recorded, or which have been neglected, sidetracked or vilified in the official historiography. The project involves the co-operation of social activists, academics, scholars and researchers from both Malaysia and Singapore. The centre is also initiating an ambitious oral history project, People’s Histories and the Making of Malaysia, because no one else is doing it – not the National Archive and none of the universities.

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– Kamarul Ruhana

 

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October 19th, 2017

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Iain McIntyre // Melbourne

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Iain McIntyre is a writer and community radio broadcaster from Melbourne, Australia. He currently curates the Australian Museum of Squatting blog which includes articles, videos, audio and ephemera from the 1930s to the present day. He is also the author of How To Make Trouble and Influence People, a book which includes 12 interviews and more than 300 images and 500 tales covering Indigenous resistance, convict revolts, picket line hijinks, occupations and creative direct action. His other publications include histories of Australian eviction resistance during the 1930s and an oral history of the successful 1991 AIDEX anti-arms fair protest. Iain has an anthology of American hobo song and prose from the 1880s to 1940s coming out in 2016 and is currently researching the history of environmental blockading in the 1980s as well as the UK and Australian squatting wave of the 1940s.

“A fascinating recovery of Australia’s neglected past and a worthy inspiration to today’s would-be troublemakers.”

– Sean Scalmer

 

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August 5th, 2015

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Interference Archive // Brooklyn NY

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Brooklyn-based Interference Archive explores the relationship between cultural production and social movements. This work manifests in public exhibitions, a study and social center, talks, screenings, publications, workshops, and an online presence. The archive consists of many kinds of objects that are created as part of social movements by the participants themselves: posters, flyers, publications, photographs, books, T-shirts and buttons, moving images, audio recordings, etc. “Through our programming, we use this cultural ephemera to animate histories of people mobilizing for social transformation. We consider the use of our collection to be a way of preserving and honoring histories and material culture that is often marginalized in mainstream institutions. As an archive from below, we are a collectively run space that is people powered, with open stacks and accessibility for all.”

“The Interference Archive is an incredible resource for building community, collective learning and individual transformation.”

– Jamie Heckert

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Chris Carlsson // San Fran



Chris Carlsson has been curating and sharing radical history in San Francisco going back to the early 1980s via his role in the now-infamous magazine Processed World. Since the mid-1990s he co-founded and still co-directs Shaping San Francisco, which has gone through a number of permutations induced by technological cul-de-sacs, but today is available as a sprawling online archive at FoundSF.org. Additionally, Shaping San Francisco hosts an ongoing series of public talks and bicycle history tours, as well as some walking tours. Lately he’s even been known to teach local history at the SF Art Institute and other local colleges, and has given talks, lectures, and media appearances many dozens of times during the past few years. He’s also known for helping to co-found the global phenomenon of Critical Mass bike rides.

“Thanks to local activist Chris Carlsson’s Bicycle History Tours, you can get your fun in the sun while simultaneously learning loads about San Francisco’s various social, political, and ecological histories.”

– San Francisco Bay Guardian

 

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May 22nd, 2014