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Abu Hassan // Jerusalem

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    Tours to Palestinian refugee camps - and Israeli settler colonies
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    The ‘Separation Barrier’ around Jersualem


Since 1997, Abu Hassan has operated Alternative Tours which runs a small bus out of central Jerusalem. Visitors are taken to destinations in East Jerusalem and further into the West Bank: towns like Hebron and Nablus, villages, community centers, refugee camps, and – in sharp contrast – lush settler colonies. Focusing on the different historical, geographic, political, and socio-economic aspects of the Israeli occupation, these half- or full-day tours assist a better understanding of the history of the Palestinian refugee situation as well as today’s hardships under the regime of checkpoints, bypass roads, curfews, house demolitions and continued ethnic cleansing. The guide is a journalist and former activist who, from the age of 13, has spent 12 years in different Israeli prisons but has now chosen alternative means of resistance to the occupation.

“Guide and activist Abu Hassan not only showed me sides of the West Bank few people have seen (including the partitioned refugee camp of Deit Albarid) but took very good care of me and my fellow travelers in a potentially dangerous and extremely volatile situation in Hebron.”

– Bruised Earth

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Barcelona Rebelde // Barcelona

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    The Barcelona not found in the guidebooks
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    Mixed guided tour and street theatre
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    Ramblas
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    Tour of the May Events of 1937


Barcelona Rebelde is an initiative by a group of young historians who want to use different media to communicate the history of Barcelona from below: the Barcelona of anonymous men and women and their uprisings against conscription, consumption taxes, mechanisation, the nobility, centralism, fascism, and for the revolution. A range of historic tours are offered in order to understand these events. Most of them are in Spanish, some in English. Most are straightforward guided tours, some are theatrical street interventions.

“Thanks for contributing to keeping history alive. The Barcelona of 1936 gives hope that a better world is possible.”

– Armando Oviedo

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Bevil Lucas // Cape Town

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    1973 Durban Strikes interactive cd-rom
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Bevil Lucas is a former trade union organiser and anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, now a labour and community historian guiding tours in Cape Town about the role of the working class in shaping the city and its struggles against the apartheid state. These tours are largely conducted with activists, students, trade unionists and social historians from countries like Canada, Brazil and Mozambique. While working at the Labour Research Service some years ago, he produced a cd-rom on the 1973 Durban Strikes, which in labour history terms is the rebirth of the progressive black trade union movement in South Africa.

“Bevil Lucas took us to Cape Town’s famed Community House, a vibrant centre for organizations working on women’s issues, HIV/AIDS, union work, etc. It is located in Salt River, an area for predominantly black working class families.”

– Ontario Public Service Employees Union

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Andrea Heubach // Berlin

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    Rebellious Berlin 1847
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    To be published in 2016
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Andrea Heubach offers three tours of radical Berlin: Revolutionary Berlin – a historical tour about how Berlin has been formed by all its inhabitants and their protests, Berlin 1848, and Courageous Women along the tracks of almost forgotten female rebels, representatives of the women’s movements, women who participated in revolutionary struggles as well as activists of the early lesbian subculture and resistance fighters against the Nazi regime.

“A guided tour is no one-way traffic.”

– Berlin Explorer

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Donal Fallon // Dublin

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    Plaque on Emmet Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8


Donal Fallon is a historian based in Dublin. His primary interests are the social and radical history of the city, from the 1790s right up to contemporary struggles. His publications include a study of Dublin working class gang violence in the 1930s (in Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working Class Life) and a study of Dublin’s Nelson Pillar, blown up by Irish republicans in 1966. He provides tours of the city and teaches accessible Adult Education classes at University College Dublin, and is one of the trio of writers behind the blog Come Here To Me, which explores unusual aspects of Dublin’s history, and which aims to spark greater dialogue and discussion among Dubliners with regards to the history around them. Donal has supported campaigns to erect historical plaques and memorials in the city to reflect Dublin’s revolutionary past, and is currently working on a television documentary project focused on the Republican Congress, a radical movement in 1930s Ireland.

“The blog comeheretome.com shows how amateur online endeavours can eventually morph into more concrete archiving of anecdote, opinion, social history and fact.”

– The Sunday Times

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Win Windisch // Berlin

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    "He who takes these tours is an unpatriotic journeyman."
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    In the Free Republic of Kreuzberg
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    On the traces of protest and resistance, in German and English
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    At the corner where Axel Springer Street meets Rudi Dutschke Street
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    Anti-fascist map of Kreuzberg


Win Windisch (born 1982 in East Berlin) runs Berlin Subversiv which offers people’s history tours in five different districts of Berlin, as well as thematic tours marking anniversaries of key events, for example the abolition of trade unions by the Nazis in 1933, the first uprising in East Germany against Stalinism in 1953 and the German Revolution of 1918. He takes a wide range of short-term visitors, long-time residents and organised groups like trade unions, exchange students and activists from countries like Tunisia, Burkina Faso and South Korea. This is the city of Berlin in a very different light. What have advertising columns and the construction of canals got to do with the 1848 revolution? What does underground railway architecture reveal about social inequality? Where in the city are the hidden traces of protest and resistance, of moments when unknown men and women made history?

“Finally a tour of huts instead of palaces.”

– Kerstin Wolter, student, Berlin

 

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May 23rd, 2014

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Nick Lloyd // Barcelona

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    Plaça de Sant Felip Neri
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    Radical history ranked #1
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    Plaça de Catalunya
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    Forgotten Places (2015), 392 pages


Since 2010, Nick Lloyd has guided thousands of people to historic sites of civil-war/revolutionary Barcelona. His Spanish Civil War Tour in Barcelona offers a chronicle from the cancelled 1936 People’s Olympiad and failed fascist-military coup to the fall of the city to Franco’s forces in 1939. The main tour goes through Barcelona’s old town where many key events took place, for example the defeat of the military rebellion, the May Events of 1937, the fascist aerial bombings of the city in 1938, as well as many episodes recounted by George Orwell in Homage to Catalonia. His upcoming guidebook starts by looking at the working class history of the city from the late 19th century, investigating the social conditions and movements which led to the workers’ revolution of 1936.

“It’s rare to be able to access the radical history of a city when you’re a tourist. Nick Lloyd’s tour allows you to do just that.”

– Jim Casey, Australian trade unionist

 

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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

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David Rosenberg // London

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    Brune Street Estate, London E1
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    With a Venezuelan group at the The Battle of Cable Street mural


Educator-writer-activist David Rosenberg has been leading East End Walks since 2008. His walks bring to life the people and places of the East End, especially from the 1880s to the 1930s; from the time when Jews arrived in large numbers from Eastern Europe to the time when they united with non-Jewish East Enders to drive out Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists at the Battle of Cable Street in 1936. He also incorporates walks exploring London’s wider radical history in courses he teaches at adult education institutes. These walks cover topics that include women’s radicalism, trade unionism, chartism, pacifism and anti-racism. Beyond the East End he leads walks on radical reformers and revolutionaries in Bloomsbury, rebels and dissenters of Islington, and protesters and campaigners in the streets of Westminster. As well as tours for members of the general public he has led specialised tours for trade unions, community and campaigning groups, schools and colleges, museums and galleries.

“Whether you live in London or are just visiting, these guided walks through radical history will help you see the city in a new light. Each of the different walks is a journey of discovery, a lesson in struggle, and a source of inspiration. David’s knowledge, insight, humour and humanity bring our radical past back where it belongs: in the present.”

– Mike M, North London

 

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May 22nd, 2014