Radical Islington – the walk

walkStarting at 11am on Saturday 18th April 2009 outside the Mitre Pub on Copenhagen Street N1 0SR, David Rosenberg, coordinator of the Islington local2global project and guide for historical walks of London’s East End will inspire you on this 3 miles walk which will take approximately 2 hours. 

Find out:

• Which Islington-based preacher stood up to slavery

• Who used to meet in Clerkenwell’s Jerusalem Passage and why

• Which woman in Islington first proclaimed women’s rights

• Where the “Rights of Man” was written

• Which Islington school was closed because of its radical education

• Who the Spenceans were and why there were riots at Spa Fields

• Which radical newspapers were written in islington…

and discover Islington’s connections with Independence in India, the Russian Revolution, the Spanish Civil War and the liberation of South Africa.


One response to “Radical Islington – the walk

  1. I support and will be at the Festival but why does the UK Trade union movement spend so much on celebrating/commemorating our failures and not our successes? Getting them out after seven years was not exactly a success.
    Why no celebration of the Pentonville Five National Strike, The Liverpool General Solidarity Strike of 1911, Ford Equal Pay Strike.
    Maybe because the TUC is not keen on effective strikes and prefers a ‘noble failure’.
    In his comment in the TUC centenary book, Shaw wrote “I am afraid I cannot say anything in praise of the Dorchester martyrs. Martyrs are a nuisance in Labour movements, The business of a Labour man is not to suffer but to make other people suffer until they make him a
    reasonably comfortable. A Labour agitator who gets into the hands of the police is inexcusable.”
    A harsh generalisation but if we had spent as much effort on industrial action for the miners instead of collection food and money we would be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the NUM victory not commemorating the defeat.
    In the current recession we have to fight back like in France and Ireland or in twenty years time we will be commemorating the ‘Great Jobs Failure of 2009’.
    I will still be there on the 25th to commemorate both the solidarity of Copenhagen Fields and the need for similar solidarity and strike action in defence of jobs and living standards now.


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