Not a Penny on the Rents (1968 – Cinema Action)


Tower blocks, older terraced housing and flats under construction. A speaker denounces the rent increases of the Greater London Council (GLC) as benefiting only the council’s moneylenders. He warns Horace Cutler, head of the Council’s Housing Department, that the tenants will not pay any rent increase. Posters in the windows of council houses protest against the increase.
The speaker argues that the rent increase is wanted by the council to pay for future building and that this should not be funded by current tenants. The Centrepoint building and Tottenham Court Road. He calls on the council to occupy the building and convert it into flats. Slogans supporting a rent strike and calling for unity. A target appears over a drawing of Cutler and is shot at.
Protesting tenants in Trafalgar Square and under Charing Cross Bridge. Some describe the effect of the increasing rents. Speakers at a tenants’ meeting announce the numbers from various estates of those who are withholding the rent increase. They contrast these figures with the low numbers given incorrectly in the press. The first speaker strongly criticises the press and characterises the campaign as one of working class solidarity. A bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night. Tenants chant a protest song and burn an effigy of Cutler.
An organiser of the Transport and General Workers Union for Smithfield and Billingsgate markets describes the union’s response to resolutions supporting the tenants’ campaign. Delegates are being sent to petition the council alongside tenants’ representatives and, if eviction is threatened against union members, industrial action could be taken. A large night time march by tenants’ associations and union members. Speakers encourage the tenants in their direct action and propose representation by tenants to protect their own interests

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Venezuela: 43 arrests on union march in Maracay

UPDATE –
http://libcom.org/news/venezuela-all-detainees-released-charges-dropped-following-union-march-maracay-13032010

Click here – http://libcom.org/news/venezuela-43-arrests-union-march-maracay-12032010

43 people have been arrested in a demonstration for labour and human rights and the return of collective contracts in the city of Maracay, Aragua state, Venezuela. Among the detained are three members of the human rights organisation, Provea, and  an editor of the anarchist newspaper El Libertario. Protests, please, to the Venezuelan Consul in London:
wsuarez@venezlon.co.uk

Strike! When Britain Went to War and “Ghost Dancers – The Miners’ Strike 1984-85” by David John Douglass. eBook £1.50 (see eBookshelf)

NEW FILM: STRIKE! When Britain Went To War — The 1984-85 Miners’ Strike (click the Films link)

Ghost Dancers
Ghost Dancers (Kindle edition)

Also, announcing GHOST DANCERS, the final volume in Dave Douglass’s mining trilogy, Stardust and Coaldust, published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the end of the miners’ strike. A first-person, insider’s view, of, probably, the last generation of miners and their union. Following on Cameron’s description of ‘a broken Britain’ this book comes close to describing who broke it and how.

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The definitive history of the great coal strike of 1984/85 and the background to it, this book explodes all the prevailing myths around that epic period, and corrects the inaccuracies in dozens of books previously penned by academics and journalists. Written by a participant at the sharp end of that struggle, it uniquely deals with the poststrike period, which hitherto no other writer has attempted to describe, nor any commentator understood. It portrays the efforts of the miners to stay in the ring and stay on their feet, in the run-up to the John Major assault in ’92/’93 and the last stand of the miners as a social force. The book reveals the harsh internal relations within the National Union of Mineworkers in the post-strike years, set against a backdrop and commentary on other world and domestic events like the Poll Tax, the Gulf War, and the Good Friday Agreement. Inevitably, it addresses the role of Arthur Scargill both during and after the strike — which in the author’s view displays two distinct and conflicting aspects of his leadership. However, Dave shows how the central role in both periods was that played by the miners themselves organised in their Union.  Dave has not sought to exclude those smaller, more personal aspects that intersect this trajectory and link the personal to the political, the major to the minor. Though it is not written in the style or with the pretensions of academic neutrality, this book will be an essential reference for any serious academic study in the future. The title of this work, Ghost Dancers, is inspired by the last stand of the Native American Indians in their efforts to retain their culture and dignity, and by the Durham Miners’ Gala as a mining equivalent of that same endeavour. The book records the last stand of the last generation of pitmen and their communities.

David Douglass is a long-standing and well-known  member of the National Union of Mineworkers in the Durham and Doncaster coalfields. He was a coalminer for 40-plus years and a branch official of the Union for 25 years, as well as a member of its Yorkshire Executive during its most testing and dynamic period. He remains a full member of the NUM and is still active in the internal affairs of the Union, as well as being one of its more public and well-known representatives and a published author and historian of the coal communities.

Ghost Dancers — The Miners’ Last GenerationDavid John Douglass (ISBN 978-1-873976-40-1) LOOK INSIDE

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Rat with Two Legs


Paquita La Del Barrio (Francisca Viveros Barradas), a Mexican singer of rancheras  and other Mexican styles. Her songs, like this one, usually take a stance against Mexico’s sexist male culture. which has made her popular among female audiences – click the Films link above

A selection of new films …

MalaMilano  (1997 – Tonino Curagi e Anna Gorio)
Dalla liggera alla criminalità organizzata. Milano, inizio anni ’50, la guerra è ormai alle spalle, la ricostruzione avviata verso il boom economico. Ai margini di una contrapposizione di classe ancora ben definita, dei giovani di estrazione proletaria non accettano più le dinamiche delle conflittualità sociali dell’epoca. Non seguono più l’esempio della militanza politica, rifiutano la logica del lavoro salariato in fabbrica e si arrangiano come possono con piccoli furti rispettando però codici, regole e valori precisi. E’ una malavita un po’ romantica, molto legata al territorio e alla gente comune, figlia di una povertà vissuta dignitosamente, infatuata e sedotta però dalle figure cinematografiche francesi e americane che raccontano “il grande colpo che ti può risolvere la vita”. Su questo “milieu” l’esplodere del “boom economico” dei primi anni ’60 ha effetti dirompenti e sconvolgenti. I giovani malavitosi incominciano una gestione più redditizia degli affari con il controllo della prostituzione, delle bische e delle sale da gioco, con il moltiplicarsi delle rapine e soprattutto con lo sviluppo di un’organizzazione armata sempre più violenta. A ciò si deve aggiungere il progressivo inserimento di delinquenti di origine meridionale provenienti dal grande flusso migratorio di quegli anni, portatori di una pratica e di una cultura malavitosa differente. Dalla logica del bisogno si passa progressivamente alla logica del profitto. E’ un processo irreversibile e implacabile che all’inizio degli anni ’70 degenera verso una nuova criminalità sempre più feroce e mafiosa
Acto en recuerdo de Luis Andrés Edo
Sabado, 28 de Marzo de 2009. Cebtre Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona
En recuerdo de Luis Andrés Edo
Febrero 2010, Barcelona
Detour (2001 — G8 in Genova – Black Bloc) (Italian)
Film of the anti-capitalist riots at the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, including footage of attack on Marassi prison, Genoa, Italy, 2001. “FINALMENTE “L’AREA BLACK BLOC ITALIANA” PRENDE LA PAROLA E FORNISCE IMMAGINI E INTERPRETAZIONE DI QUANTO SUCCESSE DURANTE LE MANIFESTAZIONI ANTI G8 DEL 2001 A GENOVA. UN FILM ECCEZIONALE…NON ADATTO AI DEBOLI DI CUORE!” (DDE CINE) “…tempo fa avevo tirato giù a mano un elenco di video sul G8, una valanga di titoli, una trentina come minimo (ma ne mancano ancora). fuori orario ha trasmesso molte ore di video sul G8…il più curioso di tutti è il video situazionista “Detour”…” (dalla rete) “Il miglior film su G8-Genova: ha una tesi e la dimostra” (dalla rete)
A Forza Di Essere Vento. Lo sterminio nazista degli Zingari
Seven short films (in Italian) produced by Revista “A” on the Nazi (and others) persecution of the Gypsies (Zingari): Revista “A”’s homage to Fabrizio De André: ‘un Fabrizio apparentemente sempre più lontano, ora che non abbiamo più né discorse né canzoni ne immagini sue da riproporre. In realta si tratta di un Fabrizio ben presente, perché il soggetto che abbiamo scelto sono gli Zingari, un popolo a lui caro anche perche dai più , dalla maggioranza, odiato e criminalizzato. Di quel popoplo Fabrizio si è occupato con simpatia e profonda conoscenza in un sola canzone, realizzata con Ivano Fossati, eseguita con Don Ghezzi, sotto la direzione artistica di Piero Milesi. Una canzone, una sola poesia, che resta un omaggio struggente alla misconosciuta dignità dei Rom e dei Sinti. Della lunga e sofferta storia di questo popolo nomade abbiamo scelto la pagina più tragica: lo sterminio da parte nazisti. DVD + Libretto available from Editrice A – arivista@tin.it
http://www.arivista.org

1. Hai mai avuto un amico zingaro? (Moni Ovadia)
2. Zigeunerlager (Intervista a Marceloo Pezzetti sul ‘campo nel campo’)
3. Porrajmos (Documentario del’Opera Nomadi sulle persecuzioni da parte dei fascisti deil nazisti e deglo ustascia e sui drammi attuali
4. Hugo (La testimonianza del sinto tedesco Hugo Hollenreimer, torturato da Josef Mengele)
5. Senza confinim senza barriere (Canzioni zingare e yiddish con Moni Ovadia e i Taraf da Metropulitana)
6. Un rom italiano ad Auschwitz (Intervista a Mirko Levak)
7. Porrajmos, Lettura e spettacolo (Una serata multimediale sullo sterminio zingaro)