cw tynef ree 2cw tyne +w cw newsaTyne & Wear Free News began May 1985 and at times was published monthly before changing name in 1988 to the news sheet of Tyneside Class War, then becoming just named Tyneside Class War. The paper was an A3 broad news sheet and was available at bookshops such as Days Of Hope. It was also fly posted regularly and also given out during street sales of Class War.

We have numbers.. 1 , 2 , 3, 5, 8 , 9, 11, and the un-numbered ‘Seafarers fight’ issue pictured above. We would love any missing numbers for the archive. If you can help please get in touch. Thank you.

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IBRG Archive at the WCML; N.E.Lancs IBRG and Irish Women in Britain.

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IBRG was an organisation that reflected the history of the Irish in this country but one that was not frightened off linking up the present with the past – unlike many other Irish organisations in the era of 1981-2003. Branches  sprang up in areas that had a long and respectable history of Irish radicalism,  including North East Lancashire which covered areas including Accrington, Blackburn and Darwen.

One of the founders Michael Kneafsey explained why they decided to set up a branch; “A number of us living in Lancashire at that time were feeling very frustrated that there was no real outlet in the Irish community to debate those crucial issues. When the Irish Post newspaper began reporting the formation of the IBRG and its founding principles  we were very interested indeed. Also the fact that young people from the second and third generation were in leadership roles was inspiring. The…

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In defence of working class existence as choice

Angry Workers of the World


We read and reviewed David Ranney’s “Living and dying on the factory floor”, which was about his decision to put his academic career on hold and his subsequent experiences as a factory worker. [1] The following thoughts relate to this decision, which used to be widespread within the left. Today taking on working class jobs for political reasons is either ridiculed as an artefact of political militancy or criticised as a potentially manipulative act of privileged and educated middle-class politicos who try to convert the workers.

I want to look at my own decision to remain a low-paid manual worker from various angles. The text is not strictly biographical, but looking at the subjective side of the decision is personal. It is not an account of experiences in five dozen or so jobs, although it contains descriptions. The text is not a ‘salting’ or organising manual, it looks more broadly…

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Heckler No.6 underway

Distribution of the Heckler No.5 is scheduled to be completed by or on Saturday February 8th. Meanwhile, work is already underway on Heckler No.6 which will be getting distributed from the end of February and going through March. Let us explain what will be happening with this issue…

In terms of deciding on the theme and content of the paper, basically after the following, the decision was pretty much made for us:) It’s about the sham that’s local ‘democracy’ starting with: Do the honourable thing – stand down and call a by-election going onto this: Seriously, what is the feckin’ point of voting in local elections?and this: This is what the Tory ruling group on Thurrock Council look like… and finally concluding with this: The battle over who actually runs Thurrock Council.

The only problem we have is that we can only afford to produce a four page paper…

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This was first published on the Save Our Libraries Essex Facebook page

Hundreds have joined protests across Essex in SOLE’s ‘save our librarians – no closure plan by stealth’ day of action yesterday (Saturday 25th January). In Chelmsford nearly two-hundred people joined a march through the High Street and a rally in Half Moon Square, where they heard from local political leaders, representatives of Save Broomfield Library and Save Galleywood Library campaigns, Chelmsford Extinction Rebellion, and Saint John Payne Headteacher Tom Coen. In Colchester a flash mob was held in the main library, followed by a rally in Trinity Square. Manningtree campaigners staged ‘SOUL Mates’ in the town’s Methodist Church, and heard poetry readings and live music. Meanwhile hundreds of signatures were collected at stalls outside Hadleigh and Harlow libraries, and campaigners leafleted in Shenfield Broadway. Across Essex around two-thousand signatures were collected for the ‘save our librarians – no…

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This is from the Save Our Libraries Essex (SOLE) Facebook page

Campaigners slam Essex County Council for continuing secrecy on takeovers – Council pledged to reveal library bidders ‘within three months’ back in August

From Harlow in south-west Essex to Manningree in the north-east of the county, library campaigners are staging an Essex wide day of action this Saturday (25th January). The libraries campaign SOLE last year successfully prevented the imminent closure of a third of libraries in Essex, but claim the revised proposals amount to a ‘closure plan by stealth’ for local libraries. In Chelmsford a demonstration will be held from midday to 1pm in the High Street (near Lloyds), which will be addressed by the Headteacher of Saint John Payne Catholic School Tom Coen, the deputy leader of Chelmsford City Council Marie Goldman, and local library campaigners. In Colchester protesters will gather outside Colchester Library in Trinity Square…

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