8 May 1970 Moratorium

Melbourne’s Moratorium demonstration of 8 May 1970 was the city’s largest public gathering ever and the highpoint of a movement that had been steadily building over a number of years in opposition to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war.  Despite scaremongering and predictions to the contrary, the Moratorium demonstration exceeded all expectations – it was... Continue Reading →

Activism, Struggle and Labour History radio program

Over the summer of 2019/2020 Community Radio 3CR hosted a program entitled Activism, Struggle and Labour History which was made up of a variety of presentations that were given during the 2019 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History conference. The programs are now available online as podcasts, along with other 3CR summer series, at https://www.3cr.org.au/summerspecials2019-2020... Continue Reading →

WHAT CAN BE DONE? A RUMINATION*

By Rowan Cahill The report that God is on the side of the Big Battalions is propaganda put out by the Big Battalion commanders. They hope thereby to spread alarm and despondency among the smaller forces.-Claud Cockburn As I engage with my seventh decade, I am variously approached by researchers and others for details of,... Continue Reading →

The Peterloo Massacre of 1819

By L W Maher Jacqueline Riding, The Story of the Manchester Massacre: Peterloo Foreword by Mike Leigh (An Apollo Book - Head of Zeus, 2018) On 16 August 1819, a very large number of men, women and children, estimated to be more than 60,000, assembled at St Peter’s Field in Manchester. There were farm labourers, weavers, factory... Continue Reading →

CICD 60th anniversary celebrations

A notice from the Congress for International Cooperation and Disarmament  (CICD): CICD 60th anniversary celebrations - Sun 10/11, 2-5pm - Unitarian Peace Memorial Church, 110 Grey St, East Melbourne. On 10 November 2019 CICD will celebrate 60 years of active campaigning on peace and nuclear disarmament, social justice and much more... We'd like to invite you... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Freedom of Speech: Fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 papal ban on birth control

Book launch Authors: Val Noone, Robert Crotty, Des Cahill, Joe Broderick, Michael Costigan and voices from an Open Forum MC: Catherine Noone. Welcome: Brian Shanahan, Celtic Club president Speakers: Mary Sheehan, professional historian; Eric Hodgens, retired priest 2.30 pm Sunday 6 October 2019 Celtic Club at The Metropolitan, 36 Courtney Street, North Melbourne Twelve months... Continue Reading →

ON THE MARGINS

By Rowan Cahill An overview of the work of Iain McIntyre, and a review of his anthology, On the Fly! Hobo Literature and Songs, 1879-1941. Melbourne-based left activist Iain McIntyre is many things, most recently a doctoral graduate with a thesis, and potential book, dealing with environmental direct action between 1979 and 1990 in Australia,... Continue Reading →

John Ellis

By Peter Love Our long-time comrade and radical activist John Ellis has died at home with Dianne by his side. It’s said that you’re not dead ‘til you’re forgotten. If so, it’ll take a long time for John to go. We remember his memoirs of a busy life as a PKIU workplace activist in Flinders... Continue Reading →

Vale Darce Cassidy (1941-2019) – Journalist, Agitator, Organiser

Ken Mansell Jon (Darce) Cassidy was probably not meant to become one of the foremost left-wing agitators of his generation. Jon’s upbringing was privileged. His father Ralph Cassidy, tragically killed on RAAF service in 1942, was a barrister from a poor Irish background tinged with ‘Orange’ sectarianism. His mother Audrey Cassidy scrimped and saved to... Continue Reading →

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