This publication is a rarity. Working-class women who fight for social justice seldom get an opportunity to tell their own story in their own voices. Social, union and labour history is sometimes interpreted by those far removed from the day-to-day lives and experience of those directly involved. The contributions of working class women remains unacknowledged and invisible … Continue reading “Anne & Betty United by the Struggle”, with Ian Clayton. Published by Route.
A word from our friends in Durham, England:--- Durham Gala parade of banners pass the reviewing platform at the old County Hotel, Durham The 134th Annual Durham Miners Gala takes place on Saturday 14th July 2018. Starting at 8 am, the colourful parade of banners and bands passes through the ancient town towards the picturesque Racecourse … Continue reading 134th Annual Durham Miner’s Gala, 14th July
Davy Hopper The Cork Mother Jones Committee is shocked to learn this evening of the sudden death earlier today of Dave Hopper, Chair of the Durham Miners' Gala and a great friend and supporter of our festival. Dave was due to visit Cork later this month for the 2016 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival … Continue reading Sudden death of Dave Hopper, Chair of Durham Miners’ Gala
Anne Scargill and Betty Cook, Women Against Pit Closures at the Firkin Crane with Yorkshire Mother Jones banner. A number of people have asked if any video footage was available of Anne Scargill and Betty Cook of Women Against Pit Closures singing their anthem from the Miners Strike era - "The Women's Song". The song … Continue reading Anne Scargill & Betty Cook sing “The Women’s Song”
“Mother Jones in the Minefields of West Virginia: An American Adventure Story” The 2014 Cork Mother Jones Lecture will be presented by Professor James Green of the University of Massachussets, Boston. The lecture will take place at 7.30 at the Firkin Crane Centre in Shandon on Tuesday 29th July. James Green was inspired by … Continue reading Mother Jones in the minefields of West Virginia
Film has been an important part of the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival since the beginning. This year we will be showing five films covering the struggles of people in extraordinary situations in the fight for justice and rights. All film showings are free of charge. All welcome. Tuesday 29th July – Friday 1st August 2014 Admission is … Continue reading Interesting films at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2014
Paul Winter of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Committee (OTJC) will speak at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival on Wednesday morning 30th July 2014 at 12 noon at the Firkin Crane, where as an eye witness he will describe the events of 30 years ago at the Orgreave Coking works during the British Miners … Continue reading The Battle for Orgreave – 30 years on
Louis Tikas Palikari………..Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre! Louis Tikas was a good friend of Mother Jones and they worked alongside each other in Colorado in the final months of 1913 when the Colorado miners went on strike. Louis Tikas was born in Crete in 1886 as Elias Anastasios Spantidakis and later emigrated from Greece … Continue reading Palikari – Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre!