In Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy, Rinku Sen describes the important political and economic trends that need to be taken into account when doing community organising. She explains that: "If we are to shift power, our organizing has to be grounded in a clear and common understanding of how the world … Continue reading Context of struggle
This post lists 9 Revolutionary moments and periods in Britain since 1381. This is a broad overview so I will look at the details and patterns of these moments and periods in future posts. Following on from the previous post about learning from history, there has been a long tradition of the working class struggling … Continue reading Revolutionary moments and periods in Britain
George Lawson writes in Anatomies of Revolution about two common but unhelpful ways that revolutions are viewed. Either as everywhere – on the streets in the Middle East, to describe new technology, in films and also to describe political leaders. The second is that they are minor disturbances and "irrelevant to a world in which … Continue reading What are revolutions?
Social movements are important because when collective action spreads across an entire society it leads to a cycle of protest. When such a cycle is organised around opposed or multiple classes or interest groups then this can lead to revolutions . This is simplistic as there are many causes and factors that lead to revolutions, … Continue reading What are social movements?