Aspects of syndicalism in Spain, Sweden and USA

July 2nd: Considering the relative weakness of anarcho-syndicalism in Britain historially, Philip Holgate compares three countries where the revolutionary union idea took off and made a major social impact in Spain, Sweden and the US. Holgate, born at Chesterfield, 1934, studied mathematics at Exeter and spent five years teaching in a progressive school.

Workers’ control in the building industry after World War One

June 2nd: James Lynch considers the brief period in 1918-1921 when British construction workers successfully took parts of the industry into the worker-controlled National Building Guild.

May 1936: The Congress of Zaragoza

April 29th: In this archive article from Anarchy Number 5, Philip Holgate looks at the Congres of Zaragoza, which took place in May 1936.

How the peace symbol came to be

April 12th: Peace News writes about its role in creating the globally-recognised icon.  ‘Without you (Hugh Brock), Michael Randel (sic) and Pat (Arrowsmith) there would have been no symbol.’ So wrote the artist and designer of the nuclear disarmament symbol, Gerald Holtom, in a letter dated 29 September 1973 to Hugh Brock, PN editor 1955–1964, and the chair of

Looking at Anarchist solidarity with prisoners and exiles in the Soviet Union

March 30th: In 2010 the Alexander Berkman Social Club and Kate Sharpley Library published The Tragic Procession: Alexander Berkman and Russian Prisoner Aid.

The events of ’68 (1868, that is)

March 28th: This year’s 150th anniversary of the first vote under a working-class franchise needs to be remembered.

A Oes Heddwch? Welsh peace activism historic and modern

March 26th: Ahead of Cardiff Stop The Arms Fair protests due tomorrow, Jane Harries writes about some of the peace movement’s historic associations in Wales, and about modern-day movements.

History: The Anarchist Ball of 1961

March 10th: As the British anarchist movement got going after a long decade on the back foot, Freedom’s October Ball showcased a burgeoning powerhouse.

Far from therapeutic …

March 2nd: PAT ARROWSMITH, field organiser for the Committee of 100, was serving a 3-month sentence in Gateside Prison, Greenock, for her part in the anti-Polaris demonstration at Holy Loch when this article was published by Freedom Press.

History gallery: The Committee of 100

February 15th: Freedom Newspaper’s first ever full-page picture spread from 1961 offers a unique record of the famous Committee of 100 anti-war march of February 18th that year, which began what was to become the modern British anti-war movement.  Led by anarchist fellow-traveller Bertrand Russell, who resigned from CND to set it up, the Committee of 100 ran