Leicester People’s University Upcoming Sessions

Leicester People’s University

free higher education for the people of leicester!

All upcoming sessions will be held in the Exchange Bar (either in the cellar or in the smaller room near the bar): 50 Rutland St, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 1RD. In terms of format, each session will include some lecturing, some group discussion and some plenary discussion.

Visions of a society without a government – 2 February 2019, 13:30-17:30

Is organised human life possible without a state? Could it be even better than the situation we have now? Why have so many people and movements fought for a world without government? This session, led by Anarchist Communist Group member Sam Hilton, will explore the history of radical anti-statist movements and look at the potential these movements and ideas have in our society today.

Austerity in Leicester and seven other international cities: lessons on governance and resistance – 2 March 2019, 13:30-17:30

Austerity has been delivered in the UK without triggering much resistance, including in Leicester. Other cities across the world have suffered austerity too. What lessons can be drawn for Leicester from both its own experience and that of those different cities? In this session, Jonathan Davies from the DMU Centre for Urban Research on Austerity will talk about his recent research on the international experience of austerity and resistance in Athens, Baltimore, Barcelona, Dublin, Leicester, Melbourne, Montreal and Nantes, in order to draw lessons for the people of Leicester today.

To repair or not to repair – 6 April 2019, 13:30-17:30

by Leicester Fixers..

Temporary future dates for your diaries
We’re working on a programme for the next academic year. More details to follow. The dates are likely to be:

4 May
1 June
6 July – on Productivity or whatever happened to the shorter working week, with David Harvie


#UK territory: #IWW statement on Home Office courier raids — Enough is Enough!

UK: Statement by the IWW about the recent Home Office raids against courier. Originally published by IWW. Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only. It has been…

via #UK territory: #IWW statement on Home Office courier raids — Enough is Enough!

Answering our rulers’ crisis with mutual aid and solidarity

Cautiously pessimistic

As the pantomime in Parliament goes on and on, a no deal Brexit is coming to seem increasingly plausible – not that anyone in charge particularly wants it, but then few of our rulers actively wanted a four-year war in summer 1914.

Some of the best proposals I’ve seen about how we can respond to our rulers’ crisis have come from the South Essex Heckler:

“We face being placed in a situation where at the grassroots in our communities, we’re going to have to rely on each other to pull us through the shite that could well be coming our way… Work from your block, close or street upwards. It’s about everyone looking out for each other, regardless of who they are or where they’ve come from. In a crisis situation, everyone’s in it together. Tell the reactionary divide and rule merchants who’ll be shit stirring to f**k off…

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It’s time for some real change…

After the piss poor attendance at the People’s Assembly ‘Broken Britain’ march last Saturday (12.1) and the failure of Corbyn’s motion of no confidence in a bid to oust the government last night (16.1), if it’s not clear to the Labour luvvies that a general election isn’t going to happen any time soon, it never will be. If the Left had any genuine enthusiasm for forcing an election, they would have put some effort into mobilisation and the numbers at Broken Britain would have been in excess of 15-20,000 instead of the pathetic 2,000 they mustered.

As we’ve written before – The vacuum opens up… – the British public were unsurprisingly conspicuous by their absence at the Broken Britain march. When John McDonnell was making his speech at the rally in Trafalgar Square at the end of the march, looking out over the meagre scattering of marchers present, it must…

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My interview with Sheila Rowbotham about her groundbreaking 1969 article “Women: the struggle for Freedom”

lipstick socialist

black-dwarf-year-of-the-militant-woman On 10 January 1969 in an article  called   “Women; the struggle for Freedom”, published  in the Marxist magazine Black Dwarf, socialist feminist Sheila Rowbotham  poured out her anger and resentment about the inequality and injustice of women’s lives:   “A much less tangible something – a smouldering, bewildered consciousness with no shape – a muttered dissatisfaction – which suddenly shoots to the surface and EXPLODES.”

Sheila  lived in a communal house  in London, worked part -time teaching at a local F.E. college, and was involved with socialist politics.  But she saw  her male comrades as  part of the problem. “They, like the left generally then, treated women with derision when we spoke up about how we felt about our lives,” she told me when I spoke to her.   This came to a head when she became involved in producing an issue on women’s issues for “Black…

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Homes for Londoners? Sadiq Khan’s Record on Housing



‘The housing crisis is the single biggest barrier to prosperity, growth and fairness facing Londoners today. I’ve found that, both as a MP, and throughout my campaign to be Mayor of London, it doesn’t matter whether you’re talking to business leaders, local residents, charities or community groups: far and away the biggest issue across the board is London’s housing crisis. The city’s shortage of decent and affordable homes is causing real misery to millions of Londoners, and damaging London’s competitiveness.’

– Sadiq Khan, Homes for Londoners, March 2016

Very few politicians deliver the promises they make when campaigning to be elected to office; none have ever improved on them. With the charity Shelter announcing that 170,000 Londoners would be homeless this Christmas, the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, in a letter leaked to the Guardian newspaper, responded that he was ‘considering’ introducing rent controls in 2019. This May Sadiq Khan will…

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