Upcoming Events at Bookmarks

Thursday 28 Sep 6.30pm
With Glyn Robbins

Glyn Robbins is a London (UK) - based housing worker and campaigner.  His articles about housing and urban policy appear regularly in the labour movement and housing press and have also been published by The Guardian.  Glyn is an active trade unionist and socialist and has a PhD in urban policy.  This is his first book.  

“I don’t know of any text that takes on as many of the key housing challenges in a single volume.  It’s also unusual because it’s grounded by clearly voiced views of local housing activists.”  Professor Larry Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
"A fascinating insight into the way that different policies in the US and Britain have inexorably driven housing toward crisis point. It is methodical, well-researched and will be accessible to a wide range of audiences, but is especially valuable for giving voice to the people for whom inadequate housing and homelessness is a constant presence in their lives. I will recommend this book to everyone I know"  Suz Muna, branch sec. Unite housing workers
 
“This is a gripping and thoroughly accessible read: an essential tool for everyone concerned with the housing crisis - what needs to be done and what activists are doing to campaign for secure, affordable housing for all.” Professor Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths, University of London
 
“Glyn Robbins brings a sharp and sympathetic eye to contemporary US struggles to Save Our Homes in the face of privatisation, deregulation and cuts.  Readers will find much to resonate and reflect on as global capital tightens its death grip on our communities." Michael Kane, Executive Director, National Alliance of HUD Tenants

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Wednesday 25 Oct 6.30pm
With Marcus Rediker

The extraordinary story of one of slavery’s earliest and most redoubtable opponents

The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular and astonishing man—a Quaker dwarf originally from Essex who became one of the first people ever to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. He performed public guerrilla theatre to shame slave masters, insisting that human bondage violated the fundamental principles of Christianity. He wrote a fiery, controversial book against slavery that Benjamin Franklin published in 1738. He lived in a cave, made his own clothes, refused to consume anything produced by slave labour, championed animal rights, and embraced vegetarianism. He acted on his ideals to create a new, practical, revolutionary way of life.

Reviews

“Admirers of Marcus Rediker’s splendid The Slave Ship will be delighted by this historian’s new book. Sailor, pioneer of guerrilla theater, and a man who would stop at nothing to make his fellow human beings share his passionate outrage against slavery, Benjamin Lay has long needed a modern biographer worthy of him, and now he has one.”

– Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost

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