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Big Flame

I joined the revolutionary socialist organisation Big Flame in 1975 and left around 1983-4, figuring the Thatcher had eliminated the space for the kind of libertarian, autonomous, social movement-oriented organisation I had put so much into, and learned so much from.  Many of us left Big Flame at that time and the organisation ceased to […]

Chapeltown Community Association

I joined the CCA in 1972 when Ruth Bundey was Secretary, and the founder of the CCA, Tim Mobbs, was still involved.  I was Association’s Secretary from 1973-4 or 5 and my analysis of this activity can be read in Chapter 6 (pages 183 – 197) of my book The Struggle for ‘Community . . […]

Chapeltown News

From 1972 to 1976 I was deeply involved with the Chapeltown News Collective, which produced a community newspaper aimed at the residents of the Leeds 7 and 8 neighbourhoods.  We were a small group of young white and black radicals who lived in Chapeltown. For most of its short life, Chapeltown News was literally produced […]

Current political/community activities

I’m a somnolent member of Advisory Board of Red Pepper http://www.redpepper.org.uk/ magazine, which, along with the journal Soundings http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/soundings/reviews.html pretty well expresses where I stand.  I continue to support local, radical campaigns when they emerge, and I am on the committee which organises the Taking Soundings discussion group in Leeds http://takingsoundingsleeds.blogspot.com/. I have been active […]