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The Anatomy of A Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 84
Ortiz, Paul
The first time I traveled to Los Angeles with a comrade of mine in the labor movement, I had one of those sharp educational experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Barred from Prison
Culhane, Claire
An account of what occured inside the B.C. Penitentiary during a prison uprising in September 1976.
Beer Riots in Bavaria
Engels, Friedrich
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
Centralia Massacre: Connexipedia Article
A violent and bloody incident that occurred in the town of Centralia, Washington on November 11, 1919 during a parade celebrating the first anniversary of Armistice Day.
Detroiters Remember the 1967 Rebellion: Kim D. Hunter interviews Ed Vaughn
Vaughn, Ed; Hunter, Kim D.
An interview with Ed Vaughn, an eyewitness observer of the 1967 Detroit rebellion, on the event, its causes and its impact on history.
Further Particulars of the Silesian Riots
Engels, Friedrich
The causes of these affrays were the incredible sufferings of these poor weavers, produced by low wages, machinery, and the avarice and greediness of the manufacturers.
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
How the 'black bloc' protected the G20
Davidson-Harden, Adam
The black-clad mob in Toronto has left a lot of people not only in the general public but in the wider nonviolent social/global justice movements in Canada feeling disgusted, demoralized and dispirite...
Is this what a police state looks like?
Dobbin, Murray
The corporate security state is not static - it will keep filling more and more space to the extent that they are allowed to by civil society. The police actions in Toronto are one of those key moment...
The language of the unheard
Richardson, Brian
A book review of "A People's History of Riots, Protest and the Law: The Sound of the Crowd" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) by author Matt Clement.
The Making of Jericho Road: Against The Current vol. 132
Williams, Charles
An interview with Michael Honey. The paperback edition of Michael Honey’s Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign is released this January 2008.
A Marxist History of the World part 101: The Long Recession
Faulkner, Neil
By the early 1970s, the levers of state economic management had stopped working and the world economy entered a long period of stagnation.
Moral Poverty and the Riots
Malik, Kenan
Because the right has appropriated the arguments about moral failure, many on the left have rejected moral arguments altogether. The left talks much about the social and economic impact of neoliberal ...
Paris and London in the 18th Century: Studies in Popular Protest
Rude, George
Articles relating to popular protests and revolts breaking out in Paris and London during the eighteenth century.
Rebecca Riots: Connexipedia Article
The Rebecca Riots took place between 1839 and 1843 in South Wales and Mid Wales. They were a protest against the high tolls which had to be paid on the local turnpike roads.
Recovering Forgotten Voices: Against The Current vol. 132
Gilyard, Keith
A lover of American literature will come away from reading Alan Wald’s Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade excited about the prospect of investigating a long list of curr...
Revolutionary Centennial: Guyana's 1905 Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 114
Westmaas, Nigel
1905 was a landmark year in the history of Guyana, as it was for several places around the world. In Russia, the Tsar and his troops shot workers delivering a petition in St. Petersburg. In Bengal t...
Riot and Revolution: Speech by Rosa Luxemburg on Trial for Inciting to Riot
Luxemburg, Rosa
On the twelfth of November 1906 Rosa Luxemburg was tried at the Criminal Court at Weimar for “inciting to the use of physical force” by the speech she contributed to the discussion on the General Stri...
Riots, List of - Wikipedia: Connexipedia Article
This is an incomplete chronological list of events characterized by at least one source as riots.
Social Activist Grace Lee Boggs on Shaking Up the Status Quo in America
Grace Lee Boggs has been a part of almost every major movement in the United States in the last 75 years, including: Labor, Civil Rights, Black Power, Women’s Rights and Environmental Justice.
The social significance of Toronto's June 15 homeless "riot"
What happened on June 15 bears close attention for what it says about the trajectory of politics in Ontario and the country as a whole. The police ran amok, attacking not only anyone participating in ...
The Socialist Register 1968: Volume 5: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
The Struggle for Quebec: Spokesman Pamphlet No. 13
Fekete, John
Essays analyzing class struggles in Quebec in, and leading up to, 1971.
The Targeting of Walter Rodney: Against The Current vol. 120
West, Michael O.
On October 15, 1968 the government of Jamaica barred Walter Rodney from returning to the island. A lecturer at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Rodney had been out of the co...
Tompkins Square Riot (1874): Connexipedia Article
On January 13, 1874 police crushed a demonstration involving thousands of unemployed in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...

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Cheap clothing proves far too dear
The death of workers in Bangladesh are just the latest tragedy that springs from the west's addiction to fashion
Siegle, Lucy
In Bangladesh one hundred workers died in a garment fire, a common occurence plaguing a workforce that already has the distinction of being the "most poorly paid in the world". The author investigates...
English Defence League: new wave of extremists plotting summer of unrest
Growth of anti-Muslim group raises fears of street violence
Taylor, Matthew
A profile of the supporters and the protests of the English Defence League, a right wing anti-Islam group of mostly white, young British men, many of them mobilized through their soccer clubs.
Handcuffed and herded
My big Alpine adventure with Switzerland's police
Clark, Andrew
A journalist at the World Economic Forum Summit is detained and intimidated along with protestors by Swiss police.
May 1998 riots of Indonesia
The May 1998 Riots of Indonesia, also known simply as The 1998 Tragedy, were incidents of mass violence of a racial nature that occurred throughout Indonesia, mainly in Medan in the province of North ...
The Riot That Changed Canada
How rampagers against Asians in Vancouver helped launch a famous PM
Kilian, Crawford
The race riots of September 1907 have been Vancouver's embarrassing little incident for over a century. Most of us know very little about them, and still less about the consequences -- which, Julie Gi...
Social geography of a night of plunder
‘Up for it to cause havoc’ on the streets of London
Horwell, Veronica
In London last month every local uprising, or as a notice in a closed Clapham pub read, ‘social unrest’, had different origins and manifestations. And very few of them were riots.
The unrecognised truth behind that 'spontaneous' Belfast riot
Violence was planned by manipulative, self-interested individuals
McDonald, Henry
An analysis of sectarian violence in Belfast between the loyalists and republicans and the international media coverage of this violence, which often frames it as political.