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Winning the right to choose – Lessons from struggles past & present

By Fiona Ryan and Laura Fitzgerald As we fight to push for the repealing of the 8th amendment and to build the pro-choice struggle in Ireland, we can look around the world for inspiration from other struggles for abortion rights. Attempts to roll back reproductive rights in Spain which are deeply unpopular, with polls showing up to 80% against the change in law, have prompted huge public backlash and protest. This mass movement resulted in watering down aspects of the amendment. In an incredible testament to the struggle that has been waged by women and …

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Film Review: Pride

The film ‘Pride’ is set against the backdrop of the miners’ strike during the Thatcher era in the 1980’s. It is a light- hearted comedy that manages to give an uplifting sense of solidarity between the miners on strike and the LGBT community. The film opens with the ‘Solidarity Forever’ anthem and this message is echoed throughout the film. Despite the easy-going humour it doesn’t take away from the serious issues surrounding the miners’ struggle nor the attacks facing LGBT people at the time. It was directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford. The film …

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ROSA Statement for Repeal the 8th Coalition Conference 6 September 2014

Step up the fight – winning a referendum to Repeal the 8th The sickening treatment of a young, migrant, highly vulnerable rape victim by this state has to be a spur to re-develop and to spread an active pro-choice movement. We have to seize this moment and through protests, mass occupations, and huge political pressure on the Labour Party in particular. Labour is facing electoral annihilation in a general election and is attempting to regain support with Burton as leader – they are susceptible to major pressure from below. It’s highly uncomfortable for them to …

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Engels and Women’s Liberation

It is 130 years since the publication of The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, by Friedrich Engels. Long considered by Marxists an important text regarding the origin of women’s oppression, it has been criticised by those promoting alternative explanations of women’s second-class status in society. CHRISTINE THOMAS weighs up the book’s relevance for women’s struggles today. In the preface to the first edition of the Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, Friedrich Engels modestly described his work as “a meagre substitute for what my departed friend [Karl Marx] …

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Women in World War One

Protests, strikes and equality Jane James and Jim Horton, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales)  World War One resulted in the horrific slaughter of millions of workers who were initially encouraged and then conscripted into the bloody horrors of trench warfare. Women too were cajoled to do their bit for ’the war to end all wars’ by replacing the men sent to the front in factories and workplaces across Britain. But in this anniversary year there is likely to be scant attention given to the militant struggles of working class women during those four …

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