Tag: poetry

Letter to Edith

Parenthood is full of uncertainties; of hopes and fears. The climate crisis amplifies all of this, and brings into focus the harsh realities and stark choices we face - as individuals and as a society. A poem by Rick Lighten.

I Bring Her a Flower

On the 100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg, we republish a poetic tribute to her written by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

Intolerants not welcome – The Battle of Lewisham 1977

13 August 2017 will be the 40th Anniversary of the “Battle of Lewisham” when thousands of local people and other anti-racists refused to allow...

A poem by Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons, poet and novelist, penned this poem in response to Theresa May's vile racist speech at the Conservative conference. We are proud to...

Motivation: a poem by Caliban’s Revenge

Caliban's Revenge reflects on the state of teaching today MOTIVATION They told me to be "CUSTOMER CENTERED" ...

“Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released”

Michael Rosen  reports  on an  "Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released". "We can drop bombs through the eye of a needle. We...

Sorry! An apology from Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslims)...

We're pleased to be able to republish a poem by the Syrian Kurdish poet Amir Darwish with permission of publishers Smokestack books. A collection of...
Diego Rivera mural

Ten radical poems for National Poetry Day

Like the song says, socialism is about bread, but also roses. With the help of rs21 members we've gathered ten poems about the fight against capitalism,...
Poppy field

Condemning the slaughter of the ‘Great War’

2014 marks the 100th centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Britain's rulers want us to commemorate it as a 'just war'. Matthew...

Why does Michael Gove hate Blackadder?

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany in the the First World War. Cameron, Gove and others want us to...

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Interview: The formation of the French strike movement

French collective Plateforme d’Enquêtes Militantes explain the strikes in France.
Forest burning

Motion: climate strikes and COP26

rs21 members have produced a model motion to popularise the idea of a climate strike on International Workers' Day, 1 May 2020 and mobilise for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.

Reject the Ten Pledges

Sai Englert argues that the ten pledges represent a continuation of an attack on the left and the Palestine solidarity movement, rather than a serious attempt to tackle antisemitism in Britain.
Photos of Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn and the IRA smears

Claims that Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter or even a member of the IRA were a prominent part of how he was demonised. But there was little discussion of the context for the IRA campaign or the left’s attitude.

What a way to make a living | Minicabbing since 1979

In the latest instalment of our What a way to make a living series, Mitch Mitchell reports on his experiences driving minicabs over the decades

France on the march: Macron vs. the unions

The movement against Macron’s pensions reform is at the crossroads,. Public support remains high, but it will have to spread to other basic services and key industries to defeat Macron.

Motion: Solidarity with strikers in France

A show of international solidarity and concrete financial solidarity is vital at this point in the mobilisation where the strike is becoming a significant strain on strikers themselves.

British Steel: workers’ rights disregarded

The return of a Tory MP from Redcar, whose steel plant closed in 2017, is a symptom of a feeling of abandonment in many former industrial communities. Brian Parkin looks at the prospect for resistance in what remains of the British steel industry

Toxic neoliberalism and charity – Australians demand sufficient response to the wildfires

Tens of thousands of Australians demonstrate to demand adequate response to the fires raging across the country.
A field, with a caravan camp in the distance on the left side, in front of hills

Whose land? Resisting the Tories’ anti-traveller policy plans

Hanna Gál writes on why the Tories' plan to increase police powers against illegal encampments must be resisted.

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Reject the Ten Pledges

Sai Englert argues that the ten pledges represent a continuation of an attack on the left and the Palestine solidarity movement, rather than a serious attempt to tackle antisemitism in Britain.
Anti-Boris demo in Uxbridge

How we fight back

A devastating electoral defeat for Labour brings with it an inevitable battle for interpretation. It also sharply illustrates the need for our side to build power beyond parliament.
25 April 1983

revolutionary reflections | Portugal’s revolution portrayed

Raquel Varela’s new history of the Portuguese revolution is essential reading for revolutionary socialists, argues Brian Parkin.
A group of artworkers stand with a banner outdoors on the Southbank in London

What a way to make a living | An art worker in the climate...

Katherine Hearst, art worker and climate activist reflects on the links between precarity and the climate crisis.
Kick Boris Out

The long Conservative decline

Labour still has a long way to go to win this election. But the Tory crisis won't go away either, regardless of who wins on 12 December, argues Duncan Thomas.