In September we held an event with East End Sisters Uncut at St Hilda’s East community centre, bringing together some fantastic speakers to talk about about the different ways east London women have challenged sexism, racism, exploitation, and injustice then and now.
Watch talks from the day online
Thanks to filmmaker Bea Moyes we have videos of all the talks on the day, take a look:
- Nadia Valman on Jewish women’s activism at Cable Street in the 1930s and beyond
- Julie Begum on how Women Unite Against Racism took on the BNP in the 1990s
- Sarah Jackson on how the East London suffragettes used the media in the 1910s
- Louise Raw on the Matchwomen’s Strike in 1888
- Janine Booth on the Poplar Rates Rebellion in 1921
- Two members of East End Sisters Uncut spoke about the organisation’s history and approach
Around 70 people attended on the day. We’ve made a Storify collecting some of the tweets from the event which you can see below.
What is your activist object?
We also had some sheets of flipchart paper up on the walls asking some questions for our guests to answer about their activism:
Lend us your histories!
We planned to have some time at the end of the day for the audience to share their stories, whether about their own experience of activism or a story about their friends, family, or the wider community.
Sadly we ran out of time, but we’d still love to hear your histories. Please feel free to share them in the comments or use our contact form to tell us more.
We would especially love to hear any stories about Bengali women’s housing activism in the 1970s or black women’s organising in the 1980s, as we had speakers lined up to talk about these movements that had to pull out.
Raising money for East End Sisters Uncut
On the day we had donation buckets and a cake stall raising money for East End Sisters Uncut which raised £235, and around 25 people made a donation online when they registered for the event. Thank you everyone!
If you would like to support the brilliant work of East End Sisters Uncut you can donate via Paypal on their website.