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Fight The Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among The English-Speaking Peoples


Fight The Power! Video from Ewan Donaldson on Vimeo.

Today’s Occupy Movements are part of a long history of struggle. Think protest never achieved anything? Think again when you read Fight The Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among The English-Speaking Peoples, a remarkable comic from New Internationalist, visualising fourteen key moments from the last 200 years, from Luddites and Suffragettes to the Poll Tax Riots and Occupy.

Contributors Benjamin Dickson, Hunt Emerson and John Spelling join co-writer Seán Michael Wilson in Japan to consider the lessons and legacy in this inspiring graphic chronicle of protest movements in a Comica Conversation hosted by Paul Gravett. Ends with book signings till 6pm.

Tickets at £6.00 can be booked from WeGotTickets

In his famous history series A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Winston Churchill seemed to think that history was about wars and made by great leaders. Fight the Power! begs to differ and instead presents A Visual History of Protest Amongst the English Speaking Peoples. Today’s Occupy movements are part of a long history of struggle. This book visualises key moments in history where ordinary people have risen up and fought governments, corporations, even empires. When the 99% have stood up to combatexploitation and abuse or in pursuit of freedom of action and a better life. In other words, to show times in history, just like today, when people have struggled forward to FIGHT THE POWER!

This comic book covers 14 cases of such struggle over the last 200 years and in several English speaking countries including not just the US and UK but Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, India and Jamaica:

The Luddites and Swing Riots (1811-1832)
The Battle of Peterloo (1819)
Colonial Rebellions (1837-1865)
Irish Rebellions (1791-1922)
The Suffragettes (1903-1918)
The Australian General Strike (1917)
The Boston Police Strike (1919)
The UK General Strike and the Battle of George Square (1918 & 1926)
The Battle of Toledo (1934)
Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott (1955-1956)
The Trial of Nelson Mandela (1964)
Fragging (1969-1971)
The Poll Tax Riots (1989-1991)
Occupy (2011-)

Tickets: £6.00
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, WC2H 0EB
When: Saturday, November 9, 2013 3.45 for 4-6pm

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