Votes for Women: A Timeline of the Women’s Fight in Portsmouth

1869 First petition for female suffrage is presented by Portsmouth. Women are allowed to vote in Borough elections this year. 1870 Further petition for Women’s suffrage presented. 1872 Further petition for Women’s suffrage presented. 1872 First documented meeting for women’s suggrage takes place in Portsea, the dockyard quarter, by a Mrs Ronniger on behalf of…

Fire-fighters: “We Rescue People, Not Banks!”

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) staged a protest in Portsmouth earlier today over renewed threats from the government to cut staff and services. Around thirty fire-fighters from across the city were joined by local trade unionists, socialists and numerous passers-by to say that the Coalition’s austerity programme was putting lives at risk. The FBU…

Radical History Day

Portsmouth has a rich history of dissent, rebellion and protest—yet all too often it is hidden from our view. From the battle to keep common land to women campaigning for the vote, from mutinous sailors to the fight against racism, the past struggles of local people are a source of huge inspiration and interest. Portsmouth…

Towards a South Downs commune

“For us, as revolutionaries, meaningful action is whatever increases the confidence, autonomy, initiative, participation, solidarity, egalitarian tendencies and self-activity of the masses, and whatever assists in their demystification. Sterile and harmful action is whatever reinforces the passivity of the masses, their apathy, cynicism, differentiation through hierarchy, alienation, reliance on others to do things for them,…

Day of Action for a Living Wage

Members from both the Unite and Unison unions came together in Portsmouth this week to continue their campaign for the living wage. Portsmouth City Council employees have suffered an 18% cut in pay between 2010 and 2014 as part of the government’s austerity drive. Now many workers are paid nothing more than minimum wage, despite…