Pentecostal minister Clovis Salmon, known in Brixton as "Sam The Wheels"
due to his wheel-making skills, came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1950s. From the 1960s to the 1980s he used his Super-8 camera to film Brixton daily life
and church scenes
, including the aftermath of the 1981 riots
Today is the 70th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street
. On Sunday October 4th 1936, Oswald Moseley
, leader of the British Union of Fascists, attempted to lead a march through Stepney, at that time a predominantly Jewish
area. As the fascists met at Royal Mint Street
, around 300,000 people barricaded the roads
of the East End, chanting "No Pasaran"
and "They Shall Not Pass"
. When the police attempted to break through the corden
at Cable Street a riot ensued. The police were repelled
and Moseley and his acolytes were forced to march in the opposite direction, into the empty streets of the City
. With the Spanish Civil War at its peak, Cable Street saw communists
, dockers and many other ordinary eastenders
fighting the fascists
together and has a mythological
place in East London folklore. Celebrations
will be held this Sunday
Critical to Attend London Critical Mass this Friday.
11-year-old London Critical Mass
is under threat
thanks to the new SOCA laws - that's the Serious Organised Crime Act, which we all realise was drafted for precisely this kind of thing. The Metropolitan Police distributed letters
at last months ride and threaten to turn a peaceful, non-political non-demonstration into exactly the opposite. Inevitably this month's
ride is set to be the biggest yet.
It is reminscent of the on-going Manhattan farce
) and also Milwaukee.