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From East End Suffragettes to World Revolutionaries: The Radical Lives of May O’Callaghan and the Cohen sisters
5 July 2018, 18:30-19:30, Tower Hamlets Library & Archive
In 1916, a Scotland Yard detective informed his superiors that three members of the East London Federation of Suffragettes had moved into a flat together: May O’Callaghan, an Irish intellectual, Nellie Cohen, Sylvia Pankhurst’s secretary and the daughter of Jewish refugees from Poland, and her sister Rose. The detective had unwittingly documented the beginning of a friendship that reflected the vibrant world of the East End, where an Irish and Jewish migrant community came together to fight for the causes of the day; votes for all, revolutionary socialism and an end to the war then raging across Europe. These three women maintained a remarkable friendship across decades and places, from the tumult of East London during the suffrage struggle, through the experimental society of revolutionary Moscow and beyond. Using documents from attics and archives in the US, UK and Russia, this talk reveals the untold story of these women and their shared journey through personal and political revolutions.
This talk is part of the East End Women’s Museum and Tower Hamlets Library and Archive Women’s Hall Project
Radical Politics, the 8th Amendment, and LGBT activism in the Republic of Ireland, 1973-1990
Friday 20 July, with the London-Irish LGBT Network, London Irish Centre, 19:30
This talk explores radical politics and the early Irish LGBT movement. Ireland’s recent referendums, Marriage Equality and the Repeal of the 8th amendment, have been seen as victories for progressive politics in Ireland. This talk discusses the intertwined history behind these two moments of major change by considering how the 1983 campaign against the 8th amendment influenced the campaign for LGBT rights in Ireland. Additionally, the influence of feminist, socialist and republican politics on early LGBT activism in Ireland will be explored.