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The struggle for Silvertown

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Socialist Worker Online The struggle for Silvertown Socialist Worker Online Although rightly categorized as a labor history, Tully's study of the defeated strike in 1889 at Samuel Winkworth Silver's rubber and electrical factory in London's East East End also probes the place this strike held in a rapidly changing world of production and politics in Britain.

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The poverty wages paid by Silver's consigned workers to fetid living conditions that Tully brings to life in his book....the "chill darkness at the heart of [London's] wonder and bounty: the somber contradiction between Victorian London's splendid material wealth and high culture on the one hand, and a barbarous system of industrial and social organization on the other"

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On the City as University: Occupy and the Future of Public Education

On the City as University: Occupy and the Future of Public Education | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

The CUNY Graduate Center Advocate writes:

 

For quite a long time now, we precariously situated students and faculty in CUNY have been practicing the art of what Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls “poor theory”— “maximizing the possibilities inherent in the minimum… being extremely creative and experimental in order to survive.”

 

Unable to isolate ourselves within the velvety quicksand of armchairs and seminar table solipsism, we have instead pursued a kind of crowd scholarship that jettisons “interest” for “involvement.”

 

Discussions among crowds of people—in and out of assemblies, street marches, virtual forums, shared meals, space-transformations, and yes, even jail stints—have assembled critical lessons and experiences not yet valued by scholastic frameworks of singularly rendered knowledge. Thousands have co-authored this document itself.

 

We are engaged in a process of defending our educational and social futures from a threadbare past and present.

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