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Kathy Boudin
Criminal injustice:
Mass incarceration and the US prison nation

Unfortunately the lecture is postponed indefinitely, as Kathy Boudin is no longer able to travel in May due to a health issue. We hope that the event will take place later in the year, so please add your name to the Eventbrite waitlist if you would like to hear the details when they are available.

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This year’s annual Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust lecture will be delivered by Kathy Boudin - Columbia University Professor and co-founder of the Center for Justice at Columbia University, U.S. advocate for ending mass incarceration, and former Weather Underground activist

responses from distinguished UK human rights solicitors GarethPeirce and Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC.

With 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prison population, the United States is the leading incarcerator in the world. In America’s so-called ‘justice' system, upwards of 80,000 people are now kept in solitary confinement, life sentences and life without parole are on the increase, and a new generation of ‘super-max’ prisons have beendesigned to minimize social contact between prisoners, a disproportionate majority of whom are African-American men.

How did this grossly unjust, racist and dehumanising system arise? What kind of economic and political interests keep it in place? What are the consequences for the particular communities most impacted by it, and for the wider American public? And what are the possibilities for its deconstruction?

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Nina Fishman was a political historian, thinker and activist, and the author of important books such as The British Communist Party and the Trade Unions (1995) and the two-volume Arthur Horner: A Political Biography (2011). She was also an active member of the board of the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust. In her honour a specific fund has been created to support the translation into English of works that fall within the interests of the Trust. No topic is specified but the Trust is particularly keen to support works on topics that would have interested Prof. Fishman such as Labour history, European socialism and social democracy, the theory and practice of industrial relations (for further information on this please see http://www.ninafishman.org/). The Trust will consider applications for translations of essays, articles, book chapters and interviews as well as full length books.

The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust will consider applications for this award on Thursday, 23rd April 2015. The deadline for submissions is now closed.

If you do wish to make an application for funds, please contact the administrator on apply@amielandmelburn.org.uk specifying that you wish to apply for the ‘Nina Fishman Translation Award’. You will be sent application guidelines along with an application form specifically for the Nina Fishman Translation Award. Application forms are only available from the administrator. Any applications which do not meet the application guidelines will not be accepted.

Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere
Thursday, 10 January 2013

Paul Mason is the economics editor of the BBC's flagship current affairs program Newsnight. He has covered globalization and social justice stories from locations around the world, including Latin America, Africa and China, has been nominated for an Emmy for his work with BBC World News America, and has twice been nominated for the Orwell Prize for his blog Idle Scrawl. He is the author of Meltdown and Live Working or Die Fighting.

Eighteen months on from the Arab Spring, a year on from the Occupy protests, social unrest continues. Paul Mason explored the roots of the great dissatisfaction among the young and educated and reflected on the way his thesis – that this is an 1848 of the mind, driven by new information networks and horizontal forms of protest – has stood up in the face of attempts to normalise and colonise the protest movements.

He also explored the changing dynamic of the economic crisis that underpins the social unrest, showing how events in Russia and China – countries that have delivered economically to their middle classes – fit into the pattern of disruption and challenge begun in Tahrir Square.

This was a landmark exposition of Mason’s analysis, incorporating new research and reactions to the original criticisms of his book, “Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions”.

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Trust funded project:
The Runner is a film about endurance. It is the story of a champion long-distance runner whose journey transformed him from an athlete into the symbol of a national liberation movement. Salah Ameidan is willing to risk his life, his career, his family and his nationality to run for a country that doesn't exist. He is from Western Sahara, officially Africa's last colony and under Moroccan occupation since 1975.

This is an annual initiative which is carried out in conjunction with a partner organization. The Fellowship is intended to facilitate research with a socialist orientation, consistent with the broad aims of the Trust. One of the aims of the initiative is to provide an opportunity for young researchers to develop their research interests and capacities in a politically-focused environment, and thus over time enhance the human resources which can support radical research.

In the first year of this initiative Compass was chosen as the partner organisation and the project was tremendously successful. Zoe Gannon was the Fellowship beneficiary based at Compass and she completed an important piece of research about the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry that was published in Autumn 2008. In the second year two fellowships were chosen with each of Ruskin College and the TUC. In the third year, one fellowship at The Equality Trust. Jacob Mohun has recently commenced the next Fellowship at The New Economics Foundation .

Nina Fishman’s Arthur Horner: A Political Biography was published in 2010.
For more information on the book see http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/books/archive/arthurhorner.html.

Nina Fishman, trustee of the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn trust , died on Saturday 5th December. Neal Lawson remembers her.
No one had more layers than Nina Fishman. She would arrive at any meeting at any time of the year decked in waistcoats, coats, overcoats and then her whole cycling regalia. As soon as these wrappings were off she would be off: "You see Neal it's the same as the problem in the 1940s when Arthur Horner was General Secretary of the NUM ...." And she would sweep through the historical significance of this or that event as it related to today.
Nina was always finishing yet another Labour history book - deep in research and thought. Her political passions were electoral reform and a social Europe and when I say passions I mean passions. She never gave up on either, no matter how slow the progress, always earnest, always positive and always looking for answers.

Nina was a great friend of Compass. She prodded, pushed and backed us. She opened doors to others and actively supported what we did. She believed in us in a way that gave you the strength and determination to go on even when things got rough or difficult. We couldn't let people like Nina down. She was always "so pleased" to hear good news or help you through harder times.

She had been ill with cancer but still unexpectedly and peacefully Nina died on Saturday. Our thoughts are with Phil and her family. We grieve with them because we feel the loss too; of a friend and a true comrade.

Nina Fishman had lots of layers and those of us who were lucky enough to know her loved all of them.

Neal Lawson

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Dave Cope's remarkable BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF GB is now available on line

Dave Cope’s CPGB Bibliography is a hugely valuable resource for those of us involved with both researching and supporting research in the politics of the left. With 10 categories of materials produced by the CP, and 4 categories of material about the CP users can efficiently and quickly drill down through the database. The keyword facility is a useful additional tool, especially as it includes in its scope the (where applicable) “comments” field, with its explications and often fascinating nippets of additional information’.
John Powles, Head of Special Collections at Glasgow Caledonian University

Long after its dissolution, the history of the Communist Party of Great Britain continues to capture the interest and imagination of academics, writers and researchers. There can have been few political projects that generated such an intensity of debate, and produced such an enormous volume of literature. Despite its relatively small size, the influence of the CPGB - in the fields of politics, theory, culture, social policy, and anti-racism - was enormous.
Now, for the first time, through Dave Cope’s definitive survey, researchers can gain a true picture of the breath-taking pace of production, and ambitious range of projects undertaken by the Party during its 71year history.
Available to all on the web, this bibliography represents both a labour of love and an immensely valuable practical tool for anyone with an interest in Left-wing politics. It is to be highly recommended as an example of scholarship and clarity, and as an example of the manner in which the internet can be used to share, document, and democratise knowledge of our radical past.
John Callow, Marx Memorial Library

Black Gold, a film documentary supported
by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, was
part of the official selection of the London Film
Festival 2006.

Black Gold is a moving and eye-opening look into
the 80-billion-dollar global coffee industry, where
the spoils of overpriced lattes and cappuccinos are

sparsely shared with the farmers who make it all possible.
Sundance Film Festival, 2006


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