Daily Archives: March 29, 2010

Video: ‘With Babies and Banners’

Women of the Emergency Brigade in the 1937 sit down strike

This video traces the role of the Women’s emergency brigade in the Labour movement and the formation of the United Auto Workers. it contains interviews and archival footage.

Necessarily ‘With Babies & Banners’ deals with a different era of capitalism when workers were employed en mass in factories, where now much of that work is done by robots.

‘With Babies and Banners’ has some great accounts and film footage of the General Motors strike at Flint Michigan strike in 1937.

The role of the women’s auxiliary was pivotal in winning that dispute and in the formation of the United Auto Workers union.

The Women’s Emergency Brigade who wore distinctive red berets and arm bands were on the picket lines, they stood between the armed police and the striking workers and demanded a greater role for working women and housewives in the union. They provided blankets and food for the men during the 1937 sit in strike at the General Motors plant in Michigan. 40 years later the same group of women who set up the auxiliary got together to tell the story and reminisce.

Today 2010 General Motors is no more, or at least a shadow of what was, capitalism has moved on to a different era of exploitation using workers in offices, on computers and running huge financial institutions (i.e. super funds) to shore up the capital to dominate and exploit workers.

Running Time is 46 minutes.

Ian Curr
March 2010


Producers: Lyn Goldfarb, Lorraine Gray, Anne Bohlen
Director: Lorraine Gray
Editors: Mary Lampson, Melanie Maholick
Director of Photographer: Max Reid
Broadcast in 1978 on American PBS.

Foco Nuevo News April/May 2010

APRIL 2010

On the move again! Finding a home for Foco Nuevo has been elusive and, while we enjoyed the atmosphere at Souths and appreciated the cooperation of the venue managers, it proved not to be viable for the bar. Fortunately we have been able to secure Kurilpa Hall in West End for this year, right through to December.

At 174 Boundary Street West End, next to the West End library, Kurilpa Hall has a lomg history of communty activities. We held the October and Novbember Foco Nuevo there last year and are pleased that it will be our home for the rest of the year.

Next Foco Nuevo – May 7

Because the first Friday of the month falls on Good Friday, our next Foco Nuevo will be the first Friday in May. So be sure to mark May 7 in your calendars when we return with more great music in a relaxed atmsophere.

Upcoming Jumping Fences gigs

April 10: The Australia-Cuba Friendship Society is organising ‘APRIL SUN IN CUBA’, a concert to coincide with their annual National Consultation meeting. As well as Jumping Fences, the program includes Ovidio Orellana and Nelson Mansilla, Brian Hungerford (from Canberra), Venezuelan folkdancing from Vanessa Losada, and more!

April 22: The BUG Muddy Farmer Hotel, cnr Ipswich Rd and Annerley Rd, 8.00 p.m. Annerley free admission – meals available. Other artists: Rose Wintergreen-Arthur, Mark Cryle and the Redeemers

May 1: Celebrate May Day: Concert and celebration for the International Day of the Workers, at the Paddington Workers Club, 2 Latrobe Tce, Paddington.

hope to see you soon

Lachlan and Sue

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Kurilpa Hall

174 Boundary Street

West End [Next to the West End Library].


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First Friday of the month

$10 / $7 concession

Maggie’s delicious cakes, tea and coffee on sale.


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