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Article from Black Flag #218 1999.

Cleaning Up The Streets For Who? - Black Flag

xProstitutes working on the edge of the city in East London have recently been subject to a concerted campaign of abuse from the police, the local press and vigilantes. Some of the women are as young as thirteen, many are care leavers and work to support drug habits. Police harassment of prostitutes is nothing new, and the women believe that the latest round of arrests were made in revenge for the arrests of local officers found using the services of local working girls.

Interview: Adil Rahman of Newham Monitoring Project - Black Flag

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Newham Monitoring Project has been fighting racial harassment and police harassment in East London for 18 years - consistently running an emergency advice line, offering practical support to individuals and running campaigns. NMP has always been a grassroots community organisation and funding has come and gone. The withdrawal of funding and loss of its office more than a year ago had lead to rumours of its demise but Black Flag found NMP still going strong when we interviewed Adil Rahman.

From Black Flag #214 1998

La grève des écoliers de Stepney

Un compte rendu court à propos de la grève par 800 élèves à Stepney, dans l’est de Londres le 27 mai 1971, qui a réussi à obtenir le retour d’un professeur qui avait été licencié pour avoir publié un livre de poésies écrites par les enfants.

1912: a year of strikes in the East End of London

Striking transport workers meet in Trafalgar Square, 1912

An account by John Rennie of the strikes which swept East London in 1912: particularly on the docks and amongst Jewish tailors.

East London rent strikes, 1938-9

240 families on rent strike in Quinn Square, Bethnal Green, circa 1938

On 13 February, 1938, a rent strike began in Stepney, east London. This is an account of tenants' struggles in the area at the time, by Past Tense.

Peter the Painter (Janis Zhaklis) and the siege of Sidney Street

Peter the Painter on his wanted poster

In October 2003 the Latvian press carried a number of articles about the Latvian anarchist Janis Zhaklis. These were largely based on the work of Philip Ruff who, after twenty years of research into the Siege of Sidney Street has identified Zhaklis as the most famous Latvian in London: Peter the Painter. His hunt through the archives continues but before the full story is published we thought it worth posting this article to whet your appetites. Pauls Bankovskis, who wrote this piece is a well-known journalist and novelist. His 2002 novel, Mister Latvia, was based on some of the characters involved with the events around Sidney Street.

62 Fieldgate Street: yesterday, today and tomorrow - Mark Kauri

Fieldgate Street in the 1970s

A look at the history of the building in East London where the London Action Resource Centre is based.

The Stepney schoolchildren's strike, 1971

Stepney schoolchildren on strike, 1971

A short account of a strike of 800 pupils in Stepney, east London on May 27, 1971, which successfully won reinstatement of a teacher who was sacked for publishing a book of pupils' poetry.