What’s happening 2021?

On Saturday 15 May 2021 there will be a full day online commemoration starting at 10.30. Register here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/514567 

10.30 

  • Welcome by Sam Gurney TUC LESE
  • Welcome by Colin Carritt Oxford International Brigades Memorial Committee
  • Keynote speaker: John Rees History of Levellers and Levellers Day
  • Keynote speaker: Ciaran Walsh History of Oxford Levellers
  • Reverend Canon Professor Mark Chapman commemorative address and wreath laying at Burford church
  • Film: Diggers march on St George’s Hill introduced by David Chanter
  • The Wellingborough Diggers and Gerrard Winstanley introduced by John Haywood
  • Sea Green Singers

13.00

  • Keynote speaker: Megan Dobney International Brigade Memorial Trust
  • Wreath laying at Oxford International Brigade Memorial with Colin Carritt
  • Mini documentary on Volunteers of the International Brigades
  • Gary Lock speaking on the Battle of Jarama and the Jarama song

14.00

  • STOP PRESS: we are pleased to say that Jeremy Corbyn MP will be joining us to introduce and take part in the debate
  • Levellers Day debate “The world turned upside down” chaired by Cathy Augustine Oxfordshire Labour Representation Committee with:
  • Ellen Clifford DPAC, author “The war on disabled people”
  • Fenella Porter Oxfam GB, Young Women’s Music Project and Womankind Worldwide
  • Ian Hodson BFAWU president, workers’ rights, McStrike, Zero Hours Justice
  • Jabu Nala-Hartley Mothers 4 Justice Ubuntu, Oxford Living Wage Campaign, Oxford Black Lives Matter
  • John Hendy QC Industrial democracy – reinstatement of collective bargaining
  • Rabhya Dewshi Extension Rebellion Oxford, mother and psychologist
  • Film from Levellers Day 2019
  • The Internationale

16.15

  • Music with
  • Didcot Red Kites
  • Sieze the Day
  • Robb Johnson

and then at 5pm

COVID, the climate crisis, Trump and Fake News, “We’re All in This Together” but we’re not, obscene wealth and abject poverty. The world seems more upside down than ever.

On 17 May 1649, three soldiers were executed on Oliver Cromwell’s orders in Burford churchyard, Oxfordshire. They were Levellers, with beliefs in civil rights and religious tolerance. They stood up to Cromwell’s arrogance and they were shot for their pains.

Nearly 300 years later 2,500 British and Irish men and women saw the evils of fascism and the appeasement of their national leaders and they joined the International Brigades in Spain to fight for freedom and justice for working people. 526 died on the Spanish battlefields.

Levellers Day has been an annual celebration of the fight for justice since 1975. This year’s event will be online and it is being jointly organised by the TUC London East and South East (TUC LESE) and the Oxford International Brigades Memorial Committee.

We have an exciting line up for you from 10:30 am through to the evening. The programme will include the annual acts of remembrance at Burford Church and at the Oxford International Brigade Memorial; film clips from earlier Levellers Days, from the Diggers occupation of St Georges Hill Surrey, and from International Brigade archives. We will have a panel of keynote speakers with a Q&A session on the theme of “The World Turned Upside Down”. And we will have music and entertainment and virtual stands from our radical campaigning comrades.

Do please join us. Tickets are free but a solidarity contribution towards platform costs and for building the 2022 event are welcome. Tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/514567

 

Levellers drummer