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Stories: Selma James article on the Jeremy Corbyn campaign
Posted by: roy on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 08:46 AM
Protest From Global Women's Strike:
The Guardian rejected Selma James’s article on Jeremy Corbyn but we thought you’d like to see it.

A time of reckoning

Corbyn’s campaign meeting attracted, in addition to the 900 in the Camden Centre, two overflow roomfuls plus another 500 in the street outside. At least half were women. Mark Serwotka of Public and Commercial Service union and a real charmer, chaired. Among the speakers were a young Asian woman volunteering at Stop the War, a councillor wanting Labour’s backing when she opposed cuts, anti-racist former councillor Martha Osamor and a rejuvenated Ken Livingstone. (

The crowd was ecstatic. Much of Corbyn´s political programme had been agreed by
most people long before there was a spokesman with potential power – renationalise the railways and Royal Mail; end NHS privatisation; free education; support immigrants and asylum seekers; reinstate welfare cuts and trade union rights; prioritise the environment; and no more wars or bombings.

Many among the crowd were coming from a movement they had built in self-defence – made up of hundreds of local campaigns all over the UK, many if not most initiated and led by women, against this or that hospital or library closure, this or that cut, this or that eviction, deportation, death in police custody, or even this or that turning a blind eye to the mass rape of children.

It is a time of reckoning, the end of which none can predict. Ian Duncan Smith laughed during the televised debate when enacting his cuts, but his merriment at our distress could not continue indefinitely.

Corbyn was not anti-market but definitely anti-austerity. It is women who have been the target of every attack on the welfare state. It’s not news that jobs women have lost were often waged service and caring work, and that women as unwaged carers have been deprived of the services they need to do their job. What job? Why, reproducing the human race. How did that get sidelined? Austerity attacks carers first of all. In 90% of families the primary carer is a woman. Austerity is sexist.

We have got used to measuring sexism by lack of female access to the commanding heights of the economy and politics, that is, by the very few women realising their personal ambition. Thus we may not recognise pervasive and even life-threatening sexism when it hits us. Yvette Cooper, a contender for Labour’s leadership wants the party of labourers to prioritise women’s capability for ‘the top jobs’. As Secretary of State for Work and Pensions she brought in the Welfare Reform Act 2009 which abolished Income Support and extended Labour’s infamous Work Capability Assessment for sick and disabled people. The money that recognised unwaged caring work, enabled single mothers to leave violent men, and allowed disabled people to live independent lives, is largely gone or under threat. No one knows how many disabled people have died as a result: the government refuses to publish the figures.

Women have been the prime targets of all three austerity parties since it is caring they’re attacking. Women are ‘workless’ according to Tony Blair and his ‘Babes’ unless we do what men are supposed to do, go out to work – not for the top jobs but the zero-hour contracts at the bottom.

Why should we vote for women candidates when most leave the sexist (and racist, etc.) injustices even the professional women may suffer at the door as they enter Parliament, and instead toe the party line – as Harriet Harman did when in 1997 she fronted for Blair’s One Parent Benefit cut? If they protest the career ladder is withdrawn. Like their male colleagues they prioritise the ladder. Professor Alison Wolf has attacked as a ‘betrayal of feminism’ the ‘modern obsession’ with women in boardrooms or in Parliament while the poorly paid shift workers on which the ‘golden skirts’ depend, are ignored. Even on the Iraq war the women MPs didn’t think or feel like us: most of them voted for it while 75% of women opposed it.

Jeremy Corbyn offers women 50 per cent of his shadow cabinet, but with anti-sexist policies, including not only free childcare but the ‘recognition and valuing’ of women’s unremunerated caring work. Women coming in on a rising popular tide, could build on that for the rest of us – we could call them to account on the basis of this programme.

We are told that if Corbyn wins, Labour won’t be electable. Anti-austerity not calls for independence won the SNP its 56 MPs. The maiden speech of Mhairi Black made it clear that in following anti-austerity she did not leave Labour; Labour left her. It is a kind of political corruption that assumes that his popularity augurs badly for electability.

At Monday’s meeting people felt they were returning not to the eighties but to 1945, when Nye Bevan who built the NHS called the Tories ‘vermin’ for what they had imposed on the population, overwhelmingly working class. Corbyn is much more polite. But John McDonnell MP, who ensured Corbyn would run, was ‘ready to swim through vomit’ to oppose the cut to tax credit for the third child; neither Cooper nor Kendall was sickened.

Today’s Tories have gone back to pre-1945, replacing welfare to end poverty with food banks to ensure its increase – 3.7m children are living in poverty; 176,565 surviving on food banks. What is happening to their mothers? Many go without so their children can eat. Many do three or four low-paid jobs. Many have become sex workers to pay the rent. This is what feminism must stand against, or it must stand aside. It is a time of reckoning.

Selma James

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Permanent, Faslane,6 miles NW of Helensburgh, Scotland on A814:
Faslane Peace Camp sited close to Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base. Also 1st Saturday in every month noise demo, workshops, free cafe and kids space. Tel:01436 820901 For photos click here

Permanent for 'woodland maintenance workers', near Garelochhead, Scotland: Peaton Glen Wood Peace Camp sited opposite Coulport Nuclear Weapons Base For more info click here

Every Tuesday evening, 6 - 8 pm, Main Entrance at NSA/USAF Menwith Hill, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire: Peaceful protests/witnesses against the proposed US 'Star Wars' systemThe demonstration is focussed on the people who work at USAF Menwith Hill - for example - we are protesting at the roles this base has ie in the American Missile Defense System ("Star Wars"), the specifically the continuing role re the Afghanistan and Iraq conflict, the policy of 'pre-emptive strikes', the ECHELON system We are also calling for Independence FROM America. Please come and voice your concerns at the presence of this American base on UK land.For more info click here

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2nd weekend of every month: Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp clickhere
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Every Wednesday, 4-6pm Brighton, Smash EDO,noise demo against the arms manufacturer for more information click here

3rd weekend of every month, North Yorkshire: Menwith Hill Women's Peace Camp contact

last weekend of every month, Cumbria: Sellafield Women's Peace Camp contact 0113 262 1534

First Mondays of every month 5-6pm Warton, on A584 7 miles west of Preston, Lancashire. Vigil and leafletting of workers at arms makers BAE Systems site contact Jan Harper 0151 2636578  

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