Arti Dillon, the co-director of the “Don’t Mention the 47” documentary gave an interview to Brent TUSC to explain why the example of the 47 Labour councillors are still relevant today.
In 1987 like today there was no alternative to cuts!
Mainstream media is bombarding us everyday with messages of austerity. Labour Councillors across the country are telling us that they have no other choice than implementing the Con-Dems cuts.
Like in the Margaret Thatcher, the Con-Dems governement of today has reduced their funding to local councils as part of their dismantlement of the welfare state agenda. In Liverpool, instead of passing the cuts to their local community they represent, 47 Labour Councillors refused to comply with Thatcher’s conservative policies. Alternatively they built 5000 houses, created thousands of jobs and set up many vital public services based on Socialist ideas.
The documentary begins to explore how that possible and why did they end up being surcharged and expelled from office? Through a series of interviews with some of the councilors, a housing worker & others, the film gives voice to some of those who were closely involved, assembling an inspiring example of solidarity and resistance.
At the Richmix, on Sunday 12 May at 7pm
Event Name: Don’t Mention the 47 film screening
Date: Sunday 12 May
Place: Richmix: 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA in Shoreditch (how to get there)
Price: £7, £4 concessions
Online Booking click here
Box office: 020 7613 7498
There will be a discussion after the film chaired by Suzanne Muna (Unite Housing Workers) with a Liverpool 47 councilor and Trade Unions and Socialist Coalition (TUSC invited), the filmmakers and Photographer Dave Sinclair about the 47 campaign and alternatives to austerity today.
This is part of anti-austerity festival events on Sunday 12th May including, from 12:30pm to 7pm,discussions on ‘What are the alternatives to the housing crisis?’.
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