York Trades Union Council call on the people of York to show they love their local libraries on National Libraries Day this February 9th.
If every York resident makes the most of their 20 item allowance on the 9th, this would send a clear message to those within the council who are attempting to privatise this essential service.
Libraries are one of the few non-commercial spaces left in our community and provide free education and entertainment for everyone. This could be destroyed by the same profit driven forces which are currently tearing apart the National Health Service.
York Trades Union Council, UNISON, York Stop the Cuts and York Socialist Students will join together to hold a celebration of the library in Library Square (outside York Explore Library, Museum Street) from 11am-2pm. We will encourage people to explore and understand the threat to this vital service. Or in the words of Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson:
“Everyone is welcome to walk through the door. It really doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor. Yes, come to the library! Browse and borrow, And help make sure it’ll still be here tomorrow.”
On Saturday, 19 January 2013, York Alternative History have organised a series of events to commemorate the Show Trial at York Castle of 66 alleged West Riding Luddites in January 1813 and the subsequent execution by hanging of 17 of their number.
1300-1500: Talks at The Guildhall, St Helen’s Square, York Katrina Navickas (University of Hertfordshire): Luddites in the landscape: defending custom, community, and common law Malcolm Chase (University of Leeds): Political prisoners at York Castle: a broader perspective Alan Brooke (Huddersfield Local History Society): The legacy of Luddism
This is a major opportunity to hear three great speakers give a different view than the idea that Luddism was some sort of backward-looking movement, violently opposed to technological progress. The Luddite movement will be set in its wider historical context as part of the quest of working people for freedom and justice. There will be a chance for questions and discussion and a bookstall by the Huddersfield Local History Society. Entry is free but there will be a collection to cover the costs of the room and speakers.
1545-1630: Assembly and procession to the site of the executions at York Castle
After the meeting we will gather outside in St Helen’s Square before processing to York Castle. We will be carrying candles and placards with the names of those executed and wearing white armbands in their memory. When we reach the site of the execution at York Castle there will be a short commemorative event and a memorial will be left at the site. Everyone welcome.