SELMA JAMES

Selma James is an antisexist, antiracist campaigner and has fought for justice for over 50 years. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930 she became the wife of the internationally renowned West Indian Historian and political philsopher C.L.R James. In Britain during the 1960s, she became a leading activist in the movements for the rights of immigrants and people of colour. 

Selma is the author or several seminal books among them A Women's Place; Sex Race and Class; The Perspective of Winning; Wageless of the world and Women, the Unions and Work. She has lectured and led workshops all over the World and is the founder of the Wages for Housework and Care Income Now campaign. 

In 1972 Selma James coined the word ‘unwaged’ to describe the reproductive caring work that women do; it entered the English language. (We later found it had once been used in the 19th century.)

Antiracism, anti-discrimination and the justice work we do for ourselves and with others are at the heart of Selma James  campaigning.

Book 2

Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet

SKU: 9781629638386
Author: Selma James • Foreword by Margaret Prescod • Editor: Nina Lopez
Series: PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-62963-838-6
Published: 06/2021
Format: Paperback
Size: 6x9
Pages: 256
Subjects: Feminism / Economics

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Ham & High podcast : Selma James speaks about the campaign’s success, initial resistance from feminists, and how, if at all, things have improved for women and unpaid carers across the world. 

23rd November 2022

https://podfollow.com/hamhigh/episode/4c268891beb680672a3aa2e7b9997926a1876ca0/view

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Upcoming Event : Resistance Exhibition – Day of Workshops and Talks – Saturday 12 November.

9th November 2022

Event organised by Stonehenge Heritage Action Group, Global Women’s Strike and Resistance Exhibition Address : Black Door, Soho Studios, 17-19 Archer Street, London, W1D 7, United Kingdom. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐞: 𝟐𝒑𝒎: 𝑮𝒍𝒐𝒃𝒂𝒍 𝑾𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏’𝒔 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒌𝒆: 𝟓𝟎 𝒀𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑶𝒓𝒈𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑨𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒔 𝑺𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒔 𝟑.𝟑𝟎𝒑𝒎: ‘𝑲𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑬𝒏𝒆𝒎𝒚’ 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝑪𝒐𝒓𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝑾𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉 𝟓𝒑𝒎: 𝑹𝒐𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆! 𝑷𝒂𝒏𝒆𝒍 𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 fellow 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬:  𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡:…

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A ‘front loaded’ child benefit avoids the financial recognition mothers are campaigning for

2nd November 2022

As the Wages for Housework Campaign celebrates its 50th anniversary, money for mothers is increasingly on the agenda.  The think tank Civitas proposes that parents with children under the age of four should be paid £8,000 a year to look after them. See here. This would be done by “frontloading” child benefit, that is more of the…

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What Mothers and Other Caregivers Want: Fill in the International Survey.

19th October 2022

We write to bring to your attention our What do mothers and caregivers want? international survey. We urge you to fill it in and/or circulate it among family, friends and social networks if you haven’t already. The survey is being circulated in different countries and four languages so far – English, Italian, Spanish and Thai – and has…

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Hookers in the House of the Lord: The Reunion, 21 October 2022.

19th October 2022

This autumn marks 40 years since the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) occupied the Church of the Holy Cross in the red-light area of King’s Cross, London, for 12 days to protest “police illegality and racism” against sex workers. Tickets for our event below were snapped up before we had a chance to publicise it!…

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Fracking Rears Its Head Again. We are talking to The Nanas Against Fracking, Lincolnshire.

5th October 2022

Following the horrendous government decision to lift the ban on fracking forshale gas in the UK, Nanas against Fracking sent us the October 2022 FrackFree Lancashire Newsletter which we thought you might want to see –please see attached.  And one of the founding Nanas, Tina, wrote thisOpinion piece for the Guardian – see below also…

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Free Assange Human Chain: Surround Parliament on Saturday 8 October.

5th October 2022

A number of us will participate in this action in defense of Julian Assange organised by the Don’t Extradite Assange Campaign on Saturday 8 October. See their mailing below. Hope you can join us there. Will you be the next link in our Human Chain to Free Assange? We have 3549 links out of an…

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Selma James is speaking at the Anarchist Bookfair, London

17th September 2022

16.30-17.30pm : Autonomy – Central to Organizing and Unity. UPCOMING EVENT : Selma James is speaking at the Whitechapel Gallery this weekend! Workshop with Q&A at the London Anarchist Bookfair Clore Creative Studio in the Whitechapel Gallery (close to the Bookfair) 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX. The Global Women’s Strike is also having…

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Islington Tribute: It’s 50 years since the Wages for Housework campaign was launched. Angela Cobbinah asks how far it has come

24th August 2022

Waging war It’s 50 years since the Wages for Housework campaign was launched. Angela Cobbinah asks how far it has come Thursday, 11th August — By Angela Cobbinah Women’s Centre premises in King’s Cross in the 1970s IT is some time in the mid-1970s and a pensioner is stopped in a London street by a BBC…

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Screening Great Archive Films: Friday 8 July, 6pm at Crossroads Women’s Centre.

6th July 2022

Our Time is Coming Now, 1971 : Selma James, a socialist and feminist uses her own experiences working in low paid jobs and being a mother and housewife as a starting point in this investigation into whether women are exploited in all areas of society. All Work and No Pay, 1976 : Made for Open…

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