Selma James is an antisexist, antiracist campaigner. In 1972 she put forward Wages for Housework (WFH) as a demand and a political perspective that redefined the working class. The International WFH Campaign she founded coordinates the Global Women’s Strike. She coined the word “unwaged,” which incorporates all workers without wages. She co-authored the classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community and is the author of other pathbreaking writing.

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

Selma James - Latest news

Verso Books: “Real Theory Is in What You Do and How You Do It”

12th January 2021

Selma James11 January 20210 comments Camila Valle interviews Selma James about feminism, anti-imperialism, and a lifetime of international Marxist organizing. Photograph by Eamonn McCabe, courtesy The Guardian Camila Valle: I wanted to start with what most people know as the heart of your work: the recognition of unpaid care work, disproportionately done by women. You actually coined…

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BBC: Vanessa Bryant, her mother’s lawsuit and the value of childcare

21st December 2020

By Ashitha NageshBBC NewsPublished2 days agoShare Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late basketball star Kobe Bryant, has found herself at the centre of a torrid domestic drama, within a year of the death of her husband and daughter. She is being sued by her mother. In the lawsuit Sofia Laine argues that she should be…

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Ham & High: Camden civil rights activist Selma James remembers ‘crucial’ Mangrove 9 trial

10th December 2020

Sam Volpe COMMENTS Published: 4:36 PM December 10, 2020    Updated: 3:25 PM December 15, 2020 A still from the BBC’s Small Axe episode about the trial of the Mangrove 9. Among the defendants was Altheia Jones-LeCointe, here played by Letitia Wright. – Credit: BBC/McQueen Limited/Kieron McCarron “What McQueen saw in it was what we experienced. it was a crucial…

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Morning Star: Campaigners demand end to ‘cruel and inhumane’ prison segregation units

8th December 2020

CEREN SAGIR MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2020 CIVIL rights icon Angela Davis demanded that the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) stop endorsing “cruel and inhumane” prison segregation units in a letter today. The letter from over 60 organisations and 200 campaigners was signed by Davis, journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, author Selma James, former chief inspector of prisons…

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CNJ: “Bill is a move towards a police state”

27th November 2020

Camden New Journal 27 November, 2020 ‘This bill is a significant departure from natural justice and towards a police state.’  • TOM Foot’s November 19 report of the Undercover Policing Inquiry highlighted police surveillance in Camden. Women are giving evidence about abusive sexual relationships with police spies, and the Lawrence family about infiltration to discredit their justice…

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Event: How the Mangrove Nine Won

3rd November 2020

Available to watch until 11 January 2021 here:UK: A fundraiser for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund How the Mangrove Nine Won Steve McQueen’s ground-breaking BBC1 Small Axe series has brought the story of the Mangrove Nine to public attention. Watch how their historic trial against police racism was won in two compelling accounts by protagonists:…

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Event: Care During COVID-19

17th October 2020

Political Freshers’ Week: Care During COVID-19 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6 PM UTC+01 – 7:30 PM UTC+01 Hosted by Cambridge SU Women’s Campaign and Cambridge University Justice 4 Workers Campaign Online Event This Political Freshers’ Week, the Women’s Campaign and Justice 4 Workers Cambridge have teamed up with Global Women’s Strike to discuss one of the most…

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Event: Selma James & Nina Lopez at Gender, livelihood & impact of Covid

1st September 2020

Tuesday 1 Sept, 2.30-4.30pm: Selma James and Nina Lopez speaking at conference session on: Gender, livelihood and the impact of Covid organized by the Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance. To register: This session is organized by the Feminisms and Degrowth Alliance (FaDA). It contains intersectional feminist reflections on Covid-19 and the politics of social reproduction, the Care Income, and…

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Event: Selma James speaking at McStrike #StrikeforBlackLives Solidarity Zoom Rally. Sun 19 July 2020.

15th July 2020

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 10:26 AM 0 On July 20, 2020, members of the McStrike’s sister union, SEIU will take action across the United States in a Strike for Black Lives. Join The McStrike’s Zoom Solidarity Rally to show your solidarity and raise up our voices as together we forge a path forward to demand racial…

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The Independent: I founded the Wages for Housework campaign in 1972 – and women are still working for free

10th March 2020

Forget basic income, those who care for people and the planet deserve to be recognised for the unpaid work they already do Selma James 1 day ago 25 comments In 1972, a paper I wrote was discussed at the women’s liberation conference in Manchester. It had six demands: the right to work less; the right…

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