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.

Selma's most recent book Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race and Class and Caring for People and Planet is steeped in the tradition of Marx. She draws on half a century of organizing across sectors, struggles and national boundaries with others in the Wages for Housework Campaign and the Global Women’s Strike, an autonomous network of women, men, and other genders that agree with their perspective. There is one continuum between the care and protection of people and of the planet: both must be a priority, beginning with a care income for everyone doing this vital work. This book makes the powerful argument that the climate justice movement can draw on all the movements’ people have formed to refuse their particular exploitation, to destroy the capitalist hierarchy that is destroying the world. Our time is now.

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

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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

LSE Blog: Book Review: Our Time is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet by Selma James

9th March 2022

Dr Julia Downes March 9th, 2022 In Our Time is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet, Selma James brings together essays and writings that reflect on collaborative activist practice and span her reflective thinking on a range of themes, including care, anti-capitalism and climate justice. Written in James’s characteristically accessible, whip-smart and defiant voice, this…

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Poem for Selma James has been published in new book “House Work” by Khadija Rouf

8th March 2022

A poem for Selma James has been published in new book “House Work” by Khadija Rouf for International Women’s Day 2022 All profits are being donated to Global Women’s Strike.

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Selma James is Kentish Town on City of Women London map

8th March 2022

The City of Women map is the result of a collaboration launched in 2020 between Reni Eddo-Lodge, Rebecca Solnit, Emma Watson, cartographer Molly Roy, designer Lia Tjandra and Haymarket Books, in partnership with Transport for London, the Women of the World Foundation and University College London (UCL). See the interactive map here: Press here:…

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Boston Review: Care Work in a Wageless World

8th March 2022

As the planet burns and pandemics rage, Selma James’s work with the Wages for Housework movement shows that we ignore the labor of care at our own peril. Emily Callaci March 2, 2022 Sex, Race, and Class—The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952–2011Selma JamesCommon Notions and PM Press, $20 (paper) Our Time is…

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Women’s natural farming movement v climate change

15th February 2022

Dear sisters and friends, Climate justice and the women’s natural farming movement in Andhra Pradesh, India Many of you will know that the Wages for Housework Campaign, which co-ordinates the Global Women’s Strike, and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has broadened its demand for financial recognition for caring work to include also the care…

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Wages for Housework: 50 years of campaigning

2nd February 2022
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Red Pepper Review: Our Time is Now: Sex, Race, Class and Caring for People and Planet

23rd December 2021

Marin Scarlett looks back – and forward – at Selma James’ seven decades of intersectional activism December 23, 2021 · 5 min readSelma James speaks in 2019. Image credit: ECP Sex, Race and Class is now in its third incarnation. A short pamphlet of the same title was originally published in 1974, and an anthology spanning a…

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Review 31: A Living, Breathing Work

13th December 2021

Selma James, Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet PM Press, 256pp, $17.00, ISBN 978629638386 reviewed by Frith Taylor Selma James is a writer and activist who has written extensively on the interrelated issues that affect women’s liberation. Her book Sex, Race and Class (1974) is regarded by many as a classic of…

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US Launch 11 Dec: Andaiye and Selma James, The Point is to Change the World & Our Time Is Now

1st December 2021

Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 9am PST / Noon EST / 5pm GMT Register for online event Between the Lines Books in Toronto, City Lights Books in San Francisco, Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles, the Howard Zinn Book Fair, Marcus Books in Oakland, Pacifica Radio’s “Sojourner Truth”, Pacifica station WPFW in Washington DC, PM Press…

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Selma James speaks at CLR James Library, Thurs 30 Sept 6pm

26th September 2021
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