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

The Surviving Society Podcast: Our Time Is Now (Selma James, Sara Callaway, Shanice Octavia McBean & Aviah Day)

24th August 2021
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Refinery29: Life Lessons To Be Learned From A 91-Year-Old Activist

23rd August 2021

At 91, Selma James has been an activist for longer than I’ve been alive, times three. A Jewish woman born in New York, in 1952 she published her first book, A Woman’s Place, aged just 22 – a radical piece of work underlining the frustrations of women’s lives in the home and the significance of their unwaged labour…

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Ham & High: Camden campaigner Selma James launches new book at 91

17th August 2021

Sam Volpe0 Published: 9:34 AM August 4, 2021    Selma James holds a Q&A celebrating her new book – at the age of 91 – in Kilburn – Credit: Global Women’s Strike/Sara Callaway One of Camden’s most enduring civil rights campaigners Selma James launched a new book, at the age of 91, last week.  Selma James helped found the Crossroads…

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Video: ‘Women Should Organise Themselves for Their Rights Because There Is No Saviour’ Selma James

17th August 2021

Selma James speaks to Sidharth Bhatia about her new book ‘Our Times Is Now’, about the global network she is part of and of her late husband, the Marxist scholar C.L.R. James. Selma James has been fighting for and running campaigns on behalf of unwaged women. She says women are the ones who raise newer…

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Camden New Journal: Waging a war on wages

17th August 2021

At the launch of Selma James’ latest book, Angela Cobbinah finds the 91-year-old as resolute and sagacious as ever 13 August, 2021 Selma James pictured at the publishing event for her book, Our Time is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Care for People and the Planet IT is only to be hoped that someone who has…

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Event: Selma James – Our Time is Now book launch 3 September

17th August 2021

Dear Friends, Selma James will be speaking about her much anticipated second anthology, Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet, at a virtual event on3 September. JOIN on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meetingOr call in (audio only) +44 20 3787 4277,,614729267#For more information see below and poster…

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Out now! SELMA JAMES’s new book Our Time Is Now

5th July 2021

Out now! The much-anticipated new collection by SELMA JAMES Our Time Is Now: Sex, Race, Class, and Caring for People and Planet. Selma James, who launched the International Wages for Housework Campaign (WFH) in 1972, will be 91 this August. She was recently honoured with the Sheila McKechnie Long-term Achievement Award. WFH will be celebrating…

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Selma James wins Sheila McKechnie Long-term Achievement Award

19th May 2021

See Selma’s acceptance speech here: Occasionally, a person comes along whose experience, analysis and sheer fighting passion shift the way we think about the deepest systems of power. When they do, they are a gift without equal because they create new space to imagine a different, better way of living. Selma James is one of those people.   Campaigning background Selma James is…

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Jacobin: The Senate Just Took a Baby Step Toward the Feminist Goal of a Universal Child Benefit

9th March 2021

BY LIZA FEATHERSTONE On International Women’s Day, the good news is that the new COVID-19 relief bill will include a kind-of, sort-of universal child benefit — a policy that feminists have long called for. But the overly complicated, burdensome way the policy is implemented means that on this issue, the Left still has its work…

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Event: Selma James speaking “Food Poverty Is A Feminist Issue”

8th March 2021

Join us for a rally broadcasting live on our Facebook page with Welsh and international speakers including: SELMA JAMES Founder, International Wages for Housework Campaign in 1972. Author, The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community & Sex, Race, and Class – the Perspective of Winning. REBECCA BODEN Tampere University, Finland. For over…

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