Books & zines
Soho Fights: Sex Workers For Safety and Against Land Grabs.
NOTE: If purchased after 18th December, this item will be sent in the New Year when we’re back from break on 4th January.
16 pages. English Collective of Prostitutes, 2020.
UK: £5.75 (plus £1.85 postage) TOTAL: £7.60
Europe: £5.75 (plus £4,45 postage) TOTAL: £10.20
Rest of the world: £5.75 (plus £5.95 postage) TOTAL: £11.70
Sex workers have been in Soho, central London, for at least 200 years. During that time there has been constant attempts to arrest women and raid and close down the premises where we work. Since the 1980s women in Soho have been part of the ECP’s network and we have spearheaded campaigns against evictions and landgrabs.
This zine is a story of women, many of whom are mothers and grandmothers, defending their right to work in safety. It is a story of sex workers fighting against criminalisation and against being thrown out of their homes and places of work. It’s also a story of a community that defended their neighbours and friends, worried that if sex workers were forced out, they may be next. What then would be left of Soho the “historic village of vagrants and immigrants, of hookers and queens, of cheese shops and coffee shops and sex shops and peep shows”?
Sex, Race, and Class—The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952-2011
Selma James, our first spokeswoman.
Foreword Marcus Rediker, Introduction Nina López
PM Press, 2012. Available HERE.
In 1972 Selma James set out a new political perspective. Her starting point was the millions of unwaged women who, working in the home and on the land, were not seen as “workers” and their struggles viewed as outside of the class struggle.
This selection, spanning six decades, traces the development of this perspective in the course of building an international campaigning network. It includes excerpts from the classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community which launched the “domestic labor debate,” the exciting “Hookers in the House of the Lord” which describes a church occupation by sex workers, an incisive review of the C.L.R. James masterpiece The Black Jacobins, a reappraisal of the novels of Jean Rhys and of the leadership of Julius Nyerere, the groundbreaking “Marx and Feminism,” and more.