To mark the 35th Anniversary of the Miners Strike, Streatham Labour Party are holding a screening of the Jeremy Deller film, ‘The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One is an Injury to All)’ 2001, directed by Mike Figgis, Co-Commissioned by Artangel and Channel 4, The Artangel Collection.
The film will be introduced by a former strike activist, followed by a panel of guest speakers discussing the political impact of the Miners’ Strike, role of trade unions and the struggle to defend communities. Panel members to be announced shortly.
In 1984 the National Union of Mineworkers went on strike against the Thatcher Government’s pit closure programme..The dispute lasted for over a year and was the most bitterly fought since the general strike of 1926, marking a turning point in the struggle between the government and the trade union movement. On 18 June of that year, the Orgreave coking plant was the site of one of the strike’s most violent confrontations involving almost 10,000 striking miners and 4,000 Police. It began in a field near the plant and culminated in a cavalry charge through the village of Orgreave.
Orgreave represents one of the most serious miscarriages of justice in the country’s history, followed by Hillsborough and now Grenfell. Since 2012, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign has pressed for a public inquiry, which became policy in the 2017 Labour Party manifesto.
Doors open 6.00pm for drinks/chat prior to 7pm start.
A bar is open during the evening until 10pm.
Admission on the door by donation and pies/cakes/snacks for sale.
All proceeds to Streatham Labour Party minus expenses.