York Against the War’s day school on World War 1 and its lessons for today drew together a mix of academic, cultural and political voices to consider how we avoid future catastrophic global warfare. The importance of challenging racism and building movements for peace were both highlighted to the audience of over a hundred.
People’s Assembly national committee members John Rees and Lindsey German addressed workshops on the road to war and the effect of the conflict on women, whilst York PA organiser Chris Fuller led a session on strikes during the war. The final panel, at which every workshop leader spoke, considered the best means of commemorating the bloodshed without backing the government’s glorification of warfare and nationalism. Education was a common factor amongst answers, alongside organisation to prevent a recurrence of the violence.