Sat, 12 Nov 2016, 09:00 – Sun, 13 Nov 2016, 17:00
Resource For London
356 Holloway Road
""Land plays a central but unmentioned role in our country today: widening inequality, a chronic housing crisis, dysfunctional food system, poor public health and impending climate disasters. We want to bring people together to talk about how land ownership and control is central to all these issues. Together we can unite to fight for the changes we need.
Land For What? is a collaborative space for learning about and challenging the way land is owned, controlled and used in the UK and beyond.
Join us on 12th and 13th November for a participatory weekend of learning, thinking and planning practical action.
Saturday will provide an in depth insight into where we are and how we got here. The sessions will be looking at a range of the current struggles we're facing including housing, food & farming, public space, environment and community. We'll be understanding their history, interrogating their causes as well as looking at the projects and tools that have been used to combat them.
Sunday will be focusing on the questions:
transparency, direct action and anything else that will push us forward in our campaign to make land a common resource for all. We will also be exploring future activities, strategy and governance for Land for What?
Land for What? is hosted by Community Food Growers Network, Just Space, Landworkers’ Alliance, London Community Neighbourhood Co-operative, New Economics Foundation, London Quaker Houing, Radical Housing Network, Shared Assets and Three Acres And A Cow.
We are committed to making this event as accessible as possible. Those with young children are more than welcome to bring their children into the sessions and we will be providing childcare on site for those who would prefer their children to be less involved. The venue is completely wheelchair accessible with disabled toilets.""
More at: http://www.landforwhat.org.uk/
Previously on this blog:
VETERAN TRADE UNIONISTS AND YOUNGER ACTIVISTS SEE NOBEL PRIZE-NOMINATED PLAN AS INSPIRATION FOR THE FUTURE
Leading figures from the left, trade union, environmental and peace movements are coming together at a conference on November 26th with a fresh perspective on tackling current crises, using the ideas of socially useful production pioneered in the Lucas Plan. The Plan, produced by workers at the Lucas Aerospace arms company, showed how jobs could be saved by converting to make products that answer a social need, rather than weapons.
The conference will focus on 5 key themes:
* The Lucas Plan and socially useful production.
* Arms conversion and peace.
* Climate change and a socially just transition to sustainability.
* The threat to skills and livelihoods from automation.
* Local/community economic and industrial planning.
Linking all these issues is the need to rethink how we can produce what people and society actually need and overcome corporate domination through their control of technology.
Highlights of the conference will include:
* Talks by Phil Asquith, Brian Salisbury and Mick Cooney (Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine).
* Screening of a new film on the Lucas Plan by Steve Sprung.
* Contributions from: Chris Baugh (PCS), Suzanne Jeffery (Million Climate Jobs Campaign), Hilary Wainwright (Red Pepper), John McDonnell (tbc), Natalie Bennett, Molly Scott-Cato and Jonathan Essex (Green Party), Philip Pearson (TUC), Romayne Phoenix (People's Assembly Against Austerity), Mary Pearson (Birmingham Trades Council), Manuel Cortes (TSSA, tbc), Mika Mino-Paluello (Global Justice Now), Philippa Hands (UNISON), Stuart Parkinson (Scientists for Global Responsibility), Dave Elliott (Open University), Liz Corbin (Institute of Making), Tony Simpson (Bertrand Russell Foundation), Dave King (Breaking the Frame), Simon Fairlie (The Land magazine), Karen Leach (Localise West Midlands), Marisol Sandoval (City University), Tom Unterrainer (Bertrand Russell Foundation), John Middleton (Medact), Gail Chester (Feminist Library), plus more speakers to be announced.
The conference on the Lucas Plan 40th anniversary will be held at
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR)
on November 26, 2016.
Tickets are £10/£5 concessions: To book for the conference, visit www.lucasplan.org.uk/tickets
BACKGROUND INFO: The Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine's Alternative Corporate Plan ('The Lucas Plan') was launched in 1976 and became famous worldwide, sparking an international movement for socially useful production and workers' plans. Facing the threat of redundancies, the Combine collected 150 ideas from shop floor workers about alternative socially useful products that could be produced by the company, instead
of relying on military orders. Many of the innovations in the plan, such as hybrid car engines, heat pumps and wind turbines were commercially viable and are now in widespread use. Although the Alternative Plan was rejected by Lucas Aerospace managers, it was instrumental in protecting jobs at Lucas in the 1970s. The Combine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and Mike Cooley received the Right Livelihood Award in 1982. More information about the Plan, including the 53-page summary of the five 200 page volumes, can be found on the conference website,
3. Remembering Centerprise, Saturday 26 November 2016, 11- 4 p.m.
If you have not already registered and would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
11am – 11.30 Welcoming words (including from co-founder of Centerprise Margaret Gosley)
11.30-12.00 Tours of exhibition by curator, Niti Acharya
11:45 – 12:45 Panel Discussion 1 – Education and Centerprise, past and present
12:45 pm- 13:45 Lunch provided / Tours of exhibition by curator, Niti Acharya
13:45 – 14:45 Panel Discussion 2 – The legacy of Centerprise
14:45 – 3:30 Open mic: performances and readings from Centerprise and beyond.
3.30 - 4.00 Plenary discussion: have the final word on A Hackney Autobiography.
*** All day: coffee and snacks available, in learning room only***
Call-out for the open mic! It would be a great help to On the Record and the MC, Bernadette Halpin, if you would agree to step up and entertain for the common good - or you could nominate an acquaintance or colleague who you would like to see read/perform and put us in touch with them. Let us know if you have a piece of writing in mind which you don't have access to.
Please register your interest in the open mic by emailing us: email@example.com
A Hackney Autobiography's forthcoming app and book will be launched separately in early 2017.
Previously on this blog:
Somewhere In Hackney - a 1980 film about Centerprise bookshop and other radical projects...
Centerprise's radical mailboxes - on the diverse radical groups which used the shop...
Centerprise, An Phoblacht and a suspect package - the amusing tale of a bomb scare
4. Launch of a Socialist History Society Occasional Publication
Killing Communists in Havana: The Start of the Cold War in Latin America
And a whole bunch from WCML - Working Class Movement Library,
51 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX
Invisible Histories talk
The final free talk in our autumn series is on Wednesday 23 November at 2pm.
Malcolm Pittock Alfred
Evans, WW1 conscientious objector.
Veteran Bolton peace campaigner Malcolm will talk about his uncle Alfred Evans,
one of the conscientious objectors taken to France in 1916, court martialled
for refusing to fight and sentenced to death although that sentence was then
commuted. The talk will include sound recordings of Alfred speaking about
his experiences and about what motivated his stand.
Radical Readings and Salford Stories fundraiser
Salford Arts Theatre, Kemsing Walk, Salford M5 4BS.
Voting for Change - Wikipedia edit-a-thon
The Library and the People's History Museum are working together to acquire material related to the fight for the vote, from the Peterloo protest in 1819 to lowering the voting age in 1969. We need your help to share knowledge of these significant moments in British history and invite you to come along to the Library and spend a day researching and editing Wikipedia.