ACT UP LONDON – Introduction to Civil Disobedience – 11th October 2015 – pls RSVP

As part of the The Radical Assembly 4th General Assembly ACT UP LONDON are leading on a large workshop on “Direct Action”, led by groups campaigning on a range of issues. The aim is to hear a range of perspectives on Direct Action, to exchange ideas and practical skills. Sign up to the facebook page here

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This training provides strategies of resistance, ideas for creative disruption, imaginative intervention and thinking-outside-the-box tools to become exhilarated at the powerful adrenalin of the capacity of creative civil disobedience for positive social change.

There are limited spaces so please email to reserve your space ASAP

When: Sunday 11th October 2015 1-3pm

Where: The Brady Art Centre Hanbury Street, E1 5HU London, United Kingdom

What: The workshop includes

  • Building Coalitions
  • Blockading and Occupation technqiues
  • Support systems on protests
  • Know Your Rights
  • Security Culture
  • Action Planning
  • Recruiting and Retention
  • Legal Support
  • Press Training
  • Strategic Campaign Planning and Avoiding Burn Out

Please bring a d-lock if u can!

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What is direct action and civil disobedience? Where does it happen? This training goes over the basics of how to use direct action effectively and strategically. It includes

We need to arm ourselves with a glorious toolkit of strategic creative tactics for social change if we need to challenge injustice in the way that it challenges us and the planet’s safety at large. We need effective, sharp and mass-empowering actions to create the change we need.

Supergluing Prime Ministers, playing golf on airport runways, cross-dressing gay rights catwalk shows, occupying Parliament roof-tops and confronting the military dressed as clowns is a whole lot of fun but also deadly serious. Disrupting the status quo with cheekiness, pranks and humour can do wonders to amplify programmes for social justice as well as to trick our targets out of power. Civil disobedience is the active refusal to obey certain laws, demands and commands of a government or of an occupying international power. Without civil disobedience the world would be a very different place. Women may not have the right to vote, we might be divided by our skin colour or the Nazi’s may still be in power. We need direct ways of regaining control of our lives and an ethic of direct action can be a part of this. Civil Disobedience isn’t just an action or intervening in the mechanisms of injustice, it’s a way of organising, of understanding and being in this world.

ACT UP London is a diverse group of individuals united in anger. We are committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic and confrontational street activism against cuts to HIV services and the NHS.. We are committed to fighting to end all inequalities and injustices that perpetuate it. We are part of the global ACT UP network.

General information on the Radical Assembly

The event is free to attend and open to all. The venue is fully accessible. There is a crèche. Food and drink will be available – if you can, bring food and drink to share.

Radical Assembly meets to plan action to link and strengthen community-led, working class, liberation and social justice campaigns. The assembly aims to actively contribute to building a truly democratic, bottom-up movement that supports the diversity of existing struggles while respecting their independence. Out of the assemblies have come a network of local groups all now taking action and linking up existing campaigns across London, on issues such as housing, college closures, immigration detention, abortion rights and homelessness.


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