Timetable


Registration 9.30–10.30

 

Opening Plenary, Great Hall 10.30–11.30

Speakers Tom Henri (Goldsmiths UCU), Dr Louise Irvine (Save Lewisham Hospital), Lee Jasper (BARAC) , Kevin Courtney (Deputy General Secretary, NUT), John McDonnell MP, Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition)

Morning Workshops 11.45–13.00

Title

Room

Description

Speakers

Welfare not Warfare

137

This workshop will aim to cover the cost of war, new developments in the war on terror, Syria and humanitarian intervention, drone wars, militarism and austerity, especially the WW1 centenary.John Hilary, Neil Faulkner, Hamja Ahsan, Shadia Edwards Dashti
Chair Fran Legg

Disability, Austerity and Resistance

140

Disabled people have been at the forefront of the fightback against the Coalition government for the past three years. Our rights and freedoms are facing an ideological attack of unprecedented magnitude under the excuse of austerity that is resulting in misery, poverty and death. Disabled people are not letting this happen to us without a fight. This workshop will explore the range of campaign tactics and alliances that have been built and what more we need to do in our struggle for an alternative to austerity founded in social justice and fairness.Ciara Doyle, Sean McGovern, Denise McKenna
Chair Roger Lewis

How can we save our NHS?

137a

This workshop will include practical stories of resistance from health workers and speakers from health campaigns like the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign. There will also be questions from the floor and discussion. We will try to agree some action points for people to do after the workshop.Dr Louise Irvine and others from London hospital campaigns
Chair Ian Crosson

The Housing Crisis

141

This workshop will look at: How housing finance used to work and why it doesn’t now; London’s council housing and gentrification; the experience of PFI and estate redevelopment; Housing Associations and Boris’ housing strategy.Eileen Short, Paul Watt, Steve Hack
Chair Fred Milson

Protest Films: Making our own news

Cinema

This workshop will show a series of short films that independent film makers have put together to record protest against the Coalition government. There will be a brief introduction to put the films in the context of mainstream media that increasingly denies a space for criticism of the government.London DPAC, Reel News, Kate Belgrave

The Battle for Education

Great Hall

For educators and learners:
What are the battles in Primary/Secondary/FE and HE? What about the battle for pupil places? How are these battles being fought? What do we need to do to win these battles? What should our education system look like?
Matthew Kyeremeh, Kevin Courtney, Mandy Brown, Michael Davern, Stef Newton

Building Unions to Fight Austerity

142

Come and hear from union representatives and discuss how unions can fight austerity.Jennie Harper (NUT), Kelly McMillan (FBU) Mark Campbell (UCU)
Chair: Lawrence Wong (NUT)

Design Dos and Don’ts: Making Leaflets, Flyers and Posters

143

This will be a practical workshop on how to make good leaflets, fliers, posters, and other printed materials for campaigning. The objective will be to teach some of the basic rules of good graphic design. To teach this examples of bad graphic design and the common pitfalls people fall into will be shown. Good examples will also be shown and discussed and the basic rules of graphic design such as understanding of hierarchy will be taught. Matters such as how to deal with printers and how to write a design brief will also be covered. It will finish with a (fun) practical task and handouts will be provided.Alastair Stephens and Mark Butcher with Lia Korn

Alastair and Mark have worked together designing and producing a variety of printed materials including fliers, leaflets, brochures, tabloid newspapers, free-sheets, posters, placards, and online and electronic resources such as websites, blogs and databases for the movement for over six years.

 

Lunch 13.00–13.45

 

Afternoon Workshops 13.45–15.00

Title

Room

Description

Speakers

Austerity and Racist Scapegoating

137

This workshop will explore how racism is used to deflect attention from the real culprits responsible for the economic crisis, utilising xenophobic prejudice and ignorance to whip up racism.Zita Holbourne, Lee Jasper, Colin Bell, Mr Zillu Rahman, Weyman Bennett
Chair Kate Hurford

Alternatives to Austerity

Great Hall

Exactly as it says on the tin – what are the credible alternatives to the government’s own economic programme? How can we win an argument for them?Mick Burke, James Meadway, Prof. Ozlem Onaram, Violeta Vajda
Chair Lydia Prieg

Explaining and Fighting the Benefit Cuts

137a

This workshop will involve: sharing the experiences of building and maintaining local campaigns against benefit cuts such as the bedroom tax and council tax; discussing plans for proposed activities like the South London Benefit Justice demonstration planned for January, and other ideas like working with unionised council employees and links with anti-cuts/anti-austerity groups.Tanya Murat, Romayne Phoenix, Heather Simpson
Chair Chris Kelly

Challenging the Austerity Story

143

Challenging the austerity story: The government tells a powerful story about the economy to make the case for austerity in the media and public communications. How can we challenge the austerity story, which tells us it is essential and inevitable? Meanwhile how useful is the left's own rhetoric of resistance?Carys Ofoko, Doreen Massey, Jack Monroe
Chair Katya Nasim

Banner and Placard Making

142

This will be a practical workshop for participants to engage in creative activity and make their own banners and placards.London DPAC

Performance and Songs

Cinema

There is no resistance without entertainment and enjoyment. Revolting Peasants and Friends have returned to South East London to provoke and raise a smile in this age of austerity. Performance, songs and poetry.Revolting Peasants and Friends

EU-US Free Trade Agreement a.k.a. The Trans-Atlantic Corporate Bill of Rights. (The secret free trade agreement you should be concerned about)

141

The Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA) or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade area between the United States and the European Union, the two largest economies in the world. TAFTA/TTIP = US/EU Free Trade Agreement. Don't know what the hell that really means? Come and learn with us.Linda Kaucher, Tom Lines
Chair Melanie Strickland

Local Plenaries, Great Hall, (then breaking into boroughs) 15.15–16.00

 

Closing Plenary, Great Hall 16.00–17.00

Francesca Martinez (comedian-campaigner), Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party), Zita Holbourne (poet, BARAC), Josie Long (comedian-campaigner), Jack Monroe (A Girl Called Jack), Owen Jones (journalist-campaigner)