Programme of events

The programme will be amended and expanded upon right up until the key weekend, so please check back for the latest…currently a work in progress!!

FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER

7pm

HOUSMANS BOOKSHOP
Peace News present:
‘Nonviolent Anarchism/Nonviolent Revolution’ with Milan Rai

Entry £3 redeemable against purchase

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Nonviolent action and nonviolent strategies have been key parts of many revolutionary movements, including the anarchist parts of the 1917 Russian Revolution, and the armed anarchist revolution in Spain in 1936. This talk traces some of the connections between anarchism and the peace movement, including the way that anarchist ways of doing things have become part of the common values of many grassroots movements.

SPEAKERS

Peace News editor Milan Rai, author of Chomsky’s Politics, is one of those brought to nonviolent anarchism by the British anarcho-pacifist punk band Crass in the late 1970s.

Peace News production worker Emily Johns grew up in an anarchist household with a Special Branch officer coming round for games of chess. Her Peace News poster exhibition about anti-First World War resistance, The World Is My Country, is on display at Hastings Arts Forum, 30 October – 11 November.

SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER

11am

SOAS – Room G51a
Imagining Anarchist Models of Madness and Unrecovery with Recovery in the Bin
https://recoveryinthebin.org/ 

MADNESS

Venue:
SOAS University, Main Building, Room G51a
WC1H 0XG. The venue is fully accessible.

Facebook event

12 Noon

SOAS – Room G51
Technology/Ecology/Future Discussion Group

A discussion around technology, ecology and future worlds. What are the possibilities and limits for technology in the context of climate change and other ecological crises? Can we have our technological cake and ecologically eat it? In this discussion we will explore ideas including fully automated luxury communism, techno-utopianism and degrowth.

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All participants are invited to read these three things before hand so we can have a useful, informed discussion (don’t worry they’re relatively short):
https://novaramedia.com/2017/11/19/fully-automated-green-communism/
http://unevenearth.org/2018/09/pulling-the-magical-lever/
http://unevenearth.org/2017/01/accelerationism-and-degrowth/

By Corporate Watch (https://corporatewatch.org/) and Uneven Earth (http://unevenearth.org/)

Venue:
SOAS University, Main Building, Room G51
WC1H 0XG. The venue is fully accessible.

Facebook event

1pm

LARC
Why We Fight The TERF War Workshop with Sister Not Cister UK

This event is free but requires a ticket, please message us to request the ticket website password.

Over the last year or so, we have seen an increase in Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) rearing their hateful heads and spouting bigotry with great ferocity, often within our own communities.

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Come to this workshop to learn more about why TERFs are so dangerous and discuss the ways in which standing up against trans hatred is directly connected to fighting racism, capitalism and the prison system.

We will talk about what we can – and must – do to stop them.

Zines will be available!
Free// donations to Empty Cages Collective

There will be NO filming or photography allowed at this workshop.
Please do contact us if you have any concerns about accessibility.

2pm

SOAS – Room 232
Reading: New Clone City by Mike Hembury

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An urban fiction thriller set in a cyberpunk world, New Clone City tells the story of a down-at-heel metropolis. A melting pot of tribes, technology, poverty, and chaos. New Clone City is a rollicking compulsive read, as queer and captivating as its inhabitants.

This is a slipstream world where a refugee crisis looms, the environment is in chaos, and an authoritarian political movement threatens the very fabric of the city. These dark forces battle a colourful cast of heroes, from anarchist rednecks to genderfluid sex workers. 

Venue:
SOAS University, Main Building, Room 232
WC1H 0XG. The venue is fully accessible.

Facebook event 

FREEDOM BOOKSHOP
Rough Sleeping and Squatting in the UK – ASS and Andrew Fraser

Join the Advisory Service for Squatters and upcoming Freedom author Andrew Fraser for a talk on rough sleeping and squatting in 2018.

A.S.S. has been running a daily advisory drop in for squatters and homeless people since 1975. It publishes the squatters handbook which is currently in its 14th edition and has sold over 150,000 copies.

Andrew Fraser has experience of rough sleeping and maintains a blog on the topic called Diary of a Rough Sleeper. His upcoming book, Invisible, will be published by Freedom Press. A summary of the book can be found below.

Venue:
Freedom bookshop, 84b Angel Alley E1 7QX. Venue is wheelchair accessible but no accessible toilet.

Facebook event

3pm

SOAS – Room G51
Worldbuilding Utopia Through Feminist Sci-Fi

Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, feminist militias, cyborg families and more.

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Credit: http://www.mollymendoza.com

Inspired by the works of Marge Piercy, Margaret Atwood, Octavia E. Butler and others, we’ll collectively devise some post-capitalist futures, rethinking gender, power, the family and the state. All welcome. No prior knowledge of feminist sci-fi required.

Venue:
SOAS University, Main Building, Room G51
WC1H 0XG. The venue is fully accessible.

Facebook event 

4pm

COMMON HOUSE
Decrim Now

Campaign for Sex Workers’ Rights is hosting a workshop on the fight for sex worker self-determination and bodily autonomy. Followed by drinks and social.

FREEDOM BOOKSHOP
Hostile Environment: Rough Guide to the Border Regime

For #nottheanarchistbookfair and to mark the publication of their latest book, Hostile Environment, Corporate Watch will be hosting a discussion on the border regime in its many guises. Read a brief introduction to the book below.

This book is a rough guide to the “border regime” in the UK. This is a name for the system that tries to control people’s ability to move and live depending on immigration status. It classifies and controls us depending on what “papers” we have – on where we happen to be born, on who our parents were, on how rich we are, on the colour of our skin. Its controls operate both at the borders and inside the country. They include passport checks, x-ray scanners, sniffer dogs, razor wire fences, “right to work” and “right to rent” checks, dawn raids, reporting centres, asylum slum housing, detention, deportations, and more.

The aim of this book is to help people understand and fight this system. Particularly, that means migrants, and above all people “without papers”, who are on the cutting edge of this struggle. But also, we believe that the border regime is an attack on all people. Working in the interests of the rich and powerful, it spreads fear and division amongst people, to stop us uniting to make a world where everyone can live a decent life. We believe it can only be defeated with solidarity, by people both with and without papers fighting side by side.

We hope this book can be a useful tool. In order to fight effectively, we need to understand our enemy. We need to spot its weak points, to see where and how we can best take action.

Venue: Freedom Bookshop 84b Angel Alley E1 7QX. Venue is wheelchair accessible but no accessible toilet.

Facebook event

6pm

FREEDOM BOOKSHOP
Book Launch: A Beautiful Idea: History of the Freedom Press Anarchists

Freedom Press is the oldest anarchist publishing house in the English-speaking world. Founded in 1886, the press has weathered wars, police raids, fascist attacks and innumerable internal crises while publishing some of the world’s most important libertarian thinkers, from Peter Kropotkin and Emma Goldman to Colin Ward and Murray Bookchin. 2018 marks 50 years since the Press bought its current home in Angel Alley, and to celebrate the occasion is publishing A Beautiful Idea, attempting to draw out a narrative from its densely-packed history.

Due out: October 22nd (launching at Not The Anarchist Bookfair)

Venue: Freedom Bookshop, 84b Angel Alley E1 7QX. Venue is wheelchair accessible but no accessible toilet.

Facebook event

 

7PM

HOUSMANS BOOKSHOP
London Anarchist Federation present: ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Anarchism…’
AFEDEntry £3 redeemable against purchase, tickets available here

Members of the London Anarchist Federation will discuss anarchism as a political philosophy, its history, key thinkers and modern currents as well as an anarchist FAQ. This talk is aimed at those interested in learning more about anarchism and will also include an overview of the many anarchist groups you can get involved with. The talk will be followed by a Q&A in case we miss anything in the FAQ and then a social in a nearby pub.

FREEDOM BOOKSHOP
Angel Alley Social + gig

SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER

2PM

SOAS – ROOM 273
Mental Health, Capitalism and Revolution

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Members of the Mental Health Resistance Network discuss how those with mental health difficulties are oppressed within capitalism, how patients and survivors are resisting that oppression, and how allies and activists can support that resistance.

Venue:
SOAS University, Main Building, Room 273
WC1H 0XG. The venue is fully accessible.

Facebook event

3PM

SOAS – ROOM G51
The Next Revolution Reading Group 

Inspired by the recent revolution in Rojava we could not but fantasise of the potential that the theory of direct democracy holds for the west. Capitalism has worked for the elites, but for the rest of us, the excessive commodification, needless competition and environmental destruction has alienated us from each other, from nature, from that that matters to us and gives us meaning in life. The populous are disenfranchised and feel powerless to change things. The call is always for solidarity but there is never a prescription for exactly how to achieve this, how to unify the various struggles of the precariat. The Left has not managed to come up with a sustainable – or perhaps – powerful enough strategy to convince the masses of their own collective powers to create change, and at the moment it is veering back towards the abyss of party politics. At a time when public space is shrinking and congregation in a public space costs at least the price of a Latte, there is not even room to discuss, think and exchange ideas – and perhaps (!) this is where we need to start.

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Stumbling across the idea of Murray Bookchin’s democratic confederalism, based on the pillars of direct democracy, feminism and ecology, that is gaining traction around the world, we discovered a prescription that we feel has the potential to unify the left struggles and return agency to the populous. We are not a Bookchin fanclub, and other than being broadly anti-capitalist, we have no fundamental ideologies. We also have no naive expectation that this is the answer to creating Utopia, but we see it pragmatically as a concept that that provides a promising starting point to inspire ideas, enthuse debate and provide a basis for action.

Venue:
SOAS University, Main Building, Room G51
WC1H 0XG. The venue is fully accessible.

Facebook event

7PM

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HOUSMANS BOOKSHOP
‘The Leaderless Revolution’ with Carne Ross in discussion with Wail Qasim
Entry £3 redeemable against purchase

Carne Ross is best known for once working as a British diplomat before leaving the civil service in disgust over the Iraq war, and testifying against the government at the Butler Review.

He has gone on to become an advocate for anarchist organising. Carne will discuss his personal insights of the British state and ideas of what role anarchism can play in reshaping society.

 

FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER
HOUSMANS
FREEDOM
SOAS
SOAS
LARC
THE COMMON HOUSE
TIME
7-8
‘Nonviolent Anarchism/Nonviolent Revolution’ with Milan Rai
SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER
HOUSMANS
FREEDOM
SOAS
SOAS
LARC
THE COMMON HOUSE
TIME
11-12
Technology and Ecological Futures ROOM G51
Imagining Anarchist Models of Madness and Unrecovery
Organisation: Recovery in the Bin
ROOM
G51a
12-1
Why we fight the TERF war
1-2
Why we fight the TERF war
2-3
Reading: New Clone City by Mike Hembury ROOM 232
3-4
Worldbuilding Utopia Through Feminist Sci-Fi ROOM G51
4-5
Squatting and Homelessness – Andrew Fraser and ASS
Decrim Now from 4pm to 11pm
5-6
Book Lauch – A History of Freedom
6-7
7-8
London Anarchist Federation present:
‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Anarchism…’
LAD$ collective takeover
8-9
Social
SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER
HOUSMANS
FREEDOM
SOAS
SOAS
LARC
THE COMMON HOUSE
TIME
1-2
2-3
Mental Health, Capitalism and Revolution
3-4
The Next Revolution Reading Group ROOM G51
4-5
5-6
6-7
7-8
‘The Leaderless Revolution’
with Carne Ross in discussion with Wail Qasim
8-9

 

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