Becoming Catalysts for a Radical Social Movement in 2013

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Date(s) - 25/04/2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SOAS, Room G50


Solidarity Network – Supporting grassroots struggles and connecting autonomous struggles in solidarity
Assembly: 25 April (7-9pm, SOAS, room G50)

Building a “Solidarity Network” in London, with a wide range of organisations and individuals. Are you interested in developing a “Solidarity Network”? What might this network look like? Come join in the conversation and help us begin to attempt answering these (and other!) questions at our April 25 Assembly.

Background: Supporters of IOPS, Anti-Capitalist Initiative, Occupy London and others held their third cross-movement assembly this year entitled “Becoming Catalysts for a Radical Social Movement in 2013,” on 19 March at SOAS.

Our conversation focused on community engagement, local assemblies and direct action. Participants involved in various campaigns including Save Leyton Marshes, the Connaught House eviction protest, the Friern Barnet Library and others reported back on their experiences of these campaigns. We explored lessons learned, possible strengths and weaknesses of different campaigns, their potential, and how they fit into wider revolutionary struggle. Crucially, we explored the importance of beginning campaigns early, when there is still time to sway decisions – rather than constantly trying to firefight.

Consensus was reached on the idea of building a “Solidarity Network” in London, together with a wide group of groups, organisations and individuals. We also decided that the next assembly would focus on what exactly such a solidarity network might look like, and the practicalities of how we could make this happen — and that we’d invite a wide range of individuals and organisations who may be interested in forming such a network to the discussion.

Solidarity Network: We’re excited about the prospect of having a “Solidarity Network” in London so that we can more effectively support grassroots campaigns and connect autonomous struggles in solidarity with each other, while having an open space for facilitating discussion and action.

If you’re excited by the prospect of developing a “Solidarity Network” in London, we hope you will join us at the next Becoming Catalysts assembly to be held on Thursday 25 April at SOAS (Fanny to confirm exact location within SOAS)!

You can also post your thoughts and ideas in advance on the social movements 2013 blog ( or on Facebook!

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