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This week’s events: Occupy links up with the Arab Spring, Help decide our policy on the economy! Plus: Caroline Lucas MP and a masterclass in political cartoons

 

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For full event listings, please visit:

http://occupylsx.org/?page_id=176 (for events at St Paul’s and Finsbury Square)

http://www.bankofideas.org.uk/events/ (for events at the Bank of Ideas)

 

**This week’s General Assemblies: 7pm every day**

 

Monday:

Economy – a second session to discuss the Economics working group initial statement. Key points:

1. Banks and financial institutions need to be accountable to society

2. Current austerity measures are making a bad situation worse

3. The current economic system is unsustainable

4. Reduce economic inequality

5. Clamp down on tax avoidance

6. Independent and effective regulation

 

Tuesday:

TBC

 

Wednesday:

Outreach

 

Thursday:

Gender

 

Friday:

Banking

 

Saturday:

Corporations

 

Sunday:

Youth General Assembly

 

**TALKS HIGHLIGHTS**

 

Monday 5 December

 

Breaking The Siege – The Passage of a Jewish Boat To Gaza

When: 6pm – 7pm

Where: LSX – St Paul’s

Description: Glyn Secker reflects on attempts to break the siege of Gaza.

 

Jenny Jones – Green Party

When: 3pm – 4pm

Where: Bank of Ideas

Description:  Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the London Assembly, will speak at the Bank of Ideas.

 

Tuesday 6 December

Education in Hard Times. What’s wrong with education and how could it be otherwise?

When: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Where: LSX – St Paul’s

Description: We’d like to start a discussion about the following:

• Knowledge is becoming increasingly privatised – what would common knowledge look like?

• Working life is increasingly arduous and precarious – what’s this doing to education?

• ‘Anyone can teach, anyone can learn’ so why is education so unequal?

• What kind of future is being planned for education and are there alternatives?

Clare Kelly, Vicky Obied, Maggie Pitfield, Ken Jones

Dept Educational Studies, Goldsmiths.

 

Caroline Lucas MP – A Green response to the economic crises

When: 6pm – 7pm

Where: Bank of Ideas

Description:  Caroline Lucas MP presents a Green economy and ideas around growth, taxation and investing in the public sector.

 

 

Wednesday 7 December

Occupy your minds/Occupy your hands – a drawing workshop with Badaude (Metro/Times cartoonist)

When: 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Where: LSX – St Paul’s

Description: This isn’t a workshop for experienced artists (though if you are one, of course you’re welcome). Anyone can draw well enough to keep a drawing diary. You can come to this workshop if you’re a resident, a visitor or a passer-by. You don’t even need materials: I’ll provide notebooks and pens/pencils.

You’re here at Occupy LSX to do something serious. Drawing might seem trivial – but it can be important.

It can do three things.

1) You can help to make a record of everyday life in Occupy LSX. You’re here in an extraordinary situation – something that deserves to be recorded. You can keep your drawing diaries private or lend them to me to scan for an online Flickr archive.

2)   As soon as you start to draw and write things down, you start to notice more. When you notice the details of everyday life, you can begin to think about how they might be changed.

3)  Drawing can be a quiet, private headspace. What’s more it’s a really really good way to occupy your hands and your mind on a cold winter’s morning.

 

Globalise Resistance – War on PFI: Public Money Private Profit

When: 7pm – 9pm

Where: Bank of Ideas

Description:

Organised by Globalise Resistance, we are organising a campaign to expose and resist the drain on public finances that is the Private Finance Initiative (or Public Private Partnerships).

We have two speakers: Dexter Whitfield, Director of European Services Strategy Unit (formerly the Centre for Public Services) and  Luke Amin, researcher Globalise Resistance.This will be an interactive meeting and plans to take action against those who profit from and those who sanction profiteering from PFI projects will be planned at the meeting. All Welcome

 

Thursday 8 December

Peter Smith – The Value of Nature and stopping the bankers

When: 4pm – 5pm

Where: LSX – St Paul’s

Description: Wildwood Trust Chief Executive Peter Smith delivers a lecture on the Value of nature and how land value and resources taxes are the best way to protect wildlife, save us from the bankers and create a much fairer world for us to all live in. The solution if adopted worldwide would alleviate poverty and starvation and make a significant contribution to preventing war and terrorism.

 

Seminar and Discussion on Social and Labour Struggles in Asia and the Middle East

When: 6pm – 9pm

Where: Bank of Ideas

 

Friday 9 December

 

Bibi Van Der Zee  – Protest Tactics

When: 4pm – 5pm

Where: LSX – St Paul’s

 

Sussex University Political Sociology seminar

When:  2pm – 4pm

Where: Bank of Ideas

Description:  20 students from the University of Sussex make the journey to Sun Street to discuss the Bank of Ideas and Occupy London. The students have been studying Political Sociology, a second year undergraduate course. The final week deals with ‘Action for Change’, discussing social movement theory and strategy. Other themes they have dealt with include neoliberalism, globalization and the dcolonial option, discipline and punishment in relation to the prison industrial complex, citizenship and inequality. The students will prepare questions. It is hoped that at least two people could be available to talk to them about ideas behind the movement and strategies being employed.

 

Saturday 10 December

Occupy London links up with the Arab Spring

When: 4pm – 7pm

Where: LSX – St Paul’s

Description: Middle East specialist Charles Tripp, professor at SOAS, will give an opening speech with further speakers to be confirmed. There will be a live video link-up with Syrian activists; details of the previous one here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2011/nov/04/st-paul-s-protests-syria-video

 

We are the 99%! Who are the 90%?

When: 2pm – 4pm

Description:  What should we do about wealth? This talk introduces the distribution of wealth; the historic reasons for that distribution; what to do about it in the future and what to do about it right now.

The Guardian has published figures provided by the UN giving the statistics of wealth distribution. It is now possible to calculate a threshold between the 90% and the 10%. If you own more than X then you are in the 10%; short of that, you are in the 90%. So the question is – what is this figure? (Anyone can calculate it as all the figures are online: what do you make the figure X to be?). 10% of the world owns 85% of the world’s wealth. What is a realistic, viable, non-violent and legal, Activist’s response to this situation? Come along to this talk to find out more and join the debate afterwards.

 

Sunday 11 December

Human rights theme

When: 2pm – 7pm

Where: LSX – St Paul’s

Description: workshops and talks on the topic of human rights.  Human rights? What are they, who made them, who enforces them? How can we, the 99%, work for a just world globally, one that ensures everyone’s right to be treated as an equal human being?

All day, Tent City University will be full of lectures, workshops and discussions on human rights from a critical perspective. Further details and speakers to be announced on the website.

 

Revolutionary Social Movements and How to Start One

When: 5pm – 8pm

Where: Bank of Ideas

Description:   An overview of the world situation and social, political, economic and environmental problems. We then examine some of the most powerful and/or effective

revolutionary movements of the past few hundred years or so, ranging

from the Revolutions in America, France and Turkey to the Taiping and

White Lotus Revolutions (which occurred in China). And from Marxism

and the rise of the NSDAP to various revolutions that have occurred in

Islam and even the English Civil War. We discover two common factors

which keep recurring when we delve into all of these various political

case studies. They are firstly, the so called Apocalypse or Prophetic

Archetype(which is also found in modern myths such as Star wars, Dune,

The Lord of the Rings and the Matrix); secondly we keep discovering

the influence of Esoteric Religion and Mystical Beliefs. We then flesh out our revolutionary template with the current issues of the age and problems of the World in order to synthesize a potent revolutionary ideology for the 21st Century.

Notes

[1] Facebook page for Occupy London’s Stock Exchange site just by St Paul’s (OccupyLSX) is https://www.facebook.com/occupylondon. Overall Occupy London twitter Occupy London hastag is #occupylondon. OccupyLSX Twitter is https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyLSX ; hashtag#occupylsx. Twitter for the new Finsbury Square site is https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyFS; hastag #occupyfs. Twitter for Bank of Ideas is http://twitter.com/bankofideas and facebook is http://facebook.com/bankofideaslondon

[2] Nearest tubes for the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) site are St. Pauls, Mansion House and Canon Street; buses 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242; do check Transport For London website for delays and closures at journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRI…. The new Bank of Ideas (is at 19-29 Sun Street, just down the road from the Occupy London Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) space, which is near Moorgate; buses 141, 153, 205, 21, 214, 43

[7] Bringing together a diverse range of people, Occupy London’s Stock Exchange, Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) and Bank of Ideas are part of more than 30 occupations happening in towns and cities across the UK and over 1,000 actions worldwide coming together under the banner of “United For Global Change” calling for true democracy. Occupy London is supported by groups including UK Uncut, the London-based Assembly of the Spanish 15M movement and many others. It has already received phenomenal interest, from the public and media in the UK and around the world, with the OccupyLSX facebook group now more than 31,000 members.

[8] More information on UK occupations at www.occupybritain.co.uk/protest-details

 
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