Upcoming: Occupy London celebrates 3 months on Martin Luther King Day, melting Arctic ice at St Paul’s, Occupy Justice Trials Exhibition
- As Occupy London Stock Exchange waits for the High Court judgment regarding its site just by St Paul’s – date TBC – Occupy London hosts more events than ever. All invited to get involved
- Highlights include Richard Peppiatt, ex-Daily Star reporter fresh from giving evidence to Leveson Enquiry in panel discussion, Corporate Occupation of the Arts event and a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King
- Occupy Justice launch ‘Trials of the one per cent’ Exhibition – focusing on the links between justice, politics and protest. Details of Occupy Justice hearings at the former Old Street Magistrate’s Court to be announced on Monday
- Plus on Saturday, visitors to OccupyLSX will get to see, touch and feel arctic ice as it melts at the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral highlighting the importance and fragility of the occupation and that of its causes of social, economic and environmental justice
Saturday 14 January
- 10.30am – 6.30pm – Conference on Health Issues at Bank of Ideas. With George Pór, Anna Betz and Mark Jagdev, all from School of Commoning and new publication The Future of Occupy). More at http://www.bankofideas.org.uk/events/event/conference-on-health-issues/.
- 11am – 2.30pm – Heritage Walk with John Martin – Starting at John Wesley’s statue in St Paul’s Churchyard. This walk celebrates some our great leaders of the past. John Wesley reminds us of how the rich helped the poor. Historians tell us how he saved England from a bloody revolution like the French endured. Much of what he said and did is relevant to the concerns of the Occupy London protest.
- 2-7pm – Occupy the Climate! Arctic Ice to melt at the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral. As Occupy London waits to hear the High Court decision about the future of the London Stock Exchange occupation, there will be a very special event take place by the steps of St Paul’s. Highlighting the fragility and importance of the occupation and its causes of social, economic and environmental justice, visitors will get to see the moving spectacle of a single piece of melting Arctic ice which has been donated by KryoLab, an installation and performance that brings together bioart, ice sculpture and sound, in an investigation of delicate relationships in the Arctic ecosystem. Having been stored in a freezer for two years, the ice is about to go on a freezer-strike in solidarity with the occupy movement, which it is hoped will remind people how close our society and the environment are to the brink, but also send a message that we still have time to avoid falling over the edge. There will be the chance to touch the Arctic Ice and feel it melt in your hands. Members of the public will be invited to record their feelings and thoughts. At 6.30pm, something special will happen to the ice, and those responsible for its melting will be brought into question. More at http://occupylsx.org/?p=3073
- 2pm – 3.30pm – The Leveson Inquiry: Why Media Reform Matters – with Michael Wayne at Bank of Ideas. This discussion will hear from Dave Boyle (Cooperatives UK) and Richard Peppiatt (fresh from giving evidence to Leveson, ex-Daily Star reporter), Natalie Fenton and Des Freedman (both from Goldsmith University). http://www.bankofideas.org.uk/events/event/the-leveson-inquiry-why-media-reform-matters-2
- 2pm – 6pm – Corporate Occupation of the Arts at Earl Street Community Centre. An afternoon of talks by artists, activists, writers and academics to explore the parasitic and exploitative relationship between art and capital. We will discuss the politics of sponsorship; activism against sponsors, Bloombergism, the transformation of the art school and the ideological takeover of the dissensual values of art. Organised by Andrew Conio. University of Wolverhampton and Chelsea School of Art, there will be speakers including Platform with Licence to Spill – Big oil and the UK art scene, Liberate Tate, John Beck (Newcastle University) and Matthew Cornford (University of Brighton) on The Art School and the Culture Shed, John Cussans on Protest Pedagogy, Mark McGowan on There is No Law Against Art, Dean Kenning focusing on The Corporate Occupation of Art, Freee, Mel Jordan, Andy Hewitt and Dave Beech with Economists are Wrong, Precarious Workers Brigade. http://www.bankofideas.org.uk/events/event/corporate-occupation-of-the-arts-2012-01-14/
- 4pm – 8pm - Research About Struggles Against Austerity – with Olivia Lemmens in the library at Bank of Ideas.
- 5pm – 7pm – Film Screening: The Crisis of Civilization - at Tent City University – The Crisis of Civilization is a documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system. Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett, animator Lucca Benney and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It – offer a stunning wake-up call proving that ‘another world’ is not merely possible, but on its way.
- 7pm – 9pm – Political General Assembly on Aims of Occupy – at St Paul’s.
- 8pm – 11pm – Trials and Tribulations Cabaret back again at Occupy Justice! at Old Street Magistrates Court. This beautiful building and amazing group of people play host to another glorious evening of Circus, spoken word, theatrical dalliances, music, theatre and dancing. http://www.bankofideas.org.uk/events/event/trials-and-tribulations-at-occupy-justice-old-street-magistrates-court/.
Sunday 15 January
- 12.30pm – 4.30pm – Occupy London marks three month anniversary and celebrates life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King – Occupy the Dream. As Occupy London enters its fourth month in occupation, which coincides with the birthday of Dr Martin Luther King, it will celebrate his life and legacy with a packed day of music, films and performances with Gospel Choir Christian Life City, Paul Robeson’s music recited by Mike Faulkner and poetry from Zita Holbourne and much more. Details at http://occupylsx.org/?p=3031.
- 11.30am – 1pm – Back To Work – Diagnosing the Emotional State of the Nation - at Tent City University. Part of Psychopolitics: Occupy the Madness, a series of discussions on the connections between the political and the psychological, which asks: How do we live together, work together, protest together, run Occupy together? How do we live with the emotional distress, anxiety and madness we all share? How do we live creatively with the unconscious and the ‘irrational’? What do the politics of mental health say to us about the organisation of power and inequality in our society? If the personal is political, what does this mean for those of us who want to build Occupy, community and bottom-up democracy? Speakers Andrew Samuels & Hugh Middleton will start the discussion.
- 11am – 5pm – Beyond Capitalism? Unsustainable? Obsolete? What do you think? A day of discussions about what an economically just future could look like. This is a chance to explore the world we want to live in, not just what we think we can change. The day will be divided into three themed sessions with panels of speakers presenting their ideas in 10-15 minute presentations to get us started followed by open debate. Speakers include Richard Murphy (Tax Justice Network), Gordon Kerr (Cobden Partners), Robin Smith (Systemic Fiscal Reform), Ben Dyson (Positive Money), Dada Jii (Progressive Utilization), Peter Challen (Global Justice Movement), Derek Wall (Green Party, Goldsmiths), Fred Harrison (Land Research Trust) and Cliff Mills (Mutuo). More at http://tentcityuniversity.occupylsx.org/?page_id=205.
Monday 16 January
- From Noon – Opening of Occupy Justice ‘Trials of the one per cent’ Exhibition – Occupy London will open the doors of Occupy Justice to celebrate the building’s last month as a courthouse. In February, the owners plan to convert it into a hotel. The exhibition will focus on the links between justice, politics and protest and will be open to the public while the trials are running. Detail of the trials will be announced on Monday.
- 1pm – 2pm and 7pm – 8pm – General Assemblies – at Tent City University.
Tuesday 17 January
- 4pm – 6pm – Introduction to Wuji: A Buddhist Tai Chi – with John Tuite at Bank of Ideas Room 1.01A.
- 6pm – 8pm – Free University Course: Economic Literacy: Introduction Fundamentals of Economics – at Bank of Ideas, Room 2.08.
Wednesday 18 January
- 6pm – 7pm – Free University Course: Contemporary Issues in International Relations: Unmanned Warfare – at Bank of Ideas, Room 2.08
Further event listings
 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. The Bank of Ideas (19-29 Sun Street) is just down the road from the Occupy London Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) space, which is near Moorgate; buses 141, 153, 205, 21, 214, 43. Occupy Justice is based at the Old Street Old Magistrate’s Court on Old Street in Shoreditch (just opposite Shoreditch Town Hall)
 Bringing together a diverse range of people, Occupy London’s Stock Exchange, Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS), the Bank of Ideas and OccupyJustice are part of more than 40 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 35,000 members.