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Application deadline July 15th – SOAS VOICE Activist Summer School 22nd – 26th July 2019

In partnership with SOAS Academic Summer School we invite you to SOAS VOICE Activist Summer School July 22nd – 26th July 2019. Facebook event page here

5 Days 5 Field Trips across radical movements for social change in London to learn, explore and deepen skills for Community Justice! A one week programme for SOAS students and the wider public- welcome to anyone actively seeking artistic, daring, imaginative, theoretical and creative ways for positive and powerful social change. It is free.

Please apply here on the link below – deadline July 15th 6pm. All details, times and meeting points here – Application – SOAS VOICE Activist Summer School July 22nd – 26th July 2019.  The sessions include 

1. Building effective movements for social justice workshop
2. Environmental Justice walking tour of London Foil Vedanta 
3. Disability Justice workshop with Josh Hepple 
4. Queer Tour of London – A Mince Through Time
5. Black Cultural Archives tour and workshop
6. ‘Rebels, strikers and anti-fascists’ East End Walk with David Rosenberg 
7. ‘Challenges of anti-fascism’ walking tour with Sukant Chandan. 
10. Creative theatre workshop by the NHS Anti-Swindle Team in response to Virgin Care’s takeover of NHS contracts with Ray Malone.

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This is an action-orientated programme led through daily field-trips with key social, economic, racial and environmental justice movements across London. It is designed for anyone actively seeking artistic, daring, imaginative, theoretical and creative ways for positive and powerful social change. The programme is open to everyone from all backgrounds. The venues are wheelchair accessible and is a safe space for people affected by oppression such as sexism, racism, transphobia, ableism, classism and homophobia as well as others.
Any questions please email dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk. All info at www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

Thank you to Luca Modesti for the design!

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Training for Transformation Introduction Special Summer UK Courses. Apply here – deadline August 5th

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.’ Paulo Freire author of ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’

Special Announcement – Training for Transformation Introduction Courses – Special UK training – London – Monday 12- Friday 16th August 2019 and Glasgow Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August 2019.

Training for Transformation (TfT) is an education programme provides activists and educators with the tools, skills and methodology to mobilise and organise self-mobilised communities to fight for justice and equality – rooted in Women’s Liberation and the Black Consciousness Anti-Apartheid struggle it catalyses deep personal and spiritual commitment to freedom. 

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In a rare visit to the UK, globally acclaimed South African Director of Training for Transformation Ntombi Nyathi, leads a training programme on the role of radical education for personal and social transformation to overcome economic, social, racial and spiritual apartheid today. Training for Transformation (TfT) is an education programme that provides activists, community development workers, artists, freedom fighters and educators with the tools, skills and methodology to mobilise and organise self-mobilised communities to fight for justice and equality. TfT is based on a number of approaches to change.
Ntombi will be assisted by Maria Latumahina a development activist and adult educator with passion and focus towards liberation of the Papuan people from socio-economic oppression and the environmental injustice and dan glass – LGBTQIA+, healthcare and human rights activist performer and writer with ‘AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power’ and ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – winner of 2017 ‘Activist of the Year’ at the ‘Sexual Freedom Awards’.
 

Dates 

London – Monday 12- Friday 16th August 2019 10-5pm at Saint Barnabas Bethnal Green Church, Grove Rd, Old Ford, London E3 5TG – facebook event page here. 

Launch event on the evening of Monday 12th August at Rich Mix, Shoreditch – ‘The educator has the duty of not being neutral’ – The opening night party launching two weeks of ‘Training for Transformation – For People With People’ UK courses, led by globally acclaimed South African Director of Training for Transformation Ntombi Nyathi with special performance by Zita Holbourne. Facebook event page here.

Glasgow Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August 2019 10-5pm – at Kinning Park Complex – facebook event page here 

7pm launch event launch event on the evening of Monday 19th August at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) – Training for Transformation UK The Educator has the Duty of not Being Neutral – Launch Party with special guest performers ‘Abi Normal’ Genre spanning acoustic folk angry fanny music punk and rebel tunes, MARK MCGHEE (Girobabies, Jackal Trades, You Call That Radio?) and EMPRESS with her newest release Steg G – Another Day Another Way‘. We will also be showing At the ‘Sharp End of the Knife’ an international feature doc that goes with Glaswegian Cathy McCormack into the Township heartlands of Alexandra, Soweto, Khaylitsha, Manenburg in South Africa, and Easterhouse, Scotland.

Testimonials

“Before I did TfT I was struggling to design a workshop. Now I train others and enjoy designing workshops.” Francisca, Zimbabwe, TFT graduate

‘Upon being accepted to participate in TFT certificate course 2012, could never imagine embarking on a journey that would completely change my view of myself, others and the world. Among several things, two important things I can say, initially, on the TFT: is based on content, processes and practices that leads us to question and reevaluate ourselves, our beliefs and values and, on the other hand, generates a profound positive impact in our lives at personal, social and professional level.’ Gildo Nhapuala, Mozambique, TFT graduate

‘Training for Transformation is by far the most powerful, potent and transformative programme I have ever been lucky to be part of. TfT has nourished the belly of movements for justice all over the world. Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement was a pivotal force lifeforce in tearing down the evils of Apartheid and with growing inequality here in the UK – the fact that the TFT introduction course is coming to the UK couldn’t be better timing!’ dan glass, UK, TFT Graduate.

Costs –
£50-100 unwaged
£100 – 250 waged
£200 – 300 NGO / Charity
£300- 400 Corporate

Accessibility –
Creche – We are currently organising creche facilities – if this is required please let us know in the application form
Contact alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk for all requests and collaborations.
Training for Transformation MethodologyTfT is based on a number of approaches to change. The core of this work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity. It was developed from Paulo Freire’s radically different approach to adult education which helped people “to read their reality and write their own history”, and motivates them to action that transforms their life  situation. The uniqueness of Freire’s approach challenges the traditional  educational mould. The implementation of this theory is very practical  with well trained teams analysing the macro and micro realities of each area, finding generative themes and developing programmes that aim to  develop critical consciousness and action. TfT has inspired activists and communities all over the world. To mention just a few – the Centre for Human EcologySo We StandAbahlali – the South African Shackdwellers Movement, Centre for Youth Resources Foundation Network (CRYfoNe), Mamelani, the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) and many more know the magic of TfT.TFT Introduction Course Contents – Read more here
  • Understanding the strengths skills and experiences within groups.
  • Investigating the Socio, economic and political environment.
  • Fundamental Human Needs and Pathologies.
  • Exploring, economic, social, and political facets of poverty and investigate the ways by which organizations engage with communities and local authorities respond.
  • Design and Facilitate Community Dialogue based on issues that worry people the most.
  • Carry out a listening survey.
  • Design and facilitate community conversations based on the listening survey.
  • Identify 20 people who could be trained as change agency.
  • Reflect on lived and work experience with skills and methods learned in phase one and two.
  • Learn and practice ethical choices in leadership.
  • Dialogue on eco-spirituality, especially the role of indigenous spirituality in promoting social justice.
  • Explore gender roles of women in their family, community and in organizations.
  • Explore and practice lobby and advocacy on identified issues on leadership, indigenous spirituality, and women’s rights.
  • Project monitoring and evaluation. 


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VISION  – A new level of critically conscious leaders in development education whose theory is grounded in practice.

MISSION – To build a vibrant global movement of TfT animators from strategic organizations and initiatives with the ability to enhance communities’ capacity to own and control development initiatives.

AIM  – (1) To build the skills, insights and abilities of teams, from NGOs, FBOs and community organisations, to empower local self-reliant community development efforts and link such efforts within wider national and global civil society. (2) To build confidence, knowledge and skills to work with and challenge local and national governments to ensure macroeconomic policies that are to the advantage of the marginalised. (3) To develop a new level of leadership in the development education field that is grounded in good theory and practice.
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Facilitation Team 
Ntombi Talent Nyathi, Director Training for Transformation
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‘Popular Education in our times could be summarised in two words, awakening and humanization. Awakening in this discussion points out to personal journeys and experiences. What is this ‘Self’? What enables the ‘Self’ to connect with the individual? Experiences may inspire the individual to find their purpose connect with others ’collective’ and take actions that lead to humanization. Humanization in essence refers to the individual or collective actions that honour, recognizes and respect human dignity. However, it is inevitable to note that transformation begins with the self, enfolds into the family, community, society and the universe.. However, liberation is not carried out for the people but with them. When people organize themselves for change they have the power to transform their reality into new world. This is the processes of humanization.’

Maria Latumahina 
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Maria Latumahina is an independent consultant with a passion for and and focus on the liberation of the Papuan people from socio economic and environmental injustice. Since her graduation from TfT diploma course in 2013 she has been applying TfT method and tools for 4 years working with highland and coastal communities of Villages in Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia. Her work with communities in Raja Ampat district has resulted in poverty alleviation of 100 families running an ecotourism business with annual gross revenue of 1,2m USD. The work in Numfor has resulted in 40 community members set up a cooperative  on Virgin Coconut Oil. 

“My upbringing is the time full of pain that I wanted to forget. Here, I realize how it has shaped me. My determination to survive led me to discover the opportunities of running a homestay business and that make me “somebody”. I am a Papuan woman and I want to see all Papuan women to become economically  independent” (Angelina Dimara, Warkabu village, December 2013).

I became aware of myself, my family and my community. It is because of this awareness that we started a garbage management programme in our village. Using pre-schools children we raised awareness on the dangers of burning plastics. The village is now clean. We have planted more that 200 Mahogany trees. We grow our own food in the gardens….” Parcella from Kenyan Village

Dan Glass 
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dan glass is a sex-positive, queer, healthcare and human rights award-winning activist, performer and writer. Reforming ‘Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) London chapter in 2012 has catalysed healthcare and sex-positive programmes including campaigning for PREP, HIV Blind Date, protecting the National Health Service as well as enabling ‘HIV anti-stigma classes as part of the Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer. Dan has won Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for LGBTQI youth + a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’ and 2017 ‘Activist of the Year’ with the ‘Sexual Freedom Awards’. An agitator from the Training for Transformation educational programme born out of the Anti-Apartheid movement, the core of dan‘s work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity to spur people ‘to read their reality and write their own history’. His recent programmes involve MC’ing ‘Shafted?!’ a speakeasy led by people with HIV and the ‘Never Again Ever! Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer.  Dan recently co-founded ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ see below. Contact dan at www.theglassishalffull.co.uk and at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk – Twitter #danglassisfull 

Alessandro Marini –
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An artist, community activist and facilitator working in Glasgow. His man focuses being the empowerment of people by helping to create platforms in which participants can share skills and knowledge in a critical way.  He has previously done this for: Political workshops in Glasgow for the Radical Independence Campaign, Artistic workshops in Glasgow and abroad, feedback workshops for the Glasgow School of Art. His current involvement in the North of Glasgow hopes to see an umbrella platform forming in order to give locals greater access to facilities and specialist knowledge on a range of subjects, whilst also creating a platform for local networking and discussion. www.alessandrojmarini.com 

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Cathy McCormack lives in Easterhouse, Glasgow. A long-term campaigner on housing, health, poverty and the environment she is also widely known as a popular educator and social commentator.  An inspiring speaker, her writings and broadcasts have received international acclaim. Read more at Cathy’s blogs to god and her acclaimed book ‘The Wee Yellow Butterfly.’   
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Zita Holrbourne is an award winning  human rights , community and trade union campaigner  and activists and a multi-genre artist,  Poet, author, visual artist, designer, curator and vocalist. She campaigns for equality, freedom, justice and rights through arts and activism. She is the co-founder of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, BARAC UK, co-founder of BAME Lawyers for Justice, a national organiser of Windrush Day of Action who has also performed at Glastonbury, UK Parliament, National Diversity Awards and at the official UK memorial service for Nelson Mandela and UK Parliament  Mandela centenary reception. 
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Abi Normal... is not normal. Genre spanning acoustic folk angry fanny music punk and rebel tunes, she writes and performs on guitar and voice, and likes a good story. She also composes music for the poetry of Victoria McNulty, as seen in ‘Confessionals’ and, coming soon, ‘Exiles’ (Dec ’19). Find her at Fail Better or propping up a karaoke bar… abinormalmusic.bandcamp.com

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Empress : with hard hitting lyrics, incredible penmanship and clear skill, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Currently working on her 3rd EP and debut album, the SAMA nominated rapper was the first female to be featured on BBC Socials Frontseat Freestyle. She also featured in the BBC documentary, Loki’s History of Scottish Hip-Hop and performs as part of The Air In Between collective. https://soundcloud.com/empressmusic-2/sets/public-menace. 
Mark McGhee
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Mark McGhee’s rhymescapes cut a reality out of late night epiphanies, journeys into the muliverse and growing-up-in-the-West of Scotland histories that pull from a depth of perspective which comes across centuries longer than the last 10 years where he’s been making things happen as a musician, promoter and instigator in the Scottish Hip Hop, Music, Poetry & Spoken Word scenes. In his various musical and poetic guises (The Girobabies, Jackal Trades, Markmywords, Frank Foodie, YCTRadio) he spits lines sometimes seemingly absurd, but which thread a truth in imagery and spirit and reverberate in the genres his solo work and collaborations jump headfirst into. The dedication to critical satyre in his lyrics makes his albums a more informative read than all mainstream news. Mark McGhee is bringing Steve Mason to The Barrowlands in Glasgow on 21st September. Get a ticket.


Andria Mordaunt 
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Andria began AID Activism in 1988, when she helped set up Mainliners, the UK’s first Support Group for HIV-affected drugs users. She then worked as THT’s Drugs Counselling Officer for 3 years. It was during those years, that she was most involved with ACT.UP. When the onslaught of dying co-workers and friends was non-stop & relentless. Harm Reduction, i.e. access to clean needles, condoms and heroin substitutes is the best way to prevent HIV in injectors/slammers and she has literally gone all over the world promoting it, with her focus being the self-organisation of x/current Injection Drugs Users, including in her MSc dissertation (2004). When her life partner died from AIDS in 1995, she founded The John Mordaunt Trust, a peer support and advocacy project for daily drugs users, to honour John’s memory. This became political rapidly leading her to Drug Policy reform internationally. Still in ACT.UP she has been most active in highlighting HCV which numerically is more of a threat to IDUs. Andria also has a 10 yr old daughter Milly, who keeps her on her toes more than even ACT.UP can! See Users Voice for more.

 

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SOAS Speech Acts – Justice for Grenfell on the 2nd Anniversary

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What – ‘SOAS Speech Acts’ invites you this International Mandela Day (June 13th) – how can we overcome economic, racial and social apartheid today?  Welcome to a public talk to support Grenfell4Justice and obtain justice on the 2nd anniversary of the manslaughter and continued Government neglect (June 14th). Facebook event page here / contact alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk
 
Where – Thursday 13th June 2019 – 6.30-8.30pm SALT (110), Alumni Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG, UK. Tickets are £5 – all profits for to Justice4Grenfell (J4G(J4GTicket link here 
With your host Saph Mac, Moyra Samuels ‘Justice4Grenfell’, Aviah Sarah Day ‘Sisters Uncut’ and Jackie ‘Grenfell activist and resident’ Justice4Grenfell (J4G) is a community-led organisation, focused on the long term goal of obtaining justice for the bereaved families, survivors, evacuated residents and the wider local community, partnering with representative organisations. J4G will be engaging with the Public Inquiry on behalf of its membership – join us.
 
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J4G was set up a few days after the Grenfell Fire disaster and officially launched on June 19th 2017 with the first of monthly silent walks – now held on the 14th of each month from Notting Hill Methodist Church to the Grenfell Memorial Wall.
 
Together with many other local groups and individuals, J4G stepped into the void left by the authorities, to try to meet the urgent needs of those impacted. This work continues because of the on-going failure of the authorities to respond adequately to the disaster.
 
J4G’s ultimate aim is to ensure that such an event never happens again. The level of international interest indicates just how relevant that aim is, globally. Both the Hillsborough and Bloody Sunday Campaigns have endorsed J4G. Please support and donate on the website here – https://justice4grenfell.org/
 
Aviah Sarah Day is a member of the East End branch of Sisters Uncut – a national, feminist direct action group fighting cuts to domestic violence services.She has recently completed her her PhD titled “Partnership and Power: Domestic Violence, the Women’s Sector and the Criminal Justice System”. She also has several years worth of experience in a range of front line domestic violence services. Aviah is currently researching and campaigning against the increased criminalization of survivors of domestic violence. Contact Aviah here 
 
Sapphire is a comedian, actor and writer that uses comedy as a vessel to teach people about tough or challenging social issues. Her recent journalist work has documented the groups who are attempting to re-brand the far right in the U.K . This year she’s made two films, one of the Hollywood-ification of Tommy Robinson and another on the growth of new far – right group – The Democratic Football Lads Alliance. She also uses her quick whit that puts members of the public in uncomfortable situations to find out what they’re really thinking. See more of Saph here.
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The Glass Is Half Full – Performance and Protest for 2018 – Get Involved!

The Glass Is Half Full – Performance and Protest for 2018 – Get Involved!

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“The best AIDS show in town!” Report from the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special

The Glass Half Full programmes are provocative, politically charged and take pleasure in overcoming injustice through performance, popular education, movement building and a celebration of diversity.

Empowering social change needs to address both the root cause of the issue and be led by those affected by it. Rising inequality and ongoing oppressions like xenophobia, homophobia, HIV-phobia and racism demands ordinary people like us to penetrate repetitive cycles of political violence.

2018 collaborations so far include

If you are interested in mentoring with dan and ‘The Glass Is Half Full’ please get in touch at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk.

All press, book writing and broadcasting news  can be seen here – get in touch at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk for all press and writing requests.

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[Photo – Let Freedom Ring! – Beautiful Trouble Trainings]

2017 Highlights

2017 highlights included co-founding ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ on the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. The purpose is to bring forth the visibility of our incredible sexual revolutionary community – to harness our history for change today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI, women’s and sexually dissident cultural spaces and support services, this supports current sex-positive activism, culture and performance in all its glory. Actions this year have involved crawling up the House of Lords to commemorate radical sexual freedom history, agitating queer venues to become more accessible, demanding a permanent museum to celebrate sexual freedom, organised ‘pretty police’ orgies in the bushes, threw horse-shit on gentrifying luxury developers parties, successfully helped win back queer venues such as the legendary ‘The Joiners Arms’, called for a full apology not just a pardon for queers, paid tribute to the stories of those sexual deviants untold and tore up the streets of London in drag on the ‘Bang Bus’  – and so much more to commemorate the 50th anniversary. Contact www.queertoursoflondon.com / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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[Photo – ‘George Michael Wants You’ – Queer Tours of London + Camden LGBT Forum – 2017]

Previous highlights

Previous highlights included trainings and programmes which supported LGBTQI communities to challenge gentrification, presenting HIV, HIV / HEP C Blind Date  led by people with HIV+ to tell their own story, the Holocaust-memorial activism influenced ‘Beyond UKIP Cabaret’ cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer and the ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ which chased human-rights abusing corporations and UKIP off Pride. A wealth of trainings and talks including at the amazing ‘Visthar – Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation’ and building for Paris COP21’s ‘Climate Games’ were a treat to be part of.

We held a series of trainings with the amazing Beautiful Trouble creative activism training programme here in the UK, a continuation of the ‘Counterculture happy hours in Central London as well as many more performance art protests including ‘Shafted? – the HIV cabaret’ aswell as LGBTQI events galore such as ‘The Queer witch of the East will never die’ – a Chariots Spell’. The Glass Is half Full growing list of resources for anyone wanting to create positive change as well as the press list are growing daily.

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[Photo – Shafted? HIV Cabaret – 2013]

Please do get in touch if you would like shows, talks, press, trainings or strategic mentoring for your community justice programme on any of the following (more detail here)

  1. ‘Rehearsing for the Revolution’ Performance as Protest
  2. Press Training
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Civil Disobedience
  5. Popular Education
  6. Community Self – Defence
  7. Community Transformation and Empowerment
  8. Organising across cultures for social justice
  9. Creative Facilitation
  10. Organising legal trials for social change
  11. HIV Activism
  12. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) Activism

Contact dan at www.theglassishalffull.co.uk / alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk / Twitter #danglassisfull

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UPCOMING SHOW! ‘DECAIDS’ – Her Royal HIVness Celebrates Us All. August 2016

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Concept

The art and theatricality of HIV / AIDS activism captured the imagination during the 1980’s first crisis. 30 years later and HIV / AIDS still rages across the world. One of the little-known root causes of the global HIV pandemic is due to homophobic legislation introduced by the British Empire during the height of colonialism. In the 76 countries where it is homosexuality is still illegal, HIV transmissions are still on the rise as the stigma is compounded, further allowing, pharmaceutical companies which profit from the pandemic see our latest event ‘In the name of David Kato’.

‘DecAIDS’ is a theatre show for people living with HIV / HEP to share the realities of life, love and struggle, to celebrate the journey the lives of those living with HIV / AIDS and to highlight root causes of the pandemic. So often, people living with HIV and other conditions, are stigmatised in our society; treated as passive recipients of resources, or silenced and invisibilized altogether.

So in typical ACT UP LONDON style, full of cabaret, mischief and flair we aim to create all the materials for a highly creative, potentially disruptive, very meaningful action in august. The creative team exists to frame Decaids in a way for maximum cheekiness / reaction and to connect, agitate and empower diaspora LGBT / HIV groups living in the UK to animate in an accessible and inspiring way the relationship between the HIV pandemic, global homophobia and the role of the British Empire.

Decaids is a 2 part process – (1) Subversive royal HIV celebration march towards Buckingham Palace and (2) A Theatre show in a central London location.

Draft Promotional Text – DECAIDS – Her Royal HIVness Celebrates Us All.

‘One would be delighted to join one for DECAIDS in August 2016. DECAIDS will be hosted in the divine London Royal Palace Lavatory where aperitif’s of pheasant and poppers will be served. DECAIDS is a celebration of the Royal and the Common Folk living with HIV. It serves to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Her Royal HIVness (me) diagnosis’. Please do join one to celebrate that hot stud ten years ago who royally fucked me without a condom, without whom, I may never have met ordinary fine folk like oneselves. I know that in my time on the throne I have been doing bugger-all to acknowledge the global HIV pandemic that my beloved British Empire got off the ground – but now I have seen that my crown has been too tight. I will share my crown jewels for all as I am ever so pleased to announce that I will add to my royal duties the celebration of those living with HIV. Similarly, just as I write to anyone when they reach their 100th birthday I will write to those ones who have lived with HIV for 1 week, 1 year, 10 years, 20 years or indeed any significant anniversary and then welcome them ones to this royal occasion and celebrate them – one and one all.

Please, let’s all wave ones royal fists in the air and celebrate those living with HIV. Gosh! It will be spiffing!’

All Her Royal HIVness’ proceeds shall go to ACT UP LONDON (Aids Coalition To Unleash Power) and all those fighting those god-awful terrible Pharmaceutical companies.’

Related Work

DecAIDS’ is developed in the tradition of the successful ACT UP performance shows ‘Shafted?’ And ‘HIV Blind Date’ –

SHAFTED?! Teaser Video 

Shafted?! The Show – Behind the Scenes – A Celebration of ACT UP (Aids Coalition to Unleash Power)

HIV Blind Date 1 at ‘The Glory’ 

“I see “Shafted” the show as a stepping stone to breaking down barriers of stigma, and have everyone accepted as one.” Billy, Shafted?! storyteller and performer “On behalf of ACT UP New York’s alumni, we’re thrilled to see the UK acting-up again. Shafted?! reminds us of our gloriously ribald and creative roots, so keep up the fight, comrades. Until there’s a cure, ACT UP!” Peter Staley, legendary AIDS and gay rights activist.

ACT UP LONDON 2016 Newsletter 

Ladybeard Magazine HIV Blind Date 

Creative Team

We have a range of leading artists, theatre-makers and activists involved in ACT UP LONDON and beyond who will be developing the show. We will also be working with a wide range of London’s leading HIV service providers to develop and produce the show.

About ACT UP LONDON (www.actuplondon.wordpress.com)

ACT UP London is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to action to end the HIV pandemic. We are part of the global ACT UP network – see the film trailer ‘United in Anger’. ACT UP London combats this through creative campaigns – we recently led the ‘Beyond UKIP Cabaret’ including ‘HIV anti- stigma’ classes at the front of UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s pub, held a series ‘HIV Blind Date’ events, in which contestants – three people living with HIV and/or Hep C – answered questions relating to their vision for the future and organised ‘AIDStravaganza’ – welcoming in new artists’ work to animate the issues at hand. Cuts to services, rising transmission levels and the mistaken belief that HIV was resolved in the 1980s have led people to name this era – the ‘HIV Second Silence’. All details at www.actuplondon.wordpress.com and @ actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com ACT UP! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS!


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Pls Share and RSVP – ‘Let Freedom Ring!’ In Celebration of Anne Hope – 25.4.16 – 6.30pm – 8pm – Central London

Learn from some of UK’s leading revolutionary community educators

Explore the philosophies of ‘Training for Transformation’

Meet others to radically transform our world for the greater common good

Come and celebrate Anne Hope’s life

Monday 25th April 2016 – 6.30pm – 8pm – 22 Russell Square, Rom T102, SOAS University of London, WC1H OXG (nearest station – Russell Square). Donations Welcome. Wheelchair accessible. RSVP to leftfreedomring@theglassishalffull.co.uk –Facebook page click here

Anne Hope, along with Sally Timmel, founded the world-renowned Training for Transformation (TFT) community education programme. She recently passed away leaving a huge legacy of revolution, joy and transformation for communities across the world. See ‘A remarkable history of popular education: Learning through the story of two feminist activists from South Africa’

During Anti-Apartheid, Anne was asked by Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, to work with their leadership for six months on participatory methods of Paulo Freire. Soon after the training most of the leadership was imprisoned and she was advised to go into exile to continue the work or face imprisonment. Later, Steve said that there were two people who shaped his life – a nun in 6th grade and Anne Hope.’ Tribute to Anne Hope – a woman of substance in anti-apartheid movement, Cape Times, 29th December 2015​

Training for Transformation (TfT) is ‘based on a philosophy of justice that seeks the common good.’ (Hope & Timmel, 2014) It is underpinned by the conviction that transformation is not only possible, but essential. Associated with the work of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and the writings of Frantz Fanon and Antonio Gramsci, TfT aims at conscientisation. Here, learning ‘to read the world’ and understand how personal troubles are connected to broader socio-political issues and people, is the beginning for action. Acting, together, to radically change conditions of oppression and exploitation, is the practice that TfT aims at.

All donations will go to the Anne Hope Legacy Fund – Sponsoring a woman for training in the Training for Transformation course. All details at www.grailprogrammes.org.za

I have become increasingly convinced that development is essentially a spiritual process. It does not depend primarily on having huge funds thrown at its feet, but on vision, daring, courage and generosity.” Anne Hope, 2007 ‘Building a convivial society: Insights from Nyerere and Freire’ at the Julius Nyerere Annual Lecture on Lifelong Learning, 2007.

Guest Speakers –

Maria Lahumatina – Maria is an activist and educator from Papua New Guinea. Maria is an independent consultant with a passion for and focus on the liberation of the Papuan people from socioeconomic oppression and environmental injustice. After participating in the Training for Transformation diploma course in 2012-13 Maria has been facilitating community transformative learning and supporting emerging community leaders. Read more in ‘Training for Transformation in practise’ edited by Anne Hope and Sally Timmel and at‘Homestay Association’ Maria’s community based organisation in Raja ampat atwww.stayrajaampat.com. Establishing Indonesia Training for Transformation has been Maria’s long term focus shared and supported by friends and colleagues from Indonesia, UK, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Sukant Chandan – Sukant has been active in radical anti-imperialist and grassroots activism and study for over twenty years. He was a co-founder of the CheLeila Youth Brigades which sent dozens of delegations to Palestine, Vietnam, Venezuela, Ireland and other countries, and is more recently a coordinator at the Malcolm X Movement formed in 2015. He frequently appears on global south TV such as on Iranian, Chinese and Russian channels to advocate for the rights and liberation of colonised peoples.

Andrea Cornwall – Andrea Cornwall is Head of the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. A political anthropologist by training, she’s worked with participatory approaches to research and education for more than 20 years. She first came across Training for Transformation in Zimbabwe in the late 1980s where she used it to design and carry out a participatory research project that explored women’s indigenous reproductive knowledge and right to an informed choice of contraception. She’s drawn on Training for Transformation for inspiration many times since, in work ranging from community health mobilisation in London housing estates to press for accountability, to trainings on rights and power for NGOs and aid bureaucrats, international workshops with sexual rights activists and interactive lectures with Sussex undergraduate students.

Enda Byrne – ‘Training for Transformation’ can be described as a great river originating in a number of different springs. These sources were joined together initially in the Delta Training where Enda Byrne, a long-term community educator who, from 1973 to 1980 created programmes for 3 million people with leadership skills and brought new life to different fields: including Health, Agriculture, Literacy, Women‟s and Youth groups. Training programs were also held in Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Southern Africa, and India during those years. Enda has catalysed many community empowerment programmes since then including ‘DELTA for the Balkans’ inter-ethnic reconciliation & peace-building programme in partnership with (IRC) Interreligious Council of Bosnia- Herzegovina and with Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim local faith leaders; also ‘Women Together for Peace’ in Srebrenica & Bratunac Municipalities

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The Glass Is Half Full – Performance and Protest for 2016 – Get Involved.

The Glass Is Half Full – Performance and Protest for 2016 – Get Involved.

The Glass Half Full’s social change programmes are provocative, politically charged and take pleasure in overcoming injustice through performance, popular education, movement building and a celebration of diversity.

Empowering social change needs to address both the root cause of the issue and be led by those affected by it. Rising inequality and ongoing oppressions like xenophobia, HIV-phobia and racism demands ordinary people like us to penetrate repetitive cycles of political violence.

2015 highlights included trainings and programmes which supported LGBTQI communities to challenge gentrification, presenting HIV, HIV / HEP C Blind Date  led by people with HIV+ to tell their own story, the Holocaust-memorial activism influenced ‘Beyond UKIP Cabaret’ cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer and the ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ which chased human-rights abusing corporations and UKIP off Pride. A wealth of trainings and talks including at the amazing ‘Visthar – Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation’ and building for Paris COP21’s ‘Climate Games’ were a treat to be part of. 

2016 exciting collaborations include so far a series of trainings with the amazing Beautiful Trouble creative activism training programme here in the UK, a continuation of the ‘Counterculture happy hours’ in Central London as well as many more performance art protests including ‘Shafted? – the HIV cabaret’ aswell as LGBTQI events galore such as ‘The Queer witch of the East will never die’ – a Chariots Spell’. The Glass Is half Full growing list of resources for anyone wanting to create positive change as well as the press list are growing daily.

Please do get in touch if you would like shows, talks, press, trainings or strategic mentoring for your community justice programme on any of the following (more detail here)

1. ‘Rehearsing for the Revolution’ Performance as Protest
2. Press Training
3. Strategic Planning
4. Civil Disobedience
5. Popular Education
6. Community Self – Defence
7. Community Transformation and Empowerment
8. Organising across cultures for social justice
9. Creative Facilitation
10. Organising legal trials for social change
11. HIV Activism
12. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) Activism

Contact dan at www.theglassishalffull.co.uk / alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk / Twitter #danglassisfull

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Fag to the Future: Redyking the City – CALL-OUT TO PERFORMERS / ORGANISERS

Fag to the Future: Redyking the City

CALL-OUT TO PERFORMERS – CELEBRATE QUEER HISTORY, BUILD A QUEER FUTURE

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[Photo – Homocaust Cabaret – London 2015]

150 years ago, ‘homosexuals’ did not exist. There were perverts, but no gays. There were was a queen, but she didn’t sing, wore far too little make-up, and believed female same-sex desire did not exist. Since then, London has been a scene of radical queer transformations, much of which came out of queer communities carving spaces for themselves, unashamedly affirming their desires and identities, being ridiculous in the name of fun and freedom.

Now these spaces are coming under sustained attack like never before. LGBTQI communities are having their nightlife, services and community spaces threatened and closed, so that property developers and bankers can make money out of London’s property market: serving the few at the expense of the many. How do we, as custodians of a rich queer history, respond?

HAVE A MASSIVE OUTRAGEOUS, QUEER PARTY!

Please come to what we hope will be the first of many outrageously fun queer fundraiser parties to build strength in our community. Money from ‘Fag to the Future: Redyking the City’ will go towards a few key grassroots LGBTQI / HIV direct action movements. We’re looking for performers that can honour our queer history in style and show a vision of what our queer future might look like.

We would like to hear from all performers who would like to appear at this night to remember. The more fierce, sparkly and mind-boggling the better. Please email leavethegaydonkeysalone@gmail.com with a few lines about yourself and why you would like to be involved and we shall meet up for a chat! 

In love and strength,

dan / dan and a growing number of LGBTQI / HIV grassroots movements. 

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[Photo – R.I.P. London – June 2015]

 

 

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SUSSEX ACTIVISM INSPIRES 2!

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The School of Global Studies presents….

‘SUSSEX ACTIVISM INSPIRES! 2 ‘ PROGRAMME

Paying tribute to Sussex rich historical activist past and organising for the future – through a week of skill-shares, action trainings, speakers and performances to share and learn approaches, strategies, tactics and tools for positive social change.

Sunday June 7th – The right to … shelter / food

Monday June 8th – The right to … love / body

Tuesday June 9th – The right to … education / work

Wednesday June 10th – The right to …life / movement

Thursday June 11th – The right to expression

RSVP your space for one or all the workshops at

alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk ASAP or just turn up!

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“Whether you’re a seasoned activist or just looking to dip your toe in the waters of direct action, I can’t recommend Sussex Activism Inspires! enough. Workshops with independent journalists, lawyers, activists and academics give you plenty of opportunity to share strategies and tactics, discuss the activists role in contemporary society, brush up on your rights and make invaluable contacts.” Kai Heron – Sussex Activism Inspires! 2014 participant

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FURTHER INFORMATION

Where? The School of Global Studies’ Global Resource Centre, with larger sessions and workshops taking place elsewhere on the Sussex University campus.

Who? Anyone can participate. This event brings the opportunity to meet and mingle with an eclectic mix of students, alumni, activists, practitioners and creatives.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Facebook Page Click Here – https://www.facebook.com/SussexActivismInspires

Website – http://www.sussex.ac.uk/global/ and www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

Email contact – alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

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Sunday June 7th – The right to … shelter / food

3 – 4.30pm- What is activism? (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

This workshop provides strategies of resistance, ideas for creative disruption, imaginative intervention and thinking-outside-the-box tools to become exhilarated at the powerful adrenalin of the capacity of creative civil disobedience for positive social change. We will explore – What is activism? Why do we need it? What are the myths? How can we make dreams a reality?

4.30-5pm Break

5-7pm – Dinner and welcome presentations – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

We will be hearing from Imogen from the Real Junk Food Project and Ree from the Love Activists Brighton will speak about food waste and homelessness in Brighton. We will hear performer and activist Lyndsay on ‘Recovery from an eating disorder, love and empowerment ‘ and also see the opening the international relations mural and film and hear from the brilliant beat poet Matt!

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Monday June 8th – The right to … love / body

10am – 12noon The Expressive Body – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C) –

Kate Hilder’s improvisation classes combine movement, voice and spoken language and encourage creativity, spontaneity and playful expression. They are valuable for anyone wanting to discover new forms of expression as well as for performers wanting to expand their on-stage presence.

12-1 Lunch break

1-3pm Body Mapping – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

This session introduces a technique called “body mapping” to explore our understandings and feelings about our bodies. We’ll learn how to use the technique and how to facilitate body mapping with groups of people as way of opening up a dialogue on the politics of the body, sharing knowledge and building confidence.

3-3.30 Break

3.30-5pm – Debate – Save us from Saviours & discussion about sex worker rights – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

Society is permeated with attitudes towards sex workers that stigmatize. Sex workers are seen as the spreaders of disease, marriage wreckers, immoral, and unfit parents, and face the loss of their homes and families if their work is known, as well as arrest and imprisonment in a number of countries. This workshop is a place to critically examine myths and stereotypes about sex work, and to learn about how sex worker activism is challenging stigma, building resistance and enabling sex workers to name and claim their demands for rights as workers and recognition as human beings.

5-7pm Break

7pm Screening of ‘Pride’ Film – (Back of Falmer Bar, Falmer House)

This cult activist movie is based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s public relations’ worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful.

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Tuesday June 9th – The right to … education / work

10am – 12 – Hate Speech and Freedom of Expression – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

Dr. Charlotte Skeet (School of Law and Politics) to run a session on Hate Speech and Freedom of Expression – Freedom of speech is the concept of the inherent human right to voice one’s opinion publicly without fear of censorship or punishment. “Speech” is not limited to public speaking and is generally taken to include other forms of expression.

12-1pm Break

1-3pm Civil Disobedience and the Language of activism (Geography Resource – Arts C)

This workshop explores how we can disrupt the status quo with cheekiness, pranks and humour can do wonders to amplify programmes for social justice as well as to trick our targets out of power. Civil disobedience is the active refusal to obey certain laws, demands and commands of a government or of an occupying international power. Without civil disobedience the world would be a very different place. Women may not have the right to vote, we might be divided by our skin colour or the Nazi’s may still be in power. We need direct ways of regaining control of our lives and an ethic of direct action can be a part of this. Civil Disobedience isn’t just an action or intervening in the mechanisms of injustice, it’s a way of organising, of understanding and being in this world.

3-3.30 Break

3.30 -5pm – What have other people at Sussex done? (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

This workshop explores the wide variety of journeys, professions and lives full of social justice, liberation and adventure that previous Sussexc students have gone on to do. Leading civil rights lawyers, advocates holding the police to account, pioneering anti-racist jpournalists, mental health activists, anti-corruption media personalities and so much more. Come here to find out more

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Wednesday June 10th – The right to …life / movement

10am – 12noon – Transforming Education – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

Radical methods for learning, empowerment and justice – Popular education is a process which aims to empower people who are marginalized socially and politically to take control of their own learning and to effect social change, build confidence, competence and commitment within and between individuals, groups, organisations and communities.

12-1pm Break

1 – 3pm – Simple ways to use digital media for campaigning, mobilising and freedom of speech – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

Social Media and Communications Technology has completely transformed the landscape of Activism. In this session, media strategist Mattieu Ramsawak will connect you with methods, resources and strategies to make a bigger impact using media.

3-3.30 Break

3.30 -5pm – Theatre for social change – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

Cabaret, carnival, speakeasys and street protest have been a huge vehicle throughout history for radical change. The gay community cabarets preceding Hitler’s Nazi Germany, the civil rights speakeasys preceding racial segregation, ‘Reclaim the Streets’ carnivals against capitalism and the wealth of current street performances against austerity and prejudice in Britain bring expression, imagination, poetry, spoken word, colour, sassyness and flair to strategically organised political actions for social justice.

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Thursday June 11th – The right to expression

10am – 12 noon – Spoken Word training – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

Writing is not only a medium of creative expression and imagination; it can be a potent tool for speaking out against injustice, and to inspire and invigorate people into action. In this session, poet and Mattieu Dominic Ramsawak will provide you with tips on improving your writing skills, and also will guide you on how to become more political with your writing.

12-1pm Break

1-4pm – Facilitation Training – (Geography Resource Centre Arts C)

This creative facilitation workshop builds a commitment to collective liberation, valuing what everyone brings to the work and acknowledging the intersectionality of issues. We also use experiential education tools to highlight ways to experience, reflect, generalize and apply the content of the training to each participants individual community setting. We will enable teams from community programmes key creative facilitation and participatory-collaboration skills needed to build on-going organisation capacity, effective meetings and creative art-storming!

4-7pm Break

7- 9pm Jam Poetry / Open mic social justice and spoken word closing ceremony at the Back of Falmer Bar