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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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Crowdfunding Appeal – Support incredible community justice training – Pls Support

Support incredible community justice training

Overcoming inequality through creating empowering programmes that enables the coming together of a range of communities to become equipped with tools to engage critically and become activists to transform society.

I want to learn from incredible activists to overcome a range of inequalities. I’m so honoured to have been accepted on the most incredible training-for-trainers community development programme with ‘Training for Transformation’. For 2 weeks this September Ill be learning from and with some of the world’s leading community activists pioneering creative / empowering strategies for positive social change in a range of fields – including LGBTQI HIV, Women’s, Anti-racism + agricultural movements. With whatever money you can, small or large, please support me! Im trying to raise as much money towards the travel as possible. 

How will the money be spent? – £594 on a return flight to the training centre in South Africa. Accommodation and food costs are covered by Training for Transformation

Please Donate to – Name: The Glass Is Half Full Bank: Cooperative bank (business direct) Account Number:65593280 Sort Code:089299 IBAN: GB58CPBK08929965593280

How will the supporters see the difference? – Throughout the rest of 2015 and the whole of 2016 across the UK at home I will be creating a series of trainings here along with these facilitators to transform society. We will share these tools developed from Steve Biko’s (Black Consciousness Movement) and Paulo Freire’s (Popular Education) radically different approach to adult education which helped people “to read their reality and write their own history”, and motivates to action that transforms their life situation + effectively challenge injustice.

 

‘Let Freedom Ring!’ video from the previous training –

A celebration and Tribute to Nelson Mandela and the activist in South Africa who have both inspired and worked with the oppressed in Scotland to ‘overcome’ injustice. How can we utilise popular education whilst living under capitalism to mitigate the erosion of critical consciousness. What can we do to arm ourselves to remain mindful of how our freedoms can be subverted?

Key activist history of Training for Transformation (TfT) – Website – http://www.grailprogrammes.org.za

Training for Transformation (TfT) 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 nourished the belly of movements for justice all over the world. Anne Hope (co-founder of TfT along with the magnificent Sally Timmel) was a student with popular education founding father Paulo Friere and was approached by the late great Steve Biko to develop a programme in the context of anti-Apartheid. Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement was a pivotal force lifeforce in tearing down the evils of Apartheid and since then, TfT has inspired activists and communities all over the world. To mention just a few – the Centre for Human Ecology, Abahlali – the South African Shackdwellers Movement, Centre for Youth Resources Foundation Network (CRYfoNe), Mamelani, the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST).

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