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Pls Share – Sign up fast! Invite to ‘Creative Activism and The Art of Protest – Beautiful Trouble in the UK’ – 1.2 October

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Join Us in London October 1 and 2 for ‘Creative Activism and The Art of Protest – Beautiful Trouble in the UK’. This will be an interactive dive and exploration of strategic creative cultural resistance and action, with a look at core principles, theories, stories and tactics that every activist building for a more equitable and just world would want in their toolbox! Check out www.BeautifulTrouble.org for more info. Facebook event page click here. 

The Glass Is Half Full and Beautiful Trouble are partnering to host trainings throughout the next year. If you would like to have one in your community please email dan@beautifultrouble.org

Friends Quaker Meeting House – 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ – Saturday October 1st – 9am to 5pm and Sunday October 2nd 9am-12.30pm – please bring food to share if you can! Thank you a million times to Turning the Tide and Greenpeace for hosting / supporting us.

Beautiful Trouble’ is a book, a web toolbox and an international network of extraordinary artist-activist trainers and creative campaigners focused on strengthening their connected social movements through sharing the tactics and techniques of game-changing creative activism.

The current political moment calls for bold leaps of imagination, new forms of organizing and a fearless blend of confrontation and celebration. Beautiful Trouble is a crash course in the emerging field of carnivalesque realpolitik, both elegant and incendiary.” — Naomi Klein, author of No Logo & The Shock Doctrine

Who can Apply –

Beautiful Trouble is welcome to anyone actively seeking artistic, daring, imaginative and creative ways to change the world for the better. Beautiful Trouble honour collective organising so ideally people would apply with a few others from their community / project they are involved in.

How to Apply – please fill in the short short questionnaire here ASAP.

Costs –

The weekend skillshare is open to everyone from all backgrounds. The venue is 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.

We operate on a sliding-scale.

£25 for grassroots community activists / artists / revolutionaries.

£40 for NGO / Charity activists.

If you can afford more please do as this will go on to respond to the training requests from communities tackling injustice all across the UK. If you can afford less, no worries, we have a few bursary places. Get in touch.

If possible please pay beforehand here – or if not, on the day.

Selected Outcomes

Some of the outcomes of the training include:

  • Advanced training on ways we can incorporate strategic creative actions into larger movement strategy
  • Building shared analysis around the strategic use of nonviolence resistance and ways to be effective with measurable goals and outcomes
  • Building collaboration across movements, and developing personal networks and connections to further more effective and coordinated action on local and national issues
  • Increasing street smarts and street safety for actions/activists in the District
  • Specific tools and action ideas developed for current application in local and national campaigns
  • If funds exist, we will videotape training sessions and provide these clips for on-going resource use.

Big love, dan g, Beautiful Trouble, UK www.beautifultrouble.org

Photo – Pink Bus Action 2000 – The London Lesbian avengers stopped a no 15 bus in London’s Piccadilly Circus, and painted it pink. This was to demand the repeal of homophobic Section 28, and to protest the involvement of Homophobic Millionaire Brian Souter in a Scottish campaign against the repeal.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – HOUSING CAMPAIGNERS TO TARGET TONIGHT’S PROPERTY AWARDS.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOUSING CAMPAIGNERS TO TARGET TONIGHT’S PROPERTY AWARDS. 

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This Tuesday 19th April 2016 housing campaigners from across London will stage mass protests and actions at the Property Awards, the annual industry award ceremony for the developers.

Photo Opportunity: Protestors will assemble from 6pm

Campaigners from across London, alongside a number of different housing campaigns – including Kill the Housing Bill, Radical Housing Network, and Focus E15 – will descend on the Grovesnor House Hotel, on Park Lane, London, to stage a series of protests and actions during the event.

A spokesperson for the protestors said: “London is in the midst of an acute housing crisis, in which ordinary people are finding it harder and harder to afford and keep a home. At the same time the big housing developers are reporting record profits, profiting from Londoners misery. 

We are opposing the Property Awards tonight to say: ‘enough is enough’. The  business model of the big developers is directly responsible for the appalling housing crisis in London, and yet here they are here, on Park Lane celebrating sky high profits. These corrupt, morally bankrupt institutions need to be shown the door – London needs affordable, secure housing, not more luxury flats built by Berkeley, Barratt, and the like.”

The ceremony’s website says: “The Awards will celebrate and reward excellence in 19 categories to the individuals and companies who have significantly impacted the property market. The Property Awards are the UK’s leading and most prestigious annual Awards dedicated to the property industry.”

The protest will be attended by a number of estate regeneration campaigns, in light of recent revelations over developers highly lucrative role in regeneration. Leading property firms are directly influencing and profiting from regeneration policy. Savill’s, a leading property firm, submitted reports on the subject to the cabinet office, and are advising Lambeth and Southwark on regeneration strategy, picking up lucrative contracts from the Boroughs in the process. The protests also comes at a time when the Housing and Planning Bill has been the subject of extensive protests over the last months, and is facing a rocky ride through the Lords.

A spokesperson for the protestors said: “Developers are in corrupt collusion with government and councils: their dirty mitts are on everything from local regeneration schemes to the Housing Bill. They are here tonight to congratulate each other for the profits they make from pricing people out of their communities, evictions and homelessness – and we’re here to crash the party.”

Notes to Editors

  • Location: Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, 86 Park Lane, W1K7TN London, United Kingdom
  • Event website: http://www.awards.propertyweek.co.uk/
  • The event is being attended by all the major players in the development industry
  • The protests will start at 6pm and take place for the duration of the ceremony and beyond.
  • The facebook event for the protest has around 500 people attending or interested:https://www.facebook.com/events/857370177723936/  
  • Last Year – ‘We Went to Last Night’s Property Developer Awards, a Circle-Jerk for the Gentrification Sharks Ruining London’, By JS Rafaeli http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/london-property-developer-awards-567

 

Contact

Joe Beswick

joeksbeswick@gmail.com

07873557040 

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For Immediate Release – LGBT+ activists dump jewellery at Danish embassy to protest anti-migrant law

LGBT+ activists dump jewellery at Danish embassy to protest anti-migrant law

This morning activists from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants threw their jewellery in front of the Danish embassy in Kensington. The action protested a controversial new law, passed by the Danish parliament this week, that allows the police to search refugees and seize their cash and valuables. 

The law has sparked widespread criticism from among others the UN,  Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and leading human rights campaigners. Yesterday world famous artist Ai Weiwei cancelled an exhibition in Denmark because of Denmark’s treatment of migrants. 

Morten Thaysen from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (and Danish citizen) said: “If Denmark needs it so badly, they can have our jewellery as long as they stop stealing from refugees. Denmark is one of the richest countries in the world and there can be no doubt that this new law is not about economy, but about scapegoating migrants. 

Donna Riddington from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants said: “Just this week it was revealed that asylum seekers in the UK were forced to wear red wristbands, and now the Danish government wants to rip jewellery off refugees. We’re already horrified by the treatment of migrants across Europe, but  Denmark is stooping to a new low. Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day, have we learned nothing?” 

Contact Details

LGSMigrants@gmail.com // 07508202098 // @lgsmirgants // Flickr Photos here

Notes to Editors

Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants is a queer activist group that takes up the mantle from the 1980’s Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees. The group supports migrants and refugees through fundraising activities and use creative action to disrupt the prevailing right-wing media narrative which pits LGBTQIA+ people against migrants.

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Cornflakes are not the answer – dan glass

Over the last day there has been an immensely interesting conversation amongst many of my facebook friends about why I empathised with those who threw paint over Brick Lane’s cereal cafe. Many of my friends thought it was a poor choice of target and format for people’s anger. Thanks so much to all for the input.Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 15.58.57

Before I share my thoughts I wanted to borrow from one of my heroines and a key activist and writer on the processes of gentrification – who says it so much better than I ever could. Here’s Sarah Schulman’s definitions of gentrification from the amazing book ‘Gentrification of the Mind’ “First I need to define my terms. To me, the literal experience of gentrification is a concrete replacement process. Physically it is an urban phenomena: the removal of communities of diverse classes, ethnicities, races, sexualities, languages, and points of view from the central neighbourhood of cities and their replacement by more homogenized groups. With this comes the destruction of culture and relationship and this has profound consequences for the future lives of cities… but in my case… there was also a spiritual gentrification that was affecting people who did not have rights, who were not represented, who did not have power or even their consciousness about the reality of their own condition. There was a gentrification of the mind, an internal replacement that alienated people from the concrete process of social and artistic change.”

In light of this here’s my tuppence.

Many friends asked why I think it is okay to target small and independent shops. In response – small or independent shops aren’t innately good. Small is not necessarily beautiful – it could be a small gun-selling shop, fur-coat shop or an independent shop selling sweatshop-made clothes – each business must be analysed on their contribution to their communities needs and a better world at large. Independent doesn’t necessarily mean ethical either – I mean Harrods is an independent store. I think that the fundamental reason for the existence of all businesses, whether small, large, independent or chains, should be premised upon the question ‘how do they positively contribute to the community”?

Modern day capitalism conditions us to think we can exist as hyper individualists (thanks to Maggie’s ‘no such thing as society’), that the world is our oyster and if we work hard enough we can achieve anything we want (without questioning the impacts on others). So in order to challenge this inhumane conditioning it’s important to ask – before we do anything or set up any business – who is really benefitting? Have we asked what the community needs or just presumed (the community organising process of a ‘Listening survey’ is really useful to do this)? How do my needs relate to other people’s needs? What will be the economic, ecological, racial and social impacts of my enterprise? And fundamentally, what systems of privilege are we upholding? The concept of ‘banality of evil’ is something I live by and is also useful here i.e. how can our good intentions or even blissful ignorance be complicit in evil regimes? Asking the right questions (rather than ‘Cereal Cafe’ or ‘no Cereal Cafe’) will cultivate the curiosity which is needed to ask the right questions to change ourselves and the world into a better place.

I am against all human and environmental rights violations and I stand against them all whether they are root causes (e.g. multinational corporations or the banking industry maintaining the current economic status quo) or symptoms (e.g. the Cereal Cafe). Currently the UK is the 7th richest country in the world yet the most unequal in the industrialised world. Only Portugal, the USA and Singapore do worse and the gap between rich and poor is wider now than in the times of Dickens and has the highest levels of child poverty throughout the industrialised world. Life in London and across the UK is a war on the poor. So we have to stand against inequality wherever we see it.

Gentrification is a specifically oblique form of human rights violation. It’s not as easy to distinguish which side we are on as other iconic processes of exploitation. If we had to choose a side of the South African apartheid system or whether we are for or against the Iraq War, it would be much easy to draw the battle-lines. Gentrification traps you and you often don’t even know it’s happening.

We all have places close to our heart. Brick Lane is the place for me, which is why I spoke up particularly about this action rather than others. I have a particular vendetta against people destroying the needs of my community here. Like many other holocaust surviving immigrants, my grandparents came to London with no money and lots of fear, trauma and need for community support. I’m honoured to live here and still be part of this incredibly spiritually and emotionally nourishing community. My grandparents worked in a textile factory near the Aldgate end of Brick Lane. I will always remember my Nan saying that she felt safe in Brick Lane as its incredible multi-culturalism was a safety net and she felt that she wouldn’t be targeted for her ethnic identity. 50 years ago it was the Jews who needed support and now it is the Bangladeshi community who are constantly a target for the British empire’s continuing racist and xenophobic abuse – both domestically (racist stop and search etc.) and internationally (the endless list of Islamophobic crimes at the hands of the British state). Whilst the community’s spaces for spiritual, emotional and practical support continue to be financially destroyed by austerity as well as many of my Bangladeshi friends’ businesses being shut down every day in the area – is the protection of the Cereal Cafe really our upmost concern?

If we understand gentrification to be a process whereby people, however good their intentions, can get their foot on the ladder / up the market because of the dominant current systems of power, then we must name it. If we name these systems of power to be how racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, age-ism, xenophobia and capitalism intersect and maintain a system whereby the power and controls of our society are largely held by white, wealthy, able-bodied, heterosexual, cis-gendered men with British citizenship – then we can understand how the marginalised are kept marginalised and why the Cereal Cafe is a insidious symptom of this.

Also, gentrification doesn’t happen in a vacuum. They are not isolated incidents. Just a few weeks after the Cereal Cafe came to Brick Lane I noticed that a new shop had opened a few doors down. I joked to my boyfriend that I bet the bomber jacket in this haute couture’s shop front window was priced at about £750 when you could get an identical one on the Brick Lane Saturday flea-market for a tenner. After buzzing on their door (which they unlock if they deem you to be worthy) and asking the price of the jacket I was told it was £1250. The poorest borough in London, Tower Hamlet’s, doesn’t need £1250 embroidered bomber jackets to meet their fundamental needs of food, water, housing, security and god forbid, some semblance of dignity.

Not only are these shops maintaining exploitative power structures – the normalisation of their privilege are allowing segregated processes of marketing to occur. Imagine if I was a young black Muslim boy in a hoodie? Would this haute couture shop have let me in? And who would be there to stop them? The list goes on when it comes to industries which represent dominator society – and in this instance, the Cereal Cafe. Promoting white, western, carbon-intensive, environmentally damaging value systems through internationally renowned companies (Nestle etc) which are at the forefront of human rights abuses, only adds insult to injury.

Exploitation should not just be stopped at the predictable places of power (at the banks and at 10 Downing Street) but at the everyday seemingly hidden forms of subtle abuse i.e. local shops which don’t meet the needs of people and even actively keeps them away. As people who desire to make the world a more humane, equal place – we should challenge empire, and ourselves, in all it’s forms and wherever it occurs.

The city of London at the heart of the reckless financial industry is like an encroaching iceberg thundering through the East End turfing any community who stands in it’s way to the curb. It’s a pattern that needs to be stopped, however trapped we feel. If we understand our humanity as individuals to be intimately connected to our neighbour (the foundations of a healthy community) we should take a step back and listen to what’s genuinely needed in the East End, before we presume that £2.50 bowls of cornflakes are the answer.

But anyway, I’m no expert – come to see Sarah Schulman speak on processes of gentrification when she comes to London in mid-November at the Soho Theatre (I’ll send publicity out ASAP), it would be an honour to go there and work out what we can collectively do together – we need to.

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Dan Glass CV

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DAN GLASS CURRICULUM VITEA

EMAIL: alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk TEL: 0044 (0) 7717811747 D.O.B. 07/10/83

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WEBSITE: www.theglassishalffull.co.uk – The site provides political analysis, a melting pot of campaign resources and a range of deep methods of transformation & empowerment for positive social change. The site includes trainings, writings, artworks, organising resources and a comprehensive guide to movements for social and environmental justice.

PERSONAL PROFILE – Dan is a specialist trainer, performer, consultant, presenter, writer, Master of Ceremonies (MC) and public speaker on campaigning, activism and creative social change. Skilled on key areas of effective campaigning: from strategy, tactics, and targets to evaluating successful campaigns. Dan is a graduate and educator from the Training for Transformation (TfT) methodologies that are born out of the Anti-Apartheid movement. The core of this work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity to spur people ‘to read their reality and write their own history”. This serves to motivate action that transforms live’s impacted by oppression back into one of pride, dignity and self-determination. In the spirit of our elders in the anti-Apartheid struggle, dan’s activism is inspired by the philosophy ‘the biggest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is our minds’ .

EDUCATION

2012 – 2013 Diploma Training for Transformation Leadership Programme, Cape Town, South Africa – Equipped with the skills to (1) Enable a new level of leadership in the development education field that is grounded in good theory and practice (2) Build skills, insights and abilities of teams, form NGOs and community organizations to empower local self-reliant community development efforts and link these efforts within wider national and global civil society movements with a particular concern for addressing the circumstances of the marginalized communities.

2007-2009 Msc, Centre for Human Ecology, University of Strathclyde, UK – Graduate and Trainer – Human ecology is an interdisciplinary field that explores the individual, collective and transpersonal aspects of the human condition assuming that living sustainably within the ecologies of the Earth’s is a necessary condition of global survival and of human flourishing.

2003-2006 Sussex University UK BA Hons Geography and Development Studies 2:1

2000- 2003 The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, UK – Public speaking level Grade 8 hons and trained in acting, singing and street theatre combined with training at The National Youth Theatre, London, UK

AWARDS

(2012) GaydarRadio Heroes Awards for Gay Rights activism

(2010) Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) youth

(2009) Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’

(2008) Sheila McKechnie (SMK) Award Foundation Transport Campaign Award winner

(2005) Sussex University Students’ Union Environmental Society and Social Action Federation Facilitator (2005) ‘Outstanding Contribution’

(2004) ‘Best Society’ Co-ordinator and public speaker for all social, political and environmental societies at the University

FELLOWSHIPS + LECTURES

(2014) Oxford University Queer Week ”The Second Silence’ Why HIV activism is important’

(2014) Headline Speaker at Limmud Festival UK ‘Judaism and activism’ + ‘From Auschwitz to Activism,

Grandchildren of the Nazi Holocaust Speak Out’

(2014) ‘Take one Action’ Film Festival Presenter

(2014) ‘The Art of Activism’ Politika, Manchester

(2014) ‘People Power – Connecting, Informing and Supporting Campaigners’ , London (2013) ‘Stop AIDS Speaker Tour’ – House of Commons, Westminster, London

(2013) ‘How to Survive A Plague’ HIV activism past, present and future’ – London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London

(2013) ‘People Power, activism and the imagination’ Headline at Shoko Festival, Harare Zimbabwe (2012) ‘The academic and activist worlds – how best to take action for climate justice?’ Glasgow University

(2013) ‘Speaking your Truth to Power’ campaign training – Liverpool Regional Asylum Activism

(2012) ‘Germany in Revolt against Airport Expansion’ Munich Town Hall and Frankfurt Airport

(2011) ‘Direct Action and New Tactics for Environmental and Social Justice’ Harvard University

(2011) ‘Aviation Justice, the Climate Crisis and the Suppression of Dissent’ San Jose State University, Department of Performance Studies, New York University and Spartacus Bookshop, Vancouver.

(2011) ‘Action research; engaged research practices which encourage life-enhancing, public-interest research to serve community, ecological and social justice’ Edinburgh University

(2010) ‘Strategies of Protest’ George Padmore Institute, London

(2009) ‘Space, Resistance and Power’ and ‘DIY Culture: Direct action and counter-culture’ Strathclyde University

(2007) ‘Climate Change and Anti-Whaling’ Melbourne University, Australia

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Appearances on ‘At Home with Vic and Bob’, ‘Royle Family’, ‘River City’, ‘The Royal Variety Show’

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

Dan is a published author journalist, guest writer and presenter with a wide range of publications who follow his work – examples include

(2014) Contributing Author – War Resisters International – ‘Handbook for Non-Violent Campaigns’ (2nd Edition)

(2014) Souciant – ‘Gaza and the Holocaust Mentality’

(2014) The Huffington Post – ‘From Auschwitz to Activism — 70 Years on From the Holocaust’

(2014) Inspired Times – Inspiring Individuals – ‘Standing up against injustice, Dan’s talent lies not only in the way he highlights the cause but also in his ability to empower others.’

(2013) Positively UK – ‘Now, more than ever, we need HIV activism.’

(2013) Mother London – Featured in ‘The Activist Issue’

(2013) Kubatana (Zimbabwe) – ‘Create Inspire Change with UK youth justice activist Dan Glass’

(2012) War Without Bullets’ Cathy McCormack radio show – Interview with Dan Glass ‘Poverty, Inequality and Direct Action 

(2011) – The Jewish Chronicle – ”Culturally acceptable racism’ at Dale Farm’

(2011) – Democracy Now and Mother Jones – ‘Why This Prominent UK Enviro Caused a National Security Freakout – And why the feds were so interested in super glue.’

(2010) – Guardian – ‘Meet the youth climate leaders – Here are some of the young activists at work in the UK fighting to stop the injustice of climate change

(2010) Attitude – ‘Air Travel was so last year’ – Interview with our green gay winner

(2009) Guardian – ‘Police caught on tape trying to recruit Plane Stupid protester as spy’

(2009) The Sunday Herald –

(2009) BBC Scotland – Sally on Sunday Interview –‘Aviation is the new Holocaust’

(2009) BBC World News – ‘Climate activism: is the trial more important than the protest?’

(2009) ‘The climate comedown – Reporting from Copenhagen Climate Summit’

(2008) The Ecologist ‘Climate Camp Scotland: why we are protesting’

PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

(2014 – 2015) ‘Never Again Ever!’ Producer, spokesperson and MC – is a coalition-led campaign and world-wide performance led by grandchildren of the Nazi Holocaust in connection with remaining first-hand survivors. The aim is to reflect and act upon confronting genocide and illegal warfare from happening to anyone ever again in the run-up to the 70 the anniversary of the end of the War. The campaign and educational programme will raise dialogue, understanding, and drive a movement to confront structures in society that are still vulnerable to fascist mentalities.

(2014 – 2015) Training for Transformation Palestine (TFT Palestine) Coordinator and facilitator – TFT Palestine brings together activists and organizers from across Africa with their counterparts in Palestine to equip them with the tools to engage critically with popular education as activists to transform society. The programme ignites leadership conversations to share visions and ensure action which has a deep and long term commitment to social justice, with a strong sense of responsibility and accountability to the communities whom they serve.

(2012 – 2015) HIV Justice Strategic campaign director of ‘Shafted?!’ – Headlined 2013 Arches Live Festival and (2014) Pride Scotland – ‘Shafted?!’ ! is an audacious, daring and unashamedly deviant HIV cabaret show, exploring and exposing the realities of HIV in today’s society. The show combines dance, performance, live music, stunts and spoken word to tell true life stories of people living with and affected by the virus. The show is part of a wider body of activism combining workshops, mentoring schemes and direct actions UK-wide, in response to austerity cuts and the ‘Second Silence’ around the HIV epidemic.

(2014) Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing Project Trustee – Advisor and Consultant – HWUPENYU African Health and Wellbeing is a service user community based project and caters for African/Caribbean and other Black Minority Ethnic people living in Scotland infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, Bloodborne Viruses, and other related health conditions. It will allow Black Minority Ethnic people living with HIV in Scotland to have a space where they can be themselves and have a voice about their health and lives.

(2014) ‘Sussex Activism Inspires’, Sussex University, Producer, facilitator and MC – The Sussex Activism School combined analysis of contemporary global challenges with workshops on tools, skills and approaches with which to bring about change – through engaged research, organising, campaigning or protest to foster inter-generational exchange, reflection and action, focused on activism and social change.

(2014) For Russia With Love Carnival Producer and MC – The Valentines Day Carnival outside the Russian Embassy in Berlin was in response to the continued human rights abuses sanctioned by Russia’s new anti-gay law banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors” , which has caused an upsurge in anti-gay violence in the country.

(2014) Apple and Snakes Poet and Facilitator – Workshop series to provide London youth with a renewed sense of response-ability. Critical tools for unpacking the media’s representation of event and awareness of how poetry can be used as a force for social justice.

(2012- 2014) ‘Let Freedom Ring!’ Co-Founder, co-coordinator and networker – Organiser of a UK tour in celebration and Tribute to Nelson Mandela and activists who have both inspired and worked with the oppressed across the UK to ‘overcome’ injustice. This involved the principles of deepening inquiry, an embodiment of collaborative understanding and action learning and praxis.

(2012) – So We Stand Activism Summer School – Introduction to community organising and social change Founder and Coordinator – Through bringing leading community organising movements together the School is dedicated to depending political education, skills training and generating community organising internships for young women, young people of colour, working class, and queer people as the next generation of leaders in the social justice movement. Nourished with political education resources, the organisers and participants were connected with internships with leading UK grassroots communities and movements paving the way for environmental justice and a culture of community defence.

(2012) Edge Fund Community Outreach Worker – Edge Fund is a radical funding and grassroots philanthropy – creative consultant to progressive funders to create empowerment strategies supporting grassroots projects and activists for environmental and social justice. This included networking with groups across the UK, traveling to meet groups and distribute leaflets and posters, organising events, getting materials designed and printed where needed and finding people who may be able to act as regional contacts.

(2012) Jewish environmental, social and youth justice activism public speaker, trainer and network developer – Developer of campaigns and educational resources for the Jewish community – including climate change, anti- poverty and racism. Including the organisation of a Jewish solidarity delegation to the Dale Farm traveller community in Essex, discussing the parallels in our histories in the fight for social justice.

(2011) Black Gold Injustice Event Series Co-coordinator – ‘ A Permanent Condition? *Race * Poverty * Environment Justice * Action*’ was a Scottish – wide tour exploring climate change connections between Scotland and Africa and the Caribbean. The campaign built a coalition of communities, grassroots projects and activists exploring anti-racist struggle, social justice and environmental injustices. The network created tools and anti-oppressive perspectives for developing multiracial strategies for action for communities on the front-lines of poverty, environmental injustice, exploitation and racism.

(2011) Aviation Justice Express keynote speaker and North American tour organiser – The tour established the first transatlantic network taking on the aviation industry’s climate, noise and civil rights impacts. The tour shared the story of success against Heathrow airport 3rd runaway expansion plans with communities, Universities and workplaces with stops in NY, Chicago, LA, SF, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and further.

(2009 – 2010) Climate9 Campaign Coordinator – The ‘Climate9’ was the first climate change jury trial to take place in Scotland The trial brought global public attention to the need for action in order to prevent runaway climate change. The Climate9 received support from diverse organisations, including leading anti-racist groups ( The Monitoring Group), pioneering environmental justice groups (Capacity Global), world leaders in community environmental governance (The Gaia Foundation), top spiritual bodies (The Muslim Council of Scotland) churches, politicians (Caroline Lucas), NGOs (Friends of the Earth Scotland and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland), musicians (Linton Kwesi Johnson), journalists (John Pilger) and more.

(2007- 2010) Plane Stupid Scotland Co-Convenor and part of the Network Developing Team – Organising as the primary point of contact and support for the Plane Stupid Scotland network of activists and groups with the overall task of developing, growing and supporting the network. Plane Stupid work to raise public and political awareness of the contribution that the aviation sector has in causing climate change.

(2009) Glasgow Social Centre Co-founder and network developer – Co-founder of Glasgow’s primary social justice social centre to support and deliver programmes enabling local anti-racism and environmental groups to deliver central objectives operating as a hub for a variety of community and social groups in Glasgow.

(2005) Northern Alaskan Environment Centre Mining and Wolf Conservation Programme Assistant – Researcher to the wolf-predation control programme and community environmental education programme organiser on Alaskan mining schemes in particular regard to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

(2002 – 2003) Street Charity Fundraiser – Community fundraiser and communications strategist for a variety of charities including ‘Care International’ on overseas development, ‘Shelter UK’ for the homeless and inadequately housed and ‘Friends of the Earth’ the largest global environmental pressure group

(2001-2003) London WISH homeless shelter organiser and support worker – Serving food to the homeless, security and general administration

TESTIMONIAL (Further available on request)

As President of the University of Sussex Students Union Dan worked tirelessly through formal and informal channels to make real, positive change and inspired many other young people to fight for what they believed in and to actively question the decisions and the decision makers within our society. A healthy society needs these people.” Paul Newton, Union Director, University of Sussex Students Union

Dan Glass won the 2008 Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) Transport Campaigner Award winner… Dan is a skilled and eloquent climate campaigner…[and] an engaging, well-considered and formidable presenter…With Dan Glass involved, who says debates can’t be challenging, fun, and informative? Dan’s enthusiasm and passion is impressive and infectious.” Linda Butcher, Chief Executive, Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Each and every collaboration with The Glass is Half Full has left me feeling ready and raring to take on some of the major issues going on around us, with added confidence and knowledge about how to create change from the bottom up. Humour, powerful insight and a whole load of energy make these projects one of a kind.” Alice Moore, Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK)

As the ‘Shafted?!’ show builds to a crescendo we feel the release of disclosure, celebration and sheer rebellion – (in the spirit of ‘Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP)) the fight for social justice as well as the fight of the individual for recognition and acceptance.” Scotsgay Theatre Edition, June, 2014

“The Glass Is Half Full gave a really inspiring workshop to the young artists and activists here in Harare. His talk afterwards about what motivates him to be an activist was nothing short of powerful and hugely motivating. Dan’s story and his activism definitely have a global reach.” Samm Farai Monro aka Comrade Fatso, Creative Director: Magamba Network, Festival Director: Shoko Festival, Executive Producer: Zambezi News

REFERENCES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST

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‘Beyond UKIP’ Cabaret

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Recent Press Coverage 

As the far right steps up its harassment of the organisers of the Beyond UKIP Cabaret, Ewa Jasiewicz shares what the event meant to her – If I can’t dance dabke in Nigel Farage’s local pub, it’s not my revolution – Red Pepper magazine

“The Beyond UKIP Cabaret let everyone be who they are. No ifs, no buts. Come as you are. Everybody in, nobody out. The response to the question of ‘Why doesn’t UKIP like us?’ asked from the front mike has part of it’s answer, in material, economic exploitation – a struggle for survival, for safe spaces – as much as it has in culture-making, our beliefs in who we and others think we are and who we think threatens that.”

Farage fracas: my day with the anti-Ukip cabaret he called ‘scum’ – ‘Anti-fracking poets, Lebanese dancers and a gay Welsh donkey were just some of the acts who conga-ed into Nigel Farage’s local in Kent this weekend – and ended up making headlines. Stuart Jeffries reveals what really happened’

◦ The UKIP debate on the Daily politics Show – Stand up to UKIP protest organiser v UKIP MEPStand up to UKIP organiser Dan Glass and UKIP’s Patrick O’Flyinn on the protest targetting Nigel Farage in a Kent pub, while he was out for lunch with his family

Independent – Britain First invade meeting video here

Pink News – “If they wanted to give us a taste of our own medicine, why didn’t they wear fancy dress?” 

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Shafted? Supporters

‘Shafted?’ are very honoured to be collaborating with the following movements and organisations – 

ReShape http://www.reshapenow.org Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 08.28.16

ReShape is an independent London-based think tank formed to respond to the ongoing crisis in sexual health. ReShape seeks to promote personal happiness and social well-being by reinvigorating our community responses to HIV, hepatitis C, and related sexual and mental health concerns.

Baseline http://www.baseline-hiv.co.uk Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 08.25.42

BASELINE is a community magazine for people living with or affected by HIV & Hepatitis.

We have regular positive writers who contribute their own personal experiences, topical news from UK to global. There are pages of treatment information covering current and future medications, lifestyle, diet and physcological support. We aim to give essential information and support to everyone affected by HIV in the UK.

Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) – www.actuplondon.wordpress.com   

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ACT UP London is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic, along with the broader inequalities and injustices that perpetuate it.

HIV i-Base http://i-base.info

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HIV i-Base is a treatment activist group. We are committed to providing timely and up to date information about HIV treatment to HIV positive people and to health care professionals.

Behind the Scenes from Shafted?! 2014 Pride Scotia

Don’t forget – if you would like to be a storyteller in the Shafted? 2015 shows and want to be supported in share your story in a positive, transformative way – then register your interest by the end of April. All details here –  www.theglassishalffull.co.uk/shafted/ 

Please email shafted@theglassishalffull.co.uk by April  2015 to register your interest and we shall send you the application details all details here –

“Shafted?! – a gutsy, mischievous but truly activist cabaret about Aids.”  Mary Brennan, Dance Critic, Herald Scotland. 

 

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Campaign to get dan glass to Albert Square

OI VA VOI VA VOI VA LE!

What’s this? Eastenders wants to keep it real? Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the New Director, wants it ‘to feel more like a real-life East London.’

Well…… Never in all me born have I heard such cheek!

Clearly without wanting to live up to the cultural cliche of being self-obsessed – well, well …

WHAT ABOUT THE JEWS?

AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT ABOUT ME?

You’ve covered all manners of other racial and sexual stereotypes. But what about us? US? The last Jew was Janine’s fella and that was two years ago!

I mean really – today, what’s a cheap wedding got to do with the price of mauve eggs eh? How does that represent our people, our struggle, our lives in the East End? I mean we used to run the place, and we are still all over it!

Now some would say that this is a calculated, systemic and anti-semitic attack on the Jewish community to wash us out of existence. I, however, believe in second chances and forgiveness, as well as retribution.

So listen here Dominic. Here’s your chance.

I am the afikoman in the Passover Seder you have always been looking for. I am the East End fighter ready to fight all the West End poncy property developers (I ain’t named after the Biblical Daniel in the lion’s den for nuffin). I’m unique, a shining star, outstandingly multi-talented and far better than that common breed of out-of-work-actors. I’m a never-even-had-an-acting-job, one of a kind, standing-out, unlike the rest.

My grandparents were Yiddish tailors in Brick Lane, I’ve sold bagels to support getting high as a schoolkid, I regularly pick a pocket or two to get by and just last night I wrote a letter, weeping to my gay Jewish lover who left me for a younger woman under the cold night air and flickering candlelight. I’ve done more drugs than Sharon, I’ve got in more fights that Phil and combine Mark Fowler’s, Syed’s and cute Jonny Dyer’s antics and they ain’t a patch on the drama’s in my life! Oy Vey! What more drama could you want than that? What are YOU trying to do to ME?

Dominic, it’s the Sabbath tomorrow.

The Sabbath is the time for deep contemplation and reflection. Dear Roxie Mitchell is one of us and she will be on hand should you have any questions (come one Shushi, do us a mitzvah and have a little word in his ear would ya darlin? Mazeltov)

But, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, don’t schluff too long. WAKE UP, DON’T STARE A JEWISH GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH AND SMELL THE GEFILTAFISH!

If I don’t have an email to dan888glass@gmail.com in my inbox demanding that I guest star in the new Eastenders series AND with my trailer overflowing with fresh pink smoked salmon and a gold mezuzah (from Tiffany’s) on the door come monday morning may GOD RELEASE TEN PLAGUES UPON ALL YOUR ALBERT SQUARE HOUSES! May the fiery wrath of the Lord raze Ian Beale’s allotment to the ground, may my agent (if I had one) trigger a lightning strike to slaughter all the Square’s first born (cue.. Ronnie) and may Tower Bridge collapse in the middle of the night releasing a tidal wave gushing through and destroying the Queen Vic with the East-End Jewish community riding the surf to settle back rightly where we belong.

So, Dominic…. How do you like them apples?

I look forward to hearing from you. dan888glass@gmail.com :)

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/jan/28/eastenders-revamp-gentrified-east-london

Exploring ‘legitimacy’ when involved in international global solidarity

Written on discussing the role of activist legitimacy in the build up to www.100daystopalestine.org

Jesus wept I wish I had more time for this one. Believe me its great that people want to be involved but we do need to think about the affect this has on the communities we work with en route. This is me being Critical (in a politically positive way) not critical (in a negative nancy way – although thats ok too!)

To elaborate, its imperative that we have a real sense of where we get our legitimacy from, or the limitations of our lack of legitimacy, and how to work around them. This will avoid being ‘another fucking delegation’ as alluded to by Mick Napier from Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign when speaking on Palestinians and other oppressed communities on previous delegations. Having legitimacy when movement-building is crucial to being able to do anything at all.

By having an understanding of our legitimacy we aim to understand where we are coming from and how this affects the work we do, and how we overcome these hurdles i.e. even if I have the best, genuine intentions, being a white Jew from Barnet should I presume that Palestinians in the Middle East/ or asylum seekers in Calais lets say, should talk to me?

Discussing issues of legitimacy helps us understand our right to be involved, our right to work on a certain issue and how we relate to that issue. Speaking and acting legitimately on an issue first and foremost comes from those directly speaking on the issue and secondly, those who they have chosen to stand in solidarity with them. Not the other way around. Every single refugee camp, economically and socially marginalised community across the world are littered with well-paid western NGO’s, disempowering them by speaking their behalf. Every CEO on £50,000 or more in the Western world literally exists because of the poverty-industry, poverty-porn or povertainment. The pictures of flea-ridden African babies and poor eastern european farmers, more often than not, lines the CEO’s pockets with donations and not line directly-affected community with skills to empower themselves. The growing army of western-aider’s who claim to get to the root of the problem yet simply reinforce stereotypes of the poor starving needy community in need of the white western aid and development.

As my great friend Cathy McCormack says ‘Regardless of how hard they have all tried they must all be doing something seriously wrong! But at the end of the day our society is addicted to treating the symptoms of everything and tackling the cause of nothing. Unless we wake up and make the real links between poverty, inequalities and climate- change and the part we have all played either by commission or omission war against the poor then we will all continue to be citizens in our impending global genocide.’

Fundamentally, what gives us the right to speak on a whole range of issues of social importance? This is nothing new, for example – women’s movements for years have discussed the role of men-of-conscience in women’s liberation. I cant just blunder in and work with women without assessing my own background, my personal involvement with the topic, my relationship to women and how I can overcome the usual dynamics which oppress women when in men’s work with women. So similarly we have to work out how we overcome the usual colonial dynamic of the wealthy telling the non-wealthy, directly-oppressed communities what maybe best for them. Outsiders trying to help affected communities is at the core of the growing ‘gap year’ (or gap yah!) industry, which are turning swathes of our planet into the emotional playground for the rich.

These industries where so often projects for social change are actually part of the dynamic which increases dependency on western imperial aid rather than truly empowering people figuring out how to change their lives for themselves.

The beauty of PEDAL is that it is humble (humble but not earnest), it comes without a prescribed package of answers and demands, because its about linking struggles – and with that comes real, active listening to the root of peoples stories. Before we presume that its our role to all-hop-on-board and link people’s struggles and promote them through the lenses of all the biased, stereotype-reinforcing western capitalist press, should we not be asking, who gives us the right (individually and collectively) to act as middle (wo)men? Do people need middle women? For example do people need more British ‘solidarity’ when for so many of the communities en route it is the British who have made them live in uninhabitable conditions in unrecognised commonwealth refugee camps, whose children are maimed by bombs made in British/ Western arms manufacturing companies and agricultural sustainability has been obliterated by western GM conglomerates?

How we overcome those oppressive dynamics is thinking about our emotional relationship to the issue, both personally and collectively and whether this is grounded in reality. By asking questions such as ‘What should I be doing?’ ‘What should I not be doing?’ ‘Which pressure points do we have the most legitimacy to work on?’ will help us realise our limitations and thus not set ourselves up for disappointment when people don’t want to talk to ‘another well-meaning fucking delegation’. Opening up spaces en route about legitimacy, and how we approach that will mean we may not be startled when communities fighting from noon till night, with bad experience of western-aid, perhaps do not accept us, or welcome us with open arms.

There are no easy answers but it can be truly empowering to have a deep understanding of where our sense of agency comes from – for working day and night to organise a cycle to Palestine on a brilliant audacious project for the greater common good must come from somewhere! The real people power will only come when rich and poor are able to engage in a critical analysis and honest diagnose of the real causes of the catastrophe facing all us and work towards possible solutions. Having the space to reflect the purpose and scale of PEDAL will increase the effectiveness in community organising to understand where and how we can most affect change -reflection and action being at the heart of popular education and resistance. The most important thing is to have that discussion.