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