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For Immediate Release – Launch of UK- Polish Coalition at ‘You are entering a Fascist Free-Zone’

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For Immediate Release – Launch of UK- Polish Coalition at ‘You are entering a Fascist Free-Zone’ 

(Polska wersja poniżej🇵🇱/Polish version below)

A new coalition of leading UK feminist and LGBTQIA+ groups have formed a coalition in response to the Polish Government’s ‘Law and Justice’ Parties increasing sexism, anti-abortion policies and the new ‘LGBT+ Free Zones’. Poland today is often associated with far-right nationalism, and since winning the election in 2015, the right-wing Law & Justice Party has targeted immigrants, women, the LGBT+ community and emboldened the far-right. But what about those who are fighting back?

This Wednesday 11th September’s event at 7pm ‘You are entering a fascist free zone’ is a platform is to build effective solidarity against the rise of Polish fascism and homophobia. It will include the UK Film premiere of ‘Never Again – Fighting the Polish Far Right; documentary and the re-launch of the Polish London LGBT+ Network Polish Rainbow in UK as well as a Q+A with FARSA, All Out, reproductive rights activist Lisa hallgarten, Dziewuchy London plus performances from drag legend ‘Polka Dot’.

The panel includes Polish queer activist Jaroslaw Ploszajski Kubiak, Aga Gagol and Magda Oljejor from FARSA – Feminist Artivists Society in Action – a Polish feminist group in London focused on exposing the absurdity of Polish reality and Krzysia Balinska and Magda Fabianczyk from Dziewuchy London. Dziewuchy London is a group of London based Polish activists that formed in April 2016 in response to the Polish government’s plans to introduce a complete ban on abortion in Poland. The night will begin with the premiere UK screening of the Redfish documentary Never Again – Fighting the Polish Far Right. Watch the trailer here . In collaboration with the amazing ‘All Out’ campaign – ‘We are under attack in Poland.’ “Activist Jaroslaw Kubiak will host the Q+A. Jaroslaw has been an activist for over 15 years involved in LGBTQ+ rights movement and supporting women’s rights, first in his hometown of Lodz (Poland), then as co-founding member of Polish Rainbow in UK where he’s been connecting, mobilising and empowering Polish LGBTQ+ migrants. Now, using the connections and relationships built over the years, helping to launch and develop an intersectional network of support for LGBTQ+ communities here in London and back in his home country.”

Aga Gagol and Magda Oljejor from FARSA – Feminist Artivists Society in Action – Polish feminist group in London, focused on exposing the absurdity of Polish reality – said 

“FARSA has been in operation for about 3 years now, and during this time, we have been attacked by alt-right groups and misogynists alike. We believe that the two forces are closely linked, and often turn out to be one and the same. What’s kept us going through all this is our growing solidarity network with other progressive, lefty, feminist and pro-democracy groups and other activists. We are very concerned and shocked by the recent vicious attacks on the LGBT+ community in Poland, but also very heartened by the growing strength of the activists within the community, and our growing solidarity network, made richer by the new addition of Polish Rainbow UK. We believe that with solidarity we can be stronger and win against both sexist and neo-fascist forces.”

Matt Beard, Executive Director at All Out – the global movement for Love and Equality – said “Polish LGBT+ people are under attack. We’ve seen a terrifying escalation of attacks on LGBT+ people and right-wing politicians and representatives of the Catholic church have been using the issue for their own political agenda. Their divisive words are being followed up by hateful actions, as we’ve seen during the attacks on the pride march in Białystok. Poland relies heavily on funding and investment from the European Union, so we decided to partner with our Polish friends at KPH and Lambda Warsaw to target the European Commission and ask them to condemn the attacks and urge the Polish government to protect the LGBT+ community. The campaign is here.”

Drag artist and LGBT activist Polka Dot (Robert Kocur) said “It is extremely sad that homophobia and LGBT+phobia in Poland increased to the level I haven’t experienced 6 years ago while still living there. I thought it was bad back then but PiS (the ruling party) proved me wrong. As a drag artist, it is vital for me to have the freedom of self expression which is threatened by recent events in Poland. Now I feel even more than ever the need to be present and authentic to who I am in order to show solidarity with Polish LGBT+ community and show that we do not agree for such violation of our rights.”

Dan glass, presenter of ‘Never Again – Fighting the Polish Far Right’ said “All four of my grandparents were Nazi Holocaust survivors. The influence their stories had on me was my reason for presenting ‘Never Again – Fighting the Polish Far Right.’ Women and the LGBTQIA+ community have always been at the forefront of fighting fascism and ‘You are entering a Fascist Free-Zone’  will only strengthen us for the struggle ahead. . I know all too well how the LGBT+ communities have suffered but also resisted fascism throughout history. I’m so looking forward to be with our glorious LGBT+ communities in London, send love and solidarity to our Polish queer family and in my own way – get justice for others that my grandparents never had. Never Again Ever!’”

About the film 

Activist Dan Glass, whose Polish-Jewish grandmother witnessed the Warsaw ghetto go up in flames, went on a personal and political journey to meet the people resisting the resurgence of the Polish far-right.

Notes to Editors 

Ticket link here – Suggested donation £5. Pay at the door. All profits go to the Pride Fund for the Campaign Against Homophobia

Accessibility info – Some access for wheelchair users. No services or facilities for sensory impaired people. Full details here

All details at / /


Notes to Editors 

This Wednesday 11th September’s event at 7pm ‘You are entering a fascist free zone’Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD



Premiera filmu „Nigdy więcej – Walka z Polską skrajną prawicą” oraz wznowienie Polskiej grupy LGBT+ Polish Rainbow in UK (Polska Tęcza w UK), ogniste dyskusje i występ drag artysty Polka Dot.

Noc świętująca polski queer, feministyczny i antyfaszystowski opór. Sugerowana darowizna £5, możliwość darowizny na drzwiach lub online.

Dołącz do pionierów Polskiego aktywizmu, performerów i Londyńskich zwolenników praw aborcyjnych i walczących ruchów queer.

Dołącz do legendarnego polskiego queerowego aktywisty Jaroslaw Ploszajski Kubiak, fenomenalnego drag artysty i działacza LGBT – Polka Dot (Robert Kocur) oraz pionierki praw i zdrowia seksualnego oraz dydaktyka Lisy Hallgarten i innych pionierów (wkrótce ogłoszonych) na noc filmu, występu drag i dyskusji na temat budowania skutecznej solidarności przeciwko wzrostowi Polskiego faszyzmu i homofobii. Wieczór rozpocznie się od premierowego pokazu w Wielkiej Brytanii filmu dokumentalnego Redfish „Nigdy więcej – Walka z Polską skrajną prawicą” obejrzyj zwiastun tutaj

O filmie

Polska jest dziś często kojarzona ze skrajnie prawicowym nacjonalizmem, a od zwycięstwa w wyborach w 2015r prawicowa partia Prawa i Sprawiedliwości (PiS) atakuje imigrantów, kobiety, społeczność LGBT+ i zezwala na rozrost skrajnej prawicy. Ale co z tymi, którzy walczą?

Działacz Dan Glass, którego Polsko-Żydowska babcia była świadkiem wybuchu powstania w Warszawskim getcie, wyruszył na osobistą i polityczną podróż, aby spotkać się z ludźmi przeciwnymi odrodzeniu skrajnej Polskiej prawicy


Informacje o dostępności dl osób niepełnosprawnych – Częściowy dostęp dla osób na wózkach inwalidzkich. Brak usług i udogodnień dla osób z zaburzeniami sensorycznymi.

Pełne szczegóły tutaj

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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 All info at

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’.


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.


“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 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. 


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 and at – 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. 

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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…

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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. 
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
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.
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 –
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

All press, book writing and broadcasting news  can be seen here – get in touch at 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 /

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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 / / Twitter #danglassisfull

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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 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

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

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

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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.


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 and @ ACT UP! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS!

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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:
  • 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:  
  • Last Year – ‘We Went to Last Night’s Property Developer Awards, a Circle-Jerk for the Gentrification Sharks Ruining London’, By JS Rafaeli



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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 –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

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 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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