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Crowdfunding Appeal – Support incredible community justice training – Pls Support

Support incredible community justice training

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Training for Transformation (TfT) is based on a number of approaches to change. The core of this work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity. It was developed from Paulo Freire’s radically different approach to adult education which helped people “to read their reality and write their own history”, and motivates them to action that transforms their life situation. The uniqueness of Freire’s approach challenges the traditional educational mould. The implementation of this theory is very practical with well trained teams analysing the macro and micro realities of each area, finding generative themes and developing programmes that aim to develop critical consciousness and action. TfT has nourished the belly of movements for justice all over the world. Anne Hope (co-founder of TfT along with the magnificent Sally Timmel) was a student with popular education founding father Paulo Friere and was approached by the late great Steve Biko to develop a programme in the context of anti-Apartheid. Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement was a pivotal force lifeforce in tearing down the evils of Apartheid and since then, TfT has inspired activists and communities all over the world. To mention just a few – the Centre for Human Ecology, Abahlali – the South African Shackdwellers Movement, Centre for Youth Resources Foundation Network (CRYfoNe), Mamelani, the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST).

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Campaigning for the climate: activism, arrests and hopes

Here’s the full length submission I wrote for the Guardian – Keep It In The Ground campaign – in June 2015. Read the full piece by Damien Clarkson and  here.

The feature was to inspire young people who may be interested in getting involved with environmental activism. The idea was to share (as a recently young person) to share advice with the next generation or people wanting to get involved in climate change campaigning. 

Questions:

1) What are your must-read books and articles (and why they’re awesome or why they were turning points for you?)

Whether your youth was marred by living under a flightpath or with the pollution of a nearby motorway; whether you saw your favourite forest ruined and turned into a shopping mall or whether you were dazzled by the TV news stories of eco-destruction – everyone has their own entry point into climate change campaigning. My youth was dominated by my grandparents stories of surviving the Nazi Holocaust which haunted my family ever since. The bittersweet outcome was that I had a huge inbuilt sense of tragedy and injustice. My family bookshelves were lined with books on comprehending such tragedy as the Holocaust. I picked up Hannah Arendt’s philosophies on ‘The Banality of Evil’ which highlighted how we all have agency to be part of problems in our world or part of the positive solution. To escape the horrors that laced my family home’s four walls I launched myself head first into the late 1990’s free party scene in London. As a young teenager I revelled in the fast beats, huge crowds and the thrill of taking over corporate space for public good. I read adverts on smokey toilet walls inviting the public to obstruct motorways to stop the pollution and ensuing social destruction and climate change to turn them into spaces of beauty, joy and community. I was hooked. Inbetween bunking off school to continue my adventures with free parties and Reclaim the Streets I sought solace in London’s remaining radical bookstores such as Freedom Bookshop. I chanced upon the amazing Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Greater Common Good’ who taught me how global systems of power and inequality are the root of this climate disaster and Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark’ about how resistance to injustice, however hard, creates positive change. I soon found out about Plane Stupid, the direct action movement tackling the aviation industry – the fastest growing contributor to climate change. I was lucky to be involved in Plane Stupid for a few years, which is where I watched my friend and fellow campaigner Leo Murray’s climate change animation ‘Wake Up, Freak Out, Get A Grip’ – there was then no stopping me. 

[Leo Murray’s climate change animation ‘Wake Up, Freak Out, Get A Grip’]

[Video from the ‘Climate 9’ Protest in Aberdeen 2009]

2) What activists and political figures do you look to for inspiration?

I don’t. I have learned to look at myself and listen to those around me for inspiration. Young people, particularly in the Western world, are bombarded with thousands of daily pictures conditioning us into celebrity culture, consumerist fantasies and the hyper-individualist belief that we will only succeed if we look to the latest Pop Idol as the pinnacle of all greatness. As a young person we need to carve out time to understand who we are; what skills we have to contribute to society; what our strengths are; what we need to learn and, fundamentally, how we can step up to the challenges of our time in our own unique beautiful ways.

But if I were to conform to the question and the status quo – no one, for me yet, beats the power of Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement who coined the phrase ‘The greatest weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.’

3) What are must-see films/documentaries/youtube videos for would-be environmentalists?

For starters – David Attenborough’s nature documentaries (of course) which could move a dying snail into frenzied action. For main course I would recommend awe-inspiring examples of community struggles which have fought for environmental justice and won – such as the Coconut Revolution (Papua New Guinea) – and to reframe attention to current struggles there are films such as Niyamgiri, You are Still Alive’ (India) and ‘The Village Under the Forest’ (Palestine). And finally for an easier watch – see Hollywood’s brushed story of hope against environmental exploitation –Erin Brockovich’ – the dinner is complete. Tuck in! 

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[Niyamgiri, You are Still Alive’ (India)]

[Coconut Revolution]

[The Village Under the Forest – Palestine]

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[David Attenborough – ‘The Story Behind life on Earth]

4) What is the funniest thing that has happened to you whilst campaigning? 

After supergluing myself to the then-Prime Minister (as you do) Gordon Brown I found myself still covered in attention-seeking glue. The plan was always to highlight the hypocrisy of receiving a campaigning award for working with communities to challenge airport runways – off the guy who wanted to expand them. Plan A was to superglue myself to Gordon and read a speech, Plan B (if for some reason he didn’t turn up) was to superglue myself to the iconic 10 Downing Street front door and, if I couldn’t get to it, to superglue myself to the Downing Street gates. I never expected to still be walking around 10 Downing Street post-action with nothing to do. During planning, we didn’t predict that Plan A would go smoothly, including the reading out of the speech written by residents under the flightpath and Gordon would prise my fingers off his arm and scamper away with no arrest – the sly devil! I was left to mince about 10 Downing Street with people offering me champagne saying ‘well done lad!’and ‘good on you!’ After checking in with my Plane Stupid crew that the video had gone to the press and was going live, I asked them what to do next through the two phones on Skype wired underneath my shirt. Hiding in the toilet trying to receive messages from them as they reported from a hotel room not so far away – I said ‘well I’ve done it, read the speech, stuck myself to the PM – but he just smiled and scampered away – what do I do now?’ ‘I know, well done. Great speech – it’s already in the Channel 4 news desk. And as for what to do – well, er, have you got any glue left?’ my friend said back. I reached through the hole in my trouser pocket and checked the small bags of glue attached to the outside of my boxers – ‘er yes’. ‘Well go get the door!’ By that time no one was watching and whilst I stuck the remains of the glue onto my hand and stuck myself to the door – the security guard looked at me strangely and said ‘er are you alright mate?’ ‘Er yes, well this is awkward’ I muttered. So, without knowing that the story would go viral, with one last attempt – I stuck myself with the dregs of the glue onto the gates and the security guard just looked at me and shook his head. Oh dear. Hilarious and embarrassing wrapped in one.

Then the press went wild and I saw myself on the front page of the Metro with press clippings everywhere saying Mr Prime Minister – you can run away from my arm – eventually – but you can’t run away from climate change! It’s time you stuck to your promises, say no to airport expansion and stand up for the British public’

The next day I visited my nan who was in hospital at the time, God bless her soul. She was sitting upright in bed with all the newspaper clippings on top of her, shouting and boasting to all the other old dears in hospital, in her shrill excited polish-yiddish accent ‘look at my grandson! What is your grandson doing? Look at my grandson! All over the papers! Oy vey!’ I walk in and she plants a huge kiss on my cheek ‘I’m so proud – you make me so proud! We are all so proud of you!’ Bless her, I couldn’t bare to tell her that, in her excitement she missed out the part of the superglue and thought I was in the papers just for winning the award!

The moral of the story is, if we are committed to doing all we can to create a world of peace, environmental sustainably, justice and equality – we have to be taking action until we are 90 and beyond. Therefore, rarely, there are mistakes – it’s all part of the process. Laugh at yourself, learn and move on. That’s the best advice money can never buy.

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5) What has climate change campaigning taught you?

Honour sadness. If you aren’t sad, even utterly depressed, at the gut-wrenching environmental and social destruction going on all over Planet Earth, something is up. If you aren’t dazzled at the fact that 50% of the world’s beautiful biodiversity has been annihilated in the last forty years and that some humans think it’s a good idea to blow up sacred mountains to mine for minerals which get sent across the world to make phone apps run faster – I would be worried and recommend you seek help.

Sadness is alchemical. It can move people to incredible, compassionate and daring acts for the greater common good. Don’t run away from sadness, hold it, listen to it and turn your grief into action.

This world has been around for billions of years and will be for many more – we are a mere speck on it’s journey. Thousands of trees have been cut down, energy plants have polluted the sky and thousands of workers have been exploited for us to be having this conversation in this paper here today. Each one of us are so utterly insignificant. The planet doesn’t need a saviour. The world needs us to stop, listen, breathe, stand in awe at the vast unknown beauties in this global ecology and march onwards to protect it.

6) What are your hopes for the future of the climate change activism movement?

The struggle against racism, homophobia, caste-ism, xenophobia, sexism, gentrification, capitalism and all forms of exploitation are all integrated with the struggle for climate justice. Climate change provides an opportunity to us to re-think how we exist and look after each other as long as we have the luxury to be on this planet. We need to integrate, organise and unite with all struggles for justice, on the same level, as one – not to simply exist – but to strategise and together win our struggles for justice.

Lastly, however busy we are, my hope is that the climate movement continues to remember that the process is as important as the outcome. The utopia we wish to create isn’t simply at the end of the battle – but aspects of it are all around us, if we choose to see them. To pay tribute to the great Arundhati Roy who started me on this journey, who said …

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. 

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ― Arundhati RoyWar Talk

[Arundhati Roy – We Roy]

BIOGRAPHY

Dan Glass is an award-winning activist, academic, performer and writer who was named as one of Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for LGBTQI youth + a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’. 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.  Contact danat www.theglassishalffull.co.uk and at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk – Twitter #danglassisfull 

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

Fag to the Future: Redyking the City

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

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[Photo – Homocaust Cabaret – London 2015]

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

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

HAVE A MASSIVE OUTRAGEOUS, QUEER PARTY!

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

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

In love and strength,

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

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[Photo – R.I.P. London – June 2015]

 

 

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For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015 ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ protest leads the London LGBT Pride March / chases UKIP

For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015

‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ breaks into protest and leads the London LGBT Pride March ahead of Barclays and chases UKIP off Pride. ‘

A coalition of individuals belonging to LGBTQI communities and holding a ‘Pride Funeral’ procession, broke through barriers at Oxford Circus to lead this year’s London LGBT Pride Parade. Coffin bearers, flag wavers, banner holders, an undertaker and a samba band sounding a slow funereal beat, all resisted security and stewards who attempted to physically remove them from the street. With flags baring messages of solidarity, politics, freedom and anti-commercialisation, RIP Pride activists solemnly strode the route section from Oxford Circus toward Embankment, until its final destination at the foot of Whitehall. The group’s action was one of sombre defiance against the fee that Pride organisers now charge those who want a place on the historically significant LGBT parade.Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 09.52.40



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Anger at the annual parade reached unprecedented levels this year, when news of UKIP’s inclusion in queer festivities were originally confirmed. This involved a key position for UKIP at the front of the parade. The queer community outcry for UKIP removal, resulted in Pride organisers disinviting them, citing ‘health and safety concerns’ rather than recognising the grievances of those who raised concerns. One of the organisers later went on to call members of the community concerned by the inclusion of the far-right party, ‘hypocrites’ (1).

However, it transpired that a group of men holding UKIP placards were one of the first groups marching on the parade, closely following Barclays (2). RIP Pride mourners were reading a Pride eulogy around their grounded Pride coffin when they spotted UKIP marching near the front. Those in the funeral procession confronted UKIP waving their flags and chanting, and this ultimately lead to UKIP supporters leaving the scene, in the face of growing hostility.

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Dan Laverick a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “We’re here to remember what Pride started as, and its radical legacy. We’re also here to protest against what it has become. I’m here to grieve over the soulless corporate character of ‘Pride in London’, which has nothing to say about LGBTQI issues today such as 1 in 4 homeless people in the UK being from our community, the people seeing services upon which they depend cut as part of the austerity agenda (3), or the loss of queer spaces in London to property developers serving an international elite (4). To invite a party like UKIP which attacks migrants, people living with HIV, homosexuals, and any other vulnerable minority as it suits them, was the final nail in the coffin (5).”

Dada Schling a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “We broke through at a crossing point by Oxford Circus and were immediately met with some resistance from the stewards and private security. With some of the crowd shouting support for our right to peacefully protest for free (as people now have to pay to take part in Pride), we broke through and set off, with drums playing and coffin intact, to have our funeral procession for Pride. It’s the small victories of today that made it a resounding success in my opinion, and hopefully next year, who knows, there might be a bigger movement of people who want to take Pride back to its grassroots.”

Dan Glass a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “It was so great to see Pride return to it’s roots as a protest rather than just a parade (6). Pride should have strong political principles with equality for everyone at it’s heart not just big business or any organisation who wishes to milk the LGBTQI community dry. Our demand is that the organisation of Pride becomes democratic: decision-making power should be taken away from the current unrepresentative, largely corporate Board and an LGBTQIA assembly should be established, to decide the theme and direction for Pride in 2016 and onwards.

Notes to Editors

(1) Pride in London 2015: Ukip rejected from pro-LGBT parade ‘to protect participants’

[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pride-in-london-2015-ukip-rejected-from-prolgbt-parade-to-protect-participants-10301771.html]

(2) ‘Don’t let corporations spoil the spirit of Pride’ [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/12/corporations-spoil-the-spirit-of-pride-london]

(3) ‘From Stonewall to Austerity’ [http://www.counterfire.org/lgbt/15548-lgbt-history-month-from-stonewall-to-austerity]

(4) ‘Closing time for gay pubs – a new victim of London’s soaring property prices [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/closing-time-gay-pubs-lgbt-venues-property-prices]

(5) ‘Keep HIV-positive migrants out of Britain, says Ukip’s Nigel Farage ‘[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/10/nigel-farage-keep-hiv-positive-migrants-out-britain]

(6) The official shift from a ‘protest’ to a ‘parade’ occurred in 2004, costing £100,000 extra each year to hold and necessitating the kind of commercialisation has been repelling many people from turning up each year. From the article ‘Is Pride today about gay rights or just partying?’ published in the Guardian, July 2012

Contact Details

Email: leavethegaydonkeysalone@gmail.com 

Phone: 07717811747 Website: www.rippride.wordpress.com / www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

Twitter: # QUEERFIGHTBACK # RIPPRIDE

 

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26.6.15 – For Immediate Release – LGBTQI Community parade ‘RIP Pride’ funeral to confront Barclays and corporate sponsors

For Immediate Release – LGBTQI Community parade ‘RIP Pride’ funeral to confront Barclays and corporate sponsors

This Saturday 27th June 2015 a coalition of LGBTQI rights groups will parade an ‘RIP Pride’ mock-funeral to confront the corporate sponsors of London LGBT Pride (1). The apolitical approach to UKIP’s presence on the Pride march was sounded as‘the nail in the coffin’(2). This compounded anger at Barclay’s bank leading the march and the wider corporatisation of the London LGBT Pride (3). The official shift from a ‘protest’ to a ‘parade’ occurred in 2004, costing £100,000 extra each year to hold and necessitating the kind of commercialisation has been repelling many people from turning up each year. Many consider these developments to have killed Pride, which led to the funeral for this year’s event 

“Pride’s death knell sounded years ago as more and more corporate institutions and multinationals began to prominently feature in the parade march. This year is no exception, with corporate sponsors leading the LGBTQI parade, eclipsing our community and genuine supporters relegated to marching in their wake.” Donna Riddington, R.I.P. Pride organiser

The corporate focus of Pride in London is seen to be influenced by those involved in running it. The Pride in London Board who are responsible for ‘delivery of the Pride event, and its strategic direction’ is made up of mainly business bodies, who have little or no connection to the queer community. The Board’s Chair, Michael Salter, who was Political Head of Broadcasting at No. 10 Downing Street. It has been stated that he has a passion for LGBT+ issues, but is seen as contradictory with his role within a Tory-led coalition that is implementing spending cuts that  hit women, children, the disabled, BME and LGBTQIA communities the hardest. (4) 

“Pride’s disenfranchised LGBTQI family are now relegated to the parade’s belly and beyond (aka C-section). The LGBTQI community and their supporters are expected to compliantly toddle along behind corporate bullies. At R.I.P. Pride we will be mourning the loss of the true meaning of pride, the loss of politics, solidarity, protest, vision and rebellion. All of Pride’s friends and family are warmly invited to attend.”Dan Glass, R.I.P. Pride organiser and ‘Save Queer London’ activist.

“We encourage others to repeat this ritual as a form of protest and to disseminate their funereal ‘RIP Pride’ action through social media, as well as at Pride itself. Together, we will scatter Pride’s ashes across the queer territories that powerful corporations and bigoted politicians seek to claim.” Charlotte Gerada, R.I.P. Pride organiser and ‘Save Queer London’ activist.

“It’s important to maintain the political presence and voice at Pride. I always go with a political message.” – Peter Tatchell  (LGBTQI political campaigner) (5)

“I want people to look at the Pride procession and feel uncomfortable and be challenged by it. I want them to be faced with something every year that stops the traffic and inconveniences them, because they might stop to think about why we march through the streets. Then I would definitely start going on Pride again.” – Julie Bindel (Feminist writer and founder of Justice for Women) (5)

“The Board’s Chair, Michael Salter passion for supporting our communities didn’t prompt him to reach out to campaigns to save queer London spaces (an estimated25% of which have closed since the beginning of the recession) from property developers, or consider put a shout out for how Pride could be in solidarity with those in our communities who are struggling most in what, for all the ‘progress’, remains an increasingly unequal society.” Dan Laverick, ‘The Joiners Lives On’ Campaign (6)

Notes to Editors

(1) 10.30: Funeral Assemble at University College London (UCL), Main Quad, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (Nearest tubes Euston Square/Euston).
11.00: Briefing for all mourners on the day’s activities, roles to be allocated for the funeral procession and run through of service.
12.30: Walk to location where the funeral procession will take place
13.00: Arrive at where the funeral procession will take place
15.30: Burial/Cremation of Pride

Dress Code
Dress in your finest/glam funeral attire, we’re thinking traditional colours/outfits whatever they may be for your culture with a bit of rainbow colour.   

(2) Pride in London 2015: Ukip rejected from pro-LGBT parade ‘to protect participants’

[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pride-in-london-2015-ukip-rejected-from-prolgbt-parade-to-protect-participants-10301771.html]

(3) ‘Don’t let corporations spoil the spirit of Pride’ [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/12/corporations-spoil-the-spirit-of-pride-london]

(4) ‘From Stonewall to Austerity’ [http://www.counterfire.org/lgbt/15548-lgbt-history-month-from-stonewall-to-austerity]

 (5) Both quotes from the article ‘Is Pride today about gay rights or just partying?’ published in the Guardian, July 2012 (Pride’s 40th year).

(6) ‘Closing time for gay pubs – a new victim of London’s soaring property prices [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/closing-time-gay-pubs-lgbt-venues-property-prices]

Contact Details

Email: leavethegaydonkeysalone@gmail.com 

Phone: 07717811747

Website: www.rippride.wordpress.com / www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

Twitter: # QUEERFIGHTBACK # RIPPRIDE

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For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015 ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ protest leads the London LGBT Pride March / chases UKIP out

For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015 ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ protest leads the London LGBT Pride March / chases UKIP

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For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015

‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ breaks into protest and leads the London LGBT Pride March ahead of Barclays and chases UKIP off Pride. ‘

A coalition of individuals belonging to LGBTQI communities and holding a ‘Pride Funeral’ procession, broke through barriers at Oxford Circus to lead this year’s London LGBT Pride Parade. Coffin bearers, flag wavers, banner holders, an undertaker and a samba band sounding a slow funereal beat, all resisted security and stewards who attempted to physically remove them from the street. With flags baring messages of solidarity, politics, freedom and anti-commercialisation, RIP Pride activists solemnly strode the route section from Oxford Circus toward Embankment, until its final destination at the foot of Whitehall. The group’s action was one of sombre defiance against the fee that Pride organisers now charge those who want a place on the historically significant LGBT parade.Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 09.52.40


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Anger at the annual parade reached unprecedented levels this year, when news of UKIP’s inclusion in queer festivities were originally confirmed. This involved a key position for UKIP at the front of the parade. The queer community outcry for UKIP removal, resulted in Pride organisers disinviting them, citing ‘health and safety concerns’ rather than recognising the grievances of those who raised concerns. One of the organisers later went on to call members of the community concerned by the inclusion of the far-right party, ‘hypocrites’ (1).

However, it transpired that a group of men holding UKIP placards were one of the first groups marching on the parade, closely following Barclays (2). RIP Pride mourners were reading a Pride eulogy around their grounded Pride coffin when they spotted UKIP marching near the front. Those in the funeral procession confronted UKIP waving their flags and chanting, and this ultimately lead to UKIP supporters leaving the scene, in the face of growing hostility.

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Dan Laverick a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “We’re here to remember what Pride started as, and its radical legacy. We’re also here to protest against what it has become. I’m here to grieve over the soulless corporate character of ‘Pride in London’, which has nothing to say about LGBTQI issues today such as 1 in 4 homeless people in the UK being from our community, the people seeing services upon which they depend cut as part of the austerity agenda (3), or the loss of queer spaces in London to property developers serving an international elite (4). To invite a party like UKIP which attacks migrants, people living with HIV, homosexuals, and any other vulnerable minority as it suits them, was the final nail in the coffin (5).”

Dada Schling a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “We broke through at a crossing point by Oxford Circus and were immediately met with some resistance from the stewards and private security. With some of the crowd shouting support for our right to peacefully protest for free (as people now have to pay to take part in Pride), we broke through and set off, with drums playing and coffin intact, to have our funeral procession for Pride. It’s the small victories of today that made it a resounding success in my opinion, and hopefully next year, who knows, there might be a bigger movement of people who want to take Pride back to its grassroots.”

Dan Glass a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “It was so great to see Pride return to it’s roots as a protest rather than just a parade (6). Pride should have strong political principles with equality for everyone at it’s heart not just big business or any organisation who wishes to milk the LGBTQI community dry. Our demand is that the organisation of Pride becomes democratic: decision-making power should be taken away from the current unrepresentative, largely corporate Board and an LGBTQIA assembly should be established, to decide the theme and direction for Pride in 2016 and onwards.

Notes to Editors

(1) Pride in London 2015: Ukip rejected from pro-LGBT parade ‘to protect participants’

[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pride-in-london-2015-ukip-rejected-from-prolgbt-parade-to-protect-participants-10301771.html]

(2) ‘Don’t let corporations spoil the spirit of Pride’ [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/12/corporations-spoil-the-spirit-of-pride-london]

(3) ‘From Stonewall to Austerity’ [http://www.counterfire.org/lgbt/15548-lgbt-history-month-from-stonewall-to-austerity]

(4) ‘Closing time for gay pubs – a new victim of London’s soaring property prices [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/closing-time-gay-pubs-lgbt-venues-property-prices]

(5) ‘Keep HIV-positive migrants out of Britain, says Ukip’s Nigel Farage ‘[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/10/nigel-farage-keep-hiv-positive-migrants-out-britain]

(6) The official shift from a ‘protest’ to a ‘parade’ occurred in 2004, costing £100,000 extra each year to hold and necessitating the kind of commercialisation has been repelling many people from turning up each year. From the article ‘Is Pride today about gay rights or just partying?’ published in the Guardian, July 2012

Contact Details

Email: leavethegaydonkeysalone@gmail.com 

Phone: 07717811747 Website: www.rippride.wordpress.com / www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

Twitter: # QUEERFIGHTBACK # RIPPRIDE

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SUSSEX ACTIVISM INSPIRES 2!

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The School of Global Studies presents….

‘SUSSEX ACTIVISM INSPIRES! 2 ‘ PROGRAMME

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday June 11th – The right to expression

RSVP your space for one or all the workshops at

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

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

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FURTHER INFORMATION

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

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

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CONTACT INFORMATION

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

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

Email contact – alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

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

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

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

4.30-5pm Break

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

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

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

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

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

12-1 Lunch break

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

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

3-3.30 Break

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

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

5-7pm Break

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

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

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

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

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

12-1pm Break

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

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

3-3.30 Break

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

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

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

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

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

12-1pm Break

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

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

3-3.30 Break

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

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

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Thursday June 11th – The right to expression

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

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

12-1pm Break

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

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

4-7pm Break

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

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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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Book A Talk and a Training

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)

Interested? Inspired? Hungry for more? Would you like a speaker or a training on the issues raised in ‘The Glass Is Half Full?’ Request A Talk or a Training! Please contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Websites will never change the world. Nothing beats the adrenalin created when we get together in person and conspire to organise for justice. Get in touch for a speaker or a training to deepening your learning.

Along with many other incredible organisers, performers and artists involved in The Glass Is Half Full, I am available for talks, trainings and skill-shares. These can range from a 2 hour session to a month long in-depth programme. Prices range depending on the talk / training being requested and a sliding scale of price is offered to make the skills available to everyone.

In the least five years we’ve helped organise and facilitate over 50 trainings, expanded on the speaker and training skills offered and generated a whopping list of resources [LINK] including some of our own films and handbooks. Some of the successes in the last five years include training HIV activists to shut down those perpetuating HIV stigma’s offices in London to creating a people’s cabaret in fascist political leaders pubs to training programmes in London ‘Strategies of Protest’ (George Padmore Institute, 2010); Manchester ‘The Art of Activism’ (Politika, 2014); Harare, Zimbabwe  ‘People Power, activism and the imagination’  Headline at Shoko Festival (2013) to Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA – 2011) ‘Direct Action and New Tactics for Environmental and Social Justice’  – we’ve done a few barmitzvah’s along the way. For dan’s full CV click here.

Here’s a sampling of what’s on offer which we can also address in a custom-tailored programme for you. Interested? Request A Talk or a Training! Please contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

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

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             Beyond UKIP Cabaret 'Farage Fracas - my day with the anti-UKIP Cabaret'

'Rehearsing for the Revolution' Performance as Protest

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.

Specific Skills – This training is a step-by-step guide to creating actions using tools including image theatre, theatre of the oppressed, coalition-building cabarets and occupations of corporate headquarters which turn into carnivals for life, love, laughter and humanity. We will share the behind the scenes organising skills such as aesthetics, critical conscientisation, coalition-building, creating a spectacle, building a strong narrative, press training, how to empower everyone to step forward, creating decision-dilemmas, killing with kindness, beautiful banners, creating activist theatre props and more. To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Press Training

Our actions and programmes to make the world a more equal place deserve to get the attention they deserve! If we want to get our messages out to the right places and across a variety of media channels we need to meet our audience where they are at, capture the public imagination and enable the audience to capture clearly what our actions and demands want to express.

Specific Skills – This talk / training will prepare groups for interviews, press events and provide a comprehensive outline of how to create effective press strategies including press releases, speaking to the press and an organising press strategy for pre, during and post action. This is essential for raising awareness about our issues, in the press, influencing public opinion, enabling people to be their own vehicles for communication and creating mass legitimacy for people’s activism on an issue of concern. We will cover interviews, aesthetics, what we want to convey, guerilla press tactics, press prankster-ism, body language, non-verbal communication, banner making, key messages, sound-bites, press pitches, style points, media solidarity and key tips such as ‘acknowledge, bridge, communicate.’ Why wait until the media catches on the important issues of social justice? Let’s create our own! To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Strategic Planning

We need to arm ourselves with a glorious toolkit of strategic creative tactics for social change if we need to challenge injustice in the way that it challenges us and the planet’s safety at large. We need effective, sharp and mass-empowering actions to create the change we need. Too often programmes for positive social change don’t reach their potential as we don’t create the necessary time for strategic planning.

Specific Skills – This talk / training will share key tools to win including ‘What constitutes a win’, generating ‘Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (S.M.A.R.T)’ programmes for change, building milestones, aims + activities and outcomes, critical escalation techniques, unexpected alliances of strength, capacity building, visioning exercises, deepening inquiry, collaborative organising, action learning and praxis and so much more to create effective actions for social justice where we still have a smile on our faces at the end of the day! To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Civil Disobedience

Supergluing Prime Ministers, playing golf on airport runways, cross-dressing gay rights catwalk shows, occupying Parliament roof-tops and confronting the military dressed as clowns is a whole lot of fun but also deadly serious. Disrupting 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.

Specific Skills – This talk / training can provide 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. To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Popular Education

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.

Specific Skills – This talk / training explores how to build supportive relationships with other people that produce knowledge, as part of sustained concerted actions based on a shared understanding of the need for intense political social change. Everyone involved will help have the time to create their own ‘inquiry process’ to understand and generate methods which nourish the conditions of political life in their communities and to create initiatives for positive change. We will expand on relevant literature which contextualises popular education in it’s role for empowerment. It will explore the transformative pedagogical practice, variously called popular/ liberatory/ radical education. ‘Popular’, in particular, has many meanings, evoking ‘of’ or ‘from’ the people, so it can be mobilised by all political orientations. In practice, it has been used by revolutionary guerrillas, intellectual Marxists, liberal adult educators in Universities and institutions such as the World Bank. The word ‘Conscientization’ (conscience – action) contributes significantly here – it refers to a critical positioning (action) in face of a reality understood from a continuous process of reflection and questioning (conscience). That’s why popular education is also called ‘education for empowerment’. To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Community Self – Defence

Being Homo Sapiens, or “knowing humans”, humans have a biological instinct deeply rooted to the survival mechanism which keeps us interested in our self-interest. The essence of human nature is the minimizing of self-interest for the greater good: an expansion of empathy with others. While much can be done to expand the self and ultimately identify with the environment and the entire ecosphere some shadow of self interest will still remain, influencing the way we protect and perceive the environment. If we were to appreciate our unbreakable bonds to other humans and the entire natural world, we’d be more likely to act in ‘community defence’ when engaging in green activism. Community Defence is largely associated with social and environmental injustice meaning that everyone should have access to a safe, healthy environment, and to environmental resources. This can mean things often considered “environmental”, such as green spaces and clean air, but also other things such as healthy food and warm, secure housing. All environmental justice struggles are also about social justice. Part of fighting environmental injustice is therefore addressing the social injustices that mean that some groups are better able to protect themselves from environmental problems and have more access to environmental resources.

Specific Skills – This talk / training provides a set of tools – that is concepts, techniques and mechanisms – that contribute to existing frameworks in radical movements by taking a direct role in producing community-defence strategies that resonate with movement campaigns, organizations, and initiatives. To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Community Transformation and Empowerment

Can community programmes for justice be transformative and empowering? How can those marginalised by society be afforded the luxury of archived, open and organised political activity? Empowerment is often known as the social processes’ that help people gain control over their lives and community for the greater common good.

Specific Skills – This talk / training enables the coming together of a range of communities to become equipped them with tools to engage critically and become activists to transform society. It 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. It will provides an opportunity to work consciously at  a personal and emotional level to investigate how empowerment processes can occur and influence wider political engagement strategies. The main elements of the training are: Human Relations Skills; Organisation Development; Social Analysis; The Principles and Methods of Paolo Freire; Concepts Of Transformation; Interpersonal and Listening Skills; Conflict Resolution; Leadership and Personal Growth; Addressing community needs; Building community strength and incorporating healthy reflection processes for a more motivating commitment to social justice and life at large. To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Organising across cultures for social justice

We should interact more with each other because we live side by side – only then will we foster empathy by learning more of each other and reduce the distrust between people. This way we get used to living with different people. In a world of hyper-mobility where the make of cities is becoming more diverse every day, a new and different type of ‘contract’ is needed to govern how individuals and groups behave together and see how interaction with the ‘other’ is the best way forward.

Specific Skills – This talk / training is primarily a practical resource designed to strengthen the confidence, competence and commitment of people as they engage with one another across cultures. It is of particular interest to anyone who works in formal or non-formal settings with groups involved in community development, community education, adult education, development education and overseas development. It will also be of interest to those whose lives or work situations involve a significant intercultural dimension. To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Creative Facilitation

Bored of unproductive, uninspiring and ineffective community meetings? Then check here. Standing on the shoulders of giants this talk / training explores how to inspiration from pioneering community empowerment methods such as Paolo Friere and Theatre of the Oppressed and others that reject the mainstream ‘banking’ education method (one person, usually a man, standing in front of the room ‘depositing’ his knowledge into students). These exercises in our toolbox are based in popular education, a concept  grounded  in notions of class consciousness, political struggle, and social transformation.

Specific Skills – Creative facilitation 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! To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

Organising legal trials for social change

The law is supposed to provide justice for the people – right? Well, if your busy organising programmes to create equality and peace in this world – don’t be scared if your actions end you up in court. For centuries people have utilised the theatre of the courtroom itself to create legal justice and create a splash in the news.

Specific Skills – This talk / training shares how to build a public campaign trial that can be spectacular, inspirational and innovative. We will explore how to generate a defence committee to support the co-defendants on paper and in the media; organise events; generate support in and around the courtroom as part of the spectacle; round up a vast mix of witnesses to speak from different angles; use the press to build momentum; explore how to set a precedents and similar trials that have gone before you; keep track of your lawyers and the legal defence to make sure they are in constant consultation with you; burst the media net by setting up effective blogs/ social networking sites and a website. Remember that the verdict is only one win in fighting for justice; awareness raising and inspiring others to take the necessary action throughout the trial process is a win in itself. Read more here ‘Climate activism: is the trial more important than the protest?‘ To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

HIV Activism

How can we create provocative, flamboyant, glamorous, rowdy, insightful, moving, surprising and musical HIV responses to explore and expose the realities of HIV in today’s society? Can we create brilliantly in-your-face activism to stop the  HIV  ‘Second  Silence’ to allow people affected and living with HIV to have a space where they can be themselves and have a voice about their health and lives? Whilst in many places  HIV  is now thankfully a more manageable condition – in 2015, infections in the UK are rising, stigma still exists and prevention services are inadequately supported – and even cut – in many parts of Europe. Not to mention other part of the world where  HIV  is still a death sentence.

Specific Skills – This talk / training offers ideas for combining dance, performance, live music, stunts and  spoken word to tell true life stories of people living with and affected by the virus. It encourages strategic and in-depth campaign planning for HIV justice involving workshop ideas, mentoring schemes and direct actions  UK-wide which all helps respond to HIV stigma, HIV prevention austerity cuts and the  silence  around the epidemic. Here’s the 2013 Show  and the  2014 Show Behind the Scenes  Shafted? Shows for some examples. To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

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

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) Activism

The LGBTQI community has a rich tradition of creative activism, critical thinking and building movements for social change. The Stonewall Riots, Lesbian Avengers, Outrage, PRIDE, Chi Mgbako and LGBTQI movements across the world today can inspire us all. This talk / training will explore howe can challenge the criminalisation of homosexuality; disrupt the status quo of the socialisation of dominant ideas of gender and sexuality; build safe queer spaces to organise social change; generate incredible revolutionary LGBTQI club nights and much more to trigger change. And we need it. In Britain alone, our support centres, community spaces, clubs and bars continue to be shut down; proposals to scrap the already minimal LGBTQI sex education in schools gain popularity; hate crime continues to leave one in ten of us bleeding in alleyways; rising right wing political parties continue to target us in their electoral propaganda whilst figures confirm we make up a quarter of UK’s homeless youth. The good news however is that the LGBTQI community and our allies are not willing to wait. We’ve had enough. We are rising in our numbers to become subjects and not  objects in our own reality. See articles -(2015) I.D. Magazine ‘The Activist Issue’ ‘A queer manifesto for radical change’ and (2015) The Daily Beast – The Queer Pushback Begins As Gay London Gets Wiped Out’

Specific Skills – Create campaigns to save our LGBTQI spaces, confront homophobic legislation and programmes for equal education, health and support services. People are coming together to cultivate a society that makes it possible for everyone to satisfy their fundamental needs, enhance the quality of our lives and ultimately to provide hope and meaningful social change for our future. This training shares how to make this a reality. To book contact dan at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk

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