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East London Rising, August 2015

AAN | 29.07.2015 10:52 | Free Spaces | London

From Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th August 2015 Anarchist Action Network is holding a free week of events at LARC (London Action Resource Centre) in East London.

The week will include a social space with free drinks and evening meals, workshops, discussions, film screenings, practical skillshares and more. We hope that these events will address some of the issues which most people are facing right now – including problems with housing and welfare cuts, and the government austerity agenda, increased poverty, racism and the racist border system, state violence and harassment.

Events will also explore the impact on communities that have faced the rough end of the international arms trade and an aggressive and imperialist UK foreign policy which puts the thirst for profit, power and oil over lives.

This event follows the success of our Newport Rising event in South Wales last year:

Why East London?

This September, Newham East London will host DSEI 2015. Jointly organised and heavily subsidised by the UK Government, DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is one of the world’s largest arms fairs. It exists so that arms buyers and sellers can come together, network and make deals. Buyers include countries involved in conflict and from human rights abusing regimes. Many people from London and across the country will be there to oppose – and if possible shut down – the arms fair. At East London Rising we will explore why the arms fair should be resisted, learn about successes of similar struggles and exchange skills to support the mobilisation against the DSEI arms fair.

Programme of Events

Monday 3 Aug – Anti-racism, Anti-borders

1pm – Intro to Anarchism
3-4pm – Women in Militant Antifascism
4-6pm – Migrant Struggles
6.30pm – Vegan dinner
7-8pm – Talk on Antifascism by Martin Lux

Tuesday 4 Aug – Environment & degrowth

1pm – Intro to Anarchism
2-3pm – Thinking about technology and degrowth – a Luddite perspective from Luddites200.
3-4pm – Earth First! Workshop
5-6pm – London Mining Network on how anarchist collective decision-making is proving the most effective way of defeating mining companies around the world.
6.30pm – Free vegan dinner
7-8pm – Talk Heathrow resistance, degrowth and anarchism by Transition Heathrow.
8-9pm – Talk Climate Change and anti-capitalism by Corporate Watch.

Wednesday 5 Aug – Skillshares

1pm – Intro to Anarchism
2-3pm – International Solidarity Movement training on going out to join struggles in Palestine
3-5pm – Public Order training
5-6pm – Know Your Rights
6.30pm – Vegan dinner
7-9pm – Tech and Counter-Surveillance skillshare

Thursday 6 Aug – Benefits claimants and workers rights

1pm – Intro to Anarchism
3-4pm – Boycott Workfare talk
6.30pm – Vegan dinner
7-8pm – Talk by Solidarity Federation

Friday 7 Aug – Housing struggles and anti-eviction

1pm – Intro to Anarchism
3-5pm – Eviction Resistance Workshop (provisional)
5.30-7pm – Class War & the Poor Doors (provisional)
6.30pm – Vegan dinner
7.30-8.30pm – HASL Housing Action

Saturday 8 Aug – Anti-militarism and anti-imperialism

2-3pm – Life Beneath the Drones in Gaza by Corporate Watch
3-4pm – Opposing UK based Israeli drone factories by the Stop Elbit campaign
5-6.30pm – Resisting the DSEI arms fair: screening of short film Arms Dealers On Trial followed by discussion about DSEI with DisarmDSEI, AAN & CAAT
6.30pm – Vegan dinner
8-9pm –Talk on resistance in Kurdistan – by Kurdish activists and a short talk on the DSEi arms fair’s complicity in repression in Kurdistan by Corporate Watch followed by a discussion about the movement in solidarity with Kurdish freedom struggles.

Sunday 9 Aug – Anarchism

1pm – Intro to anarchism
2-3pm – Street Direct Action training (provisional)
4-5pm – Anarcha-feminism
5-6pm – Introduction to the Anarchist Action Network
6.30pm – Vegan dinner
7pm – What anarchism means for us

Free every day:
– Tea and coffee
– Hot meals each evening
– Info area

Making your way there

LARC is situated at 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 1ES. The nearest underground stations are Whitechapel, Aldgate East and Aldgate.

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  1. The hierarchy at LARC — wotcha
  2. Thanks — wotcha