There are 16 options for workshops on Saturday afternoon:
Fighting cuts to our future
With No Shock Doctrine for Britain
Join the fight against the Government’s war on public services: Aaron Porter (NUS President), Sian Berry (common people), Nick Dearden (Jubilee Debt Campaign), John Hilary, (War on Want). Arts Main Lecture Theatre (room 120).
Plane Stupid, Heathrow’s 3rd runway and the fight against regional airport expansion.
With Plane Stupid. In 2006, the 3rd runway looked like a done deal. But now expansion at Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow has all been blocked. How did students and direct action fit into this successful movement? And how can we stop regional airport expansion too? Arts Lecture Room 5.
A sweat free Olympics?
With Playfair 2012 campaign.
Did you know it would take a Chinese Nike factory worker 6,000 years to earn CEO Mark Parker’s salary? The multi-million pound sportswear industry leaves workers on poverty wages, working excessive hours, denied basic rights. This must change. Arts Building G13
dotActivist @ Shared Planet: Online Organising for Offline Action
With Pete Speller (Third Act Media) and Chris Anderson (Turnfront). Know how to use Facebook, Twitter and MySpace but had trouble getting people involved? This workshop will introduce you to some proven strategies to use online tools to create effective offline action.
Cafe, University Centre, Mezzanine
The return of Genetically Modified Crops and how to send them packing
Why Food Security matters in a time of climate crisis with Genetic Engineering Network. From messing with evolution and ecosystems, to corporate control of the food chain, GM is the technology that just keeps taking. Find out how the global south and the UK have kept their food and land safe so far, and how you can help. Arts G37
Why campaigning is a Feminist Issue
With Finn Mackay, People & Planet & the London Feminist Network
Why should environmental, trade justice and peace campaigners care about feminism? And why should feminists care about the environment, trade justice and peace campaigns? Come and explore these questions with the founder of the London Feminist Network. Arts Lecture Rm 8.
Just Do It: get off your arse and change the world
This year’s most talked about environmental documentary. Just Do It present a sneak preview of the film followed by a discussion with members of Grow Heathrow and Plane Stupid, just two of the groups that the film follows in the most exciting year of climate activism yet. Arts Lecture Room 3.
Shutting down the tar sands
With Jess Worth, New Internationalist co-editor and UK Tar Sands Network.
The Tar Sands in Canada is the most destructive project on earth. It’s fuelling climate change and local ecological disaster – and British companies and banks are up to their necks in it. Get involved in the growing UK movement to shut the whole mess down. Avon Lecture Theatre.
Changing our voting system - A green opportunity
With Take Back Parliament. In a once in a generation opportunity the UK goes to the polls in 2011 with a referendum on our voting system. A ‘Yes’ vote could totally reshape politics and green representation. Get the inside track from the ‘Yes’ campaign. Arts Lecture Room 7.
Spirituality and Activism
With Student Christian Movement Members of the Student Christian Movement will be facilitating a discussion on ‘Spirituality and Activism’. This workshop is open to those of all faiths and of none and will be shaped by whoever turns up. University Centre Cafe.
Exposing corporate tax dodgers
With Action Aid. Hear about the crazy loopholes that let big companies siphon massive sums out of developing countries - and get a top secret preview of our next big campaign to expose a massive multinational. Arts Lecture Room 4.
Disrupting Arms Company Recruitment
With Campaign Against the ArmsTrade (CAAT). This workshop aims to look at fun and effective ways of organising action against BAE Systems at universities. The skills are very transferable so will be a useful resource for other campaigns. Come discuss, network and get some great resources to take home. Arts G14 Seminar Room.
Food of, by, and for the people
Food is one of our basic needs but is also increasingly object of trade and a tool of power. Join World Development Movement campaigner Gary Dunion to discuss how the peasant movement’s concept of food sovereignty could help us fight hunger and poverty. Arts Lecture Room 1
With NUS, Student Switch Off and People & Planet. How can we change student behaviour to promote more sustainable, local food and recycling and less flying and energy-usage? Come along to find out what this innovative pilot project is achieving in 20 pilot universities and how you can get involved on your campus. Arts Lecture Room 2.
What’s gold got to do with me? Protecting Bristol Bay from mining giant Anglo American
With Earthworks Action. In Bristol Bay, Alaska, 80% of the local population are opposed to the proposed ‘Pebble Mine’. This new gold and copper mine threatens the world’s last great wild salmon fishery. Hear from Alaska Native Bobby Andrew how you can help stop the mine. Arts Seminar Room 201.
Palestine and the global Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement
War on Want has worked in Palestine for over 30 years, building partnerships with popular movements and workers’ organisations fighting for the rights of the Palestinian people and run hard-hitting campaigns in the UK. November sees the launch of our new report on Palestine, so come get a free copy and find out the latest campaigns and actions to help support people in Palestine in their fight against Israeli aggression. Arts Lecture Room 6.