Category: Events

From the New Town Utopia Facebook page…

We’re incredibly pleased to be coming back to screen in Basildon again! We’ll be at The Towngate Theatre on Thursday 26th July.

The night will feature live performances alongside a screening of the film. It would be great to see you there. You can get tickets here: https://towngatetheatre.co.uk/new-town-utopia/

It’s here at last. The companion book to New Town Utopia is fresh from the printers and ready to be released into the wild.

It’s an anthology of poetry, photography and thought about Basildon, new towns, working class communities and much more. To kick off we printed a limited first edition of 100 numbered and signed copies. You can get hold of one here: http://newtownutopia.com/book

The book was edited by Christopher Ian Smith and designed by Mark Beechill. The cover was designed by Guy Hulse at dn&co.

A huge thank you to all those who contributed – including:

Phil Burdett
Ralph Dartford
Ölmo Lazarus, Poet
Vince O’Connell
Mike Parker
Ben Williams
Christopher Beanland
Gillian Darley
Dennis Hardy and Colin Ward
Owen Hatherley
Magnus Granath
John Grindrod
Katy Lock
Jonathan Meades
Dr. Helena Rivera
Ken Worpole

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50 Years of Resistance

We’re sharing this because it marks 50 years since the police set up a Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) after the protest against the Vietnam War in Grosvenor Square, London, that took place in July 1968. Setting up the SDS marked a new turn in the efforts of the state to disrupt protest and revolutionary movements. With the Undercover Policing Inquiry underway, this commemoration is important. This commemoration shouldn’t be seen as drawing a line under state infiltration and disruption of protest and revolutionary movements. The strategy and tactics of the state change according to the circumstances they find themselves in and how much of a spotlight is being placed on their attempts to disrupt us. This is an indication of one way they’re operating now: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. With the Undercover Policing Inquiry, despite the efforts that are being made to frustrate the proceedings, state disruption of our movements is coming into the spotlight. Understandably the state would rather that wasn’t the case. Now think about the splits over various aspects of identity politics that are damaging the anarchist and other radical movements. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of us think that it’s more than a coincidence that the (unwanted from the state’s point of view) focus on state disruption of radicalism and the splits we’re witnessing are somehow connected.

Join hundreds of people in London on the 7th and 8th of July to celebrate 50 years of campaigns, struggles, resilience and success.

On the 7th of July we will be gathering from 12.30 pm at Grosvenor Square for a roll call of groups spied on.

On the 8th of July there will be a conference exploring five decades of movements for change, exhibitions, food, videos and talks at the Conway Hall. More information here.

WHY 50 YEARS OF RESISTANCE?

In 1968, following demonstrations against the Vietnam War in London’s Grosvenor Square, the police set up a Special Demonstration Squad (SDS). Since that time, 50 years ago, over 1,000 groups campaigning in the UK for a better world have been spied on, infiltrated and targeted by political policing. Their protests and demonstrations are also subjected to ongoing police opposition and control to try to limit their effectiveness.

See here for the rest of this piece…

Building a new world in the shell of the old

Normally we’d be promoting a course like this on our side project, The Estuary Alternativehttps://theestuaryalternative.wordpress.com/ However, there are good reasons why we’re promoting it on here as well…

As the title of this piece suggests, amongst other attributes, this course has an element of building a new world in the shell of the old. It’s all very well knowing what we’re against – we also need to be able to articulate what kind of world we’re aiming for…

If we can’t articulate a vision of what we want society to be like and how people can relate to each other on a more equal and respectful basis, then we might as well pack it in now. Unless people are convinced that there’s a better way of living, they will put up with what we have rather than fight for something better.

This is why we are interested in this course because it’s about offering an alternative way of doing things. It’s about empowering people to act collectively to start to bring about change now. It’s about getting the building blocks in place for the new world before the dystopian one we’re currently enduring collapses. It is about building a bridge to a better future for all of us and the planet we live on…

Details on how to book a place on this course can be found here: https://spiralseed.co.uk/prod…/creating-positive-revolution/