Power, Protest, and Politics: Manchester

Power, Protest, and Politics: Manchester


When: October 23, 2016

Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, M3 1UN


Want to challenge the power of the 1% and be part of a global movement? Then join us for a day of discussion, debate and practical activity.

We’ll be exploring the big questions we face – why is the world so unequal? What is the nature of corporate power today? What can we learn from movements that have stood up for social justice? And, crucially – what can we do now?

Power, Protest and Politics is for any young people interested in these questions. 

This event is free and open to anyone under 28.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Highlights of the day

What’s the point of activism? Can political activism really change things? How can movements in different countries work together? What can we learn from the successes and failures of recent movements – such as Occupy? This session will be led by Nick Dearden – an activist for over 20 years in movements against corporate power, war and racism, and the director of Global Justice Now.

Fight Corporate Power: the latest raft of free trade deals being negotiated by the EU has kick started a mass movement across the EU, with 6 million people rejecting the TTIP deal and 300,000 Germans taking to the streets to protest against CETA. In the UK Students’ Against TTIP has been right at the centre of this movement. Join a discussion with activists from Students’ Against TTIP and Stop TTIP MCR on trade justice, anti-corporate campaigning and practical solidarity.

Campaign workshops: discuss strategy for social change and plan action with others, with activists from Students Against TTIP and Energy Democracy Greater Manchester.

Artivism: a discussion and practical workshop (t-shirt making/DIY) on the role of creativity and art in activism.

Precarious Trajectories: voices from the Mediterranean Migration Crisis: A screening of the documentary that shows the effects Fortress Europe is having on the increasingly more dangerous journeys migrants and refugees are being forced to take.’ 

Accessibility: The event will be held on the first floor of Arena Point, which is completely wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp up to the building and a lift up to the first floor, which has a wheelchair accessible toilet. We can also cover your transport to and from if you need it. Please contact us if you have any other access needs.

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