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The Spark: Social Justice Festival (16 – 21 June)

Event Information
Date: Monday, 16th June 2014
Time: 10:30 - Saturday, 21st June 2014 21:00
Repeating: none
Category: Workshops

We hope you will join us at the Spark this summer, a social justice festival in London from Monday 16 – Saturday 21 June.

The Spark is a free week of workshops, films, discussions, poetry, music, art and more, looking at the fight for social justice in the UK and around the world.

Whether you’re angry about injustice in the world and ready to do something; want to have a more in depth conversations about issues that interest you;  gain practical skills for social change; explore social justice issues through the arts; share experiences from and ideas about grassroots movements; meet people and make new connections; or all of these things, this event is for you!

There is a really wide range of daytime workshops, evening films music and debates on offer from film making to young people’s human rights, from the environment to economics, from poetry to racism. Plus there’s a full day on Saturday focusing on intersectionality and liberation, and a wrap up party with performances from the week on Saturday night.

See the programme >> www.thesparkspace.org/whats-on

Sign up >>  Everything at the Spark is free to attend, but please sign up for workshops on line to ensure you get a place. Sign up atwww.thesparkspace.org/whats-on

Spread the word >> Please help us spread the word by sharing the event on facebook and twitter @SparkSpaceLdn

Hope to see you then,

The Spark team

The Spark organising group is made up of individuals involved in a range of social-justice groups including the London Roots Collective, Black Feminists UK, UK Uncut, Algeria Solidarity Campaign, OSA poetry collective, AMP (art and politics must meet), People & Planet and Jubilee Debt Campaign for the Economic Justice Project, youth and refugee organisations, environmental and social justice groups, and others. It is supported by the Economic Justice Project.

* The Spark aims to bring people together who care about social justice, but wouldn’t normally meet each other to share ideas, stories and tactics for social justice, to imagine the world differently, to discuss key issues, differences and opportunities,  and to build new friendships and networks.

* It will offer space for activities that cover ideas, action, practical and creative skills for social justice.

* It will aim to be a fun, nourishing experience.

* We will aim to organise with an intersectional, anti-oppression, approach.

Sessions include

Monday 16 June (http://www.sparktimetable.moonfruit.com/monday-16/4584046552)

10.30am - 1.30pm

 1) The Personal is still Political: Occupy Your Body

2.30pm - 6pm

1) The Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations and Global Justice: Where are things at and where do we go from here!

2) Can I touch your hair? A workshop on tackling day-to-day racism and sexism (and other oppressions) for women of colour.

3) Resisting immigration raids

7pm - 9pm

1) Strategies for solving the housing crisis

2) Criminalising Black Communities

3) The Spark Sings!

Tuesday 17 June (http://www.sparktimetable.moonfruit.com/tuesday-17/4584046554)

10.30am - 1.30pm

1) Economics is for all of us

2) Faith, spirituality and activism

2.30pm - 6pm

1) Songs of Resistance: History of Struggle through Music

2) Welfare rights and organising        

4.30pm - 6pm

Poetry and Protest

7pm - 9pm

1) Poetry and Open Mic Night with the A & The E - James Massiah

2) Our Land, Our Cities - Community Food Now!

Wednesday 18 June: Film; Burn-out & Stress; Sex workers; Direct Action; Privitisation.


Thursday 19 June: Media; Education, Solidarity; Environmental Change, Divestment


Friday 20 June: Introduction to Dynamic Facilitation; Youth unemployment; Arab Uprisings; Hope in the dark.







Venue: St Peter
Address: 56 Warner Place, London, E2 7DA.
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