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Shock doctrine of the left

19th June 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00

On June 19, Centrala presents ‘Shock doctrine of the left’ as part of Refugee Week Festival.

‘…if we start today, we can create an ecology of organisations and practices that enable us to be ready for the next time society is turned on its head, and to use that to bring about a new world.’ – Graham Jones, Red Pepper magazine
In the wake of the snap general election, regardless of the result, our struggle must continue. We must either fight ever more bitterly against the pritivisation and austerity of the Tories, who will leave the welfare state in tatters and ramp up xenophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, deportations and aggressive foreign policy or else we must push a Labour government to not only deliver on their manifesto pledges but to go further still and to make it clear that what a state government can give us will never be enough.

We’ve invited Graham Jones to speak on his article Shock doctrine of the left: a strategy for effective counterpower (originally published in Red Pepper magazine) which puts forward some ideas on how we might do the above effectively. Plan C Birmingham are asking – how can we be an effective counter-power in an increasingly right wing and fascistic world? How can we resist collectively within our city? How can we bring together disparate elements of the left and organise effectively for change? How might we create a ‘left ecology’?
In order to combat this post-‘Brexit’ upsurge in nationalism and racism we need to band together the disparate elements of the left in Birmingham. We want not only to discuss these ideas but to attempt to put them into practice by communicating effectively with one another by creating a Birmingham-wide Whatsapp group in order to communicate with one another about meetings, events, rallies, protests and other political happenings across the city in a coordinated way. In using encrypted yet accessible technology to spread our message we hope to strategize together and create our very own left ecology of Birmingham.

Free food and childcare will be provided.



19th June 2017
19:00 - 21:00
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Unit 4 Minerva Works
Birmingham, B5 5RT United Kingdom
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