Summer of action

Red Pepper’s guide to the camps, the demos, the schools, the festivals and the protests that will be making our summer

July 4, 2013
3 min read

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Boycott Workfare counter-conference
10 July, Manchester
While workfare profiteers meet to discuss more ways to privatise and abolish welfare, come to Manchester for a creative counter-conference as part of an ongoing summer of workfare protests across the UK.

Durham Miners Gala
13 July, Durham
The 129th annual gathering. A fun day out with trade union banners, brass bands, speeches and merriment.

Tolpuddle Martyrs festival and rally
19-21 July, Tolpuddle
Music, drama, poetry and speakers make this annual celebration of trade unionism a popular fixture in the calendar. No prizes for guessing that Billy Bragg is the headliner.

Peace News summer camp
25-29 July, Norfolk
The annual Peace News summer camp is taking a lead from the global South after the regular organising committee stepped down to invite activists of colour to plan the event. Join Peace News to consider what it means to build real solidarity with activists in the global South.

Shake! and Demand the Impossible
30 July-9 August, London
Not one but two free summer schools at which 16-25 year-olds are invited to spend five days with a wide selection of activists and artists discussing and creating campaigns for change.

UK Feminista summer school
17-18 August, Birmingham
A weekend of hands-on training in taking action for gender equality. Contributors include Southall Black Sisters, UK Uncut and South Asia Solidarity Group.

Reclaim the Power
17-20 August, West Burton, Nottinghamshire
Take action on fuel poverty and climate change by joining No Dash for Gas for a four-day camp and protest at EDF’s West Burton power station.

Stop the Arms Fair
10-13 September, London
The country’s least popular trade show, the DSEi Arms Fair, is due to return to London’s Docklands this summer. Stop the Arms Fair will be there to greet the arms dealers.

Disabled People Against the Cuts’ Five days of fightback
September, everywhere
DPAC will be taking action in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England during September with five days of co-ordinated action against the coalition cuts.


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Secrets and spies of Scotland Yard
A new Espionage Act threatens whistleblowers and journalists, writes Sarah Kavanagh

#AndABlackWomanAtThat – part II: a discussion of power and privilege
In the second article of a three-part series, Sheri Carr reflects on the silencing of black women and the flaws in safe spaces

How progressive is the ‘progressive alliance’?
We need an anti-austerity alliance, not a vaguely progressive alliance, argues Michael Calderbank

The YPJ: Fighting Isis on the frontline
Rahila Gupta talks to Kimmie Taylor about life on the frontline in Rojava

Joint statement on George Osborne’s appointment to the Evening Standard
'We have come together to denounce this brazen conflict of interest and to champion the growing need for independent, truthful and representative media'

Confronting Brexit
Paul O’Connell and Michael Calderbank consider the conditions that led to the Brexit vote, and how the left in Britain should respond

On the right side of history: an interview with Mijente
Marienna Pope-Weidemann speaks to Reyna Wences, co-founder of Mijente, a radical Latinx and Chincanx organising network

Disrupting the City of London Corporation elections
The City of London Corporation is one of the most secretive and least understood institutions in the world, writes Luke Walter

#AndABlackWomanAtThat: a discussion of power and privilege
In the first article of a three-part series, Sheri Carr reflects on the oppression of her early life and how we must fight it, even in our own movement

Corbyn understands the needs of our communities
Ian Hodson reflects on the Copeland by-election and explains why Corbyn has the full support of The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

Red Pepper’s race section: open editorial meeting 15 March
On 15 March, we’ll be holding the first of Red Pepper’s Race Section open editorial meetings.

Social Workers Without Borders
Jenny Nelson speaks to Lauren Wroe about a group combining activism and social work with refugees

Growing up married
Laura Nicholson interviews Dr Eylem Atakav about her new film, Growing Up Married, which tells the stories of Turkey’s child brides

The Migrant Connections Festival: solidarity needs meaningful relationships
On March 4 & 5 Bethnal Green will host a migrant-led festival fostering community and solidarity for people of all backgrounds, writes Sohail Jannesari

Reclaiming Holloway Homes
The government is closing old, inner-city jails. Rebecca Roberts looks at what happens next

Intensification of state violence in the Kurdish provinces of Turkey
Oppression increases in the run up to Turkey’s constitutional referendum, writes Mehmet Ugur from Academics for Peace

Pass the domestic violence bill
Emma Snaith reports on the significance of the new anti-domestic violence bill

Report from the second Citizen’s Assembly of Podemos
Sol Trumbo Vila says the mandate from the Podemos Assembly is to go forwards in unity and with humility

Protect our public lands
Last summer Indigenous people travelled thousands of miles around the USA to tell their stories and build a movement. Julie Maldonado reports

From the frontlines
Red Pepper’s new race editor, Ashish Ghadiali, introduces a new space for black and minority progressive voices

How can we make the left sexy?
Jenny Nelson reports on a session at The World Transformed

In pictures: designing for change
Sana Iqbal, the designer behind the identity of The World Transformed festival and the accompanying cover of Red Pepper, talks about the importance of good design

Angry about the #MuslimBan? Here are 5 things to do
As well as protesting against Trump we have a lot of work to get on with here in the UK. Here's a list started by Platform

Who owns our land?
Guy Shrubsole gives some tips for finding out

Don’t delay – ditch coal
Take action this month with the Coal Action Network. By Anne Harris

Utopia: Work less play more
A shorter working week would benefit everyone, writes Madeleine Ellis-Petersen

Mum’s Colombian mine protest comes to London
Anne Harris reports on one woman’s fight against a multinational coal giant

Bike courier Maggie Dewhurst takes on the gig economy… and wins
We spoke to Mags about why she’s ‘biting the hand that feeds her’

Utopia: Daring to dream
Imagining a better world is the first step towards creating one. Ruth Potts introduces our special utopian issue

A better Brexit
The left should not tail-end the establishment Bremoaners, argues Michael Calderbank


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