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ACT-Up London Training Day - 8 March

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Mark Platt
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ACT-Up London Training Day - 8 March
Posted on: February 18 2014, 12:47 pm

ACT UP London will be holding a Direct Action Training Day on Saturday 8th March to strengthen our coalition and plan activist responses to the discriminatory Immigration Bill!!

Note – there are limited spaces & we would like committed activists and both infected / affected HIV people to have first dibs.  To claim a place, email with a couple of lines about yourself + why you want to come...

Participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis, and your place will be confirmed via email.
There is a serious need to build a strong militant HIV movement in the UK to build alliances with all those challenging austerity in the UK and all those fighting the HIV epidemic across the world. You don’t have to be deeply involved in HIV activism but committed to build power and alliances with it.   Pls do pass this on to those who fit the bill.  Like our facebook page -- AND SPREAD THE CALLOUT BELOW!!

Saturday, March 8th in London Zone 1
(location to be sent to participants)

We will be focused on Direct Action in response to the Immigration Bill and other top priorities.

Do we want our health care monitored by the Home Office??
ACT UP stands in solidarity with vulnerable migrants, fighting to keep our NHS free and easily accessible for all.

Daisy Ellis, Head of Parliamentary Affairs & Policy at THT, has alerted us to Clauses 33 & 34 in the proposed Immigration Bill, which would institute charges for certain health services and redefine who qualifies as an 'ordinary resident' in order to access primary and emergency care.

According to THT, these clauses will: 'hamper efforts to improve the health of the UK population, including work to reduce the number of people undiagnosed and living with HIV.' 

Charging migrants for health care is meant to curb supposed 'health tourism' (where is the evidence??) -- but these new measures will be costly, inefficient, and intrusive, not just for migrants but for everyone.  Discouraging people from accessing healthcare will only delay diagnoses and lead to negative long-term public health consequences.

The bill is currently in its Second Reading in the Lords -- we at ACT UP want to raise awareness of these misguided measures. Read the attached THT Briefing to get all the facts!!  And follow the progress of the Bill here.

That is why ACT UP LONDON will be training a new generation of activists in direct action, specifically brainstorming and planning for our actions in response to the Immigration Bill. If you would find direct action training useful to challenge this bill and to fight till there is an HIV / AIDS cure for all - then sign up for the training. LIMITED SPACES!

Questions? Email
ACT UP LONDON is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic, along with the broader inequalities that perpetuate it. We stand with other activists in opposition to NHS cuts. We advocate and demonstrate for the rights and dignity of all those living with HIV/AIDS. We are STILL not silent.

It is "the strategic use of immediately effective acts, such as strikes, demonstrations, or civil disobedience, to achieve a political or social end." It might also include workplace occupations, sit-ins, tax resistance, meeting interruptions, street theatre, and a vast array of other tactics. A well-planned direct action confronts authority in a way that makes injustice visible and encourages sympathy from bystanders, helping the movement grow. It can be dignified or it can be brash, or anything in between. Many of these are strategic decisions. Actions include the people directly involved and also those who support and report what happens.

This training provides hands-on direct action tactical skills and strategy and we shall be brainstorming and planning for our actions specifically in relation to the Immigration Bill. We explore how to build safe and fully resourced actions to tackle the root causes of issues of social and environmental importance as well as creative and media techniques to capture the popular imagination. We will explore how historical and current forms of protest and how communities can take responsibility rather than defer power. We explore how movements challenge prescribed systems of ‘democracy’, create alternatives and raise critical consciousness to act for personal safety, that of others, or indeed for the future of the planet. By the end of the training you and your community activists can efficiently plan the target, form, audience and media strategy to build successful campaigns, alliances and actions which empower people and capture the imagination.

10.30 - 11.00am Introductions
11.00 - 11.30 – Non-Traditional Allies - How to build coalitions and work with non-traditional allies, how to pick the best allies for your group or campaign, how to build and maintain those relationships.
11.30 – 12.30 – Blockades – we discuss the use of hard and soft blockades as an action tactic. Learn strategy and techniques used to stop people and vehicles from accessing areas in the wilderness or an urban landscape.
12.30 – 1.30 – LUNCH –
1.30 – 2.00 – Know Your Rights - covering all of the basic legal information for interactions with police.
2.00 – 2.30 - Security Culture - The first step in recognizing security risks in a community is working towards creating a security culture.
2.30 – 3.30 – Action Planning - This training is about planning an effective action and how to put it all together - specifically brainstorming and planning for our actions specifically in relation to the Immigration Bill.  When is the best time to plan actions?  What tactical knowledge is important to consider?  How and why do you leave room for strategic escalation? Who will you need on your team? This training will explore these questions as well as equipping you with the tools needed to create a plan that strategically accomplishes your goals.  This training is most effective following the NVDA and Blockades training, to ensure the participants have a working knowledge of the tactics discussed.
3.30 – 4.00 - BREAK
4.00 – 4.30 - Organizing 101 - Recruitment and retention.  Learn the basics of starting a group, how to structure and facilitate a meeting, attract new members, as well as keeping members engaged and interested.
4.30– 5.00 – Where next? Specific steps and action planning
5.00-5.30 – Q + A


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