Friday 1st July
7pm Book Launch: Jailhouse Lawyers Prisoners Defending Prisoners v The USA by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Event with Selma James and Ian Macdonald, QC
From death row, award-winning journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal introduces us to fellow prisoners who litigate against their jailers, risking punishment or even death, to win justice for themselves and other prisoners.
“This is the story,” he writes, “of law learned not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities [but] in the hidden, dank dungeons of America – the Prisonhouse of Nations.”
Selma James’s Introduction presents the parallel universe of UK jailhouse lawyers who, like their US counterparts, are leading a justice movement inside prisons.
UK prisoners, denied the vote, are campaigning for this fundamental right. A legal challenge brought by a jailhouse lawyer supported by a dedicated legal team won a European Court ruling in 2004 that a blanket ban on votes for prisoners violates their human rights. Yet the government, in opposing votes for prisoners, acts as if those of us who are prisoners are less human, and deny that prisons and what goes on in them also frame the kind of society we all inhabit.
The UK publication of Jailhouse Lawyers is an opportunity for prisoners’ campaign for the vote and other efforts for fundamental reforms to be more widely known and supported.
Friends Meeting House (Room 2), Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS Wheelchair accessible
Sunday 3rd July
7.45pm: Oi Polloi, Autonomads and John Player Specials
Gullivers, Oldham Street
Saturday 9th July
PEDAL IN THE PARK
10am Official opening + ribbon cutting
10.30am Puncture Workshop
11am Basic Wheel Truing Workshop
Noon Pedallers Picnic in the Park
1pm Alleycat Race- A race round the city stopping at checkpoints.Alley kitten Race- A treasurehunt on bikes around the park for children +families.
2.30pm Bike Games for all ages4pm Fixed Trix. Competitions for fixed gear riders inc. Track Stand, Skid,Footdown etc.
6pm Roller Racing with Great Northern Rollers8pm Ride-In Cinema- Bike shorts from round the world and Feature Film.
Plus pedal powered music, Wheel decorating competition, Tall Bike obstaclecourse, Bicycle Art Exhibition, Vegan Cafe, Raffle, Geocaching on bikes,Donate bikes and parts, Bicycle Jumble Sale + Handmade Bicycle Market.
Plus learn to make useful things out of old bits of bikes!
To volunteer, participate or donate bikes, parts or money see www.pedalmcr.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
6.00pm-10.00pm: UK Subs plus support
Moho Live, Tib Street
July 13th until 16th
Experiments at the Library
Versuche, an exhibition of new work and research by artist Amy Feneck, takes place at the Working Class Movement Library from 13 to 16 July 2011.
The title of the show refers to the German word for ‘tests, tries, trials, efforts, attempts & experiments’ and is also the title of a journal edited by political playwright and theorist Bertolt Brecht in which he published drafts of his scripts and poetry.
This presentation of new work and work in progress, alongside a selection of objects, photographs and books from the Library’s collection, is shown here in this spirit of ‘Versuche’.
Amy has been visiting the Library since January this year and is fascinated not only by the content of the Library itself but also its day to day running, the history of its collections and the physical environment in which it is housed. She is interested in how the Library provides an important context in which to investigate and discuss the current political climate.
As a continuation of her research process, Amy is keen for this exhibition to be seen as an extension of her studio and the reading room, creating a space in which links between her work and material from the Library can be made, and creating starting points for discussion.
On Wednesday 13 July at 2pm Amy Feneck will give a short talk about her work and an introduction to the exhibition. The exhibition is then open Wednesday 13th 2pm to 5pm, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th 10am to 5pm, and Saturday 16th 10am to 2pm. Admission is free.
Looking ahead to October: Join Noam Chomsky at…
REBELLIOUS MEDIA: MEDIA, ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL CHANGE
8-9 October 2011, Central London
Please book now to ensure yourself a place.
* Noam Chomsky;
* John Pilger (The War You Don’t See);
* Laurie Penny (Penny Red);
* Michael Albert (ZNet);
* Johann Hari (Independent);
* Jessica Azulay (New Standard News);
* Dan Hind (The Return of the Public);
* Emily James (Just Do It);
* Matthew Alford (Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy);
* Zoe Broughton (Campaign Filmmaker);
* Mark Barto (London Video Activist Network);
* Robert McChesney (Our Media, Not Theirs).
PLUS speakers from Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (tbc),
Watch, the Glasgow Media Group, GreenNet, iContact Video, The
Manchester Mule, The
New Economics Foundation, Nottingham Indymedia, the Open Rights Group, Platform,
Reel News, SchNews, Spinwatch, UK Uncut and many more.
Frustrated with the mainstream media’s coverage of war, climate change and the
economy, or already making your own media? Interested in acquiring new
finding out more about exciting radical media projects from around the
to join the resistance to the corporate takeover of the internet, or
discuss how we
can harness the digital revolution to help bring about radical social change?
Then the Radical Media Conference is for you!
Organised by Peace News, Ceasefire, Red Pepper, Undercurrents and
visionOntv, and supported by the New Internationalist and Quaker Peace
HELP NEEDED: The organisers of the conference are appealing for
If you can make a donation, however large or small, please visit the RMC website
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