[HacktionLab] FW: Movement Support Gathering invitation for Hactionlab list

Michael Reinsborough m.reinsborough at qub.ac.uk
Thu Jun 7 20:55:17 UTC 2012

Hi i was asked to forward this on to the list

From: GBC Legal [gbclegal at riseup.net]
Subject: Re: Movement Support Gathering invitation for Hactionlab list

We’re sending this to you because your group provides vital support for social movements in Britain.

Would you be interested in participating in a Movement Support Gathering later this year?
Please get back to us about how you’d like to get involved, what you would be interested in bringing to the gathering and how you think such an event might help build our support networks throughout the U.K. Our contact details are below.

With protests spreading up and down the country, we felt it would be helpful for groups who support this growing student, workers, & environmental protest movement to meet during a national event, build connections, and share workshops. So we’re putting out feelers to see if there’s interest in having a Movement Support Gathering later this year. The idea is to have it in central England (not in London) and perhaps focused around a large action that we could then support the day after the gathering. For example, the weekend before the Conservative Party Conference<http://www.conservatives.com/get_involved/conference.aspx> in Birmingham (8 to 11 October 2012).

At the bottom of this email is a example of what a schedule for this gathering might look like.

Solidarity & Autonomy,
Green and Black Cross Legal Support
gbclegal at riseup.net<mailto:gbclegal at riseup.net>

The format could be:

During the day there could be workshops provided by all groups involved, such as:

1) A series of workshops & trainings (Know your rights, facilitation training, legal issues & squatting, organiser training, self defence, legal observer training, tech tools for activists, building a website, activist medics, conflict resolution, etc)

2) Trainer trainings (for example, how to train legal observers, etc.)

3) Space for groups/networks to meet (For example GBC needs to do a short business meeting amongst the various GBC regional groups who would be there)

4) An afternoon plenary session for open space discussion/skill share ? possibly use Seeds for Change or other facilitators. How is it we build a support network for the protest movements? How do we share information about what is already available (between ourselves and also the wider movements)?

Presumably the following day would be an Action Day and many of us could participate or support the locally organised action

Green and Black Cross Legal Support

07946 541511

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