See http://bit.ly/2sbmUGG for our day at Arbury Carnival, 10 June 2017.
See http://bit.ly/2vCPd4a for the Storify of our morning outside Marks and Spencer on 1 April 2017.
Migration is possibly the most sensitive issue in Britain today. Debates on the subject can be uncomfortable, upsetting or angry, and often do little to change anyone’s mind. At the same time, fighting for a progressive stance on migration is more important than ever, and we need to be able to persuade people who don’t already completely agree with us.
To learn the tools to do this, join a participatory workshop led by experienced organisers from HOPE not hate. The session will focus on how to listen and question effectively, how to use stories to effectively persuade people, and how to create spaces for more constructive communication around difficult issues.
Key elements of the session:
- Story of self: What are our stories? Why is narrative important?
- Who do we need to speak to? How?
- The myth of myth-busting
- Key techniques: empathetic listening and Socratic questioning.
- Case study: story and techniques used in practice.
Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Venue: Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre, 6 Buchan Street, Cambridge CB4 2XF
Cambridge ensemble Ursula’s Band perform in the Grand Arcade in aid of Global Justice. The passers-by were generous to the extent of £203.56! Ursula herself (music teacher Ursula Stubbings) is the trumpeter almost visible to the right of the hat, and she pulled it all together. She also organised carol-singing for Global Justice Now in two streets. and that brought in around £150.
Thanks, Ursula; thanks, all singers, players and collectors; thanks to all who gave!
See http://bit.ly/2elhqXb for an account of our day taking the message to neighbours in Cherry Hinton.
Now, yes, after the Brexit win.
1. Encourage more people to join Global Justice Now. The latest post on the movement’s blog, by Alex Scrivener, has the title ‘It feels like the tragedy of a generation, but we need to gear up not give up‘. Global justice is more needed than ever.
2. There’s still parliamentary action. A petition appealing for a second-thoughts referendum was started before last week’s vote, actually by a Leave supporter who feared Remain might win. Since the referendum, it has attracted over 3 million signatures — not counting the 77,000 removed fakes. It’s also attracted some criticism, eg from human-rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson in the Guardian. He urges that we instead write to our MP, calling on them to vote against the repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act, a necessary stage in the Brexit process.
3-13. A blog post by Chris Gilson at is entitled ‘What’s next? Ten practical things that you can do post Brexit vote‘, and then goes on to list 11 (“In times like this, why not give a little more?”). They are: Join a political party, join a big national group campaigning for social justice as a volunteer, donate time/join a local group in your neighbourhood, donate stuff, don’t move away, buy British, get the hell out of this echo chamber, talk to those that you love about what’s going to happen in your future, speak up, keep holding those in power to account, don’t give up hope.