When: 7pm 2nd Monday of the month
Where: Fairly Square cafe, 51 Red lion St London WC1R 4PF
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Gathering on the politics of
provisional dates May 2nd-5th 2014
with Corporate Watch, Scientists for Global Responsibility and
Eco-labs, Luddites 200 will be organising a 3-day
gathering/conference in Northern England. The aim of the gathering
is to launch a new network of individuals and campaign groups
focusing on the politics of technology. If you're interested in
climate change, food sovereignty, extreme/renewable energy, nuclear
power, surveillance, military technology, GM food, trade union
issues, alternative technologies, you’re invited.
the topics for discussion at the gathering will be:
of the Luddite uprisings, industrial society and environmental
does a critical politics of technology mean in the 21st century: democratic control or ‘low technology’?
of experiences in different campaigns and struggles, skillsharing.
visions of social and technological development, and the transition
to a sustainable and socially just society; challenging the concept
of progress through technology.
for new campaigns and actions.
addition there will be demonstrations and workshops on craft-based
production, poetry, music, walking etc. To register your interest,
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January 19th 2013 York: Commemoration of hangings of Yorkshire Luddites
York Alternative History are planning an event commemorating the hangings of 17 Luddites in January 1813, which will include talks, a ceremony and an evening music event. Contact email@example.com for more information.
November 18th 2012 2pm-5pm People’s History Museum Manchester: Talks and celebrations of the Luddites in Lancashire
Music: One Accord group
Exhibitions and artwork: Westhoughton Local History Group, Kevin Threlfall
Talks: Richard Holland (Luddites Bicentenary blog), Garth Ratcliffe (Westhoughton Local History Group)
Poetry: reading of poetry from the Luddites200 national poetry competition
Suitable for adults and children aged 12 and above.
Free. Donations to the museum and to Luddites200 gratefully received
Organised by Luddites200 and the People’s History Museum.
festival, which attracted hundreds of locals and many from farther
afield, was a joyous celebration of the Yorkshire Luddites, combining
music, poetry, theatre, filmand craft demonstration with talks on
the Luddites and discussions of current issues raised by technology.
A compilation of entries to the poetry competition is in preparation.
For a brief report, the programme and some recordings and texts, click here.
Economy or Greed Economy?
24th 2012 London
day of talks and poetry in preparation for the intergovernmental
Rio+20 intergovernmental conference. Speakers from the World
Development Movement, ETC group, Biofuels Watch, ETC group, Econexus
Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group and The Land
magazine discussed issues such as:
interests are served by technocratic ‘green solutions’?
are the risks of synthetic biology and geoengineering?
wrong with putting financial values on nature?
we build a real green economy based upon economic justice?
background resources and video/audio recordings of the talks, click
follow-up to the event was a protest outside the Planet Under Pressure conference,a science conference
which claimed to provide scientific leadership for the Rio+20
process. The conference was also disrupted by London
benefit gig Nov 24th 2011
Pub* 121 Woodhouse St, Leeds LS6 2JH
Whalley Phil Moody (Chumbawamba)
Simon (Seize the Day)
Sheets T’ Wind
Attar Variety Hour
£6, £4 concessions on the door
London film screening/Housmans peace diary launch Nov 4th 2011
screening of The Luddites, a drama documentary about the events in
Yorkshire in 1812, plus New Technology, Whose Progress?, a
documentary about industrial automation and workers’ responses in
the 1980s, featuring Tony Benn and Mike Cooley of the Lucas Aerospace
this event, we also launched the 2012 Housmans Peace Diary,
which contains a special feature feature
on the Luddites and current technology issues such as GM food,
nuclear power, drones, reproductive technology, nanotechnology and
The Luddites’ 200th Anniversary!
Friday November 4, 2011
7 pm Sumac Centre 245 Gladstone Street,
Nottingham NG7 6HX
the exact 200th anniversary of the first Luddite attack at Bulwell
near Nottingham, (‘Mischief Night'), Chris Weir of the Nottingham
archives told the story of the 1811-12 uprisings and what the
Luddites were fighting for. Michael Reinsborough of Luddites200 spoke
about technology issues in the 21stcentury
including the use of technology to cut jobs as part of the public
sector cuts and issues such as GM food, nuclear power and
surveillance. Click here for the Nottingham Post story.
the 200th anniversary of the Luddite uprisings: a meeting to discuss
technology politics then and now
8th 2011, London
1811-12 artisan cloth workers in the Midlands and North of England
rose up against factory owners who were imposing new machines and
putting them out of work. Since the 1950s the Luddites have been
painted as fools opposed to all technology and progress, but in fact
the Luddites were very selective in their attacks, breaking only
machines they thought were 'hurtful to Commonality'. What can the
Luddites teach us about the ongoing use of technology to replace
workers’ jobs, as well as issues like GM food and nuclear power?
Can we escape the myth that technology always brings progress? On the
anniversary of the first action against a GM crop site in Britain,
come and discuss the issues with speakers from:
Workers’ Union activist