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IT’S a busy week ahead, starting with 24-hours of Pride events streaming straight into your living rooms, feminist book groups, refugee solidarity walks and a chance to hear Palestinian activists speak about on-the-ground resistance to annexation. Here we go…
Saturday June 27
I know it doesn’t feel right to spend Pride inside. But on the plus side, cross-border LGBTQ+ solidarity feels stronger than ever as hundreds of thousands across the world tune in to Global Pride 2020. Streaming 24 hours of content from Pride organisations, activists, civil-society groups, politicians and world leaders, this event will hopefully make up a little for the absence of celebrations and protests on the streets.
You can tune in from 6am here: globalpride2020.org/watch.
Sunday June 28
At 2pm hear from the inspirational Omar Alshakal, a refugee from Syria who swam for 14 hours from Turkey to Greece, going on to set up his own NGO to help those in the same situation. The Refugee 4 Refugees founder will be speaking about the group’s solidarity work in Lesbos and Samos where asylum seekers continue to arrive to worse and worse conditions: bit.ly/LesvosandSamos.
For something a little different join historian and Uncomfortable Art tour guide Alice Procter at 3pm for a talk on challenging museums and art galleries for upholding the colonialist legacy of artworks and refusing to admit their acquisitions’ history. Display it Like you Stole it is hosted by charity the Conway Hall and is asking attendees to donate £5: bit.ly/DisplayitLikeyouStole.
Ease into your Sunday evening with a live session from Kurdish singer Sakina Teyna and friends at 7pm. Her unique sound combines traditional Kurdish music with modern jazz and Latin, giving soothing rhythms that shift into eruptive sounds: bit.ly/Kurdishmodernjazz.
Monday June 29
Tune in for an interesting discussion at 7pm on how language in Palestine and Ireland has been profoundly affected by colonialism. The talk is the first of the London Learning co-operative’s series on the link between the Palestinian and Irish struggles for freedom: facebook.com/events/579550972698527.
At 8pm join the Red Witch Bookclub with Womens’ Strike — a webinar reading group discussing US academic Patricia H Collins’ radical essays on race, gender and class: bit.ly/RedWitchBookclub.
Tuesday June 30
Palestine is currently battling a litany of new threats that have exacerbated the impact of Israel’s brutal occupation and blockade. But the popular resistance in Palestine can never be quelled. Hear how activists in the West Bank and Gaza are fighting oppression during the pandemic with special webinar Resistance in the Time of Annexation and Covid by the International Solidarity Movement.
Tune in to hear from popular resistance leader Bassim Tamimi, the father of Ahed Tamimi, ISM co-founders Huawida Arraf and Abdel-Karim Dalbah and Gazan journalist Wafa Aludani at 6pm, streaming live on the ISM Facebook page: facebook.com/ismpalestine.
Wednesday July 1
An earlyish one to kick off your Wednesday morning — Football and Racism: Current Challenges, by the Charlton Athletic Community Trust. At 11am Troy Townshead of the anti-discrimination group Kick it Out will be speaking on how to tackle inequality in the sport as we move ahead in these challenging times: bit.ly/troykickitout.
Across the country at 6pm people will be taking the knee on their doorsteps and at small gatherings, four weeks after the police killing of George Floyd: facebook.com/pg/StandUTR.
Thursday July 2
At 11am hear from speakers from social movements working with indigenous people, those living in informal settlements and women in the informal economy, to reflect on the response of their communities to Covid-19. How grassroots communities are taking action is part of the London Climate Action Week: bit.ly/ClimateActionWeek20.
Friday July 3
Refugee Tales 2020 is a calling for a future without detention with a series of talks, music events and discussions across three days. The project, which tells the stories of refugees on their treacherous journeys and beyond, is inviting attendees to walk in solidarity and take moments throughout the day to listen to testimonies from detainees.
On Friday hear authors Kamila Shamsie, Angie Hobbs, Patrick Gale read lived experiences of detention.
For the full schedule go to: refugeetales.org/thewalkof2020.
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