Demand the Impossible! is a summer school for 16-19 years olds interested in political activism and the ideas that motivate activists. It will run from July 30-August 3 at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Demand the Impossible! will include:
• exploring ideas on capitalism and the recession; war, peace and American power; race and racism; gender and feminism; the role of the internet.
• learning new ways of looking at the world from experts and seasoned activists from campaigning organisations, universities and activist groups
• workshops to develop strategies and skills for activism and put these into action through multimedia campaigns.
• sharing ideas with like-minded young people from across London.
Who’s organising it?
The event is organised by Ed Lewis and Jacob Mukherjee, with the involvement of other activists. Expert speakers we have confirmed include Mark Fisher (author of Capitalist Realism), Naomi Colvin (from Occupy London) and Feyzi Ismail(who was active in the anti-fees occupations).
There are likely to be other external speakers attending as well. As well as speaking about their experiences, our speakers will help the young people on the course come up with their own campaign strategies on issues of their choice.
Jacob and Ed are both teachers and NUT activists and have a wide range of experience in anti-war, anti-capitalist and community-based campaigns. Ed is one of the editors of New Left Project (www.newleftproject.org) and Jacob was an author of the blog Left Luggage (http://theleftluggage.wordpress.com/). Neither of us is a member of any political party and the summer school is independent of any party or other organisation.
How can I get involved?
Easy. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, age and gender, and explaining why you are interested in coming to the Demand the Impossible! summer school. It would also be useful for us to have your mobile number.