Every year the Durham Miners’ Gala is in July – and it’s awesome. This year there’s a vibrant political Festival in the two days before, with cheap accommodation.
The austerity and political climate we face is blighting the lives of millions in our communities, and we have to be organised if we’re going to change it. So we’re bringing together the very best in community organisers, political trainers and alternative media to empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
There will be:
There will also be music, comedy and drama. It’ll be a busy two days!
A few specific sessions are listed below. There will be many more added – keep checking back.
John is shadow chancellor of the exchequer, and a long-term socialist.More Information
Author, journalist and film maker. After 15 years as a journalist, he just decided to tell it straight.
Paul will be leading sessions on economics, media and propaganda, labour history, and how a socialist government can keep power in the face of an establishment backlash.More Information
Activist and musician Billy Bragg will be playing the music gig on the Friday night.More Information
Author, activist and editor of Red Pepper. Hilary has been an implacable voice for participatory democracy.
She will be speaking on A New Politics From The Left – about how power for the benefit of ordinary people has to come from ordinary people, and not wielded on their behalf from Whitehall.More Information
Film maker and lifelong campaigner for social justice. Ken will be involved in several sessions, subject to his filming schedule.More Information
Comedy legend and socialist, Mark Steel has produced TV and radio shows, currently writes a column in the Independent.
Mark will be headlining the comedy gig on the Thursday night.More Information
General secretary of the Communications Workers Union.
As well as being a supporter of Chelsea Football Club, Dave is also a keen blues guitarist and cites Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards and US slide guitar wizard Ry Cooder among his musical heroes.
Emma is MP for South Shields, and a campaigner on food poverty. She’ll be talking about her Food Insecurity Bill and the charity she has set up with the Archbishop of Canterbury.More Information
Clive is shadow minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He’ll be taking part in three sessions, including creating 1 million climate jobs, andMore Information
Catherine is deputy leader of Gateshead Council, and a founder Bensham Community Food Co-op, an initiative that not only feeds the hungry with dignity, but builds binds between refugees and local communities.
Chris is MP for Derby North and former council leader. Chris will be running and interactive workshop on low pay with us.More Information
Hazel is a key activist within the One Million Climate Jobs campaign. After a decade as a charity housing advisor, Hazel spent eight years as a housing association Board Member, leading on strategies for reducing emissions while tackling poverty. She also initiated the Cumbria-wide bedroom tax campaign. An internationalist and eco-socialist, Hazel was a founder member of both Carlisle Refugee Action Group and Sustainable Carlisle. She witnessed the start of the Egyptian Revolution and supported the 2015 ‘OXI’ campaign in Greece. She is currently Chief Executive of climate change charity, Cumbria Action for Sustainability.More Information
Andy is MP for Middlesbrough and Shadow Transport Secretary, and has the job of bringing the railways back into public ownership, amongst other things.More Information
Sam is policy officer at the Public and Civil Services union, and a campaigner on sustainable industrial strategy and divestment from arms manufacturing.More Information
|One Million Climate Jobs||Clive Lewis, Hazel Graham, Andrew Simms, Clara Paillard, Willie Black|
|Eclipse the S*n: alternative tabloid for the north||We Are Our Media, Jessie Jacobs, Andrew Wilson|
|Make Democracy Matter – Electoral Reform||Clive Lewis, Mary Southcott, Benj Eckford|
|Food Poverty Campaigns||Emma Lewell Buck, Deborah Finn, Catherine Donovan|
|Low Pay No Way||Talk Socialism, Owen Espley, Chris Williamson|
|The Financial Crash: 10 Years On||Paul Mason, Owen Espley, Sarah-Jayne Clifton|
|What’s socialism, then?||Jamie Driscoll, Talk Socialism, Clive Lewis, Gerry Byrne, Nick Arnold, Rachel Broadbent, Ross Collins|
|Comedy Night||Mark Steel, John Scott|
|Community Organising Masterclass||We Can Win, Sotez Chowdhury|
|Film: K is for Karl||Paul Mason|
|How to set up a Co-op Masterclass||Nigel Todd|
|Royal Mail or People’s Mail: a new kind of nationalisation?||Dave Ward, Andy McDonald|
|How to Organise a Demo||People's Assembly Against Austerity|
|A Very British Coup||Paul Mason, Hilary Wainwright, Ken Loach|
|Citizens’ Journalism Masterclass||Red Pepper, Eleanor Penny, Ruairidh Paton|
|Protest! Billy Bragg||Billy Bragg, Richard Grainger, Steve Pledger|