Thursday, 21 June 2012

London Olympics: A Summary of Protests And Meetings

Details of protests and events relating to the Olympics are still trickling in slowly but here is a quick summary of what is coming up between now and (just after) the Olympics opening ceremony.

Tuesday 26 June

Defend the Right to Protest Meeting: The Olympics and Beyond
7pm – 9pm, Harmony Hall, Truro Road, London E17 7BY

 A public meeting organised by the Save Leyton Marsh campaign. Sspeakers including Simon Moore, who was recently the recipient of a punitive Olympic ASBO; Alfie Meadows, the student who was charged with violent disorder after his skull was fractured by police; Caroline Day from the Save Leyton Marsh Group; Brian Richardson from the SWP and me speaking on behalf of Newham Monitoring Project.

More information here

Saturday 30 June
No Missiles in Our Community
March called by Stop the Olympic Missiles. Assemble at 1pm at Wennington Green, Mile End Park, London E3 5SN

More information here

Saturday 7 July

The Fattylympics
Billed as a non-profit community event satirising the Olympics and featuring "fat activism, games, performances, stalls and other DIY activities", the Fattylympics will be opened by the actor Erkan Mustafa, who played Roland Browning in the children's TV series Grange Hill.

From 12pm to 5pm at Grassroots Resource Centre, West Ham Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue, London E15 3DB

More information here

Tuesday 17 July

Celebration Capitalism: The London Olympics and Its Discontents
Canadian writer Jules Boykoff discusses the idea of 'celebration capitalism', the affable cousin of Naomi Klein's 'disaster capitalism', pointing to key historical moments in its emergence, how it is playing out in London and how activists are responding.

From 6pm to 8pm at The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (Room 541, Main Building)

More information here

Monday 23 July

The Austerity Games
The Socialist Party linked 'Youth Fight for Jobs' is organising an alternative Austerity Games with teams competing on Hackney Marshes. Starts at 2pm with "ten athletics events highlighting the plight of young people in the shadow of these expensive and corporate Olympic Games."

More information here

Saturday 28 July

Whose Games? Whose City?
The main demonstration called by the Counter Olympics Network and supported by the majority of other Games resisters.

Assemble at  12 noon at Mile End Park for a family-friendly march to Victoria Park.

More information here

Further updates on other events as I receive them.

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