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Monday 7th November
7:00pm -Food not Bombs Manchester organising meeting
Every day huge quantities of good food are thrown away, while thousands of people go hungry. Food Not Bombs is a global movement which collects donations of food that would otheriwise have been through away and cooks it into hot vegan meals to give away on the streets to everyone wants it.
7.30pm – Voting, mandates and consensus.
Solidarity Federation: When is a vote needed? What is a flexible mandate? How far should consensus be pushed? A discussion on how these factors should influence decision making in a national organisation
8pm – Ok Cafe Past, Present and Future
Tuesday 8th November
5-7pm- Poetry workshop
An oppurtunity for aspiring poets to hone their skills. The event will be hosted by the establish poetry performer Dominc Berry.
5:30-7:30pm- Share learning languages, Lesson 4 (Italian, Spanish, French)
For beginners and not only
6-7pm Manchester Housing Action Squat Skill-share
A chance to get together to share practical skills on squatting and link up with other squatters and people looking to squat in Manchester
7pm – Occupy movement workshop
A discussion about the Occupy Movement, covering the globe occupation, the history of the movement, general assembly and more specifically the movment in Manchester as well as the future of the movement.
Wednesday 9th November
6 – 8pm – Subvertising and reclaiming public space workshop
A chance to discuss the impact that advertising has on our public spaces and legal and illegal ways to fight against it. Learn how to use the streets to spread your message!
6-8pm The Urban Gardening Project meeting
8pm – Open Mic night
Bring your insturments and talent and come over to the okcafe and play.
Thursday 10th November
4pm – Disabled People’s Direct Action Network meeting
5-7pm- A brief history of the No Borders network in Manchester
A brief history of the No Borders network, focusing on Manchester. Come and meet other people interested in No Borders activism.
6-10pm- Black Star Ital ‘Cook Up’
A night of reggae riddems, ital food and easy skanking with Black Star Dub Collective’s cooks and djs
7pm – Manchester Traveller Solidarity
7-9pm Writing a press release and Creating your Own Media
In this session, we’ll look at:
- – how to write a press release to get the media to take notice of your event, action, campaign or project.
- – the daily routines of local and national media and how to best fit into them
- – how to use independent media platforms such as Northern Indymedia
- – how to use easy DIY web editing programs such as WordPress
All welcome – no previous experience required.
If you have your own laptop, please bring it. Otherwise, computers will be provided.
9-11pm -Invisible Circus film showing
How to turn an old fire station into a circus/arts type place….Bring some popcorn and come to watch this film at the okcafe’s big screen.
Friday 11th November
2-4pm – Making stuff out of rubbish
Does what it says on the tin. Belts out of inner tubes, wallets out of tetra packs…laptops out of cereal boxes…yeah!
5-9pm- OKcafe- OKsong
OK, what happens if you gather up a lot of OK musicians to forum an OK supergroup and write an OK song about squatting/ the cafe? Let’s find out!
All welcome, no musical talent required, just a sense of rhythm!
5-6pm- Court, arrest etc- skill share
6-8pm- Mexico and The Movement for Peace
Documentary and discussion;
An independent collective of documentarists in Mexico directed a documentary about the war in Mexico and they show it at the cafe;
”Mass-media is not accurately showing what the war in Mexico is being like and affecting every single one of us and our families
6-8pm-When Protest Goes Wrong
When Protest Goes Wrong: arrest, detention, courts, imprisonment – it could be you! Green & Black Cross workshop on experiences of the legal and punishment systems.
Saturday 12th November
2pm-5pm Textiles skill share
Jewellery and crafts making- there will be stuff provided but bring your own too!
2-6:30pm- Legal observer workshop
Legal observer is the art of collecting evidence to assist activists in legal proceedings. This session, run by Green and Black Cross, is beginners’ training in what you need to look out for and do as a legal observer.
9pm-12am- Folk Fights Night
Folk Night…Music night.
This will be the last late night event at the Cafe, with music from The Happy Soul, Avital Raz & f Q Too, Tom Yates & Friendly Friends, Karima Francis, The Yossarians, and more special guests!
Donations on the door, lots and lots of special booze, astral revelations & provident visions of the future. & jam
Sunday 13th November
7pm – Smash EDO’s Summer of Resistance