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The Multicultural Politic – Launch Event

With the London Olympics on our doorstep, a wave of complaints around police racism and youth unemployment at an all time high, The Multicultural Politic is hosting a debate on the reality of multiculturalism in Britain today.

We are also using this opportunity to re-launch our blog with a new logo and a strengthened editorial team, during a two-hour plenary and debate at Goldsmiths College in south east London.

SPEAKERS include:

KEN FERO – co-founder of Migrant Media and independent film maker, notably of the 2001 documentary film INJUSTICE, detailing the struggles of those who lost their lives at the hand of the British state. 

ESTELLE DU BOULAY – Works for the independent anti-racist and community campaigning organization: Newham Monitoring Project.

ADAM ELLIOT-COOPER – Associate Editor of Ceasefire Magazine, former member of NUS Black Students’ Campaign and former youth worker


The event also aims to provide a forum through which different campaigns and thinkers can meet and discuss action in London and beyond, in order to defend and extend the gains made by migrant communities, sexual minority, feminist and working class movements. 

Venue: Small Hall cinema, Richard Hoggart building (main building),Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW 

Drinks & nibbles will be served.
London overground stations New Cross Gate & New Cross (3 min walk)


The Multicultural Politic aims to provide a forum through which people from multicultural communities can come together and explore how we can build a more fair, free, equal and democratic world. We aim to serve as an information resource, discussion space and general stimulus for debate in the British political sphere, but also in the international arena.


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Speakers include: Ken Loach, Guardian journalist Seamus Milne, Owen Jones (author of ‘Chavs’), Clare Solomon (former president ULU), a speaker from Occupylsx and a live link to Occupy Wall Street.

The meeting is designed to publicise and organise for the 30 November when staff at Goldsmiths will be out with millions of others in defence of their pensions.

Hope to see you on Thursday.

6.30pm, Thursday 17 November, Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way.

Supported by Goldsmiths UCU, Goldsmiths Students’ Union, Goldsmiths GMB, Coalition of Resistance, Goldsmiths EAN

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Jammin for Inclusion: Benefit Concert for Communities Empowerment Network

Ms Dynamite, Bashy, Linton Kwesi-Johnson and Maroon Town come together at Brixton’s ‘Jamm’ on March 25th to celebrate and raise funds for the work of Communities Empowerment Network (CEN), a London based charity.
CEN has spent the last 10 years reintegrating excluded pupils back into mainstream education.  CEN deals with an average of 500 exclusion cases a year and has a virtually 100% success in reintegration.

In 2001, Martin Narey, then Director of the Prison Service, stated that ‘the 13,000 children being excluded from school each year might as well be given a ticket to join the prison system somewhere down the line’.  In just about every urban area in Britain, young black people are disproportionately represented in the prison system relative to their numbers in the local population.

Ms Dynamite, Bashy  and Linton Kwesi-Johnson
have put their name to this event because they want to highlight the success of CEN in getting permanently excluded pupils back into mainstream, full-time education as well as acknowledge the immense potential that exists in today’s youth by being on hand to meet and chat to young people.

 Ms Dynamite: R&B and hip song singer-rapper, Mercury Music Prize, double Brit Award and three times MOBO Awards winner. Currently back in business with a new track ‘Bad Gyal’ 2009 is setting up to see a lot more of one of the UK’s finest

 Ashley Thomas AKA BASHY is the hottest artists to emerge in a brand new wave of fresh and exciting British UK musical talent. With over I million hits on youtube for both tracks released independantly in 2008,  an appearance at last years Glastonbury, 2009 promises to be a huge year for this outstanding talent with the release of his first album ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Linton Kwesi-Johnson: is known and revered as the world’s first reggae poet and has recorded several classic reggae albums. He recently became only the second living poet and the first Black poet to have his work published in Penguin’s Modern Classics series under the title ‘Mi Revalueshanary Fren’

Maroon Town: 9 piece globe trotting ska barnstormers who amongst normal band activities also play in high security prisons from Jamaica to Kazakhstan. In May they are off to Tajikisan to perform and collaborate with local artists.

DJ Gerry Lyseight co-founded Brixton’s mythical Mambo Inn; DJed around the world; at festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad and The Big Chill; with everyone from Tito Puente to King Sunny Ade; compiled many albums; hosted radio programmes featuring everyone from Charlie Watts to Rufus Wainwright to Mr. Scruff to Bebel Gilberto to the late Kirsty MacColl.

Some of the young people CEN has supported and reintegrated back into full time education will also perform.

The evening’s compere will be Eugene Skeef composer, poet, percussionist and workshop leader.

Event: ‘Jammin for Inclusion’
Date:    Wednesday 25th March 2009       
Time:   7 till late
Venue: Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, Brixton SW9 2LH 
Price:   £8.00

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London Education Centre Presents:
Race and Education Conference 2009


Race, class and the Education System Empowerment or Entrapment? 

Justin Baidoo – An activist and former teacher involved in campaigns against Academies in Southwark. He will look at how the education system and current education policy fails black & working class students


Education or MisEducation? – Addressing the Challenge of Educational Reparations

Esther Stanford – Esther Stanford will explore the praxis of Reparative Educational Reform with reference to developing a 21st Century curriculum. She will highlight the social movements and knowledge creations which have informed recent curriculum changes which claim to be inclusive of the subjugated histories, heritage and knowledge creations of African, African Caribbean and other African descended peoples


Alternative approaches to teaching Black History

Martin Spafford – A History teacher in Waltham Forest, a member of the group designing the new History Curriculum and an active member of Black and Asian studies Association 


Speakers from Campaigns against Deportation


Saturday 31st January, 2pm

West London Trade Union Centre

33/35 High Street

Acton W3 6ND

Tube: Acton Town , Acton Central BR

Buses: 607, 70, 207, E3


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