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1647 – 2012 The New Putney Debates

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The New Putney Debates
 
Check http://thenewputneydebates.wordpress.com/ for updates below is info and final programme as at 21/10/12
  
Occupy will be celebrating the 365th year anniversary of the Putney Debates by holding a series of events inspired by the Levellers’ and Diggers’ demands for social justice, civil rights and equal access to the land.

The programme of events is scheduled between 27th October and 11th November 2012, and the venue for some events will be St. Mary’s Church in Putney where the Debates started on 28th October 1647.

Contributors include Richard Wilkinson (The Spirit Level), Natalie Bennett (new Leader of the Green Party), Michael Mansfield QC, George Monbiot, Polly Higgins,  Jeremy Leggett,  John McDonnell MP, Halina Ward and Professor Conor Gearty.

Throughout the New Putney Debates there will be an emphasis on public participation, in the spirit of 1647, when it was said that England was “A Nation of Prophets”. [1]

[1] The World Turned Upside Down. Christopher Hill 1991

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Programme

Occupy London debates are free but donations on the day towards the cost of venue hire will be greatly received. Events organised by partner organisations may charge.

Friday 26 October Last event in the October 2012 series of Quilligan Seminars by the School of Commoning, running from 22 – 26 October. Venue: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House , Westminster
SW1A 2LW London 2-4 pm Creating a Movement on Understanding the Common Good. James Quilligan will set the Global Scene.Paul Moore will outline the proposal for the New Wilberforce Alliance and its early momentum. Charles Secrett will speak of his experience in challenging and effecting the need for deep changes in the structures of our society; and Frank Taylor will relate the Purton Declaration and the Runnymede Project to the task before us.  Participants will have opportunity to steer the process towards the next steps in building a movement capable of public clamour. There is a charge for this event and other seminars. For details of the whole programme and booking details please go to: www.schoolofcommoning.com/content/october-2012-quilligan-seminars

Saturday 27 October Venue: Oasis Centre, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HS 1-5.15pm  Economics and democracy Rising inequality – what is the solution? 1.20 Inequality: the enemy between us? – The Spirit Level: Why Inequality Matters. With Professor Richard Wilkinson. 2.30 The Finance Curse: Tax Haven Britain, Predator and Victim. How Britain has become captive to its offshore empire and what we can do . With John Christensen www.taxjustice.net 3.55 Income Equality – a co-operative approach. with Dr John Courtneidge 4.40 Occupy economic roadmap -a lightning introduction tour, and an introduction to the ‘Little Book of Ideas’, followed by a plenary discussion.

Sunday 28 October Venue: Putney Station pub, 94-98 Upper Richmond Road, SW15 2SP Real Democracy 2 pm – The English Revolution, the Putney Debates and the making of the British Constitution with the Occupy Real Democracy working group 4 pm – What would real democracy look like? with John McDonnell MP

Sunday 28 October Venue: St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, Putney 8pm Light shining in Buckinghamshire A rehearsed reading and discussion of Caryl Churchill’s 1976 play, which looked at the events of the English Revolution.  The second half of the play focuses on the conflict within the New Model Army between the senior officers (the Grandees) and the Agitators, who stood for the interests of the ordinary men and women. The Putney Debates reached their peak when a document called ‘An Agreement of the People’, prepared by those who wanted a democratic republic, was presented to the General Council of the Army.Geoffrey Robertson QC will introduce the play and explain the political background.

Monday 29 October Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173 – 177 Euston Rd, NW1 2BJ 6 pm Socially useful banking? Public discussion led by Andy Haldane, Bank of England Executive Director, Financial Stability.  Responding: Duncan Weldon, TUC senior economist, and Dominic Lindley, Which? Head of Financial Services Policy.  Chaired by Lisa Pollack, Financial Times & Alphaville blog. Arrive early. For further info, and to register to attend, visit sociallyusefulbanking.com/

Wednesday 31 October Venue:  Mahatma Gandhi Hall at the Indian YMCA, Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ. 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Voting with your Taxes ‘This house holds that the most effective non-violent democratic way for taxpayers to hold governments to account for their performance is lawful tax resistance’ The event will address and debate are (i) When is it a crime to pay tax? and (ii) When is war lawful. These and other questions will be part of a quiz to introduce the theme of Taxes, War and Law, followed by a discussion and proposals.

Thursday 1 November Venue: St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, Putney 7 pm – Land and democracy Nearly 400 years ago the Diggers described the Earth as a ‘common storehouse for all’ and objected to land being kept in the hands of a few. Are landowners still oppressing the people today, and how should we respond? with George Monbiot; Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party; Kate Geary, land grab expert at Oxfam, and the Runnymede Diggers Performance poet Pete the Temp. Event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/535905649768504/

Saturday 3 November Venue: St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, Putney 1-2.30 pm – Who does the legal system benefit? with Professor of Human Rights, Conor Gearty and Michael Mansfield QC, and Halina Ward from the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development 3-5 pm – Do we need a new civil rights movement today? with Melanie Strickland  – in the US communities are asserting their rights above corporate rights by putting in place local laws called Community Bills of Rights – can we do something similar? and Dr Shahrar Ali, London Green Party and Michael Mansfield QC on the National Civil Rights Movement Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/303695003070879/

Sunday 4 November Venue: Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London. E1 6LS 11am-5pm Capitalism is Crisis (Another World is Possible…) The sessions on capital, power and the State will tell a story of capitalism. They will explore the character of the capitalist process that is continuing to tear up the planet and to exterminate its inhabitants. The purpose of the sessions is to investigate why we are doomed, and also how we might escape the doom. Speakers. Discussion. Workshop. Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/283364291772404/

Monday 5 November Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ 6.30 pm  New Putney Debates – Housing Crisis Contributors will include Toby Lloyd, Charles Seaford (NEF) and Steve Barwick (Housing Voice: UNISON) who have variously been involved with Housing documents in the past year. David Smith (East London Community Land Trust), Chris Cook, the Cambridge Study and Co-op will be hoped also to inform a debate centred upon the Occupy Petition on Housing to No 10 in July, with emphasis upon affordable land for TRULY Affordable Homes, and consideration of issues such as Land Value Tax.

Thursday 8 November Venue: Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ 6:30 pm -The courage to pay: tax, honesty and business with Richard Murphy Richard Murphy is director of Tax Reaearch LLP and advises the Tax Justice Network (of which he was a founder), the UK Trade Union Congress and many other organisations on tax policy issues. His work for the TUC is considered by many to have created the current debate on the tax gap, tax avoidance and tax evasion in the UK. See www.taxresearch.og.uk

Friday 9 November Venue: St Mary’s Church/ Hall, Putney High Street, Putney 6-8pm A New Economy with Clive Menzies and Janos Abel. This two hour workshop examines flaws in the economic system, why it cannot be sustained and what an alternative system could look like. The foundations of the New Economy are: the means to life (water, food and housing) for all as a right; land and resources held in common and the benefits shared; alternative currencies to foster greater equality and societal cohesion.

Saturday 10 November Venue: Oasis Centre, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HS 11-12.30pm – Food and democracy how do we ensure people have access to nutritious, sustainable and good food? with Helena Paul, Econexus; Dominika Jarosz, Head of Campaigns for Pig Business, and Biofuelwatch 1.30-3pm – Energy and democracy with Jeremy Leggett, Solarcentury; Fuel Poverty Action Group, and Danny Chivers. 3.15–4.45pm – Law, environment and democracy with Polly Higgins, Eradicating Ecocide, and Melanie Strickland, speaking on the Community Bill of Rights, from the Occupy Law working group, and Halina Ward; Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development. Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/114672452021499/

Sunday 11 November Venue: tbc Morning (exact time tbc) – Reclaiming the Commons: practical steps and galvanizing action. Afternoon (exact time tbc) – A new Agreement of the People for 2012 Summary / action workshops/ building a civil rights movement for real democracy.

Saturday 24 November Venue: Runnymede Diggers, Runnymede, Egham. Daytime. Land and Freedom The day will look at who owns the land and the history of common people living communally in the Forests and Chases of Britain  There will be a discussion on the Charter of the Forest, which was developed as part of the Magna Carta at Runnymede. This was first issued on 6 November 1217 as a separate charter, giving commoning rights to common people. The day will consider the the viability of living in the forest today; is the tragedy of the commons inevitable or can we govern the commons collectively and live in harmony with nature?

 

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