Wed 8th June, 7pm - LONDON - Luddite celebrations

Kevin Brown bodhran74 at
Tue May 31 19:01:44 BST 2011

Thought this might be of interest to people on this list.

*Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Luddite Uprisings: Technology
Politics Then and Now*

Date: Wednesday June 8th, 7pm

Venue: Feminist Library meeting room, 5a Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1
7XW, Nearest tube Lambeth North,

Organised by: Luddites200 Organising Forum luddites200 at

No admission charge, donations welcome.  Please contact organisers about
disabled access.

In 1811-12 artisan cloth workers in the Midlands and North of England rose
up against factory owners who were imposing new machines and putting them
out of work.  Since the 1950s the Luddites have been painted as fools
opposed to all technology and progress, but in fact the Luddites were very
selective in their attacks, breaking only machines they thought were
'hurtful to Commonality'.

What can the Luddites teach us about the ongoing use of technology to
replace workers’ jobs, as well as issues like GM food, nuclear power,
reproductive technology and surveillance?  Can we escape the myth that
technology always brings progress?  On the anniversary of the first action
against a GM crop site in Britain, come and discuss the issues with speakers
from the Luddites200 Organising Forum, Stop GM, a trade union activist, and
the Stop Nuclear Network.

PLUS! Luddite entertainment and CAKE

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