Pls Share - New Putney Debates / Full Programme / Law & Democracy Event

Mark Barrett marknbarrett at
Sun Oct 21 22:12:30 BST 2012

*The New Putney Debates*
*28th October - 11th November*

A series of free public debates organised by Occupy London. For  full
programme of debates see: and
also see below

365 years ago the original Putney debates discussed the need for greater
democracy and a new constitution for England. Today these issues are even
more relevant, with decisions that affect us all being taken by a few,
decisions on economic policy, energy, climate change, welfare and education
for example.

All political power is inherent in the people – so how should we address
the democratic deficit?

*Law & democracy day:*

How does the law relate to democracy? Whose interests does the legal system
serve – the public or private interest? Do we need a new civil rights
movement to elevate people and nature’s rights above corporate rights?

Come along and have your say! Contributors include Prof Conor Gearty,
Michael Mansfield QC, Halina Ward, and Dr Shahrar Ali, as well as
performance artists.

Location: St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street (nr Putney Bridge tube)
Date & time: Saturday 3rd November 1 -5pm
Donations on the day welcomed to cover the cost of venue hire.

Prior registration not necessary but it would be helpful to confirm
attendance by emailing: occupylawuk at

Also posted at

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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:

*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
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

*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 “A 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

*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

*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:

*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:

*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:

*Monday 5 November*
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Euston, small lecture theatre.
6.30 pm Putney Housing Debate
Contributors will include Toby Lloyd; Charles Seaford, New Economics
Foundation; Steve Barwick, Housing Voice-UNISON and a representative of the
Institute of Public Policy Research, all of whom have produced guidance
documents on Housing in the past year. This will set the context for a
discussion of the ideas contained in the Occupy Petition on Housing that
went to No 10 in July. This should be of interest to all those with very
real concerns not only about the housing crisis, but also in respect of the

*Thursday 8 November*
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 52 St Martin’s Lane, Westminster
Time: Evening (exact time tbc)
Solutions to tax injustice – taming finance with Network Banking

*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
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
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:

*Sunday 11 November*
Venue: tbc
Time: afternoon (exact time tbc)
A new Agreement of the People for 2012
Summary / action workshops/ building a movement for real democracy. Content

*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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