Luddite Anniv. Events - eg Automation and the impact of new technologies
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Sep 27 21:19:40 BST 2012
It has been a busy summer, and weâd like to
welcome those who signed up to receive this
supportersâ update at one of our workshops, at
the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Earth First
Summer Gathering, London Permaculture gathering
or Campaign Against Climate Change
conference. In addition to blogging and dealing
with hackers (see below), weâve been busy
planning events for the autumn and next
year. Donât forget to check out the list of
forthcoming technology politics events at the end
of this message, some of which are coming up in the next few weeks.
Forthcoming Luddites200 events
June 13-16 2013 Gathering on the politics of technology
Luddites200, together with Corporate Watch,
Scientists for Global Responsibility and
Eco-labs, will be organising a 3-day
gathering/conference in Yorkshire in June 2013.
The aim of the gathering is to launch a new
network of individuals and campaign groups
focusing on the politics of technology. If you're
interested in food sovereignty, extreme/renewable
energy, climate change, nuclear power,
surveillance, military technology, GM food, trade
union issues, alternative technologies, or any
other issues related to technology, youâre invited.
Amongst the topics for discussion at the gathering will be:
* History of the Luddite uprisings,
industrial society and environmental crisis
* What does a critical politics of technology
mean in the 21st century: democratic control or âlow technologyâ?
* Presentation of experiences in different
campaigns and struggles, skillsharing.
* Alternative visions of social and
technological development, and the transition to
a sustainable and socially just society;
challenging the concept of progress through technology.
* Plans for new campaigns and actions.
In addition there will be demonstrations and
workshops on craft-based production, poetry,
music, walking etc. To register your interest, contact us.
January 19th 2013 York: Commemoration of hangings of Yorkshire Luddites
York Alternative History are planning an event
commemorating the hangings of 17 Luddites in
January 1813, which will include talks, a
ceremony and an evening music event. Contact
yorkalternativehistory at gmail.com for more information.
1st December 2012 London: Automation and the
impact of new technologies - trade union responses
In a time of austerity and environmental crisis,
technology is being touted as the solution, with
The Economist proclaiming a ânew industrial
revolutionâ created by digital technology. This
one-day event for trade unionists will focus on
current issues raised by new technologies in the
workplace and their social impacts:
* Digital technologies are replacing
ever-increasing numbers of jobs with robots, 3D
printing machines, âsmart softwareâ etc. This
trend is partly driven by the current recession
and austerity, which push employers to reduce
wage bills eg, by replacing librarians with automatic check-in machines.
* Other new technologies, such as
nanotechnology, raise significant health and safety issues for workers.
* The world is facing multiple resource
shortages and the threat of climate change, which
demands a transition to a sustainable and
economically just society, involving major
technological change. Trade unions in Britain and
elsewhere have a proud history of developing
alternative production plans such as the Lucas
Plan of the 1970s and the Million Climate Jobs campaign.
We need input from trade unionists so that the
event addresses the issues that affect members of
your union. Please contact
luddites200 at yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in
helping organise or attending the meeting, or can help publicise it.
November 18th 2012 2pm-5pm Peopleâs History
Museum Manchester: Talks and celebrations of the Luddites in Lancashire
Music: One Accord group
Exhibitions and artwork: Westhoughton Local History Group, Kevin Threlfall
Talks: Richard Holland (Luddites Bicentenary
blog), Garth Ratcliffe (Westhoughton Local History Group)
Poetry: reading of poetry from the Luddites200 national poetry competition
Suitable for adults and children aged 12 and above.
Free. Donations to the museum and to Luddites200 gratefully received
Organised by Luddites200 and the Peopleâs History Museum.
New Luddites200 blog posts
Recent posts on our blog
have reflected on events over the summer,
including the Stop GM rally against GM wheat at
Rothamsted, the Queen's diamond jubilee and the
Campaign Against Climate Change conference.
In June, General Ludd sent a message of
solidarity to the Take the Flour Back campaigners
pointing out the links between the Luddites'
struggle and the issues raised by GM
foods. Another post on this issue,
deals with the philosophy of the pro-GM backlash
and its insistence on technology as progress.
General Luddâs supporters were also present at
a London street party for the Jubilee, where
Byron's message of, âDown with all Kings but
was well received by revellers.
is a letter to the organisers of the Campaign
Against Climate Change conference. It argues
that climate change campaigners should not give a
platform to insanely dangerous corporate
techno-fixes like geoengineering, but rather
should deal with the real causes of the problem.
In August the Luddites 200 website was taken down
by hackers, claiming to be from Sudan. General
Ludd commented that this confirmed her suspicions
about the level of political understanding
amongst hackers who are often thought of as
modern Luddites: âIf you want to attack the
megamachine that is the Internet, you don't start
with the Luddites!â, she remarked.
The attack, though annoying, provided an
opportunity to refresh the Luddites200 website
(www.luddites200.org.uk), which has now been
almost completed, and has an expanded list of
links and Luddite cultural resources, plus
details of how to buy the new merchandise and
publications that we have added over the past few
months, as well as an archive of these updates.
Forthcoming Technology politics events
Tuesday 25th Sept 2012 benefit gig for Kick Nuclear
DAVID ROVICS Sonngs of Social Significance
with support from The Noo & Mr Creedy
Tuesday 25th September 2012 at:-
LARC (London Action Resource Centre)
www.londonarc.org, 62 Fieldgate Street, (corner
of Parfett Street),Whitechapel, London, E1 1ES,
Nearest Stations:- Whitechapel, Aldgate East, Aldgate & Shadwell
Doors open 7pm, Â£5 on the door.
presented by Kick Nuclear, campaigning against the UKâs addiction to
There will be a bar, any profits will go to Kick Nuclear and LARC
Weekend of Mass Action at Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station 5-8th October
The Stop New Nuclear Alliance is organising a
weekend protest camp and mass action from October
5th to 8th. The Alliance says the government is
about to commit the UK to a new generation of
nuclear power stations while at the same time
killing off investment in renewable energy.
Spokesperson Nancy Birch says: âWe are calling
for International solidarity to stop the UK being
used as a shop window for companies like EDF Energy to promote
nuclear power as a solution to climate change
while support for the renewables sector dwindles.
The forthcomingg Energy Bill is set to give the
green light to massive backdoor subsidies to nuclear so the public will
end up paying for it twice through taxes and
higher energy bills. We waant a future not a
disaster. Please join our protest camp and Mass
Actions to say NO to nuclear power before itâs
too late.â. More information can be found at: http://stopnewnuclear.org.uk
STOP PRESS:- For further information on coach travel from London: contact
David on 020-7607 2302; david.lrcnd at cnduk.org
GROUND THE DRONES WEEK OF ACTION
6 13 October 2012, around the UK
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