CND Open Conference - New political times, new campaigning methods?
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CND Open Conference - New political times, new campaigning methods?

CND Open Conference - New political times, new campaigning methods?

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The Mechanics Centre

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CND Open Conference - New political times, new campaigning methods? - Sunday 23rd October 2016

A day of discussions, meetings and workshops about tactics and techniques for peace, anti-nuclear and social justice campaigners.

This event will be open to the public and be an opportunity to share ideas, learn about other campaigns and plan for the year ahead. 

The agenda is below. 

NB. This event follows on from CND's formal AGM on Saturday 22nd October. If you are attending that event, register for the whole weekend via CND's website here. If you only plan to attend the Open Conference, please register through this Eventbrite page. 

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9.00 – 10.00:  Registration

10.00 – 10.15: Opening address: Dave Webb, Chair of CND - ‘What’s going on in politics and how does it affect our campaigning?’

10.15 – 11.30: Panel discussion: Campaigning techniques – What works? 

  • Ben Sellers, who ran the Jeremy for Leader social media campaign: digital organising
  • Kat Hobbs, from Campaign Against the Arms Trade: using direct action 
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles: working with Parliamentarians and political parties
  • Aaron Bastani, founder of Novara Media: 21st century media landscape
  • Sean Morris, from Nuclear Free Local Authorities: working with local councils and Mayors for Peace

11.30 – 11.45:  Refreshments

11.45 – 12.45:  Workshops

  • Promoting an ethical foreign policy in Labour (with Labour CND)
  • Anti-Trident campaigning – the Scottish perspective (with Scottish CND)
  • Peace campaigning in the Church (with Christian CND) 

12.45 – 13.45:  Lunch

Lunch will not be provided but there are many shops and cafes nearby.

(At 13.25, during the lunch break, Matt Hawkins from ICAN UK will give a briefing about their project on nuclear weapons convoys - Nukes of Hazard!)

13.45 – 14.45:  Workshops

  • For a nuclear-free future: campaigning at universities and colleges (with Youth & Student CND)
  • A new global treaty banning nuclear weapons - how? why? what? when? (with International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)
  • Beyond Nuclear? - towards a safe, secure and renewable energy future (with Greater Manchester & District CND, focusing on nuclear power issues)

14.45 – 15.00: Closing remarks

At 3pm there will be a historical/political tour of Manchester, led by local CND man Steve Roman. A great chance to see the sights and learn about Manchester’s history of radical politics.


NB. All details are provisional and subject to change

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