Solidarity is Everything! - A lunchtime talk with Mike Jackson

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A lunchtime talk and Q&A with Mike Jackson, a founder member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

About this event

About the event

Mike Jackson was Secretary of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) in 1984/5 and when the group reformed in 2015.

The group were the focus of the BAFTA-nominated 2014 film Pride which won critical acclaim when it was released.

Born in 1954, Mike grew up in a working-class town in Lancashire where there were cotton mills, coal mines, chemical works and other heavy industries.

He moved to London to study at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1973 and came out as a gay man shortly afterwards.

He was a founder of North Staffordshire Lesbian and Gay Switchboard in 1977 and in 1983 became a volunteer on London L&G Switchboard where he became a close friend of Mark Ashton.

In this lunchtime talk, Mike will explain why solidarity today is more important than ever and give some ideas about how to achieve it.

There will be a Q&A session which will discuss key moments from LGSM's campaign which were spotlighted in the film.

Participants will benefit from having seen the film beforehand. It's currently showing on BBC iplayer here.

Who is this for?

  • Friends of the Earth local groups
  • Climate Action groups
  • Community groups campaigning for cliamte and social justice
  • Groups and Individuals with an interest in how campaigns can intersect with each other

Why attend?

  • Hear an inspirational story of how solidarity campaigning can work brilliantly
  • Learn some great insights in how to bring different struggles together

What to expect/agenda

Mike will present his thoughts and insight and then open the event to an interactive Q&A and discussion session.


During this webinar we will use Powerpoint.

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