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Conference unites activists and academics

Activism protest Friday 10 July 2015

Activists from the Liverpool area and beyond joined academics at the Creative Campus for a conference discussing Effective Grass Roots Activism.

Liverpool Hope University’s Politics and International Relations team hosted the roundtable, and welcomed colleagues from Edge Hill University, University College Dublin, Royal Holloway University of London and Université Catholique de Lille.

Independent community activists and representatives from the Unite 567 Community Branch, Croxteth Communiversity, Migrant Artists Mutual Aid, TUC North West, University and College Union, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), and Action from Ireland also attended the event.

Danny Rye said: “We discussed why and how people become activists, how participation can be sustained, and how to strike the right balance between participation and effective campaigning. We also looked at how to make the best use of social media and communications technology, and what kind of strategies and action repertoires are most effective, with a particular emphasis on the role of the arts.

“Discussion was stimulating and provided an opportunity for activists to share ideas and reflect upon practice in a friendly environment. Hopefully, this will the first of many similar events.”

Contact Danny Rye for further information on this and future events.

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