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9.15am  |  Saturday 11th May |  Tony Benn House, Bristol  |  #classbootcamp
CLASS Boot Camp - Bristol
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About the Boot Camp

Given the success of CLASS’s first ever Bootcamp in 2018, we are now going on a roadshow – our first stop is Bristol hosted by Unite the Union. This is a chance for you to explore how we communicate transformational ideas, giving you the tools to win arguments on topics from public investment to welfare. Every workshop will involve someone that can talk about the impact of current policy, a leading academic and a communications expert to provide you with new and easily communicated arguments for change. This interactive day will be led by world-leading academics, activists and Shadow front bench figures. Join us!

 
 
Programme

Registration 9.30am-10am / Conference 10am - 4pm

Welcome & Introduction 

Dr Faiza Shaheen, director of CLASS (Centre for Labour & Social Studies), welcomes attendees and speaks about the importance of this event.

Setting Out Our Vision:  10.30am - 11.15am

Between 10 years of austerity, the declaration of a climate emergency, the recent local elections and the imminent European elections, it is time to take stock and assess where we are at, where we want to get to and how to achieve it.  All successful political movements have a clear and simple story of the change they want to see so we ask each of our speakers to present theirs with specific objectives we should be aiming for and why.

Guest speakers:
•    Molly Scott Cato MEP – Green Party MEP, South West England
•    Owen Jones – Author and Guardian Journalist
•    Diana Holland OBE – Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union
•    Prof Colin Davis – Climate Activist, Extinction Rebellion
•    CHAIR: Dr Faiza Shaheen – Director, CLASS

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Framing Presentation:  11.10am - 11.20am

Dr Faiza Shaheen gives a short presentation on why framing debates matter in order to win hearts and minds of family, friends and the public who have been exposed to a lifetime of myths from the Right about Britain not being able to afford to care for people or give them rights. She will talk about good examples of framing from the Left, and why the workshops are so important.

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Morning Workshops 11.25am - 12.35pm
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The economy: From Austerity to Investment

Austerity has been one of the biggest lies sold to the British public in modern times. Simple and misleading ideas - e.g. economy is like a household budget - have been used to justify public spending cuts. In this session we will be discussing how we can tell our story of the economy and public investment in a clear and compelling way. 

Speakers: Dr Faiza Shaheen

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Benefits: Dignity in Our Welfare State

Before welfare was starvation and slums, but as welfare has been stigmatised and benefits slashed we are seeing a return of Victorian Britain with foodbanks and poor housing conditions. How did a universal safety net that the country was proud of become linked to ‘scroungers’? And how do we flip the narrative back? This session will present the moral argument for the welfare state, and the failures of the current system e.g. the Bedroom Tax and Universal Credit. It will also plan how we can reinstate values of dignity and solidarity within our welfare system.

Speakers: 
•    Impact speaker: Andy Green - DPAC
•    Presentation: Laurie Mompelat – Runnymede Trust & CLASS
•    Facilitator/Comms: Lester Holloway – CLASS

Lunch 12.35pm - 1.15pm
Brexit Update 1.15pm - 2pm

Brexit has been an absolute shambles, especially in the last 6 months, the deadline has been and gone and now we are facing European elections at the end of May; this session will be to inform and explain where we are at and give the delegates some clarity on the situation and advise on going forward with the elections.

Speakers: 
•    Keir Starmer MP 
•    CHAIR: Faiza Shaheen 

Coffee Break 2pm - 2.20pm
Afternoon Workshops 2.20pm - 3.35pm
1

Immigration: A New Story

The scapegoating of immigrants has been central to the Right’s narrative.  On the Left we have often failed to confront the myths or focused on hard statistics that have failed to win hearts and minds. How do we unite to bring about change for all? What are the arguments that work? What’s our positive story about multicultural Britain?

Speakers:
•    Facilitator: Satbir Singh – JCWI
•    Comms: Rima Amin – Change.org

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The economy: From Austerity to Investment

Austerity has been one of the biggest lies sold to the British public in modern times. Simple and misleading ideas - e.g. economy is like a household budget - have been used to justify public spending cuts. In this session we will be discussing how we can tell our story of the economy and public investment in a clear and compelling way. 

Speakers: Dr Faiza Shaheen

Feedback and Closing Remarks 3.40pm - 4pm

Given the last 3 years of Brexit turmoil, the on-going Tory in-fighting and a strong possibility of Theresa May being replaced means that anything is possible including a General Election. In this final session we will be examining the risks and opportunities that lie ahead, and how we can get our messages and policy through to people despite a largely hostile media.

Close 4pm
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SPEAKERS INCLUDE

Dr Faiza Shaheen
Director of CLASS
Andy Greene
Disabled People Against Cuts
Satbir Singh
JCWI
Diana Holland
Assistant Gen Sec - Unite the Union
Rima Amin
Change.org
Owen Jones
Journalist & Author
Molly Scott Cato
MEP
Minnie Rahman
JCWI
Laurie Mompelat 
CLASS
Level Up
Carys Afoko
Prof Colin Davis
Extinction Rebellion Bristol
Lester Holloway
CLASS
Kier Starmer
Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit
Tickets

Early-bird tickets are now available. #classbootcamp

All ticket fees go towards venue & organising costs.

 
 
 
 

CLASS: Centre for Labour and Social Studies

128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN

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Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding the CLASS Boot Camp or would like any further information email: raquel.jesse@classonline.org.uk , 020 7611 2572

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We’ll see you 11th May!

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