Pre-election CCT special at the Railway 3rd May (Bank Holiday Weekend)

We have now confirmed the date of our next CCT event – a pre-election special on Sunday 3rd May at 8pm – the Bank Holiday weekend before the election. We will be upstairs at the Railway, probably back in our usual room. More details will follow, but we are focusing on the role critical theory can play in making political activism work in Southend.

In times of relentless austerity drives that affect the poor more than anyone, and the scapegoating of immigrants and people on benefits, while the rich evade their taxes and hide away in gated palaces in London and offshore utopias, surely this isn’t the time to turn to the right; to UKIP! So why are so many people in this area doing so? Why do the working class people of Essex seek their own repression?

Our guest speaker, Prof. Jeremy Gilbert, has recently published this excellent book

Plans for next CCT event on organising local activism

Hi all,

We will be meeting in the next few weeks to discuss the next CCT event, which is likely to be in early April and about organising local activism in the Southend area. The event will be chaired by Giles.

Against the backdrop of a shift to the left in Greece and Spain and the spread of right wing populism in the UK and Germany, as well as the imminent General Election here in May, we need to explore what contribution critical theory can make to local politics. The question of how theory becomes practice is of course crucial at this point in time.

More details soon, but we very much welcome input from everyone on our network via our blog, facebook, twitter, email, mobile, letter, utterance, gesture, smoke signal etc.