Take Back Control Croydon will take place on the 8th of April at the TMRW Hub
It will be a day of workshops, talks, food and music which will bring together leave and remain voters, make sense of the Brexit negotiations and discuss how voters can take back control from economic elites and establishment politicians.
Alongside the talks and workshops, there will be performances, art exhibitions, music, rap, spoken word and comedy, as well as a party in the evening.
I, Daniel Blake Screening + Ken Loach Q+A | 7 April | 7pm | TMRW HUB
A screening of Ken Loach's groundbreaking new film 'I, Daniel Blake' followed by a Q&A with Ken Loach and Paula Peters, activist with Disabled People Against the Cuts.
Take Back Control | 8 April | 10 am | TMRW Hub
Alongside the sessions listed below, the TMRW cafe will be open serving food and we’ll have a social space with art exhibitions, ping pong tables, live performances and films throughout the day.
What does Brexit mean for you? - 10.30-11.30
The EU referendum meant many things to many people. Yet how we voted this one time has since been used to define our political identities entirely, often obscuring the shared concerns and hopes we all have for a better society. We want to start the day by sharing our experiences of the referendum and our hopes and fears for Brexit. But we also want to start thinking about the things that matter but all too often get left out of the political conversation, and that can’t be covered by either “In” or “Out.”
Facilitated by Ewa Jasiewicz (campaigner and journalist)
What are British values anyway? - 11.30-13.00
As soon as the referendum campaign began it seemed like everyone was debating what it means to be British and talking about ‘British values’. These discussions were often crude and laced with xenophobia. ‘Feeling’ British was often equated with being white, and neglected the diversity of our communities and the different ways we see ourselves and each other. Intimately tied to the question of identity is immigration, and the way in which our identities are often shaped by a broad mix of cultural experiences and histories. In this session we’ll be discussing these issues and, ultimately, the role identity, both local and national, can play in politics.
Soweto Kinch (Croydon-born Mercury prize-nominated Jazz musician)
Maya Goodfellow (Media Diversified and Guardian Journalist)
Jane Avis (Councillor)
The daily grind: putting the public back in public transport - 11.30-13.00
We’ve all been there: sandwiched between hundreds of commuters, counting down the seconds until your destination yet dreading every stop along the way for the rush of new passengers it brings. All of this against a backdrop of constant delays and the most expensive ticket prices in Europe. Welcome to UK public transport. The people of Croydon suffer more than most, with thousands relying on barely functioning train services to get to London for work. Something needs to change, and in this session we’re going to talk about what that change might look like, and ask the question: how do we ensure an affordable and efficient public transport system, responsive to the needs of workers and passengers alike?
Chris Clark (TSSA exec committee member, London transport)
Matt Bramall (Campaigner, We Own It)
Migrant voices from the frontline - 13.00-14.00
Migration was at the centre of the Brexit debate. Yet the voices of migrants themselves were almost always absent in these discussions, while the stereotypes pedalled by the media and government dominated. Many migrants were also denied a vote in the referendum, the result of which will have profound consequences on their work and family life. Many EU nationals now face the prospect of becoming ‘unwanted migrants,’ rather than citizens with rights. As the scapegoating of migrants and foreigners continues to grow, it’s now more than ever important to hear from migrants about their experiences of the referendum, of the vital role they play in society, and how we can support them in their organising and in their day to day lives.
Organised by One Day Without Us
Laura Stringhetti (One Day Without US)
Ake Achi (Right2WorkUk)
Dangerous deals in the dark: trade after Brexit - 13.00-14.00
After the referendum, trade is at the centre of British politics. The UK government is obsessively pursuing a ‘free trade’ agenda, supporting CETA (the EU-Canada deal), pushing for a new free trade deal with the Trump administration and creating plans for ‘empire 2.0’ in Africa. But ‘free trade’ isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. As well as threatening workers’ rights, environmental protections and food safety standards, the UK government is negotiating behind closed doors and preventing the public or parliament from any control over the process. Join a participatory discussion about corporate power, democracy, and what we can do about it.
Organised by Global Justice Now
Nick Dearden (Journalist and Director, Global Justice Now)
Home truths: housing in crisis - 14.00-15.30
Problems with housing have increased dramatically over the last decade, as rapidly rising rents have combined with a shortage in house building to create a national crisis. Croydon is no exception. In this session you’ll hear from those at the sharp end of the crisis, those writing about it, and those campaigning for affordable and sustainable housing. But we want to hear from you too. This session will also include an opportunity for attendees to talk about their housing experiences and share their ideas for creating a housing system that meets everyone's needs.
Dawn Foster (Guardian journalist and author)
Alison Butler (Croydon Council Cabinet Member for Homes, Regeneration & Planning)
The People’s Deal: what are we fighting for out of Brexit? - 14.00-15.30
Although a majority voted for Brexit, there is no mandate for what the government is now doing: a Brexit without accountability and in favour of corporate interests. Another Europe is Possible is campaigning for democracy in the process and for a ‘People’s Deal’ to preserve the progressive aspects of EU membership. But what does “progressive” mean? What do we mean when we talk about “concerns” about immigration? Is there a route back to staying in the EU, and should we even be talking about it? We have some idea what we think, but that isn’t enough – we want your input, experiences and ideas as part of our campaign for a ‘People’s Deal’. We want you to tell us: how do we take control of Brexit?
Organised By Another Europe is Possible
Making Brexit work for left behind communities - 14.00- 15.30
The UK faces serious structural problems, with rising inequality, falling wages, and chronically underfunded public services. The referendum brought these into the open, with many of our most neglected and left behind communities voting to change the status quo. However, Brexit will not be a magic wand. To really ‘take back control’ we need to look beyond the Brexit vote - despite the divisions the referendum exposed. People up and down the UK have concerns in common, and we need solutions for a more equal UK that unites Leave and Remain voters. In this session, we’ll talk about the issues behind the referendum result and how we can achieve a Brexit that works for everyday people.
Organised by CLASS think tank
Bridie O’Shea (Policy Officer, CLASS think tank)
Dan Durcan (Researcher, CLASS think tank)
£350 Million: Where’s our money? - 15.30-17.00
“£350 million extra for the NHS”—that’s what Brexit would mean, or so we we’re told. It won’t, of course, and once again the question of how we properly fund the NHS has been kicked down the road. Yet the NHS is now under pressure like never before, with poor funding and creeping privatisation causing unprecedented disruption. It’s time policy makers listened to the voices of those who know best: the 1.2 million staff that make the NHS the best healthcare service in the world, and the millions of us that each have our own reasons to be grateful for this. In this session we’ll be hearing from NHS staff and campaigners fighting to protect the NHS, and asking each other: what does the NHS mean to us and how do we protect and improve it? We’ll also be discussing the crisis in social care and looking at the challenges Croydon will face from a lack of a long-term funding strategy.
Danielle Tiplady (Founder of #BursaryOrBust)
Youssef El-Gingihy (GP, journalist and author of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps)
Tony Newman (Leader of CroydonCouncil - Cabinet Member for Budget & Strategic Policy)
Ellen Clifford (Disabled People Against Cuts)
Comment is free: audience read through of award-winning play - 15.30-17.00
'Comment is free' won best audio drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2017. It was written by James Fritz, a Croydon playwright who previously won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award 2015 for Most Promising Playwright. Originally broadcast as a Radio 4 play for a 'cast of hundreds', the Take Back Control read-through gives audience members an opportunity to become the voices of the cast. This will be an innovative examination of the disturbing nature of abuse emerging in the 'sound and fury of modern British politics'. After the reading James Fritz will join us for a discussion.
Lyrical workshop with Shay D - 15.30-1700
The rapper and poet Shay D joins us to hold a lyrical workshop exploring the ideas behind identity. Never too far away from Shay's own work, this will give you the chance to explore your thoughts on identity and the many strands of thought connected to it, through both a personal, social and national lens. All workshops are based around hip hop instrumentals and poetic influences. This rap and lyric writing session will be relaxed and fun, with the intent to build confidence and encourage positive expression through a creative outlet. Shay D is one of the UK's finest hip hop artists having recently finished touring her record "A Figure Of Speech" where the theme of identity plays a big part. She is outspoken as a woman in a very male-dominated industry, with a passionate lyrical slant towards social commentary and a hunger to confront head on the misogyny sometimes be found in music and popular culture.
"Are u a rapper or a poet
Persian or you english
Are u from iran or do u class yourself as british
If you were on trial and the lord was your witness
Would u pray to God or do u listen to a spirit
They asking all these questions trying to define you
Categories and labels organising whats inside you
To understand you better to comfort their own doubts
Grab u by your branches from the root they pull you out"
"The Who, What, Why" from the album "A Figure Of Speech" by Shay D
How do we take back control? - 17.00-18.00
How do we take back real control? After a day of discussing the things that really matter, we’ll be getting together to talk about how we take back real control, in Croydon, London and the UK.
#RUMBLEINTHECRONX After Party
Our #rumbleinthecronx after party will see a solo set from mercury nominated jazz musician Soweto Kinch, live hip hop and spoken word from Shay D and comedian Juliette Burton performing her Edinburgh Festival smash hit show "Decision Time".