Take Back Control - Youth Event will take place on the 22nd of April at the Rich Mix,
35-47 Bethnal Green Road,
London E1 6LA
From The World Transformed and Demand the Impossible comes Take Back Control - Youth Event: a festival of ideas and action for young people after the referendum.
Voted leave? Remain? Didn’t vote? We don’t care - this event is for you. Through a day of discussions, workshops and performances we’ll be making sense of Brexit. We'll look at the ways in which young people bear the brunt of a changing political and economic landscape, whether it be rip-off rents, bullshit jobs or a crisis in mental health.
Organised by young people for young people, expect to roll up your sleeves and get involved with some of the UK’s most exciting voices and grassroots groups and debate the issues that really matter.
Take Back Control | 22nd April | 10:30 am | Rich Mix
What does Brexit mean for young people? 11.00-12.00 - Room 1
75% of voters aged 24 and under voted against Brexit and the referendum result revealed a generational divide that is also present across issues of employment, housing and welfare. What does it mean to be young in the UK today? And how might young people assert themselves politically in a post-Brexit world? We want to start the day by sharing our experiences of the referendum and discussing Brexit through a generational perspective.
Faking it: media in an age of misinformation 12.00-13.30 - Room 1
Primitive tactics that distort the truth are still proving successful, despite social media and the growth of alternative sources. There are of course differences in coverage - the world is diverse and there are many political positions - but certain voices still dominate over others, often at considerable cost. As the referendum highlighted, our ability to make informed decisions is critically undermined when we are so often misinformed, as the reality we are presented with is dictated by the interests of a narrow clique of corporate owners. In this session we’ll be discussing the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ and what can be done in this digital age to build a media system that is representative and operates in the interests of citizens.
Ash Sarkar (Novara Media),
Abi Wilkinson (Guardian) + more
Spaced out: Reclaiming the city 12.00 - 13.30 - Room 2
Whether through gentrification, the privatisation of public spaces, or the unwanted adverts that s(h)it in our head, our space is being stolen and sold to the highest bidder. Many of us lack spaces in which to live, to socialise, to work. In this session, we want to hear how your space has been taken up, and how you would change this. Leading this discussion will be those on the front line in the fight for affordable housing and those who have resuscitated spaces of culture and resistance across the capital. There will also be a workshop with the ‘Special Patrol Group’ on how you can begin reclaiming visual space by swapping adverts with your artwork.
Owen Hatherley (author & journalist),
Nlilufer Erdem (Unite Hotel Workers branch)
Dog Section Press
Rohan Ayinde (Take Back the City)
Feminism: still trending? 14.00 - 15.30 - Room 1
What has feminism come to mean for millennials? Does the idea that it’s “in fashion” help or hinder it? Why does it invoke such strong reactions from young people on both sides, inspiring empowerment and cynicism alike? And why do women of colour feel alienated by so many current feminist movements - perpetuating tensions between white feminists and black feminists. We’ll be exploring these contrasting feelings towards contemporary feminism and asking each other what type of feminism we need at this critical moment. Our panel of speakers will also look at representations of feminism in art, and explore the question of whether they feel a responsibility - as artists in an age of political uncertainty - to use their art as a form of political protest.
Reni Eddo-Lodge (Author & journalist),
Liv Wynter (spoken word poet),
Sharlayne Flanders (founder, Project Noir),
Dawn Foster (Journalist & author of Lean Out).
Young, anxious & ignored 14.00 - 15.30 - Room 2
There’s a 30% chance that you or someone you know will suffer with their mental health. We are in the midst of a crisis of mental health, exacerbated by cuts to health and social services, and young people are at its centre. The cause of poor mental health are varied: poverty, work, relationships, physical injury, trauma, to name but a few. Yet how often do we talk about the the impact of the very system we live in: capitalism. And is it useful to think of mental health as intimately linked to the political and economic conditions that shape our lives?
Shon Faye (Novara Media),
Emily Mcdonagh (Assistant Psychologist & campaigner w/ Mental Health Under Capitalism)
Amit Singh (Consented magazine)
Mike Pope (Consented magazine)
Why are we still talking about race? 15.30 - 17.00 - Room 1
Years of austerity has seen the poor get poorer, the rich get richer and hatred run deeper. The blame for government cuts and inequality has been placed on migrants and refugees, while people of colour continue to feel the brunt of excessive policing. In this session we’ll be asking the difficult questions that all-too-often get sidestepped: what role does unconscious bias play in our society? And how does this feed into the rise of racial profiling, prejudice and racial attacks? We will also explore the rise in xenophobic rhetoric and the dangers of passivity in this context. We will work out how to challenge privilege, bias or racial inequality and together find effective ways to become truly active allies.
Maya Goodfellow (journalist at Media Diversified)
Samir Dathi (Campaigner, Stop Trump)
Wail Qasim (Black Lives Matter UK)
Malia Bouattia (NUS President)
Bullshit jobs and the future of work 15.30 - 17.00 - Room 2
More and more young people are finding themselves stuck in a minimum wage job on a zero-hours contract, or in an unpaid internship while struggling to pay rip off rents, travel and other living costs. Despite this, we’re constantly told that we’ve never had it so good, and that the only obstacle to success is our own lack of desire. But it’s clear that for the majority of young people work simply isn’t working. In this session, we’ll be discussing the state of work today, strategies for challenging a broken system, as well as what the future of work might look like as technology transforms the world around us.
Kelly Rogers (Ritzy Strike)
Helen Hester (Academic and author)
How do we take back control? 17.00 - 18.00 - Room 1
Taking back control of education 17.00 - 18.00 - Room 2
Education is power. For too long, students have been forced through the factory of education, sitting in stagnant classroom, memorising useless information, with an out-dated voice droning on at them. The education factory is broken; a cushy job and breezy salary no longer waits for you at the end of this mundane production line. And despite this, they’re charging us more and more for the experience. But education is also where we’ve been seeing exciting, radical developments. From the resistance of the student movement in 2010-11 to the struggle against Prevent, the rise of the ‘decolonising our minds’ movement and new experiments in radical political education, new ways of taking back control of education are emerging. We’ll be discussing all of this and hearing your ideas for changing the way we learn and the institutions which we participate in.
Malia Bouattia (NUS president)
Ed Lewis and Jacob Mukherjee (Demand the Impossible)
Decolonising Our Minds