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What Was Us, What Is Us: Hungry for Change

EXPLORE: Food justice, queer and trans liberation, housing justice, antiracism, climate justice and migrants rights

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What Was Us, What Is Us: Hungry for Change
What Was Us, What Is Us: Hungry for Change

Time & Location

23 Apr 2024, 18:30 – 20:00

London, Calthorpe Community Garden, 258-274 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8LH, UK

About the Event

What Was Us, What Is Us is a new project by POMOC developed in collaboration with artists and campaigners who drive social and political change in the UK. As US activist Toni Cade Bambara said in an interview, “the role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible”.

At Calthorpe Community Garden in London, leading artists will join local and national campaigners to explore how structural and systemic oppression can be challenged. Throughout a 12-month process, we will explore topics ranging from food justice, queer and trans liberation, housing justice, antiracism, climate justice and migrants rights, while simultaneously crafting the world of solidarity.

How it works

During the first part of the project, you will have the opportunity to connect with existing campaigns, celebrate their wins, practise political community art, explore the legacies and strategies of past social movements, and make new friends and comrades.

Half way through the project, our activation day will bring together local activists and community leaders from across London to exchange learnings and tactics, and celebrate our people power with food, music and care. You will also have a chance to share your campaign or community practice with others.

The final six months will be dedicated to identifying common struggles that we want to organise ourselves to change. This part of the project will be group-led, and focused on strategy and action. Expect a welcoming and playful atmosphere that will spark new ideas!

What Was Us, What Is Us: Hungry for Change

Building on the Food Resilience workshops, held in late 2022 at Calthorpe Community Garden, socially engaged artist Dana Olărescu is dedicating the first session to food justice.

Dana will be in conversation with The Blueprint Architect group.

Dana will be sharing insights from her Abundant Futures project, a multi-year collaboration with ArtHouse Jersey, which explores the resources, capabilities, and agency within Jersey's migrant communities through the lens of food justice, highlighting and honouring the diverse  knowledge they bring from their homelands. 

The Blueprint Architect group is composed of an evolving 20-30 people representing community leaders, organisations, activists and residents who are engaged in Tower Hamlets’ food system. This is part of Just FACT (for a Just Food And Climate Transition), a programme which stems from partnerships between lead organisations WEN (Women’s Environmental Network) and Platform along with a range of local community partners to build a blueprint for a community-led food system that is both environmentally sustainable and socially just.

Experience two hours of lively discussion, practical insights, and a hands-on creative activity into building better food systems, driven by community engagement and cultural exchange. Discover:

🌱 Practical examples of setting up impactful initiatives

🌱 The transformative power of collective action

🌱 The challenges and rewards encountered along the way

Expect an intimate atmosphere fostering conversations between our speakers and the audience throughout. Come join us for an evening of inspiration and connection as we delve into the intersection of art, activism, and food justice.

When and where

23 April / 21 May / 25 June / further dates TBC

6.30pm at Calthorpe Community Garden, Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8LH

If you have any questions email us at info@pomoc.org.uk

Who is this space for

All are welcome. But we highly encourage Eastern Europeans, migrants and refugees, queer and trans people, and anyone passionate about social change to join us.

POMOC is a grassroots political home for Eastern European migrants living in the UK to organise together towards dignity, power and justice.

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