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What Was Us, What Is Us: Power With, Not Power Over

How can we build power across different London-based Eastern European communities? With Romanian-born socially engaged artist Dana Olarescu

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What Was Us, What Is Us: Power With, Not Power Over
What Was Us, What Is Us: Power With, Not Power Over

Time & Location

21 May 2024, 18:00 – 20:00

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

About the Event

Power With, Not Power Over is a workshop that explores how can we build power across different London-based Eastern European communities. Join Romanian-born socially engaged artist Dana Olarescu and guests to creatively map out tactics.

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!

When and where

21 May / 25 June / further dates TBC

6.00pm 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.

Credit for banner illustrations: Migrants in Culture 

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