Planning and building for a Land Justice Gathering in Bristol in autumn/winter 2019/2020.
Unequal distribution of land in England is an underlying factor which connects many social justice struggles – for housing, food growing, creation of solidarity economies, renewable energy generation, sustainable building materials, nature and biodiversity, and ongoing domination-based international policy (i.e. neocolonialism).
In 2016 a group of housing, growing and energy activists organised the Land for What? event in London, a 2-day series of talks and workshops exploring what land should really be used for, from very high-level policy discussion to very practical direct action. It was exciting to see such a diverse set of activists and campaigners, who wouldn’t normally be in a room together, making a common analysis. There were also talks about recent land reform campaigns in Scotland which showed that it is possible to win so much more than we can imagine based on current politics. Now, 3 years later, the Land Justice Network has a well-developed shared analysis of land as a social justice issue, has run ‘land for what’ events all around the country, and is building a movement for land justice.
This is an exciting moment, and we want to build a broad-based coalition in Bristol to host the next big event this coming winter, which will:
- be inspiring, fun and creative
- share experiences from Bristol, the South West and South Wales,
- develop action plans based on a good understanding of how the land system affects different issues we are working on,
- and strategyse together to build a powerful movement for land justice in the UK.
Join us in the first steps of event planning, and bring your ideas and your questions. Hydra Books, 10am-12pm, Saturday 6th of April. Please share this invitation with anyone you think might like to be involved.
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/397551094372299/