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Still Learning...

The School of Activism is nearing a close, with only five more days to go - but oh, what days they are!

Tonight and tomorrow the line-up includes some of our favourite Bristol poets and activists with sessions on changing the drug law, persuasive writing and reclaiming our history.

Then it’s the weekend! With Friday morning offering one last Philosophy for Children session before we start getting into some tech discussions. Want to make a movie? Start a data union? How about writing a tech manifesto, or building a mini projector? Whatever technology interests you, we’ll be covering it this weekend.

Finally, on Sunday we round off the programme with PRSC vs The Future, a session introducing you to the various aspects of the PRSC, our ambitions and plans and how you can get involved.

Looking into the future, a few of our SoA sessions had to be postponed over the last two weeks so look out for new dates being released for The Strategy & Tactics of a Direct Action with Acorn, Introduction to Bristol Antifa, Self Defence with PunchUp (this will now be able to run in the park instead of online), and the What can we do to end male violence? workshop.

Becoming an Activist for Drug Policy Change

Wed 14th Apr // 5:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
Training session on becoming an active campaigner for safer drug laws. Read more »

Technologies of Re-Enchantment

Wed 14th Apr // 7:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
A workshop on writing funny, sarcastic and persuasive material, to help communicate heavy issues in a way that brings people in. The incredible Pete the Temp leads this workshop for writers of all abilities and genres who want to develop ninja skills to enchant, provoke and persuade. Read more »

Rebel History: The Struggle to Reclaim Our Past

Thu 15th Apr // 7:00pm // Pay-what-you-can
Join poet Lawrence Hoo, mentorist Michael Barnes-Wynters, author Mike Manson and publisher Richard Jones in a discussion of the history we choose to tell, and who gets to tell it. Read more »

Philosophy For Children

Fri 16th Apr // 10:00am // Pay-what-you-can
Workshops to provide young children the opportunity to engage in philosophical discussion, develop their ability to think and reason with others, foster independent learning. Read more »

Digital Witness: An introduction to Storytelling and Advocacy

Fri 16th Apr // 12:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
Stories can connect people to others who share their experiences and generate the ability of individuals and organisations to act. This session will introduce and demonstrate the Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling. Read more »

Is it Time for a Data Union?

Fri 16th Apr // 3:00pm // Pay-what-you-can
A thoughtful, interactive discussion about what internet rights, digital direct action and data unions might look like. Read more »

School of Chativism - Review Session

Fri 16th Apr // 4:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
An opportunity to look back on the lessons learned and the questions raised through the School of Chativism experiment - an alternative social media created for the School of Activism. Read more »

Tech Manifesto Writing Workshop for Young People

Sat 17th Apr // 10:30am // Pay-what-you-can
A creative workshop for young people that explores the use of manifestos, experimental writing and political action to transform society's relationship with technology. Read more »

Digital Health: Are Doctors Ready for the Digital Patient?

Sat 17th Apr // 12:00pm // Pay-what-you-can
A talk exploring the implications of technological developments on the doctor patient relationship. Read more »

Invented Futures: Speculation, Visionaries and Modern Mythologies

Sat 17th Apr // 1:15pm // Pay-what-you-can
Invented Futures is a collective that tears apart the narratives that fuel the development of new technology. We take a look at how tech innovation has got to where it is by examining how the role of speculative thinking can show us how there are alternatives to given tech cultures. Read more »

Digital Mini Projector Workshop

Sat 17th Apr // 3:00pm // £12
In this workshop we will build and program an experimental digital mini projector. The projector is based on a very low res, Nokia mobile screen and can project text and simple images. Read more »

PRSC vs The Future

Sun 18th Apr // 12:00pm // Free
Want to know what goes on behind the scenes at the People's Republic of Stokes Croft? Keen to understand why we do what we do and how you can get involved? Join the PRSC as we look forward, and explore how we try to shape our future. Read more »

School of Chativism

"The School of Chativism is an experimental social media space that will run for the duration of the School of Activism 2.0. This is the place to discuss and share events at SOA2. But it's also a space for questioning what social media currently is, and what it could be, for activists and activism. We can remake it as we go, transform it throughout SOA2.“

...join the conversation!

We're open!

So glad to finally be welcoming you all back into the Stokes Croft China shop, it's looking lush in there, even if we do say so ourselves. Pop by for a visit, we're open Monday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm.

National Tea Day is almost here!

Unsurprisingly we're big fans of tea round here, so we were pleased to discover there's an entire day dedicated to it! Next Wednesday 21 April is the day to celebrate, perhaps with a totally unique teapot, or a special cup & saucer set?

Still Life Teapot
Still Life Teapot
Street Trouble Teapot
Street Trouble Teapot
Surreal Landscape
Surreal Landscape
Unique Vintage Teapot
Unique Vintage Teapot
Storm in a Teacup
Storm in a Teacup
C S Lewis Teapot
C S Lewis Teapot
All Proper Tea is Theft Teapot
All Proper Tea is Theft Teapot
Ephemeroptera Set
Ephemeroptera Set

Local Elections - May 6

Get Registered or Go Postal

We've got local elections coming up in Bristol, originally scheduled for last year, but now happening on May 6. The deadline for registering to vote is April 19, so make sure you're ready to exercise your democratic rights! If you're anxious about hitting the polling booths in person you can apply to vote by post by April 20. And here's how to register if you have no fixed address - you're still eligible to vote!

Elective Reading

Bristol is now the UK’s leader in ‘authoritarian democracy’ - an opinion piece diving deep into the current state of our city's politics
The Bristol Cable's 2021 Election coverage includes articles, interviews with candidates, and a Citizens' Agenda

Join the Bristol Mayoral Election Youth Hustings

Are you under 25 and want to hear from candidates running to be Bristol’s next mayor? Come along to YOUR hustings! On Monday 26 April, 5.30pm, you can chat to the candidates on Zoom, ask questions and get your voice heard. Sign up now »

Active Travel Mayoral Hustings & Cycling Manifesto

Bristol Cycling is keeping active travel on the agenda, with an Active Travel Mayoral Hustings on 21st April, and a manifesto of five key policies including creating at least six liveable neighbourhoods, extending the School Streets programme, and installing 1,000 bike hangars across Bristol.

Community News

Bristol Fair Renting Campaign & Manifesto

The renting system in Bristol is unfair. Renters from across Bristol have come together to create the Bristol Fair Renting Campaign, and have launched a manifesto to expose the realities of renting and call for urgent change. You can pick up a physical copy of the Bristol Fair Renting Manifesto in our Stokes Croft China shop, or sign it here »

Rapid Covid testing extended in Bristol

Lateral flow (rapid) testing is now available to anyone in Bristol. People can access a test at a local testing site, collect self-test kits to take home or order a test kit direct to their home. You don’t need to book an appointment - you can just turn up at one of our local testing sites or collection points.

Supervised testing (and collection) is available from the Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, BS2 9DA. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm and Sat and Sun 9am-5pm.

Three local sites for collection of tests only (to take at home) in Bristol are available daily between 2:30pm & 8pm
- Victoria Rooms Car Park, BS8 1EG
- Netham Park, BS5 9RU
- Hengrove Leisure Park, BS14 0HR
Portway Park and Ride, BS11 9QE, is also open every day 9am to 3pm, as a collection point for tests to take at home.

You can also have testing kits delivered to your home - order online or telephone 119.

Visit the Bristol City Council website for further support and guidance on rapid testing.

Things To Do

Protest against the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

Upcoming National Days of Action to #KillTheBill are Saturday 17th April and Saturday 1st May. Keep an eye on social media for more details.

Watch Cops

Bristol Copwatch is an independent, Bristol-based police monitoring organisation working towards community safety and police accountability. They’re always on the lookout for volunteer Cop Watchers, so get in touch if you can help with cop watching on the street & monitoring the police across the UK, casework, workshops, event organising, community outreach or just have some great ideas for a bust card or know your rights fliers.

Legal Observer Training

Want to do your bit to #KillTheBill & help keep protesters safe on Bristol protests whilst monitoring the police? Register here to train up as a Legal Observer!

City of Threads Podcast Launch

City of Threads is a new 12-part immersive podcast series created by a team of visually impaired and sighted artists, collaborators and participants. Inviting you on a journey into the city as experienced through the perspectives of its visually impaired citizens, a place of sensory delights and navigational challenges, dangers and shared discoveries, City of Threads allows you to discover the city of Bristol in a whole new light, and explore the city from the comfort of your own home. Listen to Episode One »

Have Your Say

THREE DAYS LEFT to tell MPs about your views on the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

MPs on the House of Commons Petitions Committee have scheduled a debate on a recent petition calling on the Government not to restrict rights to peaceful protest, and raising concerns about provisions in the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that would grant police additional powers in relation to protests. The debate is scheduled for April 26, so the committee want to hear your views by Friday 16 April.

Resisting Anti-Trespass

On the 19th April MPs will debate the petition 'Don't criminalise trespass' which reached over 134,000 signatures. Encourage your MP to attend the debate, and let them know that you oppose this attack on GRT communities. Read more »

Bristol $ex Workers Collective

MPs from the Labour Party are pushing to create a Nordic Model policy TODAY, so Bristol $ex Workers Collective need you to take urgent action to oppose this, by writing to your MP. Read more »

Petition to fund domestic abuse services

Following on from our recent blog about ending violence against women, here is a petition from Women's Aid, calling for local authorities to fund specific domestic abuse services for women.

The government should recognise that domestic abuse is a gendered crime and women are the majority of victims and the vast majority of severe injury and domestic homicide victims. It is VITAL that local authorities fund specific domestic abuse services for women. At 10,000 signatures, the government will respond to this vital petition, and at 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Let's do everything we can to help women experiencing abuse to find a place of safety when they need it most. We NEED to protect women’s lifesaving refuges and domestic abuse services urgently. Please sign and share our campaign »

Jobs & Opportunities

Opportunities for young people at St Werburghs City Farm

SHORT DEADLINE! Would you like to learn about working in a Community Business? Do you enjoy working with a team of dedicated people looking to improve the local community? Do you like being outside and working with plants? Are you aged 16 - 24, and currently on Universal Credit? St Werburghs City Farm have two fantastic opportunities for young people aged 16 -24 to join their Propagation Place team, as part of the Kickstart Scheme! Deadline: April 15. Find out more & apply »

Digital Marketing Manager at Send a Cow

SHORT DEADLINE! International development organisation Send a Cow are looking for a full time Digital Marketing Manager to implement, monitor and develop their digital marketing strategy, leading on organisational digital marketing for growth across all UK teams. Applications close at 12pm on Friday 16th April. Find out more & apply »

St Pauls Carnival CIC: Community Engagement Officer

SHORT DEADLINE! Part-time position focused on the community to work remotely with a day in the Bristol office. 30 hours a month with flexibility to work extra hours if needed. Deadline: 5pm, 16 April 2021. Find out more & apply »

Part-time Arts Producer at Knowle West Media Centre

SHORT DEADLINE! KWMC is advertising this role at 30 hours a week role starting in May, to help grow and deliver a new social arts programme, 'Come Together' which aims to connect communities and artists. Deadline: 19 April 2021. Find out more & apply »

Mylk maker / Tiger and Float partner

Bristol-based plant milk producers Tiger and Float are looking to hire either a Mylk Maker to assist with production, or a partner to help take the business forward (as well as making mylk!). Deadline: April 25. Find out more & apply »

Activities Coordinator at Trinity Centre

Trinity are seeking an Activities Coordinator to lead in their asset-based community development approach to rebuilding their community activities programme at the Centre, post-lockdown. Deadline: 9am, Monday 26 April. Find out more & apply »

Campaigns Communications Coordinator for LWA

For this exciting and engaging role, The Landworkers’ Alliance are seeking a confident and skilled communicator who understands the complex issues and dynamics surrounding food, farming and land-use in the UK and internationally in order to research, write, develop and deliver communications that highlight and promote the campaigns work the LWA are undertaking. Deadline: 11.59pm, 2nd May. Find out more & apply »

Administrator for MAYK

MAYK are looking for an experienced Administrator to join the their team part-time, ensuring that MAYK has the administrative support needed to achieve their mission. This is a role for someone who gets a kick out of setting up and running the administrative systems that help arts organisations function. You’ll be well organised, have a hawk-eye for detail, be imaginative and resourceful, and be a strong lateral thinker. Deadline: Friday 7 May, 5pm. Find out more & apply »

Voluntary Arts: #CreativeChampions Call Out

As the pandemic lockdown begins to ease, Voluntary Arts are offering to provide support to '#CreativeChampions' across England as they begin to think about running their activities in person once again. If you lead, organise or provide a venue for creative cultural activities that take place regularly in social groups in England then get in touch and help them identify the skills and resources needed to support your groups creative activity in 2021 and beyond. Find out more »

North & East Bristol Business Support

This programme, available until March 2023, offers a range of events, webinars and engagement opportunities designed to support pre-starts, new and existing private businesses and social enterprises in all sectors. Despite the name, they are available across all areas of Bristol that aren't covered by the South Bristol Enterprise Support programme. Find out more »

Through the Lens

#KillTheBill poster by David Tovey, available as a free download along with several other posters & flyers
HSBC #Fossilbanks piece by Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives, installed by Brandalism
Sunny sunshine (with faces) in Montpelier, by Mike22inks.
More faces! St Pauls...
... and Riverside Park
Paste-ups across the road from PRSC HQ.
Easton observations.
St Werburghs always has plenty to say...
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