From 27 Oct: Occupy London presents The New Putney Debates


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From 27 Oct: Occupy London presents The New Putney Debates

Starting next Monday 27 October, straight after the #OccupyDemocracy protest on Parliament Square, Occupy London kicks off The New Putney Debates – providing a platform to overturn discredited narratives of the political mainstream and examine democratic pathways to social, economic and ecological justice. [1]

In the spirit of debate and dialogue, Occupy London has deliberately invited speakers from differing viewpoints including Mark Goyder (City think-tank Tomorrow’s Company), Professor David Graeber (LSE, Occupy Wall Street, author of ‘5000 years of Debt’), Izabella Kaminska (Financial Times), Owen Jones (Campaigner, journalist & author of ‘The Establishment & how they get away with it’) and Dr Ann Pettifor (PRIME economics, co-leader Jubilee 2000 writing off $100B debt).

Giving voice to the many, divisive topics of our times will be discussed at the events, which run from 27 October until 16 November, and which are inspired by and celebrate the 367th year anniversary of the Putney Debates – originally held by the Levellers’ and Diggers’ from which came their demands for social justice, civil rights and equal access to the land. [2]

Entry for all events is free, with crowd funding and voluntary collections to cover costs. [3] Fully accessible, events take place around London starting in the new 1,000 seat auditorium at the Quaker headquarters on Euston Road with the final event taking place in St Mary’s Church, Putney, where the Debates started on 28 October 1647. The event benefits from wide practical support, including from Friend’s House at Euston, Trades Unions, charities and colleges.

Summary of Events:

7-9pm Monday 27 October – Inaugural event – Crash, Cuts. Crisis – Causes, Consequences, Solutions

Inaugural debate in the new 1,000 seat auditorium at the Quaker headquarters with Owen Jones (Campaigner, journalist & author of ‘The Establishment & how they get away with it’), Emeritus Professor Victoria Chick (UCL economist), Izabella Kaminska (Financial Times – Alphaville), Fred Harrison (Land activist, author, filmmaker), Carlo Nero (Activist & Filmaker, showing ‘The Killing Fields’), Peter Smith (Conservationist) plus Julie Timbrell (Occupy London) facilitating.

Venue – The Light, Friends House, 173 Euston Road NW1 2BJ.

7-9pm Tuesday 28 October – Concentrated Power and Consequences – a workshop

Interactive workshop exploring the inevitable, damaging and destructive consequences of concentrated power with Clive Menzies (Director at Fund Building Limited & Founder of ‘Critical Thinking Group’ at the Free University) and Ray Sheath (new Constitution Campaigner).

Venue – London School of Economics SU, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (floor – 2 (basement)), 1 Sheffield Street WC2A 2AP.

7pm – Thursday 30th October Basic Income; The Core Economy & Democratising Money

Focusing on the Basic Income initiative and democratising money with Barbara Jacobsen (European Citizens’ Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income), Duncan McCann (New Economics Foundation), Ben Baumberg (inequalities researcher Kent University).

Venue – Institute of education (SU) , Room S16, Level 3 of the main IOE building on Bedford Way 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.

7-9.30pm – Friday 31 October – Disabled women’s right to Occupy! – Feminism, disability & activism

Questions on feminist perspectives on issues of sexuality, disability, and social justice – disability and sexuality, queer crip politics, race, violence against women, the right for disabled women to occupy a safer space on their inter-sectional issues. With Eleanor Lisney (Sisters of Frida) & others.

Venue – Ground Floor, Friends House, 173 Euston Road NW1 2BJ.

Saturday 1 November – Tax Dodging, Corporate Capture & Regulatory Arbitrage 

Orchestrated world-wide tax avoidance, including the re-writing of laws by parties funded and captured by the super-rich is a fundamental subversion and betrayal of democracy and the ability of the state to protect the 99%, not farm them by the 0.1%.

2.30pm – John Christensen (Tax Justice Network).

4.30pm – Trade Treaties (inc TTIP & ISDS).

Venue – Bloomsbury Suite, Ground Floor, Friends House, 173 Euston Road NW1 2BJ.

2.30pm – Sunday 2 November  – Capitalism is Part of the Answer!

Debate with facilitator Amrita Bhohi (co-ordinator City Forum), proposer Mark Goyder (founder director of City think-tank Tomorrow’s Company), Dr Dave Dewhurst (Secretary Cybernetics Society + Occupy London), opposing Professor David Graeber (LSE, Occupy Wall Street, author of ‘5000 years of Debt’), Dr Ann Pettifor (PRIME economics, co-leader Jubilee 2000 writing off $100B debt)

Venue – St Ethelburga’s Reconciliation Centre (with City Forum), 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG

7pm – Tuesday 4 November – Unsettling Debt: What does debt resistance mean in the UK?

Debt Resistance UK is inviting you to an evening of discussion to hear more, share your stories on debt and explore possibilities for collective action. With  Fanny Malinen & Via Rodgers (Occupy London/Debt Resist UK), Joel Benjamin & Ranjan Kumaran (Move Your Money/Debt Resist UK), Jonathan Stevenson (Jubliee Debt Campaign) and John Hatto.

Venue – SOAS, room B102 Brunei Building, Russell Square WC1H OXG.

7pm – Thursday 6 November – Rewilding, The Charter of the Forest + The Flock Collective (dance performance)

Venue – Check website for details.

Saturday 8 November – Energy, Equity & Environment

12pm – Chris Kitchen (Corporatewatch), Tisha Brown (Frack Off)

2pm – Pete Deane (Biofuelwatch), Ruth London (Fuel Poverty Action)

4pm – Susanne Dhaliwal (London Mining Network, Philip Davidson (film – Autumn Diary)

Venue – Check website for details.

Sunday 16 November – Finale event – Constitutional Democracy

Starts from 1pm – Ultimate event bringing together the events of the New Putney Debates, with speakers and entertainment.

Venue – St Mary’s Church, High St. Putney, SW15 1SN.



[2] Historical Putney Debates –


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