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Nottingham Refugee Week 2016

Next month, Nottingham Beyond Borders and a host of collaborating groups will stage this lively programme of events for Nottingham Refugee Week

From 17-27th June there will be talks, film screenings, music and theatre performances, food tasting evenings and many other activities held in venues all over Nottingham, in the spirit of celebrating 'the contributions made by refugees and asylum seekers to the economic, cultural and social life of the city', and also to raise awareness of the challenges faced by refugees, and the reasons which compel them to flee and/or seek asylum.

We attach images of the programme below (click to enlarge).










Statewatch 25th Anniversary Conference

European conference marking Statewatch's 25th anniversary
STATEWATCHING EUROPE Civil liberties, the state and the European Union
10:00 - 17:00, Saturday 25 June 2016 Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 (map)

For 25 years Statewatch has been working to publish and promote investigative journalism and critical research in Europe in the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness. We invite you to join us in London on 25 June 2016 at our Conference where there will be:

Workshops and discussions on the refugee crisis in the Med and in the EU; mass surveillance; the EU's crisis of legitimacy and accountability; the policing of protest and criminalisation of communities; racism, xenophobia and the far right; strategies of resistance and the defence of civil liberties.

PROGRAMME: HTML | PDF
Click to Book now: http://statewatch.org/conference/
Tickets provide entry to the conference, lunch and free tea/coffee/water all day. You can …

Richmond Castle's Conscientious Objection 'graffiti'

Last week we spotted a BBC News feature on the conscientous objectors held at Richmond Castle during the First World War, and one of the unique ways in which they left their mark on the place: pictures and messages drawn on the walls of their cells. The article elaborates:

The graffiti features pencil drawings and inscriptions, including slogans, poetry, and portraits of loved ones.

A grant of £365,400 from the Heritage Lottery will be used to protect the work and allow public access.

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Kate Mavor, English Heritage's chief executive, said the graffiti was an "important record of the voices of dissent" during the war.

She said it was vital to preserve "these delicate drawings" to ensure the stories were not lost.

High levels of moisture and damp meant the layers of lime wash and plaster on the walls were crumbling and flaking off, she added.

The full story, including excellent images of some of the graffiti, is accessible at BBC News here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/new…

Spokesman issue 130 gets the LeftLion treatment

James Walker reviews One Belt, One Road in this month's issue of LeftLion. For those who haven't yet found themselves a (free) copy, or for readers outside of Nottingham, his summary has been put online here:
http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/book-reviews--may-2016/id/8227

One Belt, One Road (The Spokesman, issue 130)
Edited by Tony Simpson; published by Spokesman Books
ISBN: 978 0 85124 8509
Price: £6 

Available on our website at 
http://www.spokesmanbooks.com/acatalog/Spokesman_Journal.html