National Conference

Report on the 4th Occupy UK and Ireland Conference held at Occupy Southend between April 13th and April 15th, 2012.

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The 4th UK and Ireland National Occupy Conference - held at Occupy Southend between April 13th and April 15th, 2012

The 4th Occupy UK and Ireland National Conference was held at Occupy Southend’s camp in Priory Crescent. From Friday afternoon onwards Occupy groups’ representatives arrived from all around the country. Throughout the weekend a succession of workshops, skill shares, experience recounts, and training sessions were well attended by around 50 occupiers. Many other Occupy supporters came along, purely to sample the Conference atmosphere and get a feel for Occupy at National level. A stream of newcomers were greeted, and Occupy was pleased to be able to let them know who we are and why we are here.

On Saturday night renowned musician Phil Burdett opened the evening’s entertainment, followed by a double DJ session lasting ‘til midnight.

Chris Nineham from ‘Stop the War’ gave a highly enlightening talk on Sunday afternoon regarding the probable attack on Iran, and went on to highlight upcoming actions, including the ‘No to Nato’ protest at the US Embassy on May 19. The Conference officially closed with a Tai Chi ‘chill out’ class.

The representatives created a beautiful atmosphere throughout the whole weekend, and it was great touching base with so many people from the movement in the same space. We’d like to say thank you to everyone for making the Conference such a success and Occupy Southend looks forward to the next Conference - wherever it may be - to once again meet up with such amazing people!

Agenda timetable - Revised daily

Friday 13th April

1.00pm onwards      Arrivals

7.30pm - 9.00pm     Dinner

9.00pm - 10.30pm    Assembly, review agenda, timetable, media, tech.

10.30pm onwards     Entertainment - Drum Circle             

Saturday 14th April

9.00am - 10.00am    Breakfast

10.00am - 10.45am  General Assembly

10.45am - 12.30pm  Occupation updates, status and future direction

12.30pm - 1.30pm    Corporations presentation and discussion

1.30pm - 2.30pm      Lunch

2.30pm - 4.00pm      Facilitation/process skill share

4.00pm - 5.40pm      Occupy Citizenship presentation and discussion

5.40pm - 6.00pm      Break

6.00pm - 6.45pm      International presentation and discussion

6.45pm - 7.30pm      Women’s network meeting

7.30pm - 8.30pm      Dinner

8.30pm - late            Entertainment - Guitarist Phil Burdett followed by                              two Djs

Sunday 15th April

9.00am - 10.00am    Breakfast

10.10am - 10.25am  Revise agenda and timetable

10.30am - 12.30pm  NVDA training (non violent direct action)

12.45pm - 1.30pm    Legal share

1.30pm - 2.30pm      Lunch

2.30pm - 3.00pm      Chris Nineham from Stop the War re Iran, Tamils

3.15pm - 3.45pm      Outreach presentation and discussion

4.00pm - 5.00pm      Infiltration presentation and discussion

5.00pm - 6.00pm      Media share

6.00pm - 7.00pm      Open space

7.00pm - 8.00pm      Dinner

8.00pm onwards       Tai Chi and Yoga de-stress

Hints from Occupy Southend re the 5th National Occupy Conference

The Conference went exceedingly well and these are merely a few hints for the future.

Notes and transcripts on various sessions

We are in the process of gathering in the notes still. Please feel free to email Occupy Southend for the notes as they are at present.

Conference salute to Occupy Menwith Hill

Chris Nineham - Stop the War. ‘Don’t Attack Iran’