Refocus: To hell with good intentions
1 hr 24 min

A virtual workshop on allyship and solidarity organised by Alternative Fictions in conjunction with the Newington Green Meeting House. 

What is solidarity? Who is an ally? Where do these ideas come together, and do we all understand them the same way? 

Drawing from examples within recent activist movements, this workshop will explore how we come together from different perspectives and experiences to build a better world for everyone, fighting for each other’s rights and better understanding the needs of the very people affected by these issues.

From hashtags to saviour complexes, together we will unpick motivations and approaches behind activism and explore ways of building practices that support people on the terms they need, rather than activism based solely on good intentions. 

With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, non-religious church New Unity has transformed its Newington Green Meeting House into a fully accessible, free heritage space, sharing its radical history and encouraging visitors to think differently. The building – which was a hotbed of revolutionary thinking in the 18th century - holds stories of Richard Price, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Andrew Pritchard and most notably Mary Wollstonecraft – leading to it being described as the birthplace of feminism. Newington Green Meeting House hosts a regular programme of events and exhibitions celebrating this history and serving its local community.

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