EMPOWERING THE VOICELESS MAJORITY: RETHINKING DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE
Our global political system urgently needs a radical change through collective empowerment: the social majority is impaired by a lack of representation and a distrust in mainstream politics, as well as suffering the burden of a failed economical system only working out for a minority at the top.
In this debate we will discuss the necessity to give a voice to the unrepresented majority and the need to establish connections between different European groups and organisations. We will also analyse the startling rise of Podemos in Spain through practices based on inclusion and popular participation.
- Pablo Echenique: Member of European Parlament from Podemos (Spain), columnist and scientist with the Spanish National Research Council.
- Salma Yaqoob: Head of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition, spokesperson for the Birmingham Central Mosque and former leader of the Respect Party.
- Marina Prentoulis: member of Syriza (Greece), Senior Lecturer, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at the University of East Anglia.
- Emanuele Ferragina: Lecturer in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, columnist and author of a recent book The invisible majority.
Other organisations, such as Sinistra Ecologia Libertà (Italy) and others tbc will also join in the debate.
Date and time: 29th November, from 5 to 7pm.
Doors will open at 4:30pm
Location: JZ Young Lecture Theater, Anatomy Building, en University College London , Gower St, London WC1E 6BT. Map here.
* Please reserve your (free) ticket as soon as possible, as this is a popular event with limited sitting capacity