Past events

ICOPA-2018 Co-hosted or sponsored events


Friday 11th May & Saturday 12th May
Friends Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT

This two-day free event in Liverpool brings together housing campaigners, activists and researchers from across the UK to share and exchange experiences about how we can tackle the multiple challenges in housing and demand housing justice. This includes people from: housing campaigns, community land trusts, tenant unions, construction, trade unions, activists and artists.

Organised by Harm & Evidence Research Collaborative – Open University & University of Liverpool

More Details on the HERC Website here


Film Screening ‘Born in Flames’

7:30pm- 10:30pm – Wednesday 9 May DIY Space for London 

Cinenova presents Lizzie Borden’s seminal 1983 science fiction masterpiece BORN IN FLAMES, a film screening to help raise money for the our  Solidarity Fund 

Ten years after the “social-democratic war of liberation” in a not-too-distant future New York, notions of equality and social reform propagated by the incumbent Socialist Party seem much forgotten. Poverty, racism and gender discrimination plague its streets, heavily controlled by a government quick to label any criticism as counter revolutionary. When news of the death in police custody of a prominent Black women’s activist spreads, four intersecting factions of women – the vigilante group the Women’s Army, the editors of the newspaper Socialist Youth Review, and the underground radio stations Phoenix Radio and Radio Ragazza – rise up to take action once and for all against this oppressive state.

Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with restoration funding by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.

Watch the trailer here

Please support our solidarity fund, and come have a great night out too.

Tickets on sales here


End of Policing
7:00 – 9:00pm Thursday 15 March 2018
Conway Hall 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

The Black Lives Matter movement has thrown a dramatic light on police tactics and brutality in America.

But this is not merely an US phenomena – many of America¹s most repressive policing measures have been imported to Britain as mainstream policy.

Yet, in Britain the debate on policing has almost entirely focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. In the last election Jeremy Corbyn¹s Labour even argued for increasing police numbers, linking falling police numbers to rising levels of crime.

But, what if the problem isn¹t training or accountability but the nature of the police itself? What if the solution to policing is not more but fewer police? And what can we learn from the response to police brutality in America?

Join renowned expert on policing, Alex Vitale, who is over from New York to discuss police reform and abolition and to launch his new book ‘The End of Policing’ at Conway Hall in 15th March.

Copies of the book are on sale at the event from the Newham Bookshop stall.

Advance registration is essential. Click here to book your place.


Film Screening ‘Criminal Queers’
6:30pm Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8 8PQ

Criminal Queers, directed by Eric A. Stanley and Chris E. Vargas (USA, 2015, 63 min) visualises a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. Remembering that prison breaks are both a theoretical and material practice of freedom, this film imagines what spaces might be opened up if crowbars, wigs, and metal files become tools for transformation. Follow Yoshi, Joy, Susan and Lucy as they fiercely read everything from the Human Rights Campaign and hate crimes legislation to the non-profitisation of social movements.

Watch the trailer here.

This event is free but booking is recommended. Click here to reserve a space.

This pre-ICOPA event is being co-hosted by the Bent Bars Project; Reclaim Holloway – Women’s Building Group; and Cinenova.

Film Screening ‘Injustice’
6:30pm Thursday 15 February 2018

The Exchange, Twickenham, London

In 2016 / 17 a film maker decided to chart the current state of prison and the criminal justice system.

Injustice tells the story of the system through the stories of prisoners, their families, and prison workers, interwoven with research and analysis by campaigners and academics. We hear of life before prison, alienation, crime and confinement, and the consequences they hold for all of us.

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