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Welcome to our 23rd edition of RISCY NEWS! 

RISC Centre Opening Hours

Meeting Rooms
Monday-Sunday 9.00-22.00

If you teach yoga, tai chi, pilates, and you're wondering where to locate your class this winter, why not consider one of the meeting rooms at RISC?
Email us on admin@risc.org.uk,  ring on 0118 9586692 or 

World Shop
Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00

Visit our bookshop this Black History Month and check out our wide collection of Black History books for adults and children.



Global Refills & Café  
Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00


Educational Courses & Resources


** New Publication **

Reading Slave Links Map 

Reading Slave Links Map is a guide published by Aspire CIC for
Black History Month, 2020. 
It uncovers some of Reading’s links with the transatlantic slave trade, the campaign for its abolition and its long-lived aftermath.

A printed version of the map will be available free from the World Shop or downloadable soon from 



Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) Level 1
 1 PM  – 5 PM 

Online Event

It offers a cost-effective and flexible way for teachers to engage in CPD. Delivered via Zoom, in three four-hour modules over three weeks, it can be accessed from home or from a workspace. For the optimum online learning experience, numbers are limited to just twelve on each online course.
This course is delivered by Jane Yates, a long standing Global Learning Specialist. 
To book your place email ruth@risc.org.uk .

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Global Teacher Award
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Free training for teachers and support staff Global Teacher Award training now online. Funded by the British Council Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme for Teachers and support staff from state-funded schools. Other participants £200.To book your place email ruth@risc.org.uk

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News & Campaigns


Day of Action
by Global Justice Reading

A socially distanced action on the south side of Reading Station. We will have posters giving simple messages about why we are campaigning against the trade deal. We will give out leaflets with more information and a link to a petition that people can sign.
All welcome. Please wear a mask. 

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Big Pharma and Covid-19: Who pays and who profits?

7.30pm Wednesday 4 November
online meeting by Global Justice Reading

PRESS STATEMENT: 16 October 2020, International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Corporations

“Food Sovereignty is the flame that will show us the way”, insists La Via Campesina as it marks #16October in a pandemic year

La Via Campesina, the global peasant movement that represents millions of peasants, indigenous peoples, fishers, migrants and other small-scale food producers in 82 countries has called upon the world’s governments to recognise the limitations and inherent injustices of the industrial food system. The aggressive expansion of industrial food production in the last five decades has also increasingly put human health in harm’s way. 

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Big Banks Are Holding the Global South to Ransom. Here’s How We Stop Them:

"An emergency loan has recently been provided by the IMF, but only on the condition that Ecuador imposes even harsher austerity on its population.
But Ecuador is not alone. Covid-19 has accelerated a debt crisis across much of the Global South, and has significantly limited the ability of governments to respond to the pandemic. Kenya, for example, which has roughly 18 times fewer doctors per person than the UK, will this year spend $2.7bn paying off its debts, compared to only $1.86bn on healthcare – one of 64 low-income countries spending more on debt repayments than on public health. "

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One of the best climate solutions is giving Indigenous People their land back

On Indigenous People's Day, we should remember that returning stolen land is a necessary step towards climate justice.
by Eric Holthaus

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World Shop Supplier

 We've got a new supplier on our radar! We completely ❤️ these felt hats and kids backpacks by Koseli.
Koseli works with artisans in the Kathmandu valley. Everything is made by hand; every piece is unique.

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Growing Healthy Conversations

BOOK your place TODAY - due to popular demand we have put on an extra Growing Healthy Conversations. Practise your conversational English whilst learning gardening skills. Running on Monday afternoons 1.30pm -2.30pm at Lavender Place Community Garden, next to The Hexagon, central Reading. For more information & to book contact Sharon Fitton. Email sharon@risc.org.uk or ring 0118 9586692


Free Cookery Course

A FREE Cookery Course is coming your way using quick and easy recipes from our website that you can follow online. Book yourself a place with Michelle, follow the steps below and get to know your Kitchen colleagues!!




A recommended read this Black History Month:

The Black Jacobins - Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
by C. L. R. James

THE HAITIAN Revolution was the first and only successful slave revolution in human history.  Toussaint L’Ouverture. and his revolutionary army of self-emancipated slaves defeated the three great empires of the eighteenth century—Spain, England, and France—and finally won independence after a decade of struggle in 1804.


Watch this short segment of a talk on Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution given by Akala at Oxford University Student Union.

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 Visit & support our independent bookshop or order books online using mail?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmcusercontent.com%2F21b018f188d4a9599edd62251%2Fimages%2F836259ab-b94e-476f-a829-4592d4b81656.jpg&t=1589967736&ymreqid=a1c6b6e2-8a09-7cef-1cbe-0b0007015000&sig=5kmYVzAz8WOOy5.w53DsLQ--~C. If you nominate The World Shop as your local independent book store at checkout, Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.