A majority of Americans are pro-life and they’re ready to overturn Roe v. Wade

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Encouraging. I’ll be covering abortion at length in my conference speech (tickets only £20.00), as well as Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and outlining the thinking behind the renaming and relaunching of Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), the party I launched in 2013 and still lead, in the New Year.

Other speakers who cover abortion to a greater or lesser degree include Christian Hacking, Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK, Richard Lucas, leader of the Scottish Family Party, Gerry Alexander and Don Lofendale.

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You can order your ticket here. Buy your ticket now because the Whova app has some great discussions going already, and you’re missing out on communicating with men and women from around the world.

Videos of interviews, presentations and live Q&A sessions will be available for six months after the conference ends, until 23 June, 2022. Ticket sales end at 23:59 on 1 January.

The seventh International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI21)

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Since 2014, International Conferences on Men’s Issues (ICMIs) have been the flagship events of the global men’s rights movement. They cover issues affecting men and boys directly, and women and girls indirectly.

Following the success of ICMI20, the organizers of the event decided that another major online ICMI would be held in 2021.The event will be held over 10:00 AM GMT, Monday, 13 December – midday GMT, Sunday, 19 December, 2021. Video presentations, interviews and Q&A sessions will be retained on the conference platform for six months after the event.

The event will be highly interactive. As well as pre-recorded presentation and interview videos (around 72 of them) there will be live Q&A sessions, and much more. There will also be ample opportunities for networking with speakers and other attendees, and attendees will be able to set up their own meeting rooms, and more. We have invested in the market-leading virtual event software to optimise the attendee experience. You can attend the conference on either your computer or your mobile devices. 

Conference-related costs need to be covered. Tickets cost £20.00 (or the equivalent in your local currency), and are on sale now, here. We look forward to you joining us for what will surely be a memorable event. Buy your ticket now because the Whova app has some great discussions going already, and you’re missing out on communicating with men and women from around the world.

I am responsible for organizing online ICMIs as well as in-person ICMIs in Europe, while Chris Votey is responsible for organizing in-person ICMIs in North America. He plans to host the next one in 2023. Robert Brockway is responsible for organizing in-person ICMIs in Australia, Anil Kumar in-person ICMIs in India.

The last conference (ICMI20)

The hugely successful sixth International Conference on Men’s Issues (ICMI20). 120 videos, many of them interviews by the organizers, were posted over the course of five days – on the hour, every hour. 

I’d like to thank my fellow organizers – Elizabeth Hobson (at the time, and until March 2021, the leader of the British political party Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them), Tom Caulfield (J4MB Technical Director), Paul Elam, Tom Golden and Robert Brockway. They were all a pleasure to work with throughout the months before ICMI20, and during it.

I’d like to thank everyone who provided a video, or was interviewed on Zoom for the event. The technical quality standards of the videos were generally higher than we were expecting, given that the vast majority of the speakers were not professional video makers, some had never made a video in their lives. It surely goes without saying that the quality of the content of the videos was high, and we had very positive feedback.

The list of speakers and interviewees is here. The mirror videos – posted because for various reasons a number of videos didn’t materialise – are numbered 109-125.

With the exception of the mirror videos, all the videos were released simultaneously on dedicated playlists on the J4MB YouTube channel – here – and on Paul Elam’s “An Ear for Men” YouTube channel – here. The mirror videos are only on the J4MB playlist. Paul’s channel has 103,000+ subscribers, more than the J4MB channel, so there are more comments there.

Mike Buchanan – Conference Director, chairman of the organizing committee

E: mikebuchananuk@gmail.com M: (+44) 7967 026163 (United Kingdom)

New Guest of Honour – Will Knowland

I am delighted to report a new Guest of Honour, Will Knowland. His profile on the speakers’ page:

Will is married with six children. He was educated in the state system before winning a scholarship to an independent school, where he enjoyed being taught well beyond the syllabus. After mentoring young offenders and teaching in a national challenge state school, he moved to the independent sector for more freedom and to give others the opportunity he had. But he found freedom lacking at Eton: the ideas in a video on traditional masculinity he prepared for a debate course were deemed ‘gross misconduct’ for creating a ‘hostile’ work environment.

Passionate about freedom of speech, he also left the offending video on his private YouTube channel – making a stand for the students’ right to receive information as well as his own right to express it. He offered to edit it or take it down if given an explanation of what was objectionable about it. This, too, was deemed ‘gross misconduct’. He now tutors online, continuing to write and make videos.

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Revised conference dates

A decision has been taken to move the conference back four weeks. The revised dates are 10:00 GMT, Monday, 13 December, to 12:00 GMT, Sunday, 19 December. We were originally planning up to 72 speakers or interviewees in two parallel streams, most of the videos being followed by live Q&A sessions. It’s now been decided to hold the event in one stream, which has doubled the conference duration from three to six days.

Hannah Gal – new Guest of Honour

I am pleased to announce a new Guest of Honour, Hannah Gal. Her documentary is titled, “Progressivism is destroying men, families, societies and civilization”, her details:

Hannah was inspired to create this documentary – which has its world premiere at this conference – by her interviews with the translator of Jordan Peterson’s books into Hebrew. The translator showed how Peterson’s narratives are supported by the ancient language. As an example Gever (man), Gibor (hero) and Lehitgaber (to overcome) – central to Peterson’s message, all derive from the same root. This links to the documentary’s premise that through the assault on masculinity and the weakening of men, progressivism is destroying men, families, societies and civilisation. The documentary will be submitted to film festivals after being shown here.

Hannah is a London-based journalist and filmmaker. Her credits include The SpectatorUnHerdQuilletteAdobeAppleThe CriticThe LotusEaters and The Jerusalem Post among others. Her Quillette articles were retweeted by Jordan Peterson and Christina Hoff Sommers.

Her documentaries have been screened on TV and in festivals worldwide including Berlin, NY, LA, Ann Arbor, Cannes and Edinburgh. She gave special director talks at Cannes and Brief Encounters. Her TV credits include BBC1 and Channel 4.

Hannah comments on culture and society – from men’s rights and the rise of woke, to free speech and interviews with leading influencers.

What the heck can men be doing about abortion?

We’re pleased to announce another speaker on abortion at this event, Christian Hacking. His speaker profile:

Christian Hacking is the parliamentary liaison officer for the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform UK, an organisation set up to educate the British public on the humanity and value of unborn children and the reality of abortion. By employing tried and tested principles of social reform history CBR UK are the only UK pro life group with a clear and accessible public strategy for the abolition of abortion. His talk will examine the scientific basis for the humanity of unborn children, describe what really happens to them in every “safe” abortion procedure, and finally show the clear role men must play to end this shedding of innocent blood in the UK for good.

CBRUK published the video How to end Abortion.

Christian has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Three Counties Radio and LBC. He is married to Esther and has three wonderful children. When he is not found campaigning to end abortion he can be found brewing beer, replacing i-phone screens or identifying mushrooms badly.

 

Hollywood comes to ICMI: Greg Ellis, Hollywood actor (and so much more)

We are delighted to announce that Greg Ellis, an English actor and so much more, has accepted our invitation to be a Guest of Honour at this conference.

Greg is the author of The Respondent: Exposing the Cartel of Family Law – Introduction by Johnny Depp, Foreword by Alec Baldwin – the Amazon #1 Best Seller in three different categories: Divorce, Fatherhood and Suicide. He has taught classes in phenomenology to orphans born with HIV in India, storytelling at the Parva Slum School in Jaipur, practiced shamanic rituals with the Cherokee Nation, purification sweat lodges with the Skidi Tribe, studied affect theory with epistemologist Dr. Gary David, and created ‘The Mindwell Initiative’ with the Global Wellness Institute. He’s a published author, TV director, Annie Award nominated voice artist and Emmy Award® nominated actor who has appeared in Oscar-winning movies, directed Hollywood superstars, produced and written television shows and commercials, performed leading stage roles in Broadway musicals, voiced cartoon characters for movies, TV series, cartoons, over 120 video games and toys, and has recorded multiple albums, singles and soundtracks.

Greg’s major motion picture film credits include billion-dollar franchises like the Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Titanic, Star Trek, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Beowulf. TV credits include 24, The X-Files, CSI, Dexter, NCIS, Hawaii Five-O, and more. Under his production company banner, Monkey Toes, Greg has written and directed projects for Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Fry, and produced and directed multiple commercials. He hosts the video podcast series The Voices in My Head, Wiser Life Practices, and The Respondent.

Greg’s online Alive Coaching improvement program helps people address past problems and improve their future, and his official website provides information on all of Greg’s projects, while the multimedia child advocacy series The Respondent aims to inspire family champions through his non-profit organization CPU: Children and Parents United.

Greg has recently interviewed a number of people who are very well known to ICMI attendees, YouTube videos here – Warren Farrell (here and here), Philip Davies MP and Erin Pizzey.

Follow @ellisgreg, @TheRespondent, on Twitter, @realgregellis on Instagram, and Monkey Toes Studio on YT. Join The Respondent Monkey Toes Studio and CPU Clubs on the Clubhouse app @ge, and subscribe to The Respondent on Substack.