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An Evening of Climate Justice on tuesday with Bolivian Ambassador

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7.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 2 November 2010


Bolivar Hall
54 Grafton Way
London W1T 5DL (Nearest tube: Warren St)
Speakers include:
- Angelica Navarro, Bolivian Ambassador to the UN (Geneva)
- John Vidal, Environment Editor, The Guardian
- Keith Sonnet, Deputy General Secretary, UNISON
- Asad Rehman, Friends of the Earth

In April this year the Bolivian government hosted the first World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Called in response to the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks last December, it brought together thousands of people from social movements, civil society and governments from around the world to create a People’s Agreement on Climate Change, and discuss real solutions to the climate crisis.

Join us at Bolivar Hall to hear more about the Cochabamba climate conference, the current state of the global climate negotiations ahead of December’s talks in Cancun, Mexico, and the radical steps we need to take as an international movem…

Yachaywasi 'the most important story on the planet '

When Two Worlds Collide (trailer)

When Two Worlds Collide: A hazardous journey of an Amazonian leader confronting the rules of the globalization game created by developed countries in order to protect corporate interests. With the Rainforest facing peril, this apocalyptic story presents two colliding visions that shape the climate future of our world.

If humanity and the rest of nature is to survive and prosper it is vital to conserve the rainforests. They regulate many key biological cycles on this planet and are a carbon sink absorbing CO2. In Peru, President Alan Garcia's government are auctioning 70% of the countries Amazon rainforest to oil, gas and biofuels companies.

If Garcia succeeds we are frankly doomed as a species, the release of huge quantities of fossil fuels will wreck the planet.

I am sceptical of most forms of environmentalism, most of the time, they are often plain ineffective, however in the Peruvian Amazon, indigenous people have used non violent direct action to …

Freddie Kruger = Danny Alexander

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Caroline Lucas article from Compass, original hereThis is a challenging time for progressives. We have a coalition not only introducing savage cuts, but seeming to enjoy wielding the axe.And that enthusiasm - with George Osborne and Danny Alexander competing to give the best impression of Freddie Kruger - gives the lie to the idea that these cuts are necessary because of the current recession.We can see that they are ideologically driven. Many Tories, and some Liberal Democrats, want a smaller state and will use the financial crisis as the excuse to achieve it - even at the risk of plunging us back into recession. And even at the risk of making the much greater environmental crisis that we face even worse, by slashing spending on green technology, on incentives for renewable, on the potential to create hundreds of thousands of green jobs. I don't often find myself quoting Tim Yeo, but his comments over the weekend about this were spot on, when he pointed out that despite the natio…

Caroline Lucas 'cuts will target pensioners, poor, disabled people'

This is Caroline Lucas's speech to the National Pensioners Convention today.
Thank you all for inviting me here this afternoon and for all your work in support of a fairer deal for pensioners. At least 2 million of Britain’s pensioners currently live in poverty and I am sure I am not the only one here who fears this figure may increase significantly in the wake of one of the most regressive budgets this country has even seen.A budget which will destroy half a million jobs in the public sector, according to the government's own estimates. And with the knock-on effect of at least as many jobs lost in the private sector.When those public sector workers find themselves out of work they will, along with disabled people, feel the full force of the additional £7 billion worth of cuts in welfare spending, on top of the£11 billion of cuts announced in June. The housing benefit regime will become much more harsh, risking a rise in homelessness. They will also find that the loss of public…

ANTI-CUTS ACTIVISTS SHUTDOWN VODAFONE FLAGSHIP STORE IN DISGUST AT £6BN TAX EVASION

65 activists have today stopped trading at Vodafone’s largest retail store on Oxford Street, London, by blockading the doorway in disgust at the HMRC’s deal
with Vodafone that have allowed them to walk away from paying a tax bill thought
to be worth £6bn to the public purse[1].
The action started at 09:30 this morning where activists gathered at The Ritz
hotel near Oxford Street following rapid mobilization over the weekend via
Twitter, Facebook, blogs and text messaging.
The 65 activists confronted the minor security in front of the shop to gain
entry to the shop and proceeded to blockade the entrance with arm tubes and
banners before the store had chance to even receive its first customer.
This comes exactly a week after George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review
in which he announced that another £7bn will be cut from welfare, producing a
total of £18bn of cuts from vital welfare services.
These cuts have been widely condemned by charity groups representing the most
vulnerable in society, an…

'For a society to base its financial system on alchemy is a poor advertisement for its rationality'

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[B] anking crises are endemic to the market economy that has evolved since the Industrial Revolution. The words “banking” and “crises” are natural bedfellows. If love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage, then banking and crisis go together like Oxford and the Isis, intertwined for as long as anyone can remember. Unfortunately, such crises are occurring more frequently and on an ever larger scale.
Mervyn King, head of the Bank of England has made an astonishing speech. He argues that the present banking system is bankrupt, that banks are fragile based on forms of highly complex and risky investment.
He argues that only if the system is over hauled, with an end to risk banking based on esoteric derivatives, mutual funds for bailout, high liquidity reserves, new crisis will occur.
For almost a century after Bagehot wrote Lombard Street, the size of the banking sector in the UK, relative to GDP, was broadly stable at around 50%. But, over the past fifty years, bank balanc…

HUGO BLANCO MEETING IN OXFORD

Hugo Blanco will speak at Oxford Town Hall on Thursday.Mr Blanco is a leader of the Peruvian peasant movement and has been politically active since the 1950s.In the 1960s he played a central part in the ‘Land or Death’ peasant uprising, after which he was captured and sentenced to 25 years in prison.Recently he has been at the forefront of a struggle to save Peru's Amazon rainforest.He is visiting Oxford as part of a tour of the UK organised by the Green Left and Socialist Resistance.The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Anti-Cuts Direct Action – Wednesday 9.30am

The cuts have come and we need to get to work opposing them fast. This Wednesday we will take direct action against a target to expose the lies that these cuts are necessary or fair.The target has to stay secret until Wednesday morning but we need as many people as possible to join us. We’ll be meeting outside the Ritz (right next to Green Park tube) at 9.30am. Look for the person with the orange umbrella. Be prompt: you’ll be briefed quickly and then we’ll move to the target.There will be lots of different ways to participate. Come along and make your mind up there how you want to help.See you on the streets!MORE HERE


A working class hero.

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Targeted citizens

Police punching anti-fascist caught on camera

Just when you think you had seen all the police violence and miscarriages of justice you could take for this year, along comes another one, this time in Bolton. Alan Clough, a 63 year old veteran anti-Fascist campaigner was protesting against the EDL in Bolton several months ago. He was arrested and accused of physical assault against the police. But, as luck would have it, Granada TV had a very different tale to tell based on their film from the day. It shows that far from attacking the police, Mr Clough was the victim of an unprovoked attack from the police. Charges against Mr Clough were dropped and Greater Manchester Police are now conducting an internal investigation.

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Security of tenure for tenants in the private rented sector campaign

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Kevin Allen successfully proposed a motion at the recent Green Party conference which aimed 'to reverse the previous Tory Governments introduction of insecure tenancies in the private sector (Assured Shortholds), which do not provide security or stability for tenants and discourage them from seeking to enforce their legal rights.'


Condem policies are going to make life very difficult for tenants so please sign the petition to support secure tenancies.

We the undersigned request that the UK Government introduces legislation to make all new tenancies in the private rented sector Assured Tenancies (as introduced in their current form in the 1988 Housing Act) instead of Assured Shorthold Tenancies which do not provide security and stability for tenants. Assured shorthold tenancies discourage tenants from seeking to enforce their legal rights as landlords have an automatic right to possession by giving 2 months notice (after the initial 6 months of the tenancy).

We request that legis…

Boycott the 35 firms calling for cuts

35 business leaders signed a letter insisting that the government cuts hard. Its not difficult to see why, short term economic wreckage will lead to a long term cut in trade union power and obviously firms like Asda will gain as we can't afford to shop anywhere else.

So boycott the neo-liberals.

Here is a list of the business heads who signed the letter from the Telegraph

Will Adderley
CEO, Dunelm Group
Robert Bensoussan
Chairman, L.K. Bennett
Andy Bond
Chairman, ASDA
Ian Cheshire
Chief Executive, Kingfisher
Gerald Corbett
Chairman, SSL International, moneysupermarket.com, Britvic
Peter Cullum
Executive Chairman, Towergate
Tej Dhillon
Chairman and CEO, Dhillon Group
Philip Dilley
Chairman, Arup
Charles Dunstone
Chairman, Carphone Warehouse Group
Chairman, TalkTalk Telecom Group
Warren East
CEO, ARM Holdings
Gordon Frazer
Managing Director, Microsoft UK
Sir Christopher Gent
Non-Executive Chairman, GlaxoSmithKline
Ben Gordon
Chief Executive, Mothercare
Anthony Habgood
Chairman, Whitbread


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Vote Jerry Hicks

Proud to call Jerry Hicks a friend, a real red-green grassroots militant, number one thing you can do to fight the cuts is support Jerry Hicks, spread the word,


For Unite members it’s more of the ‘shame’ and business as usual

or a chance for change in the election for General Secretary.

The finish line [or could it be the starting post] is now in sight, and the race to lead the largest union in Britain and potentially the most powerful starts next week, Monday 25th October when the ballot papers will be despatched to 1.3 million Unite members. Whether employed or unemployed, whether in Unite or not, students and pensioners, everyone will be affected by the result as to who becomes the General Secretary of Unite.

Les Bayliss attacks the BA cabin crew, brave enough to resist and fight for a better future, not the Con Dems for slashing 500,000 public sector jobs. Tony Woodley and his chosen successor Len McCluskey would have planned the timing of the BA cabin staff ballot and the ballot pape…

Sack Ed, draft Lily Savage.

I take it all back, Ed Miliband is utterly useless.

The Labour Party are incapable of providing opposition to savage and unnecessary cuts.

The Condems are going to tip Britain back into recession which will make the debt worse, they have cut corporation tax and shifted the tax burden on to the poor with a VAT increase.

They could slice Trident but prefer to make thousands homeless, close down care homes, sell off cemeteries, etc, etc......Labour have similar policies and are floundering.....who is going to lead the resistance.

Step foreward Paul O'Grady, for non UK readers best known as drag-tastic Lily Savage!

Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Mid-term US elections

Lost Opportunities, by Mumia Abu-Jamal
[col. writ. 10/17/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal

If polls are any measure of things to come, the first Tuesday in November will be a brutal day indeed, for Democrats.

As economic crisis persists and joblessness rises to levels not seen since the 1970's, working class Democrats are feeling decidedly lack-luster about members of Congress whom they feel have not fought for their interests.

When one is facing the terror of unemployment, voting is seen as a luxury that few can afford.
It is entirely possible that there are significant cohorts which are missed and thus are invisible to traditional pollsters. These voters are precisely those most willing to vote for Democrats: Black, young, students, for example; many of whom don't own landlines, and some who don't use the phone calling feature at all, opting to text instead.

If half of the 20 million young people who voted in 2008 vote come Nov. 2nd, the pollsters will have egg facials We…

Secret Iraq Files from Wikileaks

Living Well is the Best Revenge

The Concept Of “Living Well” - A Bolivian Viewpoint
Bolivia Delegation at The UN

Article distributed in English by the Bolivia delegation at the UN. April 2010

We should live in a simple way for others to be able to live as well.
Mahatma Gandhi

He who is richer is not who has more, but who needs less.
Zapotec saying, Oaxaca, Mexico

We suffer the severe effects of climate change, of the energy, food and financial crises. This is not the product of human beings in general, but of the existing inhuman capitalist system, with its unlimited industrial development. It is brought about by minority groups who control world power, concentrating wealth and power on themselves alone.

Concentrating capital in only a few hands is no solution for humanity, neither for life itself, because as a consequence many lives are lost in floods, by intervention or by wars, so many lives through hunger, poverty and usually curable diseases.

It brings selfishness, individualism, even regionalism, thirst for profit, the…