Sunday, 22 October 2017

Climate Change Creates 'Atmospheric River' From US To China

Climate Change Creates 'Atmospheric River' From US To China
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqmTtgQ_gPA

Rally Against School Cuts October 24th

Rally Against School Cuts October 24th


From the National Education Union


Join parents, heads, teachers and support staff and community leaders at a rally to call on the government to reverse school cuts and fairly fund schools. Show your support for the mass lobby of MPs which has been organised to put pressure on the chancellor to take action on funding ahead of next month's budget. The rally starts at 10.30 but if you simply want to show your support at the rally, there will be further events at 12.30.

The Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW 


At the morning rally we have the following speakers:
 
- Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education
- Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education
- Vix Lowthion, Green Party Education Spokesperson
- Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, National Education
- Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union 
- Paul Whiteman, General Secretary, NAHT

At 1pm, the programme of speakers will include:
 
- John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Sir Vince Cable MP
- Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, National Education 
- Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
- Paul Whiteman, General Secretary, NAHT
- Vix Lowthion, Green Party Education Spokesperson
 
More TBC

Because of shortfalls in funding, 88% of schools are still facing real-terms cuts despite Government announcements about more money going into the system.

That means less for our children and young people, bigger classes, fewer teachers and staff, a reduced curriculum and parents plugging the gaps.

Hundreds of parents and school staff will be lobbying their MP on the day. To find out how, see https://neu.org.uk/funding

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Catalan Independence and Spain’s progressives

Catalan Independence and Spain’s progressives



Written by Farid Erkizia Bakht

Today, Madrid announced that it will seize control of Catalonia’s government which is set to respond with a unilateral declaration of independence. What will the New Spanish Left do and do they have the power do so?

For weeks, Europe has been talking about Catalonia. Yet, with honourable exceptions, the supposedly progressive Left and Green mainstream leaders in Europe have been very quiet. Despite the fact that Raül Romeva, the de facto Foreign Minister of Catalonia, was a long time Green-Left politician. Or the radical leftwing CUP is at at the forefront of Independence politics demanding independence. The soft-Left ERC has been and continues to champion the cause of separation from Spain.

This does not smell of racism or fascism which emanates from the likes of the Northern League in Italy. Anything but. While the Hard Right forces of the wealthy Italian North base their case on ‘narrow nationalism’ to separate to create an exclusive, inward looking Lombardic state (in tune with its rightwing Austrian neighbour), the Catalan left-wing independence movement promote a non-ethnic, progressive and inclusive vision. CUP holds far greater sway over the streets and popular mobilisation than its 10 MPs (in a 135 seat Parlament) suggest. 

Their vision is a feminist, socialist, Green Catalonia and municipal participatory democracy. The grassroots movements and the political party CUP have been developing the ‘social and solidarity economy’ for two decades. They acknowledge they would have to compromise in the early years of a republic. Yet, along with the resources of a diversified prosperous economy, there exists the possibility of real social progress in this part of Iberia.

As UK Professor David Whyte and writer Ignasi Bernat explain: much of Europe’s Left un-derestimate “the commitment to the neighbourhood, rather than the nation.' It is this commitment that ensured high level of involvement from women’s collectives, migrant solidarity groups, independent trade unions, autonomists, anarchists and the social centres. Recent events have unmasked the ugly face of narrow nationalism, emanating less from Catalonia but from the Spanish Deep State.

The pro-independence Catalan forces are, of course, a mix of right and left. The Right wing remnants of the old Convergencia party (PDC ) are traditionally supporters of the status quo - stay in Spain and reap the financial benefits of crony capitalism. Yet this decade they have had to shift towards independence or risk losing relevance in a rapidly shifting Catalan scenario. In other words, with the exception of the CUP, the political parties have had to follow not lead the popular movements.

Artur Más was replaced by pro-independence Carles Puigdemont (as President) on the insistence of the CUP.

Podemos and its sister concern in Barcelona -CSQP (Catalonia Yes We Can) play a critical role. While CUP act as kingmaker for the Independence alliance, the forces allied to Podemos are critical for ‘the unity of Spain’.

They cling to the honourable hope that they can reform Spain (by overturning the system) and create a structure suitable for all provinces (and nations) while keeping the state intact.

Unfortunately, this graph shows them (UP) lacking the support necessary to bring about this change (in purple).


Can the 1978 Constitution be changed?

Yes, it can. But. The Left would need a two-thirds majority in Parliament to bring about deep decentralisation. It is not going to happen. Unless two things occur over the long-term:

a) Podemos maintains & grows over the next two decades

b) the aged supporters of PP & PSOE die off to reduce their vote bank!

Ambiguity

Supporting Catalan or Basque independence is a vote loser in much of the rest of Spain. Thus, the Podemos network maintain the moral high ground but can make ambiguous messages in a delicate balancing act. The paradox is that the strongest support for Podemos & its allies lie mainly in Catalonia and the Basque Country.

They hold out a promise of constitutional reform (even though they are unlikely to attain power on their own), and support the right to have referenda yet in reality reject secession.

Progressive Spaces?

The Basque & Catalan Independence Left say that if only Podemos supported their independence then they could actually implement progressive policies in the new republics, north of the Ebro River.

For example, if Ada Colau’s votes shifted to independence, then the overall Catalan Left (including Podem En Comun, ERC & CUP) and the reduces centre right PDC would be able to steer a Catalan Republic to the soft Left.

But what would happen to the Rest of Spain?

Would it turn more inward and become an embittered Right wing amputated Spain? There would likely be turmoil as the Deep State tries to clamp down. On the other hand, the loss of Catalonia (and inevitably soon after, the Basques) would kick-start regional groups in Galicia, Andalusia & Valencia demanding a structural overhaul of the utterly corrupt political system.

Much would depend then on how the new states north of the Ebro react and support change to their South, which are the bulk of its commercial customers after all.

Farid Erkizia Bakht is a supporter of the Ecosocialist Network @Liquid_Borders

Monday, 16 October 2017

Greener Jobs Alliance Newsletter.

Colleagues
Below is the link to the latest Greener Jobs Alliance Newsletter. Please forward to contacts who want an update on labour movement responses to climate change and progress to a low carbon economy.

Regards
Graham (GJA Secretary)

Friday, 13 October 2017

FRACK, FFOS FUNDRAISING & FROLICS : Welcome to the latest Rising Tide Newsletter:-

FRACK, FFOS FUNDRAISING & FROLICS : Welcome to the latest Rising Tide Newsletter:-
1) STOP FRACKING IN THE SOUTH-EAST :- LEITH HILL CAMP ; SOLIDARITY WEEKEND & GIG
21st & 22nd OCTOBER, Saturday & Sunday
 
Our friends at the camp will need support from London and South East activists! Please come and visit to see the area and find out more about what's happening at the solidarity weekend on 21st & 22nd October, with music from Phat Bollard & (hopefully) Mobius Loop, plus community & activist workshops including: know your rights, dealing with courts, compost toilets, climbing, and more! There are regular trains to Dorking and the camp can normally provide transport from the station (see links).

The South East is under threat from a new wave of unconventional oil extraction. Near Dorking, in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a consortium of companies are preparing to drill for oil on Leith Hill, a beautiful woodland area which is accessed via a steep sunken lane. The Leith Hill Protection Camp was set up to protect the land and began life on the intended drill site. It was evicted over a 2 day operation in June but has moved over the road ready for the next phase. If the oil company's 'traffic management plan' is passed on 18th October, lorries could start coming up the lane pretty soon.

Leith Hill Protection Camp, Redlands Wood, Coldharbour Lane, Holmwood, Surrey, RH5 6HB  https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeithHillCamp    
Solidarity Weekend details:     https://www.facebook.com/events/371536039933575
 
2) END COAL NOW :- FFOS-Y-FRAN CANARY ACTION BRIGHTON FUNDRAISER GIG
24th October, Tuesday9pm-2am, Volks Nightclub, Brighton Benefit gig 
In April this year a group of people from Earth First!/Reclaim the Power/Rising Tide UK took action against the largest opencast coal mine in the UK. In a very successful action the site was unable to operate for a day. The court case didn't go so well and now they need help in paying a compensation order of £10,000! There are two easy ways you can help. a) contribute or share the crowd funder; and b) come to the gig and dance; to help raise the £10,000 compensation order they were sentenced to pay by the court. We will not stop climate change by continuing to burn dirty coal. We need to shut shit down and keep it in the ground.
To get a ticket, please pay £4 (or more) via the fundraiser page 
Saturday . 28th October, Saturday, 10am to 7pm.
3) RISING TIDE UK STALL AT London Anarchist Bookfair

Come and see us and say hello and sign-up for this Newsletter to get involved if you've not already! Find us in the Hall at Park View School, West Green Road, Tottenham, London, N15 3QR. Nearest Stations are :- Seven Sisters, Manor House and Turnpike Lane. For more information: http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk/
That's all for now, see you on the streets.

Love  Rising Tide UK,
  c/o LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, LONDON E1 1ES
  Tel: 07708 794665
  
www.risingtide.org.uk
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  http://www.twitter.com/RisingTide_UK
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rising_Tide_UK
  www.artnotoil.org.uk
  www.fossilfoolsday.org
  www.no-tar-sands.org
  https://floodthesystem.net/

Thursday, 12 October 2017

85 year-old Anne Power (Manchester Green Party) being dragged across the road by 3 police officers


Hi, all
No doubt many of you have already seen the photos of 85 year-old Anne Power (Manchester Green Party) being dragged across the road by 3 police officers during this week's Green Monday protests. For those of you who haven't, here it is:


Jenny Jones (Green Party member of House of Lords), who came up for the 25 September Green Monday, has received a parliamentary answer to the question she asked about the 'additional' costs to Lancashire County Council resulting from their policing/facilitating of Cuadrilla's fracking site: it amounts to a staggering £3.1 million! This £3.1m bill is MORE than this year's increase in council tax raised, and the answer confirms that Lancashire council tax payers will pick up the bill for the Welsh and Somerset police. Encouragingly (as regards Labour's anti-fracking stance), Labour's Shadow Spokesperson in the House of Lords, for Home Affairs, also asked a supplementary question about this. Jenny has called for "the police to scale back the operation and [instead] provide minimal policing of the operation, so that police officers can get back to protecting the public rather than harassing protestors." You can read more about this on Jenny's latest blog:


Before Anne's dramatic first-hand experience of current policing methods, about 30 protesters had heard speeches from:

Romayne Phoenix (New Lucas Plan Group, & former Chair/Co-Chair of the Coalition of Resistance and The People's Assembly), who spoke about the denial of democracy over fracking in particular, and on other more general issues

Alan Williams (Reclaim The Power) and

Martin Porter (Manchester Greenpeace).

REMINDERGreen Monday 16 October

So far, we have no confirmed speaker(s) for this week's Green Monday - but do turn up in numbers, as you never know what's likely to happen! One possibility is Adam Ramsay (Co-Editor of openDemocracy; he also works for Bright Green), who has promised to come in the VERY near future (train times awaiting confirmation:

 

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Forthcoming 'Green Mondays' & other protest days at PNR:
As well as next Monday, and the on-going daily protests at PNR - which now include the regular & very successful 'White Wednesdays' and 'Trade Union/Red Fridays' - here is advance notice of:
1. Monday 23 October: 4 dance teachers, who are also members of Ludus Dance (Lancashire's leading dance development charity), will be making a visit to the site's gates to perform some of their entertaining dances:

2. Monday 30 October: Siân Berry (London Green Party Councillor) will be the main speaker:
Siân Berry (front right) protesting against air pollution in London, during her campaign in the recent London Mayoral election.
3. Wednesday 1 NovemberThis 'White Wednesday' protest is DEFINITELY one to attend! Emma Thompson and Natalie Bennett (AND possibly Bianca Jagger, Vivienne Westwood ) will be there!




So it's definitely another date for your diary!! 'Green' women (Green Party, Greenpeace, FoE, etc) are particularly urged to bring banners to this event. 

Practical details:
1. For this White Wednesday, the meeting time at Maple Farm is from 9.30am, with SILENCE at the gates at 11.00am EXACTLY!

2. Those who can't make it to Preston New Road that day are requested to gather at sites of importance/town centres in their nearest town, in order to still be part of this 'Women's Call for Calm'. PLEASE wear white - and hold a few minutes' silence at 11.00am, to coincide with that at PNR.

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All the best 
Allan Todd
Membership Secretary
Allerdale & Copeland Green Party

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2017


HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2017

NEWS

1. Housmans Peace Diary is now available
2. Special late night openings with 20% discount
3. Anarchist Bookfair + FiLiA (previously Feminism in London)

INSTORE EVENTS
4. HOUSMANS PEACE DIARY LAUNCH: ‘The Women's Peace Crusade 1917-1918’ with Alison Ronan
5. ‘We're Queer And We Should Be Here: The perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan’
with Darryl Telles
6. Veterans for Peace Present: ‘The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World’ with Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro

7. ‘The Last London’ with Iain Sinclair
8. ‘Out of his struggles - the poems of Kosuke Shirasu’ with Bruce Barnes, and reader Akiko Shindo

9. Peace News present: ‘1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution’ with Milan Rai
10. Peace education poetry event with the poet Anthony Owen 11. Left Book Club Present: ‘Student Revolt:  Voices of the Austerity Generation’ with Matt Myers 
12. ‘The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation’ with Ian Cobain in conversation with Wail Qasim 
13.  ‘Building Better Societies: Promoting social justice in a world falling apart’ with Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS14. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
15. Feminist Sci-fi Book Club at Housmans
16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS

1.  Housmans Peace Diary 

Housmans Peace Diary is now available for purchase in the shop and by post. For those of you who have already pre-ordered the diary, we shall starting posting out your copies early next week. As ever it's in a pocket format, with a week to a view, and gives notable dates and anniversaries as well as a weekly quotation. It includes calendars, a forward planner for 2019 and space for notes. This year's cover designer is Kate Evans.

The retail price of the Housmans Peace Diary is unchanged for the 2018 edition at £8.95. You can pay by debit or credit card using the Paypal buttons here, or you can send a cheque for the amount shown on our website (in UK Pounds only) to Housmans.  Also look out for the launch event on 4th October in the listings below!

2. Special late night openings with 20% discount
We’re pleased to announce that in the run up to Christmas, we’ll have four special late night openings:

Tuesday 31 October, 6.30 to 8.30pmWitchy Night with 20% discount on all purchases between 6.30 and 8.30pm. You can find more information here.
-Thursday 23 November, 6.30 to 8.30pm: Special student evening with 20% discount, a beer and a tote bag for all students.
-Thursday 14 December, 6.30 to 8.30pm: late night Xmas shopping.
-Thursday 21 December, 6.30 to 8.30pm: late night Xmas shopping.

3. Anarchist Bookfair + FiLiA (previously Feminism in London)
Two big events for your diary – catch Housmans at both! For full details check the links:
http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk
https://filia.org.uk
  


IN-STORE EVENTS

4. HOUSMANS PEACE DIARY LAUNCH
‘The Women's Peace Crusade 1917-1918’ with Alison Ronan 
Wednesday 4th October, 7pm – Free Entry

To celebrate the launch of this year’s Housmans Peace Diary we welcome  Dr Ronan to tell the lesser-known tale of the antimilitarist, socialist and internationalist Women’s Peace Crusade, which spread like wildfire across the country during the last years of the First World War.
click here for more info

5. ‘We're Queer And We Should Be Here: The perils and pleasures of being a gay football fan’
with Darryl Telles 
Friday 6th October, 7pm – Free Entry
Darryl Telles discusses his personal experiences of homophobia and racism as a football fan,  and his wider campaign work to change the culture around and within football.  Darryl will be joined by football journalist Anthony Clavane.
click here for more info

6. Veterans For Peace Present: ‘The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World’ with Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro
Monday 9th October, 7pm – Free Entry

Veterans for Peace UK host the launch of The Internationalists which tells the provocative history of the men who fought to outlaw war and how an often overlooked treaty signed in 1928 was among the most transformative events in modern history.
click here for more info

7. ‘The Last London’ with Iain SinclairWednesday 11th October, 7pm

Housmans are proud to welcome seasoned London chronicler Iain Sinclair on the publication of his latest book The Last London, an angry, poignant and frequently hilarious elegy to a London that Sinclair feels has lost its soul.
**Please note this is a ticketed event. To attend this event, you must book tickets in advance here.
click here for more info

8. ‘Out of his struggles - the poems of Kosuke Shirasu’ with Bruce Barnes, and reader Akiko Shindo
Friday 13th October,7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Kosuke was born in Tokyo, and worked as a journalist and pamphleteer. His involvement in the Japanese Communist was reflected in his work in Akita City producing and circulating a newsletter for local workers as well as documenting the farmers’ riots against local landowners. His poems are influenced by European styles of free verse and often explore multiple perspectives; however his main concern appears to be a desire to record the day to day experience of workers in struggle.   click here for more info

9. Peace News present: ‘1917: The Nonviolent Russian Revolution’ with Milan Rai
Wednesday 25th October, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Milan Rai highlights the crucial role of mass nonviolent action in the Russian Revolution, and focuses attention on the grassroots workers' revolution that was crushed by Lenin.
click here for more info

10. Peace education poetry event with the poet Anthony Owen Thursday 2nd November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

A participatory evening of poetry with Anthony Owen, inspired by his experiences of growing up during the Cold War, and travelling to Hiroshima in 2015 to hear testimonies of atomic-bomb survivors.
click here for more info

11. Left Book Club Present: ‘Student Revolt:  Voices of the Austerity Generation’ 
with Matt Myers 
Wednesday 8th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Left Book Club launch their most recent title Student Revolt: Voices of the Austerity Generation which focuses on the 2010 student protests. Author Matt Myers will be discussing his experience as a participant and reflecting on the lessons that can be learned from the movement.
click here for more info

12. ‘The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation’
with Ian Cobain in conversation with Wail Qasim 

Wednesday 15th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
From the birth of the first Official Secrets Act in 1889 to present times, investigative journalist Ian Cobain takes a look at the history of the British Government’s clandestine bureaucracy and its political impact on the nation.
click here for more info

13.  ‘Building Better Societies: Promoting social justice in a world falling apart’
with Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow

Wednesday 22nd November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

What would it take to make society better? For the majority, conditions are getting worse and this will continue unless strong action is taken. This book offers a wide range of expert contributors outlining what might help to make better societies and which mechanisms, interventions and evidence are needed when we think about a better society.
click here for more info

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS 

14. The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles


Housmans has a monthly book club which usually meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm in the shop. Forthcoming titles under discussion are:

Thursday 12th October
‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel tells the story of a young enslaved woman as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

Thursday 9th November Four Futures: Life After Capitalism’ by Peter Frase
Frase imagines how a post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism might actually entail.
If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.comThe Fuse has its own web page with more info here: http://www.housmans.com/fuse.php

15. Housmans Feminist Sci-fi Book Club
Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, parthenogenesis, feminist militias, reproductive dystopias, cyborg families, and more at the new Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club! Join us at the bookshop on the first Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm, starting Thursday June 1st. All genders welcome. Please bring drinks or snacks to share.
 
Thursday 5th October: ‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman
Thursday 2nd
 November: ‘The Bees’ by Laline Paull

Book Club books available at 20% discount from Housmans. Any questions please email Hannah on scifi@housmans.com 

16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

Housmans has a regular Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group, who meet on the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome, but please be prepared to join in the discussion. Please try to turn up by 7pm sharp. 

We sometimes take a break over the summer - this year we’ll be taking a break from the regular meetings for two months – August and September. When we’re back in the autumn, our plans for OCTOBER and NOVEMBER are to discuss NONVIOLENCE AND SPORT, and to revisit NONVIOLENT ACTIVISM – CONSCIENCE, CONVENIENCE AND COMPROMISE. See you then!

For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/

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