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Economist predict green win

Nice to see them quote Andrew Dobson who was my Phd examiner.


http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15821483
The campaign trail (1)
Fertile ground?
Why the Green breakthrough may finally have come
Mar 31st 2010 | BRIGHTON AND LONDON | From The Economist print edition
Caroline Lucas, a grown-up Green
THE buzz among Green activists in Brighton, a southern seaside town famed for its pier and political conferences, is contagious. Brighton Pavilion is their party’s best chance of winning their first parliamentary seat in the coming general election, and their candidate, Caroline Lucas, an MEP, is also their leader. With the help of nearly 50 volunteers, Matt Follett, the national policy co-ordinator, and Simon Williams, the local campaign manager, are leafleting at least half of the constituency each Saturday. “Ask Eric Pickles if he can do that,” says Mr Follett. (Mr Pickles is chairman of the Conservative Party.)
On paper, Brighton Pavilion should be a stroll for Labou…

Venezuela film showing Sheffield 25th April

Son of Labour Minister joins Greens

'All the signs are that Ian Chamberlain will take the seat for the Green Party – I wish him good luck. As the ex Chairperson of the Labour Party Constituency of Lancastr & Fleetwood, I resigned my membership of Labour (disgusted with Iraq and the expenses scandal). I recently joined the Green Party in Lancaster and am working hard to convince floating voters to use their vote wisely on 1st April and vote GREEN. It is the only option in Lancaster, progression, transparency, accountability and above all honesty and real connection with the electorate. This IS the Green Party & Ian Chamberlain has my full support and backing and of course my VOTE on 1st April 2010. He will make a formidable city councillor. I urge anybody who is ‘unsure’ to vote GREEN on 1st April 2010.'

Luke takes up the story here

Thought for today

Fortnight of Shame

Please join us in taking action to keep BP out of the tar sands
- the single most destructive project on earth.
The BP Fortnight of Shame is a call to action from the UK Tar Sands
Network, Rising Tide UK and the Camp for Climate Action to force BP to
reverse their crazy plans to move into Canada's tar sands.

It runs between the annual Fossil Fools day on April 1st and BP's
Annual General Meeting on April 15th.
Grassroots groups across the UK and around the world, will be taking action in solidarity with First Nations communities in Canada to stop BP's deadly plans in their tracks.

Why Tar Sands?
Attempts to avert the planet from sliding into climate crisis are being
threatened by a single massive project in the Canadian wilderness.
Already, millions of barrels of tar sands oil are being extracted every
day, producing three to five times as many greenhouse gas emissions as
conventional oil. The extraction process is immensely resource-intensive,
currently using enough natura…

Juan Carlos Piedra solidarity protest at UCL

Universitites outsource and workers are exploited....time to protest.

In HInkley's Shadow

In Hinkley’s Shadow

Chris Ledgard looks at the impact Hinkley Point nuclear power station has had on the surrounding Somerset communities, in particular the Quantock village of Stogursey. Featuring Stop Hinkley campaigners.

Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rmr68/In_Hinkleys_Shadow/

The villages around Hinkley Point in Somerset have lived with nuclear power for nearly half a century. As plans are developed for a new power station, Chris Ledgard investigates life in a nuclear community.

In medieval times, the village of Stogursey on the edge of the Quantock Hills was a market town. Over the centuries, its importance diminished. Then work began on a nuclear power station on the Somerset coast just 2 miles away, and Stogursey found itself in demand again - families flooded in and the school sent its overspill to the village hall.

In Hinkley's Shadow is a portrait of a nuclear community. The first generation of Britain's nuclear power workers are now retired. At Hink…

Please sign Social Ecological Union open letter against Uralchem

# 121-01
31.03.2010
Morgan Stanley Board of Directors
John J. Mack
1585 Broadway
New York, NY 10036, USA


Please email Guy Taylor who is working very hard on this to sign the protest letter...he is on office@resist.org.uk

Russian Greens have an extremely tough time, they really need solidarity in general and this campaign is about a huge scandal
about to be visited on Dieppe.



UBS Board of Directors
Bahnhofstr. 45, P.O. Box, CH-8098 Zurich, Switzerland

Renaissance Capital
Board of Directors
Moscow City
10 Presnenskaya nab., block C
123317 Moscow, Russia

Dear Sirs,

We, the International Social-Ecological Union (SEU) and undersigned, would like to address you as the leaders of the banks coordinating the Initial Public Offering of shares on the London Stock Exchange for OJSC URALCHEM.
Your professional experience and authority leave no doubt that you appreciate the social responsibility large industrial companies, including Uralchem, have for environmental conservation, sustainable resource use, protect…

Vote Green

As I see it, the Green Party is the most progressive force in British politics, with a visionary agenda for democratic reform, social justice, human rights, global equity, environmental protection, peace and internationalism.

With an empowering new political and economic paradigm, the Greens offer the best hope for radical reform, as set out in our Manifesto for a Sustainable Society.

Unlike the far left, the Greens often win. We’ve got elected representatives in local councils all over Britain, and in the London Assembly and the Scottish and European Parliaments. Opinion polls suggest that the Greens are poised to win their first MPs. Caroline Lucas is leading in Brighton Pavilion and the Greens are also polling well in Norwich South and Lewisham Deptford.

The Greens are not just an environmental party. We are also a social justice party, with commitments to industrial democracy, workers cooperatives and trade union rights. Our aim is a democratic economy, which gives all employees a re…

Greens in by-election battle

Just saw this from Luke, hope you don't mind me open sourcing it.

This week there is an all important by-election in the John O’Gaunt ward in Lancaster. The sitting Labour councillor stood down leaving the ward with one Labour councillor and one Green councillor. If the Greens win the seat they will be the largest party in the Lancaster and Fleetwood constituency in terms of councillor numbers. However, every other party in the city is also going for it. The seat is a new one which is notionally Labour (it is number 114 on the Tories target list) but the Greens would certainly be seen as the main opposition in the event of a convincing win this Thursday in the John O’Gaunt by-election.

Definately one to keep an eye on. It could be an important teller before the General Election.

More here

Vote Labour if you love radiation

Resist Nuclear New Build in Britain - Short film and discussion night

Wednesday, 7 April 2010, 7 - 9.30pm

Venue: London Action Resource Centre
62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
http://www.londonarc.org
Nearest tube: Aldgate East / Whitechapel
Map: http://tinyurl.com/LondonARC

Join us for an evening of short films and presentations about nuclear power, followed by a discussion on how we can build strong resistance to nuclear new build in the UK.

Background

The nuclear industry and British government are steaming ahead with their plans for a fleet of dangerous, expensive and unnecessary new nuclear reactors. The first application, for Hinkley Point in Somerset, is due to be submitted as early as August of this year. But only a few week ago, the French Nuclear Phase Out Network exposed secret documents showing that defects in the design of Areva's EPR, the reactor chosen by EDF for Hinkley, Sizewell in Suffolk and elsewhere, could lead to a Chernobyl-style nuclear catastrophe. [1] Scores of …

The indigenous struggle for Mother Earth and the Commons

This is from good friend Hugo Blanco, I will translate (well google will take a lot of the strain on this) and repost in English.



Indígenas luchan en defensa de la Madre Tierra y de su organización colectiva
Hugo Blanco (para desinformémonos)
La población indígena de América viene luchando desde hace más de 500 años en defensa del medio ambiente y de su organización social colectiva.
Con la embestida del neoliberalismo, tanto a la naturaleza como a su organización, esa lucha se ha agudizado.

En todos los países donde existe población indígena, ésta viene luchando fuertemente en defensa de la Madre Tierra, contra los ataques de empresas petroleras, mineras, madereras, etc. También la agroindustria es enemiga del suelo y de la población, pues mata el suelo con el monocultivo y el uso de agroquímicos, superexplota a sus trabajadores y en general produce para la exportación, entre otras cosas biocombustibles para alimentar a los carros. Otro ataque es la construcción de represas, hidroeléctri…

"Pope must resign" over sex abuse cover up

just had this from Peter, thanks amigo.



Prosecute the Pope as an accomplice to sex crimes

Papal visit to the UK should be cancelled, says Protest the Pope campaign

London, UK - 28 March 2010

Fifty protesters from humanist, secular, women's and gay organisations today accused the Pope of "covering up child sex abuse by Catholic clergy," calling him a "protector of paedophile priests" and "an accomplice to sex crimes."

They demanded: "The Pope must resign" and "Prosecute the Pope for collusion with sex abusers."

Their protest took place at 12 noon today, Palm Sunday (28 March 2010), outside London's Westminster Cathedral, the main Catholic church in Britain.

The protesters were greeted by a mixture of jeers and support from Catholic congregants leaving the Cathedral after Palm Sunday mass. A few applauded the protesters. Others heckled. Most expressed no opinion either way.

See photos of the Protest the Pope demonstration here:
ht…

The extractive model will fail

Hey its not just Peru, its locura everywhere, the idea that we can extract natural resources as quickly as possible from the Earth, shape them into commodities and throw them away at accelerating speeds, is kaput every where.

viva Marx, viva Elinor Ostrom, viva Aidesep...a possible world is possible, lets leave the impossible behind.


Servindi, March 28, 2010 .- The South American countries hold their savings in the extraction of natural resources, however the Executive Secretary of the Latin American Center Social Ecology (CLAES) Eduardo Gudynas said that this is not profitable.
The expert reported that in Ecuador were performed studies have shown that mining activities cause loss to the state, producing pollution and do not solve the poverty problem.
Gudynas Ecuador said that not only do not see improvement with resource extraction, but Peru has not made a profit, and has even had to take losses, such as this are extractive activities in Cajamarca, where the state would assume the envi…

UCU left win big!

Just had this, Green Left activist in the UCU like me support UCU left, great to see them do so well...there is a big fight against cuts in British universities, this complements left gains in student unions such as Clare Solomon's victory at ULU.

In the recent (2010) UCU national elections some 16 supporters of UCU Left were elected to the NEC of UCU. They complement our existing supporters on the NEC whose current terms of office continue until June 2011. This is a significant endorsement and it increases our support to around half of all the NEC seats available. See full details at: http://www.uculeft.devisland.net/nec-elections-elected-supporters-2010.html

'new federation of left/green/social justice and ecology activists'

Pat Kavanagh has just passed on this message....its aimed at Irish activist of course.

'anybody who would like to get involved in the new federation of left/green/social justice and ecology activists can email emeraldforum@gmail.com'

She is a Ind green councillor in Wicklow and a very inspiring person.

The gombean men and women will be on in a minute telling me I should love motorways and that ethics is a subject only discussed by those in opposition.

Joseph Healy fights for the rights of Juan Carlos

On Friday I joined campaigners from the UNISON branch at London University and other political activists, including my Green Left comrade and parliamentary candidate for Greenwich, Andy Hewett, and went to protest about the sacking of Juan Carlos Piedra, at UCL. Juan Carlos is a migrant Latin American cleaner and union activist who was sacked by UCL for trying to organise a union there. Supported by students from the university, we demanded to see Professor Grant, who was too cowardly to come down from his office and address the demonstration. We were stopped from entering the university doors by security staff and then found our way in another door, much to the consternationa of the security staff who were running around the campus after us. Then we discovered that an international conference on migration of all things was taking place in the college. We attempted to enter the conference and tell the delegates what was happening in UCL with migrant workers. We gave leaflets to some o…

Wisdom in Nature news

I am a great fan of Islamic environmental thought and action, I must also say I have really enjoyed working with local Church of England people here in East Berkshire.

Religion can be intolerant but it can also promote justice, the commons and ecology....here is the latest news from WIN the Islamic environmental group, although of course, they include people of other faiths and none.

Must, must get some time for Zen, could be after the General Election.

1) WIN PRESENCE IN LONDON, AND BEGINNING IN BRIGHTON...

At a recent review meeting, we decided that with a couple of our representatives based in Brighton, it would make sense for us to work with local communities there as well. Hence, whilst continuing to work in London, we now also have a presence in Brighton. We will begin slowly and will post any updates on this list.



2) WIN INTERVIEW ON TURKISH ISLAMIC WEBSITE
One of our representatives was recently interviewed for Dunyabizim.com, by a writer looking report on "eco-activism...inspi…

Knight of Tara discusses John Gormley-ism

Just got this, worth making up front and public.

Knight of Tara said...
Marcus and Anonymous, I was a campaigner on the Campaign to Save Tara for years, from 2007. The Irish Green Party may not have authorized the M3, but they campaigned for stopping it and not only did they fail to stop it, they helped in its construction, which still isn't finished. They could have stopped it all, but instead they gave us the middle finger and became enemies of Tara. Gormless destroyed the henge at Lismullin, which was probably an amphitheatre used for Druidic practices. As a pagan, this is a grave insult. The ghosts of Tara will never forgive the Greens for this treason and desecration. As for me, my rage at this insult and betrayal is too much to forget. The Irish Green Party (alongside Fianna Fail) will always be my enemy, no matter what. Unless they can remove that motorway and make Tara as it once was, that isn't going to change.

Stop UralChem!

Dear Friend

I am writing to you regarding an international campaign that is now taking shape. There are links following to various documents and websites, but I shall outline the issues here:

UralChem, Russia's biggest fertilizer company, is currently extending its operations into the European Market. UralChem has an appalling record on human rights, workers rights, safety of workers and those who live near to it's plants and factories and financial dealing and transparency. Not exactly surprising for a Russian Corporation, but read on.

There are two main aims in the European expansion in the immediate future:

1. Establishing a huge plan at Dieppe, port-side and close to schools, a major railway station, a hospital, commercial and residential areas. In 2001 in Toulouse, the AZF fertiliser plant exploded killing 31 people. The Dieppe Uralchem proposed plant has the capacity to store twenty times the amount of unstable material as the AZF plant did in Toulouse. there is a major camp…

John Gormley speech

John Gormley speech to Irish Green Party convention, see what you think

theorists and talkers.....wonder who he means.

Just thinking about when I went canvassing in North Belfast and Bangor....now Bangor has a Green Party Assembly Member.

I must admit I would like to see a bit more green politics from the Irish Green Party!

Green is a double fight, you have to fight to be elected and fight to keep green. I think we are doing well on both here in the UK, no quite convinced this is the case in Ireland.

The Battle for Algiers

Just re-watching 'The Battle for Algiers'

An amazing and inspiring film.

Pretty smart review here

The film's resonance with the current moment is undeniable. The suffocating military occupation, the resounding imbalance of power and the clampdown through checkpoints all call to mind the Israel/Palestine conflict. Mathieu's whimsical choice of “champagne” to name his operation anticipates the Israeli's more cynical use of “rainbow” in conjunction with their recent genocidal actions in the Gaza strip town of Rafah. The planet's last colonial circumstance echoing the film's delineation of one of history's most notorious. It is a circumstance where every choice, the method of marriage for example, becomes a political act, a potential act of resistance and even war, as stated in an early wedding scene of two Algerians. Interestingly, it was then Israeli Prime-Minister Ben-Gurion who at one point lobbied for a two-state solution in Algeria much like the final st…

Second advance in a week for Green Party in Suffolk

John Matthissen has just sent me this, cheers amigo.


Second advance in a week for Green Party in Suffolk

Huge by-election gain from Tories follows councillor defection earlier this week

Rachel Eburne has been elected to join Andrew Stringer and John Matthissen as the third Green Party councillor on Mid Suffolk District Council, following the defection to the Greens of Babergh DC Tory councillor Dean Walton earlier this week.

In 2007, the Greens took 16% in Haughley & Wetherden. Yesterday, Rachel Eburne won with 61% of the vote, with the Conservatives in a distant second place at 24%.

Full Result

Green Party 444 (61%)
Conservative 176 (24%)
Lib Dem 51 (7%)
Labour 32 (4%)
UKIP 25 (3%)

Eburne said that three factors were key to her win: "First, I was a local candidate and involved in my community. Second, we have a hard-working Green county councillor, Andrew Stringer, and people appreciate his efforts. Finally and crucially, I found a deep disaffection on the doorstep with politics from…

Chris Mullin MP goes all Elinor Ostrom.

"As to the longer term, I doubt there is a future for an economy based on shopping. This is only a very temporary period in human history. The frantic consumerism of recent decades surely contains the seeds of its own destruction. One way or another we have to devise lifestyles that are sustainable and which may require changes that most people have only dimly begun to contemplate. The future is green. It has to be if the human race is to survive many more generations."

Sums up my thoughts, its Elinor Ostrom economics or we are all toast.

Surprised to hear such a sentiment from a Labour MP, albeit one who is retiring.

Incidentally his book 'A Very British Coup' was amazing.

Picked up on this from Joseph

Green by-election win points to Caroline Lucas MP

The Green Party came from nowhere to win a by-election last night.

Shows we are on the up and points to Caroline winning in Brighton.

Result: Mid Suffolk District - Haughley and Wetherden: Green 444, C 176, Lib Dem 51, Lab 32, Ukip 25. (May 2007 - C 354, Lib Dem 309, Green 122). Green gain from C. Swing 33.2% C to Green.

Green History

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Would I want you to buy this, no actually. Most of the copies are a bit pricy which embarrasses me but its in the library system so go and social share it if you are interested.

Put it together because I thought it would be good to look at the historical examples of green thought and action, to reject the view that green politics has no history approach.

Spent a lot of time in the British Library, which was then in the British Museum, my idea of fun.

Published back in 1993, when my first son Vince was born, a while ago.

There is a battle for ideas, writing is a small contribution...which is going to have to be won or we will consign human society and the rest of nature to degradation. Even the Spectator like it


Derek Wall has assembled some compelling writing to underline how environmental concerns are as old as civilisation itself ... He teases out the beginnings of strands now present in current debate. This is a timely book. - Tribune

Derek Wall illustrates the history of the environm…

Fertilizer campaign!

I am so so so busy, so normal service is unlikely to be resumed for a little while.

However I am very pleased to have had an email from Guy Taylor of Globalise Resistance, who is doing brilliant work to oppose a Russian fertilizer giant expanding amidst problems with pollution and workers rights.



Politicians in France have joined environmentalists on both sides of the Channel in protests at the new fertilizer factory - saying they want to prevent a tragedy similar to the 2001 explosion at a AZF fertilizer plant in Toulouse which killing 31 people.

Kagarlitsky said: “UralChem has a dismal safety record in Russia, and we cannot allow the company’s access to EU markets to take precedence over safety concerns.”

Guy Taylor for the London based campaign Stop UralChem UK said: “Workers and residents of the towns where UralChem operates in Russia know only too well that this company puts profits before safety and the environmental.”

French senator Marie-Christine Blandin said: “Allowing UralChem t…

A bigger war than Iraq or Afghanistan continues in silence

This legacy of rebellion has left behind a furious people who have been deliberately isolated and marginalised by the Indian government. The Indian Constitution, the moral underpinning of Indian democracy, was adopted by Parliament in 1950. It was a tragic day for tribal people. The Constitution ratified colonial policy and made the State custodian of tribal homelands. Overnight, it turned the entire tribal population into squatters on their own land. It denied them their traditional rights to forest produce, it criminalised a whole way of life. In exchange for the right to vote, it snatched away their right to livelihood and dignity.

Having dispossessed them and pushed them into a downward spiral of indigence, in a cruel sleight of hand, the government began to use their own penury against them. Each time it needed to displace a large population—for dams, irrigation projects, mines—it talked of “bringing tribals into the mainstream” or of giving them “the fruits of modern development”…

'Any Asian could be a Muslim'

'Any Asian could be a Muslim. Any Asian wearing a headscarf or a beard must be a Muslim. Every Muslim is a fundamentalist. Every fundamentalist is a terrorist. We are in danger of creating a culture of suspicion and distrust not only between communities but within communities, indeed within families and between individuals - which can hardly count for British values or democracy!'


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Malawi gay trial protest 22 March: Free Tiwonge and Steven

Reminder: We hope to see you and your friends on Monday

Steven and Tiwonge are appealing for Londoners to support them, as
they face a lengthy jail sentence.

Show that you support them. Love is no crime.

Malawi gay trial protest 22 March: Free Tiwonge and Steven

Drop the charges and repeal anti-gay laws

Commonwealth must condemn homophobic persecution in Malawi

London - 21 March 2010

You are urged to join the protest against the arrest, trial and imprisonment of the Malawian couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, on charges of homosexuality. They face up to 14 years jail.

Please copy this email to all your friends, and ask them to attend.

Monday 22 March
12.30pm to 2pm

Commonwealth head office, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX.

By the corner of Pall Mall and St James's Street. See this map:
http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&source=hp&q=commonwealth%20secretariat%20london&aql=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

Nearest tubes: Green Park, Charing C…

RIP Chris Hutt and other Bristol heros.

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Devastated to find out that Chris Hutt, who I used to know in my Bristol days, died yesterday.

A very sad loss.

I hope as a memorial the local authority will not wreck the Bristol-Bath cycle path, which he worked so hard to defend.

I believe he died from a heart condition, sadly so many cyclists are killed in the saddle, he died at home

Pete Taylor, another cycling campaigner, and a good friend, died last year.

Last time I was in Bristol I had a couple of pints in the Highbury Vaults, a great night but reminded me of when I was in there drinking with John Malos, back in the late 80s or early 90s, a great ecosocialist, and a former Bristol West Labour Party parliamentary candidate.

I do miss John a lot, he died back in the 1990s....an Australian-Greek physics lecturer at the University....he was an ecosocialist when there were less of us about, Bristol is happily thick with the red and the green (Jerry Hicks for a start!).

The memorial we must build is a better future.

Chris Hutt would wish t…

Handsworth Revolution

'chevere este cancion. la verdad unos de los mejores artistas reggae!' as they say, a bit of reggae, dread town Birmingham.

I have had a bit of dread influence, thin white guy that I am, most notably working with Nandor.

Ital as they say is vital.

Do catch Nandor's blog Dread Times

Massive anti-Berlusconi protest

just got this from Fabio, grazie amico. Even the Economist are against Berlusconi, what a night mare...


The government of Silvio Berlusconi is setting up a project of privatization
of the public water in Italy. In november, the government approved the law
project and now it is under approval at the parliament. The possibility to
see italian water held by corporations alarmed a lot of people and many
committees have been organized all over the country in order to stop the
water privatization. Yesterday all thees committees, left parties, social
centers and common people went out in force through the streets of Rome to
reclaim ACQUA PUBBLICA E DIFESA DEI BENI COMUNI (transl. public water and
commonwealth defence).

This demostration have been populated by both public water committees
(official site: www.acquabenecomune.org) and many committees for the defence
of the territory and environment and for social justice. The watchwords of
this protest have been: public water and public resources, stop buil…

Zeitgeist exposed

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One World government.

Centralization of political power.

Rule by and for bankers.

Or something more sinister.


More here

Ten thesis on the new extractivism

The Latin American left, for all their, virtues are still linked to an extractive economy, based on getting oil, gas, minerals and metals out of the ground as quickly as possible.

While less aggressive than the Latin American right in Peru and Colombia, the basic contradiction remains.

At least in Latin America there are networks of indigenous people and ecosocialist activists oppose to this, in the rest of the world, left and right, pretty much proclaim burn baby burn.

We do need to move to a non extractive economy because this extractive model does not work ecologically.

Opening up struggles for a sane economy is hardly on the agenda but is vital.

Ten thesis on the new extractivism is a useful account of the economics of extractivism amongst the left in Latin America.

Getting to an ecological economy needs to be on the agenda, we are cutting off our own means of life.

All I can say is viva Aidesep.

More here

Ken Livingstone and the Green Party

Ken Livingstone appeared with Green Party activists in Cambridge.

He didn't as a Labour Party member endorse the Greens but he came close.

As an independent he was first elect Mayor of London with some Green Party support.


More here

Army of Crime

Watching Army of Crime about the left resistance in France, pretty good.

do miss France, must make a trip, I am so much more in touch with Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, Australia, even Germany and Turkey.

Michael Lowy my French (also Brazilian) ecosocialist friend is such a good person and has written so much excellent stuff.

Review here

Alberto Durango demo 5pm Liverpool St

Just had this from Dave Broder, thanks Dave!
Hi everyone

Just in case you'd forgotten, the day of action against Swiss bank UBS in solidarity with under-fire cleaners and sacked shop steward Alberto Durango is today (Fri 19th).

There's going to be demos in London, Zurich, Manchester, Edinburgh, Stockholm, New York, Kyiv and Buenos Aires...

The London protest is from 5pm at 100 Liverpool Street - bring friends/banners/stuff that makes a noise!

Respect leader on course to win election as MP

The party leader, Salma Yaqoob, who finished second in Birmingham Sparkbrook in 2005, is standing in the neighbouring Hall Green seat where Labour's Roger Godsiff is defending a notional majority of 4,191. Yaqoob is popular in the area, a third of which is Muslim, and she has been helped by the local Green Party's decision to stand aside and endorse Respect.



http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2010/03/whelan-party-majority-labour

Violated in the name of progress

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Every day, we see the blatant abuse and destruction of our Sacred Sites. Because all humans are indigenous to the Earth, it is up to all of us to protect and preserve the resting places of our Ancestors and other sites that are a rich part of our cultural, spiritual, and traditional heritage. We live in a time where our natural landscapes are fast disappearing, our Sacred Sites are violated, our water and skies poisoned by carcinogenic pollution, our wildlife forced out of their natural habitats while big-box stores, housing developments, and black pavement cover and imprison the land; all in the name of progress.

More here

Empty prosperity leads to catastrophe

In this hidden world of cause-and-effect, the environmental movement and the public stand at a crossroads. Is growth a product of “consumerism” — the most socially acceptable and socially neutral explanation that we usually encounter in discussions of environmental deterioration? Or does growth occur because of the nature of production for a market economy? To a certain extent, we can say. both. But the overall reality of a market economy is that consumer demand for a new product rarely occurs spontaneously, nor is its consumption guided purely by personal considerations.

Today, demand is created not by consumers but by producers — specifically, by enterprises called advertising agencies that use a host of techniques to manipulate public taste. American washing and drying machines, for example, are all but constructed to be used communally-and they are communally used in many apartment buildings. Their privatization in homes, where they stand idle most of the time, is a result of adver…

The conference for Tierra Madre in Cochabamba

I am keeping my feet on the ground but my good friend Hugo Blanco is going from Peru and has kindly agreed to get a document from me translated into Spanish putting the arguments that we both believe for ecosocialism. The event is ecosocialism in action, in Latin America indigneous and workers are remaking the world in the spirit of respect for ecology and justice.


Dear sisters and brothers



We’ve gathered some information and links to share with you. Some of the information is to do with the “World People's Conference on Climate Change” that will take place in Cochabamba, Bolivia, between the 20 and 22 April, and some information is related to our work with various solidarity campaigns here in the UK.



Some people have asked what are the 10 Mother Earth Commandments. So, we are including a transcription, also we found a wonderful article in the Guardian describing the process of change in Bolivia written by Matt Kennard, and as articles of this type are so rare we have translated it …