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The LOOming Eco Crisis

Centre for Altern­at­ive Tech­no­logy media officer Kim Bryan explores the impacts of the loom band craze

Its a ques­tion that has been both­er­ing me for a while as I watch my son Neru glee­fully pro­duce another brace­let for his already covered arm. Surely these things must have an envir­on­mental impact. I stuck my head in the sand and got on with enjoy­ing my son’s abund­ant cre­ativ­ity. The thing is, I work at CAT and even­tu­ally the nig­gly voice took over; this is what I found out.

Every­where you go these days you see them – on trains and buses, at play parks, lib­rar­ies and schools: tiny col­our­ful elastic bands being trans­formed into a myriad of dif­fer­ent things. The loom band craze has taken of at a phe­nom­enal rate; kids every­where are get­ting cre­at­ive and mak­ing  jew­ellery with these easy to use and appeal­ing elastic bands.

loom

Yet the envir­on­mental con­sequences of loom bands are becom­ing increas­ingly appar­ent. A surge in demand has led to the devel­op­ment of new plant­a­tions in East Asia, with act­iv­ists point­ing toair and water pol­lu­tion from the pro­duc­tion pro­cess. Animal wel­fare groups have soun­ded the alarm of the threat to animal and mar­ine life. In addi­tion, the loom bands are not recyclable.

Loom uses non-latex rub­ber, which means the bands are a syn­thetic product made largely from sil­ic­one. Syn­thetic mater­i­als require less land to pro­duce, but they aren’t renew­able, as nat­ural rub­ber is. Recyc­ling con­sult­ants WasteCon­nect said loom bands are a grow­ing problem;

They can’t be recycled and when a child does even­tu­ally get bored with them and the craze dies out, they will just be tak­ing up space. I really don’t know what can be done with them that would solve the grow­ing problem.”

In the Phil­ip­pines animal wel­fare organ­isa­tion PAWS has warned pet own­ers to keep their pets away from loom bands due to the risk of intest­inal obstruc­tion. In the US some veter­in­ari­ans have treated dogs and cats with severe vomit­ing or diarrhea caused by ingest­ing one or more loom bands. If the animal swal­lows sev­eral bands, an intest­inal block­age can form, a prob­lem that can become fatal without sur­gery. Cats, which have smal­ler digest­ive pas­sages, are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­able. The bands are also dif­fi­cult to spot on an X-ray, mak­ing dia­gnosis a challenge.

bird

Wild­life can exper­i­ence the same effects from elastic bands,  ducks are among the most vul­ner­able creatures, with the bands get­ting wrapped around their beaks or necks . The anim­als some­times ingest the bands, which can cause prob­lems as they pass through the digest­ive tract. Paul, dir­ector of con­ser­va­tion at the National Mar­ine Aquar­ium in Ply­mouth, said: “’Loom bands, like any plastic item, are cap­able of per­sist­ing in the envir­on­ment for many, many years and there is abund­ant evid­ence of small plastic items mak­ing their way into the diets of mar­ine anim­als and seabirds with tra­gic con­sequences. I’d be par­tic­u­larly wor­ried about loom bands being taken to the beach, due to the like­li­hood of them get­ting into the sea.”

In the US, an online peti­tion has been set up call­ing for a ban on the bands until they can be ‘pro­duced and recycled in an environmentally-sustainable way’. The peti­tion says:

Sur­ging demand for Rain­bow Looms has led to the devel­op­ment of new rub­ber plant­a­tions in East Asia. Not only does rub­ber pro­duc­tion task the regional envir­on­ment, but it also con­trib­utes to air and water pol­lu­tion. The syn­thetic mater­i­als used to pro­duce the looms are not renew­able or recyclable.”

The Centre for Altern­at­ive Tech­no­logy runs kids’ activ­it­ies through­out the sum­mer that make recycled green jew­ellery. There are some really easy to ideas on line that use nat­ural mater­i­als such as clay, stones, shells, yarn, etc. Friend­ships bands used to be a huge phe­nomenon and involve plait­ing col­oured pieces of thread together, res­ult­ing in a mini work of art that is bio­de­grad­able, easy to do and much more envir­on­ment­ally sus­tain­able.  Bet­ter get the yarn out then!

 

Media Depart­ment
Machynlleth, POW SY20 9AZ
United Kingdom

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http://media.cat.org.uk/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/mailing/optout&reset=1&jid=300&qid=125310&h=373a71693353ad36

 

Phase 2 of the 20 mph speed limit program rolls on

The new lim­its, part of the council’s cam­paign for safer streets, will apply from Monday the 16th of June. See here for your self in which streets the new lim­its apply.

 

Here is the brief sent by the Trans­port Plan­ning office.

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Safer Streets – Bet­ter places

Phase 2 of the 20mph pro­gramme to be imple­men­ted on Monday 16th June 2014 as part of the council’s cam­paign for safer streets.

 

As you will no doubt have noticed, the last 2 months have seen the 20mph sig­nage and road mark­ings being installed across the Phase 2 imple­ment­a­tion area – this cov­ers many of the res­id­en­tial areas of the city includ­ing West Hove, Pre­ston, Holling­dean, Moulse­coomb, Beven­dean, Coldean and East Brighton.

 

As with the imple­ment­a­tion of Phase 1, all the new sig­nage has be “blacked out” ini­tially as the limit is not, just yet in force.

 

Given the size of the area, it was not pos­sible to imple­ment all the sig­nage and road mark­ings overnight and where road mark­ing have been painted they can­not be covered so will be show­ing already in many areas.

 

The legal Speed Limit Orders, which makes the 20mph limit the legal speed limit on those roads where it has been signed and marked, will come into force on Monday 16th June 2014.

 

A map show­ing the roads covered by the new lim­its can be found at:

 

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sites/brighton-hove.gov.uk/files/Brighton-Phase2%20streets%20map.pdf

 

The black cov­er­ing on the 20mph sig­nage will be removed on Monday 16th June on all entry ways into the areas but it may, due to the size of the area, take a day or two before all the smal­ler repeater signs are all com­pletely uncovered.

 

There have been and will con­tinue to be  com­mu­nic­a­tions (e.g., press releases, advert­ising, radio, web­site, social media, emails such as this one)  both city wide and tar­geted in the dir­ectly affected areas in the past few and com­ing weeks to alert drivers and other road users to the change in the speed limit.

 

The imple­ment­a­tion of this second Phase was approved, with cross party, unan­im­ous, sup­port at the Council’s Envir­on­ment, Trans­port and Sus­tain­ab­il­ity (ETS) Com­mit­tee in March 2014

 

The prin­ted decisions and minutes of the March Com­mit­tee can be found on the Coun­cil web­site at:

http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/Published/C00000823/M00004791/$$$Decisions.doc.pdf  and

http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/Published/C00000823/M00004791/$$$Minutes.doc.pdf

 

and the Com­mit­tee report rel­ev­ant to this decision can also be found on the Coun­cil web­site at:

http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/Published/C00000823/M00004791/$$ADocPackPublic.pdf

 

Listen here to Davy Jones Politics Shows — latest Brighton Palestinian Solidarity Campaign

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES WITH BRIGHTON PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES WITH JOHN MEDHURST

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES WITH LIVING RENT CAMPAIGN

Green Party par­lia­ment­ary can­did­ate Davy Jones dis­cusses the hous­ing crisis, par­tic­u­larly in the private hous­ing sec­tor with Amanda and David from the Liv­ing Rent Campaign.

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONESPOLITICS ROUNDUP

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES AND SAVE OVINGDEAN CAMPAIGNERS

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES SPEAKING AT NO GLORIES IN WAR MEETING

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES AND GUESTS AT THE BIG DISH

LISTEN HERE TO DAVE JONES DISCUSS THE CUTS BEING MADE TO BRIGHTON FIRE SERVICE

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES WITH KEITH TAYLOR MEP

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES JO WILDING AND RIAD EL-TAHER ON 11th ANNIVERSARY OF IRAQ WAR

This week, on the elev­enth anniversary of the Iraq War, Davy Jones hosts a dis­cus­sion in which Jo Wild­ing talks about her exper­i­ences in Iraq just as the war was start­ing and there­after. Riad El-Taher talks about the war the reas­ons why it happened and the roles of some of the major players.

LISTEN HERE TO DISCUSSION OF RECENT WEATHER EVENTS WITH NATALIE BENNETT

LISTEN HERE TO DISCUSSION OF LOCAL BUDGET WITH LEO LITTMAN

LISTEN HERE TO DISCUSSION WITH AERON DAVIS ON AUSTERITY

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH JOHN WEEKS. .

LISTEN HERE TO LATEST INTERVIEW ON FRACKING .

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH SUE BOWES AND TOM HICKEY ON AUSTERITY

 LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH MAX KEISER ON CAUSES OF AUSTERITY

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH JOSE BOVE, REBECCA HARMS AND OTHER AT BALCOMBE ANTI FRACKING DEMO 19−01−14

LISTEN HERE TO POLITICS SHOW ON FUEL POVERTY WITH KAYLA ENTE

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH CAROL DAWES AND KATHRYN MCWHIRTER ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF FRACKING

LISTEN HERE TO DISCUSSION WITH ALI GHANIMI AND IAN CUNNINGHAM ABOUT EDUCATION 

LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSION ON RACISM WITH LOUISE PURBRICK AND MATTHEW CARR

LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSION ON YOUNG PEOPLE, THEIR ISSUES AND THEIR EFFECT ON SOCIETY WITH MADDY WILLIAMS AND TOM ROBINSON

LISTEN HERE FOR INTERVIEW WITH MADELEINE DICKENS AND ANDY WORTHINGTON ON THE NHS 

 LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSION ON THE TRANSPORT ISSUES IN BRIGHTON WITH DUNCAN BLINKHORN

LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSION OF CURRENT STATE OF THE BENEFITS SYSTEM WITH IMOGEN FORBES

 

Listen here — or Mon 9.30pm : Pighog Literature Review Christmas Special with Brendan Cleary

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Listen here  to the new­est show from  Meredith Collins, editor with local inde­pend­ent pub­lish­ers Pig­hog , where she talks to poet Brendan Cleary. The Pig­hog Lit­er­at­ure Review is a weekly look at good reads , poetry and prose, writ­ten and pub­lished right here in Sus­sex. She will be dis­cuss­ing books for all ages includ­ing tasty treats for winter nights that even the thorn­i­est non reader will be unable to res­ist. More info at http://www.pighog.co.uk/about/index.html

Below is a short intro from Pig­hog web­site — go there to find details of their events etc!

Pig­hog is an award-winning inde­pend­ent pub­lisher cre­at­ing ground­break­ing exper­i­ences of the writ­ten and spoken word. We pub­lish high qual­ity ori­ginal work for a diverse range of regional, national and inter­na­tional voices.

We are known for dis­cov­er­ing excit­ing new tal­ent and for our unique and dis­tinct­ive pub­lic­a­tions. Our aim is to present high qual­ity work through high qual­ity present­a­tion — in print, online and live. We were short­l­is­ted for the pres­ti­gi­ous 2012 Michael Marks Pub­lish­ers Award and Char­lotte Gann’s The Long Woman was short­l­is­ted for the 2012 Michael Marks Pamph­let Award. Sarah Jackson’s Milk was short­l­is­ted for the same award in 2008. We have also won a Poetry Book Soci­ety Pamph­let Choice Award for Lorna Thorpe’s Dan­cing to Motown.

Our approach is eclectic. We do not back any par­tic­u­lar lit­er­ary ideo­logy but prefer to offer our read­ers a stim­u­lat­ing choice of well-made work. Our artistic eclecticism is com­ple­men­ted by our ded­ic­a­tion to regional voices. Our Sus­sex Series has brought atten­tion to a group of writers who have been termed the ‘Beach Gen­er­a­tion’. We are now devel­op­ing a series devoted to poets from Mun­ster in Ire­land. We have inter­na­tional con­nec­tions with poets, pub­lish­ers and organ­isa­tions in Canada, India, Ire­land, Mex­ico, Puerto Rico, Chile, Fin­land, Ger­many, Hol­land, Jamaica, Scand­inavia, Slov­e­nia, Spain and the USA.

We are com­mit­ted to both tra­di­tional and new media pub­lic­a­tion. We are the first pub­lisher to issue a book via Twit­ter, send­ing out a guide to writ­ing poetry as a series of Tweets. In 2009, Pig­hog launched its first writ­ing com­pet­i­tion (for writers of fic­tion for chil­dren and young people) and in 2010 has taken over respons­ib­il­ity for Pulse: Brighton Inter­na­tional Poetry Fest­ival, which in 2010 was based around the lit­er­ary week­end party Pigbaby.

Look­ing ahead, we are devel­op­ing a new series for emer­ging poets (Pig­hog Pass­ports) as well as pamph­let col­lec­tions of short stories.

We believe that lan­guage is energy and that lit­er­ary works har­ness that energy to cre­ate feel­ing, insight and ima­gin­at­ive exper­i­ence to change minds and lives.

Pamph­let poetry, for me, is one of the most revolu­tion­ary and excit­ing forms of art. Not least, because it bypasses fash­ion and estab­lish­ment and social clique and gives an oppor­tun­ity to every­one who thinks they have some­thing good to say through poetry to try. That equally on the receiv­ing end, it tran­scends the val­ues of class and cul­ture and even edu­ca­tion, to reach any­one who has an art and desire to be human.” — Lady Marks from her Inaug­ural Address to the 2008 Michael Marks Awards at the Brit­ish Library.

 

 

What future for Palestine: What can be expected from the international community? — Joint Brighton UNA/BHPSC Discussion 27th Sep

Joint Brighton UNA/BHPSC dis­cus­sion meeting

Sat­urday 27 Septem­ber 2014

2.00pm –5.30pm

Dor­set Gar­dens Meth­od­ist Church Hall

Dor­set Gar­dens, Brighton BN2 1RL

(Dor­set Gar­dens runs between St James’s Street and Edward Street)

Speak­ers:

Musheir El Farrah

Mush­ier is Chair of Shef­field PSC. He is ori­gin­ally from Gaza and has fam­ily still there includ­ing his sis­ter, Mona El Far­rah, who is a doc­tor at Al-Shifa hos­pital in Gaza. Musheir is the author of a book about the 2008–9 Israeli assault on Gaza, When the Sky Rained White Fire (Shef­field PSC, 2012).

Michael Kear­ney

Lec­turer in Inter­na­tional Law, Uni­ver­sity of Sus­sex. Michael’s research interests cover inter­na­tional human­it­arian law, war crimes and human rights and in par­tic­u­lar the role and impact of inter­na­tional law on the ques­tion of Palestine. Joint author of Bey­ond Occu­pa­tion: Apartheid, Colo­ni­al­ism & Inter­na­tional Law in the Occu­pied Palestinian Ter­rit­or­ies. (Pluto Press 2012).

A third speaker is cur­rently being con­firmed but in the mean­time please put this date in your diaries.

Light refresh­ments provided. Free admission.

 

2014 is the UN Inter­na­tional Year of Solid­ar­ity with the Palestinian people and yet on 30 July, the Commissioner-General of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNWRA, said about the shelling of a school in Gaza where shel­ter­ing chil­dren were sleep­ing, “This is an affront to all of us, a source of uni­ver­sal shame. Today the World stands disgraced”.

The tragedy of what has just happened in Gaza must make us all ques­tion what can be expec­ted from the Inter­na­tional Com­munity. We will be address­ing these issues and dis­cuss­ing what we can do at this meet­ing jointly organ­ised by Brighton & Hove PSC and Brighton & Hove United Nations Association.

 

Actions countrywide against Fracking August 18th MEDIA MISSED

IGas HQ blockaded.

15 Cam­paign­ers from Bal­combe, Bar­ton Moss and across the coun­try have block­aded both entrances to the IGas headquar­ters, 7 Down Street, West­min­ster, Lon­don, W1J 7AJ. Police have arrived at the site along­side secur­ity, but look unlikely to act soon.

http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/uncategorized/my-quick-status-post-2/ — in Lon­don, United Kingdom.

 

Fundraising Gig for Whoopsadaisy 24th Aug Hove Park Tavern

http://www.whoopsadaisy.org/

This Sunday 24th August 12 up-and-coming local bands have given their time for free to play one of the last fest­ivals of the year to sup­port a Brighton children’s charity.

This free event is being held indoors at the Hove Park Tav­ern, Old Shore­ham Road, Hove and is rais­ing funds for Brighton’s Whoopsa­daisy char­ity who help chil­dren with cereb­ral palsy and other motor dis­orders, to live life as inde­pend­ently as possible.

Like any good fest­ival, chil­dren are wel­come and BBQ food is avail­able. The music ranges from folk, blues and ambi­ent to rock, so every­one will be catered for whilst rais­ing money for this great local charity.

Organ­iser Phil Nye said “When this event was last run, over £1,200 was raised how­ever this time we have increased the num­ber of bands on the day and hence have moved to a lar­ger venue.”
“We would love to see as many people as pos­sible, all are wel­come and it will be a great after­noon of music and fun.”

Sue Woolford from Whoopsa­daisy said “We’re thrilled that Phil is con­tinu­ing his fant­astic sup­port for Whoopsa­daisy through these music events. It will be great for our pro­file and for our fun­drais­ing, and will mean that more local chil­dren with cereb­ral palsy — and their fam­il­ies — will receive the sup­port they need”

When the last event was held last year over £1,200 was donated. The pro­moters plan for this next event to be much big­ger and to raise even more money on the day through dona­tions and local busi­nesses who are being given the oppor­tun­ity to spon­sor the groups.

The music starts at 2pm and the day should fin­ish around 11pm giv­ing the fest­ival goers the Bank Hol­i­day Monday to recover!

For more inform­a­tion or details of how to spon­sor a band, please email us at phil@brightonsounds.com or visit the web­site atwww.brightonsounds.com

 

Listen here: CYPHER UNDER THE STATION: August 17th with Mos Prob and 8man

Cypher Under The Station: August 17th With Mos Prob And 8man

LISTEN HERE Cypher Under the Sta­tion this week sees The Other Guy take the subs bench with a broken hand, and Isle-of-Wight stal­wart 8man take the mic for some enlightenment,

 

Sign Avaaz Petition + Desmond Tutu ‘My plea to the people of Israel: ‘Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine’

 This cam­paign is gath­er­ing real pace. Rus­sell Brand has recor­ded this video back­ing the cam­paign,. Avaazers in the UK are cam­paign­ing to end arms sales to Israel as the gov­ern­ment there ini­ti­ates a review. And shock­ingly, even the US gov­ern­ment can­celled a ship­ment ofhell­fire mis­siles to Israel!

The pres­sure is work­ing — so let’s keep it up! sign the peti­tion here

My plea to the people of Israel: Lib­er­ate yourselves by lib­er­at­ing Palestine

Arch­bishop Emer­itus Des­mond Tutu, in an exclus­ive art­icle for Haaretz, calls for a global boy­cott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestini­ans to look bey­ond their lead­ers for a sus­tain­able solu­tion to the crisis in the Holy Land

The past weeks have wit­nessed unpre­ced­en­ted action by mem­bers of civil soci­ety across the world against the injustice of Israel’s dis­pro­por­tion­ately bru­tal response to the fir­ing of mis­siles from Palestine.

If you add together all the people who gathered over the past week­end to demand justice in Israel and Palestine – in Cape Town, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., New York, New Delhi, Lon­don, Dub­lin and Sydney, and all the other cit­ies – this was argu­ably the largest act­ive out­cry by cit­izens around a single cause ever in the his­tory of the world.

A quarter of a cen­tury ago, I par­ti­cip­ated in some well-attended demon­stra­tions against apartheid. I never ima­gined we’d see demon­stra­tions of that size again, but last Saturday’s turnout in Cape Town was as big if not big­ger. Par­ti­cipants included young and old, Muslims, Chris­ti­ans, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, athe­ists, blacks, whites, reds and greens … as one would expect from a vibrant, tol­er­ant, mul­ti­cul­tural nation.

I asked the crowd to chant with me: “We are opposed to the injustice of the illegal occu­pa­tion of Palestine. We are opposed to the indis­crim­in­ate killing in Gaza. We are opposed to the indig­nity meted out to Palestini­ans at check­points and road­b­locks. We are opposed to viol­ence per­pet­rated by all parties. But we are not opposed to Jews.”

Earlier in the week, I called for the sus­pen­sion of Israel from the Inter­na­tional Union of Archi­tects, which was meet­ing in South Africa.

I appealed to Israeli sis­ters and broth­ers present at the con­fer­ence to act­ively dis­as­so­ci­ate them­selves and their pro­fes­sion from the design and con­struc­tion of infra­struc­ture related to per­petu­at­ing injustice, includ­ing the sep­ar­a­tion bar­rier, the secur­ity ter­min­als and check­points, and the set­tle­ments built on occu­pied Palestinian land.

I implore you to take this mes­sage home: Please turn the tide against viol­ence and hatred by join­ing the non­vi­ol­ent move­ment for justice for all people of the region,” I said.

Over the past few weeks, more than 1.6 mil­lion people across the world have signed onto this move­ment by join­ing an Avaaz cam­paign call­ing on cor­por­a­tions profit­ing from the Israeli occu­pa­tion and/or implic­ated in the abuse and repres­sion of Palestini­ans to pull out. The cam­paign spe­cific­ally tar­gets Dutch pen­sion fund ABP; Barclays Bank; secur­ity sys­tems sup­plier G4S; French trans­port com­pany Veolia; com­puter com­pany Hewlett-Packard; and bull­dozer sup­plier Caterpillar.

Last month, 17 EU gov­ern­ments urged their cit­izens to avoid doing busi­ness in or invest­ing in illegal Israeli settlements.

We have also recently wit­nessed the with­drawal by Dutch pen­sion fund PGGM of tens of mil­lions of euros from Israeli banks; the divest­ment from G4S by the Bill and Melinda Gates Found­a­tion; and the U.S. Pres­by­terian Church divested an estim­ated $21 mil­lion from HP, Motorola Solu­tions and Caterpillar.

It is a move­ment that is gath­er­ing pace.

Viol­ence begets viol­ence and hatred, that only begets more viol­ence and hatred.

We South Afric­ans know about viol­ence and hatred. We under­stand the pain of being the pole­cat of the world; when it seems nobody under­stands or is even will­ing to listen to our per­spect­ive. It is where we come from.

We also know the bene­fits that dia­logue between our lead­ers even­tu­ally brought us; when organ­iz­a­tions labeled “ter­ror­ist” were unbanned and their lead­ers, includ­ing Nel­son Man­dela, were released from impris­on­ment, ban­ish­ment and exile.

We know that when our lead­ers began to speak to each other, the rationale for the viol­ence that had wracked our soci­ety dis­sip­ated and dis­ap­peared. Acts of ter­ror­ism per­pet­rated after the talks began – such as attacks on a church and a pub – were almost uni­ver­sally con­demned, and the party held respons­ible snubbed at the bal­lot box.

The exhil­ar­a­tion that fol­lowed our vot­ing together for the first time was not the pre­serve of black South Afric­ans alone. The real tri­umph of our peace­ful set­tle­ment was that all felt included. And later, when we unveiled a con­sti­tu­tion so tol­er­ant, com­pas­sion­ate and inclus­ive that it would make God proud, we all felt liberated.

Of course, it helped that we had a cadre of extraordin­ary leaders.

But what ulti­mately forced these lead­ers together around the nego­ti­at­ing table was the cock­tail of per­suas­ive, non­vi­ol­ent tools that had been developed to isol­ate South Africa, eco­nom­ic­ally, aca­dem­ic­ally, cul­tur­ally and psychologically.

At a cer­tain point – the tip­ping point – the then-government real­ized that the cost of attempt­ing to pre­serve apartheid out­weighed the benefits.

The with­drawal of trade with South Africa by mul­tina­tional cor­por­a­tions with a con­science in the 1980s was ulti­mately one of the key levers that brought the apartheid state – blood­lessly – to its knees. Those cor­por­a­tions under­stood that by con­trib­ut­ing to South Africa’s eco­nomy, they were con­trib­ut­ing to the reten­tion of an unjust status quo.

Those who con­tinue to do busi­ness with Israel, who con­trib­ute to a sense of “nor­malcy” in Israeli soci­ety, are doing the people of Israel and Palestine a dis­ser­vice. They are con­trib­ut­ing to the per­petu­ation of a pro­foundly unjust status quo.

Those who con­trib­ute to Israel’s tem­por­ary isol­a­tion are say­ing that Israelis and Palestini­ans are equally entitled to dig­nity and peace.

Ulti­mately, events in Gaza over the past month or so are going to test who believes in the worth of human beings.

It is becom­ing more and more clear that politi­cians and dip­lo­mats are fail­ing to come up with answers, and that respons­ib­il­ity for broker­ing a sus­tain­able solu­tion to the crisis in the Holy Land rests with civil soci­ety and the people of Israel and Palestine themselves.

Besides the recent dev­ast­a­tion of Gaza, decent human beings every­where – includ­ing many in Israel – are pro­foundly dis­turbed by the daily viol­a­tions of human dig­nity and free­dom of move­ment Palestini­ans are sub­jec­ted to at check­points and road­b­locks. And Israel’s policies of illegal occu­pa­tion and the con­struc­tion of buffer-zone set­tle­ments on occu­pied land com­pound the dif­fi­culty of achiev­ing an agree­ment­set­tle­ment in the future that is accept­able for all.

The State of Israel is behav­ing as if there is no tomor­row. Its people will not live the peace­ful and secure lives they crave – and are entitled to – as long as their lead­ers per­petu­ate con­di­tions that sus­tain the conflict.

I have con­demned those in Palestine respons­ible for fir­ing mis­siles and rock­ets at Israel. They are fan­ning the flames of hatred. I am opposed to all mani­fest­a­tions of violence.

But we must be very clear that the people of Palestine have every right to struggle for their dig­nity and free­dom. It is a struggle that has the sup­port of many around the world.

No human-made prob­lems are intract­able when humans put their heads together with the earn­est desire to over­come them. No peace is impossible when people are determ­ined to achieve it.

Peace requires the people of Israel and Palestine to recog­nize the human being in them­selves and each other; to under­stand their interdependence.

Mis­siles, bombs and crude invect­ive are not part of the solu­tion. There is no mil­it­ary solution.

The solu­tion is more likely to come from that non­vi­ol­ent tool­box we developed in South Africa in the 1980s, to per­suade the gov­ern­ment of the neces­sity of alter­ing its policies.

The reason these tools – boy­cott, sanc­tions and divest­ment – ulti­mately proved effect­ive was because they had a crit­ical mass of sup­port, both inside and out­side the coun­try. The kind of sup­port we have wit­nessed across the world in recent weeks, in respect of Palestine.

My plea to the people of Israel is to see bey­ond the moment, to see bey­ond the anger at feel­ing per­petu­ally under siege, to see a world in which Israel and Palestine can coex­ist – a world in which mutual dig­nity and respect reign.

It requires a mind-set shift. A mind-set shift that recog­nizes that attempt­ing to per­petu­ate the cur­rent status quo is to damn future gen­er­a­tions to viol­ence and insec­ur­ity. A mind-set shift that stops regard­ing legit­im­ate cri­ti­cism of a state’s policies as an attack on Juda­ism. A mind-set shift that begins at home and ripples out across com­munit­ies and nations and regions – to the Dia­spora scattered across the world we share. The only world we share.

People united in pur­suit of a right­eous cause are unstop­pable. God does not inter­fere in the affairs of people, hop­ing we will grow and learn through resolv­ing our dif­fi­culties and dif­fer­ences ourselves. But God is not asleep. The Jew­ish scrip­tures tell us that God is biased on the side of the weak, the dis­pos­sessed, the widow, the orphan, the alien who set slaves free on an exodus to a Prom­ised Land. It was the prophet Amos who said we should let right­eous­ness flow like a river.

Good­ness pre­vails in the end. The pur­suit of free­dom for the people of Palestine from humi­li­ation and per­se­cu­tion by the policies of Israel is a right­eous cause. It is a cause that the people of Israel should support.

Nel­son Man­dela fam­ously said that South Afric­ans would not feel free until Palestini­ans were free.

He might have added that the lib­er­a­tion of Palestine will lib­er­ate Israel, too.

 

10,000 protest in Tel Aviv for a just peace, end to occupation

Thousands gather at a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, calling for a just peace and an end to violence in Gaza, Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

Under a coali­tion of Israeli left-wing polit­ical parties and organ­iz­a­tions, thou­sands gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in the largest anti-war demon­stra­tion since the out­break of viol­ence in Gaza.

Some 10,000 Israelis flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square under the slo­gan “Chan­ging dir­ec­tion: toward peace, away from war” in the largest anti-Gaza war demon­stra­tion in Israel since the out­break of hos­til­it­ies more than one month ago.

Thou­sands gather at a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv, call­ing for a just peace and an end to viol­ence in Gaza, Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014. (photo: Activestills)

 

The protest was sched­uled to take place last week, but was post­poned after the police and Home Front Com­mand revoked its per­mit, ostens­ibly to stop large gath­er­ings dur­ing a time when mis­siles were being fired at Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities. Roughly 500 non-aligned act­iv­ists flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square any­way, in defi­ance of the ban.

At tonight’s demon­stra­tion the major left-wing parties, includ­ing Meretz and Hadash, as well as Peace Now and other left-wing organ­iz­a­tions, joined tonight’s demon­stra­tion, call­ing for a wide range of demands, from con­tinu­ing nego­ti­ations between Israel and Hamas to an end to the occu­pa­tion and Israel’s block­ade of Gaza. Many who have demon­strated through­out the past weeks of hos­til­it­ies expressed dis­ap­point­ment at Meretz and Peace Now for their refusal to sup­port anti-war demon­stra­tions until now.

Meretz MK Zehava Gal’on addressed the protest, affirm­ing that her party was against the Israeli mil­it­ary oper­a­tion in Gaza all along. She lashed out at Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu for not imme­di­ately recog­niz­ing the Palestinian unity deal and instead choos­ing war.

To large applause, Hadash MK Mohammad Barakeh stated in Hebrew and Arabic, “We are build­ing a part­ner­ship against the occu­pa­tion, for a free Palestine.” He con­tin­ued, “We are here for a two-state solu­tion, for life and a future for people in Gaza and the South.”

Famed Israeli author David Gross­man addressed the large crowd, say­ing, “We won’t be able to breathe deeply in Israel as long as people in Gaza feel choked,” adding, “We will always be neigh­bors with people in Gaza. We must live together.”

David Grossman speaks to a crowd of 10,000 anti-war protesters in Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

Israel author David Gross­man speaks to a crowd of 10,000 anti-war pro­test­ers in Tel Aviv, August 16, 2014 (photo: Activestills)

 

Naomi Tzion, a res­id­ent of Sderot, called on the crowd to think of those in Gaza who have now been made refugees twice or thrice, adding, ”The true spit­ting in the face of the res­id­ents of Sderot? The attempts to paint us all as a single ste­reo­typed col­lect­ive.” Gaza is “the biggest jail in the world,” she continued.

Along with anti-war sen­ti­ment, pro­test­ers expressed their anger at the Israeli gov­ern­ment for its lack of lead­er­ship, chant­ing “Bibi, go home!”

Accord­ing to the protest organ­izers, the demon­stra­tion was organ­ized to send the fol­low­ing mes­sage to Israel’s polit­ical leaders:

 

The next round of fight­ing can be prevented. No to the way of wars – we must have a polit­ical solu­tion! After an agon­iz­ing month of war and death, in the face of mount­ing waves of incite­ment and hatred, which increas­ingly tear up the Israeli soci­ety, we stand up to demon­strate for peace and for democracy.”

The rally at Rabin Square came two days after another demon­stra­tion was held to express solid­ar­ity with the res­id­ents of com­munit­ies along the Gaza border.

Related:
Hun­dreds in Tel Aviv defy police ban to protest Gaza war
The night it became dan­ger­ous to demon­strate in Tel Aviv
‘No more deaths’: Thou­sands of Israelis protest the Gaza war

 

 

Hurray! Rampion gets go ahead for wind farm off Brighton and Hove!!

Ram­pion Cur­rent Status

We’ve now been awar­ded con­sent to con­struct and oper­ate Ram­pion Off­shore Wind Farm. Con­sent has been given for a wind farm of between 100 and 175 tur­bines to be installed off the Sus­sex coast. We’ll be updat­ing these pages soon with more information.

If you’d like to view our final pro­pos­als, please click the links below.

infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-east/rampion-offshore-wind-farm

The Ram­pion Pro­ject Update (April 2013) and Ram­pion April 2013 News­let­ter provide an over­view of the con­sulta­tion feed­back and the final pro­pos­als, includ­ing the key changes we’ve made.

For any other enquir­ies about the Ram­pion pro­ject, please email us at rampion@eon.com or call 01273 603 721.

 

 

Latest news on our Pledge to Save the NHS

<defendthenhs@gmail.com>

Our Pledge to Save the NHS! What you can do now.…

Sus­sex Defend the NHS and Brighton & Hove Keep Our NHS Pub­lic are seek­ing sup­port from local Uni­ons and Com­munity Groups for their Pledge to Save the NHS (attached here).  It’s aimed at pro­spect­ive par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates, and the cam­paign to get them to sign it will be launched at the end of the sum­mer, with press events, a web site, let­ter writ­ing and a hust­ings planned lead­ing up to the elec­tions in 2015.
We’ve got off to a good start: so far we’ve secured sup­port from the GMB, Brighton & Hove NUJ, Uni­son Sus­sex Part­ner­ship Branch, Brighton & Hove Uni­son, Brighton & Hove People’s Assembly, and Brighton & Hove Trades Coun­cil. And there are more in the pipeline. (We’ll be adding logos shortly)
Are you a Trade Union mem­ber? If so, please raise sup­port­ing our Pledge to Save the NHS with your branch so that we can add your Logo and show the local par­lia­ment­ary and coun­cil can­did­ates where their pri­or­it­ies should lie. We’d be happy to provide a speaker at your next branch meet­ing to tell you more about our campaign.
And if you are a mem­ber of a Com­munity Group, please see if it will lend its sup­port too.
Events com­ing up

Can you join us? Let us know if you can help out for a while at any of these stalls or if you plan to come to our meet­ings. We also have work­ing groups for our Roll of Dis­hon­our, Pledge to save the NHS, & SMS cam­paigns, if that is more your style. Let us know!

<defendthenhs@gmail.com>

Sat 6 Sept

999 Call for the NHSPeople’s #march4nhs Rally for end of march from Jarrow

West­min­ster Lon­don– details to follow

Tues 9 Sept 

 Health and Well Being Board

4pm Hove Town Hall

(lobby for SMS tbc)

Tues 9 Sept

Sus­sex Defend the NHS organ­ising meet

7pm Brighthelm Centre

Wed 10 Sept           

Health Over­view and Scru­tiny Committee

4pm Hove Town Hall

Tues 23 Sept

B&H Clin­ical Com­mis­sion­ing Group Board and AGM

2–4.30 & 4.30−6 Brighthelm Centre

Tues 14th Oct

Health and Well­being Board

4pm Hove Town Hall

Thurs 16th Oct

Policy and Resources Committee

4pm Hove Town Hall

Lots more hap­pen­ing Sept and Octo­ber – dates to fol­low soon!

 

 

Listen Here: UNA Peter Crowhurst North Laines Community Association

The speaker this time at the United Nations Asso­ci­ation Meet­ing was Peter Crowhurst, who is a retired his­tory teacher and the cur­rent Chair of the North Laine Com­munity Asso­ci­ation in Brighton.

LISTEN HERE

 

FIRST COUNCIL REFUSES SHALE TEST DRILLING APPLICATIONFRIENDS OF THE EARTH REACTION

Com­ment­ing on West Sus­sex County Coun­cil turn­ing down Celtique Energie’s applic­a­tion to test drill for shale oil near the pic­tur­esque vil­lage of Wis­bor­ough Green, Brenda Pol­lack, South East Cam­paigner at Friends of the Earth said:
“This was abso­lutely the right decision. Nobody wants to see Sus­sex ruined by indus­trial drilling for dirty fossil fuels. If Celtique had been allowed to test for oil or gas, then there’s every chance that frack­ing would have followed.
“Local people would have seen their peace­ful neigh­bour­hoods shattered by the drilling and the extra lor­ries and other indus­trial traffic that comes with it. It has been clear from the start that this applic­a­tion must be refused for a range of reasons.
“Sus­sex could and should be at the heart of Britain’s grow­ing clean, green energy and eco­nomic trans­form­a­tion with a drive to waste less energy and source it from the wind, sun and waves.”
A future based on and renew­able tech­no­logy and cut­ting waste could provide many jobs: renew­able energy could sup­port 400,000 jobs across the UK by 2020 and an energy effi­ciency pro­gramme could cre­ate 71,000 new jobs by 2015.
ENDS
Notes to editors
1. WSCC Plan­ning com­mit­tee met today to dis­cuss the applic­a­tion by Celtique Ener­gie to carry out test drilling (a ver­tical and con­tin­gent hori­zontal well). Details of the applic­a­tion can be found here.
2. Renew­able Energy Asso­ci­ation 23rd April 2012 ‘Report on employ­ment and skills in the UK renew­able energy sec­tor
3. Friends of the Earth brief­ing on frack­ing avail­able here.
4. For more than 40 years we’ve seen that the well­being of people and planet go hand in hand – and it’s been the inspir­a­tion for our cam­paigns. Together with thou­sands of people like you we’ve secured safer food and water, defen­ded wild­life and nat­ural hab­it­ats, cham­pioned the move to clean energy and acted to keep our cli­mate stable. Be a Friend of the Earth – see things dif­fer­ently. To find out more visitwww.foe.co.uk or fol­low us on Twit­ter @wwwfoecouk
 

What Climate Change propaganda is/isn’t telling us…

Graph depict­ing the increased pres­ence of Meth­ane, Car­bon Diox­ide and Nitrous Oxide, all of which pose a dir­ect threat to the polar ice caps and cli­mate at large.

With the increased pres­ence of the Green Party in both Europe and on our own turf after the recent elec­tions, the cli­mate change dia­logue is becom­ing more and more trans­par­ent. Below are links to two pieces of pro­pa­ganda: the first being the Exxon Out­look for Energy 2040, a pub­lic­a­tion aimed at Exxon share­hold­ers and the politi­cians who work for them; the second being a report from the Arc­tic Meth­ane Emer­gency Group, backed by sci­ence and sci­ence alone.

The former makes no men­tion of meth­ane and fails to acknow­ledge the rap­idly accel­er­at­ing cli­mate change crisis. The lat­ter uses inform­a­tion from the IPCC to try and identify areas of weak­ness and for­mu­late some pro­gres­sion from where we are now, pla­cing ser­i­ous cata­strophe within a four year reach. Who are you going to believe?

Down­load the Exxon report here:

http://cdn.exxonmobil.com/~/media/Reports/Outlook%20For%20Energy/2014/2014-Outlook-for-Energy-low-resolution.pdf

View and share the AMEG inform­a­tion here: 

http://ameg.me/index.php/emergency

 

 

Listen Here : Rachel Gorman Violin Recital

LISTEN HERE

Live Clas­sical Recital with the fant­astic Rachel Gor­man. In this 40 minute intim­ate show, Rachel show­cases a rep­er­toire of;
–Moz­art– K454 Son­ata in Bb for Violin and Piano
–Ysaye– Bal­lade for Solo violin
–Mes­si­aen– Theme and Variations

 

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