Newmont Mining wanted Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe to get off her land so they could build a giant, polluting gold mine, but she said no.
So they sued her — but she won in court and refused to back down.
Then Newmont sent paid security agents to intimidate her and invade her home, destroying part of it completely.
And we just got word that Máxima continues to face harassment from security forces backed by Newmont, hell-bent on pushing forward with this mine.
Local community leaders need to raise $80,000 by the end of the month, or they quickly run out of options to fight back — can you chip in by October 31st?
Newmont Mining is determined to build a massive, open-pit gold mine, which would drain four mountain lakes in an arid farming region. And they think they can use harassment to do it.
But we can prove them wrong. SumOfUs has millions of members all around the world, and we can force this gold mining giant to back off.
With your donation, community leaders could:
- Send independent human rights observers to the region to monitor the treatment of Máxima and other peaceful protesters by Newmont-backed security forces;
- Hand-deliver a petition to the IFC — the financial power behind the mine — to illustrate the scale of opposition to its development;
- Hire a high-impact lawyer: It’s rumoured that a top lawyer is preparing a case to make sure Máxima is totally unable to fight back. Your donation would make sure she had the resources to fight back.
SumOfUs members paid for local community leaders to deliver signatures directly to Newmont’s headquarters in the United States.
After the petition delivery, we received a note from our Mirtha Vásquez, one of Máxima’s friends that travelled to the Newmont meeting. When told about the number of petition supporters, Máxima teared up and said:
“I would like to thank everyone from around the world who signed the petition in support of my case. In truth I am fighting with my family for something just, to defend my land, whatever it has cost me. For this I thank you because your support has given me the strength to continue fighting.
This is exactly what SumOfUs was created to do. Standing alone, none of us can defeat giant multi-national corporations in fights like this. But by uniting consumers from around the world, we can put enough pressure on these corporations to force them to back down — for good.
Will you chip in £1 to help Maxima and other Peruvian farmers save their land?
“Economic Power Struggles”
This show from the US includes updates on Greek and Portuguese austerity struggles, obesity and Coca Cola, importance of U of Missouri, JC Penney’s fake sales, and Macy’s urgent sales. Response to listeners on politics, economics of TPP. Major discussions of (1) upcoming FED decision on interest rates and (2) economic causes of gentrified US cities.
How Capitalism Works
Updates on capitalism vs higher education, real costs of apps, how other half banks. In depth analyses of projected economic downturn in 2016, capitalist inequality and housing changes, and how capitalism affects sports.
Teaching High School Economics
Updates on Obama harshness re student debt, how much corps and rich abuse tax havens, MIT rejects fossil-fuel divestment, profit over safety at tylenol company. Response to listener on where US economy headed now. Interview life-long high school teacher Alan Schulman on teaching economics after the 2008 crisis: problems and prospects.
Capitalism vs Democratic Socialism
Richard Wolff updates us on monster merger in beer, buying the US presidency, homeless in Hawaii, Canada’s election results. Response to listener’s question on relation of individualism to capitalism and socialism. Major discussion of history of socialism vs capitalism with focus on specific place of democratic socialism.
Coops vs capitalism
Saving capitalism, looming economic downturn, Berlin 250,000 against TTIP, US plan to give Puerto Rican taxes to banks. Response to question on planning. Interview: Laura Flanders, independent journalist on coops vs capitalism.
Updates on Planned Parenthood, Irish and French unions’ initiatives. Responses to questions on the VW scandal and the TPP deals. In depth update and analysis of the ongoing Crisis in Greece with Prof. Harry Konstantinides.
Meanings of Class
This programme includes
updates on the Swedish plan for a peaceful transition beyond capitalism, ripoffs in car insurance, Ferguson, MO credit downgrade. Also there is response to listeners on the CA drought and on the best solution for corporate abuses like VW’s. Then a major discussion of (1) what class means and what is at stake in different meanings, and (2) guaranteed income vs guaranteed jobs.”
Puerto Rico as US’s Greece
Updates on new Detroit book, Mayor’s austerity policy in Chicago, homeless school children, soaring medical insurance deductibles. Responses to listeners on VW scandal and Pope’s statements on economics. Interview with Prof. Ian Seda-Irizarry on current crisis in Puerto Rico.
This week’s show from the US includes updates on GM settlement, Census Bureau proves no recovery for 90%, GE moves jobs overseas; responses to listeners on FED agonies over interest rates and how capitalism mishandles unemployment. Major discussion of WSDEs and capitalist corporations.
LISTEN HERE TO Public meeting on GP services and primary care. Thursday 24th September, Friends Meeting House.
Here is another great idea re the Hummingbird Project. Thanks for this, Alex.
“Hi, I would like to suggest something to the Hummingbird Project – I haven’t heard the item on the radio but read the link on Facebook. I thought of ONESIES if people contributed ONE of a range of things they own – may be ten items for a start – the giver would barely miss the item, the receiver would appreciate it much more eg if I gave one T shirt, 1 saucepan, 1 plate, one jumper, one sheet, one towel, one pair of socks etc what impact would that have on my home? Very little…And on many people’s lives in the UK? But imagine the collected items from 100 or 500 contributors etc and taken to Calais? Very happy indeed to contribute my ONESIES.”
Listen here: https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioFreeBrighton/radio-free-brighton-davy-jones-politics-show-040815/
Davy Jones interview Elaine Ortis about her Hummingbird Project. Here is her description of what she is trying to do and a link to her crown funder:
Hello and welcome to The Hummingbird Project!
I am asking people to help make something happen that is very special.
I want to take a bunch of kind hearted people to Calais with me in September and in November, loaded with much needed supplies ready to give to people who really, really need our help.
I am talking about bringing aid to the men, women and children who are living in the most horrendous ‘camps’ in Calais.
The people who have fled war torn countries, trauma’s and oppression. Those who have had no choice than to try and move to somewhere safer for them and their families.
To do this I need money, donations of equipment and food.. and I also need people to join me! So please get in touch if you would like to come along.
We have a global refugee crisis and we all need to come together and help in some way. We certainly are not doing that as a country unfortunately.
The ‘migrants’, ‘immigrants’, ‘refugees’ ,’asylum seekers’, they are human beings just like us. Lets show some solidarity. These people really have no other choice than to try and make a better life- I am sure most of us would do the same if we had to!
The Hummingbird Project is based on a story of a small hummingbird who tries to put a fire out in a forest on its own. The story is about doing all you can, no matter how big the problem is.
As the story suggests we can work alone or we can work together to make bigger things happen. We all have different things we can offer whether that is time, skills, knowledge, support or donations. So please help me get this project of the ground in what ever way you can.
We will be there to provide some essential supplies to help keep people as warm, dry and as safe as possible in the colder months. We will offer hot food and drinks when we are there and we can also offer some kindness and some comfort.
I will be collecting kind messages from supporters which we will bring with us to Calais.
I plan two trips this year. One in September- as it starts to get colder and another trip in November.
Next years visits tbc.
How are you planning on spending the money?
The money will go on many things such as van hire, travel expenses (ferry, petrol) and also buying much needed supplies.
Some of the supplies we will be buying and taking donations for are as follows:
Large Water carriers
Mobile phones and chargers
First Aid Kits
Pots, pans, utensils
Pens and Paper
Art Supplies/musical instruments
Fire extinguishers and blankets
Other suggestions welcome .
I am a 29 year old woman who has been working as a front line support worker for over 10 years, 12 years if you include volunteer work. I currently work part time with people living with HIV but my specialism and training is working with people who have experienced abuse such as domestic and sexual violence. I have specifically worked with people with no recourse to public funds and had fled abuse for around 2 years in a dedicated service in Manchester. Before this I have worked within child protection. I lead a very busy and fulfilling life- which I am very grateful for. I study art part time and I also help coordinate an activist group called the English Disco Lovers who look at alternative ways to protest and campaign for equality. Feel free to get in touch if you need any more information. Thanks. Elaine Ortiz https://www.chuffed.org/project/the-hummingbird-project-brighton#
Precarious Work = Capitalism’s Inefficiency
This week: Updates on economics of refugees, Ford buys French political wife, LAs homeless, Labor Day history, Seattle Teachers strike, and Japan’s jobs ever more precarious. Response to listeners on why rising wages need NOT mean rising prices. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad, mental health counselor, on the psychological pains, personal suffering, and huge social costs of imposing uncertainty and precarity on job security, hours and days of work, benefits, and wages.
Updates on extreme poverty, workers’ victory over tech giants, NFL concussions, Trump’s economics analyzed, and Oakland for worker coops. Response to listeners on workers who lost out from 2007-2014 and on injustice of state and local taxes. Major discussions of (1) last week’s stock market gyrations and (2) the resurgence of socialism.
This week the show includes updates on the Dismaland theme park, reghettoisation, western US fires, Amazon undercutting pensions. Also some analysis of the market chaos and the tendency to blame China. There are discussions of the oil market collapse and of rich US universities’ abuse of tax exemptions.
Labor Day Economics
Updates on Labor Day’s meaning, Amazon’s workplace horrors, Dunkin Donuts’ CEO against $ 15/hr, and how capitalism undermines recycling. Response to questions on shifting US federal tax burdens and on state’s role in capitalist economies. Major discussion of criticism of capitalism and directions for a better system.
Updates on China’s currency moves, UK’S Corbyn like US Sanders, adjuncts unionize, Pepsi and Coke offer self-serving health advice, Rand Paul’s misunderstanding of economics. We answer questions about what happened to US real wages from 1974 to 2014. We analyze why no consensus about global warming, what are toxic effects of rising inequality, and role of psychologists in advertising.
“System Badly Broken”
Updates on Sawant victory, fines for defective products, slowing wages, Puerto Rico as the US Greece, economics of refugee tragedies, and crooked banks’ fall guys. Response to listener questions on worker self-management. Major discussions of Germany’ economic strength today and how and why political economy of capitalism is basically irrational.
“Capitalism’s Endless Costs”
This week’s programme includes updates on the Coke vs Pepsi war, price gouging on cancer drugs, Jeremy Corbyn good for UK Labour Party, and new Pope’s strong anti-capitalist speeches. We respond to listeners’ questions on guaranteed basic income and on why public employees are not an economic negative. Major attention is given to supporting countries that refuse to pay certain govt debts and especially to Greece in a review of its dramatic recent struggles.
Richard’s program today focuses on two alternatives to capitalism. The first is an alternative to how capitalism organizes enterprises in terms of their internal workings and relationships. We examine workers self-directed enterprises: how they work and how they compare to capitalist enterprises. In the program’s second half we look at an alternative to how capitalism organizes the economy as a whole: the socialist tradition that has evolved multiple different forms in the world today. We examine how socialism has evolved, its complex relationship with government, and how socialism compares with capitalism
Richard Wolff continues his new format experiment: two in-depth analyses of US Economics. In the show’s first half: The New Deal was both a victory and a defeat. Both offer crucial lessons for today. In the show’s second half, a critical review of labor’s short and long-run goals, labor’s defensive decline, and a new strategy built on lessons of that decline.
“Updates analyze unemployment numbers to show what they hide as well as reveal. Responses to listeners’ questions expose the economics of lotteries and why the largest US corporations have recently used their profits to buy back their shares in the stock markets. An in-depth interview of Prof. Sohnya Sayres explores the end of free college and universities in the US, the rise of administrators dominating students and faculty, and what these trends have meant for the quality of higher education in the US
Change: Sawant in Seattle
Updates offer latest on Greece’s struggles with Europe, a critique of Buffett on rich vs poor and a hard look at $400 million gift to Harvard from billionaire Paulson. Responses to listeners on new Mayor of Barcelona and TPP. A detailed interview with socialist Kshama Sawant and her seat on Seattle’s city council.
Title: The New Deal Lives
We begin with Larry Summers and other signs of a broken economic system. Then the economics of Nebraska ending it’s death penalty and vast sports corruption (FIFA). Responses to listeners on reorganizing universities and household class structures. Major interview with two guests, Professor Richard Walker and Dr. Gray Brechin, on rediscovering the New Deal
Children, Capitalism, Family Values?
Updates on Alberta election, Kansas closes schools early, Gallup polls on unequal US wealth and on average work weeks over 40 hours, Uber and markets, ignorance about USSR economy. Response to listeners on public subsidies to private profits. Interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on children and families in US capitalism.
Capitalism’s Other Side
Updates on May Day holiday, Baltimore uprising, Nepal earthquake/poverty, Varoufakis vs repression, and Bud Light pushing beer by endangering women. Response to listener’s questions on varieties of coops. Interview with Prof. Yahya Madra on Turkey, Capitalism, and Islam.
Updates on UK elections, crisis’s long-term effects, Kansas demonizes the poor, and the mustard-ketchup economic war. Responses to listeners on child-support economics and car production moving to Mexico. Major discussions: capitalism and war – a history, new stages of Cuban socialism and US Cuba-policy, the high stakes of Greece’s economic situation.
Title: Honest Economics
“Updates on Bernanke’s new big-bucks finance job, GM avoids billions in victims’ claims for faulty ignitions, Seattle capitalist raises all workers to minimum $70k/yr, Americans’ self-delusion on inequality, private profit trumps public policy, and anti-student-debt activism. Responses to listeners: impact on China if capitalism’s relocation stopped. Major discussions of economics of wages and prices, narrowness of economics education, and basic global economic development issue.”
Economic Change and Personal Life Crises
Updates on car parts industry, German courts cut Uber, Russia’s economy grows despite sanctions, no recovery in declining teaching positions for new US PhDs in humanities, and huge Mexican strikes against Driscoll berries produced for US. Responses to listeners on (1) countries’ currency manipulations and (2) role of unions in workers’ coops. Interview Dr. Harriet Fraad, mental health counsellor, on how capitalism’s changes since 1970s have disrupted the personal lives of US men and women and creative solutions.
System Change: Then and Now
Updates on Trans-Pacific Partnership secrets, the Heinz-Kraft merger, the overly costly, underperforming US medical care system, fines for Graco selling faulty child car-seats, China’s real-estate bubble, and estate tax repeal by Republican House. Response to listener on property: private versus public. Major discussion of how system change happened in the past and and how in capitalism today.
“Economics of Corruption”
Updates on Yellen press conference,”Blockupy” protests in Europe against ECB and austerity, New York mayor DiBlasio signs bill for worker coops, and important fight over closing Sweet Briar college. Interview with veteran reporter Bob Hennelly on economics of US political corruption with special focus on his native New Jersey.
“Housing, Cities, Suburbs”
Updates on pizza politics, changing currency values, and tax-cutting politicians’ wild claims. Responses on workers coops’ competitiveness and on ‘unfree’ agricultural markets. Interview Walter South on economics of housing and dangerous economics of US cities and suburbs.
“Economic Decline and Growing Resistance”
Updates on taxis vs Uber vs driver coops, an apology on Detroit, International Womens Day, and cutting workers’ compensation. Response to listeners on the economics of debts, past and present. Major discussions of (1) resisting economic decline: Minnesota governor, Emma Thompson and Pope Francis, (2) Wisconsin governor presides over economic decline, and (3) extremes of economic inequality.
Updates on Europeans’ struggles against austerity policies. Response to questions on how workers’ self-directed enterprises solve various problems (especially financing and different skill levels). In depth critical discussion of ‘free enterprise’ and the free enterprise system.
This week Davy Jones interviews Nat Chase to talk about Climate Change, and about the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris next week and will anything change about the issue must more.
Davy’s guest this week is James Mannion, also known as Trim Tab Jim and leader of band of the same name They discuss his political rock opera, the Reincarnation of Trim Tab Jim, which is being performed as a fundraiser twice on Saturday 19 December at the Old Market, Hove – 3.30pm for the Green Party and 7.30 for the Red Cross Refugee Appeal.
More information at http://www.trimtabjim.com
This week Davy Jones interviews Mark Dearn for War on Want, they discuss the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) deal and what it is, and the effect it could have and must more.
This week Davy Jones interviews Ben Duncan a local care worker in Brighton & Hove to talk about the problems of being a care worker and the care system in general.
This week Davy Jones interviews Duncan Blinkhorn From Brighton Climate Action Network to talk about, Climate Change and the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and must more.
This week Davy Jones interviews Greg Hadfield of the Brighton & Hove Independent and talks about council tax rises and the issue of how to stop it from rising more.
This week Davy Jones interviews Louise Purbrick & Janina Moninska from University of Brighton and talks about Art and Refuge & Resistance exhibition that starts on Friday 23 October in Brighton.
This week Davy Jones interviews David Gibson from Living Rent Campaign about government right to buy policy, rent control and must more.
This week Dave Jones interviews Trillia Fidei, an arctic activist with Greenpeace, about the recent decision of Shell to abandon drilling in the arctic.
This week Davy Jones talks to Graham Bash from ‘Labour Briefing’ about the recent election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party Leader and what the party should do next.
Davy Jones talks to Jacob B from Migrant Solidarity.
This week Davy Jones’ guest is Jerry Rothwell, director of the new film ‘How to Change the World ‘ which has its premiere at the Dukes at Komedia this Wed Sept 9th
In 1971 a brave group of young activists set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat. Their mission: to stop Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island off the west coast of Alaska.
It was from these humble but courageous beginnings that the global organisation that we now know as Greenpeace was born. Chronicling the fascinating untold story behind the modern environmental movement, this gripping new film tells the story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and how he, alongside a group of like-minded and idealistic young friends in the ’70s, would be instrumental in altering the way we now look at the world and our place within it.
More info at howtochangetheworldfilm.com and https://www.facebook.com/howtochangetheworldfilm
This week Davy Jones talks to Val Knight from Sussex Defend the NHS about the closure of GP surgeries in Brighton.
This week Davy talks to local B&H City Council employee Corinna Edwards – Colledge about her open letter to David Cameron about the cuts to local government.
LISTEN HERE to Davy Jones with Andy Richards from Brighton Hove and District Trades Union Council. Trades union councils consist of representatives of trade unions or branches of trade unions which meet within the area covered by that council, or which have members working or living in the area. A union branch will normally affiliate to the trades unions council in the area in which it meets. Locally BHDTUC have been vocal against austerity cuts ,the proposed anti union laws and limitation/withdrawal of the right to strike.
LISTEN HERE to Davy Jones with Colin Miller from Brighton and Hove Compass.
B & H Compass is a new group to Brighton and Hove. Nationally they promote unity on the progressive left. They are sponsoring a public meeting on July 27th 7pm at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road where speakers include Caroline Lucas MP, Nany Platts and Neal Lawson from the national Compass. More info @ http://www.compassonline.org.uk/about/
Listen here to Davy Jones with Marina Prentoulis of Greek Solidarity Campaign
Today Davy Jones discusses the latest developments in the ongoing crisis in Greece with Marina Prentoulis from the Greek Solidarity Campaign
Davy Jones with Mike Aiken from the
National Coalition of Independent
Davy and Mike Aiken from the National Coalition of Independent Action (NCIA) discuss the changing role of the voluntary sector and the increasing danger of it becoming a Trojan Horse for privatisation.
Davy Jones with Ali Ghanimi Free
University of Brighton
Davy Jones talks to Ali Ghanimi from the Free University of Brighton (FUB) about their latest projects including the launch of a FUB degree course.More information athttp://www.freeuniversitybrighton.org/
Davy Jones with Ken Montague
Campaign Against Climate Change
This week Davy Jones is with Ken Montague from the Campaign Against Climate Change talking about the plans in Brighton to mobilise around the Paris COP talks (and the embryonic launch of Brighton CAN (Climate Action Network).
The United Nations is no longer as popular as it was, and this has been reflected in a decline in membership of UNAs. We feel, therefore, that it is time to ask the blunt question: Do we need the UN?
Kathy Doughty, Member of Brighton and Hove District United Nations Association
Francis Clarke-Lowes, Chair of Brighton and Hove District United Nations Association
Joyce Edmund Smith, Secretary of Brighton and Hove District United Nations Association
Peter Crowhurst discusses the Successes and Failures of Early UN Peacekeeping Missions.
Peter is a retired history teacher and was my predecessor as Chair of the North Laine Community Association. He is an engaging, thought-provoking and well-informed speaker.
Ros Cook reported on her attendance at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review as part of the CND delegation, held in New York during April-May 2015.
Saturday 23rd May. Francis Clark-Lowes. Islamic State, Bad or Mad?The discussion in the media about Islamic State (IS, ISIS or ISIL) is dominated by such concepts as religious perversion, extremism, radicalisation, brain-washing, evil and madness. Only in such terms, is the implication, can the phenomenon of IS be explained. Could, and should, the United Nations play a role in promoting a more intelligent dialogue between the West and IS, or indeed between the West and Muslims generally?
The United Nations Association held an Election Hustings with parliamentary candidates: Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour (Lewes & Seahaven); Clarence Mitchel, Conservative (Pavilion); Davy Jones, Greens (Kemp Town) and Paul Chandler, Lib Dem (Kemp Town).
Tom Lines came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk of the city of London as a centre of power in Britain.
Tom Lines is a Writer, Economics, trade and development consultant.
You can learn more about Tom Lines and his work at
and follow him on Twitter @TomLINESorguk
Alex Mabbs came to the United Nations Association (UNA) meeting to give a talk on climate change.
Alex Mabbs is a United Reformed Church minister based at the Brighthelm centre, in Brighton in Sussex, England.
Alex Mabb’s blog = https://mabbsonsea.wordpress.com
John Weeks Economics Show 39 “UK Socialism”
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Greeks receiving distribution of free food
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An interview with Brooke Larson about Latin America
continued discussion about United Kingdom General Election 2015, and Greek government.
United Kingdom General Election, 2015.
An interview with Jeff Faux about the American’s Economy
This week John Weeks discusses further the issue of Cuba with Elizabeth Dore talking about “Voices from the Cuban Street”
The photograph is of Elizabeth Dore and Regla Hernandez Gomez, one of the people she interviewed for her 10 year study of at
Attitudes of Cubans toward the revolution.
First of a new series of commentary on economic conditions and policy in the UK and beyond from John Weeks.John Weeks is a professor emeritus of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and author of The Economics of the 1%: How Mainstream Economics Serves the Rich, Obscures Reality and Distorts Policy. His recent policy work includes a supplemental unemployment program for the European Union and advising the central banks of Argentina and Zambia. More info on John at http://jweeks.org/
The new government has promised to scrap the Human Rights Act. It’s a huge blow not just to us here in the UK, but to everyone still fighting for these rights around the world.
The Human Rights Act 1998 mostly came into force on 2 October 2000.Its aim was to incorporate into UK law the rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights. The Act makes a remedy for breach of a Convention right available in UK courts, without the need to go to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg.The European Convention on Human Rights draws much of its inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.It seems appropriate therefore to look again at this wonderful document and, as our Brighton University readers have done in this recording, to reconsider the aspirations and values herein.
A lecture and panel discussing the environment, hosted by Nina Emmet founder of FotoDocument and Pooran Desai, founder of Bioregional and One Planet Living. This lecture looks at some excellent photographic collections put together by the panel, centering on key environmental themes such as water usage, waste and recycling.
Held at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, three of the ten commissioned photographers, Thomas Ball, Sophie Gerrard and Murray Ballard, took part in the discussion about their One Planet City photo essays now installed in public spaces around Brighton & Hove. . The project was launched under the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 – core arts partner for the project Photoworks.