Hi all — GOOD DEED FOR THE DAY
Despite the mild weather today, we are set for quite a cold winter according to the forecasts. So I’m sending out an appeal on behalf of First Base, part of Brighton Housing Trust, who work with some of Brighton and Hoves most vulnerable rough sleepers. They are not asking for money, but instead are requesting practical, basic items that can make a real difference to someone sleeping rough.
BHT First Base is a resource, training and health centre for people who are street homeless or vulnerably housed in Brighton & Hove. They work with 60 clients a day who are rough sleeping. Temperatures are set to plummet and clients are in desperate need of warm clothing to survive the winter months. If you are able to help by purchasing an item from the wish list and could forward this email on to any of your friends, that’d be great. You can access the wish list here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/1LXVG93QIJ6XP/ref=cm_wl_search_1
LISTEN HERE This week’s show presented by Kayla Ente. BHESCO : Interview with Will Cottrell from Brighton Energy Coop
BHESCO How does it work?
Instead of paying ever increasing gas and electricity bills, BHESCO customers join forces to buy energy together to get a better price. The profits we make don’t go to shareholders. We reinvest this money right back into our customers properties, improving their energy efficiency with insulation. better boilers, draught proofing etc, and we install renewable energy micro-generation to move away from fossil fuels. More information at http://bhesco.co.uk/ COME AND MEET KAYLA 12 NOON OCT 21st HERE AT UNDER THE BRIDGE STUDIOS, 7 TRAFALGAR ARCHES BN1 4FQ (just along from the Green Door Store , next to Amsterdammers Bike Shop)
Brighton Energy Co-op
Brighton Energy Coop gathers lots of people together to invest collectively in big renewable energy projects.
Once these renewables are installed, the electricity produced qualifies for a government subsidy called the Feed in Tariff, and power is also sold to our solar landlords and the national grid.
The money thus raised then flows back into the Coop, and is used to pay interest to members, as well as cover things like ongoing maintenance and development of future projects.
This is a model that has worked extensively in European countries such as Denmark and Germany. Indeed, there are more than fifty renewable energy coops in the UK. Some have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds, others millions. What joins them together is a grassroots effort to develop local renewable energy.
Read more about the Co-op here
In the last 12 days they have raised £100,000 from their latest share offer…
This is a fantastic achievement and they thank all of their new members, as well as existing members who have chosen to increase the number of shares they hold in BEC.
Within a few weeks they now have nearly half the total for their Phase 1 target — £230,800. This is to fund a huge solar array at Shoreham Port - see here for project details.
Investors are projected to receive a 5% return on their investment, as well as a 30% tax break on the amount invested. See financial benefits here and have a look at our share invitation here.
They aim to raise the ￡232,800 before 25th November — this will enable them to install the system before the scheduled drop in the Feed in Tariff from January 1.
Finally, note that they’ve also had some problems with their online payment system. At present this is only able to take investments of up to £5,000. If you’re thinking of investing more than that then you can still join offline - or just drop them a line at email@example.com.
Brighton Energy Co-op
Arctic 30: ‘Signatories from more than 30 countries “applaud the sober minded and non-violent protests against Gazprom’s oil drilling in the Arctic“‘
According to diplomatic sources, the thirty men and women detained by Russia following a peaceful protest against an Arctic oil platform are being moved from a detention centre in Murmansk to a jail in St Petersburg.
Lawyers for Greenpeace are not aware of the reasons for the move. Greenpeace International executive director Kumi Naidoo said:
“The detainees shouldn’t be in jail at all. They should be free to join their families and restart their lives. St Petersburg has some daylight in the winter months, unlike Murmansk. Families and consular officials will now find it easier to visit the thirty. But there is no guarantee that conditions inside the new detention centre will be any better than in Murmansk. In fact, they could be worse. There is no justification whatsoever to keep the Arctic 30 in any prison for a day longer. They are prisoners of conscience who acted out of a determination to protect us all, and they should be free.”
Prosecuting authorities in Russia were under fire today after it was revealed that they have failed to lift charges of piracy against the Arctic 30, despite pledging to do so.
November 22, 2013
16.15 - The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) today ordered the Russian Federation in a binding ruling to release the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and the 28 activists and two freelance journalists on board upon payment of a EUR 3.6 million bond.
Russia is now under an obligation to comply with the order: the Russian Constitution itself states that international law forms an integral part of the Russian legal system and Russian courts are under an obligation to implement the order. Greenpeace therefore expects Russia to respect UNCLOS and the Tribunal, as it has done in the past.
The complete text of the ruling can be found here.
Also today, many of the activists have been released on bail in St Petersburg.
November 10 2013
Today more than 75 laureates of the the Right Livelihood Award – often called the “Alternative Nobel Prize” – and members of the World Future Council called upon the Russian authorities to immediately release the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists arrested for their peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Arctic.
The signatories from more than 30 countries “applaud the sober minded and non-violent protests against Gazprom’s oil drilling in the Arctic, which poses a dangerous threat to the fragile Arctic environment and the global climate”.
To read the full text of the statement and to see the list of signatories please click here.
November 11, 2013
The transport of the Arctic 30 away from Murmansk started at around 5:00am local time today. Greenpeace International understands the move is taking place by prisoner train. Lawyers for the thirty who tried to visit them in Murmansk this morning were told by officials at the detention centre that all thirty were already being transported.
Ben Ayliffe, Greenpeace International Arctic campaigner, commented: “We don’t yet know if the relocation of these wrongfully accused people will see an improvement in terms of their detention conditions and basic human rights. We are doing everything in our power to ensure that the Arctic 30 are transported in a humane way.”
Well done to our wonderful group of young people on work experience from Downlands School Hassocks and the Self Managed Learning Centre Brighton. They have worked extremely hard and we have thoroughly enjoyed having them.
Song: Holiday by Greenday
Hunger strike update as of 13th August
According to reports, the number of detainees on hunger strike has decreased over the last month. As of 14 July, 81 detainees were officially recognised as being on hunger strike, with 45 of them being “tube-fed.” However, lawyers for the detainees have alleged that officials have manipulated the figures, explaining that some detainees were taking a token amount of food as part of the traditional breaking of the fast at the end of each day in Ramadan, which began on 8 July.
On 19 June, in an open letter to medical journal, The Lancet, at least 150 doctors and other health professionals called on President Obama to respond to a request from 13 hunger-striking detainees asking for independent medical assistance, saying that they cannot trust their military doctors. The health professionals stated that they are ready to travel to Guantánamo to give independent, non-military advice to the detainees. The detainees’ letter, dated 30 May, can be accessed here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2013/may/31/guantanamo-detainees-protest-letter
It states: “I do not wish to die, but I am prepared to run the risk that I may end up doing so, because I am protesting the fact that I have been locked up for more than a decade, without a trial, subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment and denied access to justice… My decision to go on hunger strike and to endure semi-starvation for over 100 days was not entered into lightly. I am doing it because it is literally the only method I have to make the outside world pay attention.”
On 1 July lawyers for four Guantánamo detainees (Shaker Aamer, Ahmed Belbacha, Nabil Hadjarab and Jihad Dhiab ) filed a motion in federal court in Washington to stop “force-feeding” detainees. In the Motion, Nabil Hajarab stated: “I am prepared to die because I believe there is no end-point to my imprisonment.” On 8 July, ruling on one of the cases included in the motion, US District Judge Gladys Kessler denied the request, and said that President Obama should address the issue. In her decision, Judge Kessler stated that her court did not have authority to consider the case because under federal law, civilian courts do not have jurisdiction to hear cases concerning the detention, transfer, treatment, trial or conditions of confinement of anyone who has been determined by the US government to be an “enemy combatant”. Judge Kessler said however: “there is an individual who does have the authority to address the issue” saying that Obama “has the authority — and power — to directly address the issue of force-feeding of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay.” The judge also stated that she felt “constrained… to note” that the motion showed a consensus that force-feeding is a violation of international law and that it was “perfectly clear from the statements of detainees, and of medical and human rights groups that “force-feeding is a painful, humiliating, and degrading process.”
Please continue to send messages to detainees on the list previously emailed. Detainees who are included on the solidarity list have been selected only after receiving consent from their attorneys to do so.
Please note that Ali Al-Shaaban [ISN 327] is not on hunger strike, as indicated on the solidarity list. In any further letters you may send, please refrain from referring to particular individuals being on hunger strike.
In addition, the attorney for Mohamedou Ould Slahi [ISN: 760 ] has said that messages of solidarity may also be sent to him. He has been at Guantánamo Bay since 2002. Mohamedou Ould Slahi understands English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. He is interested in science. Mohamedou Ould Slahi is not on hunger strike.
Radio Free Brighton’s Maria McEvoy examines the issues around the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay with consultant neurologist and human rights campaigner David Nicholl, Joy Hurcombe of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign, Clara Gutteridge Human rights lawyer formally with reprieve.org and her fellow RFB reporter Missie, who is working with young people from Priory School amnesty group who are joining the campaign. Listen here
Update: Brighton & Hove MP Caroline Lucas called for the Prime Minister David Cameron to personally intervene and phone President Obama now to secure the release of Shaker back to the UK and his family. Watch the video at bit.ly/104K63
Read on if you want to find out more about this story
FORMER GUANTANAMO CHIEF PROSECUTOR LAUNCHES FAST-GROWING ONLINE PETITION TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO
- Col. Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007, launches petition on Change.org calling on President Obama to take concrete steps to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
- Over 75,000 sign onto Col. Davis’ petition in less than 24 hours, following President Obama’s vow in a press conference on Tuesday to renew efforts to close Guantanamo Bay.
WASHINGTON, DC – Colonel Morris Davis, who was the Chief Prosecutor for Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007, has launched a rapidly growing petition on Change.org calling on President Obama to fulfill his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
As the Chief Prosecutor for Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay. Col. Davis personally prosecuted Osama Bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan, David Hicks, and Omar Khadr. Davis stepped down from his post due to disagreement over the use of certain interrogation techniques. Since leaving his post at Guantanamo, Davis has become one of the prison’s most outspoken critics. On Tuesday, he started a Change.org petition calling on Obama to fulfill past promises to close the detention facility and to transfer the 86 detainees cleared for release.
“As the Chief Prosecutor for the Terrorism Trials at Guantanamo Bay, I saw many things that I regret seeing. Since its beginning Guantanamo has been costly, inefficient, and morally wrong,” said Col. Morris Davis, who launched the campaign on Change.org. “Now there are over 100 inmates on hunger strike to protest their current situation. Obama must uphold the promise that he made on Tuesday and close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center before someone dies.”
In less than 24 hours, over 75,000 people have signed onto the petition, and it has been covered in the Guardian, BBC, and The Huffington Post.
The petition is part of a growing grassroots movement around the issue. Witness Against Torture has coördinated people around the country to fast in solidarity with the hunger strike, hundreds of letters have been written to the prisoners, and hundreds of phone calls have been made to the Department of Defense, White House, and US Military’s Southern Command.
As of May 1, over 100 inmates out of 166 total prisoners were on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. The hunger strike began with a few men in February in protest of current prison conditions, and it is estimated that 21 are currently being force fed.
“Col. Davis is using Change.org’s tools to successfully connect with thousands of people who support his petition to close Guantanamo Bay,” said Emilia Gutierrez, campaign manager at Change.org. “It’s clear his campaign is resonating with people.”
Journalists interested in setting up an interview should use the contact details at the top of the page.
Live signature totals from Col. Davis’ petition:
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United States Department of Defense
For more information on Witness Against Torture, please visit:
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Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see. There are more than 35 million users in every country who use our tools to transform their communities – locally, nationally and globally.
And from journalist Andy Worthington: Free Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo
86 cleared prisoners remain in Guantánamo, out of 166 prisoners in total, and although President Obama faces hurdles in Congress when it comes to releasing prisoners, and has also contributed to the failure to close Guantánamo, as he promised on taking office in January 2009, by backing down when faced with criticism, there is no fundamental obstacle to the release of Shaker Aamer. His ongoing imprisonment is deplorable and unforgivable, and both the American and British governments ought to be profoundly ashamed that he is still held.For Shaker Aamer’s story, see:
Also see my archive here:
Please sign the e-petition to the British government here (UK citizens and residents only):
There is also an international petition here that anyone can sign:
Also see the website of the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign:
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Meet Howard Edmunds from the Brighton Therapy Centre and hear what he’s got to say on the wide range of alternatives that his organization has to offer for people suffering from Mental Health Issues.
Find out what depression is, what are its causes and what can be done to end it. Learn whether group therapy or personal therapy are best for you. See if one of the many themed groups suits you or the friend you’d like to help. Explore how Negative Automatic Thoughts can disturb your mental health balance and see whether something like Psychoanalytic Therapy or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can help.
But even if your mind is healthy there can be something for you here. Practitioners might find Brighton Therapy Centre’s practitioners courses an interesting professional development alternative, and anyone can benefit from the fun of finding out one or two things about how the mind works.
More info at: http://www.brightontherapycentre.org.uk/
Sascha Cooper – Alternative Arts and Culture Show. Thursdays 7-8pm Photo by www.emeraldangel.co.uk.
Sascha Cooper is a Brighton based actress, dancer, writer, gothic make up artist, medium, psychic reader and one of the co-founders of Crimson Horse Theatre.
Every Thursday night, she brings you an insight into the world of entertainment, but with a twist! Not only will you see the world on stage, but backstage too! Whether you’re a professional performer, writer, dancer, director, film maker or the lighting technician, Alternative Arts and Culture lifts the roof on this exciting world. Various guests and relevant themed topics will dominate the show as well as an eclectic mix of music. Nothing is ever the same on this show!
Requests for music, topics and questions for guests can be emailed to sascha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listen to the second show of our new Middle East team at Radio Free Brighton. This week Tomas is joined by Muneeb Siddiqui to discuss the current situation in Syria. Broadcast on Thursday or Listen Here
There are more than 300 people of all ages backgrounds political/religious persuasions abilities involved in Radio Free Brighton already and we always welcome more. If you want to get involved contact Tom email@example.com If you would like to make a donation contact Sadie firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio Free Brighton is honoured to have been made a member of the Centre for Social Justice Alliance. This comes in recognition of our work. along with many others, to fight poverty, particularly child poverty, and to keep government informed of grassroots experience and opinions. For more information on the CSJ http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/default.asp and for more information on our work to include children and adults in challenging situations in our community radio contact Jackie email@example.com