The Hummingbird Project Brighton

by on Aug.05, 2015, under News


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.”


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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.

You can write yours down if you want to participate or you can send on

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
Tooth brushes
Sanitary Products
Sleeping blankets
Pots, pans, utensils
Pens and Paper
Art Supplies/musical instruments
Fire extinguishers and blankets

Other suggestions welcome .

About me….
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


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Listen Here Richard Wolff: Precarious Work = Capitalism’s Inefficiency

by on Jul.23, 2015, under News


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.



“System Toxicity”

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.



Updates on Boeing and economic blackmail, socialism returns, Chrysler fine is bogus, airline fees ploy, auto union vs wage tiers. We respond to questions on stale debate at Medicare 50th anniversary and on getting financing for worker coops. Finally, we examine how China and Germany became economic powerhouses.

“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.”


Title:  “The Worker Coop Alternative”
  “Updates on inadequate unemployment insurance, Ted Cruz’s campaign money, law giving domestic workers real benefits, and demonizing the poor. Responses to questions on California drought and US medical system’s experiments on people. Interview with Yochai Gal on TechCollectives he organized: two successful worker coops.”



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.

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Listen Here: Politics Show: Davy Jones interviews Trillia Fidei from Greenpeace

by on Jun.14, 2015, under News


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.

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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 and


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 @

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 at

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).




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United Nation Association: Events and Recordings

by on May.25, 2015, under News


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.

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LISTEN HERE: BHESCO Show 10-9-15 Kayla Ente & Ann Link from Transition Town Lewes

by on May.10, 2015, under News


Kayla Ente from Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op interviews Ann Link from Transition Town Lewes about Lewes 2030 a project to encourage local planning and action on sustainable development towards 2030.
Two Events
The World We Made – a view from 2050 Friday Sept 25th Pelham Hse Lewes 7-9pm
An evening drinks reception featuring a talk by Jonathan Porritt, the eminent writer and world renowned broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.
£8 in adv £10 on door inc a free drink. Tickets https://lewes2030reception.eventbrite…

Lewes 2030 Festival Open Day Sep 26th Linklater Pavilion Lewes 11am – 5pm
Come and see what it might be like to live in Lewes in 2030. The day will feature lots of fun & interactive activities for all ages, inc face-ageing, zero carbon energy plans, talks and a map of renewable energy in Lewes District. Live music Food stalls. Come along and share your ideas about how we can be a flourishing, zero carbon community by 2030 FREE

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This week’s topic is Fuel Energy.

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Latest news on energy saving and updates on what is happening in the world of sustainables from Kayla Ente of Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop

BHESCO is a consumer co-operative established to help consumers lower their energy costs by introducing energy savings and renewable energy installations in communities, empowering individuals to take more control over their own energy supply. More info on the share launch here



More news on community energy and surrounding issues from Kayla Ente BHESCO, 29-5-15


This week Kayla looks at news on sustainable energy supply in and around Brighton and Hove


Kayla Ente discusses energy issues in the light of the new political environment and talks to Karla Rosendahl, RFB’s current intern from Denmark about the use of sustainables in Denmark.

Listen Here to her new show.

Today’s topic: Comparison of sustainable energy sources used in Britain and Denmark.



Kayla Ente from Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop is back, talking this week to Jackie Chase about the implications of the new government for the energy policy and sustainables. Also with news of the share launch happening now at BHESCO. More info at

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Listen here: Economics Weekly with John Weeks Show 32

by on Feb.04, 2015, under News



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An interview with Brooke Larson about Latin America


continued discussion about United Kingdom General Election 2015, and Greek government.


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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

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Before the Roll Back – Brighton Uni Students read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

by on Jan.19, 2015, under News



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.


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Lecture: Bioregional Photography Panel at Brighton University.

by on Oct.04, 2014, under News


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.

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Permission for hundreds of homes and jobs at derelict fruit and veg market, Circus Street, Brighton

by on Sep.18, 2014, under News

Councillors have approved a major regeneration scheme in central Brighton which will deliver hundreds of jobs and homes.

The planning committee today (September 17, 2014) agreed the Public-Private Partnership scheme by Cathedral (Brighton) Ltd, the University of Brighton and the city council to transform the one–hectare site off Circus Street.

The former municipal fruit and veg market would become a mixed-use scheme and ‘innovation quarter’, expected to create 400 jobs and inject £200m into the city’s economy over the next 10 years.

Permission includes 142 new homes, 20 per cent affordable.

New teaching and research facilities would be created for the University of Brighton, including a new library.  Pressure would be taken off the city’s family homes by the inclusion of 450 units of student accommodation, say officials.

Alongside will be a new dance studio for South East Dance, expected to attract 70,000 visitors and users a year.

Workspaces would be aimed at start-up businesses, artists and larger companies.  A modern office building, including over 3,000 sqm of flexible space would help growing creative and digital businesses remain and flourish in the city.

Permission includes restaurants or shops at ground floor level, around a new public square.  Cathedral are promising a “new genre” of urban development with green walls, green roofs, 78 new trees and allotments for food growing – producing over 200kg of food per year for residents.

Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local transport and recreation provision and to use at least 20 per cent local labour for construction.


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

by on May.26, 2014, under News

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:

View and share the AMEG information here:


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