Monthly Archives: October 2012

Stop the Abolition of Disability Living Allowance for Personal Independence Payments – HM Govt. E-petition

Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions

The government intends to abolish Disability Living Allowance and replace it with Personal Independence Payments. We feel the government is doing this because it is clear by awarding the contract to assess Personal Independence Payments to ATOS, it is a means to make savage cuts welfare to the most vulnerable in society. We believe peoples lives will be lost as a result of the scrapping of DLA for Personal Independence Payments assessed by ATOS.

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Closing:
05/09/2013 14:42

Shot for speaking out – Amnesty International seek our support for action

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Last week, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai caught the bus to school as usual
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What happened next has shocked the world. Taliban fighters opened fire on the unarmed schoolgirl, shooting her in the head all because she had dared to campaign for girls rights to an education.She’s not the first activist to be targeted in north-west Pakistan and she wont be the last. Unless the authorities do more to protect her and others like her.
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Dear Andy,On Tuesday 9 October, Malala Yousufzai boarded her bus to school in Swat Valley, north-west Pakistan. Shortly afterwards Taliban fighters opened fire, leaving her two friends – Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Ahmed – injured and Malala fighting for her life. Take action: protect human rights defenders

Malala has since been airlifted to a Birmingham hospital. As we await news of her recovery, we have been collecting your beautiful, heartfelt messages of support for the girl you call an inspiration to all of us, a heroine in our house and a beautiful star may you continue to shine brightly – which we plan to pass on to her family soon.

We are in awe of Malala and her great courage in speaking out. Northwest Pakistan is a very dangerous place to speak up for human rights, particularly if youre a woman. In the past year alone, two activists who campaigned for girls education Farida Afridi and Zarteef Afridi – have been killed in a wave of targeted attacks by the Taliban and other groups.

No more attacks on activists call on the Pakistan authorities to support human rights defenders

The Taliban left us in no doubt that they intended to kill Malala, saying: She is a Western-minded girl. She always speaks against us. We will target anyone who speaks against the Taliban.

Chillingly, they added that if she returns home she will not be spared, and reiterated their intention to attack her friends, family, classmates and other activists.

So please, for Malala and all the other Malalas present and future who must not be scared into silence by the likes of the Taliban, call on the Pakistan authorities to protect human rights activists

Thank you,Bethan Cansfield signature

Bethan Cansfield
Women’s Human Rights Campaigner

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Jill Stein Arrested: Green Party Candidate Handcuffed Before Debate

Arrested and handcuffed to a metal chair for 8 hours, for ‘blocking the traffic’ – Greens around the world are up against it!!

Huffington Post coverage:

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested outside of Hofstra University on Tuesday after she attempted to enter the debate grounds.
According to Stein’s campaign press statement, Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala joined supporters outside the Hofstra campus at 2 p.m., where Stein declared: “We are here to bring the courage of those excluded from our politics to this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.” When they started to walk onto the debate grounds, they were stopped by police officers, and then the two women sat down on the ground.

Student-run news organization Long Island Report posted a video of Stein and Honkala sitting, with an officer arguing, “You’re blocking traffic.” After Honkala stated, “We want to practice our first amendment rights,” the police can been seen removing the women from the ground and leading them away.

According to the campaign, Stein and Honkala were then arrested. Press contact Glenn Turner confirmed to HuffPost that Stein was arrested and as of early Tuesday evening was still in jail, charged with disorderly conduct.

Earlier in the day, Stein told Philadelphia Weekly that despite some butterflies in the stomach, “We are prepared to be arrested in the service of democracy and a future that serves us all.

Stein advocates have been upset over her exclusion from the main debates. According to Politico, “The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates stipulates that a candidate must garner at least 15 percent in national polls in order to participate.”

Stein’s supporters have expressed disillusionment with mainstream candidates, while many environmentalists have grown frustrated over the “climate silence” permeating much of the campaign season.

As HuffPost blogger Carl Gibson wrote:

Jill Stein is a candidate that the other 90 million of us can get excited about. Picture the populist candidate Barack Obama once was in 2008, minus the financial support from Wall Street banks and oil companies, and the fawning coverage from mainstream media outlets. In her Green New Deal, she’s vowing to end drone strikes, tightly regulate Wall Street, halt all government-funded construction of fossil fuel-dependent projects, and end all foreign wars and occupations.

According to the campaign, Stein is expected to be listed on 85% of the ballots, and is planning to participate in an upcoming debate with Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson.

Campaign meeting against the downgrading of hospital services

From: Tim Thomas (PC)

Hi Andy,

Please could you inform local Green Party members of this cross party campaign.

I have invited all the local AMs to speak.

Would be nice to see you there.

Cheers,
Tim

I am happy to circulate this and to encourage support for this campaign. Details below. (Andy)

Dear Member,

The campaign against the downgrading of hospital services has begun in earnest. I am pleased to inform you that the first cross party campaign meeting will be held in the Evergreen Hall, Bridgend on Thursdy 8th November from 7.30 pm to 9.30. It would be great if you could attend.

The intention is to hold these meetings in other areas across the Bridgend, Aberafan, Neath and Ogmore Constituencies, but it would be great if we could have a large turn out.

Diolch yn fawr
Tim

Save the bees

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Dear Andy,

British bees are in danger. Three species of bees are already extinct and others are in rapid decline. Strong evidence points to particular pesticides being to blame for killing them. [1] This week we have a chance to persuade the government to protect our bees and ban these harmful pesticides.

A government consultation on pesticide use ends next Monday. [2] Normally the only people they would hear from would be the strong pesticide industry. But by handing in a large petition, we can make sure that the bees have someone to stand up for them.

Can you sign a petition now to demand the government phase out the pesticides that are killing our bees?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-bees

France and several other European countries have already started banning these pesticides, but the UK government is yet to be convinced. [3] Together, by responding in our thousands, we can send a strong message to the government and counter the lobbying from the pesticide industry.

Last week thousands of 38 Degrees members responded to a poll on what we should be concentrating on together. Over 70% of responses highlighted that protecting bees was an important issue. [4] This week is our chance to do something about it.

Sign the petition now and help save our bees:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-bees

Thanks for being involved,

Robin, Belinda, David and the 38 Degrees Team

NOTES
[1] Friends Of the Earth – Bee Cause: http://www.foe.co.uk/what_we_do/bee_cause_about_35042.html
[2] The government DEFRA consultation: http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/07/30/uknap-pesticides/
[3] The Independent: European and American reports say nerve agents may be a danger, but the UK goes on using them: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/no-ban-on-pesticides-that-threaten-bees-8114020.html
[4] Link to blog post with poll results: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/october-2012-poll

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FoE Clean British Energy initiative – act today

Dear Mr Davey,

I want you to award the country a CBE: a Clean British Energy revolution. It’s time to switch from dirty imported fossil fuels and develop clean British power from our wind, sun and water.

Your Electricity Market Reform plans must:

  • Listen to what people want and tap into Britain’s wind and tidal resources – the best in Europe – and solar
  • Ensure the UK isn’t locked into another generation of expensive, imported gas
  • Close the door on expensive nuclear power, which is subsidised by the taxpayer and leaves a legacy of dangerous waste
  • Reverse the domination of the power market by just a handful of big companies – so new, clean companies get a look-in
  • Help millions of people around the country plug into affordable clean power and end the scandal of dangerously cold homes

Follow this link to send your copy of this and build the pressure on Davey:

http://foe.co.uk/what_we_do/clean_british_energy_switch_full_35921.html

Events of interest at Cardiff University – FREE

Cardiff School of Planning and Geography have an excellent programme of free events on many topics of interest. See here:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/cplan/events

I have just signed up for this one, for example:

SUSTAINABILITY WEEK: A Case for Red Tape

img-106.jpgregister.jpg Andy Fryers, Greenprint Director, Hay Festival
Tuesday 30th October 2012 – 5:30pm
Committee Rooms 1&2, Glamorgan Building

Festivals, in common with all businesses, have a responsibility to both maximise the positive impacts and minimise their direct impacts on the environment. Whilst there has been environmental protection legislation in place for many years, climate change regulation is still in its infancy. The correct use of red tape will drive change and provide a solution. It is time for a level playing field.

Public lecture hosted by the Innovation & Engagement Unit.

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