“Hunger is being used as a weapon against people to discipline them.” Ken Loach on the cruelty of the benefits system. ________________________________________________________________________   First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I …

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I, Daniel Blake Director Ken Loach – Screenwriter Paul Laverty I do not normally go to cinemas, I would rather watch a film at home, but I made an exception to go to see I, Daniel Blake which won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in France earlier this year. I, Daniel …

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The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities said a range of measures introduced in the UK since 2010, including the bedroom tax and cuts to disability benefits and social care budgets, had disproportionately and adversely affected disabled people. Persons with disabilities have been regularly portrayed negatively as being dependent or making a living …

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A Request for Action to Support Standing Rock Water Protectors

October 28, 2016

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Voices from the Margins

Carol A. Hand

My heart is heavy with the news coming from Standing Rock, ND today. It’s led me to do something I rarely do. I’m posting a request for the help of all of those who follow this blog. For the sake of the health of our earth and future generations, I ask you to consider voicing your concerns about the situation in Standing Rock, ND.

The voice of the Protectors:

Standing Rock Update and Indigenous Call to Action – Bioneers 2016

An example of the mainstream media portrayals:

Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff Lapses Into Violence (Huffington Post)

Consider contacting the White House today at 202-456-1111 or sending a message to whitehouse.gov/contact. Ask President Obama to support the peaceful Water Protectors and act on behalf of the 17 million Americans who depend on the Missouri River for their clean water. Ask him to honor treaties and…

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  Fighting for people over profits.   Procter & Gamble, end modern slavery in your supply chain. What is the link between household brands Head & Shoulders, Covergirl, and Gillette? Modern slavery.   The brands’ parent company, Procter & Gamble (P&G), purchases conflict palm oil from the world’s largest palm oil plantation operator, Malaysian company …

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        DEMAND THE EUROPEAN UNION TAKES A STAND AGAINST SLAVERY IN MAURITANIA 11 November marked the one-year anniversary of the imprisonment of Mauritania’s leading anti-slavery activist, Biram Dah Abeid. He was imprisoned for standing up against slavery in Mauritania, the country with the highest prevalence of slavery in the world. Through its …

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Elena Urlaeva – “We demand the investigation of torture.”   “I will hold on to the end. I will withstand everything and do it for all the people who have been abused by the authorities.” Elena Urlaeva, Uzbek human rights activist.   On the morning of 29 September, Elena Urlaeva was arrested, stripped naked and …

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The government is in favour of replacing Trident at a cost of around £100 billion. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the biggest supporters of replacing Trident in 2007, has admitted that the only purpose of maintaining the nuclear weapons system is to give Britain status.

  The UK government is welcoming 30,000 people to London. They include arms dealers from the biggest weapons manufacturers in the world and buyers from repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan. The DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) arms fair takes place as thousands of refugees fleeing wars and repression are seeking sanctuary …

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A Hungarian journalist who was sacked for kicking and tripping migrants near the Serbian border has apologised and insisted she is not a “heartless, racist, child-kicking camerawoman”. Video: ADAMS SY No? In the video she is quite clearly seen kicking a young girl and tripping a man who is carrying a young child. Additional information …

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Gill Thompson, Mike Sivier, Maggie Zolobajluk 14 Sep 2015 — The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) published guidance to Jobcentre officials who decide whether claimants should have their payments stopped. Continued here:

BY JOHN PRING ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 Listen The United Nations is carrying out an unprecedented inquiry into “systematic and grave violations” of disabled people’s human rights by the UK government, Disability News Service (DNS) can finally confirm. DNS revealed last August that the UK appeared to have become the first country to face a …

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Amnesty International UK TWO SISTERS TO BE RAPED AS PUNISHMENT An unelected all-male village council in India has ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are raped. The ‘sentence’ was handed down as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman. They also ordered for the sisters to be paraded naked with …

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  UN launches investigation into ‘grave’ violations of disabled people’s human rights over welfare reforms Source: The Herald Scotland UNITED Nations officials will visit the UK in the next few months to investigate whether Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms have led to “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights, the Sunday Herald can …

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DWP Reveals Benefit Claimant Deaths Statistics In just a little over two years, nearly 10,000 people claiming benefits died, after being declared fit for work, according to new figures. The statistics on the death rates of people claiming benefits, were published by the Department for Work and Pensions after a lengthy battle, during which the Government resisted …

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Do you often ask yourself whether supporting a Walk Free campaign is really making a difference in the fight against slavery? The answer is yes, absolutely! When you’re part of a campaign, your voice joins a chorus of thousands, amplifying the efforts of anti-slavery activists like yourself to bring us a step closer to ending …

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Amnesty International UK SUDAN, DON’T FLOG WOMEN FOR ‘INDECENT DRESS’ Ten Christian students, all women aged 17 – 23, have been charged with ‘indecent dress’ after they were arrested outside their church by Sudanese police last month. The women were wearing skirts and trousers. Two of the women have already been found guilty and fined …

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  Farmers will be able to use blacklisted pesticides linked to serious harm in bees, after the UK government temporarily lifted an EU ban. Opponents called the decision “scandalous” and criticised the government’s secrecy, which The Guardian revealed has included gagging its own expert advisers. But prime minister David Cameron defended the move. “We should …

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Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement in Louisiana USA for 43 years and counting. His conviction has been overturned three times, he’s been cleared for unconditional release – yet he’s still there. A campaign of vengeance by Louisiana state officials has kept Albert unjustly in a solitary cell for 43 years. His next hearing …

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  The poor have become poorer and the rich richer thanks to David Cameron and George Osborne’s new austerity policies. The most prosperous half of Britain has got wealthier due to Osborne’s reforms, while the poorest have become even poorer. Statistics, revealed by independent research by the University of Essex found that the richest half …

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Publish the statistics showing how many people have died after their benefits were stopped Ian Duncan Smith is attempting to block the publication of “death statistics” that will reveal how many people have died within six weeks of their benefits being stopped. After a freedom of information request, The Information Commissioner’s Office has said that there …

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