UK Public Take to Streets to say #RefugeesWelcome

Thousands of people joined nationwide demonstrations in the UK yesterday, to send a clear message to the Government, that refugees are welcome to come to the UK. Images from the protest are shared in this video: There was great diversity in solidarity and it wonderful to see so many children, with their handmade banners and parents raising awareness of this issue and encouraging activism. On the same day there was a monumental victory for the left, as Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour Leadership election in the largest landslide victory ever seen at this level. Within a couple of hours of…

The Exchange Project for Parents

I am excited to share news about the Exchange Project which has been running for 8 years, sharing items used in raising children between the ages of 0-10 years.  The idea is simple and it is beautiful.  Exchange items you do not need for items you do. We live in a world of excessive consumption.  The impact of our demands can be observed, felt and are lived globally for example with child labour, slavery, workers working in dangerous conditions, and the negative impact of production and waste upon the environment and nature.  This consumption is also driven by waste, our waste.  So…

Jineth Bedoya Lima, speaking at Coalica, Global Summit to End SVC, London 2014

Sexual Violence in Columbia’s Internal Child Trafficking Network

“Take care of your daughter, or she will be sold” a phrase reportedly heard in Columbia’s poorer districts.  According to Jineth Bedoya Lima, Sub Editor of Columbia’s National Newspaper, El Tiempo, it’s true. The Global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict brought Jineth Bedoya to London’s Excel fringe event ‘Coalico’ on Wednesday, where the challenges in documenting sexual violence against children in armed conflict in Columbia were discussed. Jineth, a Columbian journalist who carries out exceptional investigative work is a survivor of sexual violence and the recipient of numerous journalism and courage awards.  She works on the issues of sexual…

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

  On 10-13th June 2014, London’s Excel centre will be hosting the worlds’ largest summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.  British Embassies and High Commissions around the world will be hosting events coinciding with the Summit.  Global solidarity and support for this initiative is being shared on twitter with the #TimeToAct . Summits Aims The summit aims to create practical action, bringing about changes at a grass roots level and to create momentum against this atrocity.  It will be co-chaired by the Foreign Secretary and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The issue of Ending…

Womens Day London 2014

Million Women Rise in London against Male Violence

Today London was home to thousands of women marching across London towards a rally held in Trafalgar square, in solidarity with Europe’s largest women’s march: ‘Million Women Rise’ against male violence in all its forms. The aim of Million Women Rise is to end male violence against women and children.  The campaign believes that solidarity amongst women is key to achieving this objective, as – ‘Unity is strength and the voices of many are louder together, than a single voice.’ MWR describes male violence against women and children as a ‘global pandemic’ which devastates lives, communities and ‘threatens to undermine…

Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

Is the UK closer to ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence?

On the 4th February 2014, The Joint Committee on Human Rights launched an inquiry into violence against women and girls (VAWG) and has requested evidence from anyone with an interest in the human rights issues raised (within specified categories). This inquiry is being undertaken in consideration to the Istanbul Convention, aka The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 2 years ago, campaigners called upon the UK Government to sign the Istanbul convention, which they did on 8/6/12, however to date,…

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Responding the the “Ghetto Yoga” incident: Being a White Ally

Originally posted on susan virginia yoga:
I woke up a few weeks ago with this story filling my feed. You may have already heard about it. A yoga studio in a mostly white, affluent California neighborhood hosted a “Ghetto Fabulous” yoga class where practitioners were encouraged to arrive in “ghetto” outfits like heavy lip-liner,  and corn rows to “Get down with yo’ bad self & booty shake all the way into shavasana.” Photos from the event on facebook (now removed but available at Jezebel’s article) show primarily young white women sporting do-rags and flashing gang signs.  As you may imagine,…

The Rucksack Project – Simple Initiative to Assist the Homeless

The Rucksack Project is a global initiative designed to enable all to assist the homeless, especially during the chilling winter months. Matthew White, Founder of the project encourages individuals to obtain a rucksack (with shoulder straps) and fill it with helpful items.  Once full, the rucksack can be given to a homeless person. He suggests visiting charity shops to purchase items and reminds us that items can be collected incrementally over a period of time. Suggested items to with which to fill a rucksack include:  A pair of socks, thermos filled with hot soup, warm hat and gloves, underwear, a…

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Bring What You Want (or nothing) and Take What You Want (or nothing)

A beautiful community love initiative is being met with great success in Buenos Aires.  Titled, ‘Bring What You Want, Take What You Want’, it invites and allows people to share items they no longer use or need with others.  This extends the life of the goods being traded and diminishes the incessant need to purchase new items and consumption via consumerism. The scheme enhances social interaction, drawing people out from within their local communities to talk and share with one another, strengthening trust and consideration. Tierramercica media reports (8th September 2013):  ‘Disillusioned with an economy that promotes individualism and ruthless…

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Fascist Group EDL Diminished by Tower Hamlets in Solidarity

Far-right group the English Defense League were unable to enter Tower Hamlets in London on Saturday 7th September 2013, as thousands stood in solidarity to protect the East London Mosque, which had been threatened by the EDL.  Trade Unions, local mosques and organisations helped to mobilise people onto Whitechapel Road.  All were in unison in a stand against the EDL.