May 16, 2021 § Leave a comment
Your smartphone. Imagine being without it. No alarm in the morning… No social media… No calling friends and family.It’s a comfort. It’s a necessity.What would life look like if you arrived in the UK without your phone?”Without my phone, I can not translate any letters come from the asylum office.” – M from Afghanistan”Without my phone, I cannot show the world what I have been through and can not get any help.” – M from Syria”Without my phone, if I do not have a language translation, I cannot connect with the people.” – F from Iraq”Without my phone I would not have learned English so quickly.” – R from AfghanistanDo you have an old smartphone lying around? We have an easy way for you to donate them to asylum seekers in the UK. One of our amazing volunteers has set up a website which makes it super easy for you to send phones directly to our volunteer group in Slough. Visit www.phones4them.org.uk and follow the instructions. “Without my phone I’d be stuck in a dark corner looking for a dial tone to reach my family…” – O from SyriaDo something amazing – help us to keep people connected.#phones4refugees
May 9, 2021 § Leave a comment
Nice write-up 🙂
One of the more unexpected sights on Bromley’s streets is a plaque to the Russian anarchist and geographer Peter Kropotkin in Crescent Road, who lived there from 1894 to around 1907 when he moved to Muswell Hill.
London had been a relatively safe haven for European anarchists fleeing persecution for much of the 19th century. Kropotkin had returned to London after being imprisoned in France for membership of the International Workingmen’s Association (the First International).
The centre of much anarchist activity in London seems to have been around Fitzrovia – something I have touched on in passing before as part of a post on Martial Bourdin, the Greenwich Observatory bomber. It is perhaps surprising then that Kropotkin made his home elsewhere. Initially he had moved to Harrow – this was where his old friend and comrade Nikolai Tchaikovsky lived. Both had been part of the what became…
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February 25, 2021 § Leave a comment
Bromley Council is conducting an important consultation about the Albemarle Road cycle route scheme (see HERE). We need you to take 2 minutes out of your day between now and 3 March, to help us stop a move to kill the scheme stone dead – which could result in TfL declining to support any new active travel infrastructure in Bromley for several years.
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December 8, 2020 § Leave a comment
For the new Simone Giertz, accepting her own flaws and embracing grand, non-shitty designs are of a piece. “There are so many things that are amazing that are not perfect. And there are so many things that are perfect that are fucking boring,” she says. “Perfect is a corset. It doesn’t let you breathe. It doesn’t let you roll around. It’s a small pen to be in.”
November 9, 2020 § Leave a comment
‘In fact, the most arresting feature of the book is O’Reilly’s constant defence of the need of rigour, critical thought and an honest reflexion on the limitations and benefits of the research methods used, of being aware of the causes of bias….In the end, one of the strongest impressions the book leaves is that it is not the sophistication of the methods used that gives scientific status to ethnography, but reflexivity and being aware of what you are doing and why. Something, by the way, that is applicable to any scientific discipline and is not always properly stressed.’
-Jordi Prats in Significance
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July 10, 2020 § Leave a comment
Thursday 9 July 2020
Friday 10 July 2020 “Organising on the Climate Crisis and Just Transition”, 1-2pm UK time, session in TUC’s Organise 2020 conference
- Key point: transition needs to happen (as a result of decline of carbon-intensive industries and growth of green industries), and the key issue from the perspective of the trade union movement is who pays the cost of the transition – big companies, small companies, workers, communities living next to polluting industries, ‘the taxpayer’?
- Both Sue Ferns and Sam Smith were excellent.
- Lots of young people are totally on board with the need to address climate change, but have zero understanding of the role the union movement could potentially play in this colossal task. So one of the tasks of the union movement is to change this.
Abstract: The climate crisis is now urgent. The UK, along with many other countries, have adopted a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. A just transition is necessary to ensure that we do not save the planet at the cost of workers’ jobs and communities.
The Global South, meanwhile, suffers most from global warming, despite having contributed least to the problem. A just transition is needed for workers in both the Global North and the Global South. Climate change is a major trade union issue and, having galvanised young people like few other challenges in recent years, is an important organising opportunity for trade unions in the months and years ahead.
Chair: Tim Page, senior policy officer TUC, with responsibility for industrial strategy and energy and climate change. Tim represented the TUC at the COP25 UN climate change summit in Madrid in December 2019.
Speakers: Lebogang Mulaisi, labour market policy co-ordinator, Cosatu, South Africa, Sue Ferns senior deputy general secretary, Prospect and the TUC general council lead on energy and climate change, chair of the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, Sam Smith, Director of the Just Transition Centre. Before this, Sam was the global climate and energy leader for WWF.