Not so Far Away

November 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Jade's

Many people believe that their  opinion; their voice will not make a difference in the  world of politics; Federal and State. This is a common misbeleif one that I myself possess; or have until a recent reading “Influencing Public Policy” by Jeanine C. Cogan. There are at least five groups who influence legislative process. one, are constituents; which is anyone eligible to vote. The second choice is advocacy groups; organizations and interest groups that lobby for certain policies, such as; business and industry; science and technology; professional interests; labor, and Civil Rights to name a few. A Third choice would be contacting someone in, or becoming part of a coalition. a gathering of advocacy groups that share a common interest or opinion; they follow the motto “strength in numbers.” A Fourth method which can be used in an attempt to effect federal or state policy is contacting a member of congress; whose  main objective consists of three…

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Merry Christmas

November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

Last night someone asked me what christmas presents I was going to buy for people. I said I hadn’t worked it out yet but was thinking about it. That person asked me how much I intend to spend. What a stunted vision of “giving” that question entails, I thought.

Film on SOAS cleaners’ campaign for the same rights as other SOAS workers

November 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

NUS demo November 2012

November 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Sigh. So much to do.

“It’s cold, it’s wet, and we’re in lots of debt” http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/nov/21/student-protests-demo-2012-live-blog

http://www.newint.org/blog/2012/11/22/demo-2012-students-london-protest/

http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/156-education/16158-why-the-student-movement-needs-to-stop-devouring-itself-

http://anticuts.com/2012/11/22/after-the-nus-demo-build-a-radical-democratic-student-movement-2/

Studying Tamil in the UK…

November 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

…is something I have been investigating recently so, for the interest of anyone who might want to do the same, here are some options:

In London, the London Tamil Sangam is currently offering classes at a range of levels. SOAS Language Centre, King’s India Institute and the Mary Ward Centre sometimes run Tamil classes, but they are not running classes in the 2012-2013 session.

In Newcastle these guys look promising: http://www.listenandlearn.org/tamil/newcastle/

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