Sunday, 22 November 2009
I was particularly impressed with the work put in by the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) in support of the posties and went to their meeting on Friday. Traditional trade unions are particularly hamstrung by their own bureaucratic structures as well as Anti Union laws brought in by Thatcher and hardly touched by New Labour.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Documentary Screening: Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela (Thursday 29th October/Bristol)
(Director Pablo Navarrete, 65mins, Alborada Films, 2009)
February 2009 marked 10 years since Hugo Chavez took office, following a landslide election victory, and launched his revolution to bring radical change to Venezuela. While wildly popular with many in the country, Chavez's policies and his strongly-worded criticisms of the U.S. government have also made him powerful enemies, both at home and abroad, especially in the media.
Filmed in Caracas in November 2008, on the eve of the 10th anniversary of Chavez's controversial presidency, this feature-length documentary takes a journey into the heart of Venezuela's revolution to listen to the voices of the people driving the process forward.
"This is a rare film about Venezuela, a country in extraordinary transition. Watch this film because it is honest and fair and respectful of those who want to be told the truth about an epic attempt, flaws and all, to claim back the humanity of ordinary people."
- JOHN PILGER (Journalist, author and documentary filmmaker)
::: Thursday 29th October, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Film starts 7.45pm.
Entry: Free but donations gratefully accepted
The screening will be introduced by Derek Wall (Former Principal Male Speaker for the Green Party of England and Wales), who will also take part in a Q&A with the director after the screening. The event will be chaired by Karen Bell (Bristol Solidarity with Venezuela).
University of Bristol
Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
School of Modern Languages
17 Woodland Rd
Bristol BS8 1TE
Facebook event page:
For further details on the documentary and to watch the trailer, please visit:
Friday, 2 October 2009
“Green Left calls upon our fellow Greens in Birmingham not not to stand a candidate in the constituency of Birmingham Hall Green in the coming general election in order to give a strong, progressive and environmentally aware candidate the chance of taking the seat. We believe that Salma Yaqoob of Respect is the candidate most likely to do this and her victory would be a victory for all those opposing the policies of privatisation, war, greed, racism and environmental destruction.
We believe that this is an opportunity for the progressive movement in Birmingham to unite behind one candidate and not to make the mistakes of the European election, where a divided Left opened the way to the election of racists and bigots. For the benefit of the people of Birmingham and of radical politics in this country we ask the Green Party in Birmingham to stand aside and not to oppose Salma Yaqoob. We are firmly of the belief that this will benefit both the Green and progressive movements in this country and send out a signal that we are serious in challenging the neo-liberal economic policies of the three main parties as well as Fascism and racism.”
Thursday, 27 August 2009
- Global Fight for Climate Justice
- The economic crisis and the ecosocialist response
- Gender, ecology and ecosocialism
- Alternatives to the market
- Alternative production
- The impact in the global south
- Direct action prefiguring a sustainable society
- Sustainable cities
- The campaign for green jobs
- Building the fightback and organising for Copenhagen
Thursday, 13 August 2009
The SWP's strident, often sectarian and over simplistic politics soon began to wear thin with me and I started reading round the subject. Studying Anarchist critics of Leninism like Emma Goldmann and Peter Arshinov and later theorists (especially Murry Bookchin) but, I never really was a true Anarchist and I find the libertarian left nature of the Greens, really suits me best right now. My short attention span means my political theory is broad, but slightly shallow.
Still, within the Green Party we have our fallings out and disagreements, unfortunately sometimes the rivalries become rather too personal, which is a shame. Despite disagreements, I want to be in a broad based party with people from different traditions, coming together to fight for a common cause.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Very hopeful for the Euro elections, we shall see!
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Then Alexi Sayle emailed our fantastic North West Euro candidate Peter Craine with the following:
"One of the great things about Britain is that, unlike in a lot of Europe, we have never let extremist parties of the right get anything but a tiny toehold in our electoral system. I'll personally be voting Green this time but whoever you support you should use your vote to continue our noble tradition and keep the BNP out."
Saturday, 23 May 2009
"The BNP can only be defeated by mobilising all those opposed to fascism. To this end the Sikh Federation (UK) urges Sikhs throughout Britain to cast their vote on 4 June in large numbers. If any Sikhs are to cast a protest vote it is better if candidates of the Green Party are supported, which is the only major political party that has passed a specific motion in support of the Sikhs right to self determination."
First Joanna Lumley now the Sikh federation, who's next? :)
Sunday, 10 May 2009
I have been working hard for my partner Katie Buse in Easton and the Ashley Campaign is hotting up where Daniella Radice was just 110 votes short of victory last time around. Here in East Bristol we have a great range of candidates, including one of Bristol's top Green Campaigners, Glenn Vowles in Eastville.
Must not forget the dynamic Ricky Knight who leads our Euro list and stands a decent chance, thanks to the fairer voting system used of being the South West's first Green MEP.
Friday, 17 April 2009
This was spotted by Chris Cotton in the Guardian - an interesting contribution to what is one of the most serious and controversial issues for Greens ( and anyone else, serious about the future)
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Two very different viewpoints of the Israel/Palestine question worth looking at:
Sunday, 8 February 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Tuesday, 6 January 2009