Friday, November 30, 2012

Activist Fund - deadline December 1st

Needs funds for radical action?
Check this out-
Edge Fund is a grant-making body with a difference. We support efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end imbalances in wealth and power – and give those we aim to help a say in where the money goes.

Existing financial and political systems benefit the privileged few and put profit and economic growth before people and the environment. To challenge these inequalities effectively, we believe it is critical that decisions are made collectively, by those who donate money and those who receive it. To this end the Edge Fund consists of donors, activists and members of communities facing oppression and injustice. The Edge Fund also creates opportunities for people to build alliances with each other and share their learning and experiences.
We are committed to equality, and recognise the inherent inequalities involved in philanthropy. When society’s inequalities have been dissolved, the philanthropy of the wealthy will no longer exist. We are committed to creating new and more sustainable sources of funding based on the solidarity of the many, rather than the generosity of the few. We also aim to challenge traditional grant-making values and practices by being pioneering and providing a model that can be followed by others.
http://edgefund.org.uk/

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Make a short film about your own life

The Intergenerational Foundation, the Guardian and the NUS have teamed up
 to look for the best three-minute films exploring what its like to be a
 young person in the UK today. 
  
 Are you 16-30 and living in the UK? Are you full of inspiration and ideas
 for your life but unable to make a start, get a job or somewhere decent to
 live? What's it like to be trapped in short-term rent hell with bad
 landlords and no sign of escape? How do you cope with tens of thousands of
 pounds of student debt? 
  
 Today in Britain 1.5 million people aged under 30 are unemployed. The
 average age of a first-time house buyer has risen to 37 and one in three
 under adults under 30 are living with their parents.
  
 We want your films about being young, gifted and broke. 
  
 You could win two weeks' work experience at Island Pictures or with the
 Guardian's multi-media team, and 1,000. Long-listed films will be seen by
 top documentary filmmaker Christopher Hird, and screenwriter and producer
 Dominic Minghella.
  
 Enter at http://www.if.org.uk/filmcompetition


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Our Sol Cinema is in Germany newspapers this week


German newspapers are all over our solar powered Cinema this week. 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Growing food on a vertical- vote for this video

  Less Field, More Yield | William Mann from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

LESS FIELD, MORE YIELD is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if it's among the ten that receives the most votes.

If you love it, vote for it. Click on the VOTE button in the top right corner of the video player. Note that voting may not be available on all mobile platforms, and browser cookies must be enabled to vote.
 
At a time when it is necessary to think differently about crop production, due to climate change, depleted natural resources, population growth and availability of land, the VertiCrop has been developed as a sustainable alternative to traditional agriculture, utilizing advanced hydroponic technologies in controlled environments.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Support wanted for women against Police Spies

Wednesday, 21 nov, 12noon, near Brandenburg Gate
Meet at U55 Exit across from Starbucks and Hotel Adlon

On 21+22 November, 8 women will be in court in London trying to stop the
Metropolitan Police from having their case put into a shadowy secret
court known as the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. They have filed legal
action against police because they were deceived into long term intimate
relationships with undercover police officers, such as Mark Kennedy.

The women have called out for international solidarity, so please come
support them by making signs if you can and being part of a brief photo
action next to the British Embassy, with signs of support.

Here are random ideas for signs:
NO POLICE SPIES
POLICE SPIES OUT OF OUR LIVES
STOP STASI TACTICS
UK STASI SHAME
...or make your own

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Statement condemning the Metropolitan Police’s attempt to have case
heard in secret
Published: November 19, 2012
original: http://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/?p=314

“The police cannot be permitted to hide behind the cloak of secrecy,
when they have been guilty of one of the most intrusive and complete
invasions of privacy that can be imagined.”

The approach of the Metropolitan Police to the litigation has been
obstructive from the outset, refusing to provide any substantive
response to the allegations and hiding behind a ‘neither confirm nor
deny’ policy about the activities of their officers. Now, to add insult
to injury, following one of the most intrusive invasions of privacy
imaginable, the police are attempting to strike out the women’s claim by
arguing that the case should have been started in a shadowy secret court
known as the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). [1]

The IPT exists for the sole purpose of maintaining  secrecy, and under
its jurisdiction the case could proceed with the  women denied access to
and unable to challenge police evidence, and powerless to appeal the
tribunal’s decisions. This will mean that neither they, nor the public
will ever find out the extent of the violations of human rights and
abuses of public office perpetrated by these undercover units. Thus, the
women, who have suffered a totally disproportionate, unnecessary and
extremely damaging invasion of their privacy, may be denied access to
justice by the very legislation which was purportedly designed to
protect their rights.

The public outrage at the phone hacking scandal earlier this year
focused on the cynical intrusion into lives of individuals by the press
and the police. Today’s hearing relates to levels of intrusion far more
invasive than phone hacking, yet so far most mainstream politicians
remain silent.

What little information the women have garnered indicates that for 30
years or more these undercover units had (and still have) a rolling
brief to inform on political movements and keep files on individuals
(simply because they are or were politically active), without
investigating any specific crime, and with no apparent intention to
participate in any criminal justice process.[1] As a part of this,
undercover officers lied and manipulated their way into people’s lives
whilst their cover officers, back-room teams and the rest of the police
command structure monitored and controlled people’s private lives and
relationships. In certain cases, the false identity established by the
police was able to be exploited by individual officers to continue their
deceit after their deployment had officially ended, seemingly with no
safeguard for the women involved, even fathering children in the process.

These massive intrusions into people’s lives are reminiscent of the
activities of the Stasi in East Germany and those responsible should be
brought to public account. These cases are, therefore, being brought in
an attempt to expose the damage done by the Metropolitan Police and to
make them publicly accountable for their actions.

This is a statement from supporters of eight women who are bringing
legal against the Metropolitan Police. The eight women were deceived
into long term intimate relationships with undercover police officers.
The Metropolitan Police has applied to have the cases heard by the
Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). [1] The application will be heard
at the High Court on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 November 2012. Read
the Press Release here

NOTES FOR EDITORS:
[1] The IPT is a little known tribunal set up under  section 65 of the
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA, 2000) to  deal with claims
brought under the Human Rights Act against the police  and other
security services.
[2] The HMIC report  states that “for most undercover deployments the
most intense scrutiny  occurs when the evidence they have collected is
presented at court.  Accountability to the court therefore provides an
incentive for police  to implement the system of control rigorously: but
in the HMIC’s view,  this incentive did not exist for the NPOIU. This is
because NPOIU  undercover officers were deployed to develop general
intelligence…rather than gathering material for the purpose of  criminal
prosecutions.” Source:  HMIC “A review of national police units which
provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest” (February
2012) p.7

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Press Release here:
http://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/?p=312


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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Undercurrents new movie..coming soon

Undercurrents will release our new documentary in January 2013.

Living in the Future is a 50 minute documentary film telling the poetic story of the UK's first planned ecoVillage, Lammas. It was shot over 4 years in Pembrokeshire, West Wales by Welsh independent film maker, Helen iles.

We are launching the film on 22nd January 2013 in a multi-venue screening with live Skype link and we are interested in more groups taking part- either on the Launch date or any time after. At present, we will screen at
Theatre Mwldan, Cardigan;
Chapter Cinema, Cardiff;
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
and Taliesin, Swansea.

We also have venues in Colwyn Bay, Brighton, York and Sheffield- so far!

You can see a Trailer on the front page of the website here : http://www.livinginthefuture.org

We look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in promoting or screening the Film. Contact D Murphy who will be organising screenings via d@undercurrents.org

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Seditious Cards- festive cards with a message

Need a festive card with a message? then check these brilliant cards out.
Fed up with twee Christmas cards of fluffy snowmen,toy-making elves and reindeer frolicking in the snow?
Want something a bit more edgy and subversive? Here is a collection of 8 radical designs drawn by Jon and published by Seditious Cards.
Some reference popular drugs culture while others take a well-aimed dig at organised religion and multi-national corporations.

Many more designs available from
http://www.freedombooks.co.uk/xmas_cards.html

Seditious Cards are so outrageous apparently that Private Eye refused their advertising! But you can buy them online or they will be in Viz, all good Headshops and the walls of discerning punters this festive season.

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