Tuesday, April 22, 2014

INLAP Criminality of Nuclear Weapons campaign - new site

'The World Court Project is working to abolish nuclear weapons through the law because they violate our human values. It is a project of INLAP, the Institute for Law, Accountability and Peace.'
We gladly repost this announcement of their new website:

Please have a look at our new website for the Criminality of Nuclear Weapons campaign on www.nuclearweapons-warcrimes.org
On the Home Page you can:
v  Pledge your conviction that any use of nuclear weapons would be a war crime (if you haven’t already done this),
v  See our campaigning film which shows concerned citizens, like us, making their personal pledges,
v  Spread the message on the right hand side of the page by email and social media through easy links at the bottom of the page,
v  Make a donation to support our cause
By making your pledge you will become part of a worldwide grassroots movement of citizens upholding their deepest values through the law
The world is becoming increasingly aware that that any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic consequences which humanity could not cope with. 
Prevention is better than cure.  The only remedy is the total abolition of all nuclear weapons everywhere.
The growing number of pledges will be used to support the ever stronger call for talks to start on a treaty to get rid of all of them, everywhere. We shall take every possible opportunity to present the pledges to decision makers and demand that they take notice.  There will be a very important opportunity for this in May 2015 when representatives of most countries will meet at the UN to discuss nuclear disarmament.
Please put aside a moment to sign now on www.nuclearweapons-warcrimes.org
Your comments are most welcome.  If you want to reply to this you can email geowcpuk@gn.apc.org.
Thank you and Best Wishes
George Farebrother (Secretary)


The World Court Project is working to abolish nuclear weapons through the law
 because they violate our human values.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Take action to end the scandal of military spending

It’s time to shift priorities.

Last month, another £570 million of public money for upgrading the UK's nuclear weapons was announced. Budget Day confirmed that when it comes to military spending, there's no such thing as austerity: it was set at a huge £38 billion for the coming year.

The government thinks we have £700 million to subsidise arms exports, £2.5 billion for new fighter jets, £6.2 billion for new aircraft carriers and £100 billion to renew nuclear weapons... so why are homelessness, hunger and inequality so rapidly on the rise?

It is a scandal that 1 in 4 children in the UK grow up in poverty. It is a disgrace that 20,000 disabled people will lose support for the basics in life when the Independent Living Fund closes. It is outrageous that thirteen times more people are relying on foodbanks to survive than did five years ago.

It is all the more scandalous when you realise that the UK's military spending is among the highest in the world.

It's time to shift priorities. This is the message we want to communicate on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending on Monday 14th April. However you share that message, you can contribute to a global wave of action to turn the tide on military spending.

  • Share these (http://demilitarize.org.uk/) powerful spending comparisons on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Order postcards and posters free of charge to share the message in your area. Reply to this email with your address and how many you would like.

  • Come along to an action on 14th April, or take a look at the guide for setting up a simple event in your town!

  • Visit www.demilitarize.org.uk for more resources, links to petitions and ideas for action!

  • Together we can show that it's time to shift priorities and redirect military spending to the things we really need.

    Thank you for your support.

    Anne-Marie O'Reilly
    Campaign Against Arms Trade

    P.S. Also...

    Labour Party member? CAAT is always working hard to influence political parties' policies for the better. There's an opportunity to help shape the Labour Party's global policy coming up. If you are active in your local constituency Labour Party, please contact ann@caat.org.uk to find out how you can help.

    Near London on Saturday 12th April? CAAT's got together with Stop the Arms Fair to run an exciting training day on skills for creative activism. Please reply to this email if you plan to come!

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain

    Tate Liverpool: Exhibition
    28 February – 11 May 2014
    Adult £8.80 (without donation £8)
    Concession £6.60 (without donation £6)
    Help Tate by including the voluntary donation to enable Gift Aid

    Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain, is a new take on how the changes in the meaning of words reflect the cultural shifts in our society. This dynamic exhibition takes its name and focus from the seminal 1976 Raymond Williams book on the vocabulary of culture and society.

    An academic and critic influenced by the New Left, Williams defined ‘Keywords’ as terms that repeatedly crop up in our discussion of culture and society. His book contains more than 130 short essays on words such as ‘violence’, ‘country’, ‘criticism’, ‘media’, ‘popular’ and ‘exploitation’ providing an account of the word’s current use, its origin and the range of meanings attached to it. Williams expressed the wish some other ‘form of presentation could be devised’ for his book, and this exhibition is one such interpretation.

    Keywords focuses on British art from the 1980s. This was a tumultuous decade in Britain, marked by many forms of oppositional politics which had a direct impact on culture – from the miners’ strike, to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, race riots, gay liberation and feminism to an ongoing insurgency against British rule in Northern Ireland. These viewpoints are represented in contrasting forms by a generation of British artists familiar with the ideas that Williams and other cultural theorists were exploring at the time.

    Almost sixty works by artists such as Rita Donagh, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, John Latham, Stephen McKenna, Carl Plackman, Donald Rodney, Jo Spence, and Anne Tallentire are grouped in relation to key words from Williams’s book. Words such as ‘liberation ’, ‘behaviour ’, ‘unconscious’ and ‘romantic’ will be juxtaposed with works, encouraging further exploration and debate. To represent the impact of oppositional politics in Liverpool we are displaying all 20 original copies of The End, a fanzine with a political overtone produced during the 1980s by musician Peter Hooton and Phil Jones.

    In addition to Tate collection works and key loans, a number of artworks are being uniquely re-presented including One for Sorrow Two for Joy 1976, a pioneering performance from Rose Finn-Kelcey, Sunil Gupta’s controversial London Gay Switchboard 1980 and Helen Chadwick’s notorious Carcass 1986.

    Central to Keywords has been its public talks programme by major figures from the spheres of art, theory, activism and politics. To date this has included lectures by Linda Bellos on Equality, Douglas Crimp on Theory, Geeta Kapur on Practice, Leo Bersani on Sex and Tony Bennett on Culture. This outstanding line-up was completed with a lecture from Baroness Lola Young on the meanings of the word ‘Ethical’.

    Keywords was previously on view at Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts), London 27 March – 18 May 2013 ahead of being relocated to Tate Liverpool. The exhibition is organised by Tate Liverpool in collaboration with Iniva, London.

    Further details of the exhibition can be found on the Tate website.

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    For information about the latest and back issue of Key Words, Journal of the Raymond Williams Society, visit the Spokesman Books website.

    Media Technology and Cultural Form
    Key Words 11

    Contents:
    Media Technology and Cultural Form: Guest Editor's Introduction - Kate Lacey

    Communications Policy and Social Change: Raymond Williams, The Left and Thinking about the Media - Tom O'Malley

    The Continuity of 'Continuity': Flow and the Changing Experience of Watching Broadcast Television - Catherine Johnson

    TV Times: Archive, Mood, Media - Ben Highmore

    'An Ugly Phrase for an Unprecedented Condition': Mobile Privatisation, 1974-1983 - Stephen Groening

    Mobile Privatisation and the Neoliberal Self - Jim McGuigan

    Cultural Materialism, Media and the Environment - Richard Maxwell & Toby Miller

    Grace Paley and Tenement Pastoral - Chris Witter

    Keywords

    Recoveries

    Reviews

    Price: £12.50
    ISBN: 978 0 95315 03-9-7


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