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Sep 24

Transformative Power within British Politics #election15

Transformative Power within British Politics #election15

Never cut what you can untie

“No knot unties itself – every knot what once straight rope”

Today is the New Moon in Libra, so it seems like an auspicious moment to open new discussions (new moon) about the political relationships we have in Britain at the moment.  It helps, I’ve found, to review what lessons emerged during the last moon cycle beginning in Virgo. Virgo is the sign of service to others and it concluded with…

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Sep 15

Women Prisoners: Speaking Truth to Power

What a man is like

Sirius Black: the prisoner of Azkaban

About a week ago, Toni Wood, a Criminology PhD student, asked a twitter friend for recommendations to blogs by former women prisoners and I noticed her request as it came onto my timeline. She was wanting material to give to her students. I can resist anything but temptation so, as a former management trainer and formerly “dangerous” woman prisonerwith some…

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Aug 28

Gaza: Searching for the long trail out of Hell

Gaza: Searching for the long trail out of Hell

Silent, so silent now, Now the guns have stopped. I have survived all, I who knew I would not. But now you are not here. I shall go home alone; And must try to live life as before And hide my grief. For you, my dearest friend, who should be with me now, Not cold too soon, And in your grave, Alone. (from "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" by Karl Jenkins)

Silent, so silent now,
Now the guns have stopped.
I have survived all,
I who knew I would not.
But now you are not here.
I shall go home alone;
And must try to live life as before
And hide my grief.
For you, my dearest friend,
who should be with me now,
Not cold too soon,
And in your grave,
Alone.
(“Now that the guns have stopped” from “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins)

It’s a…

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Jul 14

A Beginner’s Guide to #Ethics in UK Public Life

A Beginner’s Guide to #Ethics in UK Public Life

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Every so often, the UK government finds itself mired in scandals of sleaze and corruption. At present, we have a return of allegations that the UK Parliament is ‘home’ to a ‘ring’ of high-profile child sex abusers; there are lingering allegations of continued expenses fraud; and today both the Guardian and Huff Post report that the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee into Standards in Public…

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May 20

#LetsTalk Conversations with new activists #women2gether

#LetsTalk Conversations with new activists #women2gether

Colorado river reaches sea for first time in decades

Colorado river reaches sea for first time in decades (Image: Sonoran Institute and LightHawk)

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

Women2gether are attracting supporters. I’ve had wonderful twitter conversations with some of you – you have been a delight to encounter; thank you for your generosity of both self and spirit. Yet, to some extent, we might look as though we were failing at the first hurdle:  it takes…

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May 14

The great UKIP calamity continues with Scriptonite: ‘It’s on, Farage, it’s on’

The great UKIP calamity continues with Scriptonite: ‘It’s on, Farage, it’s on’

pawprintsofthesoul:

As an independent blogger myself, I urge ALL of us to read BOTH posts in full.

These are dangerous times… and dangerous measures, like having and expressing our own opinions freely, MUST be taken.

Solidarity with genuinely free-thinking UK bloggers everywhere!

Originally posted on Vox Political:

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Vox Political‘s comrade-in-blogging at Scriptonitehas stepped into the fray,…

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May 11

#LetsTalk Conversation with an Organ-grinder #women2gether

#LetsTalk Conversation with an Organ-grinder #women2gether

Open Email (because I have no resources print this off) to:

The Office of Mrs. Fatou Bensouda,

Chief Prosecutor – International Criminal Court,

Po Box 19519
2500 CM, The Hague
The Netherlands

 

Dear Madam/Sir,

Global Economic Gender Crimes against Humanity affecting Women and Children

This is to notify your office that the above matter is now being opened for discussion amongst women at…

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#LetsTalk: Important New Procedural Information for #Womens Activists #global

#LetsTalk: Important New Procedural Information for #Womens Activists #global

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For all activists working on behalf of women everywhere, this is to share some recent global procedural changes at the International Criminal Court in the Hague in case you haven’t seen them. I suspect they could prove extremely useful to us all.

Background:

 

The information came to light as a result of campaigning with #women2gether – a group of British women activists who have emerged as…

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May 08

Lets Talk - Challenging Oppression through Positive Action

Lets Talk – Challenging Oppression through Positive Action

pawprintsofthesoul:

One minor but important amendment (see my Comment) – it is a matter of personal respect to ask first permission to involve the work of others; otherwise we can stand accused of ‘mis-appropriating’ the very hard work of our sisters.

We’re not allowed to do that in a ‘lawful’ society… imo, anyway.

So until Olga & Tanya agree… we’re only talking about it until we ask.

Originally…

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May 06

The UK Human Rights Petition #UKHRpetition

The UK Human Rights Petition #UKHRpetition

 

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This is post is for those folk who have encountered the petition calling for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, to provide us with the formal procedures that need completing in order to formally open an investigation into multiple breaches of Human Rights law in the UK. You can find the petition here:

Letter to the ICC at the Hague re potentially…

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