Good storytelling strengthens social movements
The Free Gaza Movement is delighted to announce that their third boat, the Dignity, carrying 27 crew and passengers, arrived in Gaza at 8:10 Gaza time, in spite of Israeli threats to stop them. In the pouring rain, the boat pulled into port amid cheers from the people of Gaza and tears from the passengers. David Schermerhorn, a crew member called an hour before the boat entered Gazan waters to say, “There is a rainbow stretching across the Mediterranean from where we are right now.”
Yesterday, the Israeli Navy said they would stop our vessel once it reached Israel’s territorial waters. Apparently to save face, they said they would harm our boat, arrest us and tow us IF we entered…
A small story of economic resistance from Aotearoa, [New Zealand]. We wanted to develop a way of transforming the logic of western commercial profit margins into a positive. By building in the redirection of the profit margin [at least at the retail end] we benefit communities in need who do not otherwise have access to western value margins. http://www.goodbooksnz.co.nz - is the Amazon alternative that gives all its retail income to fund projects providing water, santitation and education in communities in need.
While governments and institutions look for solutions to Africa’s poverty,one way to help meet this challenge is within my grasp - to bring tourists into African homes and communities. By staying in these communities, tourists provide income that improves the standards of living.
My model offers a sustainable pro-poor tourism alternative to mass packaged holidays with travel ethos that co-operate with the local hosts to improve their economy and protect their local environments. Accommodation is provided by the hosts in their homes or homesteads. In return the visitors are required to respect and absorb their culture as they provide some immediate economic and social benefits to these communities. Guests help their host families with their daily chores and tasks such…
My name is Jasir De Souza.
I am a Macuxi and my name in my language is Salomão. I live in Roraima state in the north of Brazil and we, the Macuxi, are the biggest population of indigenous peoples in Raposa Serra do Sol. We also have other indigenous peoples who live near us like the Wapichana, Ingaricó, Patamona, Taripan, Lanomami, Wapichamas, and Uaiuai people.
I am a Macuxi Indian. I am 60 years old. When I talk with the older generation of indigenous peoples, our relatives and friends, they say at the time of our grandparents and our great grandparents there were no white people around,
it was just our people. We lived from the land, fishing and hunting.…
READ International was founded by 3 UK university students in 2005. They aimed to engage as many young people as possible in their mission to promote literacy, global citizenship and healthy learning environments in Africa. To date, nearly 1,000 young students have worked volunteered for READ and in 2007 they won ‘Best New UK Charity’ in the Charity Times Awards. There are currently over 500 student volunteers actively involved in their great work, based at 22 UK universities, and it’s still growing so fast!
How it works: Many countries in Africa follow a secondary school syllabus very similar to that in the UK. But as some of the poorest nations in the world, teachers often lack the resources to teach.…
‘ECONOMIC HITMEN ARE THE FIRST STEP’.
Economic Hitmen have created the world’s first truly global empire and done it for the first time, primarily, without the military. And we worked many different ways but perhaps the most common was that we would identify a country with resources the corporations covet, like oil, and arrange a huge loan to that country through the World Bank or one of its sisters. However, the money doesn’t actually go to the country, it goes to our own corporations that build the infrastructure projects in that country - power
plants, roads, ports, industrial parks – things that benefit a few of the rich people in that country, as well as our own corporations, but don’t…
It's as if everyone is so concerned with their own individual problems, Facebook profiles, creation of identity and faux 'individuality', that they forget the power of an informed and aware society with a collective conscience.
I believe resistance comes in all shapes and sizes. But the one thing I do believe is that, as long as the focus is on the individual, nothing will change. Collective action is required to change governmental administrations and to resist corporations. My disappointment in society is that, when I act against injustices, I feel no support. It’s as if everyone is so concerned with their own individual problems, Facebook profiles, creation of identity and faux ‘individuality’, that they forget the power of an informed and aware society with a collective conscience. I want to wake up the world and the community surrounding me, but I have yet to realise how this can be done when there is such an…
On October 28, 2008, the Free Gaza Movement will set sail again for Gaza. On board will be a Nobel Peace Prize winner, five physicians, a member of the Israeli Knesset, and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The boat will again carry 26 passengers and crew to the port of Gaza.
“We’ve spent the past month making sure our boat is better and stronger, because the weather is getting more severe. Since we promised the people of Gaza we’d return, we wanted to make sure we would return safely”, said Derek Graham, first mate on board the boat. Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work for peace in Northern Ireland and one of the…
I believe there should be a broad spectrum of resistance depicted. After all, we all come from different backgrounds and deal with different pressures and circumstances. Someone suffering in an oppressive culture might feel hopeless, but along the same lines, so may someone who feels they are stuck in a cubical job that doesn’t seem to have an impact on the world at large. You can resist just by having political views that do not match your family or community, or you could be starting a kind of revolution. I think by encouraging the most basic, grassroots resistance, then you get across the message that resistance is something that isn’t causing trouble; it is showing the utmost respect for humanity.…
In May 2005 our football club Manchester United was taken over by the Glazer Family, despite fierce opposition from supporters. Many of us had been involved in trying to prevent this takeover and huge protest marches and demonstrations had taken place at Old Trafford. However despite this single largest mobilisation of supporter opposition we were sadly unsuccessful. Thus, a family who had no links to Manchester United and saw our club only as a vehicle to make themselves money now owned our club. They further compounded the insult by ‘loading’ the debt incurred in buying the shares onto the club itself, effectively meaning supporters were being asked to buy the club for them.
Something had to be done. Many of…
I do small things, but i wished to make sure you know about the following people/organisations who do much more-
‘Give and Take’ (frank bowman) is an excellent example of what can be done, using give and take stalls in festivals and elsewhere where people could bring and/or take stuff to give away free, donations were not necessary, but were given.
after a while, they had enough to buy land, which they did, near mold, north wales, that is land for everyone, and grows food etc.
frank also grows and gives away trees, and teaches others to grow trees, he is an inspiration. he feels it is very important to grow food providing trees etc in areas, and I feel…
Stop your fearing, and gaijin animosity
It’s time to release yourself, and become one with reality
Walk, talk, bow like a robot man
this here place, is our last Babylon,
Look pon da TV, and what you see?
fashion - fast food - lies, nothing but comedy,
What dem a teach these yute today
land of the rising sun is in dismay,
Long time dem forget their history
samurai, sakura, onsen, and shinsengumi
Hai, dem a bow, hai dem a bow bow
bowing down to self destruction,
Hai, dem a bow, hai dem a bow bow
losing all sense of realisation
Jah Jah come bless light upon us
Japan is bleeding, everybody is lost,
In my twenties I was a community organizer for a brief time. I ended up leaving the field because I was just not emotionally/spiritually healthy enough to stick with it long-term at that time in my life. So, I spent several years focusing on “inner-work”...trying to understand why I’m here on this planet and what the hell I’m supposed to do with my life. In recent months I have been graced by a reawakening of what feels like a long dormant part of my psyche. I’m still not sure what to do with it, but finding out about Resist has been a beautiful discovery. I feel like the stories being told through this network, and eventually thru the film, may…
I was brought up in mountainous West Virginia, the only state in the US that’s completely within Appalachia. It is also one of the nation’s poorest regions. I grew up surrounded by racism, poverty, anti-intellectualism, and somehow, a conservative love for the status quo. I didn’t understand, and so I left when it came my time to go to college.
In Cleveland, a three-hour drive from the only place I’d ever called home, there was so much room for growth. Within a month I found a job working for an organization that nurtured women and minorities in academic careers, and then I also worked for my school’s office of equal opportunity and diversity. I also joined a council on minorities…
Ok, so this really isn’t a contribution, but maybe you can pass this along to Gael…
Recently, I read an article about a poem or commentary by Gael, expressing the pain he felt about an incident that happened in Michoacan, Mexico on Independence Day night. A group of people, who were celebrating at a gathering were injured by a grenade that was thrown into the public, by an unknown individual. He expressed how he felt that this attack made it feel as if though it was an attack on his personal identity and hurt him greatly to see that this had happened. A reporter who read the poem said that Gael had no reason why he should be affected by…
I want to write being me. I don’t want to say a word being “that person”. I can’t, I shouldn’t; the pain is greater than my conscience which pretends to hold everything in. Including creating a space for the mystery with the hope that this is real- which is why I end up writing this. I feel as if i cannot write in between the lines. I prefer for the interpretive tone to find shape and meaning to all this which at first was written to be read by me, not to fall in an endless dialectal game.
I hurts not being close. Being so far, now more than ever. Instead of feeling relieved for being away, I…
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