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GND mini: Bernt Out.

Manchester Green New Deal Podcast - Fri, 04/10/2020 - 00:00

We are once more asking for your.... well nothing. Our brother from another continent Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential campaign. We decided to feel the Bern one last time.

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"You've got to be social to be Socialist" Interview with Dr Lucy Burke

Manchester Green New Deal Podcast - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 04:00

We are all still in lock-down but the pod goes on! The results of the Labour leadership election are in, how will this affect the the Green New Deal? We are also joined by Dr Lucy Burke to discuss how critical care in the UK has been impacted by Covid-19, how people with disabilities have been affected by this crisis and the subsequent Government response.

We also discuss the short comings of the environmental movement and how it can be more inclusive of the disabled.

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Critical care in Adults

Managing symptoms (Including at the end of life) in the community

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Trees Not Cars

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CGL Is Still Working Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Unist'ot'ten Camp - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 15:37




COVID-19 is causing a global pandemic that’s sending shock waves across the world. We’ve already seen that COVID-19 is in the LNG Canada man camp. Meanwhile Coastal GasLink (TransCanada/TC Energy) is still working in our territories, despite British Columbia declaring a provincial state of emergency. CGL is continuing to bring transient workers in and the workers are not practicing social distancing. As seen in this video, CGL workers are engaging in risky practices. CGL must stop work now.



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"Fair judgement on potential a***holes" Covid-19 Crisis

Manchester Green New Deal Podcast - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 04:00

Covid-19 has taken the world by storm, with 20,000 deaths worldwide due to the virus. We sat down (at least 2 meters apart) to talk through this crisis. Discussing the governments response, the citizens response and how this is all going to play out down the line.

The UK is a wash with amazing acts of solidarity in this incredibly stressful time, here are some links for how you can help out others during the pandemic.

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"#Proper Trees" Getting the Green New Deal through labour conference.

Manchester Green New Deal Podcast - Sat, 03/07/2020 - 13:00

Our inaugural episode!

The dust has settled after the 2019 General Election and we face five more years of a climate denialist Conservative government. Yet, while locked out of power nationally, there are ways to take direction action locally and regionally to prevent climate catastrophe. But first, where did this all start?

 We sat down with Angie Brown to discuss how the Green New Deal made it through Labour Party conference.

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Wet’suwet’en Demand RCMP Stand Down, Discussions Begin

Unist'ot'ten Camp - Fri, 02/28/2020 - 15:28


Wet’suwet’en Territory, February 27th, 2020

We are seeing many pre-emptive and presumptive news reports, erroneously confirming that we have come to an agreement with the RCMP and the state. Before talks had even begun, mainstream and right wing media was reporting an end to the discussion, seeking to quell dissent and silence support for our position.

We confirm that discussions have begun today, but the terms of the discussions have yet to be determined and agreed upon.

We have not yet received, as a gesture of respect from the RCMP, the written confirmation that our demands will be met and upheld while discussions are ongoing, nor that discussions will continue after February 28th.

Please stand by and watch our pages and that of Gidimt’en Checkpoint for progress and updates. We thank you for your continued solidarity and support in this pivotal and stressful time.

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Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Meet With Mohawks of Tyendinaga, Set Conditions for Nation-to-Nation Talks

Unist'ot'ten Camp - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 16:40


February 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Meet With Mohawks of Tyendinaga, Set Conditions for Nation-to-Nation Talks

Tyendinaga – Today, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs met with the Mohawk People of Tyendinaga at the Council House in Tyendinaga to discuss the path forward for the Wet’suwet’en people to be able to end the illegal occupation of the RCMP and CGL on their lands.

Contrary to the announcement by the BC RCMP on February 20, 2020 that they are withdrawing from Wet’suwet’en territory, the BC RCMP and CIRG have in fact increased harassment, made illegal arrests, increased surveillance, and monitoring of Wet’suwet’en people and their invited guests. This is completely unacceptable and far from a show of good faith.

We remain deeply concerned by the myriad of laws that Canada has broken including Wet’suwet’en law, the Canadian Constitution, UNDRIP, and the Geneva Convention on Genocide.

In order that nation-to-nation discussions with Canada and BC may occur freely, and without duress, the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs require the following conditions be met prior to any discussions:

– “We demand that the remote detachment (Community Industry Safety Office) established by the RCMP on Wet’suwet’en territory without our consent be immediately removed and that the RCMP are completely removed from our territory and cease patrols from our lands. Out means out.

– We demand that all CGL activities cease within Wet’suwet’en territory while nation-to-nation talks are ongoing as pursuant to the eviction notice that was delivered to them on January 4th, 2020.

– We commit to entering into nation to nation discussions with Canada and BC once the above two demands are met and we insist when these discussions occur, that they will be held on Wet’suwet’en territory to ensure exclusivity for our nation’s Dini ze’ and Tsakiy ze’ (Hereditary Chiefs), and the members we are accountable to, in accordance with our law.”

The Mohawk people of Tyendinaga are standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people until their demands are met. Since the beginning the Mohawk people of Tyendinaga have stated their willingness to allow the trains to pass through their territory and remain committed to do so once it is verified by the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and their appointed legal observers that the BC RCMP are indeed out of territory. Upon confirmation, the Mohawks have agreed to negotiate the peaceful exit plan as agreed upon between the Mohawks and the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, Marc Miller.

We remain deeply concerned at the ongoing violation of human rights on Wet’suwet’en territory and remind Canada that Wet’suwet’en land was never ceded or surrendered and as such Canada’s actions amount to an illegal occupation in Wet’suwet’en territory. (UN, international law)

The meeting came on the heels of a nine hour meeting between the Mohawk People of Tyendinaga and Minister of Indigenous Services, Mark Miller on February 15, 2020. They are keeping the discussions open and remain hopeful.

The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs also reiterated their demands to Minsters Carolyn Bennett and Marc Miller and remain willing to enter into Nation to Nation talks when their demands are met.

Kanenhariyo Seth LaFort stated, “When you ask for the rule of law, then you have to follow it yourself. Canada has committed a crime against humanity in Wet’suwet’en territory. It has broken its own laws as well as Wet’suwet’en laws and international laws. You cannot remove people from their own lands at the end of a gun. A crime has been committed and the RCMP are the criminals.”

We encourage Justin Trudeau to continue to work towards a peaceful resolution.

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Coastal GasLink Lacks EAO Permits on Wet’suwet’en Territory

Unist'ot'ten Camp - Mon, 02/17/2020 - 16:12

Dark House’s legal team has written a letter to the BC Environmental Assessment Office, taking exception with the numerous political statements that “all permits are in place”. That is false. Coastal GasLink (TC Energy) does not have the Environmental Assessment Permit to operate in Dark House Territory.

CGL’s original application omitted the existence of the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre, and the use of the territory for traditional healing activities. The Environmental Assessment Office acknowledged to Unist’ot’en in a recent meeting that if the Healing Center were a settler-owned wilderness lodge, that there would be no debate over whether it should have been considered in CGL’s final report.

This is institutionalized racism.

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Here is the content of the letter:

Bernard Achampong
Executive Project Director
B.C. Environmental Assessment Office Via email

Dear Mr. Achampong:

Re: Environmental Assessment Certificate E14-03 Condition 1 Report #2

February 10, 2020

We write on behalf of our client, Dark House, in respect of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

Last week, the RCMP commenced enforcement action pursuant to the BC Supreme Court’s December 31, 2019 injunction order. The enforcement action took place following repeated public statements by your government indicating that all permits for the project are in place.

As you are aware, these statements are inaccurate. The Environmental Assessment Office has yet to make a decision to accept Coastal GasLink’s Certificate E14-03 Condition 1 Report #2 in respect of the Morice River Technical Boundary Area. In the absence of a decision on the Report, substantial portions of work on the project cannot proceed.

The Technical Boundary Area is within Dark House territory and subject to Wet’suwet’en title and rights. It also includes the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre. Coastal GasLink’s draft Report fails to consider or address how the project will affect the Healing Centre or Dark House’s ability to provide land-based healing practices to individuals experiencing the effects of intergenerational trauma and colonization.

Dark House has advised the EAO of its concerns regarding the adequacy of the draft Report in its letters of November 7, 2019 and December 17, 2019, and at our in-person meeting on December 9, 2019.

We have also repeatedly emphasized Dark House leadership’s desire to meet with you in person to discuss their concerns regarding the impacts of the project on the Healing Centre. We have yet to receive a decision on the Report, nor has the EAO met with Dark House leadership.

In our view, any decision to accept the Report in its current form would be contrary to the EAO’s own guidelines in respect of the Environmental Assessment Certificate, as well as the Province’s obligations to Dark House pursuant to section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and its commitments in respect of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. .

Please advise how your office intends to address the deficiencies in the Report and fulfill its obligations to consult with our client.

We further expect that the EAO will provide Dark House with written reasons regarding any decision to accept the Report in its current form.

Yours truly,

Kate Gunn
First Peoples Law Corporation

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Avery Books: Report Back from MST Intensive in Sao Paolo

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance - Tue, 08/25/2015 - 21:58

This past spring I was part of a two person delegation of GGJ members to the first ever International English Language Course on Political Training for Political Educators outside of Sao Paolo, Brazil. The 6-week course was coordinated by the Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra [the MST]) at their national school for political education, Escola Nacional Florestan Fernandes (ENFF). I came as a representative of the Vermont Workers’ Center, and was among 60 participants from 47 organizations and 17 countries. Most organizations were members of La Via Campesina, an international organization primarily dedicated to the issues of peasant movements around the world and food sovereignty (GGJ is a member).  Organizations ranges from small farmer movements in Zimbabwe to organizations that work with adavasi (indigenous) movements in India to South African trade unionists to members of the Kurdish liberation struggle to a leftwing Mexican youth organization.

ENFF is the flagship school of the MST. Since their founding 31 years ago, the MST has been committed to political education (or formação in Portuguese). They have schools dedicated to political education in all 23 Brazilian states where they have a presence. ENFF was built 11 years with the volunteer labor of over 1,000 MST members and many other supporters of the movement. It is a gorgeous campus, populated with vibrant flowers, inspiring revolutionary murals made by each class that had passed through there, beautiful architecture, small plots of food productions, and a design that emphasized communal space (a small plaza in the middle of a cluster of dormitories, with benches and a gazebo; the courtyard where we held our daily misticas; the open verandas where we had cultural nights, celebrations, etc., on both stories of the building that held the kitchen, cafeteria, and a small store with MST products). There was also an incredible library that held thousands of books on various subjects, from the history of revolutionary struggles around the world to social theory to agroecology (mostly in Portuguese and Spanish). The MST leaders at the school described ENFF as the “patrimony of the international working class.”

The school was coordinated and “staffed” by a brigade of 40 MST members who took 4 month shifts to help run the logistics and programming of the school. Like all groupings in the MST, they had a name and slogan: “Apolônio de Carvalho,” named after an important Brazilian socialist. To facilitate the functioning of the school, all students were expected to do “militant work,” volunteer labor to support the day-to-day needs of the school community. I was on the coffee team that set up and cleaned up for the multiple coffee breaks through the “school day.” Other militant work ranged from the production team that helped produce and harvest the food grown on campus; a childcare team; a cultural team that helped plan the “cultural nights,” helped with the programming for the campus radio station; collective laundry; cleaning up after meals. Militant work is a central part of the pedagogy of the MST, partly around wanting to put intellectual labor alongside other forms of labor and also as part of creating new social relations, where labor is about meeting collective needs and is not performed because of coercion.

We had classes 6 days per week. Every day began with a 10-20 minute long “mistica,” planned by each of us in our small groups (“nucleos do base” [NB’s]) and by other NB. Mistica both describes a particular activity and a broader concept. The activity is usually a short “performance” that tells a particular story about a particular struggle, while projecting a vision of the future. I put “performance” in quotes because the MST is emphatic that it is not “theater,” but rather an expression of reality as we experience it. Mistica incorporates symbols, music, art, movement, “acting,” participation by “spectators.” One of the misticas my NB planned conveyed the intersection of patriarchy, dispossession, and capitalism. One of the ones that Daryl (the other GGJ representative) and his group prepared conveyed the patterns of state violence around the world and their link to imperialism.

Many MST movement elders attribute mistica as the primary reason they’re still in the movement. It’s spiritual and intellectual sustenance, and stretches minds and hearts in preparation for the activity of the day, Mistica also described the overall “spirit” or “expression” of a group of people, the outward expression of collective revolutionary spirit.

An MST member riding with me and another classmate to the airport at the end of the program commented that our class seemed to have a very beautiful mistica. There were songs that were our songs (some people brought from their movements, others that were brand new and composed spontaneously); chants that were ours; countless manifestations of a profound camaraderie formed through intense, emotional learning together, sharing and hearing each other’s stories, working together, traveling together during the intensive “field week,” celebrating together during various cultural nights and late night festivities.

The coursework itself was incredible. The MST sees left theory as a living body of theory, and draws heavily from the Marxist Leninist tradition. Some of the more interesting courses were on the history and development of imperialism, the reproduction of capital in agriculture, a great session on gender, political organization, and popular education. There was quite a lot of healthy debate on organizational form, the role of the state, the legacy of colonialism and the persistence of racism, the dynamics between the old hegemonic imperial nations and the newly industrializing “BRICS” countries that increasingly play out imperial relations on a more regional level.

I learned an incredible amount about social movements in Brazil and around the world. From the MST, we learned about their incredible dynamic relationship between organizational form, strategy, and tactics. Their process of land takeovers entailed setting up an incredibly cooperative mini-society of several hundred families, a “movement baptism” that created the conditions for embodying radical new forms of human relations. The MST doesn’t actually legally exist in Brazil, and many of the movements represented there were very suspicious of the growth of World Bank and foundation-funded Non-Governmental Organizations and Non Profit Organization (seeing with incredibly clarity the ways in which they coopt movements and movement leaders).

One of the profound lessons for me was on the meaning of true internationalism and solidarity. The MST is in a very challenging moment in Brazil’s political and economic history: the ruling Workers Party has betrayed many of its original principles to the whims of international finance capital; the right wing is mobilizing larger crowds than have been seen in decades. Yet, instead of turning inwards, they continue to launch programs like this training, have helped started countless other movements around the Brazil, and remain committed to the development of an international revolutionary social force. In fact, I believe that’s exactly what see as necessary in this context, rather than turning inwards.

It’s hard to some up any one main takeaway from that 6 weeks. I’m incredibly inspired to be personally connected 60 people fighting in inspiration liberation struggles around the world. I’m inspired by the deep and broad commitment to political education and leadership development. I’m deeply moved by the way in which the MST both fights for total social transformation while building the new social right now. And I’m so impressed with the many examples of the ways in which strategy flows from a profound and sharp assessment of the objective and subjective conditions during this phase of advanced capitalism.


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