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Rebooting Technology to Impact on Poverty and the Environment


Posted by on 12 March 2017 at 9:22 pm | No Comments »

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Public talk and Q&A with former Practical Action CEO Simon Trace

Rebooting Technology to Impact on Poverty and the Environment

Our society is more likely to direct research funding into a cure for male baldness than a malaria vaccine or into the extraction of shale gas than the storage of renewable energy…

Simon Trace argues for a change to technology justice…

Photo of Litre of Light technology in action in a slum in India http://practicalaction.org/blog/category/energy/


United Reformed Church,
Coleham Head, Shrewsbury, SY3 7BJ

7.30pm, Monday 13th March 2017

All welcome! Free entry. Refreshments available.

Contact shropshire@globaljustice.org.uk .

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Brazil: From Euphoria to Despair


Posted by on 14 April 2016 at 12:19 am | No Comments »

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Join us for a talk on Brazil by Sue Branford, author of books including Brazil Under the Workers’ Party: From Euphoria to Despair.
Sue will speak at the United Reformed Church in Shrewsbury from 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 April.

Brazil talk

Author and former BBC World Service Latin America correspondent Sue Branford will speak about Brazil’s current political turmoil ahead of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio.  Sue’s talk comes as Brazil’s President and Workers’ Party member Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings.

Executive Director of War on Want John Hilary sums up the wider relevance of Sue Branford’s latest book, ‘Brazil Under the Workers’ Party: From Euphoria to Despair’:

“Branford and Rocha’s thoughtful study of the rise and fall of the Workers’ Party in Brazil should be required reading for all those seeking to understand the crisis facing social democratic parties the world over.
“The party’s rejection of agrarian reform, tax justice or structural political change lost it the support of Brazil’s powerful social movements, while its recent adoption of classic austerity policies has forfeited its very legitimacy.
“The authors’ conclusion is a compelling one: for left parties, transformative social and political change is the only hope of success.”

Sue will also argue that Brazil’s political crisis has serious repercussions for the whole of Latin America, because if a right-wing president comes to power, he/she will immediately negotiate with Washington for resumption of talks on a Free Trade Area of the Americas, which is really Latin America’s TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

Sue has recently returned from a field trip to Brazil’s Amazon and has written blog articles on the social struggles in this environmentally significant area too.

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Trade deal threatens Shropshire democracy – let’s take a stand!


Posted by on 6 July 2015 at 8:46 pm | No Comments »

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Make Shropshire a TTIP-free zone

 

Shropshire Council will debate a motion opposing TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, on 23rd July 2015.

Join us in lobbying our Shropshire councillors to back this motion and make Shropshire a TTIP-free zone!

TTIP is a trade deal being negotiated largely in secret between the European Union and USA. It aims to reduce the barriers to trade for big business – such as food safety laws, workers’ rights, safety regulations and environmental legislation. It would further enable corporations to sue national and local governments, if these corporations felt the governments’ actions might affect their profits.

How might TTIP affect us in Shropshire?

  • Shropshire Council could be challenged by corporations for denying planning permission.
  • Businesses with the financial clout to engage lawyers would be able to challenge decisions made by the local authority on the procurement of goods and services – for example if the Council decided to favour local businesses or ethical products.
  • The local authority could be sued for bringing any part of the National Health Service (NHS) back under public control.
  • We could expect further deregulation of development control and licensing.
  • The City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, could see its powers reduced, leading to more banking deregulation.
  • Even the threat of having to defend themselves against claims is likely to influence the decision-making of the town and county councils, encouraging them to lean towards the interests of big business.
  • By reducing the Council’s ability to control local affairs, this trade deal would undermine our democratic system.

You can find out more about TTIP by following the links below:

What is TTIP? The Independent article.

TTIP: a threat to democracy, standards and jobs. Global Justice Now briefing.

The EU-US trade deal: how TTIP could cripple local government. Global Justice Now and Unison local government briefing.

If you are worried about the effect that TTIP would have on our services and democracy in Shropshire, please contact your local county councillor to tell them this and to urge them to support the motion opposing TTIP. An email or a letter would be great, but even better if you could meet your councillor in person!

Contact details for your Shropshire councillor can be found by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the motion against TTIP, or if you would like to find out more about Global Justice Now, please email: shropshire@globaljustice.org.uk.

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Group meetings 2015


Posted by on 8 January 2015 at 7:20 pm | No Comments »

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Photo of Shropshire WDM group meetingGroup meeting

The Shropshire group of Global Justice Now (formerly know as the World Development Movement) holds informal meetings once a month bar August. The meetings happen on the 2nd or 1st Thursday of the month, 7.30-9pm.

Venue: The Snug, The Alb, Shrewsbury – 200m from the train station on Smithfield Road.

The meetings are a chance to get together and plan our campaigning activities on economic justice. These include letter writing, lobbying and organising occasional events.

If you would like to find out more about our activities or drop into one of our meetings, please email us at shropshire@globaljustice.org.uk or call group coordinator Tony on 07590 507 522. All welcome!

Diary 2015

Thursday 8 January – review 2014 and plan 2015 – The Alb, Shrewsbury

Thursday 12 February – Think Global actions – The Alb

Sunday 15 February, 5.30pm – film outing, The Testament to Youth (booking necessary, places limited) – The Old Market Hall cinema, Shrewsbury

Saturday 21 February – Take back our world! conference and cultural event – Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Thursday 12 March –  campaign stall planning – The Alb

Saturday 21 March – campaign stall – outside Unitarian Church, High Street, Shrewsbury

Thursday 9 April – Think Global actions – The Alb

Thursday 14 May – Think Global actions – The Alb

Thursday 11 June – Think Global actions – The Alb

Saturday 13 June – Global Justice Now AGM and Groups’ & Activists’ Conference – Glasgow

Thursday 2 July – Green Fair/WildFEST campaign stall planning – The Alb

Saturday in July – campaign stall at Green Fair/WildFEST – Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shrewsbury

Thursday 10 September – Think Global actions – The Alb

Thursday 1 October – campaign stall planning – The Alb

Saturday 17 October – campaign stall – outside Unitarian Church, High Street, Shrewsbury

Thursday 12 November – Think Global actions – The Alb

Thursday 3 December – social night out, probably a curry house!

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Economic justice – talk in Shrewsbury by Nick Dearden


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World Development Movement talk in Shrewsbury_November 2014

World Development Movement Director
Nick Dearden
will speak on economic justice
on the evening of Tuesday 4 November 2014

ALL WELCOME!

Join us at 7.30pm-9pm in the Upper Vaughan Room, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1LH.

Topics will include the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the EU and USA.

Nick was previously Director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign. There he helped win a new law to stop Vulture Funds from using UK courts to squeeze huge debt payments out of poor countries. Nick joined WDM in September 2013.

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WDM AGM & Groups’ Conference


Posted by on 15 September 2014 at 10:31 pm | No Comments »

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WDM AGM: photo of plenary

 

Anti-poverty campaigners from Shropshire took part in the World Development Movement’s AGM and Groups’ and Activists’ Conference at the Friends Meeting House in Nottingham on Saturday (13 September 2014).

A special resolution was voted through at the AGM. Shh…WDM is changing its name!

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Stop the corporate takeover of Africa’s food


Posted by on 12 July 2014 at 8:00 pm | No Comments »

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Stop the corporate takeover of Africa's food: photo of activists staging tug of war over the African continent between corporate bosses and small farmersStop the corporate takeover of Africa’s food!

Members of the Shropshire group of the World Development Movement campaigned against the corporate takeover of Africa’s food at WildFEST in Shrewsbury on 12 July 2014.

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Group Meetings 2014


Posted by on 16 February 2014 at 6:55 pm | No Comments »

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Photo of Shropshire WDM group meeting

The Shropshire group of the World Development Movement holds informal meetings once a month bar August. The meetings usually happen on the second Thursday of the month, 7.30-9pm. This year, though, the July and December gatherings are on the first Thursday.

Venue: The Alb, Shrewsbury – 200m from train station on Smithfield Road.

The meetings are a chance to get together and plan our campaigning activities. These include letter writing, lobbying and organising occasional events.

If you would like to find out more about our activities or drop into one of our meetings, you can contact us at: westmidlands@wdm.org.uk or call Tony on 07590 507 522.

Diary 2014

Thursday 9 January – review 2013 and plan 2014 – Tony’s house, Shrewsbury

Thursday 13 February – virtual meeting with WDM Director Nick Dearden – Tony’s house

Thursday 13 March – Think Global actions – The Alb, Shrewsbury

Thursday 10 April – campaign stall planning – The Alb

Saturday 12 April – campaign stall – outside Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury

Thursday 8 May – Think Global actions – The Alb

Thursday 12 June – “Stop Bankrolling Coal” Walking Tour of Shrewsbury

Thursday 3 July – Green Fair campaign stall planning – The Alb

Saturday 12 July – campaign stall at Green Fair/WildFEST – Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shrewsbury

Thursday 11 September – Think Global actions – The Alb

Saturday 13 September, 10am-6pm – WDM AGM & Groups’ Conference – Friends Meeting House, Nottingham

DATE CHANGE: Tuesday 7 October (not Thursday 9) – WDM Director talk planning – The Alb

Tuesday 4 November, 7.30pm – talk by WDM Director Nick Dearden – Upper Vaughan’s Room, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

DATE CHANGE: Tuesday 11 November (not Thursday 13) – campaign stall planning – The Alb

Saturday 22 November – campaign stall – outside Unitarian Church

Thursday 4 December – social night out, probably a curry house!

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Carbon Capital Stall at Shrewsbury Green Fair


Posted by on 23 August 2013 at 7:30 pm | No Comments »

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Shropshire group calls for banks to come clean on dirty energy


ShrewsGreenFair13

The Shropshire group of the World Development Movement collected signatures at the Shrewsbury Green Fair on Saturday 6 July (2013) for a petition calling for banks and pension funds to report not only the carbon footprints of their City of London offices, but also the carbon footprints of the fossil fuel projects in which they are investing.

Members of the Shropshire group treated visitors to the Green Fair at the Shropshire Wildlife Trust to an unconventional lucky dip, complete with oil slick and coal dust sweets, highlighting the relationship between controversial coal, oil and gas projects around the world and the UK financial sector.

The lucky dip revealed fossil fuel extraction projects around the world which are displacing local communities and polluting their environments without bringing them the benefit of affordable energy. These are projects which are contributing to an increase in global carbon emissions and ultimately climate change, too.

The lucky dip also revealed which financial institutions are investing in these projects, and the group collected signatures from Green Fair visitors for a petition to Business Secretary Vince Cable, urging him to make it obligatory for banks and pension funds to report not only the carbon emissions resulting from their office light bulbs, but also the emissions of the dirty energy projects in which they are investing savers’ and borrowers’ money.

If savers and borrowers have this information, they will be able to choose whether they place their business with banks heavily involved in fossil fuels or with banks backing development of green energy. As it stands, billions of pounds are being poured into coal, oil and gas projects, dwarfing investment into renewable or alternative energies, all at the expense of our planet, communities around the world today and future generations.

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Campaigners set up ‘Bankers Anonymous’ stall


Posted by on 11 March 2013 at 9:25 pm | No Comments »

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Campaigners from the Shropshire group of the World Development Movement set up a ‘Bankers Anonymous’ stall at The Unitarian Church, High Street, Shrewsbury, on Saturday 9 March 2013 to highlight the banks’ addiction to gambling on food prices.

Financial speculation by banks and hedge funds is driving up food prices, sending the cost of basic foods spiraling beyond the reach of millions of the world’s poorest people. In March Barclays announced a withdrawal from speculating on food, following public outcry over its effect on hunger.

The World Development Movement is calling for tough controls on speculation. The Shrewsbury campaigners asked passers-by to take part in a ‘five step programme’ to help bankers kick their addiction. The steps included signing a postcard to local MPs, asking them to urge George Osborne to act to control speculation.

European finance ministers, including George Osborne, are due to vote in the coming months on draft regulation to curb food speculation. But the UK government has so far failed to back tough controls.

Anthony Twist from the Shropshire group of the World Development Movement said: “Banks need our help to quit gambling on food. Only strong regulation will stop speculation playing havoc with prices. Food is a basic human need and banks must not be allowed to gamble on it to make a fast buck.”

For further information, please contact Anthony Twist at: wdmshropshire@googlemail.com

Pictured: Mick Gilmore, Dave Caton and Anthony Twist from Shropshire WDM and a member of the public.

Read all about it in the Shropshire Star! Food prices protest takes to the streets of Shrewsbury

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