To join the zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 848 6652 3240
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/150956736988681
Alan Howard, the artist who created the mural, talked about its history and what it represents. He was joined by Miriam Rose who will examine how the transatlantic slave trade’s legacy continues with international finance and resource extraction in the global south. The event was chaired by Dave Richards from RISC. The saga of the mural’s coming into being was fascinating.
This was particularly important in Reading this year as Alok Sharma, MP for Reading West, was appointed Minister for COP 26, the 26th United Nations Climate Conference.
This was an excellent training session. You can find the slides at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mJ8eCjfFP and the full recording at: 2FrCbLM9EUwHoTeLBo-Qhv?usp=sharing
Time to curb the power and influence of transnational corporations?
7.30pm Wednesday 27 January
Our speakers on Wednesday 27 January, Heidi Chow and Gemma Freedman, gave us hope that this is possible! Heidi talked about the UN Nations’ efforts to bring about a ‘Binding UN treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights. You can read Dorothy Guerrero’s blog on the negotiation at https://www.globaljustice.org.uk/blog/2020/aug/28/glass-still-half-full-second-revised-draft-negotiation-text-un-treaty-transnational .
You can read the final statement of the Global Campaign on the 6th Session of the negotiations at: https://www.stopcorporateimpunity.org/despite-covid-19-limitations-civil-society-drives-momentum-for-the-historic-un-treaty-on-transnational-corporations-and-human-rights/
Gemma told us that the European Commission is also ready to consider a new law to hold businesses accountable for their impact on people and planet. It is holding a consultation NOW – BEFORE 8thFEBRUARY. We need as many people as possible to take part in the consultation. European trade unions have made it really quick and easy to participate in the consultation by clicking here. You can simply add your name without exploring further but if you prefer, you can find guidance on completing the consultation here.
How can we change the trade deals that are fuelling climate breakdown?
11.30am – 12.30pm Saturday 14 November
on zoom as part of Reading Climate Festival
The US-UK trade deal isn’t just a threat to our food standards and public services, it’s also a threat to our world. The whole model of corporate globalisation that drives international trade today is a major cause of climate breakdown. It is vital that we take action on trade rules if we are to have any hope of tackling the climate crisis.
Jackie Oversby gave a short talk covering the following subjects:
How do trade rules override climate treaties?
How can trade deals block climate action?
How can we change them?
Have we any chance of succeeding?
This event was part of Reading Climate Festival 9 – 15 November. More details are at http://www.readingculturelive.co.uk/…/reading-climate…/
We distributed leaflets outside Reading train station. We were campaigning with people across the country and also in the US, to say that whoever wins the US election, the proposed US-UK trade deal must be stopped.
Jackie Oversby said, ‘The deal would weaken the standards that protect the things we value, erode the services that take care of us, and damage the planet. All to entrench corporate power while doing next to nothing to help the real economy. This isn’t the kind of society and economy that people in the UK or the US want – nor do our allies around the world who are fighting similar deals.’