Richard Payne's Blog (16)

Fighting back against Fracking - Film Screening - the Bentley Effect - 8th June

Frack Off London are organising a London screening of The Bentley Effect, a film documenting how a community in Australia organised against unconventional gas extraction, building up to an iconic blockade. 



With the fracking industry pushing to start production in the UK this year, this is a really timely film to build up a strong opposition wherever they drill.
The screening is at the Hive Dalston on Thursday 8th June at 7pm, and it's…
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Added by Richard Payne on April 17, 2017 at 22:12 — No Comments

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary says climate change is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ – not related to burning carbon

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary says climate change is ‘complete and utter rubbish’ – not related to burning carbon

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has dismissed climate change concerns as “complete and utter rubbish”.  Speaking on an Irish radio programme, he said he believes that people’s fears about global warming are unfounded.  He said:  “This kind of nonsense…

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Added by Richard Payne on April 11, 2017 at 19:34 — No Comments

East London teenager to be deported by Tories' racist rules speaks out

East London teenager to be deported by Tories' racist rules speaks out



by Tomáš Tengely-Evans…


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Added by Richard Payne on April 10, 2017 at 8:35 — No Comments

Small businesses in Hackney - better to nurture than annihilate

Many already struggling small businesses in Hackney are uniting to oppose new changes proposed by the government to business rates that threaten their very existence. 

The growth of Hackney’s small businesses in the last decade and a half has given the borough a distinctiveness and individuality as well as providing some much needed employment. Between 2004 -2012, the growth rate for businesses in Hackney was 40%, a rate 17% higher than London as a whole.…

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Added by Richard Payne on March 5, 2017 at 21:44 — No Comments

Close down the LD50 gallery in Dalston. No passeran.

https://shutdownld50.tumblr.com/



The LD50 Gallery in Dalston, Hackney, has been exposed by concerned artists and anti-racists as providing “one of the most extensive programmes of racist hate speech to take place in London over the past 10 year" (see Tumblr link). LD50 has given a platform to anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and “alt-right” figures.

LD50 has given a platform to activists who praise the action of neo-Nazi mass…

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Added by Richard Payne on February 24, 2017 at 23:30 — No Comments

Trump might be trumped

Feeling bleak and despondent at the election of Trump? Yes, you have got good reason to be, but this article shows that wish as he may, he and the rampant right cannot easily unpick the Paris climate deal or hold back a powerful, growing movement for renewables and against fossil fuel interests and climate change.  …

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Added by Richard Payne on November 10, 2016 at 16:09 — 1 Comment

China: Between Clouds And Dreams, Channel 4

A plug for 'China: Between Clouds And Dreams', 7pm, Nov 5th Channel 4.

Catch up if you missed Episode 1, A letter from Russia. This is both a beautiful and moving examination of the responses of children in China to the impacts of pollution and climate change from industrialisation. Starting with school pupils who receive a letter from their Russian counterparts urging them to look after endangered spoon-billed sandpipers migrating to China's coastal flats and…

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Added by Richard Payne on November 5, 2016 at 21:32 — No Comments

Video of the Marxism and Nature conference

Video of the Marxism and Nature conference

http://isj.org.uk/marxism-and-nature/

Marxism has for too long been characterised as having a singular preoccupation with the exploitation of labour and the class struggle. However, the works of Marx and Engels always…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 22, 2016 at 13:04 — No Comments

Hackney residents say this is not a conference it is a crime scene

It's all in the name: with no hint of shame oil and gas executives from across the world met for 2016 Oil & Money conference.

Protesters and representatives from communities affected by the fossil fuel industry disrupted the opening of the conference by staging 'a climate crime scene.'…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 19, 2016 at 12:46 — No Comments

Over 80% of construction sites 'never inspected for health and safety'

Over 80% of construction sites 'never inspected for health and safety'

 

Government cuts to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have hobbled its ability to enforce regulations that save workers' lives, and…

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Added by Richard Payne on September 19, 2016 at 21:18 — No Comments

The corporate vultures are circling in the skies overhead. Notes on the defence the East End’s Higher Education legacy.

A much admired centre of Higher Education in the East End could be the latest victim of spiralling real estate values, corporate asset stripping and a management enraptured by the neo-liberal fad for austerity. The Vice Chancellor of London Metropolitan University is embarking  on a scheme, opposed by most students, staff, alumni and also the Mayor of Tower Hamlets as an unnecessary and reckless plan, which will downsize the university through his ‘One Campus, One  Community’…

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Added by Richard Payne on December 23, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Britain’s lamentable record on fuel poverty.

Britain’s lamentable record on fuel poverty.

Join the People’s March for Climate and Jobs, Sunday, November 29th.

The recent report ‘Still the cold man of Europe’ from (ACE) The Association of Conservation Energy makes grim reading. Britain besides 15 other countries in terms of fuel poverty comes out bottom based on range of indicators. The report shows that:  …

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Added by Richard Payne on October 31, 2015 at 14:05 — No Comments

Campus closures, course cuts & redundancies at London Metropolitan University Stop the attack on educational opportunities

Campus closures, course cuts & redundancies at London Metropolitan University

Stop the attack on educational opportunities

Yet again the East End is seeing valued public educational assets trashed and centres flogged off to the private property sector. London Met has campuses in Whitechapel/Aldgate and Moorgate in the city. Its new Vice Chancellor has announced its intention to close these, sell off the Commercial Road and prized…

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Added by Richard Payne on October 26, 2015 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

TfL: Transforming Hackney in the interests of big business and not local people.

Hello friends,

I've started the petition "To TfL’s Director of Commercial Development, Graeme Craig.: TfL: Set affordable rents. Don't force small businesses out of Hackney" and need your help to get it off the ground. Please can you circulate. 

This is another example of the borough being transformed in the interests of big business and not local people. 

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the…

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Added by Richard Payne on July 30, 2015 at 6:32 — No Comments

Let’s get behind the firefighters' strike on November 13th

Let’s get behind the firefighters on November 13th

Firefighters are being forced to stage another strike next week from 10.00-2.00. They deserve the full support of members of Sustainable Hackney. As the destructive effects of climate change become more common with extreme weather events increasingly disrupting and threatening lives with storms and floods, our emergency services capacity to respond is being wrecked by the coalition government. 

Following the planned…

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Added by Richard Payne on November 11, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

November 5th Anniversary Action in Opposition to Rail Privatisation

I am a member of the Campaign against Climate Change     www.campaigncc.org

In partnership with Action for Rail, we in the Campaign against Climate Change are supporting the actions and protests that are taking place on…
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Added by Richard Payne on November 1, 2013 at 23:39 — No Comments

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