Please take urgent action to save Li Yan from execution

“Justice is not served by executing Li Yan. Amnesty International calls upon the Chinese authorities to commute her death sentence to a term of imprisonment,”
Roseann Rife, Head of East Asia at Amnesty International.

From time to time I will include entries with requests for you to participate in campaigns. Please read carefully and take as much action as you can to save Li Yan, who killed her husband in self defence, from imminent execution.

Read on to sign a petition , send a text message, write letters , send e-mail and faxs to ask the Chinese government not to execute Li Yan

Li Yan who was denied protection from domestic abuse is now facing execution.

This unfortunate woman suffered months of domestic violence which included beatings, burning of her face with cigarettes and even cutting off one of her fingers. After one attack Li Yan needed hospital treatment. Complaints to the police were not followed up and she was offered no protection and no investigations were initiated

Tragically after exhausting all appeals Li Yan who accidently killed her violent husband in self defence now faces imminent execution .

Please help with a campaign by Amnesty International on behalf of Li Yan by clicking the following link for more information and a way to send a text message toTell China: Don’t execute domestic violence victim.”

Or by writing letters, faxes or e-mail ( You will need to scroll down for this information).

Important

Though the opening information says Li Yan could be put to death any day between now and the Chinese New Year in early February, there appears to be no confirmation that this has happened and the campaign continues. According to the the urgent action case sheet, appeals may be sent until 7th March 2013 after which time you are asked to:

“PLEASE CHECK WITH THE INDIVIDUALS AT RISK PROGRAMME AT AIUK BEFORE SENDING APPEALS AFTER 7 MARCH 2013

Individuals at Risk Programme, Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA, 0207 033 1572, iar@amnesty.org.uk

Please click the link below to take the above actions

http://www2.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/sms-action-network/china-li-yan?utm_source=aiuk&utm_medium=Homepage&utm_campaign=DP&utm_content=liyan_nib

Also please Sign care 2 Petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/232/229/021/save-li-yan/

Here is Li Yan’s story and a plea by her brother: My sister, on death row for fighting back http://www2.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/urgent-action-network-blog/my-sister-death-row-fighting-back

Also see

Amnesty International Ireland

http://www.amnesty.ie/content/chinese-woman-imminent-risk-execution-after-exhausting-all-her-appeals

Please take the actions suggested above. This unfortunate women has surely suffered enough

Stop The Great Energy Robbery: Energy for need not greed.

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
Mahatma Gandhi

‘Again we see disabled and older people sacrificed on the altar of privatisation, market forces and Tory ideology. People are dying from the cold in a country which is still one of the world’s largest economies. This is a national disgrace and those responsible -providers, policy makers and those who represent them – should be madeto answer for their actions.’
Paddy Murphy from Disabled People Against Cuts

If you read nothing else please click the following links to read about and attend demonstrations this weekend against fuel poverty

http://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/

http://fuelpoverty.eu/latest-news/

Some facts:

Big Six profits up 700%’

In the UK there are 3.5 million homes in which people live in fuel poverty. Shocking isn’t it. It is estimated that this will almost double to nine million by 2016

You are considered as living in fuel poverty if more than ten percent of your income is spent on paying your energy bills.
http://fuelpoverty.turn2us.org.uk/

Today one of four mothers have to make a difficult decision to choose between feeding their children and heating their home, a choice no parent or anyone else should have to make.

A recent poll shows eight out of 10 families are already rationing the heat in their homes, as millions slide closer to “fuel poverty”. Further increases in the price of fuel are expected in the coming months. Nine out of 10 of those “rationing energy” wear extra clothes instead of turning on the heating, 56 per cent turn it off altogether when their children are out, and 45 per cent wrap up in a duvet or blankets to keep warm during the day.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/rising-energy-bills-force-bleak-choice-on-families–eat-or-heat-8439823.html

The Office for National Statistics has announced that there were 24,000 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2011-2012. The World Health Organisation estimates that 30 per cent of these deaths can be attributed to cold indoor temperatures.

http://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/2012/11/29/we-target-the-treasury-on-the-day-the-government-announces-24000-excess-winter-deaths/

Recent research shows that the money received by those in fuel poverty has been cut by 26 per cent, with energy efficiency measures to help the fuel poor slashed by 44 per cent.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/help-slashed-for-fuel-poverty-victims-8360179.html

When is enough enough. We cannot allow this one of the gravest social injustices of our time to continue.

Last month began the increase in the energy tariff for my family and I of £15 per month after our energy provider raised their standard tariff. That’s right £15 per month in addition to so many other price hikes brought about by the usual greedy money grabbers: supermarkets, house insurance, car insurance, petrol, water and sewerage. Just a few examples common to many of us among the seemingly never ending list of greed driven profiteering businesses that grow yearly along with government taxations (income tax, Council tax and VAT).

Energy, Food , the price of which is rising at double the rate of inflation http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/9572171/Misery-for-households-as-food-prices-soar-at-twice-the-EU-average.html   rent or mortgage take the largest slices of our income and for many of us struggling on low wages, pensions and benefits, adequately heating our homes takes one of the biggest shares.

A YouGov poll found that 73% of those questioned fear how they will be affected by the rising cost of living in 2013. Energy bills topped the list of concerns, followed by rising petrol prices at 13%, rent or mortgage payments at 12% and food shopping at 10%.

http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/12/28/call-for-emergency-fuel-payment/

Despite assurances from the Tories that they would not interfere with the winter furl winter fuel allowance to the shock of many pensioners it was cut in 2011 by £50

http://www.scottishsocialistvoice.net/2011/12/action-needed-now-to-stop-fuel-poverty-deaths/3266

We are a family of three adults living in a tiny end terraced stone built house. It has three bedrooms though two may more accurately be described as large cupboards, a sitting room kitchen and bathroom. With the exception of the sitting room, which has two radiators and the stairs that has none, each room has one radiator. In the bathroom and the smallest room 8×10 the radiators are small and provide little warmth. There is no stand alone gas heater in the sitting room. We have a combi boiler.

We paid about £1,500 last year to inadequately heat our home. Each month £135 has to be found from our income just for gas and electricity. Mostly the heat setting is between 60 to 65 degrees except when exceptionally cold then it is raised to 70 degrees and no more. The house is rarely warm unless the weather is unusually mild.

Each room is riddled with damp. I mean serious black mould damp. At the top of the landing the wall and ceilings are peppered with mould and water literally runs down the walls of the exterior walls in the tiny spare room. The bathroom is riddled with mould and to a lesser extent the bedrooms of our son and ourselves. Despite a considerable expenditure about six years ago for a damp course the damp gets worse every year. After recommending that we needed a damp course the company that carried out the job now blames condensation and advises that the house is kept heated at a constant temperature. Impossible of course with today cost of heating. (Incidentally caution should be taken before having damp proofing carried out many people pay considerable amounts for a damp course that they do not need. Another story for another time.)

So here we live with the stink of damp, the chill of under heated rooms and an annual bill of over one and a half grand! No there is no way we can reduce our use of gas or electricity short of turning it off. I am chronically ill and cannot live in an unheated home. We try not to turn it on until it gets too cold if the weather is reasonably mild otherwise on colder days it is turned on at 8.00am until 10.00pm. Most of our house is constructed of stone, It takes several hours for the heat to build up in our home so we cannot turn on our heating for just a few hours in the evening as the house would not be warm before we even went to bed. As for insulation helping to cut down on fuel bills in my opinion this is just a joke, it has little or no effect. Admittedly we cannot have cavity wall insulation except in one wall of a brick built kitchen extension. We have loft insulation but if you cannot afford to turn your heating on all the time what is the point. Besides I consider that insulation is one of the greatest contributors to damp, at least condensation damp.

Winter is a miserable time. Unless you have experienced it yourself you cannot imagine what it is like to get out of bed everyday and see that thick black mould growing up the wall which persists even when washed with bleach! Fortunately this year and last there have been periods when the temperature is mild and last year we hoped that this would effect the bill. However despite last year being so mild our bill was more, much more … well it would be wouldn’t with such huge price hikes. You simply do not stand a chance.

If the exploitation of a vital resource essential to life in cold climates is allowed to continue more and more people will be plunged into fuel poverty having to choose between heating and eating until eventually there will be no choice as food prices rocket, and do not forget the cost of heating is reflected also in the price we pay in shops as business recoup the extra fuel tariffs from their customers with increases in prices in addition to escalating price of food and other commodities.

Enough is enough time to demand the renationalisation of Gas and Electricity. It will never be really cheap it never was but now we not only pay for our gas and electricity but we pay for the huge profits accrued by the unbridled greedy energy suppliers. Never before have people struggled to pay their energy bills in quite the same way, never has their been such deprivation, such misery.

Here are some examples of how people are struggling with this one of the greatest social injustices of our time along with the draconian welfare reforms, low wages increasing unemployment and so called austerity measures. An ill conceived mix of disaster for all those concerned, perpetrated by the wealthy and over privileged who if the social progress of previous decades had continued should have become an anachronism of a bygone age instead of the decision makers who cart blanch rule our lives with no mandate, on compassion, no empathy and frankly no idea. The present government and to a lesser extend previous governments in the last few decades have set the social progress of this country back sixty years. The government have put the profits of the few before the welfare of the majority. There are few who do not struggle to pay energy bills but the hardest hit are families on a low income, sick and disabled and people on a pension.

When will society question the right of a very few people to live in comfort with an obscene excess of material wealth beyond their needs while others go cold and hungry?

Read their stories question why this is allowed to happen in one of the richest countries in the world. The UK maybe a rich country but the majority of its citizens are anything but, as poverty rises by leaps and bounds

“My wife an I live on a state pension, with a bit of pension credit added on it comes to just over £200 a week the fuel gas and electric we get from one supplier and we have to pay just over £100 per month that’s a big amount out of our pension we really have to be very very careful……. Never in my working life was I out of work so I paid all my dues over the years, I was in a low paid job but I managed to bring up my children and at the same time bought the small house we still live in, so no housing benefit.. It is a struggle”

http://fuelpoverty.turn2us.org.uk/case-studies/share-your-story

“When I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome I had to leave my job as a graphic designer. As it would take some time before I was fully well enough to work again I decided to do something which I had always wanted to do which was to get an art degree. However while studying for my art diploma I was hit by a massive rise in fuel bills. In an instant they doubled. It was around £50 one day and then it went up to £104 over night!

I was shaken and scared as it suddenly meant that I didn’t have enough money to buy food.”

Continue reading Sandra’s and other stories:

http://fuelpoverty.turn2us.org.uk/case-studies

http://fuelpoverty.turn2us.org.uk/case-studies/share-your-story

While it is great that Turn 2 us offer help and advice this grave issue of social injustice remains. It seems increasingly that people are being led towards charities for help that the state should provide or to counteract injustice such as the privatisation of vital resources by the government. Rather reminiscent of times past don’t you think. In a just society there should not no need for charity

Video: The reality of living in fuel poverty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7UKlGLMyLA

Disability

Simon is in his 30s and suffers from the mobility disability cerebral palsy. He also has a speech impediment. He claims Disability Living Allowance, Working Tax Credit and Council Tax Benefit and is also self employed.

Spending a lot of time at home and not being very mobile Simon needs to maintain a temperature of around 24oC as he is very sensitive to cold conditions.

Read more of Simons story and others :

http://www.nea.org.uk/supportus/faces-of-fuel-poverty

While help is at hand the point remains that these exploitative charges are unfair and unjust. Many people struggle without such help and at the end of the day the charge for a vital resources is killing people and will continue to kill people until such a time that the government does something to stop it.

You can read more stories here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17386247

Action you can take:

Join the Great fuel Robbery demonstrations

Lets make 2013 the year that sees an end to this great injustice. If we do nothing, than nothing will change. It always seems bizarre to me that the mass of people whose lives are detrimentally effected by the few take it all in their stride, do little but grumble amongst themselves and even come the next election vote for yet another incompetent criminal government having been once gain beguiled by lies and promises that governments have no intention of keeping and who will yet again allow thousands to die of cold and live in poverty and deprivation.

“Will 2013 be just another year of price hikes, profits and poverty? Or will it be the year that we say enough is enough? We want to Stop the Great Fuel Robbery. If you do too, join us in our weekend of fuel bill assemblies and action February 15-18.”

https://www.facebook.com/fuelpovertyaction

http://fuelpoverty.eu/latest-news/

http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/stop-the-great-fuel-robbery

http://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/

http://fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/2012/11/29/we-target-the-treasury-on-the-day-the-government-announces-24000-excess-winter-deaths/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20093259

Introduction

(If this looks familiar you may have read this before on my previous blog platform which I accidently and irretrievably deleted. I am in the process of trying to publish as many entries as possible that I had backed up. I have changed blog providers as I wanted to keep the original name which is now not available with my previous blog platform)

“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.”
Che Guevara

“Evil thrives when good men do nothing”
Edmund Burke

I am strongly opposed to oppression, injustice and exploitation whether it is implemented, against animals, humans, or the earth.

I blog for social justice, for animal rights and for animal and human liberation and will write about whatever I consider important or interesting within the remit of my worldview. Not always negative – I will try and find some occasional respite and highlight some of the good that has happened and not simply rant and rave about all the awful things that occur. My entries will not always be profound either, there will be the odd gripe or two about more trivial issues that really ‘get your goat’ such as those irritating store points that have people practically grovelling and ever changing their energy providers just for relatively insignificant amounts of money accrued by points. I kid you not, people signed up for Sainsbury’s energy just to get extra points and believe it or not Sainsbury’s actually reneged on the deal – more about that in a future entry.

Yes I do ramble on a bit and if you are looking for short and sweet you won’t find it here, I don’t do Twitter!!!

I am a sufferer of a number of debilitating and chronic conditions who nonetheless cannot stand by and say or do nothing about the appalling treatment of humans and nonhuman animals and the destruction of our environment. From here on I will use the terms human and non human animals because I consider that we are an animal like any other.

I am vegan and a pacifist, however I will not mince my words nor hesitate to be outspoken and defend my world view.

“The pen is mightier than the sword”

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, written for Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy.

The idea of communication to bring about change rather than the use of violence was considered long before the above quotation, Greek playwright Euripides is supposed to have written: “The tongue is mightier than the blade” Maybe communication will not radically bring about such drastic changes in the foreseeable, future but communication does have the power to bring about change in gradual ways. The more we speak out the more hope there is that what we say may make someone somewhere think differently and by so doing change the world, hopefully for the better, at least that is my intention.

This is a unique time in our entire history when many more people by means of the internet have the opportunity to have their say. Not everyone of course as millions of people have barely enough to eat or clean water to drink or shelter or warmth or any of the basics of life and this saddens me as do so many things that occur in this world that need not happen, when such is preventable.

Regardless of the “right” education or qualification many of us can now speak out more than ever before, so here I am to take advantage of this amazing phenomena, the internet that has brought such radical changes to peoples’ lives and has opened up the world in a way never possible before. Consider the revolutionary changes brought about recently in middle eastern countries, changes which many consider where inspired by social media such as facebook and Twitter.

Things can and must change and we should try to play some part in this, even if it is only to sign a petition to make our voices heard so that in the future we can have a fair and just society were no person goes hungry, no one is exploited and resources are used for the benefit of all at the expense of no person nor any other creature or the environment. We have to bring about an end to the voracious greed of the one percent and make our world a decent place to live. Every journey so the old Chinese proverb says begins with a single step. I hope to include some small steps/actions we can take for the betterment of all, such as the signing of petitions and letter writing campaigns which may surprise you are often quite effective

I am not a professional writer but as someone pointed out it is what you say that matters.

My World View

Worldview:

1. The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.

2. A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or group.

The Free Dictionary

I would like to see a vegan world, a just and fair world for all creatures where everyone recognises that every creature be he human or non human has a right to life. I envision a world where no being or the earth itself is exploited to meet the greed of the few at the expense of the many. I hope for a world without killing, greed, exploitation, a world were finally once and for all time we recognise that every creature has a right to life regardless of species, race, religion, ideology, age or any other status with which humans set themselves up upon a pedestal and consider they are better than other people or other creatures because they have the right ideology, religion or are member of the right race or species.

What I support

I support an end to corporate greed, an end to the exploitation of the planet and all its inhabitants both human and non human to support the one percent at expense of the ninety nine and all the other animals with whom we share this world. The insatiable and unbridled greed of corporations has destroyed many lives worldwide from the millions who are starving and dying of preventable diseases in Africa, to those dying of cold here in the UK because they cannot afford the ever increasing extortionate cost of heating their homes imposed on them by the greedy power suppliers, the millions world wide who have lost their jobs and their homes, the old, the sick and the disabled who have lost or seen a reduction in their benefits and services, all and much more due to the greed of the those who see it as a right to have more than they need. Everyone has a moral right to food, medical care, shelter, and education.

I support animal rights in its strictest meaning which is the abolition of all animal exploitation. Therefore I oppose the exploitation of any living creature for food, clothing, experimentation or entertainment.

I would like to see an end to all kinds of live stock farming, an end to circuses, zoos, horse and dog racing, hunting, vivisection (animal experimentation) for any reason including medical, the use of animals for labour, the ownership of pets . Concerning the ownership of pets or I prefer companion animals, in a perfect world no animal should be kept as a pet, and I wish this situation did not exist, but this is by no means an ideal world and the domestication of dogs and cats has progressed beyond the point of turning back. The opposition by many animal rights advocates towards keeping a companion animal should not be considered as a call to release domesticated animals. Domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and so on are now dependent on us for their survival, it would not be in the best interests of these animals to release them into the wild or let them loose in our streets where in both cases they would starve to death or come to other harm.

For my stance on companion animals and other animal right issues please visit my website  think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Rights_Our_Statement.htm

Home Page: Think Differently About Sheep

I could go on, basically I support the underdog, the down trodden, the exploited, the abused whether he be human or non human or the very earth its self.

For a while many of the entries will focus upon the unjust and draconian welfare reforms taking place in the UK and also the fight for our democratic rights concerning the NHS reform bill, officially called the Health and Social Care Bill. The implementation of which yet again the government has ran rough shod over public opinion in the same way as it did to force the ill conceived and detrimental welfare reforms. A reform undertaken for the sole purpose of saving money by cutting the welfare budget at the expensive of the lives of sick and disabled people who are already struggling with serious debilitating and disabling medical conditions.

The blog though will eventually turn to other issues concerning injustice as well as animal rights, a cause that is close to my heart.

In brief I support the following causes and organisations
Animal rights

Viva  viva.org.uk/

The Vegan Society vegansociety.com/

League Against Cruel Sport league.org.uk/

Human rights
 
 amnesty.org.uk/?gclid=CLaknYeDpa4CFeontAodmmhgSg

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights  un.org/en/documents/udhr/

 The Black Triangle and similar organisations campaigning for justice for the sick and disabled and all those effected by the UK coalition government’s detrimental welfare reforms.
blacktrianglecampaign.org/

wearespartacus.org.uk/

eoin-clarke.blogspot.com/

diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.com/
The environment

ecologyfund.com/ecology/_ecology.html

foei.org/

Care 2  http://www.care2.com/
Note: I do not necessarily support all care 2’s campaigns some of which do not fit in with the concept of veganism or animal rights. But in the main this is a good website for on-line activism with petitions and other actions.

The occupy movements world wide

occupytogether.org/

occupylsx.org/