Help Protect America’s Health Care

“It is my aspiration that health finally will be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for”
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan

Please take the following actions concerning ObamaCare . Despite the fact that the House of Representatives has failed to pass the Obamacare repeal it is unlikely that this is the end of the matter.

Please read the information below and sign and share the petition. 

Lawmakers: Please Protect Our Health Care!

Despite recent defeats, Republicans on Capitol are not giving up on their quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Every proposal we’ve seen takes health care from millions of low-income families while giving billions in tax breaks to the wealthy and the health care industry.

The bottom line? Repealing the Affordable Care Act would harm millions of people in America and throw the U.S. health care system into disarray.

Please sign our petition urging lawmakers to vote NO on any bill that repeals the ACA without a plan that provides the same coverage and protections of the ACA.

Repeal would lead to higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and leave state governments to cover the cost of care for those who lose coverage. It would also jeopardize the availability of adequate, affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Sign this petition telling Congress to protect the health coverage and consumer protections that millions of Americans enjoy thanks to the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare). 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/960/554/412/

TRUMPCARE VS. OBAMACARE

Americans don’t want to lose the benefits they have gained, and Republicans are hearing about it.

“…Obamacare, it turns out, has done a lot of good. It guarantees that people with preëxisting health conditions cannot be rejected by insurers or charged more than others. It has reduced the number of uninsured people by twenty million. It has increased access to primary care, specialty care, surgery, medicines, and treatment for chronic conditions. Patients are less likely to skip needed care because of the cost. As a result, according to studies conducted at Harvard, the A.C.A. is saving tens of thousands of lives each year.”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/06/trumpcare-vs-obamacare

Other actions you can take to remind republicans how you feel about Obamacare:

Keep the Pressure on Congress to Protect Our Health Care

“With House Republicans trying to revive their disastrous bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it’s time once again to remind lawmakers that we are paying attention.

Opponents in Congress were unable to repeal the law because the American people – along with a bipartisan majority in Congress – want to keep the law’s protections and key components. Members of Congress must hear this simple message: Do not take away our care. Stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Move on.”

Read More and take the suggested actions:
http://familiesusa.org/blog/2017/04/keep-pressure-congress-protect-our-health-care

Sending the following message from Familes USA may remind the Trump and republican leaders how you feel about the repeal of ObamaCare

Protect the Gains We Have Made Under The Affordable Care Act and Protect Health Coverage for Millions

This message asks President Trump and Republican leaders of the House and the Senate to protect the gains already made:

“Dear President Trump and Republican leaders of the House and the Senate:You have declared your intention to repeal or sabotage the Affordable Care Act. If you do, millions of people will lose their health insurance. You would return us to the days before Obamacare, when insurance companies could deny coverage to the sick and kick people off insurance if they ran up big bills.

It means turning back the clock to when fundamental benefits—like maternity care, prescription drugs, and mental health care—were not routinely covered, and women were charged higher premiums based solely on gender.”

Continue reading and please sign and share:
http://familiesusa.org/protect-americas-health-coverage

In my opinion health care is a basic human right. To provide care to those who need it regardless of ability to pay is surely the mark of a truly progressive society. It is shameful that one of the world’s richest countries does not provide it’s citizens with a universal system of health care. Progress has been made with Obamacare , it is vital that this progress is not undone by the warped ideology of the Trump administration.

It is interesting to compare health care in other countries.

Which country has the world’s best healthcare system?

We look at how patients pay for healthcare around the world and the general standard of care they might expect

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/09/which-country-has-worlds-best-healthcare-system-this-is-the-nhs not all countries are mentioned.

List of countries with universal health care:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_with_universal_health_care

Health care should be available and free to every person, it should not be a commodity sold for profit. To leave anyone without medical attention when his or her life could be improved or saved is great social injustice.

 

 

Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack Please Take Action

Please take the following actions concerning this horrific crime against humanity: the chemical attack on the people of Syria including at least 30 children who were the first ones to die.‘Victims reached us in different states – some had muscular and respiratory paralysis, which we tried treating with tranquilisers and Atropine. They had secretions from the mouth and nose that were white. Some were completely unconscious. Some had severe muscular pain. Children are the first ones to die, they cannot fight this back. We only had one child who, thank God, survived.’  from an Amnesty International interview with a doctor working at the specialised surgery hospital thirty miles from the attack. In one heartbreaking incident one man tragically lost 22 members of his family including baby twins

All petitions are quick sign, so will take only a few moments to complete. I am sure most people are appalled by the horrendous gas attack on these long suffering people whose lives have been torn apart by war and devastation few of us have ever experienced or can ever begin to imagine.

If you do not have time to read the information below please at least sign the petitions:

Sign now to urgently call on Europe to act.
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/syria_idlib_gas_attack_loc/

Demand that the UN Security Council take decisive action today.
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/demand-justice-victims-syria-idlib-chemical-gas-attack?

War is NOT the Answer, Don’t Bomb Syrian Civilians!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/810/975/596/war-is-not-the-answer-dont-bomb-syrian-civilians/

For more information about the petitions and related issues please continue reading and take the suggested actions if you have not already done so:

Please read the following from the global on-line activist network, Avaaz :

“These kids have suffered such extreme trauma that a top doctor has created a new name for their pain — ‘Human Devastation Syndrome’. For six years the world has failed to protect them. Now, with Trump’s policy unpredictable, and Putin fully backing the regime, immunity for the perpetrators of these crimes is a real possibility.

But Europe can be the world’s conscience. Already brave victims and prosecutors in Spain and Germany are using universal jurisdiction law to take cases against the highest officials of the regime. Europe can now make clear that Syria will not get away with war crimes.

The message Europe sends right now could give Assad the green light to keep gassing civilians, or let him know he will face justice. Let’s send a resounding message to Europe’s leaders fast that there will be a massive public backlash if they don’t stand up for humanity”:

Abdel Hamid, a Syrian father, cradles his two dead baby twins, reportedly gassed to death with chemical weapons by the Syrian regime — just days after Trump officials said the US will no longer go after President Assad as a war criminal.

The regime that has murdered, tortured, starved, and raped hundreds of thousands of its own people, now feels it can slaughter its way to victory, get off scot free, and stay in power.

One bloc can stop that — Europe.

The EU is deciding right now what to do on Syria, and there are rumours some countries could push for a ‘deal with the devil’. But if enough of us demand Europe’s leaders lock up the monsters who commit these crimes, it could be the only threat that stops more murder. Sign now to urgently call on Europe to act.

Please add your name to a petition to urge European leaders to act.

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/syria_idlib_gas_attack_loc/

Action and information From Amnesty International

‘Children are the first ones to die, they cannot fight back…’
Syrian doctor describing the aftermath.

Please read the following from Amnesty International

“On Tuesday, Syria suffered the deadliest use of chemical weapons since 2013, with more than 70 people – many of them children – killed, and hundreds more injured.

This crime cannot go unpunished.

Using chemical weapons is a war crime. Russian and Syrian authorities say they are not responsible. The UN must investigate this gruesome attack now and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Demand that the UN Security Council take decisive action today.

Please sign and share the action below which is to send a message to the Secretary General of the United Nations .

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/demand-justice-victims-syria-idlib-chemical-gas-attack?

More from Amnesty International

By now many of you may have seen the horrific footage and images from on the ground. Children and civilians gasping for air, unable to breathe from the chemical gas suffocating their airways, burning away at their skin.

One piece of footage, which is consistent with other available evidence, shows nine children lying lifeless in the back of a pick-up truck. The children are naked or partially dressed; they appear to have died in their beds.

Chemical weapons experts working with us have confirmed that victims are very likely to have been exposed to a nerve agent or compound, such as Sarin. This is one of the deadliest weapons of warfare, causing its victims to vomit, convulse, suffocate from respiratory failure and in many cases, lose their lives.

The conflict in Syria has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands and led millions of people – more than half the population – to flee their homes, either abroad or within Syria.

It’s time to deliver justice for victims and their families. It’s time to ensure that war crimes and crimes against humanity do not go unpunished.

Without justice and accountability, attacks like yesterday’s could happen again.”

Care2 Petition 

War is NOT the Answer, Don’t Bomb Syrian Civilians!

“Trump made an impulsive and irresponsible decision to go ahead and strike Syria with missiles. He was responding to the horrible chemical attack earlier this week, but according to experts in international relations, this move will not actually stop chemical warfare. Instead, this reactionary strike will make it harder for international coalitions to form to actually stop terrorism. And, it was an escalation tactic that will only make matters worse for those suffering the most: innocent Syrian civilians. “

Sign to tell Trump: war is not the answer, stop bombing Syrian civilians!

Please read more and sign and share the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/810/975/596/war-is-not-the-answer-dont-bomb-syrian-civilians/

Please sign and share widely all three petitions

Related Links

Assad has unleashed horror on Syria. The EU must not make a deal with him:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/04/syria-assad-white-helmets-torture-eu-prosecute?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-2

Here’s how German courts are planning to prosecute Syrian war crimes (Washington Post)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2017/04/04/heres-how-german-courts-are-planning-to-prosecute-syrian-war-crimes/?utm_term=.52bb8abef5e9

Spanish court to investigate complaint against Syrian security forces (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-spain-idUSKBN16Y1KD

 

Help Amnesty International fight the Muslim Ban.

President Trump has signed a new executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority countries and slamming the door on refugees. The order demonises the vulnerable – those who have fled torturers, warlords and dictators. Make no mistake, people will lose their lives because of it. A Hawaii court blocked the ban just hours before it was due to come into effect, but it’s not over yet – we need to stop this policy for good.

We’ll fight it with everything we’ve got, just like we did last time. Take action now – tell President Trump to stop this ban and to protect human rights.

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/its-back-fight-trumps-muslim-ban  – 

There are over 24,000 actions taken, the target is 40,000. Please send the above message and share widely.

There is a template which you may edit and add your own words, if this is not possible for some reason just send it as it is, but please do send and share widely.

While messages sent to trump may well fall on deaf ears you might think, by sending a message you nonetheless make a protest , we need to let him know what the world thinks of this injustice. The ban is nothing more than discrimination under the guise of a  ‘national security measure’.

“Don’t be fooled – it is a direct attack on freedom,justice and dignity and we will fight it every step of the way.

This ‘revised’ order is the same hate and fear with new packaging. It will cause extreme fear and uncertainty for thousands of families by, once again, putting anti-Muslim hatred into policy.

No amount of editing can make this executive order anything but what it is – blatant bigotry.

You can continue reading this and other information by scrolling down past the message in the above link.

Further information:

Last night we won against the Muslim ban  – here’s why we have to keep fighting

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/blogs/global-voices/donald-trump-muslim-ban-keep-fighting-usa

More Action

Please sign the following related petition by Amnesty International
Stand together against hate: Tell Trump to respect human rights:

Since President Trump took office on January 20, 2017, the US government has rapidly taken actions that weaken human rights protections.

  • A ban has been placed on entry to the US from countries with Muslim-majority populations.
  • Orders have been given to build a wall along the Mexican border.
  • The Dakota Access pipeline, which will violate the rights of Indigenous peoples, has received the go ahead.
  • The ‘global gag rule’ decreasing women’s access to sexual and health information and services abroad has been re-instated and funding for programs to help prevent violence against women have been cut.

Read more and please sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/451/575/547/

Here is the latest petition concerning the plight of refugees made more urgent as a result of the shocking chemical attack on defenceless people, including children and aid workers:

Trump: Stop your war on refugee children

“Children began choking, gasping, writhing and foaming at the mouth. That’s how witnesses describe the nerve gas attack on a rebel-held town in Syria’s northern province of Idlib. It happened in the early morning hours before 7am, after warplanes rushed the town and began dropping chemical weapons. The attack killed more than 75 people, including children and rescue workers — and it is one of the worst attacks in Syria’s gruesome civil war.

The war in Syria has been going on for six long, brutal years. This is not the first attack to kill children or aid workers. According to the United Nations, 4.81 million Syrians have been forced to flee their country because of the war. In Aleppo, another city in northern Syria, the government has bombed residential areas so frequently that children now collect shrapnel and other bomb fragments as toys. Schools have moved underground. Even hospitals have been flattened.

Despite the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, Trump’s administration continues to vilify refugees and block their access to safety, security, and a feeling of home in our country

Two months in a row, he has issued Executive Orders to target refugees and block their resettlement in the United States.

We must allow this latest attack to open our eyes. Refugees are human beings caught in the midst of violence, terror, and chaos..”

Read more and please sign and share the petition  to tell Trump: “Welcome more refugees to the United States of America!”:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/690/282/575/united-states-dont-abandon-refugees/

Trump it seems is quick to retaliate this vile atrocity against innocent children and aid workers but still unwilling to allow entry into the USA for refugees effected by these appalling crimes and the continuous ravages of war which has virtually destroyed their country and thousands of lives. It is time to take more positive action to help by offering refugees safe haven. Indeed this applies to all nations including here in the UK.

It is time world leaders including our PM Teresa May spoke out in an honest and forthright manner against Donald Trump’s shameful Travel/Muslim ban. Sadly it seems that trade agreements are worth overlooking this grave social injustice and the many others that violate human rights and are discriminatory. Is the UK so desperate that we are willing to ignore what is happening in the USA. Such bans spread hate and division and should not be the policy of any civilised progressive country and should be vigorously opposed.

We can feel hesitant to speak out about countries such as America which boast of democracy, fairness and social justice, a country that interferes with other countries concerning human rights issues – or at least purports to do so. It may seem somewhat incongruous, somehow a little surreal even now to be focused on such issues within the USA. Of course racism has always been a problem, only now it is actively sanctioned as a result of the prejudiced bile this man has spewed out since the beginning of his campaign. The USA  likes to give the impression that it is foremost concerning human rights, yet increasingly this image is not true.

It is perhaps of interest to note that Freedom House’s 2017 Report lists the USA among the countries to watch concerning human rights violations.

“Countries to Watch

“The following countries are among those that may be approaching important turning points in their democratic trajectory, and deserve special scrutiny during the coming year.”

  • United States: Donald Trump’s unorthodox presidential campaign left open questions about the incoming administration’s approach to civil liberties and the role of the United States in the world.”

Freedom in the World 2017
https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/freedom-world-2017

When thinking of human rights violations many of us tend to not consider countries such as the USA, though most of us know that despite recent progress, which is likely now to be undone of course, the USA has always discriminated against certain races and it has been a long hard campaign for black people in particular to gain the freedoms they now have.

What Trump does concerns everyone, his actions are global and a threat to us all and we all have the right and responsibility to speak out, so please do so by supporting the Amnesty International’s Campaign by sending a message to Trump and by signing the petitions.

Related Links

If Trump really cared about Syrian children, he wouldn’t ban them from entering the US

Trump doesn’t care about the Syrian people, he cares about ratings – and right now his ratings suck

“It’s tempting to believe that the President of the United States is a decent human being, moved by pictures of dead children and compelled to act by breeches of international law and human rights. Yet nothing about Trump’s long, well documented career indicates that he’s capable of compassion, let alone towards persecuted Muslims.

I don’t buy Trump’s false conversion. He has routinely tweeted that the President needs congressional approval to use military force, something he didn’t seek. He has, until now, demonstrated isolationist instincts that preclude America acting in its traditional role of world police. He has banned Syrian refugees from entering the US and demonised Muslims on the campaign trail. Considering literally everything Trump has said and done over the past several years, forgive me if it’s hard to fathom that he’s acting entirely altruistically.”

Read more about the Syrian gas attacks

“Abdulhamid al-Youssef sobbed as he carried his infant twins, wrapped in matching white shrouds, to their final resting place.

Ahmad and Aya, nine months old, died on Tuesday morning in a chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, northern Syria, along with Mr Youssef’s wife Dalal and 16 other members of his family.

On Wednesday he had to bury them all in an unmarked mass grave.

The 29-year-old shopkeeper had been at work when the air strike hit close to his home just after 6.30am. When his wife called to tell him what had happened, he rushed home to be with them.

They appeared to be fine, but as a precaution he took them all down to the basement of a nearby building in case of another strike.

It was only then, an hour later, that they began displaying symptoms.”

Continue reading:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/05/syria-gas-attack-sobbing-father-cradles-dead-twins-19-family/ – Warning

Can We Really Make a Difference?

Graphic Credit: http://www.picturequotes.com/there-are-no-passengers-on-spaceship-earth-we-are-all-crew-quote-927

“Donald Trump’s presidency is bad for black Americans, bad for Muslim Americans, bad for Mexican Americans, bad for any woman in America, bad for anyone who needs healthcare in America and bad for any working person in America.”

“His foreign policy will undoubtedly be bad for the rest of the world. We all have an interest in making this the shortest ever US presidency.”
John Rees quoted in the Morning Star

The world is in turmoil, the rise of right-wing political agendas, rampant racism, bigotry, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitism, anti-migrants, anti-refugees, homophobia, sexism … I have I missed anything, it seems that everyone hates everyone else. Many people feel lonely and isolated. Most of us want a better world though it might not seem that way. We feel lost not knowing what to do. Petitions seem ignored. Letters and e-mail to government officials may receive a polite response but are rarely acted upon. Demonstrations are a sensation for a day or two than fade away and become just a memory.  We get on with what lives we struggle to make for ourselves, our children and those we care about while the onslaught of social injustice goes on. Achievements in human rights and equality swept under the carpet, freedoms won after hard campaigns disappear into the annals of history.

And it not just about humans either, the fight to procure rights for animals, improve welfare have become more difficult to achieve and we are taking steps backwards, particularly in the USA where animal welfare is threatened by Trump’s presidency. The environment: all the gains to secure environmental protections to save the planet for future generations and the other creatures with whom we share this world are under threat. As is the abandonment and active undoing of all the efforts to thwart climate change in recent years.

It not only the big issues that effect the majority it is the small issues also, which are of course important to those they affect. It seems Trump seeks to undo every positive, fair, and just social progress made during Obama’s time in office. In his pettiness Trump even seeks to over turn Obama guidelines on transgender toilets. Absolutely pathetic, backward thinking and shows that Trump’s commitment to protect LGBT rights was just empty promise.

No doubt about it, the world is undergoing drastic change and none of it for the better and without the consensus of the majority.

What we can do? Can we really make a difference?

Do all the petitions, letters/e-mails/ phone calls to government representatives and others really bring about change? What about demonstrations, how effective are these? How about Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media?

If nothing else social media keeps us informed: the significance of what is unfolding in the world today would have been far less apparent a couple of decades ago. The strength of feeling and solidarity on social media is supportive and the information disseminated extremely useful in the quest to bring about change. Even Trump’s compulsions to Tweet gives us first hand an insight into this person that would otherwise not be available.

So yes! most certainly we can bring about change, after all said and done everyone who cast his or her vote in the USA elections and indeed any elections including the disastrous Brixit referendum here in the UK made a difference, not a good one of course in the above examples, but a difference nonetheless. Now it is up to us, if each of us is capable of making a negative difference we can certainly make a positive one even if in only a very small way, and as with votes every action counts. Maybe if more democrats came out to vote for Hillary Clinton, Trump would not be president. If more people had familiarised themselves on all the issues in an election or a referendum instead of voting on one issue and a negative one at that, such as immigration or blatant racism, than Trump may never have been elected and we might still be a member of the EU.

While it may all seem overwhelming and we can feel powerless against the onslaught I consider that the following actions make a difference, maybe not in the immediate future or in the way we would expect, but every action however small helps to bring about change.

Can demonstrations make a difference

If you are in doubt for instance of the effectiveness of demonstrations consider the following examples:

Gandhi’s Salt March across India in 1930 was instrumental in bringing about Independence from British Rule. The Salt March was was a notable example of resistance, and one which was non-violent, that had a significant impact.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on 28th Auguest 1963 , was another example of a peaceful demonstration that brought about change. It was one of the largest Political rallies for human rights in American history. More than 200,000 people participated in the March for Jobs and Freedom in the USA’S capital.   During this event, Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech ‘‘I Have a Dream’’ .

“The march is credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and preceded the Selma Voting Rights Movement which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.”

Continue Reading:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_on_Washington_for_Jobs_and_Freedom

The article below cites ten further examples of demonstrations that had a huge impact and brought about significant changes worldwide.

Ten demonstrations that changed the world
http://www.counterfire.org/articles/analysis/17835-ten-demonstrations-that-changed-the-world – the article gives interesting information about the following demonstrations :

The right to vote  6 May, 1867  Clerkenwell to Hyde Park, London

‘Women’s Sunday’  21 June 1908  Embankment to Hyde Park, London

Toppling the Tsar  23 February 1917  St Petersburg

Breaking British rule  17 March 1919  Cairo

For more details concerning the above and six other demonstrations that changed the world please click the link below
http://www.counterfire.org/articles/analysis/17835-ten-demonstrations-that-changed-the-world

So yes demonstrations can make a difference and often without recourse to violence.

How about petitions?

Here is a recent example of the success of a petition as permission to breed rabbits is denied:

“So when Spalding, U.K., resident Christine W. learned that someone had made an application to build a facility to breed pet rabbits and guinea pigs close to her home, she immediately created a petition in protest. At first she feared that the farm would be used for vivisection and started a petition against that. Then she discovered that this was a farm for pets, and so she created a second petition about why breeding pet rabbits is bad for animal welfare.

Fantastic News For Rabbits!

“The petition garnered over 84,000 signatures, and Christine submitted it to the South Holland District Council’s office. The council included the Care2 petition in their report, which denied planning permission for the farm.”
http://www.care2.com/causes/success-permission-to-breed-rabbits-denied-2.html

Here is a list of successful Change Org petitions 

Below are just two examples:

End the sale of eggs from caged hens in Morrison’s and Asda – “Over 185,000 helped Lucy convince Asda and Morrison’s to stop selling the eggs after she won with Tesco”

https://www.change.org/p/sean-clarke-david-potts-end-the-sale-of-eggs-from-caged-hens-in-morrisons-and-asda

Fund 12 Years of Education for Girls Around the World

“…the Global Partnership for Education has announced that it plans to expand its focus to support a full 12 years of primary and secondary education for the poorest girls around the globe.”
https://www.change.org/p/stand-withmalala-for-girls-education

Read more victories as a result of thousands of people signing Change org petitions

“Every day, Change.org members win people-powered campaigns for social change”
https://www.change.org/en-GB/victories

Also

People power: 10 online petitions that changed Australia in 2015

The UK on-line campaigning organisation 38Degrees lists 244 Successful Campaigns

Social Media

Social media has enormous potential to galvanise action and is the best way to disseminate information fast. News spreads quickly and often news of events and campaigns about which most of us prior to the internet would have been ignorant.

Concerning animal welfare and animal rights, before the internet unless you were a member of an activist group you would most likely not know about the vast number of atrocities which are perpetrated on animals let alone take action to stop them.

The link below will take you to a few examples of how social media has been instrumental in bringing about a positive result concerning the abuse and mistreatment of animals

How Social Media Comes Together for Animal Welfare
Read four stories about how social media has helped improve life for animals
http://www.business2community.com/social-media/social-media-comes-together-animal-welfare-0699762#QOszlDFrPV3kZ7E1.99

Below are hints and tips how to use Facebook for exposing the cruelty of factory farming and promoting vegan eating.

Mercy For Animals: How to Dominate Facebook
http://www.mercyforanimals.org/dominate-facebook  – Some of the advice could be adapted for blogs and other social media platforms

Lets not forget the Gadhimi festival now banned as a result of global outrage galvanised by social media.

Animal rights campaigners will recall the struggle to being to an end the barbaric Gadhimi Festival of animal slaughter where, demonstrations,  petitions and social media all played a role in its cessation.

Gadhimai Festival Slaughter Is Banned In Nepal, Saving Millions Of Animals

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/07/28/gadhimai-festival-animal-sacrifice-banned_n_7886638.html

Ways to make a difference – 

There are just so many groups campaigning to being about change it is of course not possible to list them all. The small selection below concerns ideas to bring about change including but not exclusively the current situation concerning the election of Donald Trump as this is an immediate threat to us all worldwide including animals and the very earth itself.

There are a lot of ideas below for action you may take, no one could take them all most certainly I have not. But different people are better suited to different types of actions. For instance not all of us are able to demonstrate but may be able to sign a petition, post a tweet, send an e-mail and so on.

Petitions. A good place to find Petitions relating Trump and so many other issues is Care 2 a community of 38 million people standing together for good.

Two petitions you might like to sign today.

Stop Keystone XL Once and For All

President Donald Trump is trying to overturn one of the biggest environmental victories of the past 5 years by approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

“KXL would be an environmental nightmare on a global scale, allowing unprecedented development of dirty Canadian tar sands, and exacerbating global warming pollution.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/823/975/075/stop-keystone-xl-once-and-for-all/

Browse Care2 petitions :http://www.care2.com/

 

Keep informed

“There is a link between inflammatory statements by politicians and racist attacks and hate crimes on the street. There has been a rise in such crimes in Britain, following the EU referendum and a similar pattern has emerged in the US. Now is the time for people of goodwill to unite and stand up to racism.”
Diane Abbott quoted in Stand Up to Racism

Download the free e-book

The Anti-Inauguration: A Free Ebook

Featuring Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Anand Gopal, and Owen Jones on resisting Trump’s agenda and building the future we need.

“Just a few hours after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, a thousand people joined Jacobin, Verso Books, and Haymarket Books at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, for “The Anti-Inauguration,” a night of discussion on how Donald Trump came to win the election, how we can resist him, and what kind of future we should be fighting for.” 

Read more and download the book

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/01/anti-inauguration-verso-haymarket-naomi-klein-keeanga-yamahtta-taylor-jeremy-scahill/

Speak out

10 Ways To Make Positive Change In The World

Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/10-ways-to-make-positive-change-in-the-world/ – This information focuses on general ways to make an all round difference.

The next link targets Trump’s presidency and suggested action you can take if you live in the USA to bring about change to the current situation.

11 Simple Ways to Change the World That Won’t Totally Overwhelm You

“We have four long years of President Trump ahead of us. For anyone who is concerned about the nomination of a far-right conservative to the Supreme Court or the embattled travel ban, four years feels like a lifetime.

What’s the best way to address a huge, unwieldy project? Break it into bite-size pieces.”

Ideas include Flippable –  a campaign to “flip” Republican-controlled states by zeroing in on local races where a Democrat has the potential to win an upcoming election.

Daily Action ” is an easy way to engage with your elected officials. It works like this: Text the word dailyto 228466, provide your zip code, and then voilà, you will receive a text message every weekday with a link to a prerecorded audio piece about a political issue relevant to the area where you live. After listening to the audio, it will then reroute you to a phone call to your elected official’s office, during which you can, as Daily Action puts it, “conscientiously object” to whatever urgent matter is at hand.”

For more excellent activism suggestions:
http://www.glamour.com/story/these-11-apps-make-it-super-easy-to-make-a-difference

Want to make a difference in the world, but you’re just not sure how? Here’s what you can do:
http://www.dochas.ie/our-work/european-year-for-development-2015/want-make-difference-world-youre-just-not-sure-how-heres-what-you-can-do

Support the Human Rights Campaign is “The largest national (USA) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.”

Visit their take action page
http://www.hrc.org/take-action

Here are ideas for actions you can take, some of which could be adapted to fit any cause.
http://act.hrc.org/ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=5614

Action Against Trump

The following is a list of resources that either recommend or discuss concrete actions citizens can take against President Donald Trump.

http://www.actionagainsttrump.com/

Weekly actions against Trump
http://www.weekly-resistance.online/

The last concerns a mass march here in the UK.

PLEDGE TO MARCH AGAINST TRUMP’S VISIT TO BRITAIN

Donald Trump’s presidency is turning out to be every bit as dangerous and divisive as we feared. The rhetoric of his campaign, and his early executive orders, have sparked a wave of fear and hatred. Those who are often already marginalised and discriminated against – particularly Muslims – have been particular targets for Trump.

Read More and make the pledge to attend a mass march against Trump to “oppose this state visit to the UK and commit ourselves to one of the biggest demonstrations in British history, to make very clear to our government, and to the world, this is not in our name.”

https://www.stoptrump.org.uk/

Contacting government officials and other influential people

For instance writing to politicians in your country if it is a national matter or the respective politicians regarding international issues.Don’t be hesitant when writing to politicians of other nations. I have written to politicians in Australia, China, Canada, Nepal,  and of course here in the UK. Also the Dali Lama concerning self immolation in Tibet. Ministers of the Nepalese government concerning the Gadhimi festival.  CEOs of various corporations mostly food producers about animal welfare.  Also retailers including Aldi’s about the sale of reindeer meat, Tesco about the workfare scheme, I even sent my points card back as a form of protest. I have written to  the American Psychiatric Association concerning the DSM. Universities about animal testing. Write to anyone who is associated with whatever you are campaigning for or against. It’s best to always be polite.

Yes you get replies.  I recall a reply from a Canadian government official concerning the seal hunt, he did not agree with me and explained his position which I did not agree with but at least what I wrote provoked him to reply. The same with Aldi who replied concerning reindeer meat, again not favourable but who knows such communications might make someone think. Retailers often reply, I had lots of letters and e-mail in reponse to my communications concerning the many campaigns to ask retailers to stop the sale of Angora and many retailers have stop selling this product of cruelty as a result of a PETA led campaign which at the time of writing continues today. Postal letters get the best response, e-mail being the next. My MP responds to everything. Even if the person cannot agree you just never know maybe you have at least made him or her think.

I hope to include information about anti Trumps actions in future blog posts

Related Links

Anti Muslim:

If you think ani muslim hate is confined to the US think again

It’s not just Trump’s US. Anti-Muslim hate threatens Europe too
Joe Mulhall

The Islamophobic ideologues at the heart of the new US administration have allies on this side of the Atlantic. We must all fight the spread of their divisive lies

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/02/trump-us-anti-muslim-hate-europe

Do Political Protests Actually Change Anything?

https://www.bustle.com/p/do-political-protests-actually-change-anything-29952

Anti-Trump solidarity: Petitions, Marches and Other Actions

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We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values.
Kofi Annan

Surfing the web the other day I came across an article about JK Rawling the author of Harry Potter. It seems that all of us have a strong opinion about Trump and do not hesitate to express it as did JK Rawling even if doing so means upsetting her fans.

J.K. Rowling’s Twitter feud with Trump supporters is so bad she’s now fighting some of her fans
Read More:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/03/j-k-rowlings-twitter-feud-with-trump-supporters-is-so-bad-shes-now-fighting-some-of-her-fans/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandomuk_1_na&utm_term=.f7ab0a858480

As a UK citizen you can be told it is not your concern, but this is most certainly not true of course, Trump’s actions as president of the US affect us all worldwide. But even if his actions affected only residents of the US it is still the business of everyone as we all share the same humanity. It should be everyone’s concern regarding the afflictions that befall other people regardless of their race, location, politics or any of the other divisions we use to segregate one another.

As J.K. Rawlings rightly says “When a man this ignorant & easy to manipulate gets within sniffing distance of the nuclear codes, it’s everyone’s business.”

The world is in turmoil there is no doubt about that, in the US a man unsuitable for the position of president now for all intents and purposes is the most powerful man in the world. Though I have to say frankly that China most likely does not see it that way.

From time to time I will publish a selection of actions you can take in protest to Donald Trump and his administration.

Below are actions worldwide, and in the UK in opposition to Trump. Please take as many of the actions below as you can, there is something suitable for everyone. Every signature on every petition is a form of protest. Not all of us can attend marches but if you can please do so, we should not allow the momentum to subside, we must not become complacent, our very lives, the lives of future generations, other species and the earth itself may depend on what action we take now .

Marches

PLEDGE TO MARCH AGAINST TRUMP’S VISIT TO BRITAIN

“Donald Trump’s presidency is turning out to be every bit as dangerous and divisive as we feared. The rhetoric of his campaign, and his early executive orders, have sparked a wave of fear and hatred. Those who are often already marginalised and discriminated against – particularly Muslims – have been particular targets for Trump.

Read More and make the pledge to attend a mass march against Trump to “oppose this state visit to the UK and commit ourselves to one of the biggest demonstrations in British history, to make very clear to our government, and to the world, this is not in our name.”

https://www.stoptrump.org.uk/

Petitions – Please sign and share the following  3 petitions

1) Tell the EPA: Attacking Clean Air Standards is the Wrong Move

“President Trump has taken direct aim at one of our most critical public health and climate protections: Clean Car Standards. This EPA initiative takes aim at the greenhouse gas pollution from America’s tailpipes—emissions responsible for about one-third of our total climate pollution.”

Don’t let this administration unravel the crucial progress we’ve made. Tell EPA Administrator Pruitt: Hands off the Clean Car Standards—and all climate pollution limits.”

Please read more, sign and share:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/208/792/322/?z00m=28958977

2) This is really nine petitions against Obamacare repeal

“Here are nine petitions to protest the Obamacare repeal if you want it to stay.”  Please note that the second petition on the list from Change org is closed

https://www.bustle.com/p/9-petitions-against-obamacare-repeal-that-will-carry-your-voice-straight-to-republicans-30867

Trumps health care plans will hit the poor the hardest. Surprise Surprise who would have guess it. America your president is not working for you – unless you are rich that is!

Donald Trump has blithely said he knows his healthcare plan will hurt poorer Americans the worst.

The president said “yeah” as he nodded along during a Fox News interview on Thursday as host Tucker Carlson noted problems with the plan he is mooting to introduce, replacing Obamacare. The less well-off were most likely to vote for him.

During Wednesday’s interview, Carlson said: “A Bloomberg analysis shows that counties that voted for you, middle class and working class counties, would do far less well under this bill than counties that voted for Hillary.”

Trump said: “Oh, I know. I know.”

Read More: Donald Trump Glibly Acknowledges His Healthcare Plan Will Hit The Poor the worst

3) Demand Donald Trump be banned from entering Canada for promoting hate propaganda

We, the undersigned concerned Canadians, demand that Donald Trump be prevented from entering into Canada due to his widespread and well-documented hate propaganda against a number of minorities in Canada in direct violation of Canadian Criminal code section 319.

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/504/652/644/demand-donald-trump-be-banned-from-entering-canada-for-promoting-hate-propaganda/

Please sign the Pledge

Stop Hate Dump Trump

Please speak out, show your solidarity by signing the following pledge

We believe Trump is a grave threat to democracy, freedom, human rights, equality, and the welfare of our country and all our people.

We have witnessed Trump inciting hatred against Muslims, immigrants, women, the disabled. We have seen him evidencing dangerous tendencies that threaten the bedrock of democracy: unleashing a lynch mob mentality against protestors, calling for the expulsion of Muslims from the country, bullying, and fear-mongering.

History has shown us what happens when people refuse to stand against hate-filled leaders.

We pledge ourselves to speak out in every way possible against the politics of hate and exclusion he represents.

Please sign and share
http://www.stophatedumptrump.com/

Sign the Global Open Letter to Donald Trump

The world rejects your fear, hate-mongering, and bigotry. We reject your support for torture, your calls for murdering civilians, and your general encouragement of violence. We reject your denigration of women, Muslims, Mexicans, and millions of others who don’t look like you, talk like you, or pray to the same god as you.

Add your voice to the open letter below to join the resistance

Read more and please sign and share.
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/president_trump_letter_loc/?pv=552&rc=fb

Already there are over 5 million signatures, the level of response is amazing, it restores your faith in humanity. Millions of us reject all the hate spewed forth from the mouth of Trump and his cohorts.

Each week care2 has a new resistance page:

Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action Mar. 20-26:
http://www.care2.com/causes/weekly-resistance-how-to-take-action-mar-20-26.html check every week for further actions. This page will soon be out of date. 

Related Links

It seems that so many people manage to mention Trump whenever possible, which shows the impact, sadly negative, which he has on so many people’s lives.

These Puppies Will Make You Forget Who the President Is
http://www.care2.com/causes/these-puppies-will-make-you-forget-who-the-president-is.html

Take Action Against the Latest US Travel/ Muslim Ban

http://izquotes.com/quote/246074 Poem engraved on a Bronze Plaque mounted inside the statue of Liberty’s pedestal.

There are are several petitions and other actions you can take further down. Please take as much action as you can.

He doesn’t give up does he. No matter what the courts decide nor the vast outpouring of public concern and protest the Trump administration is determined to continue with its anti Muslin agenda. The Travel/Muslim ban was reinstated March 6th with yet another in a long line of executive orders. It has some changes – but basically it has the same effect.

“Despite a few modest revisions, there is little to indicate that the order signed today is different in intent. Trump’s own surrogates have publicly stated that it is intended to be effectively identical to the much-derided order signed in January. Steven Miller, a senior adviser to the president, described it as “the same, basic policy outcome for the country.”

Read More:
Intent of Trump’s New Executive Order is Basically Identical to His Original Muslim Ban.
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/06/intent-of-trumps-new-executive-order-is-basically-identical-to-his-original-muslim-ban/

Also

Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 Is Just as Inhumane — and Even More Frightening

“The Trump Administration’s new Muslim ban is like a badly graded term paper. The first version was a mess. The revision is longer and better presented. But the thesis is still the same: Enshrine a cruel indifference to refugees and anti-Muslim prejudice into law and call it counterterrorism.

“Although much is being made of the “scaled back” ban, that’s a misnomer. This second ban still decimates the country’s refugee admissions program, shutting it down for four months and leaving thousands of refugees stranded. Refugees who were poised to come to the U.S. after spending years going through intensive vetting — who sold their few belongings, said goodbye and set their sights on a better future — will be left with no option but to return to perilous situations, including in refugees camps and war zones.”

Read More
https://time.com/4692814/trump-travel-ban-muslims/

Contrary to the Trump administration’s propaganda:

Trump’s Updated Muslim Ban Won’t Protect Americans

“The bottom line: This order won’t protect Americans from the risk of terrorism. In fact, it may increase the risk of terrorist attacks. A new Muslim ban will condemn untold numbers of refugees to death as they scramble for entry to the West, as well as undermine America’s status on the global stage.”

Please read more and sign the petition at the end of the article:
http://www.care2.com/causes/trumpshttp://www.care2.com/causes/trumps-updated-muslim-

Check out the following link from the above article if you have not already done so.
“ACLU’s side-by-side comparison of the original policy and the most recent ban.”

https://www.scribd.com/document/341097259/ACLU-Trump-s-travel-ban?secret_password=oz7P4PTKw44pCkgfCADg#from_embed

The new immigration executive order is still a Muslim Ban

Take Action

Stand against Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

This is a petition

TO: The CEO’s of Disney, IBM, Walmart and the Trump Administration’s 16 other corporate advisors

Publicly demand that President Trump rescind his immoral and illegal immigration policy and end your collaboration with his dangerous administration

Read More and please sign the petition

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/stand-against-trump-s-muslim-ban

Please sign Amnesty international’s petition to stop the ban

IT’S BACK ON. FIGHT TRUMP’S MUSLIM BAN.

We’ll fight this new ban with everything we’ve got, just like we did last time. Take action now – tell President Trump to stop this ban and to protect human rights”

Please click the link below and add your name:
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

US citizens please send a message to your senators:

From American Civil Liberties Union  ACLU

SENATORS: OPPOSE NEW MUSLIM BAN
https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu-action/issues/alert/?alertid=75062626&type=CO&ms=web_170306_immigrantsrights_religiousliberty_nationalsecutiry_muslimban2

Petition

Trump: Don’t Ban Immigration from Muslim Majority Countries!

“Newly elected President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand the foundation upon which the USA was founded. We are a nation of immigrants and our welcome of “Give us your poor, your tired and your hungry” is the hallmark of our country. It’s what the world admires most about us. However, President Trump is throwing that all away with a promise to ban immigrants from Muslim majority countries. This goes against the grain of our democracy!”

Read more and please sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/534/215/981/trump-dont-ban-immigration-from-muslim-majority-countries/

To be frank I rather think petitions to Trump will fall on deaf ears. Nonetheless they are worth signing as an indication of how US citizens and people world-wide consider these unjust polices. Petitions are also a way of voicing your protest, so please sign and share.

Related Links

A large number of suggested actions from Care2 against Trump and his administration’s agenda. Seemly each week there are a new set of actions and information along with a News Letter.

Learn How you can get involved and speak out this week.

Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action Mar. 6-12

“The 45th President of the United States has passed his 45th day in office, but Americans aren’t taking it lying down. There’s lots to do this week, from contacting your legislators about issues that matter to you to hitting the streets on International Women’s Day. Join the resistance!

And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with the latest.”

Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/weekly-resistance-how-to-take-action-mar-6-12.html

 

 

Benefit Sanctions

Please watch the following videos about Benefit Sanctions. Why am I writing about this now? It seems to me that much of the publicity concerning the unfair treatment of benefit claimants is dying down, forgotten, swept under the carpet. I came across this video quite by accident and just had to blog about it. It is good that this young man spoke out despite the consequences, more people need to do so. If you work in a job centre and unfairly sanction benefit claimants you are part of a great injustice which should not be tolerated in any modern progressive society.

If you have received a benefit sanction you can get help here:
https://gingerbread.org.uk/content/2080/If-you-receive-a-sanction?gclid=CMzwpoGV09ECFUcQ0wodTb0BAQ

The videos below shed light on the injustice of benefit sanctions

What I learned working in a UK job centre #WeAreAllDanielBlake

“With the new and acclaimed Ken Loach movie I, Daniel Blake finally hitting screens, here is why I believe we need a strong and supportive welfare system. My story includes experience both of signing on and working in a UK job centre. This is why I am Daniel Blake.”

Why I Am Daniel Blake

“This is my experience of the welfare system, and why I’m not ashamed of it. Please make and share your own videos about your own. We are all Daniel Blake.”

“I am Daniel Blake” refers to the movie I Daniel Blake: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/i_daniel_blake

I am Daniel Blake – and there are millions more like me

“What kind of person are you if you aren’t angry, devastated, furious, howling when you leave the cinema after seeing Ken Loach’s Palme D’Or winning film, I, Daniel Blake?

If you aren’t angry that Stephanie Bottrill deliberately walked in front of an articulated lorry on the M6, after her benefits were sanctioned, what kind of person are you?

If you aren’t angry that Linda Wootton died within weeks of being assessed fit for work, as her letters from the Department of Work and Pensions were delivered to her hospital bed, what kind of person are you?”

Read More:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/22/i-am-daniel-blake-millions-like-me-jack-monroe-ken-loach This article is well worth taking the time to read for its invaluable insight of what it is like in the UK if you are unfortunate not only to not have employment but to be sick and disabled.

The film I Daniel Blake is once again highlighting the plight of people on benefits and hopefully revives public awareness of this great injustice.

The 2017 award for outstanding British film has gone to I, Daniel Blake at the Baftas.

“Winning the BAFTA for Best British Film, Loach used the platform to speak out both against the current state of the benefits systems – which forms the underpinning theme of his film – and the Government’s reversal on its promises to accept thousands of refugee children fleeing the terrors of Syria and other deadly conflicts.”

BAFTAs 2017: Watch Ken Loach’s passionate attack on the Government’s ‘disgraceful’ treatment of refugees

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/baftas-ken-loach-i-daniel-blake-acceptance-speech-refugees-syria-government-benefits-a7576676.html

Is the film accurate?

The deaths, sanctions and starvation that prove I, Daniel Blake is accurate – despite what some critics say

Read the complete article:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/i-daniel-blake-accuracy-ken-loach-benefits-sanctions-deaths-iain-duncan-smith-toby-young-a7384581.html

I, Daniel Blake is a realistic depiction of life on benefits. Isn’t it?
Frances Ryan

“Accusations that the film is inaccurate are part of the ongoing attempt to dismiss what is being done to vulnerable people in Britain’s toxic social security system.”

Read the complete article
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/16/daniel-blake-realistic-life-benefits – Includes video the real Daniel Blakes

Clearly “I Daniel Blake” is an accurate depiction of how people on benefits are treated and the hardships they endure.

For anyone who does not know, and frankly I rather suspect many people are unaware of this unfair treatment of people on benefits including sick and disabled people on ESA, Sanctions are a form of punishment – there can be no other word for it – for people who have infringed on DWP rules. Such as failing to turn up for appointments even if there is a reasonable excuse and the person has telephoned to explain, being late for appointments even if only by a minute or two , or the claimant has been determined to not have made sufficient job applications. As a penalty for these supposed infringements, most of which are in themselves unjust and unreasonable, the claimant’s benefit is stopped for a minimum of four weeks !  In some cases benefits have been sanctioned for three years.

If goes without saying that sanctions result in much suffering and lead to poverty, hunger debt, homelessness, an increase in depression and other ill-health even suicide and crime in order to survive. One shocking case is that of  David Clapson, who died penniless and starving without even the money to pay for his electricity to keep his fridge running in which he stored his insulin, and this is the reason he died.

Here is another example of an ex soldier sanctioned unfairly
http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/ex-soldier-darren-veal-loses-universal-credit-after-failing-to-make-jobcentre-meeting/story-29939999-detail/story.html

Below is a list of some of the more unreasonable and unfair benefit sanctions.  There are many more, as so many of these injustices go unreported.

A Selection of Especially Stupid Benefit Sanctions

http://stupidsanctions.tumblr.com/

Take Action

Please sign the petition:

Benefit Sanctions Must Be Stopped Without Exceptions in UK

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/benefit-sanctions-must-be-stopped-without-exceptions-in-uk

“I Daniel Blake”,Ken Loach’s BAFTA winning masterpiece is out now on DVD & Blu-ray. 

Here is the official Trailer:

More Information

Despite all the evidence to the contrary the government continue to claim that sanctions work

“Even more shocking is the claim that Sanctions, can be handed out indiscriminately simply to meet job centre targets

Read More:
Jobcentre ‘hit squads’ set up benefit claimants to fail, says former official
Bosses accused of setting targets for sanctions, while unscrupulous staff targeted weak and vulnerable customers
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/20/jobcentre-hit-squads-benefit-claimants-sanctions

Why sanction benefits when there’s no proof the harsh approach works?

“The National Audit Office (NAO), fulfilling its invaluable role as the voters’ official fact checker, reports today that – surprise – government policy is once again evidence-lite. This time the policy in question is benefits sanctions, which has caused so much misery in the past five years. No one, it turns out, actually measures whether the government gets value for money from sanctioning benefit claimants if, for example, they miss an interview at the jobcentre, nor even whether sanctions actually do what they are supposed to do and improve attendance rates at jobcentres.”

Read More:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/30/benefits-sanctions-imposed-proof-work-welfare-nao-jobcentres

Benefits sanctions: a policy based on zeal, not evidence

“Most damning of all is the unravelling of the claim by ministers that sanctions are instrumental in getting people into work. This was a fragile claim to begin with: the DWP’s own advisers have pointed out that there is no evidence to support it. Employment companies running the DWP’s work programme warned last year that for most jobseekers, sanctions actually made getting a job harder.”

Read More:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/30/benefits-sanctions-a-policy-based-on-zeal-not-evidence

Benefits sanctions don’t work and plunge claimants into ‘hunger and depression’, National Audit Office finds

The benefit sanctions system has become a ‘postcode lottery’ and is doing more harm than good, according to the public spending watchdog
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefits-sanctions-plunging-claimants-into-hunger-and-depression-cuts-dwp-government-theresa-may-a7446166.html