Don’t Vote Tory: Poverty

“Wherever we lift one soul from a life of poverty, we are defending human rights.
And whenever we fail in this mission,we are failing human rights.”

Kofi Annan United Nations Secretary-General

For a better life for millions of people living in poverty, vote out the vile Tory Party, Vote Labour.

In the UK there are 14 million people living in poverty including 4 million children

I hope to include an article about child poverty soon, but this time I am going to concentrate on poverty in the general population here in the UK

Keep in mind that the UK is the world’s 5th richest economy which makes the deliberate impoverishment of our citizens an appalling violation of human rights. Yes deliberate, as surely it is by intent.

You can read more on poverty and human rights in the document linked below from the United Nations Development Programme

Poverty Reduction and Human Rights

Poverty is a denial of human rights. Human rights refer to rights that are inherent to the
person and belong equally to all human beings.

Declaration of human rights articles associated with poverty:
http://content-ext.undp.org/aplaws_publications/1873321/povertyreduction-humanrights0603%5B1%5D.pdf

Article 23: We all have the right to employment, to be free to choose our work, and to be paid a fair salary that allows us to live and support our family. Everyone who does the same work should have the right to equal pay, without discrimination. We have the right to come together and form trade union groups to defend our interests as workers.

Article 25: We all have the right to enough food, clothing, housing and healthcare for ourselves and our families. We should have access to support if we are out of work, ill, elderly, disabled, widowed, or can’t earn a living for reasons outside of our control. An expectant mother and her baby should both receive extra care and support. All children should have the same rights when they are born.
https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

Below are reported instances of poverty here in the UK. These are only a few examples, there are many more including much that goes unreported of course – the vast majority in fact. I think that it is often difficult to grasp the enormity of the situation. We are told that 14 million people in our affluent country live in poverty but somehow our mind does not grasp extent of this situation as it is difficult to envision such a large number.

Also it has to be said that in addition to these 14 million there are many others who struggle to get by, maybe they barely pay the bills and put food on the table and after doing so there may be little left for anything else. For many it is a struggle to maintain their home,  buy adequate clothing, participate in society, such as entertainment, or take a holiday. Often it may appear that a person is doing okay, they may have, a computer, a mobile phone and so on yet they cannot afford to repair the roof, fix damp or any other huge expenditure and as a result their lives can be miserable and their health may be compromised. It costs a few hundred pounds for a computer, and so on but to fix huge problems such as damp or to replace a roof can cost thousands of pounds and for many it will mean taking out a loan for which the payments are high. Older people may feel anxious to take the risk as they may lose their home if they cannot afford the repayments, while younger people may feel anxious about job security in order to make repayments. Many work long hours yet cannot afford a holiday or any additional expense beyond the basics, barely scrapping by. In many cases even with two adults working it can be a struggle and many people resort to food banks because of poor pay and high rents. Some people barely manage to pay their bills after which there is nothing left for food. Many people sit in a cold home with little or nothing to eat. Send their children to school without a coat and struggle simply for a basic standard of living.

It may surprise many that here in the UK people have died of starvation during the ten years of Tory cuts to benefits

Vulnerable man starved to death after benefits were cut

44-year-old died months after sickness and housing benefits were stopped following Atos fitness-for-work assessment
Read more:
Killed by benefits cuts: Starving soldier died ‘as result of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform’
Diabetic David Clapson, 59, died with just £3.44 left in his account after his Jobseeker’s Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment

Just shocking, absolutely appalling.

If you deny that there is genuine poverty here in the UK check out the links below

I didn’t ask for my Illness, no one Does


Read more:

https://wowvoices.uk/i-didnt-ask-for-my-illnesses/

Read about the struggle this unfortunate women has because of universal credit, a struggle for survival that many are facing in this the 5th richest country.

Videos

Living in poverty while politicians bicker over Brexit

 

Tory Britain: 94 per cent of food bank users are “destitute”

 

Related links

You should be horrified that children in Cambridge are living in poverty in 2019
The Channel 4 Dispatches programme on child poverty highlighted something we all knew to be true but which no one wants to think about

One of the wealthiest and most powerful countries has child poverty so severe that children are sleeping in their coats in the middle of winter because they cannot afford heating.

Nowhere is this more exemplified than in Cambridge.

The beautiful and historic city has led the way in scientific and technological developments worldwide for decades, if not centuries.

But this success is not shared by the poorest residents.

The programme, Growing Up Poor, the family from Cambridge must survive on just £5 a day after their mum escaped abuse seven months ago.

Read more:
https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/news-opinion/you-should-horrified-children-cambridge-17363744

Cambridge is a wealthy city but many people do not benefit from this wealth it seems

Gap between rich and poor grows alongside rise in UK’s total wealth

Top 10% of households had 45% of national wealth in 2018, while the poorest 10th had just 2%
Britain’s total wealth grew by 13% in the two years to 2018 to reach a record £14.6tn, with wealth among the richest 10% of households increasing almost four times faster than those of the poorest 10%.

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/dec/05/gap-between-rich-and-poor-grows-alongside-rise-in-uks-total-wealth

UK’s six richest people control as much wealth as poorest 13m – study
‘Extreme inequality is the story of Ferraris and food banks,’ says the Equality Trust

“This report should shock anyone who cares about the state of the UK today,” said Dr Wanda Wyporska, the executive director of the Equality Trust. “Such a huge gap between the very rich and the vast majority of the country is dangerous. Such extreme wealth in the hands of so few people demonstrates just how broken the economic system is.
Read More:
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/dec/03/uk-six-richest-people-control-as-much-wealth-as-poorest-13m-study

4.1 million children are living in poverty in Britain – but we have the solution

“There are 4.1 million children living in poverty in Britain. The Child Poverty Action Group makes the telling point that this is nine children in a class of 30. Strip out the proportion of children at the most privileged and mostly private schools and the real poverty level for our kids in schools serving working-class families is substantially higher.”

Read more:
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/e/41-million-children-are-living-poverty-britain-we-have-solution

Do the Tories really hate the poor?
The use of food banks is rising, homelessness is soaring and a quarter of children in the UK live in poverty. The Conservatives aren’t doing well to prove otherwise

Read More:
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/general-election-boris-johnson-tory-poor-people-austerity-a9196281.html

There should now be no one living in poverty in our world, but here in the UK a wealthy country there should be no poor, there is no reason and no excuse. The Tories have increased poverty to an alarming degree with their policies of austerity which are focused on the most vulnerable in our society, including disabled people, the elderly and children, destroying lives of both young and old alike while giving tax concessions to the rich.

One of many cuts to benefits is the Two Child limit.

Two-child benefit limit will push thousands into deeper poverty, MPs warn Boris Johnson

“Legislated for by David Cameron’s government and implemented in April 2017, the restriction means child allowance under the universal credit and tax credit systems is not paid for a third or subsequent children in a family.

“According to official figures, around 160,000 households have been affected by the two-child restriction that was introduced to drastically cut the welfare budget under austerity measures.”

Read more:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-two-child-benefit-poverty-austerity-universal-credit-general-election-latest-a9182166.html

Tories should bear the shame that child poverty in Britain is the new normal

Child poverty  “is as shameful as it gets. Children scavenging in bins to eat discarded apple cores for breakfast. Headteachers finding their primary school pupils sleeping rough on a mattress with their parents after being evicted. Forget a few extreme cases, in many areas growing up in poverty is not the exception – it’s the rule.

The government’s own analysis shows the scale of this: since austerity was rolled out at the start of the decade, half a million more children in this country are living lives blighted by poverty.

Read more:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/16/tories-children-poverty-britain-austerity

On December 12th Remember those living in poverty and destitution and VOTE LABOUR, for a better life for everyone

 

 

Modern Day Slavery: Wage Slaves

This is part two of three posts about modern day slavery. Here is the first, End Modern Slavery: https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/end-modern-slavery/

Unrecognised modern Slavery – “wage slaves.”

“whoever gives his labor for money sells himself and puts himself in the rank of slaves.”
Cicero

The capitalists owned everything in the world, and everyone else was their slave. They owned all the land, all the houses, all the factories, and all the money. If anyone disobeyed them they could throw them into prison, or they could take his job away and starve him to death.
Nineteen Eighty-four, by George Orwell

“In the same way that we today think that the slave trade and colonial exploitation were inhuman and inconceivably bestial ways of acquiring riches, there is no doubt that coming generations will think that our form of world trade and distribution of the world’s benefits were just as inconceivable and inhuman.” 
Erik Dammann

Is working for a wage a modern form of slavery

Though not quite in the same league as the examples of slavery in the first article there are many similarities, most people are in fact enslaved to some degree. The need for shelter, food and clothing, basic needs for every human being comes at a price – your freedom and autonomy. The reality is all employees are faced with the starkest choice and that is to work for an employer or face poverty or starvation. 

For low wages the vast majority of us slave away our precious existence for the sole purpose of making huge profits for big corporations, often having two or more jobs just to pay our rent or mortgage, to put food on the table and to provide warmth and clothing, all vital for our existence. In the modern world most of us hate our jobs, we have few rights at work, long hours with constant pressure to produce or achieve more, low wages and so on, all of which we have to accept in order to try and keep a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs.  We accept this exploitation, which is in my opinion a form of slavery not much different from that of a medieval surf, with the exception that while the serf/slave would literally be dragged back if he escaped and may even pay with his life. In many ways, more subtle maybe but almost as binding, similar slavery of the majority continues in modern times. Okay we may have more luxuries compared with the serfs of times past but don’t let this fool you, in reality most of us own very little even after working our entire life. You may be considered an home owner, but your home is not yours until you have paid your mortgage, that car you may have on credit likewise is not yours, nor any of the gizmos and gadgets, the latest furniture, your fitted kitchen or bathroom and the endless embellishments we deem vital to our quality of life, if these have been paid for by credit. In reality most people are but one pay cheque away from homelessness, poverty and destitution.  Even when you home is your own,  if you are lucky enough to keep a job with a decent wage throughout  the twenty to thirty years you make repayments, when you are too old or too ill to work you may not be able to maintain your property on the puny pension or benefits doled out by the state – if you are of course fortunate to receive such as governments both here and in the US do their utmost to destroy social security  – and you end your life sinking deeper and deeper into poverty or debt and your home can be taken from you if you do not pay.

Did you know that many people do not have savings over £100 even after working all their lives, 17 million UK citizens to be exact. Faced with an unexpected bill these people are likely to be forced into debt and further deprivation if they are not able to pay their debt, such as the loss of their home which they may have struggled to pay for their entire working lives or an inability to pay rent. We are all nowadays just one pay check from homelessness.

One in three families are a month’s pay from losing homes, says study

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/aug/09/england-one-in-three-families-one-months-pay-losing-homes-shelter-study

We therefore cannot walk off from our jobs even if our lives are made a misery, and we are overworked and underpaid and barely subsisting for we would lose what little we have. Those of us with families would not wish to abandon our children to homelessness and abject poverty would we. So we continue to slave away for big corporations who profit from our labour giving the minimum required in return.

It may be argued that people who work for a wage are not slaves because they have the legal right to leave a particular employer, though in reality this is often not an option in these times of job scarcity as the fear of  quitting your job and not finding another is prohibitive. So many workers would be extremely reluctant to exercise this right even when they are paid low wages and working long hours with few if any rights in the workplace.

The only right that a wage worker has is that he or she is not the slave of any particular employer, but he or she is still a slave of the capitalist system. You have the right to leave one employer but you have to soon find another and no matter how  awful your job is – long hours and low wages, pressure, even harassment in the workplace – with so few jobs and the likelihood of not getting employment benefits because you have made yourself unemployed few hesitate to change jobs. As you lack any means of sustaining your life you are bound to an employer and these days you have little freedom to pick and choose. In the past when jobs were plentiful employers did not have the power they have now and it was easier to change jobs and secure better wages and conditions, for example in the sixties or seventies you could walk out of a job one morning and find another by the afternoon, though of course this is still wage slavery people back than had more say about where they worked and the conditions they worked under.

Furthermore employers often conspire together to keep wages low, and in recent decades with the decline of trade union influence employers have the upper hand in conflicts between workers and themselves.

“…the elite maintain wage slavery by dividing the working class through their influence over the media and entertainment industry,]educational institutions, unjust laws, nationalist and corporate propaganda, pressures and incentives to internalize values serviceable to the power structure, state violence, fear of unemployment and a historical legacy of exploitation and profit accumulation/transfer under prior systems, which shaped the development of economic theory”:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wage_slavery

Yes in the rest of your life you have a certain amount of freedom but your time is very limited these days, work demands most of your waking life and the time you do have off you are probably too weary and tired both physically and emotionally to appreciate it. Moreover if on a low wage you may not have the freedom to participate fully in society, to enjoy entertainment, hobbies and other pass times, you may not even earn enough to eat or pay your rent or mortgage. Most people who use food banks are wage earners.

We are therefore slaves exploited for our labour.

I am profoundly shocked concerning the exploitations of vulnerable people, such grave social injustice has no place in any ethical progressive society. I fail to understand the mindset of those who exploit others in the name of personal gain, or in other words rampant greed. Life is precious to all of us and should be lived as much as possible in the way we wish to live. While work of course has to be done it should be fairly distributed, necessary and compensated with a wage that allows not only the necessities of life, but to allow for a quality of life. It should be a basic human right to have the opportunities to fulfill our hopes and dreams, not forced into wasting our precious existence slaving away for some greedy corporation, our lives taken to make another person rich.

Look at what you do. For Many of us our lives and the world’s resources are wasted producing useless luxuries or we produce goods that are deliberately wasted to keep prices high – Have you ever considered what becomes of unsold clothing in stores at the end of the season. Most of it ends up in landfill,11.9 million tons of unwanted clothing a year     This is the labour of so many people, mostly in sweatshops in so called developing countries, wasted for profit. Even if some of it is recycled as required by the EU it is nonetheless wasteful to destroy perfectly good clothing which so many people need and all for the sake of profit for the few. Sadly for many your job has one purpose and that is to make your boss rich. The waste of resources to continue to produce huge accumulations of pointless items wastes our lives. Such is produced to make a small minority rich – ask yourself do we need an entire supermarket shelf just so we can have a huge choice of shampoo such as for greasy hair, dry hair, normal hair, dandruff, for bleached hair, colored hair, for thickening hair, for babies, shampoos with hints of tints. And there will be several brands of the same.  A shop in my town is filled with ridiculous plastic trinkets, hair ornaments, junk jewelry, endless handbags, shopping bags all shapes and sizes, each year the young and fashion conscious persuaded they need the latest bag, shoes, jewelry and endless junk produced at the expense of the worlds dwindling resources simply to increase profits.

“Capitalism is slavery in so many ways. Consumers become enslaved by so many choices, and by becoming the victims of corporate America, who have ingrained people to believe they need things they don’t need. Capitalism is a sad commentary on human nature, and only serves to entrench the have-nots for their entire lives.”

“Any educated person would agree…Yes, it is.
Understanding the difference between capitalism, socialism, and communism is a wise place to start. Capitalism operates as a guise under freedom by promising those that are less fortunate too have the possibility of becoming a capitalist themselves, however they will spend their entire lives toiling to never reach that promised ending.”

Comments included in an online debate
http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-capitalism-slavery

The second comment addresses the reason that despite all the misery that capitalism has caused since forever – but most particularly in recent times –  is the implied promise that one day workers may also be capitalists themselves, the fact that this is just a pipe dream and logically could never happen seems to elude most people.

Action to end modern day slavery

“We know all too well that many workers in Asia endure forced labor to bring us the garments, foods, electronics and other goods we enjoy.

The good news is Australia is taking steps towards creating new modern slavery laws that could improve protections for vulnerable workers worldwide and we need your help to make it happen.”

Read More and sign the petition:
https://www.freedomunited.org/advocate/urge-australia-help-end-slavery/

This petition concerns more conventional modern slavery and not slavery in the context discussed in the above article. The petition is worth signing as bringing about such changes globally will improve the lives of millions of exploited people worldwide.

Please also add your name to a letter to urge UK fashion brands to protect women who make our clothes.

ABUSE ISN’T IN ANY WOMAN’S JOB DESCRIPTION
https://act.careinternational.org.uk/node/238?utm_source=twshare&utm_campaign=GBVletter

Many people the world over suffer abuse at work in silence afraid that they will loose their livelihood, become homeless, destitute and poverty stricken. This is surely a form of slavery.

Related Links

Working: No More Than A Wage Slave
https://www.iww.org/history/library/AJMiller/Working_Wage_Slave

America’s Favorite Anarchist Thinks Most US Workers Are Wage Slaves
http://www.businessinsider.com/most-american-workers-are-slaves-2014-4?IR=T

Wage slavery
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wage_slavery

 

Help Prevent The Unjust Deportation of Hadija Mwenshee

It is outrageous and a grave social injustice that the UK should even consider deporting any asylum seeker to a country where he or she is likely to face death or imprisonment, which is the case for Hadija Mwenshee.  Surely this is what the term asylum means, sanctuary from harm and threat to life or liberty.

Here is the Cambridge Dictionary’s definition asylum:  protection or safety, especially that given by a government to people who have been forced to leave their own countries for their safety or because of war

Please read the following and sign and share the petition

“The UK Government says, “We don’t deport LGBT asylum seekers and we never will.” Is that a lie? Let’s stop the deportation and detention of HADIJA.A. MWENSHEE NOW!

We, the undersigned, petition the Home Office to free Hadija Mwenshee [HO Ref M1446619] from detention, and not to deport her to Tanzania, where she faces a grave risk of harm and a threat to her life and liberty. 

Hadija is a Tanzania lesbian who has been active in the LGBTI community in the UK. She is much loved and respected in our community, and we reject any suggestion that she is somehow not a genuine lesbian.

Hadija has a visible online presence, and gay haters and tabloids have already published her in their news accusing her of explicitly promoting homosexuality in the UK.

Please allow Hadija to continue her life in the UK and to live freely in an open and tolerant society.

Hadija left Tanzania after leaving her husband whom, for the years she was married to him, treated her as a slave: daily mistreatment, humiliation, and rape.”

Continue reading for more information and to sign the petition:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/504/437/475/urgent-stop-the-removal-of-hadija.a.-mwenshee-a-lesbian-woman-to-tanzania/

Please share widely.

The outcome for Hadija is bleak if she returns to Tanzania, this deportation must be stopped.

Further action.

Please write to the home office:

Urge the UK Home Office to:
(i) release Hadija from deportation
(ii) agree to reconsider her case

Please write to the UK Home Office
Quoting Hadija Mwenshee
Home Office Reference [M1446619]

Contact Home Office

Home Office

Direct Communications Unit
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. The minicom service is for members of the public with impaired hearing.

UKVI contact details

More contact information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office  You will need to scroll down

Homelessness

I wrote this back in August, not much has changed for the better.

We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.
Linda Lingle

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Since homelessness has increased by a third since 2010 it is time the government did something about it. It is obvious that the problem of homelessness is much worse since this government came into power, it is time they fixed the problem which they themselves have created or at least made much worse. In the sixth richest country homelessness is a disgrace, an outrage, a grave social injustice that cannot be ignored or tolerated.

In any case in the 21st century no matter where in the world we live no one should be sleeping rough, a home is a basic human right – or at least it should be.

Please sign the following petitions

Parliament: Boost Efforts to Reduce Homelessness in England
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/658/751/153/

Sussex Police: NO to arresting and fining rough sleepers!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/576/913/589/

Stop housing discrimination against homeless people with pets: email your Council leaders
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/120/720/988/stop-housing-discrimination-against-homeless-people-with-pets/ 

Though the petitions relate to the UK please everyone sign. The last petition though may not be available for international signatures.

The latest shocking news below may well not surpise you considering the Tory government’s poor track record on house building, budget cuts which make it more difficult for councils to find suitable homes, and the drastic reduction of benefits leaving many people destitute .

Devastating’ Spike In The Number of Homeless Children In Britain

Over 120,000 children face homeless in Britain, the highest level recorded since 2007, and the equivalent of four children in each school, a new analysis of Government figures shows.

Continue reading

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/devastating-spike-in-homeless-children-in-britain_uk_581a57bfe4b06ab5f04f22bf

Homelessness a worldwide problem

Homelessness is a world-wide problem not only in so-called developing countries but in some of the richest countries in the world

“The last time a global survey was attempted – by the United Nations in 2005 – an estimated 100 million people were homeless worldwide. As many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing (Habitat, 2015).”

https://www.homelessworldcup.org/homelessness-statistics/

By now 11 years on these figures are more than likely much higher of course.

Note:  While the Brazilain government spent millions for the Olympic games Official reports say that there were 5,500 people living on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, and around 15,000 in São Paulo, in 2013 (P. Rio de Janeiro, 2014; P. São Paulo, 2011). However, estimates of street children in Brazil have ranged from 7 to 30 million (UN Habitat, 2000).

These are shocking statistics worldwide considering the vast resources squandered by countries that sponsor events like the Olympic games.

Information about housing and homelessness worldwide

Consider  the  vast cities in China which have sprung up like mushrooms but rather like ghost towns are empty of inhabbitants.

It is not easy to ascertain the extent of homelessness in China

Here is some information
http://gbtimes.com/life/homelessness-china  –

Maybe a little off topic but the last statement in the above article really needs some comment “communist ideologies are made a mockery of every time another picture related to homelessness makes the news”.

I have to say it astounds me concerning the continued ignorance about China’s status as a communist country . China is anything but communist and it is its more capitalist ideologies which has no doubt resulted in an increase in homelessness in relation to its increasing prosperity.

Homelessness in Canada

“Housing: Statistics about homelessness and precarious housing in Canada

  • 3 million Canadian households are precariously housed (living in unaffordable, below standards, and/or overcrowded housing conditions).
  • An estimated 235,000 people in Canada experienced homelessness in 2014, with roughly 35,000 people being homeless on any given night.
  • Almost 1 in every 5 households experience serious housing affordability issues (spending over 50% of their low income on rent) which puts them at risk of homelessness.
  • The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has described the lack of a national housing and homelessness strategy in Canada as a “national emergency”.”

http://www.cwp-csp.ca/poverty/just-the-facts/

Homeless in Australia

There are currently 105,237 people in Australia who are homeless.
http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/index.php/about-homelessness/homeless-statistics – notice the under twelves make up 17% that 17,845.  Though a lower statistic I am shocked that 2 percent 2,028 of homeless people are 75 +

Homelessness in the USA
How many homeless people are there in America?

In 2014 , 1.49 million people used homeless shelters and 578,424 were recorded as being without shelter: sleeping on the streets, in tents, in cars, and other exposed places. Cities completed the 2016 point-in-time count in January.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2016/02/counting-street-sleepers

Homelessness in America
http://america.aljazeera.com/topics/topic/issue/homelessness.html

Read the Stories of some of America’s homeless

Invisible People
https://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/

Homelessness in Scandinavian countries

I don’t know why but the statistics below surprise me, though they are lower than the countries above I had thought that Scandinavian countries had a better track record of social progress and the grave social injustice of being homeless would not be quite the problem that it is. I was wrong.

The number of homeless people in Denmark has increased by 23% since 2009. There are now an estimated 6,138 homeless people nationwide compared to 4,998 in 2009.

Number of homeless people in Denmark on the rise
http://www.west-info.eu/number-of-homeless-people-in-denmark-on-the-rise/

Homelessness In A Welfare State: Perspectives From Copenhagen
http://www.humanityinaction.org/knowledgebase/9-homelessness-in-a-welfare-state-perspectives-from-copenhagen

Urgent Action: Help Free Language Campaigner Tashi Wangchuk

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Please join Free Tibet’s Campaign to help free peaceful campaigner Tashi Wangchuk by contacting your government’s foreign affairs minister.  Also action from Amnesty International.

Free Tibet’s Campaign

“Tashi Wangchuk faces 15 years in jail after speaking up for Tibet in a New York Times documentary. Help us to free him”. Read more and take action:
http://freetibet.org/take-action/urgent-actions/tashi-wangchuk – scroll down the page to access details of your country’s foreign minister

“Tashi Wangchuk conducted a peaceful and non-political campaign to protect Tibetan language education in Tibet. Late last year, he was interviewed in the New York Times, talking frankly and openly about his campaign and the threat to Tibet’s culture. For that courageous decision, he has now been arrested and, if convicted, faces fifteen years in jail. Tibetans charged with political crimes are rarely found innocent in China’s courts. Many are convicted after confessions are extracted through torture…”

Please join the campaign to free Tashi Wangchuk by contacting your government now.

http://freetibet.org/take-action/urgent-actions/tashi-wangchuk

Further Action from Amnesty International

China: Release Tashi Wangchuk

“A young Tibetan, Tashi Wangchuk, who advocates for Tibetan language education has been detained and charged with “inciting separatism”, with no access to family and lawyer. He could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

1) Please write immediately in English, Chinese or your own language…”

Read More information about action you can take to help Tashi:
http://www.amnestyusa.org/get-involved/take-action-now/china-release-tashi-wangchuk-ua-7916

More information

Free Tibet launches appeal for language campaigner

http://freetibet.org/news-media/na/free-tibet-launches-appeal-language-campaigner?utm_source=Free+Tibet+email+updates&utm_campaign=96d1f8ac54-Tashi_Wangchuk_A_B_Test4_12_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8b3b75e260-96d1f8ac54-39174405&mc_cid=96d1f8ac54&mc_eid=3268776531

It is shocking the way in which human rights are violated in Tibet and indeed China itself while the nations of the world stand by and do very little other than make weak objections. More interested in trade with China and the exploitation of its people for the benefit of the wealthy and powerful such grave injustices are ignored and many people lose years of their lives and suffer torture in prisons for doing what most of us take for granted and that is the right to free speech. Simply for agreeing to an interview with the New York Time this unfortunate man has to spend fifteen years in prison!

Please take as many of the above actions as you can.

 

 

The View From Outer Space – How Would Humans Appear Through Alien Eyes.

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Telescope Kepler-NASA

I often wonder if there are any sentient beings in the universe who have evolved to be naturally compassionate and ethical and who value all life and what they would think of our treatment of one another and the other species with whom we share this world.

Recently a fascinating report emerged concerning the possibility of intelligent life forms at the edge of the Milky Way.

Has Nasa’s Kepler Telescope spotted signs of alien life?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/11937177/Has-Nasas-Kepler-Telescope-spotted-signs-of-alien-life.html

Bizarre Space Objects Could Be Sign of Alien Civilization
http://observer.com/2015/10/bizarre-space-objects-could-be-sign-of-alien-civilization/

All very exciting of course. It is unsettling to think that we may be alone in the cold vast universe and such a revelation that we are not would be earth shattering.

I hope that one day we have proof of the existence of extra terrestrial life. I also hope that whatever form this life takes it is an advanced intelligence not just technologically but ethically, in fact the main consideration for me would be their ethical progression which I hope would surpass ours – after all it couldn’t be much worse could it?

Today while sorting through my e-mail I have the usual inundation of requests to take action on behalf of animals, including the human animal. The human species of course is responsible for most of the suffering here on this earth for those weaker than himself, even his own kind and most certainly the other species with whom we share this world. Sometimes it can get depressing, I mean really depressing and the world feels as though it is a realm from some kind of alternate reality, a kind of hell dimension. To my mind the world is a seething mass of suffering of innocent defenceless beings – including other humans – their only crime is that they are weaker than their oppressors, those who determine what happens in the world, those who determine and condone the crime of genocide of millions of living beings both human and non human. Yes I know the word genocide is a word that if used correctly can be applied only to humans but I am going to apply it to animals along with the word holocaust which Charles Patterson suggests is an appropriate word to describe our treatment of non human animals. In his book “Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust” he compares how the Nazis treated their victims with how our modern societies treat animals.  The title is taken from Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s now familiar quotation: “In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.” The Holocaust and indeed the genocide of the animals is on going and is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future.

I have often ask myself if an intelligent ethically progressive civilisation existed in the universe what would they think of the hell we have created here on earth. How would an observer from another world view the violence, exploitation and suffering that takes place on a massive and relentless scale as a result of actions by the dominant species. Would they wonder why so many people complied and never challenged the status que.  Would they be horrified that while millions of creatures suffered unimaginable torment, tortured and confined in factory farms or subjected to painful experiments, the majority of the dominant species looked the other way whilst claiming they loved animals yet doing nothing, even mindlessly condoning the atrocities by their silence or being thoughtlessly complicit as in the case of the consumption of the dead flesh of other sentient beings who were reared in these inhumane conditions. How would a morally advanced society view these appalling facts: Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. More than 3,000 animals die every second in slaughterhouses around the world. Though ADAPTT , an ethical vegan organization established in 1996, estimates the numbers to be even higher with More Than 150 Billion Animals Slaughtered Every Year – click this link to see the numbers of animals killed worldwide by the meat, egg, and dairy industries since you opened the webpage. An estimated 115 million animals worldwide are used in laboratory experiments every year. Untold millions of helpless animals are killed each year for “sport” for example in the USA  More than 100 million animals are reported killed by hunters each yea

Would the observer question why those who were opposed to such either didn’t speak out or were so few in number that when they did little changed.Would they wonder why the vast majority where oblivious or indifferent or never questioned the pervasive evil that befell those weaker than themselves. Would they wonder why humans never questioned that meat was not a natural diet or that it was wrong to exploit animals for entertainment including the barbaric pass-time of the so-called “sport” of hunting and shooting. Would they be astonished that some people felt that it was a right of freedom to murder helpless animals for sport or why humans thought it right to murder en masse millions of helpless people in the insane massacre of warfare in the relentless quest for wealth and power under the guise of justice, defence and even peace.

Would a civilisation for whom warfare has been abolished from living memory or for whom such had never been part of their way of life be appalled at the numbers of people who have died during earth’s most recent conflicts let alone the untold millions who have died during these unrelenting periods of mass insanity since humans evolved. Over 60 million people were killed in WW11 about 3% of the 1940 worlds population  80 million of deaths from war-related disease and famine are included, it was the deadliest conflict in history. World War 1 resulted in the deaths of over 38 million casualties with over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded.  The slaughter continues relentlessly such as for example a result of intervention by the USA 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars – this is among the examples from 37 countries.  Don’t forget of course the involvement of many of the USA’s allies including the UK which is always keen to intervene in conflicts, most notably in the middle east in recent years.

How would a moral alien species view our brutal history of destruction and genocide that continues today unabated. They would surely be horrified by the events of brutality and violence in our past , Genghis Khan, the crusades, the inquisition, slavery,  ethnic cleansing –  the Genocide of the Native Americans Civilizations, the Australian aborigines and so on and on right to the present day with the death toll increasing with the use of ever more destructive weapons with the loss of millions of innocent lives including those of other species who of course get caught up in the insanity. Here is a list that includes many of the atrocities man has perpetrated against his fellow-man.
http://listverse.com/2012/03/02/top-10-worst-moments-in-human-history/

How would they react to see the starving millions in a world of plenty, how would they comprehend the shocking reality that every single day 21,000 people, one every four seconds, die of hunger related courses. Would they be sickend to see emaciated children with withered limbs and swollen bodies who died of hunger with access only to unclean water. How would an ethical race of beings react to the shocking fact that many thousands more died each day from preventable diseases. Such as the children who die in their thousands from the want of available medication, vaccination, or even a simple mosquito net to protect against malaria – every 60 seconds malaria kills a child. Others lose their sight because they cannot access medication or suitable treatment which in some cases costs only about 50 pence, – according to sight savers There are 31.2 million people who are blind when it could have been avoided. While an ethically advanced civilisation might think the work of charities is commendable would they be dismayed that the provision of life’s essential was left to the generosity of the few rather than distributed as a basic human right. After all “While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.”
Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah

In a just society there would be no need for charity

It would take some time to record all the atrocities, all the neglect, all the exploitation to animals both human and non human.

What would an ethical alien species think of the most powerful animal on the planet, namely human beings, the most controlling and self serving creature that ever walked the face of the earth. A powerful species determining and manipulating the lives of myriads of other species to suit his desire, even the very environment itself until seemingly obviously to his destructive agenda he hovers on the brink of extinction in the same way that his actions have brought countless other species to this untimely fate, but nevertheless relentlessly ploughs forwards hell bet on limitless acquisition at the expense of other beings even those of his own kind and the very earth itself as he plunders the ever diminishing resources.

Thanks to human beings the world is in the grip of the sixth extinction event.

Conservation experts have already signalled that the world is in the grip of the “sixth great extinction” of species, driven by the destruction of natural habitats, hunting, the spread of alien predators and disease, and climate change.”

Read More:
Humans driving extinction faster than species can evolve, say experts
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/07/extinction-species-evolve

(The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources estimates that the animal extinction caused by human activity is more than one thousand times higher than the natural extinction rate with some pro-jections suggesting that this figure should actually be more like eleven thousand)

To Conclude:

The toll of human destruction, greed and exploitation is shocking but there are good people in the world.

A reminder that although it may seem that the good guys are outnumbered in this world their are many who care for other people and other animals.

Restore your faith in humanity in 4 minutes flat

Published on Jul 22, 2014

If you’re ever worried about losing faith in humankind, despair not: here is the antidote. Cue happy tears…

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

PLEASE SHARE for the good of humanity.

How to be kind to animals every day: http://animalsaus.org/t

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/faith-in-humanity-restored.php

Related Links

Sight Savers

http://www.sightsavers.org/what-we-do/

Unicef – Goal: Reduce child mortality

http://www.unicef.org/mdg/childmortality.html

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Thought Provoking Video: The Lie we live

This powerful video shows us the awful reality of our existence, how we live our lives and how we treat the other creatures with whom we share this planet and the very earth itself.

The Lie we Live

 

This brilliant video by Spencer Cathcart more or less says what a lot of us already know. There are though many who continue to live their lives either in ignorance or with blind acceptance of the status quo.

Please spread awareness concerning the reality of our existence by sharing this video widely.
Without such awareness nothing will ever change. The Lie we Live echos what many of us know but cannot put into words. We often feel hopeless, powerless, depressed and isolated, this amazing video if nothing else will make you feel less alone.

We can all do something to change the world, every action counts, every action brings about change. I know that if we do not bring about change we the human race are doomed and will not survive.

Take Action

Someone once said:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

And that is the problem is it not. Either as a result of indifference or hopelessness people tend to give up and accept that nothing will ever change and as a consequence do nothing.

Here are a few suggestions

Write letters, sign petitions, demonstrate, boycott. Complain complain complain about injustice no matter where or who, human or non human and the environment.

Stop supporting big corporations that harm us, other animals and the environment. Buy local, fair trade and certified sustainable products. Replace toxic cleaning products that damage the environment and harm animals with natural products. Don’t use pesticides; the ubiquitous use of toxic herbicides and pesticides used not only by farmers but by gardeners and just about everyone else including your local council poisons our environment. These products are sold ad-lib in garden centres and sprayed indiscriminately by home owners as a matter of course with little consideration to the damage they do.

Change Your Diet – Go Vegan

One simple action you can take is change your diet. What you eat can have a far reaching effect. Stop eating meat.

Why go Vegan

For the sake of animals, other people, your health and the environment

Learn more and take the pledge:
https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan

We need a new society where everyone is equal, where everyone has enough not only for their material needs but to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. A society free from discrimination and exploitation, free from racism, sexism, specism or any other prejudicial distinction. Our only enemies are disease and death, not each other, its time to demand a better world for ourselves, future generations and the other animals with whom we share this planet. Most of the suffering in life is as result of other people, people who cannot see beyond their striving for power and their insatiable greed. We allow such people to destroy our lives, it has to stop. With the aid of the internet we can make a difference in a way hitherto not available to us. 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. Regardless of the “right” education or qualification many of us can now speak out more than ever before, and even speaking out on-line helps to bring about change. Without the internet much of what is wrong with this world would not be known to us as a result of media bias and government manipulation. An example of this is right here in the UK concerning the governments’ treatment of sick and disabled people as a result of vicious and punitive welfare reforms which largely goes ignored by the media, yet is so appalling that the UN are investigating human rights violations as a result of these unfair changes to benefits and the affect it is having on the most vulnerable people in our society. As a result of the internet the true extent of the abuse of animals is brought to our attention and as a consequence many atrocities have been stopped as a result of public pressure via the Internet.

Every day take one small action to make this world a better place.

Read the script from the film:
http://theliewelive.blogspot.co.uk/

Related Links – other people’s comments on the video
 

Please Sign a Petition to Demand Justice for Two Sisters sentenced to be Raped.

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Up dated Sept 2nd

On July 30th  an unelected all-male village council in the Baghpat district of India ordered that two sisters aged 23 and 15 be raped and paraded naked, their faces blackened, as punishment for their brother’s supposed crime – he eloped with a married woman from a higher caste.

Please sign the following petitions

Please sign Amnesty International’s petition calling on India’s authorities to intervene immediately and protect the two sisters who are to be punished in this most barbaric way. This is shocking in the extreme and against the law and must be stopped.

TWO SISTERS TO BE RAPED AS PUNISHMENT – DEMAND JUSTICE

The ‘sentence’ was handed down as punishment after their brother eloped with a married woman. They also ordered for the sisters to be paraded naked with blackened faces. Nothing could justify this abhorrent punishment. It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it’s against the law. Demand that the local authorities intervene immediately.”

Please click the link below to sign the petition.
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/two-sisters-sentenced-rape-demand-justice-india-womens-rights

Please be patient with this link to load and also the Take Action button maybe somewhat slow.

This is a simple quick sign petition which sends a message to the Principal Secretary of Lucknow, India.
Please sign and share widely.

Update 2nd Sept
New Petition from Care2

Two Women Sentenced to be Gang-Raped as Punishment for Their Brother’s “Crime”

“If you are as horrified as I am by this, please sign this petition demanding immediate protection for the sisters and an investigation into the village council and their decision to sentence two innocent women to be gang-raped and further humiliated.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/928/747/797/two-women-sentenced-to-be-gang-raped-as-punishment-for-their-brothers-%22crime%22/?z00m=25965315

Please sign both petitions

More information from Amnesty International:

“Unelected village councils such as this are widespread in parts of India. More often than not they are made up of older men from dominant castes, who prescribe rules for social behaviour and interaction in villages.

The supreme court of India has described them as ‘kangaroo courts’ and branded their decrees illegal, yet in some states they continue to operate – and their punishments are carried out.

Act now to demand that this disgusting ruling is not allowed to happen.”

This is absolutely sickening, I am at a loss for words! Something must be done to stop this.  It is disgusting, an absolute outrage, the members of the council are seriously warped in their thinking. It seems that so much evil in this world is the result of authority in the hands of those of questionable mentality both morally and psychologically.

Related Links

Two Indian sisters to be raped as punishment after their brother ran off with married woman

“The unelected all-male village council also ordered that the 23-year-old and 15-year-old sisters are paraded naked with blackened faces.

The horrific order was revealed by Amnesty International which said the sisters and their family have fled their village in the Baghpat district, just outside of Delhi.”

Continue reading:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/two-indian-sisters-raped-punishment-6335954

Sentenced to rape?! 1,000s call for action as Indian community council ‘orders’ abuse of 2 sisters
https://www.rt.com/news/313775-india-rape-sentence-sisters/

 

 

 

 

Lies Lies and More Lies: Demand that Ian Duncan Smith Resign

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Welfare Culture?  Byzantine_K

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Please read and sign the following petition

Demand Iain Duncan Smith resign over lying to public in DWP sanctions leaflets

The Department of Work and Pensions has admitted that ‘case studies’ showing the benefits of sanctions on peoples’ lives were ‘illustrative’ only. That is – they were pure lies. The people described did not exist, the photos were stock images, and the stories were fantasy.

The Government has lied to the British public.

Stopping people’s benefits such as job seeker’s allowance, known as sanctioning, is driving people to suicide. People are resorting to stealing food in order to not starve. Sanctions do not encourage people to get jobs. Sanctions are known to be given to people for extremely minor reasons such as being five minutes late for an appointment. If someone has a heart-attack or has to attend a family members’ funeral and misses an appointment – they could be sanctioned and lose their benefits.

Please read more, sign the petition and share widely:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/386/241/736/

Even if you doubt this vile man will resign adding you name and a comment to a petition voices your opinion and is well worth signing. Maybe if more of us were outspoken this nightmare of injustice would have ended long ago before it even began. Led astray by right-wing biased media propaganda those in our society who do not think for themselves but sadly think only of themselves have swallowed hook line and sinker the rhetoric of scroungers and skivvers. Time to wake up to the shocking reality of what is happening here in the UK before unemployment or disablity and sickness come knocking on your door and there is no state provision in your hour of need.

More about the injustice of benefit sanctions

As part of the unremitting pressure or should I say bullying tactics of the government to reduce welfare payments and force people to work who are unable to do so is the introduction of benefit sanctions. For anyone not familiar with this latest injustice, benefit sanctions are the reduction and sometimes a complete suspension of a benefit claimant’s welfare payments. The rules vary according to which benefit you are claiming such as ESA and JSA. 

Extracts From Disability Rights UK Factsheet F70

Sanctions are used most often to enforce the work-related conditions that can be applied to benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) and employment and support allowance (ESA). It is these sanctions that we will look at in this factsheet.

JSA

In each case, your JSA will normally be stopped for a fixed period of time. This can last from four weeks to up to three years. In the case of intermediate level sanctions, your JSA claim may also be disallowed.

ESA
Sanctions (also called ‘reductions’) can be applied to your employment and support allowance (ESA) if you fail to meet a ‘compliance condition’ for the benefit…

… your ESA will be reduced by £73.10 (equal to the personal allowance of ESA for a single person) for a period of time. This period comes in two parts: one open ended, one fixed.

This is very complex you will need to consult the following link for more details:
http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sanctions

In some cases your benefit can be removed entirely for three years! Hard to believe that this can happen here in the UK. I just couldn’t believe it partly because it was so difficult to find any verification that said this in so many words, but its true you can have your income stopped entirely.

If a claimant breaks any part of their Commitment, they will be subject to sanctions, which will mean a deduction, penalty or suspension of all their benefits. A claimant receiving three sanctions can see their benefit stopped entirely for up to three years.
http://www.unitetheunion.org/uploaded/documents/Guide%20Sanctions11-21537.pdf

Maybe it was difficult to comprehend this was a fact because it is not easy to accept that this is allowed to happen here in the UK and that few people protest.

Basically if a Job centre representative decides you should be sanctioned you can lose some or all of your benefits from between four weeks to three years! That’s right three years!!!! Reasons for withdrawing benefits can and are for the most part trivial, ridiculous ,unjust, callous and downright stupid and can result from such petty things as being late for a meeting – sometimes as little a three minutes – and or even attending a job interview instead of your appointment with your supervisor. Indeed sanctions can be imposed for all manner of callous and senseless reasons such as

“A man with heart problems who was on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) had a heart attack during a work capability assessment. He was then sanctioned for failing to complete the assessment”

Army veteran Stephen Taylor, 60, whose Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was stopped after he sold poppies in memory of fallen soldiers.

Here a really ridiculous reason:
Sean Halkyward, 24, said his benefits were sanctioned because he looked for too many jobs in one week.

Read more of the idiotic and unreasonable sanctions imposed often on sick and vulnerable people – consider the fact that in some way or another everyone who on benefits whether sick, disabled or unemployed is vulnerable, struggling to cope, worried, afraid and insecure.

The 11 most senseless benefit sanction decisions known to man
http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-11-most-senseless-benefit-sanction-decisions-known-to-man–x1dmkd2_Me

Never forget that benefit sanctions apply not only to people who are able-bodied who are on Job Seekers Allowance but also to sick and disabled people on Employment and Support Allowance ESA. People who are too sick to work have their already difficult lives made more miserable and indeed more traumatic by the constant harassment to find jobs that do not exist or which are not suitable or which they are not well enough to do. It is important to consider that even with a person who is well and able all jobs that are available may not be suitable. Depending on level of intelligence, education, skills and other abilities or lack thereof not all people are capable of doing every job, there is no one job fits all. It’s so obvious right? Yet this is rarely pointed out.

The insidious evil of benefit sanctions that leave people with little or no many at all destroys people’s lives. In many cases the reasons for someone getting sanctioned are an outrageous injustice of the most extreme nature. Sanctions are never justified in any circumstances, you cannot leave anyone with no means to feed themselves.

Things are about to get worse and more lives will be destroyed as Duncan Smith  prepares to announce a radical reform of sickness benefits that the government expect will force up to 1 million more disabled people into work.

Sanctions are a violation of human rights that have driven people to despair destitution and suicide and have forced people to break the law. Read this shocking story of a hungry women whose benefits had been sanctioned being fined £330 for stealing a pack of Mars Bars, the cheapest item she could find in the shop.

Famished woman fined £330 for stealing a 75p pack of Mars Bars after benefits stopped
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/famished-woman-fined-330-for-stealing-a-75p-pack-of-mars-bars-after-benefits-stopped-10455635.html

“Just for being Hungry”, what better justification could there be. This woman is not a criminal, the real criminal is Duncan Smith and the rest of the callous Tories hell bent on turning the clock back to times we thought were consigned to history.

Related Links

Benefit sanctions ruin lives. No wonder the DWP turned to fiction
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/19/benefit-sanctions-ruin-lives-dwp-fiction

Where to get help
http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sanctions

http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help

Celebrate the Dalai Lama’s Birthday by Taking Action to Help the People of Tibet

Today is the Dalai Lama’s birthday, at least according the Gregorian calendar, though his birthday according to the Tibetan lunar calendar was June 22nd which is when it was celebrated in Tibet even though the celebration of his birthday is banned by the Chinese authorities who have occupied the country since 1950.

To celebrate the birthday of this man of peace please read the following information and take the suggested actions from “Free Tibet”  Also you will find a selection of quotations at the end of this post.

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If you are not familiar with the facts about the Chinese occupation and brutal oppression of the Tibetan people you can read the above, click the link below for interactive links to more detailed information:
http://freetibet.org/about/facts-about-tibet

Thousands Gather to Celebrate Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday

DHARAMSALA:  The Dalai Lama marked his 80th birthday on Sunday and vowed to continue to work for promotion of religious harmony as thousands of Tibetans and supporters joined the celebrations at the main temple Tsuglakhang at Mcleod Ganj.
Read More:
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/thousands-gather-to-celebrate-dalai-lamas-80th-birthday-773928

The Dalai Lama’s birthday was also celebrated during a visit to Glastonbury where the crowds at the famous music festival sang happy birthday.

Here’s a video of thousands singing Happy Birthday to the Dalai Lama with Patti Smith on the Pyramid Stage – an act that would be dangerous in occupied Tibet:

The Dalai Lama speaks at Glastonbury 2015 ahead of his 80th Birthday

A similar celebration would not have happened in Tibet where even owning a photograph of the Dali Lama is banned with serious consequences for non compliance.

See more photos from Glastonbury:
Free Tibet’s photos of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Glastonbury

You can read more about the Dalai Lama and oppression and injustice in occupied Tibet:
http://freetibet.org/dalailama

Take Action

Please watch and share this short Video

Ask your country’s leaders to meet the Dalai Lama

Both the US and UK fail to support Tibetans’ struggle for freedom. The UK even praises China’s “investment” in Tibet:
http://freetibet.org/news-media/na/tibet-seen-london-and-washington

China promises “dire consequences” if foreign political leaders meet the Dalai Lama. In giving in to bullying by Beijing, governments are allowing an undemocratic regime which routinely abuses human rights the power to dictate policy to them. They are also turning their backs on the Dalai Lama’s standing as a representative of peace, and the hopes of the Tibetan people.Join our campaign and ask your leaders to meet the Dalai Lama.

For more information and to take action click the link above.

Tell world leaders to meet the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is visiting the UK and USA in the near future.
http://freetibet.org/standing-china  – note though the deadline for the Dalai Lama’s UK visit is past there is a further visit planned later in the year.

At the present time the Dalai Lama’s schedules include the UK and USA but please visit this page even if you do not live in either of these countries and where possible send e-mail and write to the listed politicians, officials and leaders, sign petitions and please share widely.

Can you help get the truth about Tibet into schools?

It may surprise you to know that cities throughout the UK and worldwide are hosts to the Chinese government’s educational programme called Confucius Classrooms.

In the UK and worldwide Schools and other institutions of education receive thousands of pounds each year in funding from the Chinese government and have even been provided with Chinese teachers who are answerable to Beijing.

The Chinese government’s Confucius educational programme financially supports more than 650 Confucius Classrooms in junior and high schools across the world. The number is growing on a weekly basis. Described by a senior official as “an important part of our overseas propaganda set-up”, the Classrooms provide an opportunity for China’s government to provide a positive image of China and hide the truth about Tibet.

Read more about Confucius classrooms and please take the suggested action:
http://freetibet.org/countering-chinas-influence

Visit this page for a map showing the location and website for each UK school and some suggestions for a message you could send, including resources teachers can use.
http://freetibet.org/confucius

If you are not in the UK or have already contacted your minister, write directly to the head of the Confucius Institute in Beijing to demand that China keeps its propaganda out of schools: http://freetibet.org/email_targets/2309

Please take as much action as you can, the people of Tibet have lived their lives under the tyranny of China for 65 years and the world’s governments have done little to help them.

Please visit Free Tibet’s website where you will find more information and further actions you may take.

http://freetibet.org/

Quotes by the Dalai Lama
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

“I believe the most important thing for humankind is its own creativity. I further believe that, in order to be able to exercise this creativity, people need to be free.”

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.”

Read the Dalai Lama’s thoughts concerning:

Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom

This year, 2008, marks the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948–2008). This declaration affirms that all human beings have the right to freedom from want and freedom from fear. These human rights are inclusive, interdependent and universal.

Whether we are concerned with suffering born of poverty, with denial of freedom, with armed conflict, or with a reckless attitude to the natural environment everywhere, we should not view these events in isolation. Eventually their repercussions are felt by all of us. We, therefore, need effective international action to address these global issues from the perspective of the oneness of humanity, and from a profound understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of today’s world.

Read More:
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/world-peace/human-rights-democracy-and-freedom