Today I’m joining the Global Day of Action for a #PeoplesVaccine, to demand an end to global vaccine apartheid. We need to stop Big Pharma monopolies so COVID-19 vaccines reach everyone, everywhere. Join the action here: https://peoplesvaccine.org/take-action/
An excerpt from the Gov’t response:
The proposed measures will allow police to better manage highly disruptive protests, protecting the legitimate rights of those affected by the protests whilst remaining compliant with the European Convention on Human Rights.
The right to peaceful assembly and protest are fundamental principles of any democracy and the proposed part of this bill that gives the police new powers to tackle disruptive peaceful protests should be removed from The Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. Why is a non-violent protest …
We have been fighting against patenting nature since 2016. Thanks to thousands of donations, 65,000 complaints filed to the European Patent Office, and delivering our demands in horse-drawn carriages, we won.
Cancel the Debt
The coronavirus pandemic is the worst global health crisis in a century. Yet many countries are being forced to choose between spending money on healthcare or on continuing to pay their debts.
Unless urgent action is taken, countries will be plunged into a new debt crisis as they respond to the threat of the virus while managing spiralling debt payments. To take action click below.
Protect the right to protest for a green, fair and peaceful world
From blocking destructive oil drilling to disrupting the HQs of climate-wrecking corporations and protecting sealife from harmful fishing vessels, Greenpeace uses non-violent direct action to bring about change. We protest because politicians and companies do not always act in the public interest. Non-violent actions help us to push important issues up the agenda and to win campaigns that protect our planet.
Right now the government are trying to put a stop to all of that. They’re rushing through a new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill in Parliament. The bill threatens the basic right to protest and gives more power to the police at a time when serious questions are being asked about them abusing the powers they already have.
This is a threat to democracy, to a safe and equal society, and to a sustainable world. The government has the power to protect our rights. It also has the power to take them away. Urge the government to kill this bill.
Please note that in the time of a pandemic you have duty and responsibility to maintain social distancing throughout.
Stop big banks profiting during the pandemic
The pandemic is having a disastrous impact on the fight against global poverty, with up to 150 million people at risk of falling into extreme poverty this year.
We need to act urgently to ensure countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have the resources they need to respond to the pandemic and support their communities.
But many large banks and speculators – including HSBC, Blackrock, JP Morgan and UBS – continue to demand debt repayments from some of the poorest countries in the world. That means these countries have less money to spend on tackling Covid, the climate crisis and essentials such as education and health.
It’s a scandal that some of the world’s richest banks have made a fortune over the last year, profiting during the pandemic, while funds are being drained from the poorest countries in the world.
Right now, Africa is spending three times more on debt repayments to banks and speculators than it would cost to vaccinate the entire continent against Covid-19.
Join Pope Francis’ call for action on debt
Again and again, Pope Francis has called for debt cancellation for the most vulnerable countries, arguing this is critical because of “the severe impacts of the medical, social and economic crises they face as a result of Covid-19.”
Governments from the G20 group of countries have already acted on calls for debt relief and have suspended debt repayments from poorer countries during the pandemic. But most banks and speculators have continued to demand every penny.
Countries such as Zambia and Chad have asked for a break from these repayments so that they aren’t forced to choose between saving lives and replaying loans. But so far, they’ve been refused.
There is extensive evidence that many women in the Uyghur Muslim community in Xinjiang, China are being subjected to forced abortions.
Lord Alton is currently championing an amendment to the Trade Bill which would give British courts a role in determining whether a country is committing genocide. This would help with putting international pressure on the Chinese Communist Party to stop the practice of forcing abortions on the Uyghur Muslim community along with the wider human rights abuses that evidence shows is being perpetuated against this community. If you would like to email your MP asking them to support the amendment, you can do this easily using a tool which has been set up on the Genocide Response campaign website which can be accessed by visiting the link https://genocideresponse.org/
There is a new petition
“Claps don’t pay the bills – give all NHS workers a 15% pay rise #NHSPay15”
Our goal is to reach 500,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: http://chng.it/vM8BXbvgHx
Claps don’t pay the bills – give all NHS workers a 15% pay rise #NHSPay15
A petition to stop the government cutting UK aid to those who need it.
Oil giant Total is about to build one of the biggest oil pipelines in the world — right through the heart of Africa!
It will rip through some of the most important elephant, lion and chimpanzee reserves on Earth, displace thousands of local people, and tip the whole planet ever closer to full-blown climate catastrophe.
Local communities are doing all they can to fight the project, but they’re up against one of the most powerful companies on Earth, and they need help to turn this into a Standing Rock in Africa. Our movement can be that help!
Sign CAFOD’s petition to the Prime Minister and ask the UK government to stop funding fossil fuels overseas.
Today, thousands of people will get a boost in pay as a new Living Wage rate comes into force.
The real Living Wage, which is calculated independently of the Government, is a lifeline for people who work for the 7,000 accredited Living Wage employers in the UK. It’s based on what it actually costs to pay for everyday essentials like food and heating.
Here’s how much workers stand to earn:
But right now, half a million care workers on the frontline of this pandemic won’t earn anywhere near this amount.
Care workers are literally risking their lives to care for our loved ones, working day and night. But many are trapped in “in-work poverty”, where they struggle to make ends meet despite working full-time.
My work in the Olympic Park, in an area with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the UK shows that you can’t achieve sustainable communities if local incomes don’t meet local costs – like the huge housing costs families face in East London.
Across the country, Citizens UK is successfully challenging low pay and affordable housing shortages. But in the case of care worker wages – we need Government action as well.
As politicians come out in droves to celebrate employers who do the right thing during Living Wage Week 2020, there’s no better time to call on MPs to prioritise proper wages for social care workers.
It’s powerful to see thousands of faith and community leaders and civil society organisations signing a petition from Citizens UK to the UK Government who can invest the extra funding needed in social care.
But the pressure we exert this week is crucial. Consider this our way of putting every politician on notice at a time when media attention is focused on the economy and the new wage rates.
In the lead up to Christmas, Citizens UK will be publishing the names of every MP who echoes our call to give workers in social care a real Living Wage.
Let’s hope we do.
Last night, Tory MPs overwhelmingly voted against offering children in poverty free school meals, during the global pandemic. I would like as many people to sign this petition, asking MPs to give up their food expense allowances. If they can’t feed children in poverty, then tax-payers money shouldn’t be used to feed them, when they can afford their own meals.
There is a very good article by Ellen Teague about the destruction of England ancient woodland here https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/40647
“Viewpoint: Laudato Si’ inspires us to challenge HS2’s destruction of trees”