Friendship on the Left

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2017 by Ravens of London

We have got to listen to survivors

Croydon, Croydon.

Trigger Warning: This piece will briefly discuss abuse within left-wing circles

I was grateful to Andrea Marie for, in her excellent submission on prefigurative social relations in a million-member Labour Party, referring to my mention of the making of friendships in the course of the Croydon Central campaign. I wanted to share a few more words on friendship on the Left.

The place of friendship in political organising can be extremely important. I could talk again about the incredible friendships which were formed over the course of the campaign, and how they have now endured- a phenomenal sharing of knowledges and experiences between people who have grown to trust and care for each other.

Friendships can provide confidence and flexibility in organising. My first experience of politics, as a teenager in Maidstone establishing an anti-cuts group, would have been impossible without the network that I first formed in school. The…

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Southwark council’s appalling treatment of overcrowded families – join our online actions

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2017 by Ravens of London

Housing Action Southwark & Lambeth

cabinet-meetingSign our petition here to demand Southwark council stop blaming victims of the housing crisis and give the families the help they are entitled to.

Join our twitter storm this Tuesday 2nd May from 1pm as well to demand immediate action from the council on these urgent cases. Please tweet housing councillor @steviecryan and council leader @peterjohn6

Families who have faced homelessness and lived for years in unacceptable, overcrowded conditions are being denied priority on the housing register by Southwark council and the vital housing help they need.

A hateful and harmful decision by the council say that 4 HASL families caused their overcrowded housing conditions by a ‘deliberate act’.

No one would choose to live in these terrible conditions, with some families living in one small room for a number of years. In HASL, we’ve seen directly the impact this housing…

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Hope Needs Practice

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2017 by Ravens of London

We all need to practice this…

Atiaf Z. Alwazir

img_9567 Uthina, Tunisia

I used to be a social media hyperactive addict until I deactivated Facebook for over a year.

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Leading from the front without leaving anyone behind

Posted in Uncategorized on September 3, 2016 by Ravens of London

I have very similar thoughts…

Julia Bard

A  friendJulia+JeremyCorbyn_Highbury_150816_AZI_5607 I haven’t seen for a long time contacted me out of the blue to ask who I was voting for in the Labour Party leadership elections. She was torn, she said, because, although she basically agrees with Jeremy Corbyn, she thinks he’s “a lousy leader”. This is the line being put by his opponents, including the charismatic Owen Smith himself. To paraphrase what seems to be the entire campaign: “Jeremy’s a nice chap, principled and all that, but not a leader.”

I’m so fed up with this claim that, with apologies to my poor friend who wrote me a quick three-line note and got this long reply, I decided to revive my old blog and publish my response to her.

Photo: Aziz Rahman

Yes, I’m not only voting for Jeremy Corbyn, I’m campaigning for him. I left the Labour Party in the 1980s because I couldn’t stand the…

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Why tactical voting is a terrible idea

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2015 by Ravens of London

whats all this phd nonsense anyway?

In a departure from my usual focus on my PhD in astrophysics, I wanted to write down my thoughts on tactical voting. Please note that I’m not a political commentator, nor was I ever trained in politics. This is my opinion, based on my new and strong engagement in politics over the last few years. My arguments focus on Green supporters voting tactically for Labour, but could just as easily apply to similar situations across the political spectrum.

Part of my political awakening was my involvement in the fossil fuel divestment movement. Part of my political awakening was my involvement in the fossil fuel divestment movement.

Anyone I’ve ever spoken to about tactical voting agrees that it’s a shame that people feel the need to vote tactically. This, I think, transcribes into a relatively uniform agreement that our current electoral system in the UK is not fit for purpose. A system that sees some parties gain 5 times less seats than they win votes (e.g. Greens)…

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Watch “What Is Money ?” on YouTube

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2015 by Ravens of London

Watch “2/20/2015 — BOOM! “Professionals” make tectonic discovery = “the Asthenosphere”” on YouTube

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 20, 2015 by Ravens of London