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If you haven't heard of The Great Get Together, have a look! There might be something happening near you!!

It's in memory of Jo Cox, celebrating her message, and very much what we need right now. And just look - a media first! The Sun & Daily Mirror print a shared editorial backing The #GreatGetTogether inspired by Jo Cox, and The Telegraph and The Guardian have written a joint opinion piece celebrating #MoreInCommon. (Follow link above to see them.)

And here are four former Prime Ministers:



"We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."
Jo Cox, firs speech to Parliament.


(And also, you should all go watch The Last Leg. <3)

:(

4 June 2017 12:13 pm
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London Attack

I also don't want to forget to mention the attack in Kabul last week, which was then followed up by more attacks during a funeral...
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This one was close to home.

(Aftermath in pictures)
elisi: (Tea)
Similing
Story behind photo: EDL march in Birmingham upstaged by really nice tea party

Also:

We asked Europeans what they really think of the UK
This is rather silly, but sweet.

(I feel like curling up into a ball and hiding. This is an attempt at looking at something positive.)
elisi: (Eleven/Amy (foreheads) by meathiel)
I keep feeling like I should write something... more.

But there are no simple platitudes. Yes the London attack was terrible, but UN fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on Mosul, Brexit grinds on, Trump's healthcare reform failed (\o/ for now at least), and Red Nose Day raised £71 million...

And the sun is shining on a beautiful and somewhat crisp spring day.



(Subject line from Kipling's Kim, which is my favourite book of all time)
elisi: (Tea)
LONDON

Night in a city that has licked its wounds
Two thousand years. And curls around its kits
Feeding and grooming heroes cowards wits
Lovers and killers. Always quiet sounds
As traffic purrs dim cat lights in the street.
Windows are dark in darkness curtains drawn
So many million. City I was born
In your warm heart my first breath to its beat
And hope to die according to your laws
Breathing your scented passioned poison air
Surrounds me chokes me black dust in my hair
I drink dark milk protected by your claws
Gog Magog Bran and dragons in the stone
You gave me all the words I write breathe own.

Roz Kaveney x
elisi: (Tea)
Icon from 7/7 btw. As is this:

London attack: Four dead in Westminster terror incident

(Disabling comments, as my computer has major connectivity/internet problems)

ETA:

NotAfraid
Don't give them the anger they want. Focus on the amazing job done by the public and emergency services. Don't look at the apparent carnage, look at the people rushing towards the unknown to help others. Make the story about the resilience of London and its citizens. They want your anger, they want your fury - and they want you to focus it on anyone different from you. Don't hand them an easy victory.
(x)

That was my main thought... That governments will use this to target immigrants & make people afraid. I don't know how to stop that. :( It's a vicious cycle, and will only cause more hurt.
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'Peter and Jane and Mummy Too' writes about International Women's Day.
Random quote (it's all good):

Women’s rights have come so far in just the last 100 years, but despite that, predictions suggest that the gender gap won’t fully close until 2186 (World Economic Forum). So, true equality may possibly not exist until our granddaughters’ granddaughters’ granddaughters’ time. That’s why the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Be Bold For Change’, because there is still so much more to change, and 169 years is too long to wait!
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First of all, the Best Picture Oscar mix up made my day! :D

ETA: Lovely post here with MORE: 10 Beautiful Moments at the Oscars That Were Basically “Fuck Yous” to Donald Trump

Also, this website, via [profile] lynnene:

President Hillary Rodham Clinton
News from the Real America, Where the Majority Rules

It's hilarious, and apparently makes Trump supporters really mad!!

So many links, I'm sure a lot are out of date by now... )
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NY Times: The Future of Not Working
As automation reduces the need for human labor, some
Silicon Valley executives think a universal income will be
the answer — and the beta test is happening in Kenya.
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This genuinely made me happy. Particularly the end with Hasan Minhaj. Good things have come out of this terrible mess.
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BBC: Thousands of gay men pardoned for past convictions
Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the pardon was an "important, valuable advance that will remedy the grave injustices suffered by many of the estimated 50,000 to 100,000 men who were convicted under discriminatory anti-gay laws".

But he said it was "unclear" whether only the relatives of a deceased man could apply for a pardon on their behalf.

"Many convicted men were rejected and disowned by their families," he said.

"The government should make it clear that any concerned person, including personal friends, can apply for a pardon for a deceased person."



Ten reasons why it is not undemocratic for MPs to vote against invoking Article 50
(Pay special attention to #8!)


ETA: Vox: A British petition to cancel Trump’s state visit has reached over a million signatures
Shared b/c Yvette Cooper's contribution.

Also, I still have that petition open in a tab. It makes me happy to see the numbers go up.

Although as someone pointed out, they should let Trump meet Prince Charles, just for the sake of talking climate change!!


READ THIS OMG: The protests absolutely make a difference.

CNN: As of midday Tuesday, Trump has been named in 42 federal lawsuits since his inauguration.

The Guardian: Ellen DeGeneres hits back at Trump by explaining Finding Dory plot

Easy Activism in Your Area

This Google Chrome extension will change every picture of Donald Trump to kittens
elisi: (Feminism)
I know I've yet to reply to comments (due to having a very nice evening yesterday and not getting online), but this is too relevant not to post:

I mentioned that I love 'Peter and Jane' (because she's hilarious), but sometimes she does long and serious posts and this is one of those times. She is writing about Trump's global gag rule:

To My Dearest Girl Child

For those who want more info/context Vox has a good article:

Trump reinstated the global gag rule. It won't stop abortion, but it will make it less safe.
Thousands of women will die across the world, and millions will lose access to both safe abortion and birth control.

This rule is like a yo-yo. Democrats get rid of it. Republicans re-instate it. Because of this we can track the impact. The rule results in more abortions, or more women dying. Read the article for numbers, although you will probably wish you hadn't.

I understand (and in many ways agree with) the Pro-Life argument, and think every abortion is a tragedy. But this is not how to fix things, just a way to punish (and kill) women.
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Is that it steals so much attention away from more important news (And I'm as guilty as anyone). Like...

Hurricane Matthew: Haiti south '90% destroyed'

Yemen funeral hall attack 'kills 82'

The situation in Yemen is on par with Syria, yet it gets a fraction of the coverage.

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