Today we lost our dear friend, Jeremy Hardy.
Today we lost our dear friend, Jeremy Hardy.
Today we lost our dear friend, Jeremy Hardy.
As 2018 draws to a close we look back on a very busy year across our films, events and campaigns activity. We started production on a new documentary film; we purchased rights to screen an historic documentary from 1970; we had a busy year for our campaigns From to Pink to Prevention and Five Percent; finally, we produced a number of events for our Attlee Nation and MLK Global projects.
We purchased public performance rights for FROM MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS – a rarely-seen documentary tracing Martin Luther King’s life and accomplishments from the 1955 bus boycott to his 1968 assassination. Throughout 2018 we hosted a number of public and educational screenings of this extraordinary film in London, Oxford, Liverpool and Manchester, in the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of Dr. King.
A highlight was our June 2018 event at Bloomsbury Baptist Church, where King himself preached in 1961, followed by first-class panel for the Q&A (video link) with theologian David Muir; Dionne Gravesande TPNS board member and co-leads on MLK Global; Richard Reddie biographer of MLK; Neil Jameson CBE Founder and Executive Director of Citizens UK; Selina Stone Lecturer in Political Theology at St Mellitus College; Eleasah Louis PhD Student at Canterbury Christ Church University
In June we began filming on our ‘King Assassination Project’. The film will look at more than 40 years of controversy surrounding the case. More importantly – and uniquely –offers an opportunity to put the case that King’s assassination was a direct result of the threat posed from his latter years activity (1965-68) as he led the civil rights movement into anti-Vietnam War and Economic Justice coalition building.
We are indebted to the support of our friends and colleagues at Sands Films Studios, our production partners on this film, along with a number of major donors who have underwritten the first phase of production.
OTHER FILM NEWS We Are Many was screened in September as part of a Tipping Point film programme at The World Transformed, which runs parallel to Labour Party Conference. And our Christmas cinema documentary Open Bethlehem about life in Bethlehem over five Christmases now has an abridged version of 30 mins https://www.openbethlehem.org/ob_abridged. It remains one of the best Xmas films you will ever see. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/openbethlehem
Throughout 2018 we made a number of submissions on the subject of UK aid and policy-making through the prism of conflict and runaway global military spending; we took 5% materials for meetings at Labour Conference; we made headway with chapter writing on a book outlining our arguments; we made a short video on the links between EU and Israel on defence and security.
Iraq, Yemen and Syria – and the Jamal Khashoggi murder – illustrate the terrible conflict of interests in UK foreign policymaking. The UK is both a top arms manufacturer and seller, as well having one of the highest military spending budgets. At the same time, the UK sees itself as leading the way on international development and this includes the ‘mopping up’ in conflict/post conflict regions, where UK forces / arms sales have played a direct role in causing that same humanitarian need. War remains a highly profitable activity for arms companies such as BAE or Lockheed. We argue that runaway global military spending is an international development campaign waiting to happen.
Submissions. December 2017 Written Submission to Labour Party Expert Panel on Int’l Development led by Shadow Secretary Int’l Development Kate Osamor MP . June 2018 Written Submission to Labour’s National Policy Forum on SDG 16 – peaceful societies needs to go much further than presently constituted. June 2018 Labour’s National Policy Forum Submission as a signatory with other organizations.
In September we attended Labour Party Conference in order to share our proposal with MPs and organizations and this winter we are finalizing text for a Five Percent ‘Beginners Guide’ book which we will publish in early 2019.
Israel /Palestine & 5%: While many UK development NGOs work in Palestine, they are unaware of the deep military ties that the UK and EU have with Israel. Jeff Halper (Israeli Committee against House Demolitions) is a 5% supporter and in this video he speaks about this issue.
In 2018 we mounted an ambitious exhibition by our co-founder Diana Ward; we continued to lobby MPs and Ministers for the UK to stay within EU Chemical regulations after Brexit; we held our annual meeting with leading UK breast cancer research and fundraising charity Breast Cancer Now to argue the long overdue need for them to recognize and act on the scientific evidence linking environmental and occupational links to breast cancer. Finally, we took FPTP campaign materials to Labour Conference.
Every day of our lives, from pre-birth to death, we eat, drink, breathe and handle countless numbers of synthetic chemicals. We wear them, we rub them onto our skin and hair, we wash ourselves, our children, our pets, our cars and clothes in them. We sit, sleep, drive, walk and run both in and on them. We spray them on our gardens, our worktops, and into the air in our living and work spaces. We clean our cars, houses, teeth and tools with them. We decorate ourselves and our homes with them. We write, paint and play with them. This lifelong low-level exposure to hormone disruptors and carcinogens has a health impact.
Throughout 2018, as part of the Brexit debate, we have been part of the lobby to ensure the UK stays inside the EU Chemical Regulatory regime known as REACH. Helen Hayes MP has been incredibly supportive of our work on this. She hosted our Westminster Portculllis House event ‘Brexit and Breast Cancer’, and submitted a Written Parliamentary Question on this same issue to Secretary of State for the environment Michael Gove on behalf of From Pink to Prevention .In February, we met again with senior staff at Breast Cancer Now to keep the pressure up for them to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence that links environmental and occupational risk to breast cancer and to carry this information in all their public-facing information materials. In September, we took FPTP information packs to Labour Conference to share with some of the Labour Party members who sit on the APPG for Breast Cancer.
In October, UNISON hosted a new exhibition of 25 original cartoon works by our friend and colleague Diana Ward whose artwork is a unique way into the subject and it reflects on the decades of scientific evidence linking environmental and occupational risk factors to breast cancer. As a writer, artist and activist, Di’s main interest since 1993 has been the politics and prevention of breast cancer. A number of exciting new potential partnerships were explored as a result of the exhibition. The full exhibition is here https://frompinktoprevention.org/resources/make-the-connection-exhibition/
In 2018 we marked the 70th anniversary of the NAKBA in May with our Brian Eno MAH video and filming a number of NAKBA events for MAH partners; in July we made a short video to commemorate Mandela 100; in November we re-shared our 2017 Balfour Declaration film.
Israel was founded 70 years ago on 14th May 1948. Palestinians commemorate the next day, 15th May, as their ‘Nakba’ – day of catastrophe. This Arabic term refers to the mass expulsion of Palestinian Arabs from British Mandate Palestine during Israel’s creation (1947-49) when between 750,000 and one million Palestinians were expelled and made refugees by Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, during Israel’s creation in 1947-49. As Israel marked its 70 years, the violence continues. As it ‘celebrated the Trump administration’s opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, IDF forces massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, bringing the death count since Israel began firing on the Great Return March to at least 110. More than 12,000 have been injured; many so severely that they will require the amputation of limbs.’ (PSC).
In May our Make Apartheid History campaign marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel by sharing our video interview with MAH supporter (and Stop the War President) Brian Eno, where he talks about ‘being born on the same day as the founding of Israel; in July we made a short video to mark Mandela 100 and the anniversaries of three inter-linked movements that spanned the 20th and into the 21st century: Civil Rights, Anti-Apartheid and Palestine Freedom Struggles. In November we re-shared our popular Balfour Declaration a short film made for November 2017 centenary and exploring Settler Colonialism to help understand more about why apartheid applies to Israel.
We took our theatre performance of ‘In Clem’s Own Words’ to a packed audience at the The World Transformed Festival, held in Liverpool in September. Readers: Adjoa Andoh, Francis Beckett, Paul Mason, Richard Attlee, Kika Markham and Owen Jones.
“Attlee’s political genius was to give people a sense of hope, a clear route map out of depression, war and austerity towards the social and economic justice they craved. His government rebuilt Britain, and the next government needs the political courage to do the same – including giving working people a voice so we can help build a more equal, more democratic country. We must not miss the chance again.” Frances O’Grady, Gen Sec TUC
“Charity is a cold grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim” Clement Attlee
Our theatre performance in September breathed life into a man to whom we all owe so much – Attlee was a quiet revolutionary, in politics to ‘do’ something, not ‘be’ something. To know Attlee better is to know what can be achieved today. It played to a full theatre space (300) and both cast and audience reactions were very positive. This event came in the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS – the jewel in the crown of the Attlee administration. https://attleenation.org/2018/10/01/in-clems-own-words-at-twt-2018-highlights/
Our first Attlee Nation event ‘Attlee Remembered’ was a mini-festival hosted in October 2017 marking 50 years since Attlee’s death on 8 October 1967. Attlee Nation argues that if we know what was achieved in the recent past, it might help build confidence to ensure that the next 70 years are just as ambitious. We need to prize and protect the notion of ‘generosity to the future’ so powerfully embodied in the Attlee administration.Here is one of our festival speakers Ken Loach on the importance of Attlee and knowing our history .
To mark the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination in April 2018, our MLK Global project held screenings; produced several foundational articles; launched in the USA and founded a UK working group.
Alongside our work with the 1970 film From Montgomery to Memphis and the production of an in-house King documentary, we continue to develop and widen interest in our MLK Global project which aims to take MLK’s analysis on the triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism and convert them into a 21st century int’l campaign with King’s own Economic Bill of Rights as the ‘manifesto’ underpinning the call.
In January we launched our Solidarity Statement; in April, our partners in the United States, KINETICS, produced our first video action. ‘Where do we go from here?’ was launched on April 4th for both USA and international audiences alike, with a focus on reaching out to leading progressive African American faith leaders. Full video gallery here https://btpbase.org/mlkglobal/
Two long read articles were written for the April commemoration
We organised 50th anniversary screenings in February, April, June and September – all with Q&A’s and as we end the year, we are formulating a working group to take the work forward, building on those signatories to our Solidarity Statement. This work will look especially at for a campaign to end poverty, racism and militarism in our lifetime, and to do this through an updated version of Dr. King’s Economic Bill of Rights.
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An Exhibition of Original Work by Diana Ward, marking Breast Cancer ‘Prevention’ Month launched on Wednesday 17 October.
On Wednesday 17 October UNISON hosted with a reception a new exhibition of 23 original cartoon works by From Pink to Prevention co-founder Diana Ward. Diana’s art-work is a unique way into the subject of the politics of breast cancer and it reflects on the decades of scientific evidence linking environmental and occupational risk factors to breast cancer. Continue reading
We’re delighted to be bringing three events to next week’s TWT in Liverpool – our Clem Attlee Readings plus films We Are Many and From Montgomery to Memphis.
If you’re planning to be at TWT we hope to see you at one of events:)
And do share with any friends and colleagues who may also be at TWT!
Hello friends, colleagues and supporters,
We hope you’re all well and that you were able to navigate your way through our sweltering summer… a taste of the changing nature of summers to come.
Below is a quick round-up of what we’ve been up to since our last early summer e-news and more importantly, events to look out for over the next couple of months!
Deb, Ho-Chih & our colleagues at From Pink to Prevention & MLK Global
‘The Triple Evils of economic exploitation, racism and militarism are forms of violence that exist in a vicious cycle. They are interrelated (and), all-inclusive…’’
Martin Luther King 1967
Today July 18th we mark the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
In 2018 the world marks anniversaries of three inter-linked movements that spanned the 20th and into the 21st century.
Civil Rights, Anti-Apartheid and Palestine Freedom Struggles
Mandela Centenary 1918-2018
Palestine Nakba -‘Catastrophe’ 1948.
MLK Assassination 1968
All three struggles faced King’s ‘triple evils’: racism and far right organising; bearing the brunt of a massive security and military establishment; economic exploitation. But the power of effective domestic and international solidarity economic, academic, cultural and sporting boycotts is also a critical part of their shared story.
In 1948, the same year as the Palestinian Nakba which saw zionist militia ethnically cleanse more 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland and destroy more than 500 palestinian villages, South africa formally adopted the apartheid regime.
“Apartheid was an extension of the colonial project to dispossess
people of their land. That is exactly what has happened in Israel and the occupied
territories; the use of force and the law to take the land. That is what apartheid
and Israel have in common.’’
Ronnie Kasrils, the Jewish South African cabinet minister and former ANC guerrilla, Jerusalem, February 2009.
“Expelling people from their homes is a war crime. As well as preventing them from returning. Israel didn’t just commit a war crime in 1948 but continues to commit one to this day.’’
Salman Abu Sitta, Author of Atlas of Palestine 1948
June 1961 Letter From Underground, Nelson Mandela wrote:
“The histories of our two peoples, Palestinian and South African, correspond in such painful and poignant ways, that I intensely feel myself being at home amongst compatriots’’
“We identify with the PLO, because just like ourselves they are fighting for the right of self determination.”
“Yesterday’s South African township dwellers can tell you about today’s life in the Occupied Territories… More than an emergency is needed to get to a hospital; less than a crime earns a trip to jail… If apartheid ended, so can the occupation. But the moral force and international pressure will have to be just as determined. The current divestment effort is the first, though certainly not the only, necessary move in that direction.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
In 1955, at the age of 25, young Memphis pastor Martin Luther King was asked to become the churches lead on the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It took more than a year, but it was successful in its aim to desegregate the buses. Economic boycotts were to become a critical tool in King’s strategy – right up to the end. In his final ‘mountaintop’ speech, the night before he was murdered, he was calling for the boycott of Coca-Cola.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr City Temple London 7th December 1964
Clearly there is much in Mississippi and Alabama to remind the South Africans of their own country… great leaders, like Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe, are among the many hundreds wasting away in Robben Island prison… It is in this situation, with the great mass of South Africans denied their humanity, their dignity, denied opportunity, denied all human rights; it is in this situation, with many of the bravest and best South Africans serving long years in prison, with some already executed; in this situation we in America and Britain have a unique responsibility, for it is we, through our investments, through our governments’ failure to act decisively, who are guilty of bolstering up the South African tyranny…. If the United Kingdom and the United States decided tomorrow morning not to buy South African goods, not to buy South African gold, to put an embargo on oil, if our investors and capitalists would withdraw their support for that racial tyranny that we find there, then apartheid would be brought to an end. Then the majority of South Africans of all races could at last build the shared society they desire.
This movement is led by Palestinian civil society and inspired by the South African apartheid movement and boycott effort. It calls for BDS until Israel complies with international law with regard to occupation of land, discrimination against Palestinians and refugees right of return. Ending Israeli apartheid is at its heart.
In 2012, Mandela’s party, the African National Congress (ANC) which is also the ruling party of South Africa, formally endorsed and adopted as part of its official policy, the Palestinian call for Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
’Only through hardship, sacrifice, and militant action can freedom be won…’’
It’s time to MAKE APARTHEID HISTORY – Once and For All.
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THE NHS REINSTATEMENT BILL MATTERS – and it’s going to happen if Labour are elected
In 1945, Attlee promised an NHS and delivered an NHS. Clear-sighted, principled political vision, deep compassion & economic courage ensured a healthcare system free at point of delivery for generations to come.
To fund it, in shattered post-war Britain, Attlee went cap in hand to ask for loans from a hostile American Congress, strongly opposed to the NHS and the ‘featherbedding of socialists’.
Despite this, on 5 July 1948 Clem Attlee and Nye Bevan delivered us a precious institution. It was the jewel in the crown of a massive programme of policies that would transform the face of British society. The optimism about the creation of the NHS is illustrated in many of the public information films of the time – we’ve made a little archive selection below.
But in 2018 we’re losing the NHS to privatisation and underfunding – this year alone £9bn of contracts have been handed over to private providers, often in community health services or patient transport and when a private provider doesn’t win a contract they can sue the NHS (as did Virgin).
Don’t let them take it away from us..
DO YOUR BIT FOR THE NHS. Celebrate its birthday in two simple but significant ways
Now, in this 70th year, the NHS Reinstatement Bill is now Labour Party Policy.
More info below on both the NHS Bill & Take Back Pledge
AN NHS FOR THE WORLD
Back in 1945, they could have hardly have known how the concept of their NHS would capture the world’s imagination. Even now, in the midst of being undermined, underfunded and ‘made to fail’, it is held up as gold standard. Our friends at Health Poverty Action, who work on health justice international development campaigning, argue that ‘Every country should have an NHS.’ The Guardian published their letter last week and here is their short 5 point plan video. The NHS means everything to British people and, increasingly, to many in the global south, who see it as beacon of hope – the health service model to emulate.
The NHS cannot be allowed to die.
Attlee, Bevan and all who fought so hard to bring our NHS into life, for us, would be so, so proud of this fight back.
Please join it.
Keep fighting for our NHS
Deb, Kev, Ho-Chih & all at TPNS
FILM & ANIMATION – NHS ARCHIVE 1948
Clem Attlee on the NHS Audio
Public Information Films / Animation NHS 1948
‘Here’s Health’ – 30 min b&w archive documentary
Nye Bevan on the founding of the NHS
BBC Welsh Greats: Nye Bevan BBC
MORE ABOUT THE NHS BILL –A TURNING POINT IN THE SAVING OF THE NHS
The unique and historic nature of this meeting and these agreed proposals was stressed by Jonathan Ashworth and recognised by the meeting. This unprecedented level of collaboration is a result of years of hard work on the ground by campaigners.
The result will be a stronger and broader campaign in Parliament and across the country for legislation that will restore and improve the NHS as a publicly owned, publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable service.
Find out more
Is the pledge the same as the Reinstatement Bill? No. The Reinstatement Bill is a comprehensive plan for legislation that would take back our NHS. The pledge has 5 key principles for a public NHS – it reflects the demands in the Bill but it’s much simpler. If MPs sign up to the pledge, they’re not signing up to the Bill. But they might want to sign up to both, because the Bill is the best way of putting the pledge into action.