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05-10-2011 12:14Go to www.squattershousingactiongroup.wordpress.com for coppy n paste an add your input reply via www.squashcampaign.org/resources/respond-to-the-consultation
This is a finished consultation that others can copy paste and add their own sentence, then send. needs copy of 1-2 done ones on website to info at squashcampaign dot org.
There is only today left until 5pm for this consultation. Please fill it in. It may help stop the process of criminalisation of squatting.
Every one should do this, not just squatters. Every other political project including indymedia has greatly benefitted from squatted spaces, and many current non-squatted social spaces were born out of squats.
Not to mention all the action camps we have so much loved, like the climate camps.
The text below is an easy copy-paste text that you can use in the consultation process that the government has put in place. Of course it is only a model that you can change as you like with your own ideas.
Q 1 Q1. Is squatting a particular problem in your area and where does
it occur the most, e.g. in residential or non-residential property?
Were these properties empty/abandoned/derelict before they were
occupied, or were they in use?
-squatting is not a problem, ‘the problem is not squatting, the
problem is empty buildings'.
-squatting is a solution for many street homeless people.
-Many properties have been squatted after being left empty, often for
many years, in my area, -squatters have improved empty properties and
been a positive contribution to an area or community.
-I would like to dispel the myth about people squatting homes that are
already lived in.
This is already covered by the Displaced Residential occupier law,which can remove someone from a home residence immediately.
I live in London
Q2 Please provide any evidence you have gathered on the number of
squats and the nature of squatting in your area or nationwide?
There are many many squats in London
Most squats are in empty abandoned and derelict buildings that are
occupied improved and repaired.
Many squatters get on with their neighbours and improve/bring life
back to derelict areas.
Most are for peoples desperate need for accommodation and
housing,however some are also community, project,art or social
centres,that provide life and low cost support/workshops to the areas
they are in.
Q3 Do you have any data or other information on the demographic
profile of people who squat - e.g. do they share any of the protected
characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability,
gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and
maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation)? Do
they live alone or with others?
All ages ,races and cultures,squat out of urgent need,some are old and
disabled,also families young children ,pregnant women,many from
disadvantaged backgrounds or minority groups. Most live in larger
family groups and help each other.,creating their own support network.
The importance of squatting to the homeless is massive it provides a
safety net when all other routes have failed. It is often undertaken
in desperation and is carried out for basic survival.
-It provides for the hidden homeless estimated to be up to half a
million by Crisis.
Q4 Do you think the current law adequately deals with squatting?
Please explain your reasons.
- The law is more than ‘adequate', we need greater rights for
squatters - for example, ‘legalise squatting to prevent the
dereliction of buildings'.
A Solution could be Link up empty property owners with the homeless
and groups willing to recycle and repair derelict abandoned buildings
creating employment and accommodation.
Using some of the 725,000 empty buildings in the UK (Empty Homes Agency )
there is no need to make any changes as the current law is adequate
because - ‘owners who use their property as their own place of
residence - i.e. displaced residential occupiers (DROs) - are already
adequately protected by section 7 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 (DROs
- The current law is adequate, and enforcement currently works OK, but
it could improve if there was better knowledge by the police of the
relevant law (e.g. prosecuting false PIO claims) and/or if there was
better public information about the protections granted to DROs.
The government's guidance is useful, but should have been introduced
earlier to counter misinformation in much of the mainstream media
about the nature of squatting.
There has been massive 6 month campaign of misguiding misinformation
Also lies by Grant Schapps and Crispin Blunt the Housing Minister
Note the letter from 160 Solicitors and academics
"We are legal academics, solicitors and barristers who practise in
housing law acting for landlords, tenants, owners and occupiers. We
are concerned that a significant number of recent media reports have
stated that squatters who refuse to leave someone's home are not
committing a criminal offence and that a change in the law such as
that proposed by the Government is needed to rectify this situation.
This is legally incorrect, as the guidance published by the Department
for Communities and Local Government in March this year makes clear.
We are concerned that such repeated inaccurate reporting of this issue
has created fear for home-owners, confusion for the police and ill
informed debate among both the public and politicians on reforming the
In short the law is adequate, we need no changes costing hundreds of
millions of pounds to implement,at a time of severe austerity,also the
massive spike in housing benefit from accommodating the displaced
In fact we need to talk solutions using the three quarters of a million empty properties to create homes,communities and project space that will create employment and homes and urban regeneration.
05-10-2011 08:52Activists have been occupying Manchester for five nights now as part of the global movement of the 99%.
It began as a call in July 2011 by the magazine Adbusters to hold powerful business interests on Wall Street to account, and drawing on inspiration from the famed 2011 grassroots protests across the Middle East. But the mantle has been taken up by grassroots activists in New York City to forge an ongoing occupation outside of Wall Street and throughout New York City. The effort in its first two weeks has spurred a national movement with sibling efforts in at least 130 other cities, including Chicago.
Occupy Chicago, merely a week old, has already drawn hundreds of grassroots protesters, who "march…each day…After an hour long general assembly meeting, demonstrators headed through the financial district, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile and back to base camp to once more spread messages of solidarity, positivity and persistence in the face of a political system that’s left 99% of Americans without a real voice in governance…While it may be young and still trying to get organized, the movement to Occupy America is growing and cohering. And though many went home after Saturday’s march, more than a hundred stayed to continue organizing and evangelizing, with no plans to leave until they feel their job is done."
Additional Coverage: Lessons Learned from Occupy Wall Street | Five Things that Occupy Wall Street Did Right | Occupy Chicago Entering Day 6 | Protestors Occupy Chicago in Solidarity with Occupy Wall St NY | An American Spring is Possible | Open Letter to Occupy Chicago.
Last months national demonstrations at Wickham labs new site at North Gosport has helped bring new vigour to the campaign to close this evil company. Wickham have been exposed time and time again abusing and murdering mice and rabbits simply for profit. Their crimes have been so horrific that they have even been condemned in the corporate media for their horrific abuse. Today 12 activists kept up the pressure visiting their Wickham site.
04-10-2011 17:19Having just been acquitted in the Antifa trial i would like to make some quick remarks.
04-10-2011 17:06Urgent use quick copy paste and add your own info ASAP
04-10-2011 16:19On September 26th, a second hunger strike began in California state prisons. The number of strikers has grown to 12,000 as of October 2nd, nearly double the amount that took part in the previous strike in July.
04-10-2011 15:43Phien O'Phien is a long time activist on behalf of the Irish traveller community. He has for some time been writing folk songs about the experience of Irish travellers, Hum Hum Hum being one of them.
PETITION TO BAN THE USE OF WATER CANON AND PLASTIC BULLETS
With a notice of 24 hours, the authorities in the UK can now authorise the use of water cannon and plastic bullets, should there be a threat of the violence and looting that has been witnessed in so many of our cities country-wide. Also, more worryingly, against any perceived threat from a protest or blockade.
To date, the evidence against the use of such drastic measures speak for themselves.
It must never be acceptable that we, the British people, will allow our civil liberties to be pushed beyond what is reasonable. Water canon and rubber bullets have been used in Northern Ireland. Sadly, this has generally been accepted, and never really questioned by the genaral public across the UK. Now for the first time, they could be used in mainland Britain.
We need to rally now in defence of what Britain stands for, and It does not accept that we turn on our own people with force that could lead to serious injury or death. It is used in other countries, however, the British nation will not accept its use here. We say to the British Government:
” DON’T CROSS THE LINE”
If we do, the use of water cannon and plastic bullets would lead to more potential violence and resentment.
The warning signs of civil unrest has been spoken about for years, coming from teachers, police, social workers, community workers etc. The issue is that consecutive governments have chosen to ignore these concerns. With the recent austerity cuts that have affected people on low income especially, there has been an outcry, by the people, that has gone unheeded.
Ultimately, if we insist on waging wars, that the people do not want to support, morally or financially, then something has got to give…..
Top cop warns against use of plastic bullets on rioters.
Refers to safety aspect.
Numbers killed by plastic bullets
WE SAY NO TO THE USE OF WATER CANNON AND PLASTIC BULLETS ON THE STREETS OF BRITAIN!
WHAT CAN YOU DO ?……………….PETITION HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT and pass this message on…
Petition submitted by Greg Matthews.
the balmy indian summer weather ensured a good turn-out for the critical mass bike ride last friday evening, and hundreds of cyclists enjoyed a joyous ride round london despite the occasional psychopathic motorist and a couple of crazy cops.
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the critical mass bicycle ride, now in in its 11th year, takes place on the last friday of each month throughout the year. cyclists meet from about 6pm on the south bank under waterloo bridge near the national film theatre, and normally set off on a ride by about 7.
the ride has no official organisers, and the route is never agreed in advance, relying instead on a 'critical mass' of front runners persuading the rest of the crowd to follow in any particular direction.
on friday, the convoy of four or five hundred cyclists (also including an increasing contingent of skateboarders) headed north over the bridge, and unusually took the underpass into kingsway before heading west and on to oxford street.
as the main purpose of the mass is to celebrate human propulsion over carbon, reclaim the streets, and show that cyclists have as many rights as drivers, it is sometimes a little contentious when the route includes oxford street so early in the evening, as it mostly disrupts public transport rather than general traffic (which isn't allowed onto oxford street until later in the evening). however, the mass kept up the pace and only stopped briefly at oxford circus before heading to marble arch and down park lane.
by this time, cyclists had spread out a little and so it was harder to take all four lanes of the road. so despite the neon sign at the start of park lane warning motorists 'delays possible', some of them were frustrated to find cyclists in their path (even though they were quite likely to get held up again at a traffic jam at the south end of the highway), and among these motorists there was a police car, whose driver recklessly kept changing lanes without signalling, and deliberately cut across cyclists forcing them to veer to the left, and seriously risking injury.
further down park lane, there had been some sort of altercation, and a woman claimed she had been assaulted and pushed over by a motorist. the police car had stopped and the officers got out, but instead of investigating the assault, one of them was making comments loudly that "you cyclists are pests". the young woman, along with witnesses to the assault, kept telling the police that she wanted to make a complaint and press charges, but the cops just ignored her, returning to their vehicle and winding their windows up. they also for a while refused to give any of their own details until several cyclists surrounding the car kept asking for their badge numbers, with which they eventually complied. they however refused to take any details of the alleged incident. the young woman is considering an official police complaint. if anyone witnessed the assault or took pics/video, please contact me and i'll put you in touch. i only have the clip of the police ignoring her requests.
sometimes after an incident like this, the mass gets stretched out or split, but this time, the front runners were cycling round and round the duke of wellington arch at hyde park corner, so everyone reconvened and hundreds of bicycles once again rode together east along piccadilly, completely trapping a red diplomatic police car at one point, and on into piccadilly circus, trafalgar square (where a couple of cyclists jumped into the fountains to cool off), and down whitehall to parliament square. there, one rider briefly hitched a lift on the back of a lorry before we all headed up to buckingham palace, back to hyde park corner and then down to sloane square.
two hours in, and although numbers were beginning to lessen, when i left the ride there were still at least a hundred riders heading west down the king's road.
the next ride will be 28th october.
Dateline: Court #1, Supreme Court, Parliament Square, London, UK, 09:00-18:00, Fri 30 Sep 11 – In a high profile exploration of an alternate history, in the UK's highest court in the land, two high-flying oil corporation CEOs face trial on three counts of Ecocide – the environmental equivalent of genocide – centred around a months-long deep water oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and the on-going Canadian tar sands climate crime atrocity. Although the jury’s verdicts could have gone either way (and on one count of the indictment, one of the defendants was found not guilty), nevertheless both ecocriminals were laid low by two unanimous “Guilty of Ecocide” verdicts – encouraging the organisers to redouble their efforts to win recognition for Ecocide as a 5th Crime Against Peace with the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, and national legislatures.
Vidz at YouTube
• Ecocide vs. Living Planet – A (Mock)Trial
» LINKs to follow shortly once editing and uploading is complete
What If... ?
Borrowing from the literary and dramatic genre of alternative history, this campaigning event is predicated upon the fictional acceptance by the United Nations in 2010 of a 5th Crime Against Peace, namely Ecocide (alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Agression, and War Crimes); and its ratification in law as an international criminal offence by the UK government. In this alternate timeline, the first prosecution of Big Oil bosses under the UK’s new Ecocide Act 2010 occurs on Friday 30 September 2011, when (fictional) CEOs Mr. Bannerman of Global Petroleum Company and Mr. Tench of Glamis Group (played by actors Nicholas Deal and Robert Hider respectively) face three indictments between them. But true to the genre’s recent UK TV incarnations, the trial judge, the prosecuting and defending barristers (three-per-side), the expert witnesses, and most importantly the jury are all the genuine article, volunteering their time, attention and expertise for free. And the lead silk prosecuting the ecocriminals is no less than radical lawyer Michael Mansfield QC, whose prior record includes representing The Angry Brigade, the Orgreave miners, the Bloody Sunday families, and the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, among many others too numerous to mention.
“There is a growing legal norm against the destruction of the environment, but a lack of formal mechanisms to enforce this. The mock trial is a vital step in building political momentum and legal mechanisms to protect the environment now and into the future.”
Polly Put The Kettle On – Now The Pressure Is Rising
The imaginative progenitors of this excellent example of 'fake it till you make it' campaigning are Polly Higgins and Simon Hamilton.
Polly is a barrister (who has dedicated her life to one client – the Earth), and an international environmental lawyer/campaigner, who may be familiar to some from her previous initiatives Trees Have Rights Too, The Lazy Environmentalist blog and ‘Eradicating Ecocide’ (winner of the non-fiction ‘The People’s Book Prize’ for Spring 2011). In April 2010, in our actual real world timeline, Polly proposed to the UN that a law on Ecocide be classed as an international law alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes, as a 5th Crime Against Peace. Ecocide is defined in a nutshell as:
“The mass damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished.”
• Ecocide Is A Crime — Proposal to the United Nations to make Ecocide a crime
» video playlist, 29:36 – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6634274AAB95C3DD
Simon is founder of The Hamilton Group, a not-for-profit meshwork encouraging businesses, organisations and communities to bring responsibility for the Earth to the forefront of their decision-making. The Hamilton Group provided the organisational infrastructure to mount such a high profile campaigning event in Court #1 of the UK’s Supreme Court building, opened in 2009 in a refurbishment of Scottish architect James Gibson’s art nouveau gothic Middlesex Guildhall on the west side of Parliament Square. The Hamilton Group lined up multiple event sponsors through crowdfunding on teh intertubz, and recruited the legal professionals – a judge and six barristers – plus twelve jurors and three expert witnesses, all contributing to the event pro bono publico.
“The ideal of limitless growth is leading to limitless violations of the rights of the Earth and of the rights of nature. This is Ecocide. We need to stop the destruction of the very basis of life on Earth and of human survival. The Trial on Ecocide is a very important step in waking us up to the violence which is the foundation of the current economy. We need another model that is non-violent, a model which makes peace with the Earth. Ecocide must stop.”
~ Vandana Shiva, philosopher, environmental activist, and ecofeminist
Let Battle Commence
As far as we know, this may well be the first time that an alternate history legal trial of global significance has been staged as a political campaigning action, with the express purpose of galvanising people in our timeline to ensure it converges with the alternate history revealed in the trial. Of course, in reality the prosecution of ecocriminal CEOs of Big Oil corporations – such as BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill catastrophe, or Syncrude/ConocoPhillips/BP/Shell/RBS for the Canadian tar sands atrocity – would take months, with complex indictments and detailed testimony from scores of expert witnesses. But for dramatic impact and political concision, a one-day trial-in-miniature was designed to test the feasibility of a British jury convicting Big Oil bosses of crimes against our home world’s ecosystems.
Structured in accordance with UK Crown Court jury trial protocols, staffed by legal professionals, with a jury chosen to represent a typical UK demographic, and set in motion as an unscripted alt.history experiment, this could have backfired big time: the jury could have found the pair of Big Oil CEOs not guilty on all charges. The three-barrister team defending the oil-stained filthy ecocriminals...
• Christopher Parker QC, 3PB Chambers
• Adam Hiddleston, 3PB Chambers
• Noa Tu
...really did do their damnedest to get the scum off scot free, using the just the kind of despicable, weasel-worded, trickster-like, lawyer machinations that got me thoroughly despising the roles they were playing, while at the same time admiring their willingness to help advance the cause by advocating so astutely for the devils in the dock. And very persuasive they turned out to be: on Count #1 of the indictment (see picture C4 above), the jury found Bannerman to be not guilty, by a majority verdict of nine to three. Given that Bannerman an alt.history analogue of BP’s Tony “I'd Like My Life Back” Hayward, world-class pond scum of that ilk, I very much doubt that a real world jury in either the UK or the USA would be quite so lenient.
But when it came to the Canadian tar sands climate crime atrocity, it was the three-barrister prosecution team...
• Michael Mansfield QC, Tooks Chambers
• Steven Powles, Doughty Street Chambers
• Jane Russell, Tooks Chambers
...that secured a complete victory for people and planet: on Counts #2 and #3 of the indictment (see picture C4 above), Bannerman and Tench were found to be Guilty of Ecocide by the UNANIMOUS verdict of the jury. This came as great news to supporters of the UK Tar Sands Network (including myself), who are campaigning to expose the complicity of British banks like RBS and oil companies like BP and Shell in the biggest industrial climate crime on Earth – and one which is also having devastatingly catastrophic, local, detrimental environmental and health effects on the flora and fauna, and on our First Nations sisters and brothers, throughout the affected ecosystems of Alberta, Canada.
What is the Meaning of an Alt.History Victory?
No doubt this initiative will come in for criticism from both the left and the right. Pro-capitalist business-as-usual propagandists may well try to dismiss The Ecocide Trial as a fantasy cooked up by salaried environmentalists and champagne socialist lawyers for their own conscience-salving amusement, and point out that it has no effect whatsoever back in the real world. But it is precisely capitalist business-as-usual which is primarily responsible for the anthropogenic sixth great mass extinction event in the history of life on Earth – the Pleistocene-Holocene extinction, through which we are now living, and which our generation MUST take responsibility for ending as quickly as is humanly possible.
Anti-state direct action activists may well criticise The Ecocide Trial as petit-bourgeois nonsense, on the grounds that merely tinkering with the legalistic superstructure of capitalism is a pointless approach, since only by consigning the whole of capitalism to the dustbin of history can we hope to achieve a lasting, sustainable, and ecologically harmonious global human community. I posed this question in the press conference which followed the trial, and you can see and hear the answers given by Polly Higgins and Michael Mansfield in the accompanying video (once editing and uploading is complete), and read them below.
Law Reform or Revolution?
“I’m going to take a long geological view, and a devil’s advocate position. There have been five major mass extinction events in the history of life on Earth that were natural, the last one wiping out the dinosaurs, the flying reptiles and the marine reptiles. We are living through the sixth major mass extinction event in the history of life on Earth, and humanity’s impact on our biosphere is what’s causing it.
Will a simple change in law, merely tweaking the capitalist system, really stop that happening? Or is it going to take a much more major shift in humanity evolving into a better future?”
~ Tim Dalinian Jones
“This isn’t just about putting in a little bit of legislation, this is about changing the rules of the game. When we do that with legislation, what we do is we also shift consciousness and understanding, and that’s very important. We really do close the door to something, from being the norm, to becoming the exception, overnight. Now that’s not to say that damage and destruction will stop automatically, but it will actually vastly change the landscape, and the understanding, and what investment goes into the projects and the businesses that we need to see evolving in the opposite direction.
It is hugely, hugely important here that WE govern banks, investments, and finance. Finance and investment IS flowing into damaging structural activity – it IS actually acceptable to do that, because it ISN’T a crime. Make it a crime, and what you’ll find is that the insurance industry just won’t touch anything that’s criminal activity. But also what you do is you shift civilisation’s understanding of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. This is a law that really is a big game-changer right across the world, not just in a legal context, but also within people’s minds and attitudes as well.”
~ Polly Higgins
“I am a firm believer that you can make a difference, that you can change. There may be forces over which we have little or no control, but actually every incremental inch of our activity has an impact somewhere else. And therefore, as a trustee – we’re all trustees in a sense, of the planet, while we’re here – by the time we leave it, you want to be able to look back and say, “Well, I have played a part in maintaining the trust. If there are greater forces over which in the end I have little or no control, then at least I have played out my own responsibility.” Unless we all play out our responsibilities collectively, then the cataclysmic events that you’re talking about will undoubtedly be accelerated.
It is the desire of communities to ensure that exploitation, in all its forms, actually comes to an end. I know the Arab Spring is employed all the time, but actually that’s what that’s about: it’s about ending exploitation, ending oppression. It would be easy for them to say, “Oh, well, there’ll be another massacre here...” – no, no, they have taken their own future, some of them successfully, some not so successfully yet, but the struggle goes on. And that’s how I see this, as a struggle that goes on.”
~ Michael Mansfield
Many Paths to Utopia
“A Map of the World that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”
~ Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891
There are many possible paths we can plan out for our future trajectories on Oscar’s Map of the World, all bound toward our collective goal of a sustainable, biodiverse and ecologically harmonious post-capitalist future for human civilisation and our biosphere. While many of us will justifiably stick to profoundly anti-capitalist routes, in the transition from decadent, decomposing and destructive capitalism to the form of civilisation which will transcend it, many major shifts in our civilisation’s understanding of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable needs must occur. One of those major shifts is necessarily adopting Ecocide as as grave an International Crime Against Peace as Genocide. It’s Polly’s path to ensure that humankind makes this shift as soon as possible – and if you are inspired by her infectious, enlightening and visionary enthusiasm to make Ecocide a world-round crime ASAP, you’ll be a welcome participant in helping to make our belovéd home planet a way safer place for non-human life forms on which to thrive.
I’d suggest we might like to find out more about Ecocide, and how we can help to make it the 5th International Crime Against Peace.
• Eradicating Ecocide — An Evocative Video Introduction, by Joe Hall
» video, 3:18 – http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=sY9VDotmQT4
• Ecocide Is A Crime — Proposal to the United Nations to make Ecocide a crime
» video playlist, 29:36 – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6634274AAB95C3DD
• Eradicating Ecocide — Laws and Governance to Prevent the Destruction of our Planet
» website – http://www.thisisecocide.com
In Eradicating Ecocide, international environment lawyer and activist Polly Higgins sets out to demonstrate in no uncertain terms how our planet is fast being destroyed by the activities of corporations and governments, facilitated by 'compromise' laws that offer insufficient deterrence. She offers a solution that is radical but, as she explains with great competence and experience, absolutely necessary. The recent Mexican Gulf oil spill is a compelling reminder of the consequences of un-checked ecocide. Higgins advocates the introduction of a new international law against Ecocide. It would become the 5th Crime Against Peace and would hold to account heads of corporate bodies that are found guilty of perpetrating ecocide.
The opportunity to implement this law represents a crossroads in the fate of humanity; we can accept this one change and in doing so save our ecosystem for future generations, or we can continue to destroy it, risking future brutal war over disappearing natural resources. This is the first book to explain that we all have a commanding voice and the power to call upon all our governments to change the existing rules of the game. Higgins presents examples of laws in other countries which have succeeded in curtailing the power of governments, corporations and banks and made a sudden and effective change, demonstrating that her proposal is not impossible. Eradicating Ecocide is a crash course on what laws work, what doesn't and what else is needed to prevent the imminent disaster of global collapse. Eradicating Ecocide provides a comprehensive overview of what needs to be done in order to prevent ecocide. It is a book providing a template of a body of laws for all governments to implement, which applies equally to smaller communities and anyone who is involved in decision-making.
About the Author
Polly Higgins is a barrister, international environmental lawyer and activist whose exhaustive research lays bare why peace is unachievable whilst we have laws that protect the rights of corporations to destroy the planet. Advocating a new crime of Ecocide: 'to cause damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems' she launched a campaign in April 2010, thisisecocide.com. The Ecologist Magazine voted her one of the "Worlds Top 10 Visionary Thinkers," and she has been nominated "The Lawyer for Planet Earth" by the 2010 Performance Awards.”
History In The Making? Let’s Hope So!
“Was Yesterday the first chirping sounds of the future – springing forth again? (After Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ – published 49 years ago – 27 Sept 1962!) Huge immeasurable thanks to you Polly and the team you unite for Earth victory.”
~ Dave Hampton, on ‘The Ecocide Trial’, Facebook, Sat 01 Oct 11
“Well said, Dave, and what an astute analogy – I bet when 'Silent Spring' was published back in 1962, Rachel had little to no conception of just how remarkable a positive contribution she was making to human history, in igniting the struggle for environmental justice. Here's hoping that 'The Ecocide Trial' will be held in equal or greater esteem by those alive in 2060, as the turning point where the environmental justice movement grew strong lupine teeth, all the better to chew up and devour filthy ecocriminals, while rewarding ecological restitution and ecosphere harmonising initiatives. So here's a toast to the night, three cheers and a grunt, Hey! Hey! Hey! Oink! – for Rachel and Polly! (borrowed from David Rovics, 'Song For The ELF' – http://bit.ly/Song4ELF)”
~ Tim Dalinian Jones, on ‘The Ecocide Trial’, Facebook, Sun 02 Oct 11
Up the Revolution,
Tim Dalinian Jones
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