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Occupy London Initial Statement

Over 500 people on the steps of St Paul’s, #occupylsx collectively agreed the initial statement. Like all forms of direct democracy, the statement will always be a work in progress and used as a basis for further discussion and debate.
1. The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives; this is where we work towards them.
2. We are of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together with occupations all over the world.
3. We refuse to pay for the banks’ crisis.
4. We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing corporations instead of the people.
5. We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate.
6. We support the strike on the 30th November and the student action on the 9th November, and actions to defend our health services, welfare, education and employment, and to stop wars and arms dealing.
7. We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The world’s resources must go towards caring for people and the planet, not the military, corporate profits or the rich.
8. We stand in solidarity with the global oppressed and we call for an end to the actions of our government and others in causing this oppression.
9. This is what democracy looks like. Come and join us!

WorldShift Council
By Ervin Laszlo

...why is the G20’s failure due to wrong consciousness? Because consciousness in the social, political, and cultural context is sum total of our view of the world, with its values, aspirations, and background assumptions. It’s the “paradigm” that underlies the way we think and the way we set our priorities. The consciousness of the G20 gives rise to an obsolete view of the world, with faulty values and outdated aspirations. The leaders view the world as the arena for a Darwinian struggle for survival, seen as a competition for growth in the economies of nations. Since assured growth cannot be achieved even by the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world by itself, the leaders recognize the need for some level and form of cooperation—as a means to an end. The end is for the rich nations to make sure that they remain rich.

Human Forum 2012 : The Symphony of Transformation II
By Alliance for a New Humanity

Music accompanies us from birth to death – from morning’s light through the darkness of night. Music is within our bodies – from the pulse of the heart beat to the subtle bio-chemical rhythms that course through our vital systems. Music carries inspiration, tradition, knowledge, and the power to transform. Join the Alliance for a New Humanity in a creative exploration of music in its many forms and capacities for transformation. The Symphony of Transformation gathering will include concerts, experiential workshops, master classes, spontaneous compositions, discussions, jam sessions, and community building with international performers that will open the hearts to connect us all.

What predicts a riot?
By nef (the new economics foundation)

Nobody predicted the August riots across the UK. Many thinkers and commentators, nef included, have been warning of the risks posed to society by unemployment and poor quality jobs, the disenfranchisement of youth, public sector spending cuts, and growing anger against the elites. But no-one predicted that it would bubble over and express itself in the form of looting, burning and rioting across England’s cities, resulting in the deaths of four people.

Boycottbush.net - A consumer campaign to boycott Bush's biggest funders

This website was established on April 12th 2001 by Ethical Consumer magazine, following the rejection by President Bush of the Kyoto Agreement on global warming. Since that date, he has gone on to offend many more people around the world by his illegal invasion of Iraq and other regressive steps such as opposing weapons proliferation treaties.

Cancer Prevention Coalition

Winning the war on cancer means preventing cancer. Yet cancer is a multi-billion dollar business. Isn?t preventing cancer bad for business? It is for the pharmaceutical and mammography businesses. These industries have intricate ties to U. S. policy makers, directing research funds to insure their continued profits in cancer diagnosis/treatment. It?s time for reform. Congressional leaders are calling for an investigation of the U. S. National Cancer Institute for its indifference to cancer prevention, other than smoking, and for denying the public of its Right-to-Know, and for failing to inform Congress and regulatory agencies.

News

Restart of the EU Software Patents Directive

Brussels, 2 February 2005 - The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (JURI) has decided with a large majority to ask the Commission for a renewed referral of the software patents directive. With only one vote against and one abstention, the resolution had overwhelming support from the committee, and all-party backing.

The decision is a powerful statement from MEPs that the current Council text, and the logjam of concern it has caused, is simply not a sustainable way forward. It is now up to the Commission to submit a new, or the same, proposal to the Parliament. Parliament will then hold a new first reading, this time under the guidance of Michel Rocard MEP as rapporteur.

"Creating a Sustainable Society" series of events

"Creating a Sustainable Society" was a series of monthly events that took place between March 2002 and May 2003. The aim was to create a synergy among people and organizations working towards a better society but in different fields. Each event had a different theme, such as "Empires of the 21st Century", "Rebuilding Local Economies - From Theory to Practice" and "Monetary Reform, Economic Justice and Political Democracy" and they where presented by a host of distinguished speakers including, Helena Norbert-Hodge, Teresa Hale, Ann Pettifor, James Robertson and Ian Mason. A report has been written on each of the events.