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Documentary maker Ross Kemp has joined the fight to save ten London fire stations from closure by accusing Mayor Boris Johnson of lying about the impact of his planned cuts that will lead to slower fire engine response times for four million Londoners.
In this campaign film, Kemp calls the Mayor to account for misleading Londoners in three key statements about the fire station closures and plans to cut 580 front line fire service jobs. “Every Second Counts” shows a domestic living room on fire and warns that fire fighters will not be able to get to fires as quickly as they do now if the cuts go ahead.
Ross Kemp: “London is not safe in Boris Johnson’s hands. Like all Londoners, I am angry about these cuts. Boris cannot seriously tell us that closing fire stations won’t put people’s lives at risk. Before Boris Johnson was re-elected in 2012 he promised there would be ‘absolutely no reduction in fire cover’ if he won and within a few months, without any shame, he announced the cuts.”
Paul Embery, London FBU (Fire Brigades’ Union) Regional Secretary: “Ross’s film will be very uncomfortable viewing for Boris Johnson. We are asking everyone who is angry and worried about the fire station closures to get involved in our campaign and sign the petitions against the closures. The Mayor tries to use his jokey style to avoid the fact that fire and rescue services will get to emergencies more slowly in the future because of his cuts. He claims that fire deaths are ‘steadily’ declining and that more parts of London will get a Fire Brigade response within the target attendance times, but both of these claims are untrue.“
Despite people’s own experiences under austerity, polls show that the majority of people in the UK and elsewhere continue to buy into the idea that austerity is necessary and that wages and welfare payments are too high. To challenge this, the major British unions, led by the Trades Union Council, have launched Austerity Uncovered, a roadshow that will travel around the UK in a bus, gathering people’s stories of life under austerity. It’s not a pretty campaign but it’s an interesting – and necessary – strategy to change the debate on austerity.
The second was to go looking online for galleries of art dedicated to the events, since there’s no central organizing group, my search centered around the hashtags used to promote the protests: #DirenGeziParki#OccupyGezi. So far I haven’t encountered anything other than some collections of street art, so I decided to start one here.
Corruption in various forms seems to be running rampant all over the world. Relatively new nations encounter it in their struggle to build a fair society. Long-established countries face it while trying to maintain a working society. Public servants helping out those who grease their palms, large companies doing everything to get ahead – even if it means ignoring laws and people’s lives - in the short run bribery just favours one over another. Deplorably it is always the wealthy over the poor. Over time society as a whole corrodes, creating a neo-feudal culture of distrust and hostility.
One NGO fighting corruption worldwide is Transparency International, whose campaign Time to Wake Up is now running in 17 countries across Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, reaching over three million people. From rallies to animated video contests, to public debates and petitions, Time to Wake Up has had real impact. (more after the video)
With all the oppression and attacks on human rights going on around the world, it’s nice to see a PSA that celebrates the freedom some of us have.
This video, simply called “Free”, was produced internally by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to encourage Canadians, both immigrant and native born, to find out more about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
It was launched last week, as part of the Government of Canada’s Citizenship Week observances. What I like about the ad is its pure Canadianness — it’s not pushy or preachy, and its brand of patriotism is a quiet, confident and welcoming pride.
Amnesty International (AI) provokes with an advertising campaign against asylum hardliners in Switzerland. The reason for the campaign against the politicians are the recent tightening of the asylum laws.
In videos, posters, and cards are Swiss politicians who are known for their hard line on asylum policy, set in satirical scene as foreign asylum seekers themselves.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in several countries, so it seemed like the right time to share this series of illustrations by Toby Allen, titled “Real Monsters”: Although it could be misconstrued as literally demonizing people with mental illness, the externalization of the various disorders as evil creatures who prey…
In early October 2013 a boat filled with African migrants sank off of the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing at least 111 people, and more than 200 are still missing. Friday the 4th of October 2013, was declared a day of mourning in Italy. The event has brought much introspection…
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