Community Activists Network
Participatory budgeting is a topic that will interest many of our members. In Popular Democracy: The Paradox of Participation, Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza examine contemporary forms of participatory governance by tracing the origins and development of participatory budgeting (PB) from its roots in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to its adoption in two cases, Cordoba, Spain and Chicago, USA. While acknowledging that PB has been seen as being too easily co-opted by neoliberalism, the…Continue
How would you like to see NatCAN develop? Here are a few ideas.
(1) Free workshops for regional groups
The regional groups are a great idea but they have largely fallen into disuse. A better connection to what is happening offline, in the 'real world', would be of benefit. Therefore the Freire Institute will offer each regional group a free one-day workshop to focus on: (a) where we are at in our region as community activists; (b) what are the key issues?; (c)…Continue
As a Scandinavian who has spent more than a decade living in Britain, nothing has made me feel more foreign than observing the current Labour leadership election. From his style to his policies Mr Corbyn would, in Norway, be an unremarkably mainstream, run-of-the-mill social-democrat. His policy-platform places him squarely in the Norwegian Labour Party from which the last leader is such a widely respected establishment figure that upon resignation he became the…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 27, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments
The right wing backlash against the righteous anger and, yes, rage over the mass incineration of human beings inside Grenfell Tower in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea has begun. Demonising those who dare do anything other than wave a few placards and sing hymns in solidarity with the victims and survivors is being characterise as tantamount to calling for revolution by apologists for a status quo of rampant inequality, social and economic…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 23, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments
Naomi Klein: I’m Naomi Klein, reporting for The Intercept, and I’m here in London at the Houses of Parliament with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, three weeks after the Labour Party in an historic election won many, many more seats than anybody predicted – except for some of the people in this room, who saw it coming. And it’s just an enormous pleasure to be here with Jeremy and to talk about the importance of a forward-looking, bold agenda to do battle…Continue
Capitalism is very simple. Capitalism as an economic system is essentially defined as the process of private expropriation of public wealth. Technically, the Earth is every creature’s inheritance but we in our late modern wisdom have conceded that only a select handful of people will get to profit from its resources while the rest are forced by either gunpoint or starvation to serve them forever or die.
But of course,…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 16, 2017 at 8:08 — No Comments
Always some stimulating reading, and very applicable to this group.
as they say about themselves:
The development and increased visibility of social movements in the last few years, has made it clear just how much knowledge movements generate. This knowledge is generated across the globe, and in many contexts and a variety of ways.
We are activists from different movements…Continue
Added by Jez Hall on July 8, 2017 at 16:10 — No Comments
By 2022, 7 million families in the UK will receive Universal Credit, which is replacing 6 existing means-tested benefits. We welcome efforts to simplify our benefits system. But Universal Credit is already failing thousands of people.
Every day at Citizens Advice we see people being pushed into desperate circumstances by problems with the new system. Despite this, a dramatic increase in the number of people affected is planned…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 9, 2017 at 13:29 — No Comments
Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 6, 2017 at 17:09 — No Comments
The Tories are playing for time, desperately trying to reorganise themselves after their harrowing election campaign.
That’s a good reason why we should step up the campaign for a fresh election and complete the unfinished business of June 8 by consigning Theresa May’s weak and divided government to history.
The tens of thousands on London’s streets on July 1 were of one voice…Continue
Added by Gerry Gold on July 3, 2017 at 15:51 — No Comments
Two decades or so, ago economists bemoaned Sub Saharan Africa. The world was making great strides against poverty, illness, autocracy. But no matter how much money or advice poured in, it seemed only to go backwards.
Today, in a stunning, ironic twist of history, that dubious honor belongs to the English speaking world. It’s the one region of the globe going backwards today. Furiously and swiftly.…Continue
Added by joe taylor on July 2, 2017 at 8:50 — No Comments
“We need a general election and we need one now because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin…I thought about this long and hard and came to the…Continue
Added by joe taylor on June 29, 2017 at 14:07 — No Comments
So the general election is starting to fade and the effect of Labour’s shock successes, that forced Labour’s parasitical ‘wreckers’ to faux grasp faux humble pie, has started to fade too. During the election I metaphorically held my nose when the likes of Wes Streeting received support for their election campaigns but I think it’s safe to reflect on the election now and safe to reflect on Labour’s continued internal problems.…Continue
Added by joe taylor on June 28, 2017 at 9:15 — No Comments
If you catch news of the Syrian conflict, it seems like a narrative that’s knotted and frayed, impossible to untangle. However, it’s not, if you pull on the right thread.
When the world learned that the…Continue
The Grenfell Tower fire in West London, which has killed at least 58 people and left many more homeless, is a shocking indictment of the UK's neoliberal/neo-conservative Establishment and their warped priorities.
We don’t have, it seems, enough money for all tower blocks in the country to be fitted with sprinklers and for adequate fire safety measures to be in place, but we do have enough to set fire to a series of secular…Continue
Added by joe taylor on June 19, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments
The popular social movement that swept Jeremy Corbyn to within touching distance of Downing Street should be sustained until the illegitimate, Tory-DUP government is removed from office and another election held.
Theresa May has no mandate to rule, having lost her overall majority by gambling on an unnecessary general election. The aim was to shore up her position inside the Tory Party. Instead, she is now a lame duck, a prime minister without authority both inside…Continue
Added by Gerry Gold on June 10, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments
Thursday’s election unequivocally proved that Labour’s current leadership have a vision for Britain that the public want to pursue, they have cut through the negative narrative that was engineered to thwart them and deny Britain an opposition and an alternative to the self-serving…Continue
Added by joe taylor on June 11, 2017 at 9:05 — No Comments
I have argued for some time that Theresa May would not survive long as leader of the Tories due to her absolute lack of support and popularity within her own party. I have argued that May was a ‘caretaker’ leader, who would be permitted to get the brexit ball rolling but who would be replaced before a general election. I have also argued that she called the election on the 8th June as a means of shoring up her leadership in the face of an imminent leadership…Continue
Added by joe taylor on June 10, 2017 at 11:21 — No Comments
Anyway, here we are on the eve of another general election. I just want to make one main point – that a vote for Labour is really a vote of confidence in yourself, in ourselves, in society, in hope. I’ll explain what I mean in a second, but, first, this statement comes with a massive caveat: if you are in a constituency where Labour cannot win, but…Continue
Added by joe taylor on June 8, 2017 at 7:02 — No Comments
In the wake of the London Bridge attack, Theresa May has despicably attempted to exploit her address as Prime Minister to distract from her own culpability in the recent attacks and to push the agenda in her election manifesto.
Theresa May used her speech to lay out a 4 point plan for tackling the issue of the attacks Britain is being subjected to and the cornerstone is government (Tory) control of access to the…Continue