Thursday, 21 March 2013

Help stop the UK Governments plan to retrospectively change a law, one which they had broken! | Campaigns by You

Dear Lord Prescott On the 19th of March 2013 the House of Commons passed a Bill which will allow the Government to retrospectively change a law, a law which the Tory Government had broken, to protect themselves and ensure they do not have to face the consequences of their illegal actions. In this case it was in relation to the illegality of the controversial Workfare scheme. This Bill was passed solely to protect the Government from having to reimburse job-seekers of the money which they illegally sanctioned from them. Labour assisted with rushing through of the Bill by deciding to abstain from the vote. Labour had always prided itself on the mantra of a fair days pay for a fair days work - obviously up until yesterday - when they allowed this to pass. By Labour abstaining from the vote it sends a strong message that they are no longer for the working people of Britain. The absence of courage to stand up for what was right has been noted by the public. We, the undersigned, ask you and the House of Lords please, do not allow this Bill to go through any further. Changing the law, retrospectively, sends a dangerous message that the Government are above the law and precedent

UK Hindu's Challenge British Wheel Rule

UK HINDU'S CHALLENGE BRITISH WHEEL RULE Category: Frontpage Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:34 Hits: 172 British Wheel of Yoga accused of "Colonial Arrogance and Religious Denigration" as it tries to enforce its dubious status as the "Governing Body of Yoga".    "ONE WHEEL TO RULE THEM ALL...... AND ONE WHEEL TO BIND THEM, ONE WHEEL TO BRING THEM ALL AND IN THE DARKNESS BIND THEM! IN THE LAND OF SLEAFORD WHERE THE GRASPING YOGIS LIE.." Great Britain, the birthplace of the Slave trade, the Pillaging Crusades, the Zulu wars, the rape of India, the Malaysia and Amritsar massacres ..... the Fountainhead of Domination and Control .... meets Yoga! So what is it about this little grey rock stuck in the cold waters of the Eastern Atlantic which spawns so many control freaks? If it sits still long enough, quick .. fear it, regulate it, control it!.... What started with the best of intentions has long become a byword for control freakery and domination, the very antithesis of its purpose the support of the practices for the liberation of the human spirit. The latest news is that the hitherto sleeping (like Vishnu!) largest community of Yoga practitioners in the UK, the Hindu's th

Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

CHEYENNE, WYOMING – Today attorneys for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center (RMIC) filed a motion in Wyoming’s First District Court on behalf of Andrew Johnson, a man convicted of sexual assault and aggravated burglary over 23 years ago. Initial tests on the newly found DNA evidence confirm his innocence.

Mr. Johnson was arrested for first-degree sexual assault and aggravated burglary in June of 1989. Mr. Johnson has maintained his innocence throughout his trial and has continued to do so during his over 23 years spent in a Wyoming state prison.

RMIC Managing Attorney, and co-counsel on the case, Elizabeth Fasse stated, “The Rocky Mountain Innocence Center has been working on Andrew’s case for over 10 years. We are confident the Wyoming judicial system will do the right thing and exonerate Andrew.”

“We’ve been pleased to be able to work closely with Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar to correct Andrew’s wrongful conviction,” says Attorney Aaron J. Lyttle, of Long Reimer Winegar, Beppler LLP, and Wyoming co-counsel on the case.

Mr. Johnson’s potential exoneration would not have been legally possible just a few short years ago. Prior to 2008, the state of Wyoming did not have a statute in place providing prisoners with a right to petition courts for DNA testing in their cases. RMIC, working closely with prosecutors in Wyoming, helped to draft the law allowing Wyoming prisoners to petition for DNA testing to prove their innocence.

“Wyoming state officials and legislators should be applauded for passing legislation that gave Andrew a chance to prove his innocence,” stated RMIC Executive Director Jennifer Hare Salem.

A hearing on the motion for a new trial has yet to be scheduled.


The Rocky Mountain Innocence Center is a non-profit organization working to correct and prevent the conviction of innocent people in Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming.  RMIC also conducts outreach and education about the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions and promotes legal reforms to prevent the conviction of innocent people.


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£6m Harlech Castle development

Green light for £6m castle developments

21 March 2013

Planning officials have given the go-ahead to a multi-million-pound development at Harlech Castle. The Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) planning committee carried out a site visit before approving the plans with conditions.

The plans include turning the ground floor of the former Castle Hotel into a visitor centre and converting the upper floors into five self-contained visitor apartments, as well as creating a new café, and a new more accessible bridge from the visitor centre to the castle.

The castle currently attracts 93,000 visitors a year but it is hoped that the new development will help attract 145,000 visitors. The conditions will be imposed in relation to parking for the disabled, non-reflective glass and potential noise for the electricity sub-station. 

Cllr Caerwyn Roberts, who represents Harlech on Gwynedd Council, said that Cadw was investing £6-million in the project. He said: “The project is a good opportunity for better interpretation of the castle and the history and the new bridge to the castle will make it accessible to everyone.


Click here for the full story, or see this week's Meirionydd edition of the Cambrian News


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63 economists pledge support for People’s Assembly | Coalition of Resistance Against Cuts & Privatisation

63 economists pledge support for People’s Assembly March 21, 2013 After Osborne’s disastrous budget yesterday, 63 economists have pledged their support for the People’s Assembly with a letter to the Guardian. Published in the Guardian on Thursday 21 March George Osborne‘s latest budget confirms that austerity policies are set to continue for years to come (Budget 2013, 20 March). This is a call from economists and academics to all those millions of people in Britain who face an impoverished and uncertain year as their wages, jobs, conditions and welfare provision come under renewed attack by the government. It is important that people understand that there is a large body of opinion against these policies. With some 80% of austerity measures still to come, and with the government lengthening the time they expect cuts to last, we are calling a people’s assembly against austerity to bring together campaigns against cuts and privatisation with trade unionists in a movement for social justice. We aim to develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the Con Dem government. Register for the People’s Assembly here Professor Ha-Joon Chang Cambridge Profess

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Boycott Workfare » Blog Archive » Contact workfare exploiter Salvation Army – Day 2 Workfare Week of Action

Boycott Workfare is a UK-wide campaign to end forced unpaid work for people who receive welfare. Workfare profits the rich by providing free labour, whilst threatening the poor by taking away welfare rights if people refuse to work without a living wage. We are a grassroots campaign, formed in 2010 by people with experience of workfare and those concerned about its impact. We expose and take action against companies and organisations profiting from workfare; encourage organisations to pledge to boycott it; and actively inform people of their rights. Know your rights on workfare schemes! Also visit and Contact workfare exploiter Salvation Army – Day 2 Workfare Week of Action Posted: March 18th, 2013 | Author: editor | Filed under: Call to action | 1 Comment » Salvation Army International and UK HQs were paid a surprise visit to launch the week of action. [Photo: Sinister Pics] Join the online day of action on Tuesday 19th March and tell workfare exploiters The Salvation Army exactly what the public think about their use of forced labour. The Salvation Army released an astonishing statement recently which seems to suggest they will force people on sicknes

Sign Petition | National Assembly for Wales

e-Petition:Wanted - Buses for Meirionnydd We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to: • Review the funding for rural bus services to ensure adequate levels of service for the whole of Gwynedd but particularly south Meirionnydd. • Consider funding to be ensured for additional services to improve access to health services, education, and employment, and thus support the economy and tourism of the area.

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