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Monthly blog archive November, 2010

Power & Privilege Training

Power and privilege training has become commonplace in US social justice activism over the past decade as an integral part of making real and lasting change. Here in the UK, interest in engaging with this practice and developing our own models in a different context is growing; in Bristol in 2009 activists held a Race...

The Economics of Extraction – new article on the Niger Delta

(This article by Ben Amunwa first appeared in the current, oil-themed issue of Foto 8 magazine –http://www.foto8.com/new/in-print/8-magazine ) Outside the plane window at the Niger Delta, the oil region of Nigeria, I can see a solid bed of rainforest with wide ribbons of water the colour of coffee dregs coiling through it. I try to orientate,...

Follow the Money – RBS article in Foto8 Magazine

(This article first appeared in the current, oil-themed issue of Foto8 magazine – http://www.foto8.com/new/in-print/8-magazine ) Despite the fact that there is not a single drop of crude to be found underneath the streets of London, the city acts as one the international capitals of the oil industry. Companies operate here to take advantage of the complex web...

World Remembers Saro-Wiwa Hangings

Fifteen years ago today, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others were executed by the Nigerian military government in collaboration with Shell Nigeria. The oil giant is under fresh scrutiny after secret documents revealed in The Guardian today expose how Shell tried to cover up oil spill data and manipulated the media and NGOs in the wake...

Police Open Fire at Ogoni Vigil in Port Harcourt

It’s the kind of text message you never want to receive. Sent from an activist in the Niger Delta on November 9th at 22.00,  it reads: Teams of heavily armed policemen stormed Saro-Wiwa’s No. 24 Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt, venue of the Saro-Wiwa candle light procession, shooting sporadically causing fear and panic. [UPDATE 11/11/10: we...

Slow Travel to Oslo: diary begins

Entries from Jane Trowell, Anna Galkina, and Rebecca Beinart on their separate Slow Travel journeys from England to Oslo for Gentle Actions in Kunstnernes Hus ANNA: [Anna Galkina is a researcher with PLATFORM on Arctic issues relating to oil & gas, environmental and human rights abuses.] 11.11.10 On the way into the Eurostar section of...

Slow Travel to Oslo: privilege, hope, or red herring

Slow Travel Enquiry for Gentle Actions, Oslo. Disclaimer: this blog is written by Jane and some views may not be shared by the whole of PLATFORM. When we got the invitation from curators Eva Bakkeslett and Anne Karin Jortveit to work on the Gentle Actions: Art, Ecology, Action project at Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, it...

PLATFORM is recruiting a Funding Development Worker

This job is no longer available and is here for reference purposes only. Job Title: Funding Development Worker Initially freelance 26 days over six months (flexible) with the possibility of extension into a wider permanent role. Platform is looking for a freelance Funding Development Worker to strengthen and support its project portfolio by developing new...