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Decolonising Energy: An excerpt from 'Energy beyond Neoliberalism'

Decolonising Energy: An excerpt from ‘Energy beyond Neoliberalism’

Back in Spring, the Kilburn Manifesto team asked whether we’d like to submit a chapter on energy to their project. Edited by Soundings founding editors Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey, and Mike Rustin, After Neoliberalism seeks to open up space to debate alternatives to current dominant neoliberal systems. Most of our campaigning on oil focuses on...
Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

Hands down White boy! Privilege and oil spills in New Orleans

“I came to realise that I needed “Hey-White-Boy-don’t-keep-putting-your-hand-up-training”. Yotam Marom, who came to the attention of the US media in 2011 through his role in the early days of Occupy Wall Street, is explaining his views on how to be a ‘leader’ in a ‘leaderless organisation’. He’s a young White man from Hoboken, New Jersey....
Does the EU think 40 Egyptian lives are worth less than one Ukrainian life?

Does the EU think 40 Egyptian lives are worth less than one Ukrainian life?

On Wednesday, the European Union’s house bank froze its lending in Ukraine with the escalating violence, as the death toll passed 26. There have been reports of ‘death squads’ kidnapping opposition activists from hospitals, and today deaths have spiralled – some protestors claimed that 100 died. Western governments threatened sanctions and the President of the...
It exists because it exists - Bioregional activism in the Chesapeake watershed

It exists because it exists – Bioregional activism in the Chesapeake watershed

Mika Minio-Paluello, Anna Galkina and James Marriott travelled in North America as part of a tour over September and October to promote The Oil Road – Journeys from the Caspian to the City of London. The tenth of a series of blogs on the journey comes from Maryland … St John’s Church, Baltimore, Maryland “Crabs...
The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

The showcase that “Emboldens” and shakes the “Energetic Apathy”

Since I joined Platform in July, I have seen the high-spirited Farzana passionately preparing for the “Shake! – Young Voices in Arts, Media, Race & Power course”, organising its different activities and coordinating with other facilitators (Ed, Zena and Sai) in order to make it even better than the previous sessions. The third  course  was...
Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power! Tuesday 29th October

Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power! Tuesday 29th October

Shake! Showcase#3: Propaganda! Perception! & Power!  is the explosive showcase from the participants of the third Shake! course. Featuring freshly created poetic, filmic and musical responses to injustice, the showcase will present an original and inspiring mix of political creativity. So get on down to the Free Word Centre  in Farringdon on Tuesday 29th October,...
'Oil City' ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

‘Oil City’ ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

Today’s the last day of Platform’s performance ‘Oil City‘ – the spy-thriller for the post-Occupy age. I went last Thursday with the same bare information as any non-Platform person would have. For the past two weeks, at 9am, 1pm and 5pm, audiences of 6 people have been taken on an intense and beautifully crafted set...
Remember Oluwale - launch tonight, Leeds

Remember Oluwale – launch tonight, Leeds

Platform hails allies in Leeds who are tonight launching a key campaign and creative project ‘Remember Oluwale’. This marks the appalling treatment and early death in suspicious circumstances of Nigerian-born, Leeds-based man David Oluwale. It looks at the contemporary legacies, and how we can change the future. Platform makes common cause with David’s life and...
Talking memes

Talking memes

How can we use images to tell the stories we want to tell – and avoid repeating the ones we don’t? Photo memes are fast becoming a viral hit. Quicker than 30 second videos, the combination of an image and a short piece of text is being used across social media to convey jokes or...
Activism and the uses of collective remembrance: Stephen Lawrence

Activism and the uses of collective remembrance: Stephen Lawrence

Yesterday the 19th annual church service called by Stephen Lawrence’s family to honour and remember his life and legacy took place at Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1. It was a moment to reflect, grieve, and mark all that has happened – the unspeakable and the extraordinary – since his murder in 1993. The occasion made...
Don't throw activist histories away: Huntley Conference on Arts & Activism, Culture & Resistance

Don’t throw activist histories away: Huntley Conference on Arts & Activism, Culture & Resistance

18th February, London There were over a 100 artists, activists, community workers, young people, archivists & conservators, educators, parents, grandparents, policymakers. We were taking part in talks, creative “Groundings” sessions, a parallel youth conference, music & poetry performances, from the fabulous El Crisis, younger talented artists, and the more experienced, discussing race and power, creativity and...
Fighting to keep fossil gas in the ground

Fighting to keep fossil gas in the ground

This project is part of Platform’s long-term commitment to support environmental justice struggles at the front lines of oil and gas drilling internationally. BP does not carry out fracking in the UK where it is headquartered, because “it would attract the wrong kind of attention”. But BP, Shell and a host of other companies are...