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We will Remember them - those who were hung and those who executed the hanging

We will Remember them – those who were hung and those who executed the hanging

Here again. Standing before the white Portland Stone cenotaph of the Shell Center. A crowd of fifty or more in silent attention as the names of the dead are read out: Saturday Dobee Nordu Eawo Daniel Gbooko Paul Levera Felix Nuate Baribor Bera Barinem Kiobel John Kpuinen Ken Saro-Wiwa The chief mourner is Lazarus Tamana,...
'Return' - new poem for the Bus by Sai Murray

‘Return’ – new poem for the Bus by Sai Murray

This summer, Platform commissioned Sai Murray – poet, writer, and spoken word supremo – to write a poem about the Bus’s journey to Ogoniland. Sai made some stunning political connections to other struggles, connections in all these years we had not made ourselves. John Ruskin once said “The best response to a work of art...
Head looking backward the bird flies forward - a night for Ken Saro-Wiwa in Peckham

Head looking backward the bird flies forward – a night for Ken Saro-Wiwa in Peckham

[In 7 days’ time it will be 10th November – the 20th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues. This blog is a response to a powerful poetry event at Peckham Platform last Friday, inspired by the work and life of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Come to the events on Nov 10th –...
This Bitter Earth - rendering the invisible visible

This Bitter Earth – rendering the invisible visible

During my leave over the summer I was really glad to catch the performance Arctic Requiem outside the Shell Centre in August. Here’s a piece I wrote about it, prior to Shell’s decision to cease drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The rain lashes down. A strong south westerly drives it along the Thames, across Jubilee...
You'll want this stunning new poster artwork for the Ogoni 9

You’ll want this stunning new poster artwork for the Ogoni 9

Long-term struggles need new creative energy to stay nourished. So today we launch a stunning new print artwork – a collaboration between the internationally acclaimed political artist Alfredo Jaar and designer Jon Daniel. Platform commissioned it mark the 20th anniversary of the executions of writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues. Below, see how you can...
UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash

UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash

RELEASE: UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash Embargo: 00:01am Monday 12 October Contact: Mika Minio-Paluello (Platform London) 07733466038 UK local councils have lost up to £683 million to their pension funds, because of failed investments into coal firms. New data reveals the councils most affected – the value of Greater Manchester’s...

Fossil fuel consumption: a dialogue between activists and researchers

Fossil fuel consumption: a dialogue between activists and researchers Thursday 1 October, 2015, 4.0-7.0 pm Room Chadwick G07, Chadwick Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT The Fossil fuel consumption: a dialogue between activists and researchers seminar will continue dialogue between academics researching fossil fuel consumption, and activists and campaigners aiming to cut...

Local Government Pensions, Fossil Fuels & the Transition to a New Economy

Local governments in the UK have pension funds worth over £230 billion. £14 billion of this – over 6% – is invested into fossil fuel corporations. The briefing Local Government Pensions, Fossil Fuels & the Transition to a New Economy analyses the breakdown of investments of all UK local authorities through their 101 pensions funds, responsible...
'Doing Nothing is Not an Option', exhibition by Michael McMillan inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa

‘Doing Nothing is Not an Option’, exhibition by Michael McMillan inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa

Platform is delighted that next Thursday night, artist Michael McMillan and Peckham Platform gallery are launching Michael’s  new work ‘Doing Nothing is Not an Option‘ which takes the life and campaigning of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa as its starting point. The exhibition runs 18th September – 18th November 2015. Platform has been in a productive...
What is Energy Democracy and how do we pay for it?

What is Energy Democracy and how do we pay for it?

To build energy democracy we need to break the control of corporations over our energy. Companies like BP and Shell and the Big Six play an enormous role in determining which fuels are used to generate energy, how much we pay for electricity, and where the profits go. These big companies work hard to convince...
Mind the gap: expert evaluations of Tate's ethical decision-making over BP

Mind the gap: expert evaluations of Tate’s ethical decision-making over BP

In 2016 Tate will decide whether to renew its current five-year sponsorship deal with BP. Tate’s Ethics Committee last reviewed BP sponsorship in 2010-11 to make a recommendation to the art museum’s Board of Trustees for or against renewal. This happened while increasing numbers of artists, Tate members, gallery visitors and commentators were challenging BP’s...
Mind the Gap: Contradictions in Tate's ethical decision-making over BP

Mind the Gap: Contradictions in Tate’s ethical decision-making over BP

In 2016 Tate will decide whether to renew its current five-year sponsorship deal with BP. Tate’s Ethics Committee last reviewed BP sponsorship in 2010-11 to make a recommendation to the art museum’s Board of Trustees for or against renewal. This happened while increasing numbers of artists, Tate members, gallery visitors and commentators were challenging BP’s...