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RSW NEWSLETTER JUNE 2011

Dear RSW supporters,

After a short break we are back this summer with events, news and audio podcasts.

  • Launch of the Living Memorial at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre
    Saturday 25th June, 12pm – 2pm

    The Bernie Gran Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, London N15 4RX

    The Bernie Grant Arts Centre and PLATFORM willofficially welcome the Living Memorial to Ken Saro-Wiwa to Tottenham on 25 June. The event will feature poetry and guest speakers, live music, dance and percussion, plus film screenings, a barbecue and stalls from local artists. The official launch will start at 1pm. All are welcome.

  • Ogonis protest against new military base
    On Sunday 12 June, Nigerian police reportedly shot dead two Ogoni youth protesting against the relocation of a military base to Ogoniland. A government official was also reported killed. The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, (MOSOP) has been mobilising peaceful protesters against the plan. Further details are available here.
  • Shell challenged over pollution at AGM
    In the Netherlands, Nigerian farmers alongside Milieu Defensie (Friends of the Earth NL) are currently suing Shell over oil spills in three Niger Delta communities. They held Shell accountable at the company’s AGM in May and issued a spoof ‘Erratum’ to Shell’s Sustainability Report 2010.
  • “The Fixer” at the Oval House Theatre 
    Written by Lydia Adetunji and directed by Dan Barnard & Rachel Briscoe.

    21 June – 10 July. Show: 7:45pm.

    Tuesday 28 June: Post Show discussion with PLATFORM and a range of speakers.

    When militants attack a new oil pipeline, British journalists and international spin doctors rush to the scene: everyone wants the inside story. As more players get involved, the stakes get higher. They’ll make it worth his while, but if Chuks joins the game, will he ever be able to leave?

    Tickets are £14 (£7 concessions) available here.

  • Shell hit with Ogoni Lawsuit
    Earlier in the Spring, the Ogoni community of Bodo filed a lawsuit in London against Shell over devastating oil spills in Ogoniland. Read more about the case and the issues here.
  • New Podcast with “Comrade Che”
    Check out the latest in a series of PLATFORMpodcasts with Niger Delta activists. “Comrade Che” is best described as a local legend. His life story is complex and fascinating. Listen to the ex-trade unionist, political prisoner, environmental activist and village elder, in this highly quotable interview.

    With best wishes,

    Ben and the ‘RSW’ team

remember saro-wiwa is a coalition of organisations and individuals, initiated and co-ordinated by…

PLATFORM

We bring together artists, campaigners and researchers for projects driven by the need for social change. For over a decade, PLATFORM has been highlighting the social and environmental impact of the oil industry in key areas, including Nigeria.

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