Happy New Year, YOU’RE SANCTIONED!

SANCTIONED

Personal blog: NYE: 31/12/2015

So, I’ve been sanctioned.

Mid November 2015, The Department for Work and Pensions via their plausibly deniable proxy, Pinnacle People had tried to put me on Mandatory Work Activity (or ‘MWA’ the latest name for workfare, the slave labour programme). They wanted me to work four, thirty hour weeks for my Job Seeker’s Allowance payment of £70pw. Or 120 hours, for £280. £4 per hour. The workplace was 14 miles away in Lancing, at a (taxpayer subsidised) cost of £45pw. I didn’t have the means to stump up the initial travel costs, so I would have had to walk there and back, 14 miles.

I refused to accept this ‘Mandatory Opportunity’ on the grounds that it would detrimentally impact my physical, mental and emotional health.

I discussed my rationale for refusing over the telephone and in person with various DWP staff. I discussed it at length with my Jobsearch Advisor and with the manager of my local Job Centre at my next signing appointment.

My dole was paid in that week, however I received a letter, explaining that I would be sanctioned if I could not provide in writing a reasonable explanation for my ‘failure to attend’. I wrote back. I briefly explained my rationale for refusing the ‘Mandatory Opportunity’, I referred to my previous conversations with my Jobsearch advisor and with the manager of the job Centre. I pointed out how on the 25th November, UK Gov Plc had quietly scrapped the MWA, on page 89 of George Osborne’s spending review.

I said I would be more than happy to expand further on my rationale, but must insist that I am remunerated for the time this is taking away from my job search. I attached an invoice for time spent already and for ‘a creative writing project’ to the email.

My next dole payment, due December 29th did not come through. I contacted my local Jobcentre and they confirmed that I have been sanctioned until March 2016.

Happy new year!

I’m going to fight the sanction, obviously. Not sure exactly how yet, but doubtless I’ll be blogging and vlogging about it. I have an appointment booked for Monday, 4th January to try to get a ‘hardship payment’ (40-60% of the dole).

If you want to commission me for some work, or if you’re able to make a small donation to help me eat over the next three months, please use this bespoke paypal button.  Cheers.


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Occupy Rupert Murdoch

Occupy The Media Billionaires was formed during Occupy Democracy’s tarpaulin revolution in October 2014.

A ‘D-Notice’ had apparently been ordered, so the most newsworthy events were being censored. There was precious little coverage of what was happening in Parliament Square. What coverage there was omitted the most compelling aspects; the demands we were making; the state’s thuggish overreaction; the sheer numbers of supporters.

The precious little coverage there was focused on the celebrity supporters, rather than what it was they were supporting.

Donnachadh McCarthy had pointed out how just FIVE billionaires own 80% of UK media. You can read more about this and the other pillars of the prostitute state in Donnachadh’s book, The Prostitute State.

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Occupy The Media Billionaires identified Rupert Murdoch as a prime example of the UK’s corrupt media monopoly.

Murdoch is one of, if not the largest fish in the pond and one of the most persistently pernicious. It is difficult to express how vast his empire is, or how deeply toxic and divisive his influence.

Suffice to say, it made sense to have a go at him first. We occupied News UK headquarters at the mini-shard, near London Bridge, March 23-29th.

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It was an action packed week, which started with us serving an arrest warrant on Murdoch and culminated in a show trial. (He was found guilty but sentenced to unconditional love, or somesuch).

 

We were joined by a variety of politicians, activists, trade unionists and celebrities.

Drift Report did this TREWS episode to plug it:

Dirty rock band, Shock ! Hazard brought their whole backline down with a generator and performed for us…TWICE! We had a moshpit outside News HQ!

I designed doublesided print copies of The Occupied Sun which were plastered all over London:

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Throughout the week’s occupation, we were only heckled once. A substantial number of us had undertaken Gandhian training in our preparations so there was little to no violence, in word or deed, by police or protesters.

The week of action got a ton of press coverage from both 1% media and alternative media (though understandably little to none from Newscorp and it’s subsidiaries…).

Since Occupy Rupert Murdoch week, Occupy The Media Billionaires have gone on to stage a Climate Crisis vigil, Occupying the Daily Mail’s headquarters, lobbying for meaningful, honest reportage of the unfolding ecological catastrophes. This lead to a meeting between the Daily Mail’s editor and Natalie Bennett to discuss the issue.

Sick of e-petitions? [VIDEO]

 

Are you sick of signing e-petitions?

Pledge collective acts of art, heart, and civil disobedience to enable a Compassionate Revolution through the collective will of People Power!

“to assert the voices of ordinary people in a functioning democracy; rapidly and peacefully redistribute wealth & power; and focus on the pressing issues of our age”

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UPDATE: Very chuffed to hear that this video has been nominated for best campaign film in the Stroud TV Community awards!

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Video Editing

I’ve been developing my video editing skills recently. Here are some of my favourites from 2015;

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TERRORISTS [Music Video]

The Occupied Sun

Who Owns the UK Media? [Special Report]

Love Activists Brighton Solution Based Proposals to End Homelessness [Campaign Video]

Occupy Democracy

Occupy The Arms Fair [Campaign Video + Reports]

Compassionate Revolution

Sick of e-petitions? [Campaign Video]

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Occupy The Arms Fair

I was approached by some fellow occupiers from Occupy Democracy to help out with the back office for Occupy The Arms Fair.

Campaign Against The Arms Trade and Stop The Arms Fair had organised a week of action to blockade the Excel centre, which played host to DSEI, the world’s largest arms fair in September.

The actions were supported by a great many individuals and campaign groups. Occupy Democracy maintained a 24/7 presence at the barricades.

I created the fedbook banner above and produced this short promotional video:

I also made this ‘Lord of War’ spoof poster:

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I collaborated with Tarpaulin Simon and Obi from Occupy News Network to download, edit and produce video updates from their livestreams of the occupation.

In total, I put together 27 videos that week and got my production time down to under an hour from downloading the live broadcast to uploading the edited clips. There were a couple of very minor mistakes with the editing, but overall I’m very proud of them.

I also produced and published a unique The Occupied Sun front page for each day of the occupation;

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Adverts – Memes

I created quite a few adverts and memes in 2015.

Here are some of my favourites;

General Election 2015

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#GreenParty – Green memes

Despite our broken electoral system, I admire the Green Party of England and Wales and support their efforts to unfuck the UK and the world.

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Green SurgeThe Usual Suspects master

Much respect to Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Mhairi Black and Caroline Lucas – some of the last few Jedi in Westmonster:

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 #StandUpToRacism – UPRICK

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Shock!Hazard #BURNTHESUNburnthesun

 

#OccupyTheMail

Climate Crisis Vigil

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Bark Lies

Move Your MoneyPositive Money

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 McPoverty

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Writing

I can be quite good at creative writing, from tweets to full articles, scripts and press releases.

Here are a couple of longish articles I wrote recently:

It’s bleak, but…

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More examples of my writing can be found at dailywail.co.uk and on this website.

I write virtually all of The Occupied Sun headline articles and the scripts for the video reports.

More often than not, I will collaborate on editing contributions from other authors and presenters, including; Donnachadh McCarthy, Tarpaulin Simon, Danny & Mouse (Love Activists), Obi (Occupy News Network) and many more.

I love writing in collaboration with other people online using titanpad, which is particularly good for brainstorming and for writing press releases.

I can also compose a half decent tweet.

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Welcome to Ann Narkeh Media

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Ann Narkeh is an Occupier, Love Activist and Compassionate Revolutionary. An artivist; activist, artist, post satirist and citizen journalist, who livestreams interesting things and creates original multimedia campaign materialswriting, brandalism, video, animations and music, using virtually all freeware, digital tools you can download and use yourself for FREE!

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All content is offered to the interwebz for free. There is no advertising or distribution budget. Likes, shares, comments and contributions are very much appreciated, thankyou!

Any adverts not created by Ann Narkeh Media are from wordpress.

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Continue reading Welcome to Ann Narkeh Media

The Occupied Sun

The Occupied Sun is Ann Narkeh Media’s contribution to Occupy The Media Billionaires, who are a working group of Occupy Democracy. Occupy Democracy are focused on radical, democratic reform, Occupy the Media Billionaires are focused on fighting the scandalous, undemocratic 1% media monopoly which prevents the necessary national discussions for such reform.

80% of UK Media is Owned by Just 5 Billionaires!

Ann Narkeh co-founded Occupy the Media Billionaires in October 2014 during the Tarpaulin Revolution in Parliament Square. The first ‘front page’ was produced in collaboration with the rest of the group and published on fedbook, January 1st, 2015.

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There are now over 101 Issues of The Occupied Sun.

In March 2015, we occupied Rupert Murdoch’s News UK headquarters for a solid week of activities and speakers. We distributed several thousand of these double sided special editions (printed on recycled paper):
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Various celebrities visited us, including Comrade Russell Brand who posed with a copy:
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Throughout 2015,  we created dozens of front pages and advertisements for social, economic and environmental justice and published them on social media, where they have been well received.OS5in5

There is a Bored Room (sic) for anybody who wants to join the Occupied Sun’s Bored of Directors – (to share censored news items, to criticise or to collaborate on producing more stuff).

The Occupied Sun is also on twitter and has produced some video reports on youtube, in collaboration with Occupy News Network.

What IS the Occupied Sun?

Headline Reports

The 1% Media Watch

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Wishlist 2016

This is a list of all the stuff wot I need to be more productive and of what your contributions have gone towards this year.

If you can help out with any of this lot I would be eternally grateful.

Infinite thanks to everybody who has made a contribution towards getting this stuff together – I’ve put a line through the things that I’ve acquired through you good people’s generosity this year.

PEOPLE POWER!

  • More Ideas – collaborators for betterer creative content.
  • Sponsorship – not all people with money are scumbags
  • More distributors. (Followers/subscribers/likers/sharers/propagators of the good word from Ann Narkeh Media).

EQUIPMENT/SOFTWARE

  • More powerful, faster, quieter laptop (that isn’t falling to bits).
  • Spare batteries for laptop/portable charge.
  • Better (faster) video editing software – Camtasia ideally…will approach them for sponsorship I guess…
  • Solar panels
  • Leisure battery/inverter
  • Biolite stove
  • Water filter
  • New battery & screen for Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone (or replace? it’s already been reconditioned once and is pretty nackered…)
  • USB cables for smartphone
  • Portable 12v USB power packs

OTHER STUFF

 

I’d also like to invest in;

Register the domain name for this website: To get rid of the wordpress.com bit in the url. One year – £22  Hooray! I thiiink the adverts have gone too!

WordPress premium plan: To  get rid of the adverts (still not sure if the adverts are gone – please ping me if you see one), to be able to host videos, to increase storage capacity and to unlock site customisation.

One year premium – £85

 

GiffGaff Data/Airtime

So I can broadcast live anytime.

One year 12X £20 giffgaff unlimited airtime goody bags – £240
(when I’ve had airtime this year, it has been by virtue of your contributions, thankyoo!)

Subsistence

Between £5 and £10 per day X 365 days – £1825 – £3650
It’s been a real struggle to stay productive at times, particularly when sanctioned – but I’m getting £140 ESA a fortnight and am starting to get back on top of my finances a bit now. 

Rent

So I can have a place to work from and to sleep in without having to rely on friends and family’s generosity.

£500 – £1k per month X 12 months – £6k-£12k…(though to be honest if someone actually gave me that much I’d probably invest in/save it to  buy some land…with residential planning…)