It’s not about ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ – Stop The Arms Fair 2017 [VIDEO 1/2]

annnarkehmedia.com fully endorses Stop The Arms Fair‘s week of action against the DSEI arms fair, Sept 4th-12th, 2017.

Voting, direct action and protest alone don’t change anything. We need them all at once.

Get involved here:

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It’s not about ‘Left and ‘Right’.
It’s about right and wrong.

War starts here.
Let’s stop it here.

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Video by Ann Narkeh.

Music: ‘Instrumental’ by Adam Kidd.


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Make Today The End of DIS-MAY [The Occupied Sun]

The Occupied Sun 

Make Today The End of

DIS-MAY

ELECTION 2017

Make up your own mind. But please, for the love of commonsense, DON’T VOTE TORY

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The Occupied Sun Says

TODAY you can help rescue Britain from the catastrophic corporate takeover we have all been suffering under.

It’s not really about who wins though. It’s about us and what we do next, regardless the results on Friday. It’s about how many of us maintain our focus once the election is over and how many of us go back to consuming shit and waiting to die.

Stay strong. Keep it lit.


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Voting, Protest or Direct Action Alone Don’t Change Anything. We Need Them ALL AT ONCE. [PRAXIS, Blog]

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PRAXIS Blog.

After much soul searching, I’m going to vote for the first time ever this Thursday.

Since holding my nose to register and receiving my polling card, I’ve arrived at a few personal realisations about the spectrum of activism I now find myself occupying.

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For a long time, I’ve understood that voting versus protest versus direct action are all false paradoxes. Voting and protesting are appeals to power (or demands from it), while direct action takes power back. Clearly, none of these forms are by any means mutually exclusive from each other. In fact, separated from each other they are all extremely limited methods of influencing change.

What I’ve come to realise is that the limitations of all these forms might only be overcome by practising them all at once.

People have argued this case with me forever, but I could never abide our hopelessly corrupt electoral system. They were frustrated by my unwillingness to participate in elections and I was frustrated by their willingness to follow a narrative controlled by the establishment.OS_DEMOCKRACY

I could never accept party politics because it never seemed like a feasible way of influencing actual change before. Parliament is (was?) too corrupt – tightly controlled by crude but effective hypnotists, (‘spin doctors’) on behalf of greedy, opportunistic psychopaths (‘masters of the universe’).

It’s terrifying that the kind of changes a Corbyn Government promise only seem possible now because they are so desperately overdue

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The sorts of changes we need to mitigate the effects of the various converging catastrophes around the world are monumental. I’ve been earnestly, relentlessly campaigning for these sorts of changes for a decade and a half now.

For a long time I signed petitions and protested, marching from point A to point B, but eventually I stopped wasting my time. Power either ignored, marginalised or suppressed all these forms. It felt like direct action was the only game in town if you really wanted to influence positive change.

I came to see parliamentary democracy as beneath my contempt. An elaborate spectacle to distract, divide and disempower us all.

So, instead of writing letters and occasionally ticking a cross in a box, I focused all my efforts on supporting small and increasingly large scale grassroots movements and direct action groups. (including campaigns to reclaim, unlock or otherwise Occupy Democracy).

Without fully realising it, I have been enduring the cognitive dissonance of campaigning outside the system for systemic changes. My only involvement in party politics has been cheering the few heroic exceptions and booing the many villains. Almost meaningless (except for the lulz…).

 

Unless we all actually negotiate with power, we can’t achieve the scale of change that’s necessary in time. (It’s already too late).

Until very recently, it felt like we were fighting an inexorable descent into unimaginably horrific dystopia. Then, from out of nowhere, Corbz has somehow managed to turn things around.

Where just a few years ago, our hopes and dreams were branded either naive utopianism or dangerous Thought Crime – they are now considered respectable, realistic and necessary.

Continue reading Voting, Protest or Direct Action Alone Don’t Change Anything. We Need Them ALL AT ONCE. [PRAXIS, Blog]

Reconsidering Voting and Democracy. [PRAXIS]

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PRAXIS

Followers of this blog will be familiar with my longstanding position on fake democracy. I actively campaign for a real democracy but I’ve never registered to vote; ‘I don’t negotiate with terrorists’. ‘I refuse to legitimise a rigged game’. ‘Don’t vote it only encourages them’. ‘Whoever wins, we’ll still get corporate governance’,…(and other snidey one-liners).

I believe real democracy should be practised daily with our families, friends and the communities we share. If parliament conducted itself with the actual democratic rigour and discipline that most occupations, squats and protest camps do, it would be in a much better state than it currently is.

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Each time the electioneering machine starts up, I stand on the sidelines terrified by the effect it has on everybody, voters and non-voters alike. It’s horrible. You can’t just turn it off, because it effects (infects) everybody. We’re all supposed to have black and white  opinions on things which aren’t black and white and which otherwise wouldn’t interest us in the slightest…we’re supposed to pick a ‘leader’ and a ‘party’…(or snipe and heckle from the sidelines…)

I have expressed my cynicism about the state of electoral politics in this blog and elsewhere ad nauseum.

I’ve also discussed the paradox of the ‘diamonds in the rough’. Principled politicians who actually speak truth to power, offering us hope for a better world. Idealists, in an environment where we must hesitate before using the word ‘idealist’, or ‘idealism’. When did ‘idealism’ become an insult? Idealism should be a virtue but it is generally conflated with naivety….why?

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Continue reading Reconsidering Voting and Democracy. [PRAXIS]

We Can’t Wait For 2020 To Get The TORIES OUT! [The Occupied Sun]

The Occupied Sun

We Can’t Wait For 2020 To Get The

TORIES OUT!

  • Protest the Tory Party Conference

  • Birmingham, 2nd October 2016

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Continue reading We Can’t Wait For 2020 To Get The TORIES OUT! [The Occupied Sun]

CORBYN 4 PM! 88% of our readers want Jezza to be in charge [POLL RESULTS]

For the last week, The Occupied Sun has been running a poll on social media to determine who would make the best (or least worst) Prime Minister.

On both fedbook and twitter, 88% of our readers voted for Jeremy Corbyn.

Analysis

The poll was started on twitter, where 104 people voted. Michael McNeill @CDRMcNeil tweeted to let us know that he had somehow accidentally voted for #TwoFacedTheresa.

Somehow, Andrea Leadsom managed to get a vote. We’re assuming that the votes for ‘a Blairite’ were also accidents, or some sort of joke:

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On fedbook, 95 people took part. In typical capitalist style, the full results are locked unless you upgrade to a ‘premium package’ (which I’m not going to do on principle).

I was however able to extract this pie chart for your edification:

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5% voted for a Progressive Electoral Alliance and 5% for None of The Above. A number of comments from people who did not participate were also for None Of The Above. Nobody voted for Theresa May…

So there you have it. #JC4PM!

A triumph for principles and vales over personality and spin!

Thanks to everybody who took part – let’s hope the #ChickenCoup plotters finally take the hint and get out of the way…

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