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plastics-in-africa

08/09/2020

Campaigners Condemn Industry Plan to Pour US Plastics Into Africa

A lobby group representing oil and chemical companies, including Shell, Exxon, Total, DuPont and Dow, has been pushing the Trump administration during the pandemic to use a US-Kenya trade deal to expand the plastic and chemical industry across Africa.

Documents obtained by Unearthed show the same lobby group – and the US recycling industry – also lobbied against changes to an international agreement that puts new limits on plastic waste entering low- and middle-income countries.

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globalize-solidarity

08/09/2020

It’s time to transform. It’s time to Globalize Solidarity, Localize Agriculture!

Over the last several decades, enabled by this neo-liberal push, the global food system, right from the point of production, processing and distribution, has come under the firm grip of a handful of Transnational Corporations. The COVID 19 crisis has exposed the limitations of this system by throwing it out of gear in a matter of weeks, putting countries at real risk of food insecurity. Even wealthy nations like Singapore, South Korea and several others in Europe suddenly realised the dangers of this corporate concentration in people’s food systems, which failed at the first signs of a global pandemic. In countries such as Haiti, this led to fears of hunger and starvation among its citizens.

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phulbari

08/09/2020

Vigils in London mark 14th anniversary of Phulbari Massacre

On Wednesday, 26 August, activists and campaigners gathered outside the London Stock Exchange in a sombre vigil of remembrance & display of solidarity with Phulbari. Wearing green and laying white flowers, they observed the 14th anniversary of the killing of three young protesters, were shot dead in 2006 while protesting the planned construction of an open cast coal mine in Phulbari, Bangladesh.

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rooftops-into-gardens

08/09/2020

Turning rooftops into gardens in a Palestinian refugee camp

Meet Shatha Alazza, a Palestinian woman turning rooftops into gardens in Aida refugee camp where residents are exposed to more tear gas than any other population in the world

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european-wealth

08/09/2020

Educational Resources - European wealth, African poverty - why?

A KS3-5 History and Geography resource, using images to investigate the connection between the impoverishment of Africa and the enrichment of Europe. Starting from 1500, when there was equivalence between Africa and Europe, with the Benin Empire and Tudor England, the resource equips teachers to challenge the myths about why Africa has become poorer as Europe has become richer. The pack comprises of a background information booklet, and 7 A3 posters of hand painted images. Resource is free, but subject to p&p charge [KS3-5]

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lanka-kade

08/09/2020

World Shop Supplier - Lanka Kade

These shape sorters are perfect for learning through play. Lanka Kade is a truly special supplier - their knowledge of their supply chain is off the charts. They have a direct trading relationship with their producers, whom they regularly visit in Sri Lanka. If you'd like to learn more about their supply chain, they have an illustrated map on their website. This could be the start of some great conversations with curious little ones.

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08/09/2020

Food4Families - Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Network

Reading Town Meal 2020 - celebrating local growers of reading from the comfort of your home!

If you love food, enjoy spending time with family and want to learn about how you can eat more sustainably, then you will definitely want to join us for this year’s Reading annual celebration of locally grown and healthy food on Saturday 3rd October. We can enjoy the day together (albeit from our own households) with recipe cards, online workshops, Kahoot quizzes and much, much more. We are even hoping to broadcast live from Forbury Gardens on the day to help connect us all. Not only will we deliver exclusive town meal inspired recipe cards direct to your doorstep when you sign up at https://form.jotform.com/RTM2020/townmealregistration there will also be a live cook-along to follow and surplus fruit and vegetables made available from our stall in Forbury for you to collect, take home and add to your town meal inspired recipes. More information here http://www.readingtownmeal.org.uk/

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gardening-for-health

08/09/2020

Food4Families - Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Network

Three groups are holding open sessions at the weekend. Booking is essential of course, so contact the group direct. Lavender Place Community Gardens, Sat 5th, 10am - noon, info@lavenderplace.org.uk info@lavenderplace.org.uk Erleigh Road Community Garden, Sat 5th, 3pm - 5pm, garden@redlandsparish.org.uk Autangel Allotment Group, Sun 6th, 10am - noon, christinathegardener@icloud.com


ratatouille

08/09/2020

Food4Families - recipe - Ratatouille

This recipe really brings together the results of the garden with so many ingredients. But it's so easy to collect prepare and cook. Have a go with the Ratatouille:

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things-fall-apart

08/09/2020

Books - Things fall apart

It's been a tumultuous summer that has been challenging at every level - in our personal and community lives, local, national and global. The deaths of disproportionate numbers of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the Covid pandemic coupled with the death of George Floyd have made race inequality a major focus.

Riscy News has tried to capture this zeitgeist including historian David Olusoga's back catalogue of documentaries on black history that has been put on iPlayer. His new programme Africa Turns the Page: The Novels That Shaped a Continent is screened on Monday 7 Septembers at 9pm. He explores the journey of the 20th century writers whose novels redefined the image of Africa in the world from Chinua Achebe to Aminatta Forna.

Things Fall Apart is the first novel of Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, first published in 1958 and was the first modern African novel in English to receive global acclaim. It tells the story of pre-colonial life in Igbo-land in SE Nigeria through the life of Okonkwo, a famous wrestler. Things fall apart with the arrival of British colonialism and Christian missionaries.

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Order a copy using Hive and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.


winter-vegetables

08/09/2020

Books - How to Grow Winter Vegetables

As the summer draws to a close gardeners are hoping for an Indian summer that will help to bring on the pumpkins, sweetcorn and possibly ripen a last crop of tomatoes. Thought are also turn to putting the garden to bed for the winter, a time for hibernating with seed catalogues and books to plan next year's harvest. But there is an alternative scenario - growing winter veg both for your own pot but also for our Veg4Reading project which will be doing our best to keep providing some fresh veg over the winter months.

One of our inspirations will be no-dig gardening champion Charles Dowding whose book How to Grow Winter Vegetables is an invaluable guide

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Order a copy using Hive and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

zero-waste-shop

18/08/2020

New Venture: Zero-Waste Shop

We are working on an exciting new project; re-modelling the back of the café to bring a zero-waste shop to central Reading, a welcome addition to the RISC family, currently comprising the Development Education Team, Events, The Permaculture Roof Garden, Food 4 Families, The World Shop, Meeting Rooms & Offices, Global Café & Kitchen.

Inspired by the growing zero-waste movement, we are passionate about enabling our local community to reduce the amount of single use plastics trashing our planet.

The real drive came from the images of plastic accumulating on beaches, filling the oceans, and piling up landfills in mostly 'majority world' countries. We’ve been driven towards this throw-away culture and it’s high time we turned around!

Global Refills

We're pleased to announce that we'll be opening our doors at the beginning of October.

Global Refills will offer a range of approximately 100 fair trade, organic or locally produced food and household items. Our dispensers will be filled with wholefoods, including pulses, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cereals, a range of pastas and rice. Behind the counter, we’ll be selling household liquids to be dispensed into your own bottles, things like laundry liquid, washing up liquid, hand soap, shampoo and conditioner. We also hope to offer the largest range of fair trade wines in Berkshire as well as all the local and global drinks already available at the Cafe.

Please keep an eye on our Website, Facebook page, Instagram and twitter accounts for more information and news about this exciting new endeavour.


25/08/2020

Shop Volunteers Needed

We are looking for shop volunteers for various time slots.

contact silvia@risc.org.uk for more details


toussaint-louverture

25/08/2020

23rd August is International Day for the Remembrance of Slave Trade & its Abolition

Toussaint L'Ouverture

On 22-23 August 1791, Toussaint L'Ouverture led slaves in the French colony of Saint Domingue in rebellion. It was a significant event in the battle to end the transatlantic slave trade and culminated in an outcome L'Ouverture sadly did not live to see - the birth, in 1804, of Haiti, the only nation to have emerged from a successful uprising of slaves. He paid a heavy price for his years of opposition of colonial power; captured by the French in 1802 and deported to France with his family, he was imprisoned and died in 1803. Check out RISC's Reading Slavery Links exhibition.

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leading-artists-condemn-israeli-raids

25/08/2020

Leading artists condemn Israeli raids on Palestinian cultural centres & call for sanctions

Massive Attack, Steve Coogan, Peter Gabriel, Maxine Peake, Philip Pullman and Benjamin Zephaniah are among 60+ cultural figures to put their names to an open letter condemning attacks on key Palestinian cultural centres.

The letter says the attacks are ‘part of a well-documented campaign of harassment and intimidation, arrests, home demolitions and forced evictions’ by the Israeli government.

Brian Eno: ‘These raids … seem designed to break the morale of the Palestinian people, to deny them the last thing that they actually own: their culture ’

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Photo: Edward Said National Conservatory of Music by Ahdaf Soueif for PalFest


indigenous-kayapo-people-of-brazil

25/08/2020

Indigenous Kayapo people of Brazil protest against deforestation of the Amazon

Members of the Indigenous Kayapo people shut down an important highway in Brazil to protest both against the deforestation of the Amazon as well as the disastrous mismanagement of the pandemic by the Bolsonaro government.

The Brazilian Indigenous population has been one of the most disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 emergency and the government's unwillingness to respond. Over 26 thousand Indigenous people have been infected and 689 have died.

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global-education-toolkit

25/08/2020

RISC's Global Education Toolkit

Search our database of all the activities and resources found in this toolkit 'how do we know it's working' (book two) and more. here you will find everything you need to measure attitudinal change in pupils: downloadable instructions, images, recording templates and case studies.

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tilnar-art-1

25/08/2020

World Shop Supplier: Tilnar Art

These sustainably sourced water bottles are made by fair trade artisans in India. Their creation is a direct result of Tilnar Art's passionate desire to reduce plastic pollution after seeing its devastating effects first hand.

Copper has anti-microbial properties and most viruses are unable to live on its surface for more than a few hours. According to recent studies, it's four hours in the case of coronavirus.

If you'd like to learn more about what inspired the creation of these water bottles, click on the image above.

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buying-books-online-from-hive

25/08/2020

Buying Books Online from hive

We just want to say a big World Shop thank you to everyone who shopped with Hive while we were closed. Your purchases earned us close to £1000!

If you're curious about how this works, when you shop with Hive, simply select us as your preferred bookshop at the end of the checkout process and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to us.

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carbon-neutral-gardening

25/08/2020

carbon neutral gardening

Since it was set up in 2010 Food4families (F4F) has helped to create over 25 community gardens around Reading. The designs for these gardens have been inspired by permaculture, an approach to design that aims to learn from nature to create sustainable spaces that meet the needs of local people. We have produced a new exhibition Carbon Neutral Gardening that provides ideas for your own garden. If you would like to borrow A1/A2 versions of the exhibition then email dave@risc.org.uk

Also visit Lavender Place Community Gardens and try our guided walk that explains some of its sustainable features, including a composting toilet made from re-used pallet wood.

carbon neutral gardening exhibition

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f4f-open-days

25/08/2020

Open Days at Food4Families Gardens

We're now arranging specific days and times for new volunteers, their families and friends to visit gardens around Reading. For more information click here There is also news about Reading Gardening & Wellbeing Network.

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a-dying-colonialism

25/08/2020

Book: A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a Caribbean and African psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary whose works, including Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth are hugely influential in the fields of post-colonial studies. His legacy remains with us today, having inspired movements in Palestine, Sri Lanka, the US and South Africa.

A less known book is Dying Colonialism that describes the last days of the brutal French occupation of Algeria. It looks in depth on the role of women and how male/female relationship was changed by women's role in the Algerian revolution.

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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find-no-enemy

25/08/2020

Music & Poetry: Find No Enemy by Akala

Apparently I'm second generation black Caribbean
And half white Scottish whatever that means
See lately I feel confused with the boxes
Cause to me all they do is breed conflict
It's not that I've lost touch with the reality
Racism, sexism and nationality
Just to me it all seems like insanity
Why must I rob you of your humanity
To feel good about mine?

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independent-iraqi-film-festival

25/08/2020

The first Independent Iraqi Film Festival launched online

From August 21-28, 13 films by Iraqi filmmakers are livestreamed for free.

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xala

25/08/2020

Film: XALA

It is the dawn of Senegal's independence from France, but as the citizens celebrate in the streets we soon become aware that only the faces have changed. White money still controls the government. One official, Aboucader Beye, known by the title "El Hadji," takes advantage of some of that money to marry his third wife, to the sorrow and chagrin of his first two wives and the resentment of his nationalist daughter. But he discovers on his wedding night that he has been struck with a "xala," a curse of impotence. El Hadji goes to comic lengths to find the cause and remove the xala, resulting in a scathing satirical ending.

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crisis-upon-crisis

13/08/2020

Crisis upon crisis: blast rocks a Lebanon already on its knees

Terrible news from Lebanon which was already facing an economic and social crisis after defaulting on its $92 billion debt in March. Emergency debt relief is now even more necessary.

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system-change-not-climate-change

13/08/2020

System Change Not Climate Change

Climate Justice Network online meeting

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islam-in-britain

13/08/2020

QUIZ: Islam in Britain

In 2010 a YouGov survey showed that 60% of respondents said they don't know very much about Islam. What is more worrying is that 41% did not believe that Muslims have a positive impact on British society. In 2014 RISC received EU funding to produce some teaching resources that tried to changes perceptions of Muslims and the Islamic world. The result is an exhibition, Islam in Britain, that charts a long and productive relationship and a teaching pack, Understanding Islam: Challenging Islamophobia, that gives schools tools to challenge misconceptions.

Test your knowledge of the history of Islam in Britain - you might be surprised! Answers are below.

islam-in-britain

islam-in-britain

  1. What is written on the first gold coin minted in Britain by King Offa in 794CE?
  2. When did Queen Elizabeth I set up the Levant Company to trade with Ottoman Turkey?
  3. When did Cambridge University establish the first Professorship in Arabic in Britain?
  4. Where is Muhammad Ibn Haddu riding his horse?
  5. What do Sinbad, Aladdin, Scheherazade and Ali Baba have in common?
  6. Where is this painting of Mehemet and Mustapha?
  7. What is the connection between horse racing and Yemen?
  8. What are the origins of the words alcohol, yoghurt, gong and admiral?
  9. Where is this Muslim Cemetery?
  10. Where was world champion distance runner Mo Farah born?

The exhibition consists of 28 A1 panels which can be mounted with velcro tabs. It is available from RISC - donations. Free download or contact admin@risc.org.uk if you want a hard copy of the pack (£15 inc p&p).

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Answers to QUIZ: Islam in Britain

  1. Records show that there was trade in luxury goods (silk, gems, herbs, ivory) between Muslim and Christian lands in Anglo-Saxon times. King Offa of Mercia (757-796CE) received ambassadors from the Caliph of Baghdad and minted the first gold coin with the Arabic inscription: There is no God but Allah.
  2. Elizabeth I granted a charter to the Levant Company to trade with the Ottoman Empire in 1581. England exported tin and lead for making cannon and imported silks, spices (especially nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, cloves) and precious metals.
  3. In order to facilitate trade and the study of scientific texts the Professorship in Arabic was established at Cambridge University in 1632 by Lord Mayor of London and at Oxford in 1636 by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  4. Muhammad Ibn Haddu was Moroccan ambassador to the court of Charles II and is seen riding in Hyde Park in 1684. He was one of three Arab ambassadors who were elected Fellows of the Royal Society - recognition of the importance of Arabic science to the Renaissance.
  5. Characters in Arabian Nights first published in English in 1706.
  6. The King’s Grand Staircase in Kensington Palace was painted in 1725 for George I. The walls and ceiling were painted as a gallery crowded with members of King George I’s court including the King’s two Turkish Grooms of the Chamber, Mehemet and Mustapha who were taken from Turkey as war captives and travelled with George I from Hanover. Mehemet was also a keeper of the closet, personal treasurer, master of the robes and more.
  7. The Godolphin Arab stallion that is the beginning of thoroughbred race horses was born about 1724 in Yemen and came to the stud of the 2nd Earl of Godolphin in about 1730.
  8. They are all loan words from the world of Islam: alcohol=Persia (Iran); yoghurt=Turkey; gong=Malaya; admiral=Arabic
  9. The Muslim Burial Ground, Horsell Common, Woking was built in 1915 for Muslim soldiers who died at the Indian Army hospital in Brighton. The bodies were exhumed in the 1960s because of vandalism and moved to the military section at the nearby Brookwood Cemetery. Over one million Indian soldiers fought for Britain- an estimated 400,000 were Muslims, with the largest ethnic group from the Punjab.
  10. Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and came to London as a refugee in 1991.

jts

13/08/2020

World Shop Supplier: JTS - Just Trading Scotland

JTS - Just Trading Scotland, purveyors of Eswatini condiments and Kilombero rice, have been fundraising to help their producer partners cope with the pandemic. This month, they met their £10,000 goal!

This campaign is ongoing, and you can help by making a donation, or by simply buying their delicious products.

If you'd like to learn about how the campaign has helped Eswatini Kitchen, and what measures they've put in place, click here

And you can make a donation here

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lavender-place

13/08/2020

Food4Families: Lavender Place

There is now more growing space available at Lavender Place Community Gardens so there is space for more volunteers.

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too-many-beans

13/08/2020

Too many beans?

If you have a bumper crop of French or runner beans and not sure what to do with them… then have a look at Michele's Cookery Blog which now includes how to freeze your beans as well as recipes for runner beans in tomato sauce and potato & green bean salad.

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the-garden-of-evening-mists

13/08/2020

Book: The Garden of Evening Mists

Second English-language novel by Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng, first published in January 2012. The book follows protagonist Teoh Yun Ling, who was a prisoner of the Japanese during the World War II, and later became a judge overseeing war crimes cases. Seeking after the war to create a garden in memory of her sister, who was imprisoned with her but did not survive, she ends up serving as an apprentice to a Japanese gardener in Cameron Highlands for several months. As the story begins, years later, she is trying to make sense of her life and experiences.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize & winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize it was made into a feature film in 2019.

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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mozart-y-mambo

13/08/2020

Music: Mozart y Mambo - Rondo alla Mambo!

Rondo alla Mambo, which combines the music of W.A.Mozart and Cuban Mambo, was featured in this flashmob on the streets of Havana, Cuba and was the grand finale of the Mozart y Mambo project. Inspired by W.A.Mozart and written by Joshua Davis and Yuniet Lombida Prieto, it is performed by Sarah Willis and the Havana Lyceum Orchestra.

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sarraounia

13/08/2020

Film: Sarraounia

Film by the Mauritanian director, Med Hondo tells the true story of the legendary Azna queen, Mangou, who in leads resistance to French colonial conquest in today's southwest region of Niger. Shot in Burkina Faso in 1986 it wond the first prize at the 1987 FESPACO Festival.

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28/07/2020

RISC reopening news

Dear Friends!

The RISC team has developed a strategy for re-opening the Centre so we can continue to provide services for the town. We have conducted risk assessments of each area of our operations and will introduce protocols to ensure your safety. We have a timetable for emerging from lockdown, within government guidelines. There will be changes to ensure social distancing

We look forward to seeing you!


readings-slave-links

28/07/2020

Educational Resources - Reading's Slave Links

It is ironic that the Prime-Minister is concerned that the removal of statues lionising colonial 'heroes' "would be to lie about our history, and impoverish the education of generations to come". The fact is all history is partial and the established view of our past consolidated by Michael Gove's (abetted by Dominic Cummings) 2014 re-write of the curriculum to “celebrate the distinguished role of these islands in the history of the world” , air brushes much of the history seen from the perspective of colonised peoples, women and the working class.

Prompted by the Black Lives Matters movement the Guardian has looked at GCSE data on the teaching of black history in schools . It found that although schools are permitted to teach non-European and black history, few of them do. To test your own knowlege have a look at the Guardian's timeline of two millenia of world-shaping individuals and momentous events that define Black history.

RISC's work has always aimed to redress the balance. Over the next few issues of RISCy News we will feature some of the resources you can access.

john-blagrave-jamaica

View of John Blagrave's Pembroke Estate, Trelawney, Jamaica

This exhibition uncovers some of Reading’s links with the transatlantic slave trade, the campaign for its abolition and its long-lived aftermath, including today's, large, well-established African and Caribbean communities. It is another part of Reading’s hidden histories that impacted on our town’s development, its people and prosperity.

For example Blagrave St and the pub are named after the Blagrove/Blagrave family which have been connected with Reading for over 400 years. The famous mathematician and designer of astronomical instruments, John Blagrave who died in 1611, is commemorated in St Laurence Church. Another family member, Daniel Blagrove, was granted lands in Jamaica by Oliver Cromwell in return for support in the English Civil War. Fleeing the country at the restoration of the monarchy, he died in Germany, but his family went to Jamaica and developed the Cardiff Hall Estate and other plantations worked by slaves. The estate remained in the hands of this family line until the 1950s.Other interesting details are that the Royal Berkshire Regiment had its origins in regiments that were raised to suppress slave uprisings in the Caribbean and that Reading was slow to adopt the Abolitionist cause. Neighbouring Newbury and Henley joined the petition in 1788 while Reading delayed until 1792.

The exhibition is ideal for teachers or schools who want to explore local links to larger events. Another resource is University College London's Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership which has been analysing the records of the payments made to slave owners when slavery was abolished in 1834. £20 million compensation (40% of the national budget and £17 billion in today's money) was paid out. The debt has been met by British taxpayers and was only paid off in 2015! Researchers at the Centre have been analysing the impact of this huge amount on private wealth. For example the ancestors of George Orwell, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Gilbert Scott and David Cameron – all owned slaves and received compensation. Historian David Olusoga has an excellent series, Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners, which uncovers this largely forgotten aspect of the legacy of slavery. You can search the database to discover if your family or people in your town were slave owners.

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salt-of-the-earth

28/07/2020

film - The Salt of the Earth

An award-winning documentary, directed by Wim Wenders, follows the career of Brazilian photographer and ethnologist Sebastião Salgado, whose breath taking photos depict the vanishing lifestyles of the world's indigenous people. It ends on a hopeful note: he and his wife Lélia set up the Instituto Terra to re-forest 17,000 acres of severely eroded farmland in Brazil's endangered Atlantic forest region. The transformation over the past 30 years has become a model for restoration programmes.

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28/07/2020

Palestinian Villages Hidden Under Israeli Forests

Saffuriya was one of more than 500 Palestinian villages ethnically cleansed by Israel in 1948, during the Nakba. Journalist Jonathan Cook explains how Israel quickly acted to raze the villages so the 750,000 refugees could not return and then covered up these war crimes by planting forests over the ruins.

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28/07/2020

Timeline of Palestine's history

A chronology spanning the last two hundred years of events that have led to today's situation.

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courgette-cakes

28/07/2020

Food 4 families - Cookery Blog

The F4F team is putting together a growing list of recipes which will help you make full use of this summer's harvest. Courgettes are now in full swing. If you're fed up with ratatouille try using them to make a lovely moist cake or courgette & bean burgers.

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inglorious-empire

28/07/2020

Books - Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India, Shashi Tharoor

“When the British arrived in India in the 1700s, India was 27 percent of the global economy. When they left in 1948 it was 3%”. This book, written by a former UN Under-Secretary-General, is a case study of the impact of Britain's long encounter with 'the Jewel in the Crown'. the British state in India was […] a totally amoral, rapacious imperialist machine bent on the subjugation of Indians for the purpose of profit, not merely a neutrally efficient system indifferent to human rights. And its subjugation resulted in the expropriation of Indian wealth to Britain, draining the society of the resources that would normally have propelled its natural growth and economic development’

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Order a copy using Hive and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.


wilding

28/07/2020

Books - wilding

Many farmers have been inspired by Isabella Tree's book Wilding which tells how she and her husband, Charlie Burrell, returned Knepp, their 1,400-hectare farm to nature, farming organic meat from free-ranging deer, cows and pigs. These include farmers who have set up Wild East to promote restorative farming in the wheat prairies of East Anglia. They aim to challenge everyone – across farming estates, industrial estates, housing estates, and schools, gardens, allotments and churchyards to be contributors to a great river of nature.

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Order a copy using Hive and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.


huey-morgan

28/07/2020

Music - Huey Morgan's Latin Music Adventure

BBC 6 Music DJ and Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan dives into the unique sounds of three countries - Puerto Rico, Brazil and Cuba - on a quest to understand Latin music's enduring appeal. A love-letter to the Latin sound, this series takes Huey right back to is own roots; born and raised in the cultural melting pot of New York, with Puerto Rican ancestry, these rhymes are in his DNA. He reveals the amazing diversity of styles that emerged from the encounter between the indignous culture of the Americas, European greed and enslaved Africans. He not only meets many surviving iconic musicians but also traces how traditions changed to reflect changing economic and political challenges - dictatorship, revolution and injustice - and introduces exciting new artists who you'll want to follow up on Spotify.

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food-nicaragua

21/07/2020

Feeding the people in times of Pandemic: The Food Sovereignty Approach in Nicaragua

An array of UN agencies is predicting a global hunger pandemic triggered by COVID-19 lockdowns, with the head of the World Food Program stating that there is “a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself. At least 10 million more Latin Americans are expected to join the 3.4 million who were already experiencing chronic food insecurity. These devastating effects will be long-term, as each percentage point drop in global GDP is expected to cause 0.7 million more children to be stunted from undernutrition. There are clear signs that the food shortages have already arrived, as flags indicating hunger are spotted outside homes from Colombia to the Northern Triangle of Central America, while violently repressed hunger protests have occurred in places such as Honduras and Chile. As a street vendor in El Salvador put it, “If the virus doesn’t kill us, hunger will.”

But in the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, there are no hunger flags flying. The market stalls are stocked, customers are buying, and prices are stable. Nicaraguan small farmers produce almost all the food the nation consumes, and have some left over for export. This article by CHO.ORG will examine how this is possible.

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global-reading

21/07/2020

Educational Resources - Reading's Hidden Histories

RISC has produced several resources which explore Reading's hidden histories and reveal parts of the town's heritage that most people are not aware of. For example: What does the Forbury's iconic Maiwand Lion commemorate? If you've read the bronze inscription you'd have read that it's a memorial to the 11 officers and 318 NCOs & men of the Berkshire Regt 'who gave their lives for their country at Girishk Maiwand and Kandahar' during the 2nd Aghan Campaign 1879-80'. This was a war to bring Afghanistan into British India's sphere of influence and deny Russia a stepping stone to move against the 'Jewel in the Crown'. Afghan resistance was eventually crushed and a more pliable ruler installed. This is just one of many examples of the Regiment's involvement in Britain's colonial past. It was involved in suppressing slave uprisings in the West Indies and took part in the the Opium Wars, reasserting the East India Company's right to trade opium into China, that resulted in the treaty that established Hong Kong and gave the regiment its nickname, China Dragons. Battle Honours include the brutal suppression of the 'First War of Independence' aka Indian Mutiny, 1857-58. Buy the annotated map Global Reading: Reading in the world, 7-21st centuries, £5+p&p michele@risc.org.uk


blm

21/07/2020

Educational Resources - Black Lives Matters & Schools Workshop for teachers

Join us to explore issues raised by the BLM movement and how these impact schools, teachers and students. Monday July 20th 4pm-5.30pm Online via Zoom, £25 per participant This introductory session covers:

Understanding issues of racism in UK schools
Ways to respond to issues raised by the BLM movement
How to embed anti-racism practices in your teaching and curriculum as
well as school structures and practices

There will be opportunities to consider your own personal reflections as well as ways to incorporate these into whole school and curriculum change. To book your place go to: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4639176 If you have any questions please email training@risc.org.uk This course is also available FOR YOUR WHOLE STAFF TEAM. If you would like us to deliver this training for your school please email training@risc.org.uk


how-do-we-know

21/07/2020

Educational Resources - How Do We Know It’s Working? Measuring Attitudinal Change In Global Citizenship

42 engaging participant led activities for pupils of all ages, accompanied by case studies sharing examples on using the activities in planning, teaching and evaluation. Devised by a network of teachers in the UK, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ethiopia, the toolkit supports teachers in finding out what pupils think about global and local issues and provides tools for measuring the impact of their teaching. To purchase a hard copy: £25+p&p, order from michele@risc.org.uk

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smart-craft

21/07/2020

World Shop Supplier - smart craft

The World Shop is now stocking unisex non medical cotton masks, designed to offer an eco-friendly alternative to single use masks and made by SmartCraft based in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. SmartCraft is a group of artisans with disabilities who are handcrafting unique accessories using interesting materials. They also have the admirable mission to help make a cleaner Cambodia by using recycled materials, such as tyres, in their creations.

The masks are one size fits all, double layered with a filter pocket and can be washed and reused. with ear loops and a contoured shape that makes them versatile for different face sizes. Buy through RISC's ebay shop £7.95 inc p&p

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lavender-place

21/07/2020

food4families - The new plot at Lavender Place Community Garden ready to plant

RISC's Food4families has started a new project, Veg4Reading. This recruits volunteers to increase the cultivated area on 4 of our larger sites to grow fresh organic veg for distribution to local charities who prepare meals for vulnerable people, including refugees, the working poor and homeless. We are also arranging to pick up surplus produce from allotment sites. Initially the project will last until the end of October, we hope we can find the funding to extend it into the future to help increase social cohesion and improve health and wellbeing at a time when unemployment, stress and mental health are serious outcomes of the crisis. We are still looking for volunteers, especially drivers or cyclists who can pick up and deliver. Contact: michele@risc.org.uk

big-gardens

food4families - Big vision

In RISCY News 14, we flagged up our new partnership with British Islamic Gardens (BIG) at east Reading's Aisha Mosque & Islamic Centre. BIG is a not-for-profit organisation based in Reading, run solely by volunteers, that wants to create garden spaces around mosques that grow in harmony with the environment, encouraging community cohesion without compromising on sustainability. Find out more: http://bigardens.org BIG hopes to work with local artist, Hadil Tamim whose artwork brings together Islamic floral pattern making with British flowers. Her forthcoming book Islamic Art Meets British Flowers is a collaboration with local naturalist, Adrian Lawson and should be published next year.

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dread-beat

21/07/2020

music and poetry - Linton Kwesi Johnson

Linton Kwesi Johnson is a renowned Jamaican dub poet, long based in London. Those of us of a certain age will remember Rock Against Racism in the late 1970s, part of the culture of resistance against the rise of the National Front and racist attacks. His classic albums, Forces of Victory and Dread, Beat and Blood were part of the alternative soundtrack to those years. At the Mayor of London’s Windrush 70 celebrations, he performed Tings a poem, written in 1991, where he reflects on years of struggle for Black rights in the UK, the hard and messy work of activism, and the longing for home and comfort in the midst of impossible circumstances. This was part of Penguin's celebration of African-Caribbean writing & 70 years of Windrush, Arrival, highlighting its collection of stories from that generation of pioneers.

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the-windrush-betrayal

21/07/2020

Book - the windrush betrayal

The anger about the treatment of Britain’s Windrush generation remains so intense that a group of black British actors collaborated during lockdown to organise the recording of 50 mini-biographies of people whose lives were shattered by the Home Office scandal. The resulting half-hour film Windrush Betrayal offers a powerful insight into the intensity of mistreatment by government officials, amplifying the voices of those affected with a much more potent emotional punch.Order a copy of Amelia Gentleman's book

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Order a copy using Hive and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.


risc

14/07/2020

Important Announcement

The World Shop will re-open from 1st August - check the website for days and times. The meeting rooms will re-open from 1st September - the meeting rooms team will be in touch with existing customers soon. The Global Cafe and an exciting new venture will re-open on 1st October - check back for more details! Please consider making a regular donation to RISC to help us continue our work in the community here . We are very grateful to everyone that has already donated to RISC during this difficult time. Thank you for your continued support.

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church-west-bank

14/07/2020

Church leaders oppose further annexation of the West Bank

“We stand alongside the Holy Land's Christian leaders, who have warned that the Israeli government's plan to annex parts of the West Bank after 1 July 'would bring about the loss of any remaining hope for the success of the peace process'.

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cv-ecuador

14/07/2020

Court forces Ecuador government to protect Indigenous Waorani during COVID-19

Ecuador’s Indigenous Waorani community have won a lawsuit against the government, demanding it take urgent precautionary measures to better protect their community against COVID-19 sweeping through their territory in the Amazon rainforest.

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cv-slavery

14/07/2020

Breaking the debt bonds – modern slavery in the time of coronavirus

“If we can't go outside, we can’t earn. What would we eat if we can’t earn? If I go to a Mahajan (a loan shark) for money, he will definitely take much higher interest rate.”

With savings running out, coronavirus is forcing people in vulnerable communities to make impossible choices. Many face a return to debt bondage in order to survive the crisis.

We need to respond now.

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the-case-for-climate-justice

14/07/2020

The Case for Climate Justice: illustrated booklet

by Global Justice Now

Check out this new booklet explaining why climate breakdown is an issue of global injustice.

'Climate justice' is an often-heard phrase nowadays, but the agenda of radical transformation that lies behind it is less widely understood.

We need to engage with questions of inequality, colonialism, racism and corporate power to appreciate how we've arrived at the present moment, and build an effective movement around a vision of systemic change.

Read it online or order FREE printed copies via GJN's website

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africa-is-my-home

14/07/2020

Books - Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad

by Monica Edinger

On July 2, 1839, Africans on the Cuban schooner Amistad rose up against their captors, seizing control of the ship, which had been transporting them to chattel slavery.

Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad about Margu, a child on the Amistad. The book includes the story of her captivity during the trial, the court case, her eventual return to Mendeland in Sierra Leone, her later return to the United States, and her graduation from Oberlin College.

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fondo

14/07/2020

film - fondo

Join Jubilee Debt Campaign's online film screening and Q&A with the Director of ‘Fondo’, a new documentary shedding light on Argentina’s perpetual debt crisis and its disastrous effects on everyday Argentinians.

Right now the government of Argentina is in tense negotiations with private creditors on whether they will be able to restructure their debts, following the ninth debt default in the country’s history.

But what we don’t see is what the debt crisis means for the people of Argentina, or how the decisions of governments and international institutions have led the country to the brink.

Join us to find out more at this first UK showing of the film which will be followed by a live Q&A with Director Alejandro Bercovich.

Wednesday 8 July, 7.30pm

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covid19-wakeup-call

14/07/2020

AFSA WEBINAR: COVID-19: A Wake-Up Call For Food System Change In Africa

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anei

14/07/2020

World Shop Supplier - ANEI

Perhaps you've heard - the World Shop is reopening in August! We've missed you, Reading, and we couldn't be more excited. In particular, we've really missed selling you fair trade coffee. Equal Exchange's many delectable varieties, for example.

Until then, you can read about some of their producers. Their Colombian coffee is produced by the ANEI coffee cooperative, which has created a project wherein the women produce their own speciality coffee. This allows the female workers of ANEI to control their own work and manage their own funds within the coffee farming community.

ANEI was founded by Aurora Izquierdo, who left the indigenous Arhuaco community of Santa Marta in pursuit of a higher education. You can read more about Aurora Izquierdo and the Arhuaco people here:

https://www.borgenmagazine.com/anei-fair-trade-coffee-coop/

https://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article5491-the-right-to-life.html


veg4reading

14/07/2020

Food 4 Families

Veg4Reading

As part of the Veg4Reading project Lavender Place Community Garden has been flourishing with new vegetables. https://www.facebook.com/LavenderPlaceGardens/


mint

07/07/2020

Tiny Veg Patch

Tiny Veg Patch is looking at how to grow and use Mint! I never realised there were so many varieties.

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bean-burgers

07/07/2020

Recipe

How about Courgette Bean Burgers?

Have a look at our Cookery blog https://www.food4families.org.uk/CookeryBlog.cfm

Courgette plants are really easy to grow and you can get very compact ones that will grow in a pot if you don't have a lot of space. They will quite happily produce courgettes from now until the autumn plus they have beautiful flowers which can also be eaten.

Here's another flexible recipe that makes use of courgettes.

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the-memory-of-fire

14/07/2020

Books - The Memory of Fire

Eduardo Galeano

Memory of Fire is an extraordinary sequence of narratives that Galeano has collected from indigenous myths, histories and journalism, covering the bloody five hundred year history from Columbus to the present. Acts of oppression and of continued resistance are recounted in vivid prose.

An outstanding Latin American eye view of the making of the New World. From its first English language publication in 1985 it has been recognized as a classic of political engagement, original research, and literary form.

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Order a copy using Hive and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.


giraffada

14/07/2020

Film - Giraffada (2013)

Ziad is passionate about giraffes. His father works as a vet in a Palestinian zoo. The animals’ lives are threatened after an air raid and the only way to prevent a catastrophe is to go to Tel-Aviv. The conflict as seen by a child, part reality, part fairytale.

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ila-mata

14/07/2020

Music - Bab L' Bluz - Ila Mata (Official Video)

Bab L'Bluz are a new Moroccan-French four-piece who are reclaiming the blues for North Africa. Their debut album Nayda! sounds ancient and current, funky and rhythmic, buoyed by Arabic lyrics, soaring vocals and bass-heavy grooves. The album is out now digitally, and available on CD/Vinyl from 24 July 2020.

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annexation

07/07/2020

Israeli annexation of parts of the Palestinian West Bank would break international law

UN experts call on the international community to ensure accountability Read full statement here:

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cafod

07/07/2020

CAFOD has responded to the Israeli government's proposed annexation of West Bank territory after 1 July.

We are deeply concerned about the impact of annexation on the lives of Palestinians and Israelis: prospects for both people to enjoy a just peace with freedom and security based on international law, where human dignity is secured and all people have the opportunity to flourish will be demolished.

CAFOD joins its voice to the many who are urging the Israeli government not to take this disastrous step.

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south-africa-climate-justice

07/07/2020

South African movements are building a Climate Justice Charter from below

by Dorothy Grace Guerrero

The South African climate justice movement recently embarked on a path to put climate justice at the heart of government legislation and practice. The Co-operative and Policy Alternative Centre (COPAC), together with the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign and other civil society organisations, are engaging in a process to develop a Climate Justice Charter for South Africa.

According to the introduction of the draft Charter, the struggle-driven participatory process emerged from the cooperation of groups and networks involved in the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign. Members of the campaign worked together in the course of five years on food sovereignty and climate justice issues to address the problem of drought in the country. Incremental gains from several significant meetings have been key in the process too.

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roundup

07/07/2020

Bayer agrees to $10.9bn settlement over Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup

More proof that agribusiness has never been sustainable. People in the Global South have been fighting for years against agrochemicals that kill and cause health problems in rural communities. Pay-outs are not enough. We need to change the food system. This toxic food system affects us all, not only people in the Global South.

Numerous lawsuits have been brought against the pharmaceutical subsidiary over claims the chemical causes cancer

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war-on-want

07/07/2020

Food Sovereignty & Land Rights in North Africa

https://waronwant.org/food-sovereignty

Economic and agricultural policies in North Africa have for a long time been shaped by political elites, both nationally and abroad, as well as transnational corporations. This has further marginalised smallholder farmers, and intensified conflicts over land, water and other resources; the agricultural model means that virtually all the water is exported – in the form of water-intensive produce such as of tomatoes, watermelons, strawberries, etc. – in a region that faces growing aridity and water poverty.

But communities have organised to resist the plundering of their natural resources, the seizure of their lands, the severe exploitation of their workforce and the loss of their livelihoods.

Watch the short video with testimonies about their struggles and the movements


cool-trade-winds

07/07/2020

World Shop Supplier - Cool Trade Winds

The hot and sunny weather lately has put us in mind of Cool Trade Winds, suppliers of light and breezy confetti scarves. They also supply lots of our winter accessories, and the cute toys pictured here. These soft toys are produced by a women's skill development centre in the Pokhara Nepal. They're made using traditional loom techniques and they're environmentally friendly - all waste leftover from production becomes stuffing for the toys! Cool Trade Winds believes that the path to success lies in partnerships and fairness. Whether it be ensuring their suppliers get a fair price, or offering quality hand made scarves at an affordable prices, they believe we are all in it together. Each purchase allows them to continue trading with their suppliers. Whether they are small family run businesses or social welfare communities.

They ensure the artisans are treated fairly, with dignity and respect they deserve; they are talented men and women who are keeping traditional skills alive that would otherwise be lost. ​You can learn more about Cool Trade Winds and view their full range on their website

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hedge-planting

07/07/2020

Food 4 Families

Chairman of Aisha Masjid Muhammad Arif Kayani planting a hedge with his son.

Food4families is collaborating with local organisation British Islamic Gardens and Aisha Mosque to create a community garden that will provide opportunities for people to grow food, learn about sustainable living and improve their health and wellbeing. Over 75 volunteers, representing groups from all over Reading came in socially distanced bubble to plant a screening hedge to reduce noise and pollution from the nearby A4 and provide privacy.


sunflowers

07/07/2020

Tiny Veg Patch

Have a look at how our Tiny Veg Patch has progressed over the year growing Sunflowers.

https://www.food4families.org.uk/TinyVegPatch.cfm#SunflowerUpdate

https://www.food4families.org.uk/TinyVegPatch.cfm#SunflowerUpdate2

https://www.food4families.org.uk/TinyVegPatch.cfm#Sunflowers3

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pancakes

07/07/2020

Recipe

Do you fancy Blueberry pancakes for less than 60p? Our cookery blog this week gives you an idea of all the ingredients you need and the time it will take.

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sea-of-poppies

07/07/2020

Books - Sea of Poppies : Ibis Trilogy Book 1 by Amitav Ghosh

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008

A historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, the exotic backstreets of Canton. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive—a masterpiece from one of the world’s finest novelists.

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opium-trade

Related reading - How Britain's opium trade impoverished Indians

The trade was run by the East India Company, the powerful multinational corporation established for trading with a royal charter that granted it a monopoly over business with Asia. This state-run trade was achieved largely through two wars, which forced China to open its doors to British Indian opium.

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poetic-justice

Poetic justice: black lives and the power of poetry

Leading black British poets including Linton Kwesi Johnson, Grace Nichols and Raymond Antrobus share their thoughts on protest, change and the trailblazers who inspired them. Introduction by Kadish Morris

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toto-la-momposina

07/07/2020

Music - Totó la Momposina launches fundraising appeal for Colombian musicians affected by COVID19

A message from Totó:

After more than 60 years performing the ancestral music of my country Colombia, I never imagined I would be living a reality like this caused by the coronavirus, which has affected the entire world and even reminds me of the times of war in Colombia when I was a child.

Just before entering the quarantine period I was taking a break to recharge my batteries and resume our work, which is what most inspires me and gives me happiness. We were getting ready to leave for Chile to perform some concerts that of course were cancelled.

We are all independent workers, totally dependent on the income from concerts, which are organized between six months and a year in advance.

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lloyds-slavery

22/06/2020

Lloyd's of London and Greene King to make slave trade reparations

When slavery was abolished in the British empire in 1833, the government agreed to pay compensation; not to the enslaved people, but to the slaveholders. Both firms were included in a database of companies compiled by University College London (UCL).

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black-history

22/06/2020

Black history

Watch Esther Stanford-Xosei and Miriam Rose giving an inspirational talk on black history and the continuing movement for reparation and black liberation on the 18th Oct 2019 at a joint RISC and Reading Dub Club event https://www.facebook.com/ReadingInternationalDevelopmentForum/videos/578544942953384/

https://www.facebook.com/ReadingInternationalDevelopmentForum/videos/2706277339423784/

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world-refugee-day

22/06/2020

World Refugee Day 20 June UNHCR reports highest ever number of forcibly displaced people worldwide

The UNHCR’s annual global trends report, published on the 18 June, reveals the number of people forcibly displaced worldwide has almost doubled in the past decade to 79.5 million, the highest figure on record. Forced displacement now affects more than one per cent of humanity.

80% of the world’s displaced people are located in states or territories affected by acute food insecurity and malnutrition, and 40% of displaced people are children. More than three-quarters (77%) of the world’s refugees are caught up in situations of long-term displacement, e.g. the situation in Afghanistan, now in its fifth decade.

The total number of refugees worldwide increased to 26 million at the end of 2019. More than two-thirds of these refugees originate from just five states: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.

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lungs

22/06/2020

Indigenous peoples guard 'the lungs of the planet' for all of us by Alnoor Ladha & Felipe Viveros

Following their January meeting, Indigenous leaders published the Piaracu Manifesto to inform Brazilians, and the international community, of the urgency of the threat facing them, the Amazon and the world.

In their manifesto, they stated that the actions of the Bolsonaro government amount to "genocide, ethnocide and ecocide" and went on to say: "The Brazilian State has to understand that it has a historic debt to Indigenous peoples. We are the first inhabitants of our country. We not only defend the environment: we are Nature itself. If they kill the environment, they are killing us. We want the forest forever standing, not because the forest is beautiful, but because all these beings that inhabit the forest are part of us and run in our blood."

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sing-a-song

22/06/2020

Educational Resources - PICTURE BOOKS Sing a Song: How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations

By Kelly Starling Lyons. Illustrated by Keith Mallett. 32 pages. 2019.

The 120-year history of the song through generations of her family who have passed it on — starting with a young girl who learned it in 1900 in Jacksonville, Florida, from her principal (James Weldon Johnson) and his brother.

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juneteenth

22/06/2020

THIS DAY IN HISTORY - June 19, 1865: “Juneteenth” Emancipation Day

Find resources below for teaching outside the textbook about the Abolition Movement, Civil War, and Reconstruction.

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supplier1

22/06/2020

World Shop Supplier - Siesta Crafts

This week we want to introduce Siesta Crafts. They supply some of our instruments and gifts, as well as these cool recycled newspaper pencils. Siesta imports goods from producers worldwide, always on a fair trade basis. The pencils are made by an NGO in Kathmandu called Women's Dreams. Founded by Sudha Basnet around 2012, the group has been making pencils by rolling a lead tightly inside waste newspaper. The inspiring group provides employment and educational opportunities to Nepali women, empowering them so that they are not economically dependent on anyone else. You can read more about Women's Dreams in this article: https://thehimalayantimes.com/lifestyle/art-culture/writing-new-story-paper-pencils/

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f4f-jun

22/06/2020

Food4Families

Tiny Veg Patch

Our Tiny Veg Patch people have transferred their skills some of the time to the Veg4Reading project. https://www.food4families.org.uk/Veg4Reading.cfm but Tiny Veg Patch is still coming up with ideas.

The Manchester Urban Diggers (MUD)

The Manchester Urban Diggers (MUD) converted an old bowling green into a plantation and now offering veg boxes as a vital food supply for people during the coronavirus pandemic. “We are seeing a lot of people signing up to the veg box scheme that are from vulnerable groups and need access to food” said Jo one of the founders of Manchester Urban Diggers.

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webinars and discussion groups coming up

community-webinar

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recipe

coleslaw

Coleslaw is surprisingly easy to make and perfect to have alongside burgers, especially if you are able to make the most of the warmer weather by having a BBQ. This recipe is healthier than the shop bought ones as the dressing is made with a mix of yoghurt and mayonnaise and by making it yourself you can add extra ingredients that you like.

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refugee-boy

22/06/2020

Books - Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

Acclaimed performance poet and novelist Benjamin Zephaniah's honest, wry and poignant story of a young refugee left in London is of even more power and pertinence today than when it was first published.

Brilliantly written and with a real ear for dialogue, fans of Angie Thomas and Malorie Blackman will love Benjamin Zephaniah's novels for young adult readers:

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Order a copy using Hive and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.


i-am-not

22/06/2020

Film - I Am Not Your Negro

Although structured around the three key civil rights leaders Baldwin knew personally, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, who were murdered one after another in the 1960s, this is really an extended essay on the raw experience of black oppression, racism and police brutality seen through Baldwin’s piercing eyes. You can watch this film on BBC iPlayer here https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000kbk6/arena-i-am-not-your-negro

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oumou-sangare1

22/06/2020

Music - Mali's Oumou Sangaré Is Raw And Unplugged In Video ‘Djoukourou’ BY PAULA ROGO

Oumou Sangaré is dropping a new acoustic video for “Djoukourou” as the first song from Acoustic, her new album re-imagining her critically-acclaimed 2017 release Mogoya. Recorded over two days in unplugged, live sessions at the midi Live Studio outside Paris, the new album re-introduces us to a more raw and unvarnished Sangare.

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world-shop

15/06/2020

Message from the World Shop Team

Dear Friends and Customers,

We hope you are well and that these difficult, unprecedented times have not been too severe on you and your loved ones. Now that the lockdown restrictions are easing, if you were wondering when your favourite ethical and fair-traded store, The World Shop, was opening – we want to inform you that we intend to re-open on Saturday 1st August. We want our staff and customers to feel safe and comfortable – and for that reason we are taking a bit longer.

In the meantime we hope everybody enjoys the rest of the summer catching up with friends and family (at a suitably social distance) - remember shopping can always wait. We will still be here with your favourite goods that celebrate the diversity of our world.

Looking forward to seeing you all again very soon


sewing-shop

15/06/2020

Racism is at the heart of fast fashion – it's time for change

by Kalkidan Legesse

Of all the shocks that the past few weeks and months have brought to all our lives, one of the biggest for me as a black woman working in the fashion industry is that finally people are realising that racism is more than calling someone a derogatory name.

The killing of George Floyd while in police custody and the global outrage and protest that followed is bringing a dawning collective understanding that white supremacy relies on the exploitation of black and brown people.

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arab-spring-lives-on

15/06/2020

Recorded Webinar - The Arab Spring lives on: Uprisings in times of pandemic

Ten years ago, the Arab uprisings were celebrated as world changing events. The emancipatory experience was so contagious that people were inspired all over the world. Occupiers from London to Wall Street and the Indignados were proud to “Walk like an Egyptian”.

A decade on, this protracted revolutionary process is well into the second wave of revolt, triggered by the same features of governance and political economy that shaped the first wave. This time, it started from Sudan in December 2018 and spread to Algeria, Iraq and Lebanon. 2019 saw massive popular movements erupting onto the political stage, demanding radical change and achieving some historical gains. Although these movements find themselves pitted against entrenched authoritarian forces that do everything to crush and bury them, including in times of COVID19, they will not simply pass into history; there are already signs that protests will resume when the pandemic subsides.

Panellists:

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columbia-activists

15/06/2020

State harassment of indigenous activists in Colombia

Solidarity with indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in La Guajira, Northern Colombia who have spent decades demanding justice from the companies operating Latin America’s biggest coal mine, Cerrejón, and slowing down the mine’s expansion with legal challenges and direct action. The mine exports coal to Europe and the multinationals are listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Signatories to this open letter to Colombian authorities in solidarity with leaders of Wayuu indigenous organisation Nacion Wayuu in the face of political attacks during COVID 19 emergency aid work. Open Letter, Poem, link to ongoing Crowdfunder, and some background info all in the linked article by allies at Coal Action Network, London Mining Network, Not Here, Not Anywhere, Young Friends of the Earth Ireland

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samsara

15/06/2020

World Shop Supplier

This week we're celebrating Lost in Samsara. They supply us with beautiful upcycled bags and backpacks, and other accessories. (And soon - we hope - fair trade face masks!)

Their artisans are some of the many who have been unable to work for some or all of the current crisis. Lost in Samara's response has been to introduce gift cards as a way of continuing their ability to support those who need it, as well as creating a new line of t-shirts. Proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts goes to support artisans in Cambodia who have lost their income as a result of the crisis, and to FareShare, an organisation that redistributes surplus food to charities and community groups. All of these t-shirts are made in the UK from organic cotton in a factory powered by renewable energy.

You can check out Lost in Samsara's artisan update here: https://vimeo.com/407516316

And if you'd like to buy a t-shirt, click here: https://lostinsamsara.teemill.com/


f4f-tomatoes

15/06/2020

Food4Families

Check out our new Facebook page for the Veg4Reading project.

For the past 10 years Food4families has created 25+ school and community food-growing gardens in Reading, involving thousands of people in growing fresh, healthy produce. As a result of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic Food4Families has started the Veg4Reading project to increase local food growing to provide fresh food to vulnerable people in the community.

We're looking for volunteers to ‘make a difference’ by growing and distributing fresh produce. Gardening experience not essential as training will be provided. Volunteers will work alongside Food4families garden tutors to grow fruit and vegetables at our community gardens to help us expand production to meet demand. The gardens currently involved are Lavender Place and Whitley GrowAllot. There will be opportunities to learn gardening skills and useful experience through the project along with benefitting your own health and wellbeing by being outdoors in your local community garden. Drop us a message here or email admin@risc.org.uk for more info. If you would like to apply the application form can be found here (we need this mainly for contact details etc - no need to attach CV).

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tiny-veg-patch-pots

15/06/2020

tiny veg patch

Well we've had the sunshine and now we've had some welcome rain. All good if you've picking up any ideas from our Tiny Veg Patch blog. Why not post some of your results to our Instagram page, we would love to see them. https://www.instagram.com/food4families/

Why not post some of your results to our Instagram page, we would love to see them. https://www.instagram.com/food4families/

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black-bean-chilli

15/06/2020

Recipe: Black Bean Chilli

Today looks like a day you might want to make a nourishing Black Bean Chilli. Use whatever vegetable's you have like peppers' onions and spices and of course the beans add protein to meal as a cheap alternative to meat.

Have a go, and then why not post your result to https://www.instagram.com/food4families/

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palestinian-self-sufficiency

15/06/2020

Home gardening plants seeds for Palestinian self-sufficiency

Palestinians are digging in their yards and potting plants on roofs to tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

By Suha Arraf

With unemployment and poverty rates surging due to the coronavirus pandemic, Palestinians have returned to working their land, and vegetable gardens are sprouting alongside homes in the occupied territories.

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avengers-of-the-new-world

15/06/2020

Book: Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution

By Laurent Dubois

The first and only successful slave revolt in modern history, the Haitian Revolution erupted in August 1791. The French, the British, and then the French again were defeated in a guerrilla war under the command of charismatic leaders such as Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines. By 1804, after more than a decade of struggle, the richest colony in the western hemisphere, Saint-Domingue, became the first black sovereign modern state, Haiti. Toussaint Louverture, in the meantime, had died in a French prison. However, Louverture’s capture in 1802, at that time the revolution’s most important leader, failed to stop the revolutionary movement. It had radicalized to such a point that any return to the old status quo had become impossible.

As Louverture himself famously stated as he boarded a French ship into exile: “In overthrowing me, you have cut down in Saint-Domingue only the trunk of the tree of the liberty of the blacks; it will grow back from the roots, because they are deep and numerous”.

Laurent Dubois weaves the stories of slaves, free people of African descent, wealthy whites, and French administrators into an unforgettable tale of insurrection, war, heroism, and victory.

He establishes the Haitian Revolution as a foundational moment in the history of democracy and human rights.

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Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.


blm-reading

07/06/2020

Black Lives Matter protest in Reading

Following the tragic events in the US last week, hundreds of people took to the streets against racism and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

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world-environment-day

07/06/2020

Message for World Environment Day, 5th June 2020

by Dr Vandana Shiva

On 31st May, while people were dying during the Corona Pandemic, while millions had lost their livelihoods and were going hungry during the “lockdown”, while millions were marching in city after city in the USA to protest against police brutality and police violence after the killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis, billionaire Elon Musk launched Space X.

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defend-land-and-water

07/06/2020

Defending Land and Water From Mining Profiteers in the Time of Covid-19

by Jen Moore

Over the years, the mining industry has taken advantage of dictatorship, disasters, and a variety of distractions to expand operations in Latin America. In the time of Covid-19, with entire populations under lockdown and economies falling apart, mining companies have also hopped on the pandemic profiteering bandwagon.

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cancel-debt

07/06/2020

Organizations, movements and networks in North Africa & the Middle East call for the cancellation of debts & “free trade” agreements

by North African Network For Food sovereignty siyada

Debt services absorb every year the social budgets of our countries. Public health spending is significantly less than the minimum levels set by the World Health Organization. It is necessary to stop repaying public debts to provide the necessary financial liquidity in order to face the Corona epidemic and to confront the deepening social and economic crisis. Likewise, all forms of privatisation of public services must be halted. Priority should be given to developing a public health sector and developing free and good health and medical care systems.

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no-reader-is-too-young

07/06/2020

Educational Resources

‘No reader is too young to start’: anti-racist books for children & teens

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books-for-littlies

07/06/2020

Book Collections: Starting To Talk About Race With Kids

Anti-Racism For Beginners: Part 1 Acknowledging & Celebrating Racial Diversity

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world-shop-suppliers

07/06/2020

World Shop Suppliers

For the next couple of weeks our focus is going to be on how producers and suppliers are coping with the pandemic. It's no secret that these challenging conditions have the most and worst impact on vulnerable groups, and majority world countries stand in a precarious position, with fears already-stretched healthcare systems may be overwhelmed.

On top of facing a decline in retail sales, our suppliers must also figure out how to manufacture their products safely. This is what is happening right now with Just Trading Scotland (JTS), our link to Eswatini Swazi Kitchen's delicious condiments and Kilombero rice.

You can support producers by donating towards PPE and hand washing facilities: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/app…/JTSsupportingourproducers or by continuing to purchase their delicious products here: https://www.jts.co.uk/shop/

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veg4reading

07/06/2020

Food4Families

Sign Up to Food4families new 'Veg4Reading' project

As a result of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic Food4Families has identified a need to increase local food growing to provide fresh food to vulnerable people in the community.

Food4Families is looking for volunteers to ‘make a difference’ by growing and distributing fresh produce. Gardening experience not essential as training will be provided.

Volunteers will work alongside Food4families garden tutors to grow fruit and vegetables at our community gardens to help us expand production to meet demand. The project will initially last from now until the end of the growing season, around the end of October.

If you would like to help or just find out more, please complete the volunteer application form which you can find on the RISC website in the Volunteer section here or email the project co-ordinator at admin@risc.org.uk

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click here for an application form


weller-centre

07/06/2020

Food4Families

Food4families are readvertising for a new garden tutor for The Weller Centre Community Garden, Amersham Road, Caversham. Please contact sharon@risc.org.uk for more information.


pumpkins

07/06/2020

Tiny Veg Patch

In our Tiny Veg Patch, Naomi is planting out her Flying Saucer squash. There's more to know right here https://www.food4families.org.uk/TinyVegPatch.cfm

Maybe they'll grow to be this size?

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gooseberry-jam

07/06/2020

Recipe: Gooseberry and Elderflower Jam

A change from the usual things we cook here but I'd like to encourage you to make your own jam - like the recipes I've given before it's not difficult to do and means you can make flavours you can't usually buy in the shops and make use of fruit when it's in season and cheap.

Ingredients:

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akala

07/06/2020

Book: Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala

Akala, is a British rapper, journalist, author, activist and poet from London. Natives is at once a memoir, a detailed sociological investigation of racism and a whistle-stop tour of global politics from London to Beijing, with stops at Johannesburg, Kingston, Havana, Glasgow, New York, Hanoi, Bahia and Harare on the way.

click here to watch the video


spring-watch

02/06/2020

spring watch

Dispatches from the roof garden have arrived! We are delighted to report that Mama Blue Tit has been very busy with her little ones, and the kiwi flowers are out. How many baby birds do you count?


the-way-out-of-argentinas-debt-crisis

02/06/2020

The way out of Argentina’s debt crisis

Since the early 2000s, Argentina has been forced into a cycle of debt and austerity. Nick Dearden presents solutions to this coercive, financialized system.

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london-mining-network

02/06/2020

London Mining Network

One of London Mining Network's aims has been to research & report on the impacts of London funded mining companies around the world. You can read all our reports on their website & get the facts on the human & environmental cost of mining.

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the-virus-is-a-wake-up-call

02/06/2020

Vandana Shiva & David Suzuki: The Virus is a Wake-up Call

Legendary environmental warriors Vandana Shiva and David Suzuki, come together in this rare conversation across continents. Both are past winners of the ‘Right Livelihood Prize’ often referred to as the ‘alternative Nobel’, and have had enormous local and global impact through their work.

Now, in the middle of a global pandemic, they invite us to consider the opportunity we have to change our ways of being as a species, and how we must truly be “all in this together”.

click here to watch


the-millennium-challenge-corporation

02/06/2020

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact is a threat to people’s sovereignty – MONLAR

Sri Lanka is negotiating a $480 million deal with the US government-funded Millennium Challenge Corporation. The deal would be devastating to local people’s food sovereignty and land rights.

MONLAR explain why here


oxfam-education-hub

02/06/2020

Education Resource: Oxfam Education Hub

Need home learning inspiration? Check out Oxfam's education hub & Facebook education page, they are packed full of creative activity ideas for ages 7-14

For example, you could try our ‘Wardrobe World’ activity. Ask your child to investigate the labels of their clothes to find out where they come from.

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vent-for-change

02/06/2020

World Shop Supplier: VENT for Change

The World Shop is hugely fond of the sustainable stationery we source from VENT for Change. All of their pencils are made from recycled CD cases. VENT for Change supports children’s education projects worldwide through projects and campaigns like Share a Pencil Day, which took place earlier this month.

And if you're curious about VENT for Change (or running low on stationery) click here:

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f4f-update

02/06/2020

Food4Families update

We are planning to do a gradual, safe, reopen of some of our gardens over the next couple of weeks. Keeping an eye on our website https://www.food4families.org.uk/index.cfm to find a little more!!

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strawberries

02/06/2020

Tiny Veg Patch

We’ve been checking the strawberries each day and they’re almost ready to eat ! 🍓🍓🍓 My son was remembering how when the first strawberry @erleighroadcommunitygarden was ready last year we cut it into small pieces so that all of the children who were there that day could each try a piece! 🍓🍓🍓 Growing strawberries is a great way to get kids into gardening and something to try for #nationalchildrensgardeningweek

They work well in small spaces such as containers, window boxes and hanging baskets plus home grown strawberries taste the best!

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rhubarb-and-custard-cake

02/06/2020

Recipe: Rhubarb and Custard Cake

This is a lovely moist cake that makes the most of rhubarb when it is in season in spring.

Ingredients

method click here


freedom-is-a-constant-struggle

02/06/2020

Book: Freedom Is A Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement

A collection of essays and speeches, serves as both antidote and affirmation for movement builders. Davis urges the reader to focus on and understand the interconnectedness of seemingly unrelated movements in order to build well-organized mass movements that stand in solidarity with each other for lasting social change and freedom.

"Angela Davis new book made me think of what Dear Nelson Mandela kept reminding us, that we must be willing to embrace that long walk to freedom. Understanding what it takes to really be free, to have no fear, is the first and most important step one has to make before undertaking this journey. Angela is the living proof that this arduous challenge can also be an exhilarating and beautiful one." --Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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jaffa-the-oranges-clockwork

02/06/2020

Film: Jaffa, the Orange’s Clockwork (2009)

This political essay unfolds the invention and the visual history of the world-famous citrus fruit originating from Palestine, and known the world over as "Jaffa oranges". While the orange became the symbol of the Zionist enterprise and the state of Israel, for Palestinians it symbolises the loss of their homeland and its destruction. Through a careful reading of the visual representation of the brand, the film reflects on western phantasms related to the ‘Orient,’ the ‘holy land,’ and the State of Israel, and unveils the untold story of what was once a communal symbol, and an industry common to Arabs and Jews in Palestine.

STREAMING FOR MEDICAL AID FOR PALESTINIANS

London Palestine Film Festival and friends come together in support of MAP’s Covid-19 emergency response

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global-cafe-kitchen

26/05/2020

Global Café Kitchen

Last Wednesday our Jess provided 25 meals for the Reading refugees supported by Mutual Aid Group (now Reading Red Kitchen)

Jess will be making 25+ hot meals every Wednesday evening for those in need being supported by Reading Red Kitchen. We’re not doing this to raise money, but if you would like to contribute towards ingredients and (non-plastic!) take-away boxes and bags you can do so below.

facebook.com/ReadingRedKitchen

donate here


message-from-the-global-cafe

26/05/2020

Message From the Global Café

The Global Café is a special place and while none of us know what the future holds for bars and cafes like ours, we'd love to keep in touch with you all and find out from you how you would like to engage with the café in the next weeks and months. We'd be grateful if you'd help out by completing our survey. Shouldn't take you more than a minute.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WWK57GS


coronavirus-in-africa

26/05/2020

Coronavirus in Africa: the impact on farmers and small-scale entrepreneurs

Chelagat Chemutai is a smallholder farmer in Ngare Ndare, central Kenya, and is taking part in a project run by Traidcraft Exchange to help women farmers get a better deal. As well as growing crops for the family she grows onions for the local market in Timau and green beans for export.

Kenya has banned large gatherings and closed some markets, as well as enforcing social distancing measures. Chelagat explains the impact on her business:

“Things have really changed a lot here… I was planting onions last week and I needed three casual labourers. But due to the restrictions and because people are fearing to get infected, I could only work with my husband and children. It took us five days to plant instead of two days.”

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lenders-drive-argentina-into-debt-default

26/05/2020

Lenders drive Argentina into a debt default

Argentina is expected to formally default after the 30-day grace period on a bond payment expires. Commenting on the default, Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Director of Jubilee Debt Campaign said:

“Argentina is right to demand a deep debt restructuring and to default if lenders do not accept a deal. Reckless lending at high interest rates helped to create the current crisis, so lenders and speculators should share in the costs."

“Argentina’s debt should have been restructured in 2018 when this crisis began. IMF loans in 2018 bailed out speculators and funded huge capital flight with no benefit to ordinary people in Argentina. The IMF now rightly says the debt is unsustainable, but it should have done so since 2018. The IMF should bring in clear guidelines so that its loans are no longer used to bail out reckless lenders.”

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no-to-gmos

26/05/2020

Africa Says No to GMO 3min video by The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

GMOs are the sharp end of the push for corporate control of African food systems, but the evidence is clear. Industrial farming is a dead end. GMOs do not work for Africa!

It’s time to shake off the neo-colonial influence and build a healthy, resilient and sustainable food system for Africa.

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violence-and-impunity-in-the-west-bank

26/05/2020

Violence and impunity in the West Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic

The failure of Israeli authorities to prevent settler violence against Palestinians, and its contribution to de facto annexation of Palestinian land.

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eid-message

26/05/2020

Eid message from Zaytoun's dates producer Ruba from Palestine

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greater-goods

26/05/2020

World shop supplier: Greater Goods

Incense has long been one of our top-selling items at the World Shop, and many of ours are supplied by Greater Goods, suppliers of The Mother's Incense.

Pictured here is Maria, mixing incense paste. She's one of the women who works for Mother's Commerce Company. The Mother's Commerce Company in Puducherry, India makes all of Greater Goods' incense products, the fragranced sachets and their wooden items. It is a small privately owned company set up in the early 1970's, specifically to counter unemployment among local women.

You can read all about Greater Goods and their fair trade policy here

you can read about their charitable work here

And finally, if you're missing their incense while we're closed, here's their webshop


risc-roof-garden-photo-gallery

26/05/2020

RISC Roof Garden Photo Gallery

A gallery of photos taken on the RISC roof garden over the past 20 years. See how typical forest garden plants are not only useful - food, medicine, fuel, scent, dye, building material - but also incredibly beautiful and constantly changing with the seasons. Permaculture aims to maximise the yield from a garden but only recently is design for wellbeing a consideration. This selection from the roof garden's over 180 varieties is a feast for all the senses and proof that forest gardens are perfect for forest bathing.

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wild-food-and-foraging

26/05/2020

Wild Food & Foraging: Live Workshops (Zoom) by Woodland Classroom

click here to book your ticket


growing-beans-in-pots

26/05/2020

Tiny Veg Patch: Growing beans in pots

Dwarf beans grow well in pots so are perfect if you don’t have much outdoor space.

I’m growing a few different types - dwarf berlotti beans which have beautiful red and green pods with white and green beans inside plus dwarf cannelloni beans which produce green pods with white beans inside. The beans of both of these plants can be eaten fresh or can be dried and stored. I’m also growing dwarf french bean ‘Speedy’ which produces tasty green pods.

Beans can be sown from late spring to early summer which means you can keep picking them right through the summer. They need a sunny spot in your garden and can be grown in multi purpose compost.

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vegetable-pasties

26/05/2020

Recipe: Vegetable Pasties

Here's an easy recipe to make your own healthy and tasty pasties with whatever veg you have available. Mine are never going to win a beauty contest but they taste delicious!

If you haven't made pastry before, give it a go. If you are finding it difficult to buy flour at the moment you can use ready made pastry, found in the chiller cabinet in the supermarket. Shortcrust pastry is traditionally used for pasties.

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my-seditious-heart

26/05/2020

Book: My Seditious Heart by Arundhati Roy

Twenty years, a thousand pages, and now a single beautiful edition of Arundhati Roy's complete non-fiction.

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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mory-kante

26/05/2020

Mory Kante, Guinea music star and 'baobab of culture', dies at 70

Kante revolutionised West African repertoire by going electric and blending traditional Mandingo with urban grooves.

Of Malian and Guinean descent, Kanté was born in the village of Albadaria on 29 March 1950. His parents were El Hadj Djeli Fodé Kanté and singer Fatouma Kamissoko, from one of Guinea’s best-known families of musicians. Age seven, he was sent from Guinea to Bamako, Mali, to learn to play the kora, the instrument that would later make him famous. He also played balafon. In 1971, age 21, he joined the Rail Band, and later replaced Salif Keïta as the singer. Of his time in the band, he said: “We were young and careless about not thinking about money. Only perfection, perseverance and success counted.”

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More Music from The Farafina Trio featuring Manu Dibango, Mory Kante & Adama Bilorou Dembele


into-the-portal

20/05/2020

Into the Portal, Leave No one Behind

Before this crisis struck, millions were already suffering from the effects of climate breakdown and obscene inequality. Now, as the pandemic takes and disrupts lives, it is those who are most vulnerable, unable to access healthcare, and all those who live in precarity who continue to bear the heaviest burden. Yet now, the call for justice is ringing louder than ever, in every corner of the globe.

Tomorrow, May 19th, join Arundhati Roy and Naomi Klein at 4:00pm moderated by Asad Rehman, to hear more about this global transformation.

www.globalgnd.org/


the-virus-is-a-wake-up-call

20/05/2020

The virus is a wake-up call

Legendary environmental warriors Vandana Shiva and David Suzuki, come together in this rare conversation across continents. Both are past winners of the ‘Right Livelihood Prize’ often referred to as the ‘alternative Nobel’, and have had enormous local and global impact through their work.

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debt-cancellation

20/05/2020

Debt Cancellation

Freeing up the rest of the debt service is crucial to give the most flexibility to governments, and to ensure that money saved from bilateral debt relief isn’t being used to finance debt payments to multilateral or private creditors. No country should be faced with the impossible choice of saving lives or making debt repayments during this pandemic.

read the full article


sunlover

20/05/2020

World Shop Supplier: Sunlover

Sunlover supplies many of our decorative crafts, including wind chimes, mirrors, and lamps. Their products are sourced from Indonesia, and they were established with the aim of connecting traditional artisans to the Western market. They remind us that, "Fair trade is a way of life, not just a business transaction."

For many years we've stocked their parasite wood animals. They're carved from wood from the Chinaberry tree. The Chinaberry tree, in particular, can play host to a parasitic plant, a little like mistletoe, that attaches itself to the bark of the tree, and takes nourishment from the tree sap. The parasitic plants are removed, often saving the tree, and the resulting "wood roses" are removed and carved into a wide range of different forms, by the skilled artisans of Bali. If you'd like to explore Sunlover's range, or learn more about their fair trade or environmental policies.

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growing-chillies

20/05/2020

Tiny Veg Patch: Growing Chillies

Chillies are great plants to grow either on your windowsill indoors or on your balcony or patio. They are tropical plants so need plenty of sunshine. You can grow them any windowsill or outdoor space which get lots of sun. Seeds should ideally be sown in February or March but you can obtain plug plants at this time of year.

Some tips for caring for chilli plants:

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veg-box

20/05/2020

Demand for veg box schemes doubles during lockdown

New data from the Food Foundation shows that veg box sales increased by 111% in six weeks, from the end of February to mid-April, driven by the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Food Foundation surveyed 101 box schemes and found weekly the sales have more than doubled during the pandemic. 82% of the schemes now have waiting lists and are closed to new orders. The Food Foundation estimates that if waiting lists could be served, up to 5.3 million boxes could be delivered in the next six weeks.

You can read the full report of their findings here


beetroot-and-butter-bean-dip

20/05/2020

Recipe: Beetroot and Butter Bean Dip

Beetroot and butter bean dip with carrots and peppers

Ingredients

method

Delicious served with a selection of chopped or sliced fresh veggies such as carrots, peppers, cucumber, olives and crispbreads, bread or breadsticks for a healthy lunch. Alternatively, use in sandwiches or as a jacket potato filling. There are lots more seasonal recipes on the Food4families website

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doughnut-economics

20/05/2020

Book: Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Economics is broken, and the planet is paying the price. Unforeseen financial crises. Extreme wealth inequality. Relentless pressure on the environment. Can we go on like this? Is there an alternative? In Doughnut Economics, Oxford academic Kate Raworth lays out the seven deadly mistakes of economics and offers a radical re-envisioning of the system that has brought us to the point of ruin.

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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album-documentaries

20/05/2020

Album Documentaries

Get to know our albums and artists like never before with this playlist featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews.

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london-migration-film-festival

20/05/2020

London Migration Film Festival

Online in the time of Covid. For the next six weeks you'll be able to watch films from our past editions, for free and available on this website. The programme will change every two weeks, so keep on checking to catch all the best films about migration.

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world-fair-trade-day-2020

13/05/2020

May 9 World Fair Trade Day

The Fair Trade world is suffering. Trade has halted, shops are closed and livelihoods are threatened. The pain is large but our will is bigger. As Fair Trade Enterprises struggle to get through this crisis, they need your support. We stand together to get Fair Trade back on its feet, so we can continue our journey to #PlanetFairTrade. This World Fair Trade Day is about perseverance and solidarity. Join us. WFTO 9 May 2020.

Let us celebrate the role that fair trade plays in the fight against poverty across the globe. In the face of a global crisis, farmers and workers around the world are playing a vital but often forgotten role.

read more about World Fair Trade Day

read the Fairtrade Foundation statement

Message from Zaytoun

While the World Shop is still closed, you can order Zaytoun products online from Traidcraft


about-traidcraft

13/05/2020

About Traidcraft

Traidcraft stands for changing peoples’ lives through trade, saving vanishing traditional skills from extinction, and celebrating a world of creativity and culture. We are the original fair trade pioneers, and advocate the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world.

click here to find out more


sabeel-kairos

13/05/2020

sabeel kairos - taking action for palestine

click here to read the full statement and actions


jubilee-debt-campaign

13/05/2020

Jubilee Debt Campaign

Click here to read the latest statment from Jubilee Debt Campaign


home-learning

13/05/2020

home learning

Are you looking for activities that will engage your children aged 5-16 years whilst they are learning at home?

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lanka-kade

13/05/2020

World Shop Supplier: Lanka Kade

The Lanka Kade producers are independent businesses – most began working with Lanka Kade as small family-run cottage industries. They are true artisans, skilled craftspeople in their own right, expanding to offer employment within their local communities. Lanka Kade supports these independent artisans by offering a continued stream of orders and paying them a fair wage, but also through many other ways such as, training in staff and financial management, interest free business loans, health and safety support and much more. They support these fledgling businesses every step of the way so they can thrive and look after their employees.

find out about Lanka Kade's supply chain here

more about their fair trade policy here

environmental policy here


thinning-out-seedlings

13/05/2020

thinning out seedlings

On the F4F blog we have some advice on thinning out seedlings. This means all those little ones that have sprouted now need room to grow as they need more space.

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focaccia-bread

13/05/2020

Recipe: Focaccia Bread

With the help of herbs from the garden or balcony pot, we turn to the kitchen to bake some Focaccia bread. Use extra virgin oil for added softness, why not try adding halved cherry tomatoes, or olives to the dough before baking?

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hackney-herbal

13/05/2020

Hackney Herbal

Hackney Herbal have some online workshops related to growing your own Herbs or using herbs. There is a cost though.

for more information click here


stone-men

13/05/2020

Book: Stone Men

The Story of Palestine's Stonemasons and the Building of Israel "They demolish our houses while we build theirs." This is how a Palestinian stonemason, in line at a checkpoint outside a Jerusalem suburb, described his life to Andrew Ross.

Palestinian "stone men" utilizing some of the best quality dolomitic limestone deposits in the world and drawing on generations of artisanal knowledge, have built almost every state in the Middle East except their own.

Order a copy using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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nusrat-fateh-ali-khan

13/05/2020

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan at WOMAD 1985

This recording was released July 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Real World label.

"A superstar in Pakistan yet relatively unknown abroad beyond expat communities, Nusrat was fourth on the bill at the 1985 WOMAD, below New Order, The Fall and Toots and the Maytals. A week earlier, Live Aid had suggested rock music would be the catalyst for a better world if we simply handed the reins over to Bono, Freddie and Bob. But there is an argument to be made that the 7,000 who had their first experience of qawwali at Mersea Island were changed far more than the 170,000 in Wembley and the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia."

read the full article here


international-workers-day

13/05/2020

May Day - International Workers Day

The History of International Workers' Day by Effie Jordan - Global Justice Now!

"Its origins began in the United States in 1886 where workers across the country walked out of their jobs demanding an eight hour day. Later action was taken around the abolition of child labour, safer working conditions and the demand for what we now know as the weekend."

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lessons-for-sustainability

13/05/2020

Lessons for Sustainability: Indigenous People & Forests Go Hand in Hand by Samita Vasudevan & Kunal Sharma

"Often painted as obstructions to industrial development on the one hand and wildlife conservation on the other, indigenous people have a number of lessons to offer to India’s urban citizens".

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we-cant-grow-our-way-out-of-poverty

13/05/2020

Opinion: We can’t grow our way out of poverty

For more than half a century, economists and policymakers have focused fanatically on growth as the only feasible way to end global poverty and improve people’s lives. But in an era of planet-wide ecological breakdown, that comfortable conventional wisdom is crashing to an end. Jason Hickel lays it on the line.

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tilnar-art

13/05/2020

World Shop Supplier: Tilnar Art

The spotlight this week is on Tilnar Art, one of our suppliers of ethical giftware and home accessories. Founded in 2005, Tilnar stands for, 'This Is Life Not A Rehearsal.' This is a sentiment we appreciate now more than ever!

At the World Shop, we've stocked Tilnar Art's soapstone creations for many years and they've proved to be a very popular gift item. They're handmade in Kenya and Zimbabwe, where carvers work in small groups with each group specialising in certain carvings. The carvings are then polished and can then be dyed in vibrant colours with beautiful etchings inscribed on them by skilled teams of artisans. Handmade soapstone carvings have less than 1% environmental impact from production and disposal compared to non-recyclable plastic or resin products.

(Photo Credit: Tilnar Art)

Learn more about Tilnar Art and soapstone here and their fair trade policy here


plants-for-shade

13/05/2020

plants for shade

This week the Tiny Veg Patch were focusing on plants for those with shadey gardens. The blackcurrant (pictured growing @erleighroadcommunitygarden last summer) is an example of a plant that can tolerate some shade as the plant originates from woodland edges. Other fruits that work well are redcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries. There are compact varieties available which you can grow in containers.

Vegetables that grow well with less sun include:

Herbs that tolerate less sun include:

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minestrone-soup

13/05/2020

Recipe: Minestrone Soup

You may have leftovers or just want a warming soup try this Minestrone Soup.

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things-fall-apart

13/05/2020

Book: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature.

This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.

Order a copy today using hive.co.uk and you can nominate The World Shop, as you local independent book store and Hive will give us a percentage of their book sale.

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tony-allen

13/05/2020

Music: Tony Allen

The legendary drummer and Afrobeat co-founder, dies aged 79. Gilles Peterson and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers pay tribute to the Fela Kuti collaborator, described by Brian Eno as ‘perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived’ Click on he picture to continue reading

Watch Tony Allen in action here


webinar-women

27/04/2020

Webinar-Women on the front line of the crisis

Although coronavirus affects the health of both men and women, it is women who are feeling the heaviest burden of its many impacts on work, childcare and the economic situation around the world.

Speakers include:

Jean Enriquez, Executive Director, World March of Women, Philippines

Mercia Andrews, Rural Women’s Assembly South Africa

Dorothy Guerrero, Head of campaigns and policy at Global Justice Now

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global-debt

27/04/2020

Article: Don't delay global south debt - cancel it by Nick Dearden

"Forcing indebted countries to repay debt while the global economy operates like a giant casino is unjust."

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supplier

27/04/2020

World Shop Supplier

This week our focus is on Paper High - Fair trade purveyors of fine paper products such as sari notebooks and elephant dung stationery. We are also big fans of their photo frames!

Paper High sources their goods from small producer groups in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. They use locally sourced, sustainable, and eco-friendly materials wherever possible - they have, for example, a range of colourful recycled newspaper homewares.

Paper High's blog is an amazing resource, with informative articles about many of their producers. You can check it out here:

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27/04/2020

Food4Families

Do you want to teach your children something about Springtime and food?

Naomi, one of the Food4Families tutors has set up "Tiny Veg Patch" with the idea of growing vegetables in restricted places where small children will became eager helpers! Click on the picture for more information:

food-4-families

Also visit Countryside Classroom who are posting weekly blogs highlighting a range of their education resources on a particular theme. All were originally written for school use, but are equally suitable for education at home, while following government guidelines on social distancing. Click on the picture below:

tree

Here's some specific help for teachers who are providing education online provided by Trees for Cities. Something we hope for every year for children in every town. Click on the picture

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eduardo-galeano

27/04/2020

Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015) was one of Latin America’s most distinguished writers. He was the author of many books, including the three-volume Memory of Fire, Open Veins of Latin America, Soccer in Sun and Shadow, and The Book of Embraces. Born in Montevideo in 1940, he lived in exile in Argentina and Spain for 12 years before returning to Uruguay in 1985, where he spent the rest of his life.

Hunter of Stories is written in his signature style - vignettes that fluidly combine dialogue, fables, and anecdotes - every page displays the original thinking and compassion that made Galeano one of the most original and beloved voices in world literature.

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angeliqe-kidjo

27/04/2020

Angélique Kidjo

Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese singer-songwriter, actress, and activist who is noted for her diverse musical influences and creative music videos. Her musical influences include the Afropop, Caribbean zouk, Congolese rumba, jazz, gospel, and Latin style

Watch her latest cover of the world-famous song Pata Pata, a South African dance hit from the 1960s, has been re-released with new lyrics to spread information about coronavirus, click on the picture:

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earth-day

27/04/2020

Earth Day

On the 22 April we observed the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Olimpio Guajajara, leader of the Amazon Guardians in Brazil, has this message:

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fashion-revolution-week

27/04/2020

Fashion Revolution Week 22-26 April

7 years ago, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed and took the lives of more than 1,100 people and injured another 2,500. Most of the victims were young women and they were making clothes for some of the biggest fashion brands in the world.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis UK brands are cancelling orders, breaking long-held contracts and devastating the lives of workers in poor countries. Here is what you can do,

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cancel-global-south-debt

28/04/2020

cancel global south debt

It’s been a huge week for debt campaigning but there's still a long way to go. Read more about the $12bn of debt suspension agreed for low-income countries to help fight Covid_19 in Jubilee Debt Campaign's blog:

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business-as-usual-isnt-good-enough

28/04/2020

Business as usual isn’t good enough

This is the second of a series of online webinars Global Justice Now are hosting in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dorothy Guerrero, head of policy at Global Justice Now is joined by Myriam Vander Stichele from The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations , Gyekye Tanoh, formerly with Third World Network and Tim Jones, head of policy, Jubilee Debt Campaign to discuss what a post-covid19 global economy might look like and how we continue the struggle for a better world.

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the-story-of-the-people-who-shut-down-a-mine

28/04/2020

the story of the people who shut down a mine

This education project celebrates the resistance of the people of Bougainville to the Rio Tinto owned Panguna copper mine. It is a remarkable story of resilience and resourcefulness - and perhaps also of how those things that give you strength in times of crisis may also contain the solutions for the future. It is also a story of land rights - particularly the land rights of women. Click on the picture below:

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aura-que

28/04/2020

World Shop Supplier: Aura Que

The World Shop would like to share the story of Aura Que. They supply many of our accessories and we are big fans of their chic designs as well as their commitment to attaining the highest ethical and environmental production standards.

All Aura Que designs are developed in collaboration with small producer groups. These include members of the WFTO and Nepal Fair Trade Group. Aura Que's leather products are produced with the help of the Nepal Leprosy Trust, which provides work for marginalised individuals under fair trade guidelines. This work allows these individuals, some of whom have been shunned by Nepal's caste system, to provide for their families, to access medical support, and to receive education allowances for their children. For More Information click on the picture and link below:

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watch-our-roof-garden-this-spring

28/04/2020

Watch Our Roof Garden this Spring!

The 200m² permaculture roof garden was planted in 2001 on just 30cm of soil. With over 180 different species of useful plant, it shows how you can create your own low maintenance, zero carbon food forest at home or an outdoor classroom that will enrich learning across the whole curriculum. Watch our latest short film.

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forest-gardening-seminar-series

28/04/2020

forest gardening seminar series

RISC's award-winning rooftop garden is a member of the National Forest Garden Scheme, a network that aims to encourage the planting of forest gardens. Find out more by listening to a FREE series of webinars.

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agro-forestry-research-trust-tour

28/04/2020

agro forestry research trust tour

If you want to get a glimpse of spring at the Agroforestry Research Trust's superb forest garden in Devon.

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cookery-blog

28/04/2020

cookery blog

Have a look at this weeks Lockdown Cookery Blog! There are tips on how to organise your food in the kitchen and two recipes for meals that will last a couple of days.

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erleigh-road-community-garden

28/04/2020

Erleigh Road community garden

Find out what's growing on at Erleigh Road community garden

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soil-not-oil

28/04/2020

Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity by Vandana Shiva

Condemning industrial agriculture as a recipe for ecological and economic disaster, Shiva's champion is the small, independent farm: their greater productivity, their greater potential for social justice as they put more resources into the hands of the poor, and the biodiversity that is inherent to the traditional farming practiced in small-scale agriculture. What we need most in a time of changing climates and millions hungry, she argues, is sustainable, biologically diverse farms that are more resistant to disease, drought, and flood. In her trademark style, she draws solutions to our world's most pressing problems on the head of a pin: The solution to climate change, she observes, and the solution to poverty are the same.

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oumou-sangare

28/04/2020

Oumou Sangaré

Oumou Sangaré is a Malian singer and songwriter known for championing women’s rights through wassoulou, a style of popular music derived from vocal and instrumental traditions of rural southern Mali. Watch her latest video.

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one-tree-planted

28/04/2020

one tree planted

We are witnessing the start of a new world. A world built upon compassion, hope and action.

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biopiracy

28/04/2020

Biopiracy: When corporations patent nature

Since the early 20th century, multinational corporations have repeatedly claimed ownership of nature and indigenous knowledge systems from developing countries by means of patents, turning the biodiversity of the commons into private, commercialized property. This appropriation of indigenous resources for financial gain, with scarcely any recognition or compensation, is just one of the latest forms of colonialism.

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7-albums-for-daily-meditation

28/04/2020

7 albums for daily meditation and reflection

During this uncertain time, many of us are having to spend longer periods of time alone. Whilst this comes with its challenges, it might also be seen as an opportunity for us to meditate and reflect.

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cards-from-africa

28/04/2020

World Shop Supplier: Cards From Africa

At RISC, we love our postman. His name is Steve and he is always a bright and reliable presence when he drops our mail off at the World Shop. Postal workers like Steve keep us connected during the best of times. However, in the current crisis, keeping us connected also means exposing themselves to risk. Why not give our posties a break this Easter, and instead of sending physical cards, share the story of Cards from Africa, and their card-makers?

Pictured here is Clemence, who lost her parents to illness. She has completed secondary school and is working to earn enough money to go to college and study finance. Her ultimate aim is to work for herself. Other card-makers at Cards from Africa include people who lost their parents to the genocide in Rwanda. Fairly compensated and creative work has helped them to begin to move beyond tragedy, to create lives for themselves that are secure, and characterised by dignity and the possibility of hope.

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heavenly-gardens

28/04/2020

Heavenly Gardens with Alexander Armstrong

Feeling trapped inside during the lockdown? Missing your dose of nature? You may want to escape to beautiful gardens for reflection and contemplation: Heavenly Gardens with Alexander Armstrong.

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the-world-in-80-gardens

28/04/2020

The World in 80 Gardens: The Mediterranean

Monty Don visits gardens in Morocco and Italy where the world os Islam and Christianity came together.

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pea-and-broad-bean-risotto

28/04/2020

pea and broad bean risotto

Try out Food4Families latest recipe pea and broad bean risotto.

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the-tiny-veg-patch

28/04/2020

the tiny veg patch

Get creative with growing in whatever space you have with the Tiny Veg Patch. Learn how to grow some rocket and many other things.

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my-hero-is-you

28/04/2020

my hero is you

It's a new book for children from WHO and a Haringey author, about Covid-19. Here is the link and free to download.

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george monibot

14/04/2020

Check out George Monbiot's article

Across the world, Covid-19 has triggered community action on a vast scale. It’s a powerful riposte to both government and private money

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14/04/2020

Focus: Wangari Maathai

Kenyan environmentalist. In 1977, she spearheaded the struggle against state-backed deforestation in Kenya and founded the Green Belt Movement, which has planted some 45 million trees in the country. She has also been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and democratic development. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Wangari died on Sept. 25, 2011. Watch this short documentary Wangari Maathai at 80

Children can learn about Wangari Maathai by reading one of the story books stocked by Hive or watch the reading of Planting The Trees of Kenya

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14/04/2020

Survival International

Survival International calls for protection of indigenous territories as “a matter of life and death”.

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14/04/2020

Coronavirus, capitalism and global inequality series

You can watch this online event organised by Global Justice Now! on the 9th of April using Zoom.

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14/04/2020

World Shop Supplier: Zaytoun

We may be on hiatus at the World Shop, but that doesn't mean we've stopped engaging with fair trade. Now more than ever we want to highlight the networks of trade, global supply chains, and human stories that link us, because it is evident that we are all connected. To that end, every week we will be bringing you a new supplier story. This week we want to talk about Zaytoun:

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14/04/2020

cookery blog

Check out Food4Families new cookery blog:

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14/04/2020

You Can Grow for Food

Watch You Can Grow for Food A lovely little film that encourages families and children to grow their own food

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14/04/2020

Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo is remembering Manu Dibango who died on the 24 March in this beatiful song

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planting fruit trees

01/04/2020

planting fruit trees

It’s not too late to plant a fruit tree in a container in your garden. Some mail order nurseries still have stock and the Orchard Project has all the information you need to grow in containers.


Primary School Activities

01/04/2020

Primary School Activities

The Orchard Project has a range of free primary school activities that fit with the National Curriculum - from insect lifestyles to dried apple-ring making.


Favourite roof garden plants

01/04/2020

Favourite roof garden plants: Mulberry

Morus nigra

Mulberries were introduced by the Romans The fruit is juicy, delicious & great for jam, pies and infused vodka. The expression Caught Red Handed refers to the tell tale evidence if you scrump mulberries. Suttons has a great new dwarf variety, Charlotte Russe, which fruits in its first year over a long period & is suitable for containers.


Favourite roof garden plants

01/04/2020

Favourite roof garden plants: Wild garlic

Allium ursinum

If you go for a (self isolated) walk in the woods look (& sniff) out for the shiny spear-shaped leaves of ransoms. Alternatively this is the time to buy bulbs ‘in the green’ and plant in a damp shady part of your garden. The pretty white flowers can garnish a salad, while the leaves make a great pesto or flavouring for nettle soup. Remember, you must forage responsibly & do not remove wild plants from their habitat.


Nettle Soup

01/04/2020

Nettle Soup

The young nettle shoots beginning to show in your garden right now make a delicious nutritious soup.

ingredients

method

  1. wash nettle tips carefully wearing rubber gloves
  2. melt butter and add chopped potatoes and onion/leek – cook gently till soft
  3. add nettles and garlic and cook for a few minutes
  4. add stock, milk, salt and pepper. simmer for 10 minutes
  5. liquidize. sieve if necessary
  6. serve the bright green soup with a swirl of cream or yoghurt and fresh crusty bread