An open letter to Glastonbury, from a victim.

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Dear The Eavis family, and all who make Glastonbury happen,

So I write a lot of letters, but I promise this one will be worth reading – stick with it. This isn’t complaining about the crowds or the headliners, or telling the world how life changing the week was for me to provoke envy inducing angry faces all over Facebook. This is a story about a girl who contacted a giant festival who cater for hundreds of thousands with a request for help and was met with compassion, love and overwhelming acts of kindness.

I was lucky enough to get tickets to Glastonbury for the first year ever, with a group of friends who were equally as excited as I was – WhatsApp groups sharing outfits and line up rumours sprung up within minutes of receiving the golden tickets, and June 2017 could not come soon enough.

Unfortunately for me…

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Pakistani High Court orders police to investigate CIA drone strikes – Reprieve +44 (0) 207 553 8160 For immediate release: Thurs, June 05, 2014

Reprieve +44 (0) 207 553 8160  For immediate release: Thurs, June 05, 2014
Pakistani High Court orders police to investigate CIA drone strikes

A judge at the High Court in Islamabad, Pakistan, has ordered the Pakistani police to open a criminal investigation into the CIA’s involvement in a drone strike that killed three people, including a teenager, on December 31 2009.

Ruling in the case of Kareem Khan, a resident of the country’s North Waziristan region whose brother and son were among the dead, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered police to examine whether Jonathan Banks, former CIA station chief in Islamabad, and John Rizzo, former CIA General Counsel, are guilty of committing murder, waging war against Pakistan and offences under the provisions of the Terrorism Act 1997 for their involvement in authorizing the New Years’ Eve strike.

Mr Khan first brought the case in 2011 with support from the Foundation for Fundamental Rights (FFR) in Pakistan. In February this year Mr Khan, who has been an outspoken critic of the covert US programme, was illegally detained for ten days by unknown men in police uniforms, ahead of a European trip where he spoke to parliamentarians about the civilian impact of the US drone programme.

Commenting on today’s judgement, Kareem Khan said: “Today’s order is a victory for all those innocent civilians that have been killed in US-led drone strikes in Pakistan. I also feel heartened that people like me in Waziristan might now also be able to get justice for the wrongs being done to them. I sincerely hope that the authorities now do their job and investigate the culprits”.

Jennifer Gibson, attorney for legal charity Reprieve, which is assisting Mr Khan, said:  “Today’s decision marks a crucial first step in finally providing justice for people like Kareem – the innocent victims of the CIA’s illegal drone wars. The message is clear – there can be no impunity for the killing of innocent people. The police in Pakistan should move to launch their investigation as soon as possible.”

ENDS

Notes to editors1. For further information, please contact Reprieve’s press office: (UK) +44 (0) 207 553 8160 / alice.gillham@reprieve.org.uk

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Lessons on positive campaigning from UKIP

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The picture above was posted by Maria Pizzey on Facebook, along with text as follows:

“This is UKIP’s MEP candidate for the South East. She described herself as ‘Nigel’s number two’.

“She told us to f**k off because we stood peacefully holding placards accusing UKIP of racist policies.

“She offered no debate or arguments to defend her party and despite the chap in the picture asking us to pose for photos, this was her response when asked to return the favour.

“She made personal comments about my body size and when I told her I would quote her widely she said, ‘I don’t care where you f***ing post this, just f**k off!’

“Hilariously, I have just discovered she is UKIP’s press advisor. This is the most rude and aggressive individual I have had the misfortune to come across and she wants to represent this country in Europe. By the…

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Unwell person incited to commit suicide – on David Cameron’s Facebook page

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Just when you think you’ve seen the lowest the Conservatives can go, something happens that is completely beyond the pale.

Yesterday a message was posted to David Cameron’s Facebook page from a person who said they were going to commit suicide because they had been wrongly sanctioned.

The response – from one of Cameron’s supporters – was as follows: “Well get on with it then.”

This serious disability hate remark has been allowed to remain ever since – on the Prime Minister’s own Facebook page, which we are led to understand is overseen by professionals who, let’s not forget, paid for people to visit it and press the ‘Like’ button in order to make him look popular, and who may reasonably be expected to moderate such offensive behaviour off the page before it causes any real harm.

You can read more details on the Atos Miracles Facebook page.

Part…

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Ten Commandments for Interacting With Kids On The Autism Spectrum by Mari Nosal and related Commandments!!!

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Ten Commandments for Interacting With Kids On The Autism Spectrum by Mari Nosal and related Commandments!!!

Posted on March 20, 2012 by admin

I ran into Mari Nosal recently on twitter she is the amazing writer of several articles on autism education from Enable Kids from disabled to Enabled,http://enabledkids.ca/?p=2071

A bit about the author–>

About the author
Mari Nosal has written 12 articles for Enabled Kids.
Mari Nosal, M.Ed., CECE is a school coordinator, blogger and author. She is certified by the Department of Early Childhood Education as a lead preschool teacher, an infant and toddler teacher, and site coordinator qualified to manage school age programs. She is certified in Community Crisis Intervention by the Community Crisis Intervention Team of Bristol County. As a parent of a son with Asperger’s, she and her son show others how it is possible to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.

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For refugee children like Najah, who’ve fled ..Syria, the arrival of snow means that the freezing wet ground they sleep on will feel unbearable.

PLEASE HELP: 

For refugee children like Najah, who’ve fled the violence in Syria, the arrival of snow means that the freezing wet ground they sleep on will feel unbearable. And the flimsy summer clothes they fled in will be even more inadequate. 

These innocent children have been forced to leave their homes in terror. They have survived terrible conflict.

Now as temperatures plummet, their lives are in danger again. We are already providing warm clothes, waterproof boots and sleeping bags. But hundreds more children arrive every day. 

We urgently need your support so we can keep these children warm and help them survive the winter. 

Please donate today and help keep a Syrian child safe and warm >http://bit.ly/V8gPpw

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Holmes Wilson Fight for the Future – Aaron Swartz was a friend, and we went to his funeral Tuesday.

Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the win against SOPA, and instead this week has been crushingly sad.  Aaron Swartz was a friend, and we went to his funeral Tuesday.

Aaron was behind so much of the amazing activism you see on the web.  He helped Lessig start Creative Commons and helped get Reddit off the ground.  With David Segal he founded Demand Progress.  He gave us tons of advice and encouragement on Fight for the Future and even swooped in to fix our website at a crucial moment in the first SOPA protest (it was amazing to watch him work).

The tool that delivers your letters to Congress when you take action on our sites?  He built that.  Probably in a day or two.

It’s fun and comforting to be in awe of him.  But all that “boy genius” stuff is not the important part.  The thing that distinguished Aaron more than his intelligence was that he was political and effective.  He didn’t use his ability to make apps– he used it to right wrongs.  But he didn’t let the deep corruption in his Chomsky books turn him into a helpless cataloguer of the world’s sins and scams.  He worked backwards to some steps he thought might–just maybe–make things better.  Part of my horror at losing him is how clutch he was to have on our side.  He was so powerful, versatile, and independent.  If this was chess, they took our queen.

But that’s the one way he can be replaced.  Not as a friend.  And probably not by any single person on this planet.  But by a network of people infected with his brazen courage.  

I remember Aaron saying that one of the best things Fight for the Future could do– beyond stopping or even passing any piece of legislation– would be to encourage activists and geeks to think bigger and bolder.  In a world where any one of us can build things or say things that mobilize millions, handfuls of people can do so much.  So it matters what you think.  It matters what your dreams are.   And it makes a difference when you step up.

Seriously, this is 2013.  Kickstarter exists.  Bitcoin exists!  Half the planet will soon have the Internet in their pockets, and most of them aren’t very happy with their governments or employers.  That’s a lot to work with.   So try something! 🙂  In this email, there’s no simple link to an action you can take; it’s on you to make a plan.  But once you do, post it to #ForAaron … we’d like to read it.

Aaron had so many friends and allies, and all of them want to make some lasting change in his memory, both to advance the causes he worked for and fix the unjust system that lead to his death.  These include:

* Fixing the CFAA, the law used to prosecute Aaron that makes harmless “terms of service” violations felonies
* Requiring open access to *all* research that receives public funding
* Building ever greater archives of open data
* Creating consequences for prosecutors who bring disproportionate cases against the innocent or harmless

We’ll be helping on all of these fronts, personally or as FFTF.  As Massachusetts natives, we’ll work to end the political careers of the prosecutors here who targeted Aaron.  

Finally, if you do anything right now, learn about depression.  Tiffiniy and I agree 100% with Aaron’s family and closest friends that the actions of federal prosecutors and MIT were what killed him.   But there’s more to it than that, and we can’t shake the feeling that our community’s responses to depression are failing brilliant people like Aaron.  Anyone who dreams big is going to encounter extreme stress.  Anyone who works independently, driven by their own values and goals is especially vulnerable to spirals of guilt, frustration and depression when they hit a wall or push past their limits.  The private, quiet lives that fuel our focus when we’re happy become hellish traps when depression starts.  All of us someday will lose a parent, a partner, a sibling, or someone close to us.   If it hasn’t happened to you, it will– and it can throw you, hard.  So get help, don’t be afraid to rely on others (including doctors or therapists) and when it hits your friends, go above and beyond for them.  If you have a project you’d like to pursue to address mental health issues at scale, using the Internet, be in touch– we’d love to help in some way.

With sadness, and love,

Holmes Wilson
Fight for the Future

P.S. We’ll be launching something in the morning.