Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free video activist training workshops in Scotland

Are you involved in a grassroots or community struggle?
Learn how to make short online films to boost your campaign.
Book your place by October 15th!

Camcorder Guerillas are running a series of free video workshops aimed at small community or grassroots campaigners with little or no funding.
Please feel free to circulate this information and flyer to people who may benefit from this training.
The training takes place over one day at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in central Glasgow and the Albany Centre.  It is organised according to different campaign themes.

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Palestine fundraiser in Swansea Sept 24th

David Rovics will be playing a fund-raiser for Palestinian Political Prisoners in Swansea this month. The US folk singer is coming to The Garage (Uplands) on Monday 24th.

David Rovics ( lives in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. He has written over 20 songs on Palesitne, from 'Rachel Corrie' and 'Jenin' to the 'Occupation' and 'The Mavi Marmara'. He will be supported by Andy Jones, who, as a member of Boys from the Hill also played in the refugee camps of Palestine, a political poet, The Granarchist and a young up and coming local singer 'Ciara'. DJs will play World Music until late. The proceeds will be donated to Addameer Palestinian Prisoner and Human Rights Organisation.

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World's first colour moving pictures discovered

The world's first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found by the National Media Museum in Bradford after lying forgotten in an old tin for 110 years.The discovery is a breakthrough in cinema history.

Michael Harvey from the National Media Museum and Bryony Dixon from the British Film Institute talk about the importance of the discovery.
The previous earliest colour film, using the Kinemacolour process, was thought to date from 1909 and was actually an inferior method.
The newly-discovered films were made by pioneer Edward Raymond Turner from London who patented his colour process on 22 March 1899.

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Police used the Press for their own propaganda

New light has been shed on how Police used the press as propaganda to influence public, and thus Parliament opinion about their own failings.
 The Hillsborough disaster occurred when 96 Liverpool fans died after they were crushed within Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.
The fans who died had been in two pens of the Leppings Lane terrace. Each pen was separated by fences, including an overhanging barrier designed to prevent pitch invasions. Each pen had a small locked gate that opened onto the pitch.
The report, compiled by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, said that despite obvious signs of distress, it was a while before the police fully reacted and launched attempts to rescue those who were being crushed.

The panel also looked at the allegations of blame levelled against Liverpool fans in some newspapers, including The Sun.

"The documents disclosed to the panel show that the origin of these serious allegations was a local Sheffield press agency informed by several SYP officers, an SYP Police Federation spokesperson and a local MP.
"They also demonstrate how the SYP Police Federation, supported informally by the SYP chief constable, sought to develop and publicise a version of events that focused on several police officers' allegations of drunkenness, ticketlessness and violence among a large number of Liverpool fans. This extended beyond the media to Parliament.
"Yet, from the mass of documents, television and CCTV coverage disclosed to the panel there is no evidence to support these allegations other than a few isolated examples of aggressive or verbally abusive behaviour clearly reflecting frustration and desperation."

On 12 September 2012, following the publication of the official report into the disaster using previously withheld Government papers which has exonerated the Liverpool fans present, Former Sun editor Kevin MacKenzie issued the following statement:
Today I offer my profuse apologies to the people of Liverpool for that headline. I too was totally misled. Twenty three years ago I was handed a piece of copy from a reputable news agency in Sheffield [White's] in which a senior police officer and a senior local MP [Sheffield Hallam MP Irvine Patnick] were making serious allegations against fans in the stadium. I had absolutely no reason to believe that these authority figures would lie and deceive over such a disaster. As the Prime Minister has made clear these allegations were wholly untrue and were part of a concerted plot by police officers to discredit the supporters thereby shifting the blame for the tragedy from themselves. It has taken more than two decades, 400,000 documents and a two-year inquiry to discover to my horror that it would have been far more accurate had I written the headline 'The Lies' rather than 'The Truth'. I published in good faith and I am sorry that it was so wrong.
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