Friday Link Round Up: Amnesty, Spoken word poetry, Banksy, food poverty.

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I knew I could not be silent tells of how Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network alerted and inspired Anupriya to the arrest of Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, two leaders of the social justice movement Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA).

The inadequacy of donating medical devices to Africa highlights how we treat Aid and what resources we are sending, The same problem happens with other donations, especially sending computers.

Getting into Spoken Word poetry after watching Sarah Kay’s Ted talk: If I should have a daughter… Lily Myers – “Shrinking Women” is particularly good.

Banksy is in New York, hosting an exhibition on the streets with a quick turn around – thefirst was painted over in just a day.

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The second showcased Banksy’s “New York” accent. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the month brings.

Rooting for Bill de Blasio to become the next New York Mayor. Although I can’t help but think his wife would be a more exciting candidate.

The myth of a plentiful America continues.

“Almost every single person in America has access to basic food, clothing, water and sanitation. I haven’t been to states like Louisiana and cities like Detroit, but from what I can tell, nobody is scrambling for the basic necessities required for sustenance.” Gus Lubin in his post titled – The Most Surprising Things About America, According To An Indian International Student.

I thought of “A Place at the Table”, a documentary about food poverty full of shocking statistics like 1-out-of-2 kids in America will, at some time in their childhood, have to rely on federal assistance for food and heartwrenching struggles. Watch it here and then tell me that everyone in America is food secure.

Food Banks usage in the UK is rising steadily with the the Trussell Trust, which runs food banks, reported 21% increase. The Trust states that there is a clear link between the welfare cuts and the increased need.

Michael Gove’s comments that people who use food banks are to blame for their own financial mismanagement, while not endorsed by the PM are a clear sign of the Tory’s attitude to the poor. David Cameron’s conference speech suggested more of the same, with the young being targeted in particular. Young people must “earn or learn”. Jobs and educational opportunities for young people would be great. But this is not what Cameron is promising. He is going to punish the young for his parties failure to provide funding for education. Instead of creating jobs they are promising to force jobseekers to work 30 hours a week on “work experience” for their benefits hourly this works out well below minimum wage. Read the speach and shudder at what a Tory Britain would look like in 2015.

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