Celebrating 50 Years Of Activism.

November 3rd 1968 to November 3rd 2018.

On that day I will be 69 years old.  I have never been good at marking my birthday.

To quote the quote: – It’s just another day.

This year I will make it an exception, as on that day I will be:- 

Celebrating 50 years of activism.

This started with a protest outside of the offices of Elliot Automation.

That was a company which made Head-up Display Equipment which was used in B52 bombers over Vietnam.

The List.

At different periods over the last 50 years I have worked closely with, or actively been involved in the following campaigns, groups, & organisations.

Anti Falklands War Support Network

At Ease

Campaign Against the Arms Trade

Close Capenhurst Campaign

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

COPS

Fly on the Wall

Greenpeace [ London ]

Housmans Book Shop

Information For Social Change

Kick Nuclear

Librarians within the Peace Movement

Liverpool Pedestrian Group

LIWO Support Group

Merseyside Peace Network

Nuclear Waste Trains Action Group

Operation Namibia

PARTIZANS

[ People Against Rio Tinto Zink and its Subsidiaries ]

Peace News

Peace Pledge Union

Radiation Free Lakelands

Richmond Pacifist Group

Stop Nuclear Power Network

Stop URENCO

Torness Alliance

Undercover Research Group

War Resisters International

&

Many of the WRI Sections and Associate Organisations

YAPPU

[ Youth Association Peace Pledge Union ]

Plus Many Many More.

Plus Plus Plus Plus Plus

Though it is not just a matter of marking the past which I will be doing on the day, but using it as a marker for future campaing work.

The Last Few Months

Working upon several issues at a time can sometimes feel like doing two or more degrees at any one time.

This is especially so when there are lots of highly technical scientific or legal documents which need to be read each week.

Thus there is never time to write up more than what is the most immediate emails, or just keep up to date with all of my correspondence.

Thus I though that it might me a good idea to mention some of my activities over the last couple of months.

It was the 60th anniversary of the Windscale on October 10th, and so I was at both Springfield and Sellafield to mark this event.

There will be another event at springfields to mark the 61st anniversary.

At the start of the month I co-run a Close Capenhurst Campaign stall at the Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair.

This month my article The Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Structure and Concerns was published on the War Resisters International Website.

I also look part a couple of events to mark Prisoners for Peace Day.

Currently I am looking at the scourge of all the A boards which clog up our city streets.

&

Working upon a number of aspects concerning spycops.

 

The Fourth & Next Years Annual DRS Protest

On Saturday July 22nd it was back to Carlisle.

This was for the Fourth protest at a DRS [ Direct Rail Services ] Open Day event.

As ever it was a case of handing out leaflets about the Nukiller waste flasks which DRS haul to Sellafield, and chatting to people about the issue.

Next year the DRS Open Day will be at their Crewe depot.

I’m hoping that we can get a few more activists to join us at the Fifth anniversary event.

So don’t forget to add this to your diary for 2018.

Currently Working On

It seems like every day this month there has been a lot to do.

Here is what I’m now focusing upon right now.

On Friday July 15th I’ll be in Cumbria to oppose the expansion of the Drigg Nukiller Waste Dump.

While on Saturday July 23rd I’ll be outside of the DRS Depot at Crewe.  This is a part of the Co-ordinated Nukiller Waste Train Protests which are going on that day

In between there are protests about Trident which need to be made.

Of Late.

Over the last few months I’ve been working upon a couple of campaigns which have taken up a lot of my time.

The first of these is the Close Capenhurst Campaign.

The other concerns the Atlantic Cartier, which is owned by the Atlantic Container Line [ ACL ], and  managed by Bibby Ship Management.

I’ve also been co-editing the latest issue of Information For Social Change.

Next weekend I’ll be at Heysham.

Looking At Paintings.

I spend a lot of my time visiting art galleries, which is why I have come to the
following conclusion:-

That the classification of art can sometimes prevent us from really understanding
just what the artist is or was doing.

I’d like to illustrate this observation by looking at the work of two artists.

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne ( 1839–1906 ) has traditionally been thought of as an Impressionist
painter,
yet in many ways he was more than that.

Just look at these painting:-

L’Estaque
1883–1885

The Bay of Marseilles, view from L’Estaque
1885

Still Life, Drapery, Pitcher, and Fruit Bowl
1893–1894

&

The  watercolour

Mill at the River
1900–1906

If you look these works closely enough you will realise that they are more cubist
than impressionist in nature.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh ( 30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890 ) is always referred to as being a
post-Impressionist painter.

What are less commented upon are  his drawings.

For example:-

Cypresses (Les Cyprès), 1889

or

Starry Night, after the painting, 1889

Now just start looking at his paintings such as:-

The Starry Night, June 1889

Wheatfield with Crows, 1890

and

Cypresses, 1889

What will then become very obvious to you is that many of his paintings were no
more and no less than drawings in colour.

Understand that,
and start to look at the rest of his works with a fresh eye.

These observations about looking afresh at works of art can also be applied to political thought.

Just you think about it.

The Imperial War Museum.

I’ve just been back on a visit to The Imperial War Museum.

I was in the company of some young War Resisters from
German, Chile, and South Korea.

Although there is a lot within the museum upon the various
wars which Britain has been involved within during the 20th
century:
One can also find a lot of material upon conscription and
conscientious objection.

For me it was a visit to the museum in my teens which kick
started my thinking which resulted in my becoming a pacifist.

Every Pacifist should try and visit the museum.

Don’t knock it.

The Return of L.S.Lowry.

During the weekend I visited The New Art Gallery Walsall.

This is a very fine gallery which houses many of the sculptures
of Jacob Epstein,
plus various 18th to 20th century paintings.

The current temporary exhibition is entitled Outsiders.

The gallery exterior looks like an unimaginative piece of
modern architecture,
but there are some very fines views from inside of the building.

The gallery windows make a good setting for the paintings.

As I looked out of one of these windows I could see swans
walking upon the frozen waters of the near by canal.

I could also see the remains of the former industrial area:
factories and canals,
plus an area which has recently been cleared by demolition.

It all reminded me of the works of L.S.Lowry.

What I fear is that many of our inner cities are going to become
the subject matter of a new L.S.Lowry.

Lots of derelict buildings:
Former offices and shops,
peopled by the new unemployed.

There is going to be no ‘retail therapy’ for the majority during
this current economic crisis,
but we can all enjoy what is to be found within the many art
galleries which abound.