Pain is inevitable. Suffering is not

Let’s not close our eyes or bite our tongues

We’re all responsible for each other
& we can all make a difference

This photo of refugees (@Rober_Astorgano) was taken in Greece a few years ago but it could have been taken today in many places
“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark
No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.”
(Warsan Shire)

Tonight we should reflect on the desperation people must feel to try to cross the channel in a dinghy.…
Orwell’s 1984 opens with Winston Smith writing about a film he’s seen

“A ship full of refugees being bombed somewhere in the Med. Audience much amused”

Today's Channel deaths = sadly predictable, as are crocodile tears & the "serves them right" reactions
The language of invasion - of being "overrun" or besieged with "swarms" or "floods" of aliens - is nothing new

This language has become increasingly mainstream

It trips off the tongues of populist political leaders who stoke xenophobia, fear & nationalism to gain & retain power
Words can stigmatize & give legitimacy to a discourse of racism, hatred & xenophobia

It does happen suddenly, but over time. But it has not happened by chance

If we do not act, we will be destroyed - not by migrants - but by the fear & hatred of migrants…
No more channel deaths - 6:30pm - Home Office #NoMoreChannelDeaths

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25 Nov
1. “The narrative around #Thanksgiving today ignores our history”

The story of America is incomplete without understanding the genocide of Indigenous populations

It is a day of national mourning #ThanksgivingDay #Thanksgiving2021 #NationalDayOfMourning
2. “To me, #Thanksgiving is a reminder of our resistance as Indigenous People navigating this settler society that continuously tries to erase & destroy us, yet we are still here.”

#MUSTREAD 2018 essay by @lilnativeboy
#ThanksgivingDay #Thanksgiving2021…
3/. For Indigenous Americans, #Thanksgiving = a #dayofmourning

For other Americans, #ThanksgivingDay = a day to start along the road of redemption

Redemption requires:
🌻Penance (i.e. making amends)

At COP26 this man took two steps along this path
Read 5 tweets
21 Nov
Andrew Marr is leaving the BBC

In Sept 2020, #Marr wrongly & publicly cast aspersions about me

I asked him for a retraction & an apology

I’ve been waiting 14 months

I’ll accept @AndrewMarr9’s apology if given - publicly or privately - in good faith

A proper apology is needed
#MARR: Is it raining?


MARR: But we're standing here getting wet, so surely - even by your own definition - it’s raining - & why are you holding an umbrella?

@MattHancock: I'm holding an umbrella to keep the bloody rain off me.

MARR: I see.
A fortnight after @AndrewMarr9 had failed to comprehend my criticism of his @MattHancock interview & had insulted me on @Twitter, I was in a pub & he & his wife sat nearby me

My friend said I should say something to him

I let him eat his supper in peace.
Read 4 tweets
20 Nov
1/. “I will continue with my hunger strike for as long as my health permits as it is the only way I see of to try to get the govt to bring Nazanin home”

89-year-old Margaret Owen has gone without food for 5 days in solidarity with #NazaninZaghariRatcliffe…
2/. “When I heard about Richard Radcliffe’s hunger strike I went to meet him & was struck by his incredible courage. I went back several times & made a promise to him that I’d do all in my power to help end this terrible injustice”

Follow @ElectionMargie for updates #FreeNazinin
3/. “I cannot bear the idea that Richard Radcliffe’s three-week hunger strike would have been in vain”

89-year-old @ElectionMargie says she is one of several people across the UK who are hunger striking to demand the govt take action to free #NazaninZaghariRatcliffe
Read 10 tweets
10 Nov
Tap the gif
Stop the bra
Support the moobs
(via @Agitate4Change) #BorisJohnson @BorisJohnson
How many goes did it take you to get the bra on #BorisJohnson?
"No bra can support that tit" @OLovekill

"Mine's broken" @GorysTRS👇 Image
Read 6 tweets
7 Nov
1/. “For two weeks, Scotland has become the centre of the world. Not just a place where we can meet one another, but a place where we can truly recognise one another.” Mindahi Bastida, Mexico

A delegation of 140 indigenous people have come to #Cop26 with a message. #COP26Glasgow
2/. “We came here to #COP26 because we knew world leaders would be here. But these world leaders are not listening to our leaders; to the indigenous leaders”

Uboye Gaba from Mexico (& his 1 year old son, Mene)
#COP26Glasgow @MingaIndigena #IndigenousPeoplesDay #IndigenousPeoples
3/. “We are physically kicking out loggers, mining companies & land grabbers every day. We need your support. We need you to help to bring attention to what’s happening”

Puyr Tembe, president of @FEPIPA_Oficial in Brazil speaking at #cop26 #COP26Glasgow on #IndigenousPeoplesDay
Read 36 tweets
6 Nov
1/. As millions around the world gather today to demand #ClimateAction a QUESTION...

Would you buy grapes that were individually wrapped in plastic?
#COP26Glasgow #COP26  #ClimateEmergency #plasticpollution #ClimateJustice #ClimateMarch #ClimateActionNow
2/. “Every single grape wrapped in plastic! What the actual f***!”

You would probably be outraged like my friend Diane was! #COP26Glasgow #COP26  #FridaysForFuture #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency #plasticfree
#ClimateMarch #ClimateJustice

The individually wrapped grapes in the video aren’t real

But the plastic wrapped passion fruit were

& so is this footage

& so was Diane’s reaction

& so too was the outrage you perhaps felt

It’s time to channel the outrage into action
Read 8 tweets

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