• Nancy Rothwell Go Sweatshop Free - Join Electronics Watch
    Every year, billions of pounds are spent by public bodies in the UK and Ireland on ICT equipment including phones, laptops, computers and tablets. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours working in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery. Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronic industry. Electronics Watch members are public bodies who are coming together to use their collective influence over the industry to improve working conditions in factories across the globe. When joining, institutions write human and labour rights guarantees into their contracts with suppliers. Electronics Watch conducts monitoring of factories on behalf of its members, reporting back about conditions and treatment of works. They then negotiate with global brands, manufacturing companies and factory owners to address any labour rights violations that have been found. Our money is being spent on these products and we're demanding that money be used to eradicate rather than perpetuate a system based on exploitation of workers and inhumane conditions! Nancy Rothwell is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester.
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  • Cardiff University Go Sweatshop Free - Join Electronics Watch
    Every year, billions of pounds are spent by public bodies in the UK and Ireland on ICT equipment including phones, laptops, computers and tablets. Workers that made them likely spent excessively long hours working in dangerous factories. Some are at risk of developing cancer from toxic chemical exposure, which also pollutes the environment. Many sweatshop workers experience violence and are at risk of modern slavery. Electronics Watch is an independent labour monitoring organisation for the electronic industry. Electronics Watch members are public bodies who are coming together to use their collective influence over the industry to improve working conditions in factories across the globe. When joining, institutions write human and labour rights guarantees into their contracts with suppliers. Electronics Watch conducts monitoring of factories on behalf of its members, reporting back about conditions and treatment of works. They then negotiate with global brands, manufacturing companies and factory owners to address any labour rights violations that have been found. Our money is being spent on these products and we're demanding that money be used to eradicate rather than perpetuate a system based on exploitation of workers and inhumane conditions!
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    Created by Jake Simm
  • Stop the Media Scapegoating 'Illegal' Migrants
    The term 'illegal' is the most common precursor to the word migrant in the media. This dehumanising and inaccurate reporting is directly fueling the rise of racism. Here are a few quotes from young refugees and asylum seekers speaking on how the label ‘illegal’ made them feel. “It makes me feel like I’m a dangerous weapon to society. If I carry a firearm, it’s illegal. It’s like you’re saying migrant is synonymous with firearm” - Prakesh, young migrant “You feel it in everyday life, I’m not considered a human being like everyone else, the media is the source to creating all of this in the public eye” - Zahra, young migrant “It makes you feel like you don’t belong in society” - Priya, young migrant Scapegoating and peddling hate towards people from a migrant background has lead to an increase of 57% in hate crime since the Brexit vote. Creating a 'hostile environment' for undocumented migrants purposefully created in policy and perpetuated in the media. The media needs to stop helping to scapegoat migrants and end the use of the dehumanising term 'illegal immigrants'. It is not only morally wrong but also factually incorrect.
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  • UWTSD, Boycott Barclays!
    We cannot afford to construct any new infrastructure which relies on fossil fuel extraction. We cannot dig any new coal mines, drill any new oil fields, build any more pipelines. Yet right now, projected investment in new fields, mines, and transportation infrastructure over the next twenty years is worth $14 trillion. Barclays is a major investor in fossil fuel infrastructure across the globe - it's time for them to halt their support for the fossil fuel industry before they crash the climate.
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    Created by Ella Wilkinson
  • University of Edinburgh Boycott Barclays
    We cannot afford to construct any new infrastructure which relies on fossil fuel extraction. We cannot dig any new coal mines, drill any new oil fields, build any more pipelines. Yet right now, projected investment in new fields, mines, and transportation infrastructure over the next twenty years is worth $14 trillion. Barclays is a major investor in fossil fuel infrastructure across the globe it's time for them to halt their support for the fossil fuel industry before they crash the climate.
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    Created by Nicole Maharaj
  • Stop Barclays Funding Fossil Fuels
    If we’re serious about preventing catastrophic warming we can’t dig any new coal mines, drill any new fields or build any more pipelines. Not a single one. We can't stand by and watch as Sioux Native Americans stopping a pipeline are pepper sprayed, Tasered, attacked with dogs and arrested by police in tanks. We can't wait for the Tories to frack under our homes and National Parks. Despite ongoing resistance from Sioux Native Americans and allies, militarized police continue to protect companies laying the North Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite thousands of objections and sustained local and national pressure, Third Energy have just been given the green light to frack in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. These projects are front lines of the battle to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Barclays funds both these projects and have £15,653 million of assets in oil, gas and coal extraction globally. We can't let these projects go ahead.
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  • Hallé Concerts Society Boycott Barclays
    We cannot afford to construct any new infrastructure which relies on fossil fuel extraction. We cannot dig any new coal mines, drill any new oil fields, build any more pipelines. Yet right now, projected investment in new fields, mines, and transportation infrastructure over the next twenty years is worth $14 trillion. Barclays is a major investor in fossil fuel infrastructure across the globe it's time for them to halt their support for the fossil fuel industry before they crash the climate. Allowing Barclays to sponsor their concerts the Hallé Concerts Society gives Barclays cover to continue to crash the climate.
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    Created by Chris Jarvis
  • University of Edinburgh break your ties with the border industry
    Our universities are directly implicated in maintaining the border industry that operates across the UK and Ireland. Through advertising on right wing media outlets such as Breitbart and Daily Express to using the services of private companies involved in the running of detention centers. The are five companies that are particularly prevalent that we are targeting with this campaign, these are: G4S, Mitie, Capita, Serco and GEO. These companies are all involved in either the building of or maintaining the everyday running of detention centers, through providing infrastructure and security services. At the same time on our campuses the same companies are used to deliver cash collection services, cleaning, catering, portering and more. --End Detention-- Detention centers uphold the hostile environment that the government is actively creating for refugees and asylum seekers. They are places of numerous human rights abuses, including paying detainees less than £1.50 per hour to do essential work such as cooking, cleaning and building maintenance. Our universities are contributing to sustaining these detention centers through using the services of these companies. --Block the Daily Express-- The media holds the power to create and maintain borders in the minds of people and our universities are helping this to happen by contributing to their advertising revenue. It should come as no surprise that the Daily Express - responsible for headlines such as ’BRITAIN MUST BAN MIGRANTS’ – not only endorsed UKIP, but its owner, Richard Desmond, personally donated £1million to the anti- immigrant party. Their headlines spread hate and mistrust in society.
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    Created by Chris Jarvis
  • Bath University Break Ties With Border Industry
    Why shouldn't support border industry: detention centres etc. Shouldn't have ties, companies profiting from misery of migrants, have incentive to lobby government for harsher migration laws- profit from people being put in detention
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    Created by Lucy Griffiths
  • Durham Uni Break Ties with Border Industry
    MITIE Group PLC is the UK's single largest provider of immigration detention centers. Inspections have severely criticised these facilities for detaining people for 'unreasonably long' periods (even when medical and mental health professionals have recommended their release) in 'desolate' and insanitary conditions. Other exploitative practices include the use of inmates to perform essential maintenance work, with payment of only £1 an hour, while incidents of serious self-harm quadrupled in 2 years at one immigration detention centre operated by MITIE. By making a profit from detention centres, MITIE also has an incentive to lobby the government for harsher migration policies. Durham University has a long and proud record of respect for human rights and social justice, a record that is being tarnished by our association with immoral companies like MITIE. Working with these firms is an embarrassment to the student body and the university as a whole.
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  • Bristol Uni to break ties with the Border Industry
    Our universities are directly implicated in maintaining the border industry that operates across the UK and Ireland. Through advertising on right wing media outlets such as Breitbart and Daily Express to using the services of private companies involved in the running of detention centers. The are five companies that are particularly prevalent that we are targeting with this campaign, these are: G4S, Mitie, Capita, Serco and GEO. These companies are all involved in either the building of or maintaining the everyday running of detention centers, through providing infrastructure and security services. At the same time on our campuses the same companies are used to deliver cash collection services, cleaning, catering, portering and more. These companies run for-profit detention centres within the UK. The university should therefore cut ties with them for ethical reasons. These companies profit from the misery and punishment of migrants and will therefore lobby the UK government towards stricter and damaging migration policy. End detention: Detention centers uphold the hostile environment that the government is actively creating for refugees and asylum seekers. They are places of numerous human rights abuses, including paying detainees less than £1.50 per hour to do essential work such as cooking, cleaning and building maintenance. These practices damage the mental health of their workers, such as in Yarl's Wood detention centre where the incidence of self-harm is high and has increased from 58 cases in 2014 to 96 in 2015. Our universities are contributing to sustaining these detention centers through using the services of these companies. Block Breitbart and Daily Express The media holds the power to create and maintain borders in the minds of people and our universities are helping this to happen by contributing to their advertising revenue. Breitbart News is the self proclaimed voice of the new-right, made famous for supporting Trump’s rise to power and its ex-CEO – Steve Bannon’s recent place in Trump’s inner circle. Its far right message includes cheerleading for the #MuslimBan, sexist rants about keeping women in their place, attacks on anyone who stands up to Trump, misinformation on climate change, as well as a constant flow of out and out racism. It should come as no surprise that the Daily Express - responsible for headlines such as ’BRITAIN MUST BAN MIGRANTS’ – not only endorsed UKIP, but its owner, Richard Desmond, personally donated £1million to the anti- immigrant party.
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