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Campaigner, Writer, Trainer, Management, Consultant & Director - Working for Equality


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Jim Thakoordin has been a campaigner from childhood. We all have the power to make a difference. We can do it by starting from precisely where we are and move on. Malcolm X learned his politics in prison. Ghandi developed his philosophy of non-violent campaigning whilst experiencing racism in apartheid South Africa. We can all throw a pebble into a pond and create a ripple. People marching in China or in a tiny country could create a ripple around the world. We have a global media working 24 hours every day of the week. The Civil Rights activists of the 1960s ended years of blacks being treated as second-class citizens in the United States. Every man, woman or child of whatever age can create the ripple.

Our world, the global village is subject to constant changes. Hardly a day goes by without us learning of a tragic disaster. Wars, famine, rebellion, economic depression, child poverty, disease, genocide, floods, earthquakes, fires, terrorism, rising unemployment, suicides, shocking crimes and much more. On the other hand, we learn of human kindness globally, people rallying to support fellow human beings, animals and others creatures threatened with disasters including pain, suffering, conflicts, loss of rights and liberties, extinction, hunger, poverty and poor health. In addition, we learn of new and vital discoveries, inventions and innovations in medicine, science, transport, communication, production, technology and other breakthroughs which enable us all on our planet Earth to look forward to a life which was so beyond the reach of our parents, grandparents and ancestors. We are living longer, have made more material goods, we have more education and opportunities and better health care.

All these changes have been made possible because of campaigning and contributions made by fellow human beings across the world since human life started in Africa.

We are all part of the human race and are descended from the same ancestors. Every nature, culture, civilization, religion and racial group have made significant contributions in the past towards our present civilizations. The European domination of the various world structures, strategies, research and development, finance, production process, scientific, communication, agriculture, education, technology and so on was made possible because of the massive progress made over thousands of years by the great African, Asian, Chinese and other civilisations by the indigenous people across the world.

WE WILL HAVE MUCH LESS PROGRESS WITHOUT CAMPAIGNS

Campaigns, dissent, struggles and disagreements have contributed to the progress of humankind. Individuals, groups, communities, societies and nations have made significant contributions using past knowledge and resources to shape current and future plans and strategies to improve us and our world.

The individual is at the heart of progress. We are all unique while being part of the whole and can instigate change and progress. This is often denied by politicians, institutions, organizations and highly-organised and centralized groups locally, nationally and internationally as they all seek to marginalise the role of the individual. Given this situation, it is not surprising that individuals worldwide have been pushed aside and have subsequently lost faith in the so-called democratic process.

Much of the inequality and exploitation in our world today has been sustained in the name of democracy meaning “government of the people by the people”. Sadly, the basic rights of the individual, whether economic, political, social, cultural or human, has been undermined by the rich and powerful who influence local, national and international institutions. In doing so, they have become very rich at the expense of the poor with only around 8% owning and controlling around 80% of the world’s wealth, resources and institutions.

It is time that individuals and groups concerned about real democracy, equality, poverty and exploitation mobilize, organize and campaign through the use of technology and communication facilities such as the Internet to unite and fight for true democracy and human rights in every village, town, city and country.

Campaigning for and by the disadvantaged can make a massive difference to our world which has been abused by the powerful and greedy who put profit before people and greed before need.

OUR UNFAIR WORLD

  • 1% of the population owns 40% of the wealth.
  • 34,000 children are dying each day from poverty and disease, which could easily be treated for a few pence a day.
  • 50% of the population live on less than 2 dollars each day.
  • Over 18 million people a year - 50,000 per day die due to poverty-related diseases.
  • Over 11 million children living in poverty die before their fifth birthday
  • Every year, more than 500,000 women in sub-Saharan Africa die in pregnancy. Almost 90% of maternal deaths occur in Asia and Africa compared to around 1% in developed countries
  • There are over 100 million homeless street children worldwide subjected to widespread abuse, degradation and exploitation
  • More than half the women and children in the world are subjected to regular violence and abuse. Enslavement and human trafficking involve millions of women and children worldwide.
  • The majority of the world’s poor own few possessions, have little or no right to land holding, access to banks, accessible transport, healthcare, education, decent housing or clean water and sanitation.
  • Most of the world’s poor are marginalized in many key areas of political, economic and decision-making structures due to dictatorship, feudalism, corrupt government, power of market forces outside their control, lack of assets, insufficient access to land, education and health, high unemployment and under-employment.
  • In 2001, over 1 billion people lived on less than $1 (one dollar) per day and  2.7 billion on less than $2 per day. Whilst globalisation has brought some benefits to some of the world’s poor, it has increased impoverishment and disadvantages for others, especially in the poorest countries of Africa, Asia and South America.
  • Many poor countries are still faced with massive foreign debts and are using a substantial part of their gross domestic product to service such debts instead of investing in essential infrastructure such as new technology, education, welfare, job creation and poverty reduction.
  • In 2004, 42% of  people in sub-Saharan Africa were living below the poverty line;

            31% in South Asia and  9% in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the World Bank.

  • Massive poverty still exists in the most developed and richest countries. For example, in 2006, 21.9% of all minors, and 30% of all African American minors in New York were living below the poverty threshold. 60% ( 18 million) of Mumbai’s population, in one of India’s richest states, lived in slums. The majority of these were children.

Things and issues you can organize and campaign for locally and nationally to save our planet include:

  • recycling more
  • protecting all living creatures and things
  • reducing pollution
  • improving transport, including better access to public transport
  • growing more food locally
  • producing more goods locally and employing more local people
  • reducing the use of private transport
  • avoiding waste and unnecessary travel
  • reducing consumption of meat products
  • campaigning against resources spent on weapons of destruction and for more conflicts to be resolved through negotiation.
  • Promoting environmental improvements
  • Planting more trees
  • Turn off your answering-machine when you’re at home
  • Pay bills on line
  • Share things
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Stop using plastic bags
  • Give things away rather than dump them
  • Avoid junk mail
  • Walk more
  • Recycle as much as possible
  • Turn off lights
  • Use long-life light bulbs
  • Shop locally
  • Plant trees
  • Take shorter showers
  • Brush your teeth without running the water
  • Avoid bottled water
  • Reuse items whenever possible
  • Recycle glass and newspaper
  • Use both sides of writing paper
  • Eat before you go out to shop
  • Share transport
  • Cut down on reheating food
  • Keep fit and healthy
  • Defrost fridges and freezers regularly
  • Insulate your home
  • Use less water
  • Recycle organic waste
  • Check your car tyres weekly

 

JT FEBRUARY 2010

JIM THAKOORDIN FEBRUARY 2010

To respond to funding issues, local or central government policies or initiatives, or assessing the needs of the community, organisations working the good of the community need to organise campaigns at the grassroots that are listened to by those with the power to award grants or resources.

Listed below are some key tips to assist organisations in their attempts to secure resources and to make the work of your organisation more successful.

1. Know your goals and objectives

Be very clear about your short and long term goals
Define the basic primary, intermediate and final steps
Decide where you can win friends and when you can compromise
Decide on what you ideally want to achieve and what your fall back position is
Regularly review your goals and objectives

2. Be strategic

Identify the decision makers
Identify the process and the chain of authority in the decision making so you
know exactly which people to aim at and to influence
Identify who has the final say in the process


3. Develop relationships

With key decision makers, managers and their staff who are in control of resources
With majority and minority political organisations
Others who may be able to assist directly or indirectly
With your local councillors and member of UK parliament and the Member of the European Parliament
With key decision-makers in bureaucracies even they may appear quite stuffy
With key movers and shakers in the sector and also local journalists and the wider media such as local radio

4. Identify your allies as well as those who may be less supportive

Work with the key players including successful organisations
Develop partnerships and networks; build coalitions with like-minded people.

5. Identify your opponents

Anticipate the arguments that your opponents will present
Develop strategies to overcome opposition and resistance

6. Mobilise support from as many sources as possible

Get grass roots support through letters leaflets, phone calls, emails, public meetings and the media
Use the media to broadcast the issue and get popular support

7. Use resources

Plan your action
Be clear what you are seeking, how much, when, in what form and the precise use
Document your issue with convincing arguments
Be honest and be prepared to accept less
Use data such as statistics, results from surveys, interviews, case studies, testimonies, academic research and key supporters

8. Legislation or regulation?

Identify how decisions would be made around the campaign issue. Policy decisions are usually decided through legislation in the houses of parliament.
Decisions around practice (not policy) are made by the Minister through regulation. Government departments interpret both policy and practice. In reality the distinction between policy and practice is a fine one.

9. What your Member of Parliament can do

Raise your concerns in decision making forums such as parliamentary committees.
Ask questions or raise issues in Parliament.
Provide you with access to government information.
Raise or support your issue in the media.
Liaise with and lobby other Members of Parliament.
Sponsor your submission to parliamentary committees.
Make representations on your issue to the Minister or help you gain an appointment with the Minister.

10. What a Councillor, MP or Minister can do

Make decisions on both policy and practice.
Introduce legislation and regulation.
Support or oppose issues in Cabinet, Committee and/or at Council meetings.
Lobby the Leader, Chair of the appropriate Committee, Lead person, Government Departments or Prime Minister.

11. Organising a delegation

A delegation to a politician or to a government official can be an effective way of putting your issue on their agenda
The delegation should be both representative and democratic
Involve two people minimum and six people maximum
Involve women, ethnic minorities, senior citizens and young people as appropriate
Have a briefing session before the meeting and plan your input and answers
Delegation members should be familiar with the issues and know what to do in the meeting and when to do so
Agree on who would say what and when

12. At the meeting

Be on time
Dress appropriately
Be courteous, confident and polite
Do not hug the discussion
Support each other
Show unity of purpose and commitment
Stress the importance of the resource and the impact this will have on the community
One person can give an overview of the issues and other people can relate their personal experience without taking too much time
Describe some practical ideas and realistic solutions that you find acceptable
Keep the information simple but relevant and to the point
Know when to stop
Take notice of body language
Do not repeat yourself unless asked to do so


13. After the meeting or application

Thank everyone
Be clear what has been agreed
Seek written confirmation if appropriate
Keep in contact
Provide update as necessary
Keep records

14. After securing your goals

Thank the provider
Respect the conditions and terms of the support
Monitor and report on expenditure
Prepare final report and inform funder
Use the resources carefully and maximise the opportunity

15. If unsuccessful

Ask for reasons for rejection
Try and try again
Learn from mistakes
Be positive
Talk with others who have been successful
Carry out further research
Never give up

AZTEC CIVILISATIONS

  • Fatalistic – very superstitious
  • Aztecs greeted Cortez, the Spanish Conquistador, with immense amounts of gold
  • 300-400 Spaniards faced up to ¾ million Aztec warriors
  • Many Aztecs made enormous human sacrifices to their gods to seek comfort from the Spanish invaders
  • Aztecs were divided. The ruling elite exploited the people. Many tribes joined the Spanish invaders against the Aztec rulers and their armies.

 

DEMOCRACY – WHOSE DEMOCRACY?

  • Distortion of facts
  • Manipulation of facts
  • Misrepresentation
  • Links with politicians, civil servants and big business more than what is known.

www.democracynow.org

  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb; at least 300,000 people died from A-bombs.
  • Nuclear blackmail, nuclear terrorism
  • 9nuclear powers have over 27,000 nuclear warheads
  • Russia, USA, France, Pakistan, China, Israel, Korea, India
  • Hiroshima – 6th August; Nagasaki 9th August
  • USA democracy signifies war, and war is the USA’s biggest business.
  • $20 million per year on war

Berrigan Anti-War – check out Freda Berrigan Foundation

  • India’s defence budget up by 40% in 2009 following agreements signed by USA and India. This will fuel the arms race between India and Pakistan.

ISRAEL

  • Since Israel was re-instated as a state within Palestinian lands after the second world war, it systematically set about to destroy 1,000 years of Palestinian history, culture, ownership and legitimacy. This is a dirty stain on the conscience of USA and Europe.
  • Israelis forgot the holocaust of WW2 and treated the Palestinians with brutal ethnic cleansing, occupancy and denial of their human rights.
  • Arab states with oil colluded with the USA out of fear of losing power to radicals.
  • Western countries are biased against the Palestinians.
  • They blindly support Israel because of the mighty Jewish lobby in USA and Europe.
  • They prop up the Zionist state and use it as their puppet to continue their domination of the Middle East.
  • Oil is a major reason.
  • The feudal right-wing leadership in the oil states seeks protection from the west to maintain their domination of their powers against their own people.
  • 1948 – Creation of the state of Israel.
  • PLO founded by Yasser Arafat  January 20th 1965

OUR UNFAIR WORLD

  • There are 22,000 nuclear warheads around.
  • Next world war in the Middle East will be a nuclear war.
  • Global warming is more to do with the effects of nuclear bombs, testing, etc., than with CO2
  • Our intelligence services, CIA, MI5, MI6 etc are trained to lie, deceive and misinform.
  • Lying is routine.
  • Denying the truth and withholding factual information is part of their work.
  • Democracy = a farce, an excuse to attack certain countries and cultures by western capitalists.
  • America, Europe, Israel, least democratic
  • Minority governments with large majorities – yet secured less than 1/3 of the available votes.
  • Many so-called democracies have governments with less than ¼ - 1/3 of the actual votes cast.
  • Our police and security forces have failed us.
  • They are incompetent, corrupt, lazy, duplicitous and unaccountable, and there are many criminals among them.
  • They are in collusion with drug-pushers
  • The Establishment

 

  • The Elite

 

  • The Ruling Class

FIGHT FOR THE RESOURCES ON THE MOON

  • Russia, USA and China are all keen to establish bases on the moon to exploit the resources.
  • For thousands of years, humans have been exploring ideas about the planets and the world.
  • First written language developed by the Samarcans  5,000 years ago.

EXPLOSION 1984 – BHOPAL DISASTER

  • Bhopal disaster in India 25 years ago.
  • Tens of thousands died
  • ½ million affected
  • Tens of thousands disabled and deformed
  • 700 pounds compensation per person
  • American company.
  • 25 years on – no-one has been prosecuted
  • Generations to come will suffer from this disaster

BLACK MEN / BOYS

  • Emphasis on making money, not on social and moral values
  • Materialism – fame – instant success
  • Emphasis on power and influence
  • Chance to possess power, money, influence and material things without having social or moral values
  • Get-rich-or-die-trying mentality
  • Capitalism, profits and materialism and not social enterprises or regular opportunities – teaching, social work, professional everyday activities.

BLACK COLLUSION

SOUTH AFRICA

  • Apartheid
  • Tribal
  • Police brutality
  • Black police – middle class collusion
  • 50 years of legal apartheid
  • British started it

 

INDIA

  • Over 2 million died or seriously disabled in the liberation of India from British rule
  • The British legacy was to divide India into 2 parts, creating Pakistan

AUSTRALIA

  • Commonwealth countries did not challenge Australia’s policies and treatment of the aborigines in Australia / Tasmania

Black Collusion in return for their support of corrupt regimes in Africa, Asia and South America.

Tens of millions died in Africa and hundreds of millions around the world over the last century.

Western support for corrupt Black stooges.

Arm them to destroy their opponents.

Divide and rule worldwide.

  • In America, setting native tribes against each other
  • Arming Black to kill Black

In the last 50 years:

  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Congo
  • South Africa
  • Kenya
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Indonesia
  • Rwanda
  • Nigeria
  • Ethiopia
  • Somalia   etc.

Black Collusion and Betrayal

Geronimo was betrayed

Indian scouts tracked down militants

ROBOTS HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO

  • 300 years B.C. people created automated systems
  • Inventions, science, technology, etc. for thousands of years.
  • Computer type over 1,000 years ago
  • Use of water, air, engineering.
  • Clocks
  • Islamic world
  • Al Jazarie created robots 1000 years ago

INDIAN TEENAGE CULTURE

  • Music – more rap, more bi-racial with Africans for street-cred.
  • String words together that sound sexist, radical, revolutionary etc. but largely pandering to mainstream rap, soul, hip-hop culture
  • Striving to emulate and copy whilst mixing the songs and scenes to incorporate Asian as well as African, European and mixed-race appeal.
  • This is classic modern capitalism
  • Making money
  • Re-defining youth culture
  • Appealing to mainstream
  • Struggling to retain as much as the Asian youth scene
  • Pandering to western values
  • Body language – sexist
  • Girls – sexist dress, body movement
  • Dying hair to blonde, ginger etc
  • Simulating sex scenes
  • Tattoos
  • Piercings
  • Leather I can’t read this next word
  • Attacks on traditional Asian cultural and religious customs, values and behaviour.

Implications

  • Crime
  • Drugs
  • Disrespect for history, culture and lifestyle
  • Violence
  • Promoting decadence
  • 10,000 Asians in British prisons
  • World-wide audience
  • Asians in care
  • Breakdown of Asian families
  • Generation gap widens
  • Loss of parental influence
  • Violence within families and abuse

INDIANS – HISTORY

  • 60,000 Indians died fighting for Britain in the First World war
  • 560 Princes and Maharajahs in India propped up by the Raj
  • Indian upper-class trained to think like the British
  • Indoctrinated into British Imperialist strategy
  • Indian army led by white generals
  • 1942 – Gandhi called on the British to leave India.
  • Indians ran the civil service in the interests of the Raj
  • Queen Victoria declared herself Empress of India
  • Indian soldiers trained by the British defended the right of the British to rule India
  • Indians killed Indians to protect the Raj
  • Britain used the Indian army to suppress the Indian independence struggles.
  • Indian army officers found it necessary to prove to the British that they were more British than the British
  • Many of the Indian officers ended up commanding British soldiers in defending the Raj against Indian nationalists.
  • 1942 – 2 million Indians fight ion the side of Britain whilst tens of millions of Indians were being oppressed by Indian soldiers led by the British
  • 15th August 1947 – Britain was forced out of India
  • Mountbatten and India
  • Independence came at a price
  • Before the British finally left, some 2 million Hindu and Muslim lives were lost
  • The British were instrumental in dividing India into India and Pakistan
  • The divide and rule strategy was an essential part of British foreign and colonial policy.

           PRESIDENTIAL QUOTATIONS

Yes we can

Not obsessed with right or left, but interested in supporting right from wrong

No-one left behind

Not a Liberal state or a Conservative state but a United States of America

Time for a change

We need a new energy system that is clean and green

Secure the future for all our people

If we work together, if we campaign together, we will win together

With each generation we grow stronger, more equal and better informed. We need to remember that this is only possible by standing on the shoulders of those generations before us

Hillary Clinton, Democratic Convention – 28/8/08

 

This is a fight for the future and a fight we must win together

No way, no how, no turning back. Our destiny is straight ahead to victory

We must bring back those left out and those left behind

Money borrowed from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis

We want rights from equal rights to civil rights, from gay rights to women’s rights and the rights of all our people

This will not be easy, progress never is. We need to support change here and now.

We need change from the ground up and not the top down

Just imagine how things could be for all of us if we support change

He is pragmatic, tough and wise

THE AUDACITY OF HOPE

  • Why become involved in politics?
  • Cut-throat politics
  • What politics is about – ideology, values, dreams, career, morality, doing good, changes, justice, fairness, equality, ego, civic duty, common good.

                        When the power of love overcomes the love

                         of power, only then we will have peace.

  • Government has a duty to open opportunities for all, yet political decisions tend to benefit the wealthy and powerful more than the poor.
  • I believe in equality, justice, freedom, egalitarianism, just and fair laws, free speech, global warming, peace and a world free of nuclear weapons. Spending more on peace and quality of life  less on militarism and war.
  • I believe in global co-operation to ensure world-wide literacy, numeracy, access to basic healthcare, clean water and housing. I am opposed to the rich nations getting richer at the expense of the poorer nations whose people live on less than $2 a day. Globalisation benefits the developed world more than the less-developed world.
  • The major financial, business, industrial giants, trading arrangements including globalisation works better for the richer nations that are in the driving seat of such institutions.
  • I am opposed to militarism, nationalism, discrimination, prejudice, stereotyping, racial superiority, over sensitiveness to racial identity, oppression linked with gender, sexuality, religion, culture, age, sexual orientation and over sensitiveness to victimhood generally. I believe history is important for every age-group and generation