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June Newsletter

Christina W.
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London, GB
21st Century Network Newsletter

These last few months has seen exciting progress within our social action groups , several mini meetups have now been organised and appear very popular with members.

Immigration and Human Trafficking

Esther Angel Co-ordinator of the Immigration and Human Trafficking group is looking for volunteers that would be willing to help her support the smooth running of the group, if any members are interested could they please contact me.

FAIR TRADE….(Co-ordinator Ann Marie Morgan)

You've all seen the very 1st mini meet-up that has been organised with Sally Reith of Shared Interest on 15th June. This will be a talk and workshop evening on the work of Shared Interest and how to get involved in the fantastic work they do.

To register for this mini meetup or to find out more information

This meeting is being hosted by MWB Business Exchange who have offered their meeting room in the centre of Piccadilly for some of our mini meetups.

SCIENCE AND RELIGION…(Co-ordinator Jay Lakhani)

At the meeting we held in February on Humanising Beliefs many people felt that the discussion could have gone on in more depth. So we are holding our 2nd“mini meetup” on “Science & Religion” to carry this topic further. Jay Lakhani who spoke at our February meeting will lead this discussion. Many people wanted to hear more of his ideas so here is a chance to discuss them. Dave Pendle will chair this meeting.

Jay Lakhani is a Hindu educationalist promoting Hindu education in schools, colleges and universities in the UK. Jay Lakhani is also the director of the Hindu council in UK. He is known for his strong opposition to the hierarchical caste system and the atrocity of conversion being committed in the name of religion. He is against such misconceptions taught in the name of Hinduism. According to him the cast system is a socio-economic feature and has no connection to religion.

To register for this mini meetup or to find out more information

This meeting is being hosted by Host Universal who have offered their meeting room in the centre of Piccadilly for some of our mini meetups.

SOCIAL BUISNESS…(Co-ordinator Robert De Souza)

Social business is a growing movement globally and one where our environment and social justice is part of any business plan. It is an important business movement that can have a profound impact on the world we live and it can happen!

This meeting will be an opportunity to collaborate with other social business leaders who have the insight, project, and experience to make this happen faster.

To register for this mini meetup or to find out more information

This mini meetup is being hosted by Host Universal

CIVIL RIGHTS…(Co-ordinator Mark Barrett)

Civil Rights is a social action group of 21st Century Network. There are many people interested including 18 people on our own social network site. To add your interest then visit the site here and sign on to this group

Having decided the concept of 'Local Sovereignty' should be at the cornerstone of the project we're now setting our wider foundation. We want to connecting people already involved or interested in local grassroots/consensus democracy with each other and the wider London community, as a preliminary to the launch of our Campaign for Real Democracy (CRD). Pre-sponsorship CRD meetings are scheduled to start in central London on Monday 8th June. Anyone interested to join the CRD email/planning list should contact James Holland at as soon as possible.

Some of are organising a 'Democracy Picnic' at historic Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath on August 15th. Please can people join the facebook group, tweet it & spread the word so we can make it a big one? Facebook group: http://www.facebook.c...­

Some of are organising a 'Democracy Picnic' at historic Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath on August 15th. Please can people join the facebook group, tweet it & spread the word so we can make it a big one? Facebook group: http://www.facebook.c...­


The London Bridge Festival 2009 is an opportunity for social campaigners to use Art and Entertainment to promote their ideas to a wider audience.

We meet every Tuesday fortnight, to discuss ideas and projects that we undertake to promote social awareness.

The Heeltap pub has a club-like atmosphere and is a great place to meet and talk.

More: http://www.londonbrid...­

CLIMATE CHANGE…(Co-ordinator David Thorne)

Here are some ideas I have scribbled on my pad and some of the people who told me. Please give us more info if you have it on these or any other things you picked up last night! It was great to make connections and come up with ideas. Apologies my scribble is quite rough!

1) Get air exchanger plants - google Ted Talks Growing
2) Write down remedies of the elders in your community
3) Make short films of the elders and their forgotten wisdom says Sapna.
4) Who recycles stuff for people with disabilities - how can it be organised? (Sapna again)
5) Make a green roof for your garden shed (Petica has just done this)
6) Take a walk through Kew Gardens, get to know its massive seed bank. Karen was thinking of organising walks.
7) Come to the next London Transition meeting in July in East Finchley
8) Work out how to use all those skills of people who are not currently employed - credit crunch revival! (Emily).
9) How do we contact Transition Colliers Wood? Anyone know???
10) Let's create an "Ideas Bucket" - you put one in, you take one out. (Emerson)

and many more ... this is the start of my ideas bucket actually ...


Death Penalty APPG
The Foreign Policy Centre, in partnership with Stop Child Executions, is hosting the launch of a major new report entitled, 'From Cradle to Coffin: A Report on Child Executions in Iran'. Written by Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President of Stop Child Executions, her team and Tahirih Danesh, an FPC Senior Research Associate, the report aims to provide a comprehensive documentation and analysis of Islamic Republic of Iran's executions of minors since the 1979. It will highlight inconsistencies in the Iranian legal system, as well as contradictions between Iran's record of executing minors and its international human rights commitments. The report will put forward clear recommendations for action by the international community and human rights campaigners. Hard copies of the Report will be available free of charge at this event.

FPC Westminster Pamphlet Launch
DATE: Tuesday 30th June 2009
TIME: 6.00 - 7.45pm
VENUE: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House,
Houses of Parliament,
Victoria Embankment,
London SW1A 2LW
Speakers: Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President of Stop Child Executions Geraldine Van Bueren, Professor of International Human
Rights Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Drewery Dyke, Researcher, Amnesty International (tbc)Chair: Alistair Carmichael MP, Chair of the Abolition of the

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