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This year’s annual Barry Amiel
and Norman Melburn Trust lecture will be delivered by Kathy Boudin - Columbia
University Professor and co-founder of the Center for Justice at Columbia
University, U.S. advocate for ending mass incarceration, and former Weather
With 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prison population, the United States is the leading incarcerator in the world. In America’s so-called ‘justice' system, upwards of 80,000 people are now kept in solitary confinement, life sentences and life without parole are on the increase, and a new generation of ‘super-max’ prisons have beendesigned to minimize social contact between prisoners, a disproportionate majority of whom are African-American men.
How did this grossly unjust, racist and dehumanising system arise? What kind of economic and political interests keep it in place? What are the consequences for the particular communities most impacted by it, and for the wider American public? And what are the possibilities for its deconstruction?
The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust will consider applications for this award on Thursday, 23rd April 2015. The deadline for submissions is now closed.
If you do wish to make an application for funds, please contact the administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org specifying that you wish to apply for the ‘Nina Fishman Translation Award’. You will be sent application guidelines along with an application form specifically for the Nina Fishman Translation Award. Application forms are only available from the administrator. Any applications which do not meet the application guidelines will not be accepted.
Eighteen months on from the Arab Spring, a year on from the Occupy protests, social unrest continues. Paul Mason explored the roots of the great dissatisfaction among the young and educated and reflected on the way his thesis – that this is an 1848 of the mind, driven by new information networks and horizontal forms of protest – has stood up in the face of attempts to normalise and colonise the protest movements.
He also explored the changing dynamic of the economic crisis that underpins the social unrest, showing how events in Russia and China – countries that have delivered economically to their middle classes – fit into the pattern of disruption and challenge begun in Tahrir Square.
This was a landmark exposition
of Mason’s analysis, incorporating new research and reactions to
the original criticisms of his book, “Why It’s Kicking Off
Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions”.
Trust funded project:
The Runner is a film about endurance. It is the story of a champion long-distance runner whose journey transformed him from an athlete into the symbol of a national liberation movement. Salah Ameidan is willing to risk his life, his career, his family and his nationality to run for a country that doesn't exist. He is from Western Sahara, officially Africa's last colony and under Moroccan occupation since 1975.
In the first year of this initiative Compass was chosen as the partner organisation and the project was tremendously successful. Zoe Gannon was the Fellowship beneficiary based at Compass and she completed an important piece of research about the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry that was published in Autumn 2008. In the second year two fellowships were chosen with each of Ruskin College and the TUC. In the third year, one fellowship at The Equality Trust. Jacob Mohun has recently commenced the next Fellowship at The New Economics Foundation .
Nina Fishman’s Arthur
Horner: A Political Biography was published in 2010.
trustee of the Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn trust , died on Saturday
5th December. Neal Lawson remembers her.
Nina was a great friend of Compass. She prodded, pushed and backed us. She opened doors to others and actively supported what we did. She believed in us in a way that gave you the strength and determination to go on even when things got rough or difficult. We couldn't let people like Nina down. She was always "so pleased" to hear good news or help you through harder times.
She had been ill with cancer but still unexpectedly and peacefully Nina died on Saturday. Our thoughts are with Phil and her family. We grieve with them because we feel the loss too; of a friend and a true comrade.
Nina Fishman had lots of layers and those of us who were lucky enough to know her loved all of them.
Dave Cope’s CPGB Bibliography is a hugely valuable
resource for those of us involved with both researching and supporting
research in the politics of the left. With 10 categories of materials
produced by the CP, and 4 categories of material about the CP users can
efficiently and quickly drill down through the database. The keyword facility
is a useful additional tool, especially as it includes in its scope the
(where applicable) “comments” field, with its explications
and often fascinating nippets of additional information’.
Long after its dissolution, the history of
the Communist Party of Great Britain continues to capture the interest
and imagination of academics, writers and researchers. There can have
been few political projects that generated such an intensity of debate,
and produced such an enormous volume of literature. Despite its relatively
small size, the influence of the CPGB - in the fields of politics, theory,
culture, social policy, and anti-racism - was enormous.
Black Gold, a film documentary supported
by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, was
part of the official selection of the London Film
Black Gold is a moving and eye-opening look into
the 80-billion-dollar global coffee industry, where
the spoils of overpriced lattes and cappuccinos are
sparsely shared with the farmers who make it all possible.
Sundance Film Festival, 2006
the trust's history
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& Left Review
|The trust annual
1996: Eric Hobsbawm
Identity Politics and the
1998: Noam Chomsky
Power in The Global
2000: Tom Nairn
2011: Matthew Flinders and David S. Moon,
2010: James Derbyshire and Garry Haywood,
2009: Dominic Williams, 'Spatial Dimensions of Social Mobility'
2008: Ines Newman, 'The Future of Local Development'
2007: Alison Wolf,
2006: Danny Dorling,
2005: Fred Robinson,