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Super Monday

13 Dec

It’s been a while it’s true, and one of my new year’s resolutions is to figure out what to do with this blog and which features I want to keep / start / ditch / tweak etc. But in the meantime.. well, there is just so much superness to reflect on!


1. I went to Papered Parlour over the weekend for their DIY Couture Make a Cloak workshop and it was great! A race against time admittedly, but I was very happy with the finished product, plus we got tea and cake. And now I can pretend to be from the 50s, or that I’m a BAT. Because capes are versatile like that.

2. Bento boxes are super. The BBC actually did a report on them, so it’s official.

3. I was interviewed for the Think Act Vote Futures series a while back, which was really nice.

4. You’ve seen Feminist Ryan Gosling. Now brace yourself for Handmade Ryan Gosling. It’s the future of swoon.

5. Talking of handmade, remember these that I made back in the spring? Well they have been selling like hotcakes! I have had orders and requests without expecting any, and I have done so much panic sewing that my left hand is all claw-like. Worth it though to think of these slogans adorning a few christmas trees this year. Haha.

6. I’ve been back at work full time for 2 weeks now as Green Jobs Director at The Otesha Project UK, and it’s nice to be getting back into the swing of things. The coolest thing is that we are trialling a flat, non-hierarchical structure. You can read about how it’s going here. I’d really recommend it, as it’s going super well so far!

7. By far the superest thing this week was Occupy Cop 17 at the UN climate talks in Durban. The outcome of the negotiations was not perfect, and in no way puts us on track for mitigating climate change, but the fact that they came away with ANYTHING was largely down to this protest. The negotiators overran the talks by 36 hours after this public show of dissent. It proves that protest does and can work. To read more about what happened at the negotiations, read this overview.

hanna ♥

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Twin magazine

15 Jun

I’m a little bit excited to be in the current issue of Twin Magazine, a beautifully produced art and fashion biannual with a feminist slant.

The feature is called “the year of our discontent” and includes loads of inspiring girls who have been protesting this year against the cuts, the war, and climate change, to name but a few. It is very lovely to be numbered among such awesome women.

It was double lovely to be photographed by Clare Shilland who is not only incredibly talented but also SO nice. She fed me lemon polenta cake afterwards as we chatted about life in her Brixton kitchen.

Thanks Clare and Twin!

hanna ♥

Super Sunday

16 May

1. I just got back from seeing Snoop Dogg at Brighton Dome! Quite hilarious.

2. This is awesome. I want to deliver this rap at my graduation. That should be fine, right?

3. The guys over at UKYCC sneakily uploaded this video of me talking about green jobs as part of their Push Europe campaign. I had really liked this outfit, but now think it’s on the wrong side of girl guide/hobo. Hmmm…

4. I had a really good banana and chocolate chip cake today. I didn’t take a picture of it though, so here’s an even more excellent carrot cake muffin I had in brooklyn. yum yum yum.

5. After being ill for 3 weeks, being put on antibiotics wasn’t super as such, but it was pretty good. (image from weheartit).

6. This trailer for new film Schooling the World really blew my mind. So many important questions for development.

7. Generally catching up with friends old and new was really nice this week. Ahhhh.

hanna ♥

p.s. I forgot to say last week that I watched Brief Encounter for the first time and it was incredible! Watch it, if only for the accents.

Call out for contributions!

4 Mar

I am SO excited to be posting this up! Nothing would make me happier than if you wanted to be involved this project. Please forward this call-out to anyone else you think might be interested! Thank you!

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We are creating a zine and fully-fledged, comprehensive resource list around the themes of anti-oppression and privilege.

We are calling out for two types of information:

1. We’re looking for submissions for the zine on privilege and oppression – articles, theory, personal stories, resources, poetry, artwork, film, music, recipes… however you want to tackle the subject. We’re looking for any and all contributions you want to write in response to this call out as well as existing work/articles you know of. Some submissions we receive may not be suitable this time round, but we hope the experience of trying to tackle these issues will be worthwhile for everyone.

2. ALL articles/books/film/music/websites/authors/activists that you know of that deal with these topics – literally anything and everything. Theory or practice. Specific forms of privilege (for example, able bodied, white, class, age, gender, sexuality, cis gender) through to theory of oppression. Examples would include (authors) Bell Hooks, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Tim Wise, Eli Clare, (websites) anarcha.org, rantcollective.net, racialicious.com etc etc etc! Obviously some people will overlap different categories, as will articles and websites.

If all goes well, we will be scaling up this project into a fully-fledged, comprehensive edited handbook, so if you want to be involved, now is the time!

Deadline for submissions is 17th April. Please send submissions, addressed to Hanna and Nim, to antioppressionproject@gmail.com. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you’re interested in working with us to take this project further, please get in touch and tell us a little more about yourself. We’d love to hear from you.

Hanna is an anti-oppression practitioner who has worked with the UK Youth Climate Coalition and The Otesha Project UK. She is currently working with the East London Green Jobs Alliance, a coalition of trade unions, NGOs, community based organisations and green businesses working together to create green and decent jobs for East London citizens.

Nim is an anti-oppression practitioner who works with MOSAIC Black and Mixed Parentage family group, LGBT young people and coordinates So We Stand, a UK based group which recognises the integral links between anti-racist struggle, social justice and environmental injustices. SWS works with frontline communities fighting environmental injustices on their terms.

The very unethical Ezra Levant

2 Mar

I have to get this off my chest.

I’m currently writing an essay on the tar sands, inspired by a quote from the Canadian environment minister which claims that it is “ethical oil”. It is a pretty extraordinary claim, coined first by Ezra Levant, author of Ethical Oil: The case for Canada’s oilsands. Levant is quite an influential man – a Canadian right-wing “personality” who has worked as a political organiser and aide, writes regular columns and makes appearances on tv and radio. I was unaware of all of this however, when he interrupted a twitter exchange I was having with Ed Gillespie from Futerra:

Now see watch and see what Ezra does…

He only goes and edits my tweet to look like I’m saying the complete opposite of what I meant. I react accordingly…

Rude… and oh, yeah, completely UNETHICAL. Continue reading

Tweet Cloud

22 Dec

Just did my tweet cloud and I love it! I think it’s pretty representative of the past couple of months (and of me)!

Off to Oxford tonight for Christmas, via London. A long trip ahead but I am loaded with lovely presents so expecting a good reception at the end of it! I got some really good news today (hence all the exclamation marks!!!) and will be blogging about it in due course…. oooh mysterious.

hanna ♥

Super Sunday

26 Sep

1. This is Emmy the Great. Er… I LOVE HER. She makes lovely music. She wears big knitted things. She is half English, half Chinese (’tis all about the half asian invasion). And she is now a big fan of Climate Rush! I have heard on the grapevine that she is looking for a “climate action presence” at her gigs next year, so we might be climate suffragetting it up at an Emmy the Great gig near you. How bloody cool is that?

2. Frozen yoghurt and napping on the beach on sunny Wednesday was pretty super.

3. I was really moved by MummySam‘s craft project this week. She is sewing journal entries, expressing the feelings that come up in trying to raise a child with Asperger’s. Do read her blog about it here.

4. Here is a short video of me being a Green Dragon at the Wipe Out Waste Awards last week. There will be a longer video soon where we were all encouraged to look super scary and evil so I can’t wait for that one! The bit where I stand up and do a funny twizzle is where I am explaining that my jacket came from a charity shop!

5. I bought a typewriter. “Hipster idiot” you may be thinking but AHA you are wrong. For I have no illusions of typing away on this into the night (although Cormac McCarthy wrote all his novels using just such an Olivetti 32 so it can’t be half bad) but I am going to use it to make nice business cards and badges etc for my upcoming craft project. Plus it looks soooo pretty.

6. Ed Miliband is leader of the Labour party! I actually think that’s quite super. I wish we had less “career” politicians and more who had gained experience contributing to their community in some way, but I think he’s a nice guy, he listens and he’s always made time for us at the climate change conferences as UKYCC.

Funny anecdote – back in 2008 at the conference in Poznan,we had our first meeting with him (where he bought us all beer! Way to get the youth on side). He was 3 months into the job of Energy and Climate Change minister and seemed very unsure of himself. Obama had just been elected, and Ed lamented that we had no one in the UK like him. I said that the opportunity was there for him, the door was open and all he had to do was walk through it. He actually put his head in his hands (!) and said, “I know, I know. You’re right.” I don’t know if he would remember that exchange, but it’s funny to think that we were probably witnessing a slow realisation in him that he needed to step up.

7. I have been listening to She & Him: Volume Two on repeat for the last couple of months. You may have heard Zooey Deschanel’s silver tones before in that much lauded film, Elf. This is her folky two piece band and I rahlly like it.

hanna ♥