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Posts Tagged ‘LabourStart

save Farzad! act NOW

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This just in from Eric Lee:

farzad_kamangarThis morning I received news that jailed Iranian teacher union activist Farzad Kamangar may be hanged within the next few hours.
According to the Education International, he has been taken from his cell in Tehran’s Evin prison in preparation for execution. The guards have told him he is about to be executed and they are making fun of him, calling him a martyr.
We need your help and we need it right now.
Send off your message to the Iranian president:
http://www.labourstart.org/farzad
Pass on the this message to everyone you know who might support this campaign. We may only have a few hours left.
I know that I can count on your help.  Thank you.

Eric Lee

You can read more & send an e-message to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at:

http://www.ei-ie.org/en/urgentactionappeal/show.php?id=12&country=iran

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Written by yishaym

November 26, 2008 at 12:35 pm

vote for small worlds network!

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I know, the elections that will determine the fate of the world are in 3 days. In the meanwhile, you can practice at the Knight News Challenge. Ok, bad joke. The real story here is that I put in a last-minute bid, and I honestly think it’s got some value, so have a look and express yourself –

http://generalapp.newschallenge.org/SNC/viewitem.aspx?pguid=4a4f8c6a-d2c2-4545-82db-c8ed4b415eba&itemGuid=1d7d14a4-c8a8-4fa4-890b-b9db3b5e617a&fileGuid=750d9595-b922-4a8f-a0af-3762620dc659

this project will connect existing open-source tools and web2.0 sites to create a platform that will allow users to broadcast and subscribe to news by location, time, and topic. Users will be able to send and receive items by SMS, MMS, email, microblogs, RSS, instant messengers and social networking sites. Users will also be able to tag and rate incoming items. The unique feature of the system is the ability to define a subscription “radius”, which will direct news from the proximity of the selected location / time / topic. For example, if I subscribe to sport news in a radius of 10km of my home, I will receive any item posted to that topic within that range. The proximity variance will create a dynamics of information cross-over, engendering unexpected links between communities of shared, or close, interest. Thus, the “small worlds” property of human networks will be expressed and enhanced, empowering individuals to access the knowledge they want and build communities around common agendas. The core of the system will be the news routing engine, which will collate items from a variety of sources and distribute them to masses of subscribers. The system will provide several straightforward user interfaces, via web, SMS commands, and iPhone and Android apps. More elaborate interfaces will be provided as components for social networking sites and mashups (e.g. with googlemaps). The requested funding is intended to cover the fist year of development and operation. After that, the system should sustain itself through advertising and commissioned channels. Users will have a choice of several subscription options, from free and open ad-supported to corporate rented closed and ad free. The free option will always be available, and will be supported by the paid ones.

(by the way, LabourStart2.0 seems to be doing pretty good)

Written by yishaym

November 2, 2008 at 2:37 am

vote for LabourStart2.0

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Eric Lee has applied for $80,000 from Knight News Challenge to upgrade LabourStart. LabourStart is

An online news service maintained by a global network of volunteers which aims to serve the international trade union movement by collecting and disseminating information — and by assisting unions in campaigning and other ways.

Its features include daily labour news links in more than 20 languages and a news syndication service used by more than over 700 trade union websites. News is collected from mainstream, trade union, and alternative news sources by a network of over 500 volunteer correspondents based on every continent.

Eric has been running it on a shoestring, and he thinks its time to take it to the next level. I think he deserves your vote.

Written by yishaym

October 31, 2008 at 2:41 am

Free Meryem Özsögüt!

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An urgent call for action from LabourStart:

Ms. Meryem Özsögüt, trade union leader and management board member of PSI‘s affiliate SES in Turkey (the trade union of public employees in health and social services) was arrested on the morning of 8 January following her participation in a press conference on 14 December 2007 to denounce the killing by the police of activist Kevser Mizrak.

You can help! Sign the petition. Join the campaign.

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