Category Archives: Politics

free ebook: Stories from My Teacher

Our first ebook, in case you are into stories told by teachers in class! 🙂 ❤ Stories from My Teacher. On the English Language, Lifelong Learning & Our r.evoL.ution! http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/ebooks.htm

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African proverb…

I’m not much of a proverb person, but I do love this one… ❤

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El tren de la libertad. Yo decido. English subtitles (struggle for women’s rights in Spain)

This was one of the actions women organized to fight for respect. Here is an article which mentions it, along with other recent actions: http://www.wri-irg.org/es/node/23047

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Interviewing a pacifist, by another pacifist

To my very missed friend, Hoowee, who I miss so much (It’s funny how when we are happy we remember the people we lost and miss) NB “funny” here means “strange”

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Mary Wollstonecraft

A radio program/programme on her ❤ The first picture Opie painted of her, Mary Wollstonecraft in 1790–1, byJohn Opie

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Spain: European Elections & Podemos – in English

Hoping lots of small parties will destroy bipartidism and create new meaningFUL Parliaments where reps will have to collaborate and negociate. (I voted for Iniciativa Feminista. Hopefully, one day, it’ll also be part of those groups.)

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Y5’s – Change of plans!

As you remember, at the beginning of the course I announced we would be working with three documentaries but we only managed one, the one about how our senses deceive us, and now we were going to do the second, and … Continue reading

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FAQ – Where I get my Tees

I get my Literature T-shirts here (USA): http://outofprintclothing.com/shop/clothing/ And I get my Amnesty International (also feminist) Tees here (Spain): https://tienda.es.amnesty.org The rest come from international pacifist meetings I attended throughout my life. (I tend to think clothes should last FOREVER! 😀 😀 … Continue reading

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What happened when she started a feminist society at school

http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2013/jun/20/why-i-started-a-feminist-society

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New video on One Crazy Summer!

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A positive approach to mistakes

Do not fear mistakes. There are none. Miles Davis (1927 – 1991) – one of the greatest musicians ever! Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts. Jim Morrison When you lose, you’re more motivated. When you … Continue reading

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European Elections (2): Plans & Voting

In case you wish to have a look at their Plan (programa político), and you can also print the ballot supposing you wanted to vote for them, here is the site of Iniciativa Feminista: http://www.iniciativafeminista.es/iniciativa/, the party I plan to … Continue reading

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CO Day – May 15

http://www.wri-irg.org/15May2014

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Why should we always vote? (European Elections 2014)

Because the people who always vote in Industrial Societies belong or support political parties that do not respect everybody’s human rights. And when the other people don’t vote, their representation and influence in Parliaments rise, which explains the rise of … Continue reading

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Are you going to survive the exam or not? (audio)

Listen to this message first! Then read on, if you like! http://vocaroo.com/i/s1bPKUjCcqU6 Sometimes survival is all about understanding a good idea, that allows you to develop the correct attitude. It’s not about competing and cheating, but about focusing and collaborating. … Continue reading

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How many women writers have you read? /red/

Feminist World Book Day – because it makes sense! ❤ I’m inviting you to post the names of the women writers you have read, and if those are far too many, your favorites/favourites! I’m also inviting you all to make … Continue reading

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Celebrating Book Day

Dear all, next Wednesday, April 25 (International Book Day) and Thursday April 26, I’ll be raffling a few books, to celebrate World Book Day! I created the video My Bedside Table This Winter so that you all can watch it. … Continue reading

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Our Crazy Summer – Creating a Ten Point Plan

Classroom activities after reading the novel. 5A is opening this way! ❤ TenPoints (3 Word pages, but I’ll print 1 & 2 in one page to give out as a handout) – for Quinto A today.

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Feminist intelligence vs Lords of Darkness!

 http://www.wri-irg.org/node/23047

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Occupy it all, or we’ll be left out/locked out, as usual

Posted on Occupy London (Fb) * Cats as rolemodels for being independent thinkers!

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Marchas por la dignidad / Marches for dignity (Spain, today)

Si informan un poco menos y un poco peor, no habría quedado muy diferente… Sat March 23. Marching for dignity, from all over Spain to Madrid, the capital of the Kingdom of Spain as it is called in encyclopedias.

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GRATEFUL for this article! Gee, it MOVED me!

Gracias, Pepa! Aunque le falta algo de inteligencia feminista, por ejemplo porque explica “artista torturado = mente caótica” cuando las mujeres creativas, y los hombres, el mayor problema que tienen es la incomprensión, la amenaza constante a homogeneización, a que … Continue reading

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“As a woman my country is the whole world” – Feminist Quotes to celebrate!

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world” (Virginia Woolf) The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 and is celebrated annually on 8 March with thousands of events across the … Continue reading

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Iceland and good ideas for living together…

If you learn about Iceland, you could prepare a monologue, or an OP with other classmates! That’d be awesome! Just a quick note about politics, considering the good example we found of good politics in our textbook (of course, they … Continue reading

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She had horses… by Joy Harjo (audio)

http://poemsoutloud.net/audio/archive/harjo_reads_she_had_some_horses/

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About blogging & community

https://carolahand.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/reflections-on-another-snowy-morning-blogging-and-connections-to-community/

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Spain: Women’s Actions! An artist designing Direct Nonviolent Actions!

Yolanda Domínguez is an artist who has been designing amazing feminist Nonviolent Direct Actions (NVDA), the latest of which is this ironic feminist action, where we women are going (2014) to the Chamber of Commerce to register our bodies as … Continue reading

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Makes me wanna holler!

Today, during our Exam Practice session, David, in Y5B, reminded us of the verb “holler” that people learned/learnt at the beginning of the course thanks to a wonderful song by Marvin Gaye, “Inner City Blues (Makes me wanna holler).” Enjoy!

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VERY IMPORTANT READ /riid/, CRUCIAL

Even if you are not involved in collecting signatures in support of this, or joining in with your own, you should read this, about Communications Surveillance! We need to be aware, and if possible, get involved in the defence of … Continue reading

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Calendario 2014 – Mujeres creadoras de pensamiento

Download the pdf http://www.stes.es/mujer/mujer_calendarios.html

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Without language, not our revolution

I have just translated a cyberpostcard we share at mujerpalabra.net about the importance of language – how it shapes what we think and how we relate. Social movements posed this idea in the May 68 movement, for instance, the connection … Continue reading

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Puking my heart out

I’m watching the documentary on Channel 2, called Ayuda humanitaria, on how business people have created Solidarity Tourism, Volunteering companies, places where if you want to help, you can pick a country and a project and go for as long … Continue reading

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Me, a fucking suspect

Talk about airport experiences… Now that we, the adorable anonymous mass, have chances to have a life, and travel, it turns out that airports are becoming places where you are bound to endure a humiliating experience. I’m not going to describe … Continue reading

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Info on women & feminism to help you avoid mainstream ignorance

Edited bits in purple It’s been a pleasure to read your work, people, and a special treat to read the compos on Changing Roles and Women. We are changing! Finally! ❤ 🙂 As I’m a veteran feminist thinker and activist, … Continue reading

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More materials for our Y5 course

If you wish to get a copy of some more materials to learn about Black USA, here goes: Read+Listen. Rock your English! Billie Holiday & Ella Fitzgerald. About 9 euros. A book with a CD with the songs. In the … Continue reading

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Some of the new stuff on talkingpeople.net

I have neglected talkingpeople.net for the past years, but I do hope to get some time to work on updating it all and improving its organization. Thanks to the students who are contributing their work this year, by the way! … Continue reading

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One of Jeff’s most read posts last year

In Spain, people support the Palestinian struggle, but I wonder about the USA. I have the feeling it is rare, for some kind of prejudice or a badly-established connection to many loving people who are Jew? Anyway, here is an article … Continue reading

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With love, for a better world

Gender Issues: Discussing the Gender Learnings in the Patriarchal System for the ebook I’m preparing with other teachers… with infinite sadness but also with loving fury! Printer-friendly version: genderissuesforebookHANDOUT (3 pages, pdf)

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How to tell a story

We need to learn to listen. We need to do tons of listening. Listen to this. (Turn “Spanish subtitles” OFF by clicking in “Spanish”, scrolling to the top and clicking OFF!) http://www.ted.com/playlists/62/how_to_tell_a_story.html

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Buy Nothing, Do Something (the winter hols are great for this!)

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