Posts Tagged ‘government’

For a Thousand Lives

10th September 2015

For a Thousand Lives: Be Human is a petition created by Nathalie Borgers (Austrian filmmaker) & Ursula Wolschlager (Belgian documentary filmmaker) as an appeal from European Film Professionals to Governments and to the EU to to take immediate action in relation to the current refugee crisis.

Every day, people fleeing war, terror, political persecution and misery are drowning in the sea, suffocating in the back of a truck or tumbling to their death in ports or train stations in their desperate attempts to reach Europe. According to Amnesty International, more than 23.000 people have lost their lives that way since 2000.

To make matters worse, those who reach Europe often find themselves in degrading living conditions and are subjected to inhumane treatment. The EU is spending up to twenty times more money on border control, than on welcoming centres for refugees.

The past tragedies have already led to a change in attitude for many people as can be witnessed in countless acts of personal compassion as well as public demonstrations of solidarity. Sadly, most official politicians seem to be all too slow in accepting the existence of a humanitarian crisis and finding life-sustaining solutions.

This petition is on part of the European film industry to remind the European Union that it was founded “on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities (…) in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.” (Article 2, Treaty on European Union 2008)

If you agree with these sentiments, please add your signature to the 3,500 European film professionals who have already signed the For a Thousand lives online petition, which you can sign here.

New UK Arts Campaign

13th September 2010

Similar to Ireland the UK arts scene is facing massive cuts, which recently included the shock announcement of the closure of the UK Film Council.

In Ireland the arts lobby group the National Campaign for the Arts was born out of the urgent need for Arts groups around the country to band together and petition the government more effectively. The Campaign’s first Day of Action is coming up this Friday, September 17th.

Today the UK’s National Campaign for the Arts launched a new campaign: I Value the Arts.

I Value the Arts

Here’s its raison d’être:

The National Campaign for the Arts decided to run this campaign after being approached by members who were concerned that the public had no way to make their views on support for the arts heard.

Using volunteer time and skills from our campaign partners (and not public subsidy) we have sought advice about the best way to reach as many people as possible who care about the arts throughout the UK. We know that there are a lot of you out there: it’s estimated that three-quarters of adults and even more children take part in the arts every year. Collectively you will be a powerful new voice for audiences and participants.

We want to be able to help you to provide support for the arts in your area. That support could be about volunteering or lobbying or even setting up your own programmes of arts activities. We’d also like to listen to you and your views to help us prioritise our future work.

We’ve set no time limit on the campaign. We hope it will develop and evolve over time. We will keep updating the website with new resources and keep in contact by email with, particularly when we have news of something in your area.

If you care about the arts, please do take the 30 seconds it takes to sign up. You’ll be in good company.

We wish them the best of luck in their endeavour! Raising the profile of the arts is helpful to all of us who work in the arts, no matter where we live in the world.