SLunionisland » HRF http://www.slunionisland.org Union Island: International unions in Second Life Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:04:53 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 Human Rights Network – new year, new beginnings http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/01/human-rights-network-new-year-new-beginnings/ http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/01/human-rights-network-new-year-new-beginnings/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2009 13:40:16 +0000 Johninnit Ni http://www.slunionisland.org/2009/01/human-rights-network-new-year-new-beginnings/ Human Rights group meeting

I attended a follow up meeting last night for the SL Human Rights Festival, held last December to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights. It was nice to meet a bunch of really great individuals, with a lot of performing and organising talent, as well as a solid commitment to further work on promoting human rights in the medium of SL.

Human Rights group meeting

And that’s just what they’re planning. The festival generated so much enthusiasm that the group have decided to keep it going – helping use their talents and networks to bring together the many disparate human rights projects and groups already taking place in Second Life throughout the year, and coming together several times a year for bigger, more co-ordinated events.

Human Rights group meeting

Here’s some more information from their site if you’d like to come to the next meeting, or get involved in this great initiative in other ways.

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The Big Rights Debate – Union Island, Monday 15 Dec http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/the-big-rights-debate-union-island-monday-15-dec/ http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/the-big-rights-debate-union-island-monday-15-dec/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2008 15:01:52 +0000 Johninnit Ni http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/the-big-rights-debate-union-island-monday-15-dec/ Discuss globalisation, human rights and labour rights with Philip Jennings (UNI Global Union GS), Zuzanna Gorska (Solidarnosc) and Owen Tudor (TUC).

Union Island is taking part in a huge, six day Second Life Human Rights Festival, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Some of Second Life’s leading musicians are coming together with human rights activists and organisations to stage dozens of special events, raising awareness, forming international links and having fun.

We’ve got our own special event on Union Island on 15 December at 8am SLT (4pm GMT, 5pm CET), when we’re delighted we’ll be discussing labour rights and human rights, with Philip Jennings, the General Secretary of UNI Global Union (the Switzerland-based global union federation for business services, representing over 20 million union members all around the world), Zuzanna Gorska, socio-political issues expert for Solidarnosc (The famous Polish union federation, Solidarity), Owen Tudor, Head of International Relations from the TUC (UK national union federation) and other unionists from countries all over the world.

From the adverse effects of globalisation to state repression of basic freedoms that many take for granted, there are a whole raft of issues where strong international action by unions and grassroots groups can make a real difference. Come and hear from our distinguished panel, have your own say on the issues, and meet our vibrant international user community.

For more information on the virtual world of Second Life and how to access it (via a free software download), visit www.secondlife.com

And for more information on what trade unions are doing in Second Life, see www.slunionisland.org

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SLLU event at HRF tomorrow http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/sllu-event-at-hrf-tomorrow/ http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/sllu-event-at-hrf-tomorrow/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2008 16:37:03 +0000 Johninnit Ni http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/sllu-event-at-hrf-tomorrow/ Union Island users will no doubt be interested in loads of the events planned for HRF – the Second Life Human Rights Festival that starts tomorrow, and you can find more information at slhumanrightsfestival.wordpress.com

If you’re around, you might like to go to an event organised by SLLU (Second Life Left Unity) at their Unity Station headquarters. Exhibitions, discussion and a live gig from Russell Eponym should make for an interesting time. 2pm SLT (10pm GMT, 11pm CET) Wednesday 10 December.

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The festival starts tomorrow! http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/the-festival-starts-tomorrow/ http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/the-festival-starts-tomorrow/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2008 16:25:04 +0000 Unionisland Republic http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/the-festival-starts-tomorrow/ The 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Universal Rights is being celebrated by a huge festival in Second Life, stating tomorrow, 10 Dec. More than 60 concerts over 6 days mark the 60 years and the talents of 100 artists and musicians are part of the celebration. More than 30 sims reflect the 30 articles of the UN Convention.

The festival is the first time a themed programme of events on this scale in Second Life has aimed at raising real life issues. It draws on the talents of artists, musicians and campaigners from many different countries including Argentina, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Some of SL’s best known musicians and artists are contributing to the festival, and there will be be talks, poetry slams and stand up comedy.

The UN Convention sets out the universal rights of all humanity, so the festival has a strong celebratory air. However as well as a celebration, the festival is also designed to raise rights that are breached – the right to free speech, a fair trial, shelter, rights of women and children to be free from violence etc.

The opening of the Festival will feature a live interview from Paris with Draxtor Despres, who has just been awarded a Every Human has Rights Award (congratulations, Draxtor!) for his machinima on the Guantanemo Bay build Gone Gitmo – Angel’s Nest at 8am SLT (4pm GMT) on 10 December. Then a concert by Jaynine Scarborough will launch the full programme of music with 12 concerts in the festival (including 3 at the Amnesty International sim) and other events around SL.

Organiser Any1 Gynoid said: ” We have an awesome array of SL’s finest talents backing the festival. Everyone says yes, they want to stand up for human rights. This is going to be a festival to remember! Woot!”Medora Chevalier, also from the organising team, said: “There is a new mood of optimism spreading around the world. We no longer need to be divided. We can act and campaign together, as humans caring about humans, sharing solutions, making change happen. The connections made in this world make ripples spread across the world to strengthen human rights.”

You can pick up the Festival Travel HUD (a clever wearable menu to navigate you through the various venues) from posters on display at Union Island or at Angel’s Nest, or many other supporting venues.

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Second Life Human Rights Festival: Coming soon! http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/second-life-human-rights-festival-coming-soon/ http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/second-life-human-rights-festival-coming-soon/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2008 17:35:56 +0000 Unionisland Republic http://www.slunionisland.org/2008/12/second-life-human-rights-festival-coming-soon/ HRF

Union Island is going to be taking part in a huge, six day cross-SL festival to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Some of Second Life’s leading musicians are coming together with human rights activists and organisations to stage dozens of special events, raising awareness, forming international links and having fun.

Please come by Union Island on 15 December at 8am SLT (4pm GMT, 5pm CET), when we’ll be discussing labour rights and human rights, with Philip Jennings, General Secretary of UNI Global Union, Zuzanna Gorska, socio-political issues expert for Solidarnosc (The Polish union federation Solidarity), and other unionists from around the world. From the adverse effects of globalisation to state repression of basic freedoms that many take for granted, there are a whole raft of issues where strong international action by unions and grassroots groups can make a real difference.

You can find out more about the festival and how to get involved at its own site: slhumanrightsfestival.wordpress.com

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