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Petition to Sir Albert Bore, James McKay, Jacqui Kennedy

Support Street Culture in Birmingham, Don't Strangle It

  Stop the Criminalisation of Street Culture in Birmingham Labour-led Birmingham City Council have introduced plans to make it a criminal offence punishable by fines of up to £1000 and a criminal record to play musical instruments or sing songs on the streets if any amplification is used. The proposed ‘Public Space Protection Order’ (PSPO) would also apply to political protestors such as the Friends of the Library of Birmingham Campaign who use microphones to make speeches during rallies and protests, and religious groups. When Birmingham Bobby PC Ian Northcott borrowed a busker’s guitar and gave an impromptu version of ‘Wonderwall’ on the city’s streets, a YouTube video of the incident went viral and became a feel-good international news story about the breaking down of barriers between the police and the public and the power of street music to create a sense of urban community. PC Ian Northcott went on to use his raised public profile to raise money and awareness for Socks and Chocs, a charity that provides food and clothing to vulnerably housed and homeless people. Under Birmingham’s proposals the ‘Busking Bobby’ would have been committing a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1000 and a criminal record. Far from building good relationships between the police and the community, under these new powers police would be potentially be required to arrest any buskers breaching the PSPO doing damage to to the reputation of the police in the community. At time when police and local authority budgets are under pressure, the PSPO would waste the police’s time by requiring them to arrest people for playing music and singing songs rather than doing vitally important police work and keeping people safe.  As well as being an attack on cultural, political and religious freedoms these draconian new powers are totally unnecessary. Birmingham City Council have a wide range of existing powers that could and should be used against the small minority of street performers and street preachers that cause a persistent nuisance. The Keep Streets Live Campaign successfully opposed policies that criminalised street culture in Liverpool, York and Canterbury and went on to work with the councils in those cities to introduce policies that support a vibrant street culture. We call upon Birmingham to abandon its plans to introduce a PSPO and to work with the local busking community, business groups, Musician's Union, Keep Streets Live Campaign and other affected parties to agree a best practise guide that promotes harmonious relationships in the city, encourages and actively supports the artists and musicians who animate the city's streets helping to make Birmingham the vibrant city of culture that it is.  

Keep Streets Live Campaign
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Started 1 month ago

Petition to Údarás na hOllscoile

Riachtanas Gaeilge- Uachtarán na hOllscoile- OÉ Gaillimh

BÉARLA THÍOS/// ENGLISH BELOW A chara,   Tá moladh déanta ag Údarás Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh go gcuirfí ar ceal go hiomlán an riachtanas d'inniúlacht sa Ghaeilge do phost Uachtarán na hOllscoile. Iarraim do thacaíocht-sa do mholadh difriúil, is é sin, go mbeadh inniúlacht sa Ghaeilge ag an té a cheapfaí mar Uachtarán ar an Ollscoil seo ag tráth an cheapacháin nó laistigh d'achar sonraithe ina dhiaidh sin. Is moladh lán-dearfach, neamh-eisiach é seo. Chiallódh sé nach mbeadh bac ar dhuine ar bith cur isteach ar phost an Uachtaráin ar an mbonn nach raibh inniúlacht sa Ghaeilge acu, agus go mbeadh an té a cheapfaí inniúil ar Ghaeilge cheana féin nó go mbainfeadh sé/sí inniúlacht amach laistigh d'achar sonraithe ina dhiaidh sin. Creidim-se go bhfuil sé an-réasúnta bheith ag súil go mbeadh Uachtarán na hOllscoile seo inniúil ar dhá theanga oifigiúla na hÉireann, nó go mbainfeadh sé/sí sin amach laistigh d'achar sonraithe - agus gach seans go mbeidh an tUachtarán in oifig go ceann 10 bliain. Tá freagracht statúideach ar OÉ, Gaillimh oideachas trí mheán na Gaeilge a sholáthar, agus tá sé mar aidhmeanna straitéiseacha aici campas eiseamláireach dátheangach a chothabháil, agus tacú le pobail Ghaeilge agus Ghaeltachta. Bhain Gaillimh stádas mar Chathair Dhátheangach amach sa bhliain 2016. Tá Gaillimh ainmnithe ina Príomhchathair Chultúrtha Eorpach don mbliain 2020, agus roghnaíodh 'Teanga' mar cheann de thrí mhór-théamaí na cathrach ina leith sin. Tá tacaíocht fhairsing ag an moladh seo agamsa i measc na foirne acadúla, agus tá achainí ar aon dul leis an gceann seo sínithe ag a lán acu cheana féin. Pléifear an achainí ag cruinniú de Chomhairle Acadúil OÉ, Gaillimh an Déardaoin seo (16 Feabhra).   Má thacaíonn tú leis an moladh seo, sínigh é anois, le do thoil!   -------------------------------   A chara,   The Governing Body of the National University of Ireland, Galway has proposed to remove completely the requirement for proficiency in Irish for the post of President of the University. I ask your support for an alternative proposal, namely, that the person appointed President of this University should have proficiency in Irish either on appointment or by a specified time thereafter. This is an entirely positive, non-exclusionist proposal. It would mean that no one would be excluded from applying for the post of President on the grounds of not having proficiency in Irish, and that whoever was appointed would either be proficient already or would become proficient by a specified time thereafter. I believe it is an entirely reasonable expectation that the President of this University - whose appointment is liable to be for 10 years - should have proficiency in the two official languages of Ireland already, or should achieve this within a specified period of time. NUI Galway has statutory responsibility for providing education through the medium of Irish, and two of its key strategic aims are to maintain an exemplary bilingual campus and to support Gaeltacht and other Irish-medium communities. Galway city achieved the status of Bilingual City in 2016. Galway was named European Capital of Culture for 2020, and Language was chosen as one of its three major themes in that context. This proposal of mine has widespread support from academic staff, many of whom have already signed a petition similar to this. It will be discussed at a meeting of the University's Academic Council this Thursday (16 February).   If you support this proposal, please sign it now!  

Clíodhna Nic Giolla Chomhaill
377 supporters