Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

September 16, 2006

Darfur activism?

Filed under: Africa,cruise missile left — louisproyect @ 6:13 pm

Organisations supporting the Global Day for Darfur include Waging Peace:

Waging Peace campaigns against British support for dictators. Where there is currently inadequate pressure regarding specific countries, we lobby decision-makers to change diplomatic and corporate relationships with unsavoury regimes.

From the Waging Peace website:

TESS FINCH-LEES

Director, is an anti-discrimination specialist and social commentator. She has lived and worked overseas and speaks Spanish and French. Tess publishes regularly in the press including: The Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Irish Times, The Voice and The Guardian. At Waging Peace Tess is responsible for, and has successfully led, a number of high profile media campaigns in relation to Darfur. As Director of The Global Effectiveness Group, Tess frequently chairs and presents at international Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility conferences. She has advised organizations such as: BP, Barclays and The Royal Mail. Tess has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour.

 

Tess Finch-Lees, Director

From the Global Effectiveness Group website:

Tess Finch-Lees is Irish and has lived and worked in the UK, Colombia, and France. She speaks English, Spanish, and French and has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour from the University of London.

Whilst in the UK , Tess developed team building workshops, as well as workshops in stress management, assertiveness for women, and managing conflict. In Colombia she worked as an organisational consultant for BP Exploration, where she designed and implemented programmes on multi-cultural teamwork, as well as providing workshops on cultural adaptation for Colombian employees in preparation for expatriation. Tess also acted as a strategic advisor to Diageo PLC and was the Andean region representative for Saville & Holdsworth Ltd in South America. More recently, she has led the design and development of a “Diversity Leadership Questionnaire” which was successfully piloted for a major pharmaceutical client and which has become a widely used and respected tool. As part of her ongoing work with FTSE 100 companies, Tess provides coaching and strategic support at board level and has extensive experience of project and people management.

Until recently Tess managed the “Global Diversity Network”, a knowledge-sharing forum for global heads of diversity including Barclays, BP, Cable and Wireless, Dow Chemicals, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, the Philip Morris Company, & Shell.

The Independent (London)

June 18, 2005, Saturday

SECTION: First Edition; NEWS

COLOMBIAN OIL PIPELINE: FARMERS ‘TERRIFIED OUT OF THEIR HOMES’ TO SUE BP FOR £15M

BY ROBERT VERKAIK

Martin Day, right, is acting for farmers who say the pipeline has brought them destitution and, in some cases, eviction by paramilitaries

BP is facing a £15m compensation claim from a group of Colombian farmers who say that the British oil company took advantage of a regime of terror by government paramilitaries to profit from the construction of a 450-mile pipeline.

In what will be a landmark human rights case in the UK, the farmers allege that the pipeline destroyed their land and forced them into destitution.

A British law firm representing the farmers has written to BP, accusing the company of benefiting from harassment and intimidation meted out by Colombian paramilitaries employed by the government to guard the pipeline.

2 Comments »

  1. This campus is heady with excitement for Sunday’s rally. What would you say is the most convincing–and serious–Left refutation of the movement so far? I’m looking for something with real historical sweep–what is this conflict, how many deaths have there historically been on either side, etc.–as well as that important question: how did imperialism have a hand in it years ago (the assassination of Lumumba and the subsequent desperation of the Congo, where the civil war has killed so many more than in Sudan), or more recently (as with the French in Rwanda)?

    By the way, I wasn’t really blown away by the ISO. They’re okay, and one grad student seems to know his stuff, but they only have a handful of members and are very much charged with the usual banalities and rhetorical flourishes I’d come to associate with them in Boston. You don’t know of any non-ISO Capital reading groups, or anything like that, do you? Sometime in the next couple weeks, let’s get coffee (arranged off-blog…).

    Comment by Poulod — September 17, 2006 @ 5:28 am

  2. […] is easy to understand why the “Save Darfur” movement has so little impact as a real movement. Back in September 2006, as I was jogging in Central Park, I ran smack dab into a rally.  As far as I know, no other mass action has been organized by this […]

    Pingback by Darfur, microcredit loan-sharks and Woody Allen’s creepy son « Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist — April 8, 2008 @ 6:10 pm


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