conversations into the wee hours. conversations. coffee. milk no sugar. coffee shops, used book shops. good books. childrens books. cosy jumpers. summer evenings. evenings with you. wendell berry. poetry. rosy cheeks. learning uninterupted rythmes of grace. belly laughs. bass players. into the woods. music in green spaces. fresh cut grass. walking. walking on the beach. ee cummings. people who make things make sense. practice ressurection. interrupting patterns of injustice. people. him. living. these are some thoughts from my journey.
Fridays Find: The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski (read by Tom Waits)
On 7th May 2009, on bended knee, in Kensington Gardens, with the Albert Hall in view and the church bells ringing, the delightful and dapper Mr F whispered the most wonderful invitation ever… To a life spent adventuring together! When I dried my eyes, caught my breath, I said yes with more certainty than I have ever known. Simon then placed his handcrafted ring, made out of a bass string., on my finger. A week or so later a commissioned ring arrived to replace my bass string ring. When I look at my left hand, this is the story my ring tells… A happy story, a story as bright and hopeful as the chocolate diamond it holds…
But the story of my ring began way before it reached me, when the gold to make the bezel was mined in an artisan mine in South America, where miners got treated with dignity and received a living wage, or the diamond, cut out of rock in a Canadian mine, where the hardworking of miners is respected and rewarded.
My precious ring reminds me of the promise of being loved endlessly, but it also reminds me of how trade when it values humanity can hold out the promise of hope. Here is a little bit more about hope that fair trade offers those who mine for gold.
Every once in a while a film comes along that lodges itself a bit deeper than most others. Since watching the breathtaking “The Tree of Life” a few weeks ago (as ever, a little late to the party, I know) the story, characters, images and questions have followed me around. Here is a monologue that has stayed with me:
"The nuns taught us there were two ways through life - the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow.
Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries.
The nuns taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end. Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things.
The nuns taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end.
JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING WORKERS WHO STITCH FOOTBALLS.
Let us make our voices today to put pressure on FIFA. New research reveals that workers stitching soccer balls in Pakistan, India, China and Thailand continue to experience alarming labour rights violations.
child labour still exists in the Pakistani industry especially within home-based work.
gender discrimination of female home-based workers, being paid the least and facing the constant thread of losing their jobs due to pregnancy;
overtime working hours as in one Chinese factory, where workers were found to work up to 21 hours a day every day for an entire month;
the lack of proper drinking water or medical care facilities, and even toilets, as found in Indian stitching centres.
About 75% of the over 200 workers interviewed in Pakistan were not permanent workers and therefore didn’t have access to benefits and social security.
Over the past decade, regular reports of violations of human rights in soccer ball production have been presented to key players in the industry including global brands and FIFA.
The CCC is shocked that after all of these years, low wages and other labour rights violations are still the norm and not the exception in the industry. Please remind FIFA that they are responsible for their sport, and that as fans worldwide get excited about the games, the public expects the soccer ball industry to finally live up to its promises.
Make your voice be heard today to put pressure on FIFA. New research reveals that workers stitching soccer balls in Pakistan, India, China and Thailand continue to experience alarming labour rights violations.