Preceding ASAP’s 2017 conference on 26 October, 2017, ASAP held an intensive workshop for its chapter network, with the goal of carrying forward our new chapter-centric strategic plan and building greater capacity to affect poverty around the world. Representatives from Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Romania, the United Kingdom, USA and West Africa participated in the event. Activities included capacity building, sharing of achievements, networking, and brainstorming new collaborative project ideas and fundraising strategies. The day was charged with enthusiasm for our common mission and many new connections and ideas were formed.
The fourth annual Amartya Sen Prize was awarded on 27 October, 2017 by Academics Stand Against Poverty and Global Financial Integrity for the best original essay on the moral assessment of tax dodging. This year’s recipient is Mattia Anesa, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.
The award was presented during the first day of the conference Onslaughts on the Poor: Corruption, Emissions, Violence, jointly organized by Yale University, Academics Stand Against Poverty and Global Financial Integrity, during which Mattia presented his work to the conference audience.
From 27 – 29 October, 2017, Academics Stand Against Poverty co-organized a four day conference covering topics related to global justice in partnership with Yale University and Global Financial Integrity. The title of this year’s conference was Onslaughts on the Poor: Corruption, Emissions, Violence.
The conference focused on three themes:
- Illicit Financial Flows (27 October)
- Climate Justice and the new Enterprise Principles (28 October)
- Poverty, Humanitarian Crises, War and Preemption (29 October)
Highlights of the first day included the awarding of the 2017 Amartya Sen Prize, a video address and discussion with Jeffrey Sachs, and a rousing address by special guest speaker Ralph Nader in the afternoon, titled “A Corporate Crime Wave Without Punishment: Can Democracy and Law Fight Back?”. The ever-optimistic Mr. Nader drew attention to the power small organized groups still have to make positive changes in society and encouraged the audience to deepen its involvement in activist activities. After his speech Mr. Nader signed copies of his book Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than You Think
The second day of the conference featured attorneys Julia Olson and Phil Gregory from the landmark case Juliana v. United States, a constitutional climate lawsuit brought by youth against the United States government.
Members from ASAP Chapters participated throughout the conference as guest speakers, including Maykel Ponçoni and Alan Pereira of ASAP Brazil, Francisco Saffie and Nicole Selamé of ASAP Chile, Diana Velica of ASAP Romania, Mladjo Ivanovic of ASAP USA, Maria Ginevra Cattaneo of ASAP Italy, and Pahlaj Moolio of ASAP Cambodia.
The conference was preceded by a day of networking and workshops for ASAP Chapters on 26 October.
There’s still time to organise activities for Global Climate Change Week 2017 (Oct 9-15). Here are a few suggestions, with links to some examples universities organised for GCCWeek in 2015 and 2016.
- Panel discussions on one or another aspect of climate change (like this one at North Western University (South Africa), this one at the University of Zanjan (Iran), and this one at the University of California Berkeley (USA))
- Divestment events (like this one at the University of New South Wales (Australia), and this one at the University of East Anglia (UK)) (for information about divestment see 350.org)
- Meetings with local groups fighting climate change like this event at Willamette University (USA)
- Movie showings (such as The Age of Consequences, Chasing Ice, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel, and many more)
For more ideas for activities see the links given here and here to GCCWeek activities in 2015 and 2016, and our How to organize Global Climate Change Week at your university guide.
Best of luck from the GCCWeek team!
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Academics Stand Against Poverty (http://academicsstand.org/) is an international association focused on helping researchers and teachers enhance their impact on poverty.
ASAP member Tendayi Bloom has published a new blog post for the Refugee Law Initiative blog at the School of Advanced Study University of London. The post addresses the issue of statelessness and its relevance to the Global Compact on Migration:
Statelessness need not have anything to do with crossing borders, but it is essential to consider in the context of the global compact for migration.
After providing a thorough overview of the issues facing stateless persons and how the international community should respond, she concludes:
When individuals have no formal citizenship and no route to a formal citizenship, and when access to human rights including the right to move are contingent on being a citizen somewhere, this is in effect a denial of this basic truth: that each of us must live somewhere and must satisfy our basic needs somewhere on earth.
Tendayi Bloom is a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University in the UK and member of Academics Stand Against Poverty. Her work explores questions of noncitizenship, migration, statelessness and justice. Her work on statelessness can be found in a recent Discover Society blog series, and in a book, Understanding Statelessness, which she co-edited with Katherine Tonkiss and Phillip Cole. A more detailed treatment of Dr Bloom’s own position on the nature of the noncitizen-State relationship is developed in her forthcoming book, Noncitizenism: Recognising Noncitizen Capabilities in a World of Citizens.