Written for The Occupied Times
It was November 2011 when the lights were turned on again at the Embros Theatre, a historical building in the Psirri district of Athens that remained abandoned for 5 years as the Ministry of Culture let it fall into disrepair. In an attempt to bring it back to life, a group of theatre artists and theorists known as the “Mavili Collective” coordinated a 12-day series of talks, discussions and performances that were open to the public. Scholars and artists from various disciplines were invited together to challenge the dominant market-led consensus and embrace an alternative model of collective management, introducing new forms of creative work.
You may already know I am a member of radiobubble community focusing my efforts on the News section. Radiobubble has launched a crowdfunding campaign, to raise money that would help sustain all its activities. I won’t be going through on how brilliant we are or what a great cause this is for you to support. There are hundreds of amazing projects and you can check for yourself what we are doing here. I’d like to answer in a straightforward manner the (fair) question raised in the back of your mind: “what’s in it for me?”
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The #rbnews was introduced in 2011 and became the 2nd most popular hashtag in Greece for 2012 thanks to an increasing network of users and supporters. To make sure what is spread is also true, a bunch of volunteers is doing fact-checking on a daily basis, encouraging people to view a feed of verified tweets on the website. Rumors such as “protester fatally injured during the demo” can easily sperad online like wildfire, if not managed properly. Radiobubble invites you to become part of a larger community and give your input on the daily news reporting in a coordinated manner.
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The board members of OLME call for a 24-hour strike on Friday 17th May, the first day of national exams and propose to ELME regional unions a 5-day strike from 20th until 24th of May, in protest over the transfer of 4,000 permanent teachers & layoffs of 10,000 supply colleagues. We denote the Ministry of Education still has the option to do what needs to be done, to withdraw the presidential decree for the mandatory transferring of teachers, that would give us the chance to make one step back so that thousands of students manage to avoid the hassle. It was the ministry’s disgraceful attitude that sparked the decision for strike action, by bringing on board this plan and at this time in an irreconcilable manner. All labor union movements back this decision except PAME
Syriza MP Vangelis Diamantopoulos is expected to file a lawsuit against those responsible for twisting his words around on a statement he made last Wednesday during a public event in Kastoria. Government’s spokesman Simos Kedikoglou accused the MP for putting “The Mall” on spot four days before the blast, calling people “to take up arms” and released a video from the MP’s press conference as an evidence.
Back in May of 1998, Manhattan Theater Club (MTC) in NY cancelled the scheduled production of the three-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi play, prompted by anonymous telephone threats to burn down the prolific theater and kill its staff and the playwright. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights that was already campaigning against the play for blasphemy, disavowed responsibility for the phone-calls. Those developments swiftly sparked outrage in the artistic community over the religious group’s intimidation and MTC’s administration for backing off and not standing firm.