Friday, 29 November 2013

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

New Writers / Artists / Contributors welcome to submit to the Enlightening Times

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There are two different ways you can submit writing for publication in the Online Magazine and on the Blog.

You can email submissions to us in .doc or .txt format to Or you can become a regular contributor and submit your articles online through the blogger platform. If you would like to be a regular contributor please email Rashelle and request an invitation to join as an author to the blog.

Please try to keep length between 600 to a 1000 words and if you are writing about a subject that requires quoting other authors, then please add references to all of the information quoted at the end of the article stating the book and author, making sure you put quotes around any text that has been taken from a previously published work. If you are writing about current affairs try to write about both sides of a story and write a balanced piece looking from different perspectives so that the reader can formulate their own opinions.

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Shout it Loud - Some Good News on the Gagging Law

This just arrived in my in-box from 38 Degrees.

38 Degrees LogoHere's a news headline, in today's Independent, which every 38 Degrees member can feel proud of: "Tories put Lobbying Bill on hold over fears of embarrassing defeat in House of Lords". [1]

It looks like the campaign against the gagging law is starting to work! In the face of an ever-growing campaign the government was forced to agree a six-week delay and promise further "consultation". [2]

That means we’ve got more time to ramp up the pressure. So please add your name now to the petition calling on the Lords to stop the gagging law:

Yesterday the 38 Degrees petition passed 100,000 signatures in just a few hours. Meanwhile over 50 different charities and voluntary groups – including big names like Oxfam, the Royal British Legion, and the Countryside Alliance – wrote to every single Lord.

Together, we proved to members of the House of Lords that there's real concern about this threat to democracy. And together, we've persuaded enough of them that the gagging law can't just be waved through.

It remains to be seen if the six-week delay will mean real changes. The government may choose to listen, or they may just take a breather before having another go at forcing the law through. Their choice will probably depend on how much pressure we put them under!

If enough of us keep speaking up to protect democracy, we have a real chance of winning. All the messages to MPs, the donations, the leaflets, and the posters are starting to work. So let's keep going!

Please take 30 seconds to sign the petition by clicking here: