Set aside the missionaries & proselytisers of collective hypnosis. Of division & enmity. They have no good news for the Soul. To keep us enraged & unstable against the quest for Justice is their act. The choices become clearer by the day & yet we travel by a starless night. Night is inner Freedom, Solitude & Remembrance. Daylight is outer Freedom, Companionships & Remembrance. Justice, however, blind as it may be, recognises no boundary of Night & Day. Daylight is Consciousness unmasked. It is in Daylight the hypnotists have no influence. Rejoice for the coming of Daylight. Blessings to the Soul of Rumi from a grateful dervish.
Jennie Formby is a lifelong Trade Unionist and Former General Secretary of the UK Labour Party who served with Former Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. The importance of Dialogue and what it means in a Union and Socialist Movement. What is The Movement? Journey as a Socialist. Working with and witnessing the Humanity of Jeremy Corbyn. Democracy Review. Anti-Racism. Community Organising and more. Thank you Jennie for taking part in this Dialogue.
Laura Daly is an Activist for Social Justice, a Socialist, and a Feminist. Co-Founder of Socialist Think Tank (SST), a Left Media Outlet Youtube Channel. Laura is a founding member of the Women’s Banner Group and also CLP Secretary for Sedgefield Labour Party. We dialogue on the meaning of Dialogue, how lockdown has altered activism and the opportunities it has created online. Spiritual outlook, religious influences, and how socialism can be an expression for a kind of secular spirituality. Women’s Rights, the challenges of being a woman in a socialist movement, concluding with a powerful reading of prose by Laura.
Musa Askari Dialogue podcast with Chris Ramsbottom who runs The Amethyst Centre in Coventry, which is a complementary therapy and training centre. Part of the work of the centre concerns the spiritual side of life, and Chris runs a spiritual development group at the Centre The “Walking the Path” podcast grew out of the spiritual development side, in wondering how to maintain that work during a time of lockdown. (Listen to the podcast)
Chris writes, “Musa tells us of the influence of his father, a Sufi Muslim but also an interfaith leader, and also about the way his spirituality expresses itself in his own life and beliefs. His website, Spiritual Humanism, is the place that Musa has opened for discussion on the intersection between spirituality and humanism”
Andrew Feinstein is a former South African MP who served in the Government of the late President Nelson Mandela. He is an Author and Peace Campaigner. We dialogue on matters relating to the spiritual dimension of anti-racism. The spirituality and humanity of President Mandela. The inhumanity of war. The inner journey as a Humanist and the quest for Peace and Justice.
Andy McDonald is a Labour Party Member of the UK Parliament for the Constituency of Middlesbrough. He is a Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and formerly Shadow Secretary of State for Transport.
During the Dialogue we cover topics such as the importance of Dialogue, Right to Protest as one of the cornerstones of Democracy, Toxicity of Social Media & Spirituality. He ends the Dialogue with a powerful quote from Maya Angelou.
Thank you to Councillor Matt Storey to accept my invitation for a Dialogue Works Conversation. We cover topics from the changing work of being a Local Councillor through the Pandemic, how Dialogue is crucial to Community Engagement, Black Lives Matter and the awakening that has sparked in Public Consciousness. The Spiritual nature of Public Service. Matthew ends the Dialogue with a very powerful quote from Bobby Kennedy. On the coattails of what ifs and what could have been.
My DialogueWorks conversation with Mick Thompson of Middlesbrough. We cover his political roots, standing for Mayor, populism, spirituality, community cohesion and the crucial importance of Dialogue ending with Mick’s rendition of “What’s so Funny About Peace Love and Understanding”.
Oh dearest BEAUTY how beautiful you are. From where do you derive that mantel of beauty? How much more Beautiful that Beauty must surely be. What love is it that Loves you so? Formless, placeless. Transcendent.
“Solidarity with the NHS. A personal story from Musa Askari which demonstrates how important our NHS is, not just for our health, but our dignity.” Paul Daly, Socialist Think Tank
“My thanks to Socialist Think Tank for asking me to contribute to the 12 Days of Solidarity Series. I reflect on the Solidarity shown to my Family by the NHS at the passing of my late Father.” Musa Askari