Hello there Pirates!
I thought I’d put my nomination together for the position of Campaigns Manager because I believe that we can replicate some of what the Pirate Party has achieved in Iceland, over here in the UK. I have great faith in the ethos of the party and want to throw myself into a position where we can see the Pirates gaining a huge amount of seats in 2020. Birgitta is the person who initially inspired me to get involved. Everything that woman stands for is testimony to why I want to get involved in the Pirate Party. May we all look to this strong woman and just try to attempt to achieve some of what her and the Icelandic Pirates have done for democracy.
I have worked in a whole array of roles within Sales and Marketing… Advertising; Design; Developer; Marketing Manager; Event Manager; various roles in Media and see myself to be quite creative. I haven’t neccessarily got a political background and to be quite frank I always said I’d NEVER join a political party. I said I’d NEVER vote because I don’t believe that we’re living in a democracy here in the United Kingdom… BUT I have seen what’s been done in Iceland and I have faith that if all of the Pirates network both locally and internationally, we can create something amazing and eradicate the banksters. It’s what’s needed.
I’m going to be blatantly honest here which is something of a rarity on some forums, however, I want to be completely open from the start because I don’t want anyone to have any ‘ammunition’ and attempt to use it against me when I’m simply trying to do a good thing. I have a criminogenic past. I have been an absolute clown. Young, naive, got involved with the wrong crowd and ended up living a life which resulted in crime, homelessness, prison, poverty and addiction. I’ve been involved in ‘the truth movement’ for around 3 years now. I have seen many miscarriages of justice both locally and nationally. Now that I’ve matured, I’m able to actually develop some solutions to the problems that so many people are facing… Because I’ve been there… And I’ve overcome those problems. I hope to amalgamate as many problem solvers and innovators as possible together. I think we can do this with the Pirate Party, me, you and my media contacts.
A few months passed when I was released and I saw a local lad on Facebook, who had a rare form of throat Cancer, who wanted to marry his wife before he died… They were trying to raise £1000 for a minimal wedding at a registrars and I just thought that it would be easy to use my marketing skills to put together a little campaign, create a few profiles, video etc to try and give them a dream wedding to remember. In 10 days I had a castle, a hotel, dress, shoes, suits, magic, dove release, cake, horse & cart, bentley, rolls, jag, photographers, videographers, flowers, brides dresses, harps, video booth, chocolate fountains etc… FREE! It was definitely the best wedding I’ve ever seen anyway… And that’s not me being biased… I even got ITV and SKY to pay towards just to film it! Haha… Have a look here… ITV Dream Wedding
Another tragedy happened when a police officers son went missing in Manchester, I setup an online campaign to try and find him but sadly he was found dead due to hypothermia. I wanted to transition this online energy into direct action to prevent things like this happening again. I decided to setup a campaign that would try and make Manchester a little bit safer for those who not only live here, but those who come here to work, spend and enjoy. My intention is to setup ‘safe points’ around town where people can wait for a taxi or use the phone in an emergency. We’re offering outreach support to the homeless; acquiring empty homes and bringing them back into use; connecting people with employers and support services; we’re currently developing a pre-paid ‘safe taxi card’ initiative that will allow people to get home safely, all kinds of things that will aid the voluntary sector in these sad times of austerity. The project is 'Manchester Angels
I then setup ‘ Help The Homeless: East Lancashire
‘, a social enterprise initiative which offers also offers outreach; housing advice; employment/training and temporary accommodation. I found out that East Lancs has the highest number of empty homes in the country and Manchester has the 2nd highest number of homeless people so I’ve been signposting many to landlords here and then forming wrap-around support with the amazing resources we have. Unfortunately, many support services, including homelessness and mental health ones are having their funds cut so it’s important to form community groups and grassroots initiatives that can come together and resolve some of these problems. I believe that using both online and offline methods to attract an altruistic audience that’s ready to form direct action is the best way to evolve as humans. We’ve become dependent on banks, corporates and oppressive governments which don’t offer democracy. It’s time to change.
When I started to attract a lot of media attention, Labour had seen that I’d been offered the whole of Nationbuilders resources for free following a 30 day trial. The American company was that impressed with my skills that they have helped me immensely and I now have a great understanding of the software. Last year I was approached to facilitate Labours social media campaigns using Nationbuilder. For those who aren’t aware, Nationbuilder is the software that Obama & Cameron used to literally bombard social media with their campaigns in order to get the nation to engage with certain political policies. It’s quite a sneaky tactic where your own metadata is used against you and the campaign manager can direct content that’s based on your ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. I declined Labour to keep my soul in tact.
Please watch these videos to get an understanding of the software and the man Jim Gilliam.Communities can do everythingBBC PoliticsThe Internet Is My Religion
I’ve worked for some of the countries largest blue-chip technology companies but I didn’t feel it was ethical to be doing this and decided to leave. I then started to work self employed, helping S.M.E’s.
Although I haven’t been a member long, I have followed the campaigns for some time. I truly believe that my skills and my passion for activism will steer the UK pirate ship in the right direction. I have the drive and ambition to bring this party to the masses. On social media between all of my various platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc - There’s over 70,000 people following my projects which address austerity & poverty in Lancashire and Manchester in just 17 months.
We have been blessed with a platform for real change using the net, especially social media. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have in order to create positive changes in society. I have seen what can be done by amalgamating online platforms to create direct action and it's amazing. I setup the current homeless camp in Manchester which has caused a huge amount of hysteria in the media. Everything helps.
If you haven’t seen it, I’d like to ask you all to watch ‘Pots, Pans & Other Solutions
’ by Miguel. We can use the same principle in order to eradicate the banksters here in the UK
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It would be a privilege to be seconded.