Verson, Jennifer

Verson, Jennifer

Jennifer Verson

9 March 2013Comment

29 January Johan Galtung lecture

I walked in and there was a formula on the projection screen

peace=equity x harmony/trauma x conflict

and a handout that said:

There are two factors in the Numerator: the more the better. There are two factors in the denominator leading to direct and structural violence: the less the better.

Constructing Equity: cooperation for mutual and equal benefit


8 February 2013Comment

Thoughts from Rose Howey housing co-op

15 December
Edge Fund launch, London

Migrant Artists Mutual Aid had mixed emotions about applying for money from this new initiative, which is a new approach to grant-making that wants to assist groups working for systemic change.

The irony is that part of the systemic change that MaMa is working for is to create confidence in mutual aid and not in charity, to create an organisation that is not dependent on other people’s money. But I found myself at the…

1 December 2012Comment

Turkeys, progress & praxis

She said: What is history? And
he said History is an angel being
blown backwards into the future
He said: History is a pile of debris
And the angel wants to go back
and fix things To repair the things
that have been broken But there
is a storm blowing from Paradise
And the storm keeps blowing the
angel backwards into the future
And this storm, this storm is called

The Dream Before (for Walter Benjamin)…

17 October 2012Comment

Radio class with Fatoumata, and other incidents.

27 September

Liverpool Public Enquiry Office UK Border Agency

We are going to have dinner at Anne’s after Fatoumata’s interview at the Home Office. I am meeting Fatoumata, but get lost and can’t find the centre. I should have printed a map, then I see a flash of pink hair which I realise is Penny walking up the road with Fatoumata!

After I got my residency papers, Anne and I launched ‘Migrant Artists Mutual Aid’ to raise money for a specialist solicitor for Fatoumata and…

26 September 2012Comment

Rose Howey Housing Co-op finally get to buy their house.

Sundown Monday

Blessed are all things that come from the grape.

We are having a dinner with all the people getting ready to move into Rose Howey House, the old bail hostel that my co-operative has been trying to buy for three and a half months, it's Rosh Hashanah and we are eating apples and honey and home made vegan challah before an important meeting. Rob brought a bottle of kosher wine, splashed out and got the expensive stuff. The cheap stuff is made in New York,…

28 August 2012Comment

Jennifer Verson reflects on the intersection between activism and everyday life

23 August: It was a good thing to think about our housing cooperative as an action. Tracy is in Chicago and she has just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I look it up on the internet: it could be exposure to radiation, nuclear testing in Utah. Tracy has to fill out financial aid forms otherwise the doctor won’t operate.

Starting a diary for Peace News is a bit scary. Over the last year, I have developed a love of writing populist political theory: punk rock princesses and…