International Conference on Men’s Issues (2016)

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A dedicated website has been created for the conference, here.

(Note added 21.2.16: You can order tickets here until 12:00 GMT, Sunday, 5 June. Complimentary passes for media representatives are available for the press conference on the morning of Friday, 8 July.)

We are pleased to announce that the second International Conference on Men’s Issues – ICMI16 – will be held over 8-10 July, 2016, at Excel London, the capital’s largest and most prestigious conference and events venue. It’s located in the revitalised Docklands area of East London, and has outstanding facilities for speakers and delegates.

Our conference room can accommodate up to 200 people, and we’ve booked an adjacant room of the same size for break-outs etc. Both rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass panels on the side which overlooks the Royal Victoria Dock, and air conditioning is available, if required. We’re sure ICMI16 will be an excellent event which will place men’s issues high on the international agenda.

Speakers and/or delegates will be coming from at least 17 countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

While J4MB is solely responsible for the financial aspects of the conference, it is being run in association with A Voice for Men, and we look forward to welcoming some of their key people, a number of whom are well-known to people familiar with their website. All of the 21 speakers are well-known advocates for men’s human rights, and every one of them accepted our invitation without hesitation. Their names, and the provisional titles of their talks, can be found by clicking on the ‘Speakers’ tab of the new website. The conference will be a rare opportunity for you to listen to, and meet, many of the figures you may until now have only seen online.

Please click on the tabs on the conference website to check out ticket booking, accommodation, travel directions, and more.

We are really looking forward to meeting you all at the conference, seeing old friends from across the world, and making new ones.

Why not combine the event with a longer trip to London? Maybe a long weekend if you’re travelling locally, or a wonderful holiday in the UK – or possibly beyond – if you’re travelling from further afield. Click on the tab for a visitor’s guide to London.

July is the best month of the year for warm, dry weather in the UK, and you can be sure of a warm welcome at the conference. We look forward to meeting you and, together, taking the next decisive step forward for the human rights of men and boys (and the women who love them).

Mike Buchanan

Party Leader

Justice for Men & Boys

(and the women who love them)

 

 

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An invitation to become a party member

When J4MB was launched in February 2013, we had no basis for forecasting how well, if at all, we would be received by the general public. At that time, the prevailing public conviction was that feminists pursue gender equality, in stark contrast to what was demonstrably true.

Only a small minority of women are feminists. They seek gender supremacy, regardless of the impact on men, women, boys, girls, nuclear families, public institutions, and wider society. They are driven by misandry (the hatred of men). If anyone should doubt the truth of these assertions, we invite them to read our 2015 general election manifesto. It explores 20 areas where the human rights of men and/or boys are assaulted by the actions and inactions of the state, usually to advantage women and/or girls. There are no areas in which the state assaults the human rights of women and/or girls specifically.

The 20 areas are:

Abortion

Foetal alcohol syndrome

Genital mutilation

Fatherlessness, restoring strong families

Education

Employment

Access to children after family breakdowns

Domestic violence

Sexual abuse

Armed Forces veterans’ mental health issues

Homelessness

Suicide

Criminal justice system

Paternity fraud

Anonymity for suspected sexual offenders

Divorce

Healthcare provision

Political representation

State interference in director appointments

Expectation of retirement years

The assaults on men and boys are often led or enabled by feminists in influential positions e.g. Theresa May MP (Home Secretary), Nicky Morgan MP (Education Secretary, Minister for Women and Equalities), Alison Saunders (Director of Public Prosecutions). Most of the assaults, however, are led by men with no concern for the wellbeing of men and boys as a class.

J4MB is the only political party in the English-speaking world campaigning for the human rights of men and boys on many fronts. We are reliant on donors to cover the party’s costs, and nobody connected with the party draws any personal income from donations.

Supporters (including donors) tell us we can be proud of what we’ve achieved in two and a half years. Donors have sent sums ranging from £2 to £2,000. We’ve had over 100 appearances on mainstream television and radio – here. Countless newspaper, magazine, and blog pieces have been written about us. The tone of the reporting has usually been challenging and often antagonistic, which we expected, but we have also been surprised by the interest we have triggered in some of the most unlikely people, and we can be sure that we have broken the blanket belief that men’s and boys’ issues are either non-existent, or unimportant. The comments streams following online articles have been very supportive of J4MB and what we’re seeking to achieve.

Our long-term strategy is to challenge the party in power (or parties, in the event of a coalition) because only they have the power to reverse anti-male legislation and policy directions.

We’re working towards the 2020 general election, in which we plan to field candidates in the 20 most marginal seats won by the Conservatives in 2015 – details here. Thanks to existing party members, we already have funding streams in place to pay for those 20 candidates’ £500 deposits.

We intend to significantly reduce the Conservatives’ prospects of being re-elected in 2020, in order to raise public awareness of men’s and boys’ issues. In coalition with the Liberal Democrats from 2010, and in sole power from 2015, the Conservatives have been no less anti-male than the Labour party, in some areas going even further than the Labour administrations of 1997-2010.

We’re going to raise our game in a number of areas, which will require a stronger financial base. We wish to increase our membership base in order to meet increasing campaigning costs, and to help build a ‘fighting fund’ for the 2020 general election.

We invite you to become a party member. It’s the most efficient way to demonstrate your support of our work, reducing the need for the periodic appeals upon which we’ve largely relied in the past. It will also free up valuable time for political campaigning, which would otherwise be spent on fundraising.

We’ve established a range of membership grades, ranging from monthly sums of £5.00 (16 pence per day) to £100.00 (£3.28 per day):

Membership grade                  Monthly donation                   

Bronze                                                        £5.00

Silver                                                          £10.00

Gold                                                            £25.00

Platinum                                                    £50.00

Diamond                                                    £100.00

Members will receive a signed membership certificate, one of the A3 leaflets we were distributing during the 2015 general election – the window poster element is here – and two individually numbered silicone wristbands.

We’d prefer you set up a Standing Order payable directly into the J4MB account, thereby ensuring the full sum of your donations go to J4MB. Our account details:

Account name: Justice for Men & Boys

Sort code: 309054

Account number: 54880968

IBAN: GB08LOYD30905454880968

BIC: LOYDGB21090

Monthly donations can be set up through PayPal, although (small) commissions are taken from donations made that way:

If you want to put in place a regular donation of another amount, we would of course be deeply grateful.

Please email me mike@j4mb.org.uk with the membership grade you’ve settled on, the name you’d like printed on your membership certificate, and your address. Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Mike Buchanan

PARTY LEADER

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Worthing People’s Assembly – petition with 86,500+ signatures, a demonstration outside Worthing Town Hall, 19 July

Worthing Council is seeking to criminalise rough sleepers – 90% of whom are men – so we tip our hats to the Worthing People’s Assembly for a very successful petition on the matter, and for their plan to hold a protest outside Worthing Town Hall on 19 July. Details here.

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William Collins: Centuries of Oppression

We recently published a short piece on an execrable article by Alex Proud in the Telegraph. William Collins has gone a great deal further, and published a substantial response, here.

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Jack Hadfield will be reporting on the conference for Breitbart News

Some good news. Jack Hadfield, a student at the University of Warwick, will be reporting on the conference for Breitbart News. His qualifications for doing so could scarcely be better, as he’s following in the footsteps of George Lawlor, another student at his university, as he explained in a Breitbart piece last October – here. A selection of Jack’s Breitbart pieces is here.

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Isotta Guttadauro, 49, attacked a woman in her 80s with a claw hammer. Suspended sentence.

Our thanks to Stuart for this. An excerpt:

Unhappy about being refused use of the upstairs toilet, Guttadauro left the house, returning a few minutes later clutching a claw hammer and shouting, “Where is she, where is she?”

After forcing her way into the house she confronted the victim saying “You treat me like a dog” and raised the claw hammer.

After the victim and her friend had grabbed the hammer, Guttadauro left and the police were called. When they went to her house, she was threatening to jump from an upstairs window.

An officer pulled her back from the window and she claimed that when she went back to the woman’s house for a second time she didn’t realise she was carrying the claw hammer.

If I had a pound for every time I’d become drunk, and forced my way into old women’s houses, not realising I was carrying a claw hammer… Another excerpt:

Sentencing Guttadauro to a 13 and half month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and 80 hours of unpaid work, Judge (Jonathan) Carroll said he did not accept the defendant’s claims that when she went to the victim’s home on the second occasion she had forgotten she had the claw hammer in her hand.

He said: “You wanted her to be intimidated. You attacked her because you were upset.”

But he accepted that she had behaved out of character that day.

Ah, the time-honoured ‘woman behaving out of character’ defence. Why does the criminal justice system bother arresting women, and putting them on trial? Why doesn’t the Ministry of Injustice simply declare that henceforth, women won’t be punished for breaking the law? We’re very close to that already.

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Professor Anthony Glees is a Toady

Anthony Glees is a professor of Politics at the University of Buckingham, and directs its Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies.

This morning he was interviewed by Kaye Adams for her show on BBC Radio Scotland, on the subject of MI5 (the domestic ‘secret service’) seeking to recruit middle-aged mothers as intelligence officers, as part of its drive to reach a gender balanced workforce. His defence of this drive ranks as one of the most embarrassing examples of gynocentrism-driven toadying it has been my misfortune to encounter. You can listen to it on iPlayer here, from 1:54:30 – 2:00:15, for the next 29 days. I wouldn’t want to save the embarrassing exchange for posterity.

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Shaming women for letting their kids watch TV is a feminist issue (apparently)

Our thanks to Russell for this woeful piece in the Telegraph, which is spewing out ever more feminist nonsense with each passing week. The start of the article illustrates the infantile hyperbole which feminists cannot resist:

The amount of screen time you allow your children has become shorthand for how bad a parent you are – the more you allow, the worse off your kids are. Cross Oxbridge – actually, cross any sort of proper university – right off the list, if you’re subjecting your children to the electronic babysitter for more than, say, five minutes a week. [my emphasis]

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Study: 50% of Twitter misogyny posted by women. UK MPs launch “Reclaim the Internet” campaign.

A tip of the hat to David King for this.

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Comments on the video of the maiden speech of Jess Phillips MP on our YouTube channel

Jess Phillips MP is one of our Toxic Feminists of the Month, in part for her attempt to deny Philip Davies MP the opportunity to talk about men’s issues on International Men’s Day, 2015. The video of her attempt is here. It’s attracted 10,000+ views on our YouTube channel alone.

Her maiden speech in parliament must surely have been the worst in the history of the institution. For some time it’s been on our YouTube channel – here – and so far it’s attracted 9,000+ views, 300+ comments, 180 upvotes and, most pleasingly, 110 downvotes. There are few better feelings in like than knowing you’ve upset feminists.

The comments range from insightful to amusing, and I thought I’d share the last five with you, via a ‘screen capture’. Enjoy.

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Golders Green protest against MGM

A short video (4:17) taken during the recent Golders Green protest. Our thanks to TheLondonGroup Tlg for the editing, and for giving us permission to publish it on our YouTube channel. More video footage will be published in due course.

We plan to protest regularly in Golders Green and Luton – and elsewhere – in the months and years following the London conference, until such time as males in the UK enjoy the same state protection against genital mutilation as that enjoyed by females.

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Anti-MGM protest next Wednesday, 1 June – outside the Home Office, then in Parliament Square

Our next anti-MGM protest will start outside the Home Office at 1pm next Wednesday – details here. After a time – we’ll decide when, on the day – we’ll walk the short distance to Parliament Square, the venue of our memorable protest last November, on International Men’s Day, to protest once again. A video (6:30) of that memorable protest is here.

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