Writer, producer & activist for peace, planet & social justice, SOAS graduate & Corbyn supporter
Marienna is a producer, writer and campaigner based in London. She graduated from SOAS University of London in 2014 with a BA in Politics & Development Studies. She currently works as a freelance journalist specialising in the refugee crisis.
At SOAS, Marienna became involved in the student movement campaigning against war, racism, austerity and in solidarity with Palestine. She also co-founded the Student Assembly Against Austerity.
Since leaving university, Marienna has worked as a campaigner, producer and journalist. She played a leading role in establishing Brick Lane Debates, a network of radical young activists engaging in campaigns and political education through participatory workshops, and also helped establish This Changes Everything UK. She is a regular contributor to the Leap, Red Pepper and the New Internationalist.
Much of her work is accessible via her website: www.mariennapw.com
Capitalism is different from what came before. No previous society has accumulated and concentrated wealth on a comparable scale. The ecological crisis is a symptom, the most deadly symptom, of a social crisis in human beings' relationship to our environment. It makes more sense to talk of capitalist, rather than anthropogenic climate change.
The impossible is happening. The People's Climate March was a global day of action of historic proportions. Over 30,000 people took to the streets in London. New York City hosted the biggest march climate march ever, with religious and labour leaders coming together with scientists, environmentalists and 400,000 Americans. People protested in 166 countries demanding system change...
15th February 2003: we know it was the biggest protest in world history. We know that millions of people who'd never before felt like they could make their voices heard by taking action, marched in the streets of 800 cities to say 'Not In Our Name'; that they dared hope for peace, but were committed by their governments to a bloody and illegal war.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will be the biggest international 'free-trade deal' in history. It will standardise EU regulations with their almost non-existent US counterparts. Negotiations are secret and over 90 per cent consultants are corporate lobbyists, which is more than a little suspicious.
Despite being one of the richest in the world, ours is a country where 1 in 6 children and 1 in 3 disabled people live in poverty... For George Osborne, austerity is the Only Answer... the rich are getting richer. But for most working families, life keeps getting harder.
owever powerful the pressure to conform, to take the cheque and keep quiet, there will always be those who, moved by injustice, will speak out. But it counts for little, unless we all speak out together.
11/04/2014 14:55 BST
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