Activism

This Is More Than A Fight To Protect Our Environment, This Is A Struggle For Democracy

Imogen Smith | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Smith

For the whole month of July, anti-fracking action has been taking place at a site just up the road where, after an appeal by company Cuadrilla, fracking has been licensed. Since January 2017 work to start drilling for this source of unconventional gas has begun, with much local resistance.

I Think I Know How To Make The World Vegan...

Dominika Piasecka | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dominika Piasecka

My mum has announced that she will eat less meat. She now has two meatless meals a day. It's a big step for someone who - as much as she respects and supports my lifestyle choice - never wanted to try any of my food, dismissing it as something "for vegans only".

Surprise Swing To Labour In Canterbury, Sees Rosie Duffield Become The First Labour MP There For 160 Years

Hana Joy | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Hana Joy

Regardless of Labour not winning a majority, we did far better than expected, we returned over 40% of the vote share across the country, this is incredible. I am proud to be part of it. The work has only just begun, I was expecting to feel tired today, instead I am inspired.

On 8 June This Country Can Really Change - But Only If You Force It To

Bradley Allsop | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

As I said, I've learnt a lot over the past few years campaigning, but perhaps the key thing I learnt was something no one ever tells us, because if really taken to heart the country would change overnight: you don't need to be knowledgeable, charismatic, ruthless or rich to be 'political': you just need to be angry.

Why We Need To Keep Blocking Coal Mines – A Call To Action

Andrea Brock | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK
Andrea Brock

Coal mining is not only a global issue. It's also an issue of local air pollution, democracy and environmental justice. For over a decade, Residents Against Ffos-y-fran and United Valleys Action Group have been fighting the mine. With the mine only 37 metres from the closest homes in Merthyr, they are suffering from pollution, dust, noise and vibration every day.

In The Age Of Trump And May, Students' Unions Are A Beacon Of Hope

Danny Nasr | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Nasr

With an increase in hate crime, a resurgence in populist nationalism and the peeling back of state support for those who desperately need it, you could be forgiven for wanting to turn off the TV and retire into passivity. For many bearing the brunt of this hate, this isn't an option, and for all of us campaigning and pushing for social justice, the tide seems unforgiving and persistent.

Feeling Helpless Over Syria's Plight: Paving The Way Forward

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

There is unprecedented international outrage over the recent chemical attack that left many Syrian families dead and injured in the town of Khan Sheik...

Kendall Jenner's Slammed Pepsi Ad Is Proof Advertising Needs Diversity

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Philip Ellis

It isn't necessarily a bad thing for brands to want to be involved in activism. They have the money and the influence to potentially drive real change forward. But throwing Muslim photographers, Asian cellists and transgender activists into the supporting cast of a Kendall Jenner publicity stunt is not the way to go about it.

Tackling Our Own Inner Prejudice

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Sometimes there is a danger we can be so passionate about eradicating prejudice that it actually leads to us developing prejudices of our own. We fight so hard for the rights of some that we start to develop preconceptions about others whom we wrongly perceive to be aggressors.

Social Media Can Change Lives - For Better Or Worse

Dawn O'Porter | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn O'Porter

all women everywhere There is no forgiveness on Twitter. In real life words disappear in the air; on social media, they are there forever - you can delete your tweet but others can then still have ownership over your words through a timely screen grab or a re-tweet. An innocent mistake, a flippant remark, a tweet poorly wordsmithed can change your life in a moment. And there are no shades of grey.

Fracking Will Hurt Local Communities - We Must Do Everything We Can To Stop It

Emily Connor | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK
Emily Connor

It's time we do everything we can to prevent the fracking industry from disastrous extraction of fossil fuels. It's time we stand up with the communities affected by the fracking industry and combat the media's narrative by engaging people and building the alternative, clean fuelled future we deserve.

What's Next For Digital Feminism?

Jessamy Gleeson | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech
Jessamy Gleeson

all women everywhere Zuckerberg wasn't considering the needs of feminists when he designed Facebook: he was thinking of college frat boys who wanted to get their rocks off. And the rules haven't changed; as feminists we're still operating in a relatively hostile environment, where the community guidelines are applied haphazardly, and without the safety of women and other marginalised groups being a priority.

Researches Climate Change, Funds Climate Change: Why Fossil Free UCL Will Escalate

Olivia Goldin | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Olivia Goldin

As a society, we must push all energy companies to become accountable green investors and contribute meaningfully to the global shift away from fossil fuels. Until they do so, we will continue to intensify pressure on our institutions to reject an industry that compromises all of our futures in the name of profit - and, ultimately, remove its social license to operate.

#Calexit: Brexit Is Getting The Hollywood Treatment

Nathan Coyle | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Nathan Coyle

Seriously, us British love everything referendum related right? Well, it's happening folks, the word referendum is doing the rounds again but this tim...

How To Be A Teenage Activist

Molly Thompson | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Thompson

Social based activism is becoming a part of our daily dialogue and its incredible. Since the inauguration of Trump, record numbers of people have turned out to protest against his misogyny, racism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia and now his ban on Muslim asylum seekers entering the US. Every day more and more people are subscribing to this social movement and getting deeper into this form of activism and it makes my heart warm. (whether that's scientifically possible or not) But let me tell you, at one point I wasn't as embroiled in this activism as I am now.

Activism, No Longer A Dirty Word

William Crona | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
William Crona

The term 'activist' should really be stripped of its obnoxious (and in many cases unfair) connotations and begin to be understood exactly as what it really means: acting resolutely in accordance with ones most dearly held principles. The crowds that have been marching in unity throughout the world show that this process is already under way and I urge every one of us to raise their banner alongside them in solidarity.

Warning: Brexit Britain Could End Up On The Wrong Side Of History

Julie Ward | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

Last week, on January 27th, we marked international Holocaust Memorial Day. Together with millions of others around the world, I reflected on the history of unspeakable horrors which were committed when nations and peoples surrendered to xenophobia, nationalist prejudice, and lies. That history has a frightening relevance with regard to current world events.

8 Things You Can Do For Women's Rights In 2017

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

With International Women’s Day in full swing, what better time to start taking actionable steps towards gender equality? Earlier this year, hundreds...

Empathy For The Devil - How To Survive Cynicism In 2017

Alan Muir | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Alan Muir

Forget the Euro, dollar, pound or even the Smackeroony - cynicism is the new currency being traded across the world. And cousin, business is a-boom...

Optimists: The World Needs You Now

Simon Cohen | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Simon Cohen

It's hard being an optimist in 2016. After 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela said: 'Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward...

Forming Friendships And Breaking Stereotypes At The Interfaith Summit

Hashim Bhatti | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Hashim Bhatti

Living well with your neighbours is like riding a bike, the most difficult part is making a start, after that the momentum does the hard work for you. I can tell you that although I have paraphrased a German ambassador, this has been true for me and my friends.

You Block Our Bridges, Sisters Uncut Will Block Yours!

Sisters Uncut Member | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK
Sisters Uncut Member

Sisters Uncut are saying enough is enough. We demand a secure, long term plan to support all domestic violence survivors, regardless of immigration status, with specialist services for black and brown, disabled and LGBT+ survivors.

If President Trump Makes You Feel Powerless And Angry Take Action

Angela Terry | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK
Angela Terry

Women are also the main educators, in schools, colleges and homes so children can learn that equality not only matters but it is to be expected as the norm from today. Now more than ever is the time to educate and then to organise so we are not just agitated.

The Uncomfortable Truth about Disability

Ruth Gould | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Gould

Disability is a word that provokes a range of emotions from across society. At its worst, it immediately stigmatizes and excludes many through pure ig...

Equality In The Air? What Happens If We View Fat People As Passengers With Rights?

Stacy Bias | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Stacy Bias

You live some distance from your family and you need to get home for a wedding, birthday party or funeral. The only way you can travel that distance i...