Activism

Food Freedom and the People who are Planting the Seeds of Change

Zion Lights | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK
Zion Lights

'Seeds are buried treasure,' says Simran Sethi, global speaker, educator and environmentalist. Ms Sethi talks about seeds with passion because, she says, humans have an interdependent relationship with them: 'seeds are life', she tells me; nature's most early beginnings, without which humans could not have thrived. And now they are under threat.

Slacktivism: Technology Is Only as Good as the People Who Use It

Asher Wren | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Politics
Asher Wren

Since the dawn of social media, citizens of the social space have been exposed to an ever-increasing number of causes and movements. This in turn has helped to propagate the notion of 'slacktivism', the perception - arguably the delusion - that you can effect change without really doing anything at all.

Why Are We Still Watching Poverty Porn?

Billy Hill | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Billy Hill

Every night, when we sit down in front of the television, the inevitable adverts pop up. That generic charity appeal that makes the room go silent, where a small, semi-naked, helpless child crawls across our television screens and the only thing we can do is awkwardly squirm or hope that our satellite box has enough minutes to fast forward.

Dialogue Must Be a Spur to Activism

Joseph Miles | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

Whiteboards have become the most crucial weapon in the battle for social justice since Tumblr was invented. It has become a fortunately common practice in academic circles to stand in some picturesque part of your university holding a whiteboard with either a pro-social justice claim inscribed thereon, or an example of some unpleasant piece of bigotry hurled your way by some socially unreformed reprobate...

Political Revolution Could Happen Within a Generation

Clare Phipps | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Clare Phipps

Like thousands of other Britons across the country, I begin my days by catching up on the latest news. And, on an increasingly frequent basis, it is often enough to make me feel like crawling back under the covers - or search for the latest "21 Cutest Animals Ever!" Buzzfeed...

Why Are Left-Wing People So Annoying?

Jessie Thompson | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jessie Thompson

It was quite a proud accolade for me when I was described as being 'insanely left-wing'. Because it's a good thing to be left-wing, isn't it? It means that you care about other people being equal and you don't want to shoot immigrants or privatize everything including human souls...

The Death of Student Activism and The Rise of Lad Culture and Political Apathy in Universities

Liam Deacon | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Student activism was once a force to be reckoned with. It changed the world, visibly and profoundly... But today, in the face of genuine and widely felt grievances, students are impotent and apathetic. Universities are businesses, education is job training and a degree is a holiday.

Why I Swapped Petitions and Placards for a Needle and Thread

Kirsty Morrissey | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Morrissey

I grew tired of always being against everything, traditional activism is a culture that exists in opposition to the world's wrongs. While positive thinking is constantly hailed as the optimum state of mind, here the aim was to draw attention to the negative. It was Twitter, normally happy to provide reasons to be disillusioned, that introduced me to an alternative - craftivism.

My Top Campaigns of 2013

Nadeem Javaid | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Nadeem Javaid

2013 has been a great year for activism. Throughout the world people power has been rising up and inspiring change; from mass protests in Brazil to challenge rising bus fares, to a little old mosque in York which challenged perceptions by serving tea and custard creams to members of the EDL...

In Defence of Call-Out Culture

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

While many people love to grumble about the ineffectiveness of activist social media, the truth is that starting something as simple as a hashtag and watching it inspire a global conversation is about as grassroots as it gets...

Setting the Record Straight on Student Rights

Rupert Sutton | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

With the issue of gender segregation in the media, attacks on those opposing this practice have been epitomised on this website by Hilary Aked, who ignores the broad mass of public opinion that refused to accept guidance excusing discrimination.

HIV in David Cameron's Britain - ACT UP Comes Home to Roost

Dan Glass | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Glass

As the epidemic continues to rage today, we need ACT UP's inspiring message more than ever. I am endlessly amazed by the difference between the public and the private face of HIV in the UK; between the shiny NGO propaganda and the hard reality on the ground; between the grandiose intentions of HIV policy-makers and what is happening in practice.

Help Leave Nobody Out in the Cold This Winter

Rick Henderson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

Imagine that tonight you didn't have a home to go to and were forced to sleep rough. It's a pretty terrible proposition. But imagine having to battle the cold winter weather at the same time. Sadly, this is the reality for all too many people in this country.

My Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

If only we can all just take one moment now, not just to grieve, but to focus our minds on the one thing we all forget constantly: loving one another. This is what I'm going to remember Nelson Mandela by, and we can pay tribute to him by practising what he preached every day of his life.

A Future for Health-Activism

Rupert Whitaker | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Whitaker

In the fray, be aware and protect your biggest assets, which are integrity, transparency, authenticity, courage, cohesion, creativity, an acting on social values, ethical independence, a willingness to learn, and a lack of shame.

Greenpeace Activist Says Jail Term Could End Hopes Of Having Children

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

British Greenpeace activist Alex Harris has described the "moment of panic" of her and her fellow campaigners, upon realising that a lengthy sentence ...

Anti-Victim Prejudice

Shy Keenan | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shy Keenan

I do believe in the good and the bad in human beings who live in the here and the now, that if you're not at the table.. that the only way that bad people prevail is when good men and women do nothing, that the only way to stop it, is to find a way to tell and that the very best revenge is to survive and survive well.

The Internet: Fine for Shopping, Not Allowed for Important Stuff

John Coventry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Coventry

There was an in-depth look at global campaigning movement Avaaz in Sunday's Observer. Its founder, Ricken Patel, was interviewed about how it builds movements online to secure change. It was a generally fascinating piece, but the headline was bothersome to me...

Opposition Day Debate: The Bedroom Tax, Cowardly Conservatives and Duplicitous LibDems

Alan Wyllie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

I believe that we can take a lot from the Opposition Day Debate on the Bedroom tax. The coalition's Government majority was cut to only 26 and our views were represented in the House of Commons. It is a step in the right direction.

We're Not Apathetic: Telling Us We Are Is Undermining Democracy

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

We're not interested in winding back the clock. We don't see the world as an epic struggle between capital and labour. And we don't have all the answers. Yet. What we do see is people being disempowered. And not just by the government. What marks out the political discourse of my generation is that we have organised against any power which negatively impacts our lives.

It Is the Lies That Kill Disabled People

Simon Stevens | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

Now, It is perfectly acceptable to understand how people can reach a stage where they feel suicidal, especially if they already have mental health difficulties to manage as well, and I have been there myself more than once.

Feminists, Put Your Tops Back on - Men, Listen Up!

Alastair Sloan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

Last week, a post on the subversive "ChinaSmack" caught my eye with a headline "Beijing Student asks "What My Vagina Says" About Feminism." Her pho...

'Poppygate' and Students' Unions

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

Like it or not, poppies no longer represent what they initially were created for. Every year we have remembrance services where those in power in the state talk about our military and giving thanks to their courage, whilst handily forgetting that when current soldiers often come back from tours of Afghanistan, it's up to charities to mend what's been broken.

Fashion Intentions

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

As the thin piece of attire some Muslim women choose to cover their faces with (as part of religious principal) once again becomes a point of discussion here in Britain, it is today an important day to think about clothing.

'Blurred Lines' Highlights the Dangers of Academic Rather Than Active Feminism

Joseph Miles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

Blurred Lines confirms that Newton's Third Law is as accurate in popular culture as it is in physics. Every time someone plays the song, an article or blog post or Tweet will automatically materialise denouncing its flagrant sexism...