Activism

Predicting a Sugar Tax Blowback

James Cronin | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
James Cronin

George Osborne pulled yet another budget-related rabbit from the famous red suitcase last month. After a cunicular living wage hike and stamp duty ref...

Charlotte Church Had To Fight Pretty Much Everyone To Move From Singer To Activist

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

When Charlotte Church linked the civil war in Syria to climate change in front of a BBC audience, she was torn apart. ‘Charlotte Church stuns TV vie...

Learning From Waste-Picking Publishers in Latin America

Lucy Bell | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Lucy Bell

In the UK, we have a history of treating so-called 'developing' and even 'newly industrialized countries' as charity cases, regarding places that are ...

Generation Action - Young People Stepping Into the Political Sphere

Kylie Barton | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kylie Barton

This is just one example of a young person who is desperate to enact positive change. There must be thousands more out there. So if you know a young person with a thirst for more, for the world to be a different place, or who wants to act - encourage them. Enable them. Help them. Help create Generation Action. God knows the system won't.

Mothers' Day: This is No Time To Relax!

Karen Dobres | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Karen Dobres

Anyone else a bit fed up of emails telling you which bath products, flowers and chocolates to get your Mum for Mothers' Day? I mean, I can always do with a box of chocs, and so can my Mum, but this commercial onslaught is relentless. Before all the commerciality came, there was Mothering Sunday,* an early religious festival, but frankly that doesn't resonate with me either...

Interview With Malala Yousafzai - The Youngest Nobel Prize Winner

James Gilmore | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Gilmore

There are no words to contest with Malala's sentiment. Whilst jokes about boyfriends and Minions may make her crack up and laugh, there's nothing that can break the focus of her goal.

My Partner Has Been Kidnapped For 600 Days

Yemi Hailemariam | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK
Yemi Hailemariam

Unbelievably, this Saturday 13th marked 600 days of Andy's ordeal. We still have no idea what is going to happen to him. The Ethiopian government is refusing to let me and Andy's kids see him, will not say whether he will be executed or not, and has rejected all his calls for a lawyer. The authorities won't even allow the British government - supposedly a 'close ally' - to regularly visit him, despite Ethiopia's international obligations.

We Have to Include Men If We Want to Win the Fight Against FGM

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

On Saturday 6th February it will be 13 years since the first International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation was marked in Nigeria. Organisations across the globe are continuing to fight FGM every single day and managing to remove some of the shroud of secrecy surrounding the practice...

A Quiet Anniversary on Egypt's Day of Rage

Charlotte Allan | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Charlotte Allan

At such an unhappy time, there might be some solace to Egypt's protestors in knowing that they were the best versions of themselves for a luminous moment that inspired the planet with the idea of what it could be, and that history will record the protestors as infinitely greater and braver than the people that ruled them before and, unfortunately, since.

Has Independent Living Failed to Deliver?

Simon Stevens | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

I believe to move forward and achieve full meaningful inclusion for everyone, we need to be honest about the failings of independent living, as well as its achievements. This may require a new generation of believers who can take a fresh approach to what is needed to get the job done for everyone to have a meaningful place in society.

A Pound of Sugar for the New Year

Amy Kenyon | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK
Amy Kenyon

Photo by Amy Kenyon Roll up, roll up. Sugar can be good for you. Here's how: the simplest event - a woman buying a pound of sugar, for example - ...

I'm Occupying Queen's University: Here's Why

Bradley Allsop | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

I write these words from the administration building of Queen's University Belfast on day two of student activist group Fossil Free QUB's occupation of the building. We are occupying this building as an action of last resort: senior management at Queen's have settled for forestalling, patronising and ignoring instead of engaging with students that care passionately about their university and their climate.

Standing on the Shoulders of 18-year-olds

Rachel Lees | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Rachel Lees

With COP21 in full swing, COY acted as a charged and poignant prelude. For starters climate change will affect this generation more than any other. Secondly, it's on these teenage shoulders that our future rests...

My Life With the Warwick Rowers

Angus Malcolm | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Angus Malcolm

For the last six years, the men's rowing team at Warwick University have been producing a naked calendar. Nothing exceptional about that - there are a lot of naked charity calendars out there...

Does Slacktivism Really Exist?

Sarah Kwong | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Tech
Sarah Kwong

This portmanteau covers quite a few elements. It's one thing to say that a 'slacktivist' reaps 'good vibes' from taking action, and something completely different to say that what they've done will provide no real benefit to the cause, and that their 'good vibes' somehow contribute to that.

Four Days of Hell

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

So many times I have seen where charities, groups and movements fighting the same cause, wanting identical results refuse to pull together through differing opinions, politics and egos, but sadly, no matter what the issue, unless we can unite for what we are fighting for, world leaders and governments will always have the upper hand.

Why Is It Difficult to Talk About Race?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

When it comes to race issues we have overcome some challenges in this world, but the truth is that we are not living in a colour-blind, post-racial era. Racial inequalities still exist today - in some cases, extreme ones. We live mainly in societies where race is seen as a non-issue.

Three Reasons Why a Doctor's Strike Is Ethically Justifiable

Rajiv Chandegra | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics
Rajiv Chandegra

On 17th October 2015, I marched alongside over 15,000 fellow junior doctors to protest against the government's imposition of a new working contract. With the reverberating plea of "Save our NHS" we finally gathered around the humbling statue of Gandhi at Parliament Square.

Three Reasons Why Opposition to Animal Experiments Is Growing

Dr Nick Palmer | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Dr Nick Palmer

Change starts slowly in any well-established industry, but the foundations of support for animal experiments are crumbling. For the animals enduring this suffering, change is coming at last.

Being Charitable Has Never Felt So Good: The Rise of the 'Vanguardian'

Andrew Saunders | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Andrew Saunders

Last year the ice bucket challenge took centre stage on social media at a global level. From Kim Kardashian to your local postman, it seemed everyone ...

Our Home Is Your Home: The Refugee Crisis in the Face of Government Failure

April Humble | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK
April Humble

Solidarity from residents to refugees cannot be a short-lived lust affair. We must take advantage of this current momentum to organise in the long-term. Our efforts must become better structured, more mature and more deeply ingrained into our communities.

Seeing What We Don't Want to See

Bjørn Ihler | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Bjørn Ihler

Last week pictures of three year old Aylan laying face down, dead on a beach here in turkey hit the news. To us europeans the picture was an eye-opener. A reminder of the gruesome reality, the painful fact that children knocking on our doors, asking for our help, die in an attempt to reach a better future...

Annie Lennox's Three Fs of Feminism: Facts, Fun and Fulfilment

Laurie Adams | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK
Laurie Adams

Last night, in the trendy Drink, Shop, Do cafe in central London with Annie Lennox and women from the music industry, I found myself thinking that the activism I've been involved with for twenty years has too often been missing a key ingredient: fun...

Why I Co-Founded a Festival Dedicated to Discussing Sexual Assault

Winnie M Li | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Winnie M Li

Are you one of us? There's millions of us out there. That's a question (and an answer) posed by a group of rape survivors in our recent video for the Clear Lines Festival, the UK's first-ever festival dedicated to talking about sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion.

For the First Time in a Generation, Students Have the Oppurtunity to Effect Change

Ben Wood | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Wood

It's time for students to put up or shut up; Jeremy Corbyn is pushing the agenda for everything that students have campaigned on for a generation. If students want to bring about change, they have the chance.