The home secretary, Theresa May today announced an independent review of police custody deaths in England and Wales. We also need this to happen in Scotland because how can a nation breathe if these injustices continue to happen? This is why I've started a petition on Change.org calling for accountability, clarity, answers...how hard is it to tell the truth?
Today, 20 July, will be the second anniversary of my brother David Clapson's death. His benefits were stopped after he missed just one meeting at the Job Centre. He was diabetic and without the £71.70 a week from his jobseeker's allowance he couldn't afford to eat or top up his electricity card to keep the fridge where he kept his insulin working. My brother died three weeks after his benefits were stopped. He was 59.
My partner Scott and I should have been sharing our son Edward Gili's first birthday in May this year. But instead of having that exciting first year to celebrate and many more to look forward to, we had just nine precious days to spend with our beautiful son.
Following last week's budget announcement of £12billion in benefit cuts, how many people will die as a result? Dramatic as it may sound, there is already solid evidence that deaths directly correlate to the harsh family benefits caps like those the government plans to introduce. But that evidence is being hushed up.
The #ToyLikeMe campaign group are now calling on Lego to do just that with the launch of a change.org petition asking Lego to positively represent disability in their products and help generations of kids grow up with a better attitude to human difference.
Had the corporation kept BBC3 on television - where the audience can easily access it - it would have a stronger fighting chance. There is so much content the BBC produces but not all of it gets an evening television slot. Imagine a TV channel that repurposes the videos from Radio 1's Live Lounge, the extensive archive of live festival coverage, and productions by independent writers and producers... But what do I know?
I thank everyone of you everyday for what you have all done for our little princess. It's been a long journey - but finally we are starting to look towards the future. And it's a future where Bethany can start to feel better and we can enjoy our time as a family together.
My twitter followers can easily track when I'm clearing out my inbox. Every once is a while I go through sundry requests for me to sign petitions, sig...
It's incredible that our petition has catalysed a national movement for change - a movement that will stand up to local authorities and support the voices of those who are not often heard. At a time when many of us feel hopeless in the face of continuing austerity and welfare cuts, to me that's real proof of the power of ordinary people to come together and change society for the better.
Busking at its heart is about democratic access to public space. A busker turns up on a public highway and performs for the passersby, and they can either show their appreciation or just walk on by. Busking has the capacity to create a sense of urban community and make public spaces more welcoming. I quickly understood that Liverpool's plans were a direct attack on all that was great about the busking tradition and so I set up my first petition on Change.org...
When Change.org launched in the UK, we did so with the belief that by giving anyone the campaigning tools that big organisations have, people would win change on their own terms. But we've also learnt that when small campaigns come together they are greater than the sum of their parts.
If the government bands together to engage young people, the entire country will be in much better shape for a brighter future. An engaged generation will go out of create sustainability for the country to assure it remains as rewarding as its current state and head towards a Better Britain.
In a city where millions are reported to be only one payday away from losing their homes, I don't believe criminalising homelessness is right. We need to convince Hackney Council to reconsider the terms of its PSPO and remove the references to rough sleeping from it.
A revolution in technology over the past decade has shaken up business models underpinning everything from how we share and consume news and ideas, to how we shop or find a date. We live in an on-demand world, and as we enter the final weeks of the 2015 election, we're seeing how democracy is also being reshaped by the web.
I am grateful that Tesco has done the right thing and hope it, and other pension companies take the opportunity to improve their urgency, communication and compassion in handling situations in these circumstances in the future.
This election is set to be the closest in decades. Polls predict that no one will win with an outright majority and every day there is a new horse to back. And in all of this noise it can feel like there is no way of getting your voice heard - the issue you care about out there. Well that's not true. Every day at Change.org we see people getting the issues that matter to them onto the political agenda and into the news. Here are five ways you can get yourself heard during the election, whether you decide to vote or not.