UK Protest

Urged On By Shadow Chancellor UK Foster Care Workers Vote To Unionise

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

In an historic moment for the child fostering sector - and urged on by the Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP - foster care workers have voted to unionise and launch their own branch of the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain Union (IWGB). The decision was taken at a packed meeting of foster care workers at Parliament on Monday 19th September.

Blockade Pictures Show Why Anyone Coming From Britain Will Find It 'Almost Impossible' To Leave Calais

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK

The main road to the port of Calais is being brought to a grinding halt today, as hundreds of vehicles stage a huge ‘go-slow’ protest that will me...

We Can't Afford Five More Years of BP-Sponsored Culture

Dr Chris Garrard | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr Chris Garrard

We should not accept corporate sponsorship or privatisation in the arts as a given, and be short-changed on the values that should be at the heart of our art-making. Starting today, it's time we made these museums and galleries properly accountable to the public, and not to BP.

Byron Burger Protest Sees 200 People Denounce 'Shame' Of Workers Being Deported

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK

Some 200 protestors gathered outside a London branch of burger chain Byron amid anger over the firm apparently aiding officials to deport dozens of st...

Why I'm Doing a Topless Comedy Show

Samantha Pressdee | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Pressdee

I feel safe and liberated standing in front of a crowd topless. Its a way of reclaiming my body and sexuality. Free the Nipple is not about telling other women (or men) what to do, its about choice, body equality and perception.

Black Lives Matter: Racism Will Be Remedied When All Hands Are Up, Waving Goodbye To Discrimination

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Anastasia Kyriacou

As humans, we must raise our hands and accept that we all have a responsibility to look out for one another, regardless of skin colour, sexuality, faith or gender. For it is only when we fundamentally refuse to tolerate discrimination in its every form, can we wave goodbye to racism and embrace the fair and equal society humanity needs in order for it to truly prosper. Solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

After Brexit, What Next for Britain's Youth?

Amelia Womack | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Womack

Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.

An Action Plan Mixtape: For Remainers, Bregreters and Concerned Brexiters.

Lucy Unwin | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Politics
Lucy Unwin

Stop flailing. Stop feeling impotent. Stop shouting into the echo chamber. I'm talking to myself of course, but I'm sure I've not been alone - hopelessly casting about, waiting someone to tell me exactly what I can do to make this better.

Tree Stories - The Living Library in Our Landscape

Matt Daw | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Matt Daw

Trees are living books. Their life story is recorded in their rings, their shapes, and the marks they bear of events past. Ancient trees are often called 'living monuments', but whereas monuments are unchanging reminders of a person or event, trees bear testimony that life endures, come what may.

Employment Must Not Be the Aim of Mental Health Treatment

Dr Jay Watts | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Dr Jay Watts

For plunging much-needed therapy money into these projects will inevitably take it away from therapy services located where they should be - in organisations where the goals of therapy can freely be decided by the person who really matters, the person suffering.

Protest in the Digital Age

David Wilson | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Tech
David Wilson

Today you can protest as you sip your latte. A Facebook friend may have forwarded you a Change.org petition about something they feel strongly about. Whatever the issue - from saving the Himalayan snow leopard to taxing Top Shop - you enter your name, adding a short comment, if you can spare the time.

Women - We Need to Connect to Make Changes

Laura Coryton | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS THING WORK. Get involved, change the world, and kick some ass. Even if just for ten minutes from your sofa. Hot chocolate and a laptop can be very powerful weapons...

The Circus Act: The Archaic Use of Animals for Entertainment

Stephanie Allen | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie Allen

Zebras, camels, a fox and a raccoon are among the animals being used in two licensed circuses in England at the moment. In Ireland, elephants and big cats are being used again this year and at present it is legal to use any animal in English circuses as long as the circus is licensed.

Everyone Before Me; Or So It Seems

Mik Scarlet | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Throughout the comments sections of blogs and articles explaining disabled people's views are non-disabled people telling us we're wrong. Not just about the film but pretty much whatever we've said.

UK-USA 'Period Pride' Demo Launched as Osborne Fails to Scrap Tampon Tax

Laura Coryton | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Coryton

Our overarching goal: to raise awareness of the issue of the tampon tax - in the U.K. the U.S. and around the globe - and to highlight our productive cross-pond, collaboration. And our immediate goal: to demand that the U.K.'s tampon tax be eliminated once and for all!

'The New Normal' for 11-Year-Old SATs Pupils and Parents Are Fighting Back

Charlotte Martin | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Charlotte Martin

It's a sign of the desperation of Parents that the only way they can claim power is to take their children out of school. Taking students away from learning should be a last resort and yet for many it has become the only option. Without proper accountability it always will be.

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...

Panama Papers: Time for Ultimatums

Joshua Virasami | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Joshua Virasami

With the Panama Papers the jig is up. Austerity's proposed logic, which has always been flawed, is now null and void. The public, in an extremely public fashion, now have proof of how the rich have robbed the poor.

Rival Immigration Protests Bring Dover To A Standstill

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.04.2016 | UK

Dover has been brought to a standstill by a huge police operation as far-right and counter anti-fascist groups protest. Roads have been closed as demo...

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...

Collective Action Is Dead, Long Live Collective Action!

John Bunzl | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
John Bunzl

My guess is that even the relatively mild ambitions of the Paris agreement are likely to remain unfulfilled. My fear is that it will take us 5 years to realise it, to see that, while full of good intentions, Paris only served to lose us yet more precious time. All talk, but no guarantee of action.

Jeremy Corbyn: 'You Don't Achieve Peace By Planning For War'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.02.2016 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn warned "you don’t achieve peace by planning for war” as he spoke to thousands of people in an anti-Trident rally in central London. ...

Why I Love Glasgow: Anti-Rape Protest at George Square

Sophie McNaughton | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie McNaughton

I could probably list a hundred reasons why I love Glasgow, with everything from the culture, music, architecture, nightlife, and countless restaurants, to buskers and bagpipers on Buchanan Street, the Clyde, the Duke of Wellington with his ever-stylish traffic cone hat, and, of course, the people of Glasgow themselves.

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.

The Flight of Reason in the Face of Airport Expansion

Zion Lights | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

We need more people to take a stand against the bullying might of the industries that are trashing our only planet, and we need more voices to be heard in defence of our only home. Sending the Heathrow 13 to prison? That's just plain stupid. And it won't stop them either - as they said after the verdict, they're 'in it for the long haul.' In terms of the planet, so are we all.