UK Protest

Those Who Can, Protest

Hayley Meachin | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Hayley Meachin

Depending on which side of the political fence you're on, we're either teetering on the brink of oblivion or the future's so bright we gotta wear shades. In the midst of fake news and social media firestorms about even the most seemingly innocuous comment, it can be hard to know what to think about any issue. Equally, it can be a brave act to express an opinion when you run the risk of being trolled to within an inch of your life, or worse.

Why Our Right To Vote Is The Key To Global Justice

John Bunzl | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

If there's one thing global justice activists have given up on, it's the vote. With citizens losing faith in party politics and Green parties far from power, over the past few decades activists and campaigners have increasingly turned to other tools like lobbying, protesting, occupying, petitioning and direct action.

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.

Article 50: Why We 'Remoaners' Won't Go Quietly

Frederika Roberts | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

29th March 2017 is a dark day and I believe those that brought it about will not be remembered kindly by history, regardless what happens next. For as long as we are still in the EU, millions of us will continue to voice our opinion and to fight for the UK to remain in the EU. And if we do leave, we will campaign to re-join.

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.

What Does Trumpism Look Like In The UK?

Kerry Abel | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry Abel

If you are a Birmingham resident, we encourage you to lobby your MP and local councillor to object to these extremists marching in the centre of Birmingham and being given public properly to do so, you can use our model letter to contact your local representative.

I've Worked Hard In The NHS For 17 Years But Since Brexit I've Felt Like A Second Class Citizen

Joan Pons Laplana | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK
Joan Pons Laplana

17 years ago, I was warmly invited to build my life here. I was told it was my home from home. I was told I could settle down, marry a Brit and make my life here. Yet today I am told I'm a foreigner and should go back where I come from.

5 Things Anti-Trump Protesters Are Getting Wrong

Sam White | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Sam White

Donald Trump's election has sent progressives into a tailspin, and there have been numerous protests against the new president. But not everyone share...

Arts Must Be At The Forefront Of The Fight Against Fascism

Nir Paldi | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Nir Paldi

Photographer: Jack Offord It looks like in the next few years all of us who believe in human rights and peace will need to do a lot of protesting. We...

Will The Culture That Paved The Way For A Reality TV Star President Be The Culture To Bring Him Down?

Juno Lily Kelly | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Juno Lily Kelly

During Saturdays' Screen Actors Guild Awards, Mahershala Ali and the 'Stranger Things' cast joined the trope of Hollywood actors who have spoken out against Donald Trump's authoritarian leadership. Despite being stereotypically preoccupied with gold-plated awards, fashion shows and film premiers, dozens of influential public figures have recently exhibited their political zeal, triggered by the 'inhumane' and 'un-American' actions of the United States 45th President.

The Government's Betrayal Of Refugees, And Us

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Arthur Peirce

The history of Syria is not a peaceful one, even before the current civil war, Syria had been ruled by the iron fist of dictators, the people suffering from heavy sectarian violence. Though the land it occupies has been home to people for thousands of years, the country of Syria is less than a century old, and herein lies the key to its bloody history.

Why Trump Won't Tear Us Apart (In Britain, At Least)

Steve Ballinger | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics
Steve Ballinger

Stopping Trump will be difficult - he is, after all, the elected President of the United States - and it is largely the job of his opponents on the other side of the Atlantic. Making clear what we think of his policies, and their impact on people in the UK and all over the world, is more achievable. Most importantly, we should be more ambitious in defining that 'we'.

What's Up With Democracy?

Robin Bunce | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Bunce

We are right to value democracy, and to demand free, fair, regular, competitive elections. But an election is not an end in itself. Elections do not guarantee freedom or good outcomes. Democracy is much more likely to function well, when the rights of all are guaranteed by independent courts, even if this offends the majority. And elected governments are much less likely to become tyrannical when the people keep tabs on them through a free press, and when people are willing to protest. In fact, and this is not an alternative fact, every healthy democracy needs trouble makers.

Fight Trump's Hate And Keep Fighting It

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

As well as protesting we also need to focus on putting good into the world. We need to build bridges between communities. We need to make minority groups feel they do belong in the countries they live in, despite what the hate press and divisive politicians say. This doesn't have to be on a grand scale, even eye contact and a smile can help eradicate the invisible barriers that the far right hate has erected.

Our Children Deserve Better Than Political Apathy

Maddy Matthews | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

I can't afford to be politically apathetic anymore. I have a daughter, who is almost three, and I need to set an example. I need to show her that if there is something in this world that you think is unjust, the last thing you should do is "suck it up" and ignore it.

To Those Who Say That Protests And Petitions Are Useless

Selena Drake | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Selena Drake

The long-term impact of consistent and unrelenting protests will not just have a negative impact on Trump himself, but it will damage the very idea of meaningless prejudice and those who act as a mouthpiece for it.

Why We Need To Protest Now More Than Ever

Megan Ward | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Ward

So I'm going to protest tonight. Theresa May is probably going to pay no attention. This is the woman who wanted to make a list of foreign workers after all, so her refusal to condemn the 'Muslim ban' wasn't exactly a big surprise. But I wouldn't forgive myself if I didn't try. I protest so I can sleep at night, knowing I stood up and made my voice heard. Will you be able to do the same?

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.

The Peace And Power Of The Women's March

Arthur Peirce | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

This Saturday I was one of the 100,000+ attendants of the women's march in London. As you know, it went without incident. It was a part of a magnificent and beautiful day of solidarity.

Being Nasty

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK
Sarah Tinsley

Now is the time to test how truly nasty we can be. In the aftermath of this glorious wave of protests, I want to use my voice, and my privilege, to carry that feeling I had when the sign was in my hand. To speak out for others who don't recognise themselves in an ever-shifting political landscape, where the elite continue to thrive, and the disadvantaged continue to be bulldozed in the name of progress.

Why The Women's March Should Matter To Us All

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

When Donald Trump is sworn in as US President on Friday 20 January, it will be the culmination of a campaign that has traded in division and fear. In this climate of growing intolerance, it is more important than ever for those of us who believe in equality to stand up and be counted.

Liberal And Lost: The Pitfalls Of The New Protest Movement

Max Sanderson | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Max Sanderson

In a perfect world, everyone's each and every need would be catered for but as we all know, this world is far from perfect. And so we aim to reach a consensus of what is best for most of us (including for "low information, non-city dwelling bigots"). And by doing this, we realise that representation can never be full in its entirety. And polarisation of opinion will always occur.

What Is Protest?

Deanna Rodger | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Deanna Rodger

Deanna Rodger is a spoken word artist and the course tutor for a Protest Poetry project for 16-25 year olds at the Roundhouse, London. She vlogs about what protest means, how to do it and what counts as activism.

University Workers Miss Out On Wages Ahead Of Christmas Due To Student Protests

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Protesters at the University of Warwick have demanded that non-academic workers who have lost income in the run up to Christmas due to student demonst...

Why Do People Get Naked?

Barbara Brownie | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK
Barbara Brownie

The naked body has a very different meaning in this context than it does elsewhere. One of the reasons for the effectiveness of naked protest is the fact that its meaning can change so drastically depending on the motives for undressing.