Social Justice

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...

Today Is Happiness Day, But Could Greater Happiness Be a Permanent Reality?

David Tross | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Tross

This is the happiness paradox in action: after basic needs have been met, increased wealth has not produced greater happiness in rich countries, the gains made in life expectancy and income cancelled out by the personal and social stresses of a competitive, materialistic society.

People, Power, Politics

Dan Gregory | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

With our new electoral cycle in place, the Scottish referendum looming and politicians now realising photo opportunities to stand in waders and point at floods are now within 30 minutes of the capital, Westminster seems to be in pre-election mode 18 months early.

My 25-Year Long Mission for Social Justice and Poverty Eradication

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Albina Du Boisrouvray

As the founder of FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty, and its FXBVillage programme, my mission was to provide a solution to the key drivers of extreme poverty through a holistic and self-sustaining approach.

Bedroom Tax - Finally Killed by Plain Old Common-Sense?

Rob Atkinson | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

The Bedroom Tax - the most ill-conceived, misbegotten, malicious and counter-productive piece of misguided legislation since - well, since the Poll Tax - may just have been dealt a fatal blow by a Tribunal judge wielding the trusty old sword of common-sense.

CSR 2.0: Unlocking Corporate Wealth to Solve Social Issues

Nick O'Donohoe | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Nick O'Donohoe

As you walk around the corridors of the World Economic Forum at Davos and as you listen to the many corporate leaders present at the world economic forum in Davos it is possible to segment them into two distinct groups.

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...

This Human Rights Day, Let's Remember Why Charities Care About Human Rights - They Are a Safety Net for Everyone

Emma Hutton | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Emma Hutton

There is still work to do, both to raise awareness of the benefits of strong human rights protections and to make sure they apply effectively, to everyone. The Equally Ours partners are proud to be working together to raise awareness of the everyday benefits of human rights for people from all walks of life, in every part of the country.

Miley Cyrus and the Several Disabled People

Nazim Andani | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nazim Andani

Cyrus has achieved her aim of shedding the clean-cut persona she developed during her time at that non-exploitative, pro-Semite, altruistic, not-for-profit charity known as Disney. In the process, she has infected a countless number of young, innocent girls with premature sexualisation.

How the British Can Learn to Love Human Rights

Israel Butler | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Israel Butler

Human rights have become toxic in Britain. There is no genuine public debate over the issue - debates are supposed to be two sided, and progressive forces have not yet found a successful response to calls to scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights... However, research on public attitudes suggests that this is a debate that pro-human rights forces could win.

The Lib Dems - Yellow by Name, Yellow by Nature

John Wight | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The Lib Dems were given the opportunity to go some way to salvaging some political credibility this week by voting for a Labour motion against one of the most vile policies ever visited on the poor and economically disadvantaged in many a year. They chose not to and hopefully now political oblivion awaits.

From Job Takers to Job Makers: How The Next Generation Of Young Entrepreneurs Might Just Save The World

Lynn Shepherd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Lynn Shepherd

Sometimes having two hats throws up some interesting juxtapositions. Ten days ago, with my novelist hat on, I was in Dublin for the Bram Stoker festiv...

What Price Justice?

Isaac Shaffer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Isaac Shaffer

Legal aid is there to make sure that people can get justice even when they do not have the financial means to pay for it. It is based on the principle that the law should apply to all (and protect all) equally.

The Esoteric Nature of the Subtexts of Class in Society

Aamir Aziz | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aamir Aziz

When autumn announces itself in the lowlands; trees swing at three sixty and shed every evidence of the yester springs and summers from their shoots. ...

Mehdi Hasan

'I Get A Lot Of My Anger At Injustice From My Faith'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Politics

"I guess I get a lot of my anger at injustice from my faith." Tim Farron cradles a mug of tea in his hands, as we sit in his parliamentary office ...

Relentless Attacks on the Poor Are Inviting a Social Explosion. Let it Come

John Wight | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Disgusting does not come close to describing the latest offering from Channel 5 - On Benefits And Proud - which aired for the first time this week. In the show various benefit claimants - code for the undeserving poor - are tracked down by deserving taxpayers with the object of illustrating how these benefit junkies are ripping us all of - 'us' being the smug, self satisfied majority for whom poverty is just another word in the dictionary.

This Continual Hounding of the Unemployed Reveals that Britain Is Governed by a Gang of Rich Sociopaths

John Wight | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

With each passing week it becomes more apparent that in 2013 the nation is being governed by a gang of rich, privileged, and completely out of touch sociopaths, whose conception of society sits somewhere between Edwardian and Victorian times...

How Older People Will Change the World

Dr Malcolm Fisk | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Malcolm Fisk

Older people are going to be the most influential force of change in our society for many years to come. Similar to the rise and impact of youth culture in the 1950s and 60s, the changing demographics of the UK will transform the places where we work and live.

Which Is the Greater Crime - Poverty or Shoplifting?

John Wight | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

What struck me about this exchange was the extent to which it revealed a widening disconnect between the haves and have nots, on the level of morals as well as income, exacerbated by the recession and the current government's policy of making the poor pay for an economic mess effectively created by the greed of the rich.

What is the True Cost of Bagging a Bargain? The Value of the See Through Fashion Campaign

Roxanne Fox | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Roxanne Fox

Having walked in the way of temptation and failed to resist, a few hours later the ensuing guilt rears its ugly head. In the past this regret would simply result from my tendency to make impulsive purchases, despite an ever-dwindling bank balance. These days it is far worse.

Time for More Public Value, Fewer Markets

John Tizard | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

This week the TUC has an opportunity to set out a new agenda for public services. It can and should challenge the Coalition Government's obsession with market based approaches. It also has to be ready to challenge some of the trade union movement's own prejudices.

Doing Well by Doing Good

Zandra Rhodes | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zandra Rhodes

I am so fortunate to love the work that I do. And, sometimes, it is possible to improve the lives of others through my work. Do let me tell you about some of my recent projects...

The Power of the Little Big Thing

John Coventry | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Coventry

On average, two campaigns a week win on Change.org in the UK - most of them powered by incredible stories of how big, structural issues impact on peoples daily lives. What they have in common is that one person wanted to change something so much that they told their story and built a movement around it. In doing so they shifted how power works: from the top down to the bottom up and have often sparked a much wider debate on the bigger issue around their campaign.

Can Chris Grayling Rehabilitate Our Ailing Prison System?

Juliet Lyon | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

The government is currently embarking on one of the largest change programme of the criminal justice system in recent history...The impact assessment of the Bill reveals that around 13,000 offenders will be recalled or committed to custody as a result of the proposals, giving a prison places increase of around 600 additional places per year.