Solidarity.

Things Fall Apart, The Centre Must Hold

Leonie Le Borgne | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics
Leonie Le Borgne

Civilians, average citizens, will be increasingly (directly and indirectly) affected by crises and will need to be prepared for a difficult future. We have seen this in Houston this week, in countless contexts previously, and we will see it time and time again.

The Manchester Attack, One Month On

Darryl Morris | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Darryl Morris

The scene set around me, as the emergency services seemed to fall from the sky. Shrapnel wounds, groups huddled together, fathers comforting mothers, comforting children. I made my way through the city, now laced with armed officers, uncertainty ricocheting through the streets and returned to our studios for a night of rolling news. The show no presenter ever wants to host.

Why I Love Being A Woman

Molly Thompson | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Thompson

I bloody love being a woman. I can feel this piece in my fingers before I write it and I just want to scream at how happy International Women's day makes me but I don't want to freak my neighbours out by screaming WOMEN!!! at 11 on a Wednesday morning in the middle of Devon. It's that day now so god knows when this will be up. Sorry! But I just wanted to piece together a somewhat organised ramble on why I love women so much.

Going Against The Grain With Manchester's Newest Law Centre

Frankie Leach | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Frankie Leach

After the hard work of countless activists across Greater Manchester, on the 11th of February, the doors will open to Greater Manchester's newest law ...

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.

After The Women's March, Our Need For Solidarity Is Stronger Than Ever

Phoebe Cleghorn | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK
Phoebe Cleghorn

The motivations of the Women's Marches were not as simple as they may have looked on paper. Some marched for reproductive rights, some in response to Islamophobia. Women marched so that their voices may be heard, though each voice said something different. This said, it's important to remember that these differences need not separate us. Positive movements such as feminism should, ideally, display no barriers between race, background, belief or sexuality, but rather solidarity amongst the diversities that define us.

One Dress

Lucy Tammam | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Style
Lucy Tammam

How much power does one dress have? Image credit Justin Lambert The dress - a symbol of woman - oppression, femininity, frivolity.   In reality...

This Eid We Are Determined to Celebrate Togetherness

Qari Asim | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Qari Asim

Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Celebrated by Muslims in the UK and around the world, it is a time when families and friends come t...

Who Is Responsible for Finding 'The Ring'?

Victoria Leith | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK
Victoria Leith

Feeling victorious and feeling defeated are illusions... There is no winning. There is no losing. A story I heard recently... A ring was lost in a field and many people started to look for this ring. They organised themselves and started working up the field, a furrow at a time. One person spotted the ring.

Baffled at Brexit and Awkwardly British

Amelia Amin | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK Politics
Amelia Amin

Right now in the midst of defeat, let's hold on to our values, keep pushing for what we believe in, and be hopeful for the future. Oh and although it's somewhat unrelated, let's try to keep that nutter Donald Trump as far away from f*****g power as we can. We can do this!

EU Referendum: Road Forward to Diversity and Solidarity

Jawad Syed | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Jawad Syed

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, UK will vote either to stay in or opt out of the European Union, a decision that will shape the country's future. In this brief post, we outline why it is important for all British voters of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds to have their say in the EU referendum rather than leaving it to fate.

Mein Lahore Hoon

Salman Shaheen | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK
Salman Shaheen

Having witnessed the aftermath of the London bombings firsthand outside a stricken King's Cross station on July 7, 2005, I certainly understand that fear.

The Real Terrorists of New Jersey

Julian Vigo | Posted 19.11.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

In reading an ostensibly leftist publication about this past week's attacks in Paris, I was struck by the neoliberal tone of "How to Politicize a Trag...

Peace for Paris: Why Social Media CAN Make a Difference

Rachael Chadwick | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Tech
Rachael Chadwick

I have witnessed and heard several slammings of the French Tricolour profile picture on Facebook and the sharing of the 'Peace for Paris' symbol with some questioning, 'How does this even help?' Are you kidding?

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

April Humble | Posted 15.09.2016 | 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.

Mitigating Trauma Amongst Genocide Survivors and their Children and Grandchildren

Noam Schimmel | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Noam Schimmel

In the case of Holocaust survivors, in Europe and North America it was only in the late 1970s and 1980s that society slowly and sometimes hesitantly became willing to hear and increasingly receptive to their narratives of pain, loss, and rebuilding of their lives.

We Are All In This Together: Networks of Solidarity as Resistance in the Neoliberal University

Daisy Hughes | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Hughes

We have created a series of these solidarity networks - based around space-sharing, subject solidarity and welfare support - because if the university won't do it for us, we will do it for ourselves... In standing together, in creating an alternative to the system as it stands, we are reclaiming this university as ours.

Charlie Hebdo, Murderous Bullies, Dank Mistrust and a Lesson in Solidarity and History

Karl Davis | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Karl Davis

We need to get angry. We need to get involved. More than anything, we need to get angry at the right people. We need to stand together, and not allow ourselves to be hoodwinked into being angry at Mosques, when we should be angry at the fat cats of Threadneedle Street, and at Parliament

Islamophilia Cannot Be an Effective Answer to Islamophobia

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

Liberals and leftists in the West are right to condemn the bigotry of the majority community, but the fundamentalism of the minority community cannot be spared from criticism. If those identifying as left and liberal fail to criticise the dangerous trends of Islamism, the right will step up for the task. That is a future no one wants and political correctness can do little to fight it.

Band Aid Is Offensive

John Wight | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Band Aid reinforces negative stereotypes of Africa and Africans. It reflects a colonial mindset that is so deeply entrenched in Western culture that we aren't even aware it exists. The sight of a bunch of rich pop stars parading themselves as paragons of virtue and heroes is crass and eminently offensive. While it may allow them to wallow in self congratulation and positive PR, it is paternalism of the most grievous kind.... Ultimately, it is not Africa that needs to be saved, it is us. Only when we are saved from the greed and paternalism that distorts our understanding will Africa and the rest of the developing world finally begin to emerge from under the iron heel of Western hegemony.

Why Multiculturalism is Not Enough

Michael Bond | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Bond

How well do you know your neighbours? By sight? By name? Well enough to know the names of their children? In multicultural Britain we should be asking this question more often, for the answer matters a great deal.

My Pledge: 'I'm a Woman, Hear Me Roar'

Leyla Hussein | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

I have the privilege to share my thoughts whether it is out of anger, frustration or happiness. Although theoretically I've always known this is a privilege, I have only now understood how precious this freedom is. In my recent work, I met women and girls who cannot think freely, let alone speak out...

Marking V-Day , FGM and Sex

Leyla Hussein | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

The same way I have come across women who have had type 3 FGM and can enjoy sex, I have come across women with type 1 who are terrified of it. FGM is an act of sexual violence and its emotional impact cannot be separated from the physical so easily.

When Will Channel Four Be Making a Documentary About the Working Class Community that Came Together In the Search for Mikaeel Kular?

John Wight | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
John Wight

It is often in times of tragedy and crisis that we witness what is best in humanity and the human condition. This was undoubtedly the case in Edinburgh recently, when hundreds of volunteers turned out to join in the search for the missing - and tragically killed - three-year-old child Mikaeel Kular.

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.