April 2015

Beyond the Ballot Box: event report

30 April 2015 The wide range of grassroots campaigners at a Red Pepper hosted event showed there's more to politics than elections. Clare Walton reports

Why it’s time to #axedrax

29 April 2015 What did you do on Earth Day? We tried to switch off the UK's biggest power station, writes Oliver Munnion

People’s Agenda profile 20: Fuel Poverty Action

28 April 2015 Combining direct action with mutual support and organising with pensioners, Fuel Poverty Action are the twentieth group profiled in our People's Agenda series

People’s Agenda profile 19: EFA London

28 April 2015 Free, participatory English classes are supporting adult migrants in London to take action against injustice, EFA London tell us in this twentieth People's Agenda series profile

Peoples Agenda profile 17: Reclaim the Power

28 April 2015 Direct Action group Reclaim the Power are targeting Didcot power station this May, they tell us in this seventeenth People's Agenda profile

People’s Agenda profile 16 : Boycott Workfare

28 April 2015 Boycott Workfare have been taking on those profiting from workfare exploitation since 2010, they explain in this sixteenth People's Agenda profile

People’s Agenda profile 18: Students Against TTIP (SATTIP)

28 April 2015 Students across the country are getting organised to take on the TTIP corporate takeover, SATTIP tell us in this eighteenth People's Agenda profile

Left Unity: ‘It will take time to establish a credible left party in Britain, but it’s possible’

27 April 2015 James O'Nions spoke to Left Unity parliamentary candidate Simon Hardy about his campaign – and the party’s prospects

Don’t criminalise, organise!

21 April 2015 Katie Cruz speaks to Melissa Gira Grant, US journalist and former sex worker

A new Magna Carta

21 April 2015 Scotland’s radical independence movement should be a wake-up call for the British left, argues Anthony Barnett. The time is ripe for a return to the call for constitutional reform

Editorial: Reinventing politics

21 April 2015 Not even the most favourable electoral outcome is likely to deliver what is needed, writes Michael Calderbank

The pitchforks are coming

21 April 2015 Red Pepper speaks to Lisa McKenzie, the candidate taking Class War to Tory Essex

A tiny nation’s big challenge to Trident

21 April 2015 The Marshall Islands – with a population of a mere 70,000 – is taking a stand that could force a change in UK policy and ultimately benefit the whole world, writes Dan Barron

When Greens govern

21 April 2015 What are the chances of the Greens disappointing their supporters if they get into government? High, if the experience of their sister parties elsewhere in Europe is anything to go by, suggests Joseph Healy

How red are the Greens?

21 April 2015 What lies behind the Green surge – and to what extent can they be considered a new vehicle for the left? Andrew Dolan reports

How a hung parliament could lead to a new anti-austerity alliance

21 April 2015 The right is horrified by the rise of the SNP – because it raises the prospect of a progressive coalition, argues Hilary Wainwright

People’s Agenda profile 15: Detention Action

20 April 2015 Detention Action are calling time on unlimited detention, they tell us in our fifteenth People's Agenda profile

People’s Agenda profile 14: Leeds Hands Off Our Homes

18 April 2015 Winning Bedroom Tax appeals, organising large demonstrations and building support networks is the work of Leeds Hands Off Our Homes, they explain in this fourteenth profile in our People's Agenda series

People’s Agenda profile 13: Campaign Against Arms Trade

17 April 2015 Taking on the arms companies and governments responsible for the arms trade is all in a days work for Campaign Against Arms Trade, they tell us in this thirteenth People's Agenda profile

People’s Agenda profile 12: National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

16 April 2015 NCAFC have been active on the streets and on campuses since 2010 fighting for a free and democratic education, they tell us in this twelfth People's Agenda profile

Peoples Agenda profile 11: London Campaign Against Police and State Violence

15 April 2015 LCAPSV explain how they are campaigning against the Met Police's criminalisation and abuse of black communities, in this eleventh profile in our People's Agenda series

Peoples Agenda profile 10: Food Sovereignty Movement

14 April 2015 Bringing together hundreds of groups working towards a democratic, sustainable and fair food system is the aim of the Food Sovereignty Network, as explained in this tenth profile in our People's Agenda series

Peoples Agenda profile 9: Focus E15

13 April 2015 They grabbed the headlines and put social cleansing on the map last year, but there's so much more in Focus E15's sights, they explain in this ninth profile in our People's Agenda series

People’s Agenda profile 8: Justice for Domestic Workers Leeds

10 April 2015 Joining together means that domestic workers in Leeds are stronger, and campaigning hard, as they explain in this eighth profile in our People's Agenda series

Peoples Agenda profile 7: Sisters Uncut

9 April 2015 After shutting down Oxford Street on Valentines Day, Sisters Uncut talk about the need to keep fighting cuts to domestic violence services in this seventh profile in our People's Agenda series

Peoples Agenda profile 6: Ritzy Living Wage campaign

8 April 2015 Thirteen days of strike action in the space of five months convinced Ritzy cinema staff of the need to get organised at work, they explain in this sixth profile in our People's Agenda series

Peoples’ Agenda profile 5: Unite Hotel Workers

7 April 2015 Organised hotel workers draw on inspiration from their counterparts in New York, in this fourth profile in our People's Agenda series

Art failure: the battle at the National Gallery

4 April 2015 Nim Ralph reports on how workers at the National Gallery are fighting back against privatisation

People’s Agenda profile 4: Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary

3 April 2015 Activists fighting against immigration detention describe how they organise in this fourth profile in our People's Agenda series

People’s Agenda profile 3: 999 Call for the NHS

2 April 2015 After marching from Jarrow to London last year, 999 Call for the NHS explain their plans for the coming year in this third profile in our People's Agenda series

People’s Agenda profile 2: ESOL Mums

2 April 2015 Mothers fighting cuts to children's services in Haringey explain what they want to see happen, in this second profile in our People's Agenda series

Pinochet’s press gang

1 April 2015 Want to know how much media ownership matters? Just look at Chile. Nick MacWilliam reports on a probing documentary into the El Mercurio media group

Radical cities: Montreal

1 April 2015 Andrew Winchur offers a quick guide to the radical capital of North America

Runway of dreams

1 April 2015 Justine Hammond reports on five years of resistance to airport expansion

Blue lines

1 April 2015 Bail conditions are being used to restrict the right to protest, writes Fanny Malinen

People’s Agenda profile 1: Residents Action on Fylde Fracking

1 April 2015 In the run-up to the election, Red Pepper's 'People's Agenda' series will be looking at the breadth of exciting grassroots political activity across Britain. Here, we meet Residents Action on Fylde Fracking

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about the next coalition

1 April 2015 'Coalition is not a box on the ballot paper. No one elected the last one'

Authentic revolutionary: two books on Malcolm X

1 April 2015 Daniel Whittall reviews two books looking at when Malcolm X spoke to the Oxford Union

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