Activism


An illustration featuring French Black Lives Matter activist Assa Traoré

Liberté, égalité, anti-racisme

22 October 2020 Anti-racist movements in France are challenging both the state and the traditional left, writes Selma Oumari

Only as bold as we need to be

7 October 2020 Utopianism isn’t a rose-tinted optimism: it’s ‘the realism of hope’ we now desperately need, argues Jack Kellam

The future of pandemic solidarity

2 October 2020 The pandemic has channelled our collective rage and constructed new visions of what is possible, argues Colectiva Sembrar

Am I a modern slave?

24 September 2020 Lyn Caballero describes her experiences as a migrant domestic worker and explains why domestic workers are campaigning for immigration policy change

Political blackness and Palestinian solidarity

22 September 2020 The question of Palestine has become a black political litmus test, argues Annie Olaloku-Teriba, defining the very nature of black identity and politics

In and against, and outside, the party

15 September 2020 Following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education, argues Joe Guinan

A tribute to Mike Cooley

14 September 2020 Co-creator of the Lucas Plan, Mike showed how the immense talent of workers could be deployed for social use rather than private profit, writes Phil Asquith

All eyes on Wet’suwet’en

10 September 2020 Suzanne Dhaliwal, in collaboration with Indigenous Climate Action, explains how the struggle to end Canada’s colonial violence is continuing in the face of fossil fuel extractivism

The World Transformed: democratising the culture sector post lockdown

4 September 2020 Julie Saumagne and Sam Swann explore the links between worker exploitation and institutional elitism in the culture industry

The World Transformed is back – and it’s never been needed more

10 August 2020 #TWT20 is officially open for registration. Hope Worsdale writes about why it's returning as a digital-first, month-long festival this September

Debt cancellation is vital for global recovery

9 August 2020 Cancelling debt for poor countries is desperately needed to shore up public health systems, social protections and address global structural inequality writes Claudia Webbe MP

On a rainy day and evening the CAA-NPR-NRC protesters are still in Shaheen Bagh . People have come to support from far and wide

Shaheen Bagh lives on

22 July 2020 The women of a south Delhi neighbourhood have inspired a protest movement which will long outlive their temporary encampment, writes Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya

My father’s 13 years as a Palestinian political prisoner

18 June 2020 Shahd Abusalama recounts her father Ismail's experience in the Israeli prison system and calls for drastic reforms

Reclaiming work: can cooperatives overthrow the gig economy?

10 June 2020 Shyam Krishna reviews Reclaiming Work, a new documentary by black and brown film that looks at how cycle courier cooperatives are using technology against gig economy giants  

From the US to the UK: shared legacies of black struggle

3 June 2020 Far too often, we think of police brutality in the US as exceptional. Families on both sides of the Atlantic tell stories that prove otherwise. Black Britain must be heard, writes Wail Qasim

Momentum

Forward Momentum: democracy isn’t a distraction

22 May 2020 Democracy isn’t a distraction, says Deborah Hermanns - it’s the only way to transform Momentum and the Labour Party and effectively build power in our communities.

Transgender Pride Flag

This government is failing trans people: Labour must take a stronger stand

16 May 2020 Aisling Gallagher explains why Liz Truss’ recent rhetoric on proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act signals a worrying shift.

The politics of Covid-19: the frictions and promises of mutual aid

4 May 2020 Thousands of mutual aid groups have sprung up around the UK, grounded in different experiences and perspectives. Amardeep Singh Dhillon asks: Whose vision of community-serving work will win out?

The Labour manifesto launch in 2019

Seven ways Momentum can help Labour become resistant to sabotage

16 April 2020 The leaked Labour report tells us a lot about how the party needs to change. Momentum can lead the way, argues Johnbosco Nwogbo

The politics of Covid-19: Europe’s rightwing leaders see opportunity in crisis

15 April 2020 With all eyes on the global pandemic, Poland’s ruling party is trying to limit women's rights and extend power. Marzena Zukowska reports

Five Ways to say Fck Boris

Review – Now We Have Your Attention: The New Politics of the People by Jack Shenker

27 March 2020 Tim Schneider reviews Jack Shenker's latest book on 'iniquity and insurrection' in British society

Labour’s way forward: the only way is (bottom) up

8 March 2020 A democratic revolution within Labour must be matched by building participatory economic alternatives at a local grassroots level, writes Glenn Jenkins

XR: the case for deliberative democracy

24 January 2020 Climate Assembly UK begins this weekend. It's a good start, says Alex Bradbury, but does not meet XR's third demand for a Government-commissioned Citizens’ Assembly

Manchester Momentum: a ‘durable institutional left’ in the North West

22 December 2019 Manchester Momentum has successfully mobilised political engagement through its community-focused cultural strategy. Its ethos is here to stay, says Andrea Sandor

Election 2019: Reflections from Penistone and Stocksbridge

21 December 2019 From dirty tricks campaigns to the private interests of career politicians, Sam Gregory explores why Labour lost a long-standing Sheffield seat

Election 2019: The latest attack on travelling communities

11 December 2019 The Conservative manifesto includes yet another attack on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. We can resist at the polls - and by responding to the public consultation, says Beth Holmes

We stand with Jeremy Corbyn

Letter: We stand with Jeremy Corbyn – just as he always stood with us

10 December 2019 Organisations and individuals including Kehinde Andrews, Hanif Kureishi, Ahdaf Soueif, Gillian Slovo, Robert Del Naja and Anish Kapoor urge BAME and migrant communities to vote for Labour

Review – This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook

2 December 2019 Suki Ferguson reviews the XR guide to climate activism

Brian Eno: Why I’m backing Labour in Kensington

28 November 2019 In 2017, Labour won Kensington by just 20 votes. Brian Eno explains why he's backing Emma Dent Coad in the seat - and why voting Lib Dem is ‘voting Tory without admitting it’

Migrant voters can change the narrative

25 November 2019 Once again, politicians are framing immigration as a problem - while ignoring migrant voters. We must turn out to address our own legitimate concerns, says Zrinka Bralo of Migrants Organise

Graffiti showing Donald Trump kissing Boris Johnson

15 reasons to #EndToryRule in GE2019

22 November 2019 Harpreet Kaur Paul on why the nasty party has got to go.

Five Ways to say Fck Boris

Five ways to say Fck Boris

22 November 2019 Boris Johnson wants to be Prime Minister for the next five years. Maddie Hennessy of Fck Boris Sheffield lists five things you can do to stop that happening.

Why is mining giant BHP able to dodge its responsibilities?

21 November 2019 The British-Australian company is complicit in the harms its joint owned Cerrejón mine has wrought on people and the environment in Colombia, writes Claire Hamlett

Support our election writer’s fund

17 November 2019 The stakes could not be higher during this election. Help us cover what's really happening

Pride in an Irish border town

18 October 2019 This summer, Irish LGBTQ campaigner Joseph Healy joined the Pride march in his home town of Newry. Here, he explains how life on the border has changed - and the stakes of Brexit installing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic

The NHS has become complicit in the exploitation of migrant workers

18 October 2019 As a wave of strikes is planned across London, Petros Elia – an organiser with the United Voices of the World Union, outlines racist outsourcing practices that implicate some of our biggest ‘socially responsible’ employers

Free the Soil Banner

Taking on industrial agriculture

11 October 2019 As the XR International Rebellion continues, Katie Sandwell reports on the recent Free the Soil Action Camp which strengthened ties between food sovereignty and climate justice movements

Global Justice Rebellion activists

It’s time to add global justice to XR’s demands

10 October 2019 Extinction Rebellion must recognise the impacts of colonialism and capitalism, and demand a just transition for all, argues Aranyo Aarjan

Solidarity protest outside the Poland Embassy in London

Poland votes: Making diaspora voices count

7 October 2019 Poland faces a crucial test for its democratic values in the upcoming elections. Marzena Zukowska and Magda Oldziejewska explain why Polish activists in London are working to boost the diaspora vote

Why we’ve joined the global climate strike

22 September 2019 Landry Ninteretse and Ian Rivera share perspectives from Kenya and the Philippines and call for universal energy systems that are clean and renewable, public and decentralised

The radical potential of the Corbyn project

20 September 2019 Even worse than failing to win office would be winning it while unprepared for the realities of government. Christine Berry considers what Labour needs to do to avoid the fate of Syriza in Greece

photo of empty school desks and large window in classroom

This is how we build a National Education Service in the UK

15 September 2019 Chloe Tomlinson lays out the battle lines for a more egalitarian, democratic and holistic education system. Essential reading ahead of The World Transformed education sessions

photo of people marching with placards

Nurses say: Patients’ rights have no borders

13 September 2019 As a US-friendly no-deal Brexit inches closer, Bonnie Castillo of National Nurses United explains why US nurses have joined the fight against NHS privatisation. Recommended reading ahead of The World Transformed health sessions

protestors march with red banner saying stop tory brexit

No shock doctrine for Britain: Stop Boris Johnson

29 August 2019 Director of Global Justice Now, Nick Dearden, calls for swift action to stop Boris Johnson shutting down Parliament

Foul play in Qatar

8 July 2019 Marzena Zukowska reviews a documentary film that examines the labour behind the 2022 World Cup

Workers unite online

4 June 2019 They're logging on to combat lagging labour laws, costly court proceedings, and outsourcing management, writes Gaia Caramazza

Britain’s BAME community will fall through the cracks due to Brexit

29 May 2019 Brexit will exacerbate poverty, austerity and social tensions - all of which hit BAME people the hardest. By Bethany Morris.

Can you see me?

28 May 2019 Amanda Haziz-Ginsberg says that legislation against ‘modern slavery’ is a double-edged sword

Free trade can seriously damage your health

27 May 2019 These practises open the door to Big Pharma companies and disastrous private health companies, writes T.J. Coles

You can’t kill the spirit

22 May 2019 A new book tells the story of the women who set up a pit camp to defend Houghton Main colliery against closure in 1992. It has been written by participants from Houghton and Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures: Caroline, Flis, Debbie and Marilyn



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