Activism


Rudolf Rocker: an anarchist ‘rabbi’ in London

12 October 2021 David J. Lobina rediscovers a forgotten but fascinating figure in London’s radical and Jewish history

Review – Just Us: An American Conversation

6 October 2021 Claudia Rankine's collection perfectly illustrates the power of frank conversations with white people on race and racism, writes Kimberly McIntosh

Tax hikes or not, social care is broken

1 October 2021 Social care worker Billie Cooper argues that recent discussions on funding social care are a distraction from more fundamental reform of the sector.

A protest march in central Liverpool featuring banners and a protestor in black robes holding a scythe

Liverpool mobilises against the AOC Europe arms fair

27 September 2021 After two decades of war in Afghanistan, there is no option but to protest a conference for companies complicit in human rights violations, writes Kaya Purchase

#TWT21: Mobilising for collective action

24 September 2021 With organising strategy high on the agenda at TWT21, George Briley explains how and why existing groups are mobilising for collective action in the post-pandemic economy

#TWT21: Red Pepper at The World Transformed

23 September 2021 The World Transformed festival gets underway this weekend - here's where and when you can catch some of Red Pepper's editors and friends.

International solidarity: lessons from Bolivia

21 September 2021 Bolivia Solidarity Campaign co-founder Amancay Colque recalls the experiences that shaped her Bolivian solidarity work

A history of the Marxists Internet Archive

16 September 2021 The Marxists Internet Archive, an online home for radical history, has a fascinating history of its own, writes Jack Archie Stewart

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Review – War Inna Babylon at the ICA

10 September 2021 Tara Okeke explores a timely exhibition which offers a compelling history of Black life in Britain through the lens of people, place and struggle

Review – We Do This ‘Til We Free Us and Abolishing the Police

7 August 2021 Leah Cowan reviews two powerful contributions to the ongoing struggle for abolition and transformative justice

The Socialist Olympics of 1936

23 July 2021 Radical workers’ sporting organisations and the 1936 People’s Olympiad illustrate the role of sport in fighting oppression, writes Uma Arruga i López.

Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

8 July 2021 Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers

What’s at stake for the left in Unite’s General Secretary election? An interview with Steve Turner and Sharon Graham

3 July 2021 As the election of a new General Secretary for Britain's biggest trade union gets underway, Red Pepper speaks to left candidates Steve Turner and Sharon Graham

A decade of student dissent

24 June 2021 Various authors look back on student revolts worldwide over the last decade

Review – Paint Your Town Red: How Preston Took Back Control and Your Town Can Too

18 June 2021 In this timely book, Matthew Brown and Rhian E. Jones explore new forms of democratic collectivism across the UK, writes Hilary Wainwright.

A protestor wearing a 'no one is illegal' badge stands with raised first in front of a group of police officers

Direct action and the decrepit British establishment

14 June 2021 Faced with an authoritarian government and decaying left-wing establishment, grassroots movements must turn to direct action, writes Rohan Rice

Sporting politics

10 June 2021 Behind the fanfare, numerous political, social and economic debates will play out during this years sporting events, argues Siobhán McGuirk

Resistance and aid

2 June 2021 Inclusive and participatory forms of self-organising rendered solidarity a gesture of personal and collective empowerment in Greece writes Christos Giovanopoulos and Andreas Karitzis

Our caring futures

29 May 2021 To ensure a flourishing of life we need to build a new society based on a model of universal care writes The Care Collective

Can’t pay, won’t pay

26 May 2021 First-year student Saranya Thambirajah reports on students’ experience of the pandemic – and how they are using rent strikes to fight back against the marketisation of higher education

The strike won’t stop

22 May 2021 Proposed tax reforms have led to weeks of protest in Colombia. Amidst brutal state repression, and with the initial proposals defeated, Colombians are now demanding much more, Philippa de Boissière and María Mónica Acuña report

Lebanon’s October revolution

19 May 2021 Following a year of struggle, crisis and destruction, the people of Lebanon fight on, writes Rima Majed from Beirut

Strength in numbers

17 May 2021 In Bolsonaro's Brazil, democratic resistance has brought about a surge in 'new municipalist' political initiatives. Cintia Martins Freitas considers the potential for collective candidacies and shared mandates

Review – Angela Carter’s ‘Provincial Bohemia’

13 May 2021 Despite some omissions, Stephen E Hunt's examination of radical novelist Angela Carter's time in Bristol and Bath provides a useful lens to analyse the countercultural history of the two cities, argues Sue Tate.

Justice is a world without police

24 April 2021 A guilty verdict for a murderous cop is not a ‘victory’. It’s time to abolish the police, says Lauren Pemberton-Nelson

Fighting for Irish language rights

16 April 2021 Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin details the long campaign to overcome colonial suppression of the Irish language in Northern Ireland

Just Irish

14 April 2021 Emigration may be at the core of Irish national memory but this has not translated to into a welcoming embrace for its immigrant population, writes Ola Majekodunmi

Free, safe, legal, local

24 March 2021 Emma Campbell describes the long fight for reproductive rights in Northern Ireland

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My pandemic year in the rearview

23 March 2021 Our 'sensible' columnist Simon Hedges found himself a job during lockdown – as his father's butler

A feminist municipalist manifesto

22 March 2021 Municipalism can learn from feminism how to reclaim politics and redistribute power, argues Laura Roth of the Feminisation of Politics Network

Anti-war protest in London, 1990

How the first Gulf War shaped the British left

11 March 2021 The brief first Gulf War shaped the left's view of US imperialism in a post-Cold War world. Thirty years on, Evan Smith considers how it also exposed the limitations in the British left's ability to build a mass movement

In Chile, a feminist green wave rises

8 March 2021 As Chile rewrites its Pinochet-era constitution, feminists are seizing the opportunity to legally enshrine women's reproductive rights. Carole Concha Bell reports

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Review – Bank Job

20 February 2021 Jake Woodier reviews a new documentary film that brings heist aesthetics to a story of debt activism

Speaking power to truth

6 February 2021 The climate movement has yet to make climate change an election-defining issue. The 'truth' of peer-reviewed science might not be the weapon we thought it was, write Aruna Chandrasekhar, Nathan Thanki and Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik

Where now on Brexit?

1 February 2021 It's a month since Brexit was declared 'done', but the complex process of EU trade negotiations has only just begun. In the first of a two-part series, Luke Cooper explains the contradictory nature of the Brexit deal and outlines the agenda ahead for progressives

Review – Santiago Rising

28 January 2021 Grace Livingstone reviews Santiago Rising, a new film which portrays the recent eruption of protest against inequality in Chile

In Bolivia, the truth wins out

22 January 2021 Francesca Emanuele reports on recent attacks on Bolivia’s Movement for Socialism – and how the country’s voters were ultimately undeterred by disinformation tactics

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Yetnahaw Gaâ! Algeria’s democratic resistance

22 January 2021 Sanhaja Akrouf explains how the fear that stopped Algerians from joining the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 has now been broken

End SARS and Fanon’s mission

11 January 2021 The uprisings against police brutality that swept across Nigeria must be contextualised within the country’s colonial history, argues Kehinde Alonge

In the shadow of student rent strikes

9 January 2021 Outside the media fanfare surrounding the recent wave of university-based militancy, one community's fight against developers goes on. Robert Firth reports

Gambling with lives

26 December 2020 Betting firms have infiltrated football culture and destroyed lives. James Grimes argues its time to reclaim the sport

Algeria: a youth revolution

12 December 2020 The Algerian regime has offered its youth a future of poverty, humiliation and repression, now it must go writes Zakaria Chaabi from Constantine, Algeria

Locked out during lockdown

1 December 2020 Already dealing with the effects of the hostile environment in education, Sanaz Raji explains the new challenges facing international students during the pandemic

Should the left care about blockchain technology?

30 November 2020 Despite its utopian promises of digital democracy, Thomas Redshaw argues socialists should be wary of embracing blockchain technology

50 years of gay liberation

27 November 2020 Sam Stroud looks back at the UK’s first ever LGBTQ+ demonstration and explains its significance for liberation struggles today

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The crisis in higher education: hindsight and 2020

25 November 2020 Gargi Bhattacharyya reflects on the state of UK universities a decade on from the student uprisings in 2010

Review – No Platform by Evan Smith

19 November 2020 Smith's book demonstrates that the far-right has always played the victim card when it comes to free-speech, writes Houman Barekat

A thousand more Millbanks

14 November 2020 Ten years after students raged at the Conservative Party HQ, protester Tanzil Chowdhury explains why he has no regrets – just hope for the future

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



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