Activism


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Copper mining in a climate emergency

21 May 2019 Sebastian Ordoñez Muñoz reports on the red metal mining at the heart of a new wave of colonial expansion in Latin America

Life behind bars at Yarl’s Wood

21 May 2019 ‘Voke’, a refugee from sexual violence in West Africa, describes her incarceration at the Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Scientists against the machine

17 May 2019 Jane Shallice examines the history of radical research at the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science

Locking people up won’t help combat sexual violence

15 May 2019 We need look beyond individual punishment to tackle a crisis which pervades the fabric of our society, argues Ann Russo

200 years from the Peterloo Massacre, we need a new movement for real democracy

15 May 2019 Jon Narcross reflects on the legacy of the mass gathering for political representation, which was brutally shut down by the military and police.

Organising the ‘unorganisable’

14 May 2019 A cleaners’ campaign flies in the face of traditional impressions of trade unionism, writes Lydia Hughes

An open letter to Extinction Rebellion

3 May 2019 'The fight for climate justice is the fight of our lives, and we need to do it right.' By grassroots collective Wretched of The Earth

Labour must set its sights on climate justice

30 April 2019 The declaration of a climate emergency must be followed up by ambitious and concrete action, writes Jake Woodier

Women’s museums give voice to silenced histories

22 April 2019 They can be a force for change, explains Rachel Thain-Gray

A state of terror

16 April 2019 The Nicaraguan state has led a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests. Activist Sara Henríquez speaks to Red Pepper about how feminists have been at the forefront of the resistance.

Governments fixate on STEM education – so why won’t they listen to scientists on climate change?

12 April 2019 Governments could do well to learn from school students, writes 17-year-old Climate Striker Cate Davies

West Papua – the world’s forgotten injustice

8 April 2019 Alex Sobel writes on the ongoing military occupation and its gross human rights abuses.

Mind the age gap

8 April 2019 Since the financial crisis, a huge generational divide has opened up in politics, displacing class as predictor of voting behaviour. But Keir Milburn, author of Generation Left, argues that a left politics of the commons is well placed to bridge this divide.

Let’s harness the power of political education

1 April 2019 We need political education to build a confident, fighting movement writes Isaac Kneebone-Hopkins, an organiser for Bristol Transformed.

The whitewashing of austerity Britain

26 March 2019 Women of colour are radical agents for social change but are too often erased from the public profile of anti-cuts activism, write Akwugo Emejulu and Leah Bassel

‘Balance for Better’ does little to address issues facing women

7 March 2019 This International Women's Day, we need to prioritise defending the rights of working women, writes Rosie Urbanovich from War on Want

The global networks of neofascism

15 February 2019 Phil Hearse explores the worldwide allegiances which bind rising fascist movements across the world into a coordinated force.

The age of environmental breakdown

12 February 2019 There is only a small window of opportunity to prevent further catastrophic change, writes Lesley Rankin.

Russia normalises torture in case against anti-fascists 

9 February 2019 Gabriel Levy reports on the fallout from the notorious "Network" case

Who is worthy of grief? Emiliano Sala and the normality of Black death

7 February 2019 The media coverage of Emiliano Sala's tragic death shows how little our society cares about the death of Black and Brown people. By Tanzil Chowdhury and Remi Joseph-Salisbury

Stansted 15 activist: ‘We have been found guilty of upholding our democratic right to protest’

7 February 2019 Having a terror conviction will seriously impact our lives, but the real disgrace here is the treatment of people who face deportation, writes Laura Clayson from the Stansted 15

The Stansted 15 are free – but the fight for migrant justice is far from over

6 February 2019 We cannot claim victory until the hostile environment has ended, writes Annahita Moradi.

Fast food fighters

29 January 2019 The bakers’ union president Ian Hodson spoke to Red Pepper about the new forms of organising that have enabled the union, founded in 1847, to begin to grow again.

Domestic workers across the world are organising to defend their rights

23 January 2019 Queer and trans domestic workers are organising against discrimination. Karina Muñiz-Pagán reports.



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