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Red Pepper are fundraising to recruit a new section editor with first hand experience of the struggle for black liberation. As a media project supporting movements for social and economic justice we feel it’s an urgent priority to cover campaigns and creativity in areas such as: the Black Lives Matter movement, black feminism, detention centres, borders, police state, cultural appropriation, afrofuturism, the impacts of climate change, and the sharp edge of austerity.
Join us for an evening with:
Gary Younge Author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for the Guardian, will share his experience to explain why this is a cause close to his own heart. @garyyounge
SHAKE! A collective of young people, artists and campaigners who work together to produce creative responses to social injustice – just back from the Allied Media Conference in Detroit – they will facilitate a conversation about media justice. @voicesthatSHAKE
Numbi Arts A platform for collaborative cross-cultural exchange between artists working in theatre, visual arts, music and film. Publishers of literary magazine Scarf. @numbiarts From Numbi we’ll be joined by:
Mr Gee – poet & radio presenter. Co-Founder of Chill Pill Poetry night, host of Radio 4’s “Bespoken Word” & “Rhyme & Reason”. Poet Laureate on Russell Brand’s Radio Show. @mrgeepoet
Mrsnmelmi – A young aspiring poet, who has been writing poetry since the age of 16. She is currently working on launching an online e-magazine called ‘Candid Rose’. @mrsnmelmi
Salwa Osman – Salwa started writing at the age of 14. She writes about various topics, majority of her pieces are abstract allowing the readers to interpret in whichever way befits them. She has performed at universities, workshops and slams over the past few years. @Iambic__
Abukar Elmi – A recent economics and public policy graduate, with an appreciation for creative expression. Abukar has recently started performing at universities and workshops.
Afrikaspoet – Afrikaspoet started writing at the age of 17 in both English and Somali. She uses social platforms to share poetic pieces. She is a lover of cultural vibes, traditions and expresses that love through different forms of artistry, she aspires to write up an anthology of her best pieces in the future. @AfrikasPoet
Elmi Ali – Elmi is a writer, performer/facilitator based in the North-West. He writes poetry, short fiction and for the stage. His performances have been received in venues across the country from the Power House Library in Mosside to The British Library. His latest work is published in Sable 15 and Critical Muslim 13 respectively. He facilitates Voicing It, a weekly Creative Writing Lab at Contact Manchester and is associate editor at Scarf Magazine. @LegendaryNomad
The collapse of Carillion is only one small part of a larger story of decades of economic mismanagement
Laura McDonald writes that universities should not just be finishing schools for the wealthy or disciplinary institutions churning out docile workers.
A floundering alliance of Blairites is trying to reinvent itself for a Corbynite age. By Tom Costello.
Marienna Pope-Weidemann explains why decades of occupation and oppression have led some people to call Israel an apartheid state.
International Women's Day is set to be marked by strikes from "paid work in offices and factories, or unpaid domestic work in homes, communities and bedrooms."
Laurie Laybourn-Langton writes that measuring the economy is political - and economic measurement dominates politics.
David Scott argues that our prison system represents a human rights disaster, and reformist solutions can't tackle the root problems.
A deeper engagement with culture can strengthen our democracy, taking political projects beyond electoral impact and festival memes into a whole new world of radical, lasting change.
Ruth Tanner writes that revelations about Oxfam's behaviour in Haiti are shocking, but not surprising.
The actions of Oxfam officials are horrendous - but gutting foreign aid funding just puts more people at risk, writes Daniel Gibson.
For All, By All
The latest issue of Red Pepper asks - how do we invite, support and nurture greater public participation so that our cultural capabilities are empowered beyond the crushing logic of market fundamentalism?
‘We are hungry in three languages’: The forgotten promise of the Bosnian Spring
Ruth Tanner looks back at a wave of protests which swept through Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014.
It’s time for a cultural renewal of the left
Andrew Dolan writes that we need to integrate art, music, films and poetry into our movement, creating spaces where political ideas are given further room to breathe.
Jeremy Hunt is poised to flog the last of the NHS
Peter Roderick sounds the alarm on an 'attack on the fundamental principles of the NHS'.
Viva Siva, 1923-2018
A. Sivanandan, who died this week, was a hugely important figure in the politics of race and class. As part of our tributes, Red Pepper is republishing this 2009 profile of him by Arun Kundnani
Sivanandan: When memory forgets a giant
Daniel Renwick calls for the whole movement to discover and remember the vital work of A. Sivanandan, who died this week
A master-work of graphic satire
American Jewish cartoonist Eli Valley’s comic commentary on America, the US Jewish diaspora and Israel is nothing if not near the knuckle, Richard Kuper writes