Social Justice

Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Posted by on 22 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Our future is now. Reclaim the Commons!

Many contemporary political trends are focussed on the negative. That is, a fight to prevent neoliberal measure. The anti-austerity movement, for example, is focussed on fighting cuts to public services and  welfare – the prevention of worse-than-now. This is an integral fight. The closure of public services is impacting millions across Europe and America, and the end to the welfare state is only going to increase inequality. But this fight is exhausting – and for many, impossible because of the destructive nature of these cuts in the first place. The problem is that we always...

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Decolonising change: a theory of knowledge

Posted by on 27 Aug 14 in Non-fiction, Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Decolonising change: a theory of knowledge

Studies of resistance, opposition and protest have always been exactly that – studies of enacted antithesis. They have remained constructed into a Hegellian theory of change where the status quo meets opposition to create a synthesised new status quo (a compromise) – or white meets black to create grey. But these studies have often neglected to challenge Hegel’s theories – they have not holistically theorised on other platforms, they have not been based around other possible theories of change. After all – is there not a spectrum outside of light? Beyond black...

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Decolonising Development – thoughts on John Hilary’s Poverty of Capitalism

Posted by on 19 Feb 14 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

Decolonising Development – thoughts on John Hilary’s Poverty of Capitalism

Policies. Theories. Models. Ideologies. It is fascinating how abstracted our politics have become from real life experiences. A couple of months ago, John Hilary caused quite a stir by calling on development charities to re-embrace politics in order to achieve their aims and goals. As the Executive Director of War on Want, his outlook came of no surprise to those  in the know of development politics. War on Want is well-known for its Marxist anti-capitalist and challenging approach to international development, a view that has led many other larger development NGOs into a space of much...

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Get over your fear. Dare to live!

Posted by on 11 Aug 13 in Personal, Social Justice | 3 comments

Get over your fear. Dare to live!

It’s not easy accepting the truth – or at least the-truth-as-you-see-it-now. My life has always been a bit of a roller coaster, with sudden points of realisation that wash away everything I believed in until then. Like personal paradigm shifts, where I am forced to reconstruct the world from the grassroots up, acknowledging that another assumption has crumbled into dust. In the last few months, that is exactly what has happened to me. From quitting the Green Party to being fired, I have realised that the world I had accepted was far too rigid and accepting of structural injustice....

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Inclusive Movement? A call to action

Posted by on 4 Jul 13 in Social Justice | 2 comments

Inclusive Movement? A call to action

When Suzanne Dhaliwal wrote this response to my concerns over mental health stigma in the workplace, I began to wonder how many times I had met other women of colour within the activist networks who had recited the same story: the same feeling of not belonging, not quite knowing where they could be placed within this so-called “alternative” society, and why they felt ostracised while so many others found it so easy to participate. This is also my story, where I have been called out for using the racism card, ignored for challenging ethnocentric analyses, and been criticised for...

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The system doesn’t work. Then why are we fighting to save it?

Posted by on 6 Jun 13 in Politics, Social Justice | 0 comments

The system doesn’t work. Then why are we fighting to save it?

“In the Cold War,” the academic stated excitedly, “at least we had an alternative we could fight for! Now, when the cuts come, we have nothing.” It’s strange how we fight against state cuts imposed by the Tories as if the time before it were a ‘Golden Age’. We look up at Atlee and the post-war period as if the times were filled with positivity and not with prudish sexist, racist and homophobic values. Our flags and banners in protests call for that time – our collective nostalgia distorting  our perception of any actual known history. The fact...

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