Posts Tagged "solidarity"

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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the time for building

Posted by on 21 Jun 15 in Non-fiction, Politics | 0 comments

the time for building

I have a proposal. My proposal is simple. My proposal is that you, dear reader, take 5 minutes, and you dream. I want to you to dream about what kind of world/country/city/neighbourhood (place) you would love to live in, if anything was possible. I want you to dream about how that place would effect everyone around you – the people in your life that really matter. Your friends. Your family. Your work colleagues. Even the person who moved out of the way to make sure you could get your bag through the crowd. The people who created those random acts of kindness that made your life that...

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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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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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