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Education Politics

The University of Nottingham and the Return of the Precarious Workers

For students at the University of Nottingham, Monday 21st September was the first day of term. For many precariously employed members of staff it was yet another day of uncertainty. But it was also a day in which precarious workers and students were present and organised on campus, as they called on the University to […]

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Community

POW: Empowering Nottingham’s Sex Working Community Since 1990

You may not have heard about POW Nottingham, a local charity based in Radford, but we’ve been here for 30 years. The charity emerged as a response to research into the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980’s and a need to support sex workers in the city in a radical way to stay safe. Over the […]

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Community Politics

No Pasaran (But No Thanks to Labour)

Every time the fascists decide to show themselves and walk through our streets, as  happened on August 22nd, it presents us (antifascists and antiracists) with a unique opportunity to come into physical contact with them. It’s always good to fight them and shout ‘Nazi Scum’. Their marches allow us to see their banners and faces, […]

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Community Coronavirus

Without Community, There Is No Labour

In this guest article for Periscope Nottingham, Broxtowe Labour Party Youth Officer Sophia Buxton writes about her experiences as part of the group of local activists that have been putting the ideas of community organising into practice during the COVID crisis.  Solidarity is about having a positive presence in the community, and this is the […]

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Education

A Pretty Horrible Deal: Exploitative Conditions of PhD Research

In a guest article for Periscope Nottingham Keir Birchall discusses the exploitation of PHD students and the privileged position universities exploit to get them to work for free. Since the introduction of university tuition fees in 1998 marketisation has run rampant through the higher education sector. Over the past two decades, undergraduate numbers exploded so […]

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Politics

Our Movement Must Champion BAME Communities

In a guest article for Periscope Nottingham, Momentum NCG candidate, Mish Rahman writes about how growing up in the Bangladeshi community of Walsall in the 1980s informed his politics, as well as the vision he and Forward Momentum have for the future of Labour and the left. I am from a Bangladeshi family with deep […]

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Community

Holding Government to Account And Fighting Austerity in Conservative Strongholds – A Manifesto For Effective Opposition

Cllr Harrison Rone-Clarke for Rock Hill in Bromsgrove District Council gives a fascinating insight into being both a Councillor and activist in a safe Conservative seat as well as offering a manifesto for affecting change under such conditions. Within our movement, an all too easily forgotten group are those who live and campaign in constituencies […]

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Community

The Art of Confrontation

In a guest article for Periscope Nottingham, Chris Tregenza tells us how confrontation can still thrive in the modern world of labour relations. Asking nicely doesn’t work. Politely protesting in designated spaces doesn’t work. Real change can never be achieved if it is easy for those in power to ignore you. Effective confrontation is hard. […]

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Coronavirus

Instances of Abuse of African’s in Guangzhou are Cause for Great Concern

Content warning: Assault and Racial Abuse. In a guest article for Periscope Nottingham, Temi Odugbesan explains the suffering being inflicted on the African population in China and what action you can take to help. It breaks my heart to see that there has been a violation of human rights in China, Guangzhou against non-Chinese citizens […]

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Community

Trade Unions and the Labour Party

Prominent Nottingham Trade Union activist Liam Conway tells Periscope Nottingham about the regrettable lack of collaboration within the labour movement. On Thursday February 27, not long before the Covid-19 crisis exploded, I spoke at a meeting of Mansfield Constituency Labour Party. This was only the second time I had been invited to speak at a […]