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IWGB: Defending the Workers, Defending the Lockdown

On June 4, The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) applied to intervene in a High Court legal challenge of the government. What could possibly inspire one of the most radical unions in the UK to defend the Tory government? The legal challenge in question is brought against the government’s lockdown by multi-millionaire, twitter […]

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Undoing Borders: An Interview With Cara Marsh

Cara Marsh is a graduating philosophy student at the University of Nottingham and co-founder of the people and planet campaigning organisation at the university. The campaign launches today and to mark it we have taken the opportunity to find out what they’re up to, why it matters and what can be done to help. How […]

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HOUSING IS HEALTH: ACORN Demand the Government Step Up for Tenant’s Welfare.

Nottingham Acorn were one of many local groups across the UK to participate in a national day of action against homelessness and rent debt today. Clubs from Manchester to Bristol along with members around the country have posted their support for the #housingishealth campaign. The campaign was launched in response to the government’s intention to […]

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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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‘Stop Killing Animals, Kill Butchers’: How Misplaced Direct Action Can Injure an Entire Movement.

In the early hours of Wednesday, May 13, the Beeston butchers’ shop ‘Meat 4 U’ was vandalised with the words ‘scum’, ‘murderer’ and slogans ‘stop killing’, ‘kill butchers’, ‘meat = murder’. The graffiti was done by self-proclaimed ‘anarcho-vegan’ animal rights’ group ‘Liberate or Die’. However, as a non-meat-eater, though unaffiliated with any activist groups, I […]

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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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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 […]

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THROWBACK: Why students occupied University of Nottingham building

A group of students occupied a lecture theatre at the University of Nottingham in a show of solidarity with striking teaching staff. Nottingham Student Solidarity (NSS), mostly made up of University of Nottingham students, occupied the Coates Road Auditorium on Monday, March 9 at around 6pm. The demonstration was intended to support university staff participating […]

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Spotlight on ACORN the Union

ACORN has made waves in the last year, emerging as a community-based action group for working people. They seek to mobilise member-led campaigns and empower low-income communities across the country to fight for a better life. From protecting tenants against dodgy landlords to campaigning for publicly owned bus services, ACORN has rooted out issues in […]