IMF & World Bank admit to inequality crisis, but they helped create it

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been forced to admit to the crisis of soaring inequality. But it is the policies they have spent 40 years forcing on the world’s poor that led us here. This charm offensive is unlikely to signal a significant shift in their approach but it may be an indication that the cracks in the system run deeper than they appear. … More IMF & World Bank admit to inequality crisis, but they helped create it

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We couldn’t trust the Lib Dems before. Tim Farron has shown we still can’t

The party’s leader performed well in the BBC debate. But we don’t need another performer: we need a leader with real values and the courage to stick to them … More We couldn’t trust the Lib Dems before. Tim Farron has shown we still can’t

Government immigration plans are a betrayal of justice: we all deserve dignity

If we want a public debate that can defend and extend all our rights, we can no longer afford to discuss immigration in isolation from what drives it. Doing so is like trying to grow a tree by giving it earth to root in but no light or water. However many rights are taken and however many walls are built, mass migration is inevitable in a system that says, with every act of violence, disposession and exclusion, that poor lives, like black lives, don’t matter. … More Government immigration plans are a betrayal of justice: we all deserve dignity

Women in Marikana still fighting for justice, five years after the massacre

The fatal police shooting of 37 striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in August 2012 was the worst recorded instance of police violence in post-apartheid South Africa. Five years on, there have been no prosecutions and no real improvements – no compensation for the families living in grief and dire poverty.

There has also been no apology, although staggeringly Lonmin has created a commercial out of the incident. But as always with the Marikana story, the most important characters were left out. … More Women in Marikana still fighting for justice, five years after the massacre

In Defence of Generation Snowflake

Trump, like Brexit, represents an existential threat to who we are; what past generation’s civil rights movements gave us the space to start becoming: ourselves. And I found myself thinking hey, maybe there’s something in this snowflake generation thing after all. And if so, it’s about fucking time. Because what the snowflakes’ critics hear as a kitten mewing for its mummy because it can’t face the real world, I hear as a lion waking from slumber and articulating its will to change the world. … More In Defence of Generation Snowflake

We must go big, bold & migrant-led, says New Sanctuary Movement

Today, there are over 200 sanctuary cities across the US; outposts of a principle treasured and upheld by a powerful, national movement. This week, we’re interviewing Peter Pedemonti, co-founder and director of the New Sanctuary Movement in Philadelphia (NSM). This migrant-led, inter-faith organisation is developing a rapid response systems to raids, taking the sanctuary movement on to the streets. … More We must go big, bold & migrant-led, says New Sanctuary Movement

Still We Dream: learning from the US migrant rights movement

Over the past three years in the United States, in the face of a record 2.5 million deportations under Obama, the nationwide Dream Movement has been heading towards the most significant victory the immigrant rights movement had seen in 40 years’. It had gone far, alongside Black Lives Matter, towards restoring faith in the enduring power of social movements to shake the ground and change the world – even in the USA. The election of a president who has declared war, not just on a movement but on a people, could have been a death blow. But there are encouraging signs that this movement is rising like a phoenix from the ashes, learning, mobilising and connecting faster than ever before. … More Still We Dream: learning from the US migrant rights movement

Refuse. Retract. Resist borders for children!

The coalition, started in August 2016, has launched for a national boycott of the Department of Education census collecting the country of birth and nationality data of 8 million children. The census promises to make our schools part of Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ and would subject children as young as five to the census – and its potentially devastating consequences. … More Refuse. Retract. Resist borders for children!