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A Poem About Racism

She Reads The Sun What you meant Was evident I understood You hoped I wouldn't But I did I heard you Your messed up viewpoint Your pink cheeks now Revealing your embarrassment For your careless words & the fact they were heard By someone who could take offence "Am I a srcounger too, then" But… Continue reading A Poem About Racism

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Beyond the Ballot Box

Today is the General Election. In my last general election themed blog I wanted to have a slightly different conversation to the majority of what you will hear and take part in today. I have spoken about trying to decide how to vote, about why to vote and also about why I am voting Labour.… Continue reading Beyond the Ballot Box

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White Noise of Politics

For the past few months I’ve been looking at how we get people more engaged in politics, from registering and encouraging people to vote, to mobilising individuals and communities to be more politically active. One thing has become really obvious in the run up to this General Election. A lot of people genuinely don’t know… Continue reading White Noise of Politics

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Speaking out against benefit sanctions

Today at 12.30pm I am going to be outside Middlesbrough job centre, speaking out about the benefit sanctions regime. It is part of a national day of campaigning called #no2sanctions. I thought I’d share with you why I am speaking out. I used to run an organisation that worked with some of our communities most… Continue reading Speaking out against benefit sanctions

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Saying “No” to Benefits Street… Warning, this one’s political!

Last week Ralph Lee, head of factual at Channel 4 announced he would not back down to pleas by Stockton locals to stop making Benefit Street in our town, I am one of those locals, but I mean really, why would he?  What power does a little town in The North East of England have… Continue reading Saying “No” to Benefits Street… Warning, this one’s political!