Goldsmiths rent strike banner. Photo by Jinglin Zhou. Appalling living conditions and deafening silence from Goldsmiths, University of London has prompted its students to go on rent strike. Goldsmiths is the first university in London to join the ranks of rent strikers from other universities across the UK, including Bristol, Cambridge, and Manchester. https://youtu.be/9rU-0JpB8SA Embed video. Video produced by Jinglin Zhou and Shiyan Wang. A rent striker, Luke said that his room hasn’t been touched since March 2020 when previous students were sent home at the start of the lockdown. He described: “When I walked in, there were urine stains on the floor.” Luke also listed shrivelled doors, black mould, and rats that were rampant in other rooms. “The room next
CC: Bob Harvey Gathering for the vigil for the victims of the Manchester Bombing Yahya Werfalli was sentenced to community service for his connection with the Manchester bombing. Leading up to the tragic event, Werfalli’s supplied his debit card details to the bomber’s brother, Hashem Abedi. His account was then used to purchase hydrogen peroxide, which was the main ingredient, for the bombing. Court documents reveal that this was so the purchase wouldn’t be immediately linked to the bomber, Hashem Abedi. A few days after the bombing, Werfalli was arrested in his home at gunpoint. Over the course of several police interviews, he claimed he was told the brothers were running two fraud schemes similar to something he has done in the past. He believed they were supposed
Anti-lockdown demonstrators “give the police quite a run around” while 155 of them were arrested. Outside King’s Cross station on 28 November, the Metropolitan police wait for their quarry — anti-lockdown demonstrators. The police are located all over the square. Photo by Mengqi Zhang Piers Corbyn, the core of the anti-lockdown group had called for “a large peaceful educational march in London” 20 days ago. In anticipation, the Met police had warned protesters to “stay at home” and that “any large gatherings in central London will be prohibited by law.” The protest was supposed to start at 12:00pm, however, a massive police deployment replaced the expected large-scale protest demonstrations. Met officers were attempting to disperse protesters amidst a man holding u
Simon Daoudi The African American vote helped Biden win the 2020 election. Pew Research’s exit polls show that 90% voted for the President-elect. Now that Biden is due to take the White House he has some division to heal, namely the relationship between police and black communities. This was the spark that ignited Black Lives Matter protests over the summer. BLM was reignited in May, while many states and other countries were in lockdown, a video circulated the internet of a police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds until he died. A movement that started in 2013, is still going strong thanks to activists across the globe. BLM came as a response to the Acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin in 2012
"Lgbt are allowed into these areas, but these declarations are setting the mood" says Sławomir Kokol, an Lgbt activist living in Poland’s Bielsko-Biała, a small southern town. He refers to the so-called Lgbt-free zones, spread over one third of Poland. “You can feel you are not welcome” continues Aleksandra Głowacka, another activist working with him. Since April 2019, more than 100 communities voted to introduce a “charter for the rights of the family”, allegedly protecting traditional family model and marriage but slyly discriminating against Lgbts. After an ultra-conservative magazine, Gazeta Polska, distributed some stickers, showing a cross over a rainbow flag and the sentence “Lgbt free zone” in Polish, all the communities approving the family charter has been called like that.
Extinction Rebellion activists glued their hands to granite stones on the ground outside Leicester Square Underground Station in central London on Monday to urge the government to tackle air pollution. Protesters in yellow suits gathered at 6:30, laying down 25 yellow granite stones with the logos of Extinction Rebellion on them. Eight activists stuck their hands on the stones and sat on the ground. They also parked a truck on Cranbourn Street. Activists put a blue banner on it, which reads “AIR POLLUTION KILLS 25 LONDONERS EACH DAY”. Protesters called the demonstration “The Air We Grieve”. 25 stones represented 25 Londoners that die because of air pollution every day. Police later came and got activists off the road. One police officer who did not reveal his name said
Students gathered outside Queen Mary University of London to support their striking lecturers as 'The University and College Union' continues their fight for better pay and working conditions. The university is one of 60 universities and colleges across the UK involved in the strike action. On 18 November the UCU announced the strike would take place from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 4 December. "Our members have reached a breaking point", said the UCU as the strike entered its sixth day. Picket lines have been forming all over London, with lecturers and students shouting for higher pay and elimination of zero-hour contracts. 43, 000 members walking out Classes have been canceled and assignments delayed as around 43, 000 UCU members have been walking out of work. Members str
‘We are the last generation that can stop climate change’ - UN Summit, 2018 According to Kristalina Georgieva, the CEO of the World Bank, the younger generation must step up and combat climate change. While world leaders meet at the UN summit in Poland, young activists in the UK are working hard and taking significant steps in dealing with the issue. What is the problem? The UN Summit on climate change began Monday, December 3 and will continue until December 14 in Katowice, Poland. The summit, made up of 200 nations, seeks to find viable solutions for cutting emissions and combating climate change. In the UK, the Committee of Climate Change published its 2017 assessment report, stating the gravity of the situation. The report said: “Climate change is not only a challenge o