Gwenno, PrEP, CETA and table tennis in Brighton

I have a few articles in November’s New Internationalist magazine which takes Colombia as its main focus.

For the news section I wrote about Brighton Table Tennis Club and its work with marginalised people, particularly young refugees, under its Community, Respect and Solidarity mantra. I also wrote about resistance to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.

Later in the issue is a feature on PrEP, the HIV prevention medicine that has sparked excitement and activism across the world, as well as debate around how it’s used.

An interview I did with Welsh musician Gwenno Saunders earlier this year is at the back of the magazine. Taking in Wales, Cornwall and politics – three of my favourite topics, Gwenno was so nice to speak to that I didn’t want to get off the phone!

Find out more and read more articles from this issue here at the New Internationalist website

Advertisements

Brighton and Hove residents club together to house migrants

I’ve written an article for the New Internationalist about Thousand 4 £1000, a project to crowdfund housing for vulnerable migrants in Brighton.

Started by Brighton Migrant Solidarity, Thousand 4 £1000 is a project of Brighton Migrant Solidarity is a community response to the enforced homelessness faced by some migrants who have no stable immigration status. The aim is to get 1000 people (or more!) to donate £1 a month in order to rent a house and provide a small income – a way of showing people that the community welcomes them.

Find out more about Thousand 4 £1000 here at the Brighton Migrant Solidarity website.

Read the full article on the New Internationalist website here.

Solar buses, Cornish language, post referendum racism and crowdfunded housing for migrants

I’ve been a bit rubbish about updating this blog with my writing lately so here’s a quick roundup:

From the last two issues of New Internationalist: The response to racism after the UK’s European Union referendum (September) and the fight to save the Cornish language after government cuts (October).

For Positive News I wrote about the Thousand 4 £1000 project, crowdfunded housing for migrants in Brighton who have no other means of support.

This week the Guardian Sustainable Business network published my article about The Big Lemon bus company and Brighton Energy Coop’s plan to bring electric buses to the streets of Brighton and Hove, powered by solar energy generated at the Big Lemon depot.

Kids on strike

On Tuesday 3 May thousands of parents kept their kids off school for the day in protest at Year 2 National Curriculum Tests (SATs).

Hundreds of people (most recent estimates are 1000!) attended a lively and colourful rally in Brighton’s Preston Park where I spent the morning. I wrote a report about the ‘kids strike’ for Red Pepper’s website and you can see some more photos from Brighton’s rally here on Flickr.

To find out more, see the Let Our Kids Be Kids campaign website.