Tag Der Arbeit – The 1st of May in Hamburg, Germany

Tag Der Arbeit – The 1st of May in Hamburg, Germany

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The city of Hamburg is known for its deep-rooted leftist culture that is most noticeable when you wander into the districts of Altona and Eimsbüttel: more specifically St Pauli and Sternschanze. It is permeated through the support and atmosphere surrounding the Bundesliga 2 team St Pauli (that has to be seen to be believed), relentless graffiti, street art and stickers on every building, the squatted buildings in defiance of gentrification, the city's liberal stance to prostitution, and the residents' rather aggressive and assertive means of having their voices heard and participating in the political process. On multiple occasions have the police of Hamburg had difficulty in maintaining their control over the residents' dissent. One the most recent examples being the demonstrations over the winter of 2013 into 2014. An estimated…
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Women’s March on London – January 2017

Women’s March on London – January 2017

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  From the US embassy in London to Trafalgar Square, over 80,000 women marched as a statement on Saturday the 21st of January that women's rights are human rights, and feminism is needed now more than ever. The organisers were expecting a maximum of 25,000 people, but were surprised when more than triple the amount of people showed in Grosvenor Square, ready to take the 3 mile walk. Similar protests took place worldwide, for women to have their voices heard against the treatment of women worldwide, and the manner in which Donald Trump was elected president of the United States last year as its catalyst. Despite his shortcomings in regards to his views on women himself, the election of Donald Trump set a whole new precedent: that being respectful towards…
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Anti-Trump Rally – US Embassy, London

Anti-Trump Rally – US Embassy, London

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  Outside the United States embassy in Grosvenor Square on the day of Donald Trumps inauguration last Friday, several thousand angry protesters gathered to show their discontent towards the rhetoric that won Trump the electoral college on the 8th of November last year. The rally included several speeches from different figures including the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas. Despite criticism of the rally's motive of questioning the election of the United States' president in the United Kingdom, the message couldn't have been more clear: the protesters will not tolerate intolerance by those in power. Trump's platform is certainly steeped in intolerance, and he certainly holds a position of global power; a position which can have severe knock-on effects for the politics in other countries. The speeches at the rally were…
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The World Transformed – “Where now for the European left?”

The World Transformed – “Where now for the European left?”

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It has been almost 3 weeks since Momentum’s The World Transformed took place in Liverpool alongside the Labour Party conference. What is surprising however, is that the topics and discussions that were had seem to have even more relevance now. Especially considering the many events which have unfolded following Jeremy Corbyn’s second mandate to be the leader of the Labour Party. This is true especially for our first post of this series covering the different talks that took place in Momentum’s The World Transformed. “Where now for the European Left?” was the pressing question in this talk on day 2. An incredibly important question if the majority in Europe is to have an alternative to the current political and economic status quo. Similar to the majority of talks during The World…
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The World Transformed – 24th-27th Sept 2016 – Liverpool

The World Transformed – 24th-27th Sept 2016 – Liverpool

Events
In Liverpool this week you may have noticed that it is the Labour Party conference. As with all Labour conferences, there were several “fringe” events organised alongside it. Momentum, a group formed by supporters of the platform and policies which Jeremy Corbyn used to win his first leadership election had its own. The World Transformed: a four-day festival of art, culture and politics. The event which took place in the Black-E in Liverpool a few minutes’ walk down from the location of the official conference, looked to actually be one of the main highlights of the full weekend. Momentum, an organisation which has come under much criticism in the press and even a Dispatches Documentary aimed at exposing the group showed its true purpose with this event this week. Ultimately,…
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