Category Archives: Friday Round Up

Gabriele Galimberti, “Toy Stories”

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View the whole series. Fascinating insight to childhood around the world. Gabriele Galimberti spent 18 months travelling around the world and photographing children with their toys.  

Friday Round Up – Young people participating in arts and sports, keep warm this winter, George Orwell and poverty.


Les jeunes peindront Monastir en couleur

As part of the project “Youth Council”, a call was made for young people to participate in the 16 and 17 November 2013 to beautify the city of Monastir painting stairs la Falaise in different colors and white piano benches. Once completed these actions, meetings between young artists and musicians are scheduled.

Documentary Compass – Fencers For Palestine about a project in Palestine coaching children fencing. The power of empowering children and young people through sports and creative activities never cease to amaze.

With the huge increases in energy prices, fuel poverty is a growing concern. A report from the BBC about Campaigners lobby David Cameron over cold homes. A Girl Called Jack shares some tips for keeping warm in winter.

Been reading George Orwell’s Keep The Aspidistra Flying and his descriptions of the brain numbing, all consuming consequences poverty has are still chilling relevant today. Related to this , is The Logic of Stupid Poor People, “At the heart of these incredulous statements about the poor decisions poor people make is a belief that we would never be like them. We would know better. We would know to save our money, eschew status symbols, cut coupons, practice puritanical sacrifice to amass a million dollars.”

Friday Round Up – Life in Gaza, Importance of Education, Unpaid Internships are illegal.

The newlyweds ride on a donkey cart on the way to Gaza's beach two days aft

The newlyweds ride on a donkey cart on the way to Gaza’s beach two days after the wedding.

Featured photojournalist: Mohammed Salem Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem documents the wedding of a couple aged 14 and 15 in Beit Lahiya

Interesting idea on the power of learning, Finding the unjustly homeless, and teaching them to code.

Asking why, “Stay in school not because you have to, but because I think asking the question “Why?” is the most important thing you can possibly do, now and for the rest of your life.”

Article about the Death of the unpaid of Internship. And a reminder that unpaid internships are illegalIntern Aware has ways of taking action against this.

Five disabled people win appeal court challenge over government’s decision to abolish Independent Living Fund

Video from Channel 4 about the case, before the ruling.

Friday Round Up – Every Mother Counts, Chris Brown and a Nation of Raped Boys, and Contraceptive Trends.

This video was featured on Mama Congo.

This article Chris Brown and a Nation of Raped Boys made me think about how we talk about sexual abuse, and the focus on the damage caused to women. We need to stop the circle of abuse.

Interesting look at the data on contraceptive trends from the Guardian Datablog.

review on fword of Orphan Black, something I’ve been watching (available on iplayer if you’ve not seen it) definitely worth watching.


Re-reading Anita Desai’s The Zigzag Way just as enjoyable second time around. Need some book recommendation, if anyone’s got any suggestions?

Friday Round Up – Invisible Disability, Forgotten Authors, Life After Prison, Consumerism and Fair Trade.

The pressure to hide an invisible disability and not reveal a weakness is explored in this interesting personal experience on chronic illness, disclosure and imposter syndrome.

While looking for translations of Aimé Césaire (available here) I stumbled upon this writers no one reads tumblr. An amazing collection of forgotten authors, like Elspeth Davie who I’ll definitely be tracking down to read.

Kemi and Tasha Ryan, are sisters who struggled with life after prison and are now sharing their experiences with children and young adults. It does not seem an effective long-term strategy to continue to make it more difficult for ex-prisoners to gain employment and therefore more likely to commit crime in the future.

Great article about how to live in a consumer culture without being consumed.


Bar Code Protest Art BY KERRY SLAVENS

Thinking about Fair Trade and trade injustice. Not a great selection of youtube videos, this was the best. Anyone know or has made a better one?

Friday Link Round Up – Photographing Harassers, Go Home Texts, Opportunity International stories, Sugar Land Grab.

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Men in Philadelphia photographed after they harassed Hannah Price (photographer) on the street

Titled ‘My Harassers’ Hannah Price’s photographs are automatically threatening due to the title. Her work directly addresses the problem of street harassment. More photographs and an interview. Would be very interested to hear the conversations she has with her harassers. 

After the ‘Go Home Vans’ it didn’t seem the UK Border Agency’s policy could get worse. Until these text messages sent on behalf of UKBA by Capita “Message from the UK Border Agency. You are required to leave the UK as you no longer have right to remain.”

This article describes how campaigner Suresh Grover was wrongly sent the text and how he then investigated the matter.

‘A Freedom of Information request submitted to the Home Office by Mr Grover and published by the Discover Society reveal that 39,100 individuals have been contacted in this way by text.’

This lack of common courtesy and respect towards people supposedly without the right to remain in the UK is shameful.  200 complaints have been made about these texts. Let’s increase that number. The Tory immigration minister, Mr Harper said on Question Time that he did not “have any problem” with the overall message. And that, “If it’s successful, we will roll it out. If it’s not, we won’t.”

How do you define success? By inciting hatred? Since the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, the restriction of immigration has been linked with racism. The current governments policy harks back to that era.

A great article for Human RIghts Blog Action day. This post connects rights such as Article 26, Everyone has a Right to Education, with success stories due to the work Opportunity International is doing.


This Infographic: Visualizing the global land rush by Oxfam America really helps show why demand for sugar is resulting in farmers being thrown off their land. Sign the petition here.

Friday Link Round Up: Amnesty, Spoken word poetry, Banksy, food poverty.


I knew I could not be silent tells of how Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network alerted and inspired Anupriya to the arrest of Jenni Williams and Magodonga Mahlangu, two leaders of the social justice movement Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA).

The inadequacy of donating medical devices to Africa highlights how we treat Aid and what resources we are sending, The same problem happens with other donations, especially sending computers.

Getting into Spoken Word poetry after watching Sarah Kay’s Ted talk: If I should have a daughter… Lily Myers – “Shrinking Women” is particularly good.

Banksy is in New York, hosting an exhibition on the streets with a quick turn around – thefirst was painted over in just a day.



The second showcased Banksy’s “New York” accent. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the month brings.

Rooting for Bill de Blasio to become the next New York Mayor. Although I can’t help but think his wife would be a more exciting candidate.

The myth of a plentiful America continues.

“Almost every single person in America has access to basic food, clothing, water and sanitation. I haven’t been to states like Louisiana and cities like Detroit, but from what I can tell, nobody is scrambling for the basic necessities required for sustenance.” Gus Lubin in his post titled – The Most Surprising Things About America, According To An Indian International Student.

I thought of “A Place at the Table”, a documentary about food poverty full of shocking statistics like 1-out-of-2 kids in America will, at some time in their childhood, have to rely on federal assistance for food and heartwrenching struggles. Watch it here and then tell me that everyone in America is food secure.

Food Banks usage in the UK is rising steadily with the the Trussell Trust, which runs food banks, reported 21% increase. The Trust states that there is a clear link between the welfare cuts and the increased need.

Michael Gove’s comments that people who use food banks are to blame for their own financial mismanagement, while not endorsed by the PM are a clear sign of the Tory’s attitude to the poor. David Cameron’s conference speech suggested more of the same, with the young being targeted in particular. Young people must “earn or learn”. Jobs and educational opportunities for young people would be great. But this is not what Cameron is promising. He is going to punish the young for his parties failure to provide funding for education. Instead of creating jobs they are promising to force jobseekers to work 30 hours a week on “work experience” for their benefits hourly this works out well below minimum wage. Read the speach and shudder at what a Tory Britain would look like in 2015.