Rick Lighten

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Our key workers keep us strong

A May Day tribute to the key workers who are keeping us going in the face of the coronavirus crisis, and to remember those who have died.

Letter to Edith

Parenthood is full of uncertainties; of hopes and fears. The climate crisis amplifies all of this, and brings into focus the harsh realities and stark choices we face - as individuals and as a society. A poem by Rick Lighten.

What the Junior Doctors strike tells us about how to organise...

Rick Lighten looks at the lessons that other public sector workers can take from how the Junior Doctors have organised and discusses how a...
Banners read Refugees Welcome

What do we do about ISIS?

As Cameron tries to make the case for the UK bombing Syria, Rick Lighten argues that as well as arguing against bombing Syria we...

Manchester “Time to Act” conference connects climate and social justice campaigning

Rick Lighten reports Over 200 people came together for a conference on tackling climate change on Saturday 10 October. The conference, titled "It's Time to...

Planning the siege on Tory party conference

  The Tories are holding their annual conference in Manchester from Sunday 4 until Wednesday 7 October. Rick Lighten reports from a People's Assembly meeting...

Latest articles

From Stonewall to Black Lives Matter

Thinking about rebellion: Keegan O’Brien reflects on the threads that connect the Stonewall Riots to the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement.

Artivists at Work 2

More from Artivists at Work: resisting NHS cuts, unsafe school reopenings and the gendered impacts of Covid-19.

‘White Terror’ in Hong Kong

The postponement of elections in Hong Kong has more to do with Beijing’s fear of the democracy movement than public health concerns.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the future of Trident

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Eileen Cook highlights the danger of Trident remaining in Scotland.
Nurses marching in London to demand a pay rise

Nurses strike back against attack on pay

Nurses and health workers are fighting back on pay – and kicking off a battle to defend our health and care services

Hearts and stomachs

Last week's vote on the Trade Bill showed how the callous disregard for human life and food safety that Upton Sinclair exposed in his classic novel The Jungle is as relevant as ever.
Protesters hold two banners reading 'Disband the Met, Shut detention centres, Black lives matter' and 'No justice, no peace, abolish the police'

Report: How to defund the police – strategies for abolition

Jiaqi Kang reports on East London rs21's meeting on police abolition.
Westferry printworks

Johnson’s bonanza for private capital

The Tories are increasing spending, but the money is going to the rich. Adam Blanden argues that this represents the acceleration of Britain’s transformation into a ‘speculator state’.

Returning to campus after ‘lockdown’

As UK universities draw up plans for mass redundancies and reopening of campuses, the marketisation of Higher Education is now putting lives and livelihoods at risk.
Barbed wire above a metal fence

Resist Tory immigration plans

Zareen Taj and Mitch Mitchell look at the effects of the Tories' proposed new immigration system following Brexit.

Highlights

Westferry printworks

Johnson’s bonanza for private capital

The Tories are increasing spending, but the money is going to the rich. Adam Blanden argues that this represents the acceleration of Britain’s transformation into a ‘speculator state’.

Defund the police. Disarm the state.

The demand to defund the police should extend beyond reallocating existing government spending. We also need to address the racist ways that the state polices all aspects of working-class life.

Not one more of us will be sacrificed

rs21 members argue that deaths and job losses are not inevitable and that as we can’t rely on government or employers, we will have to rely on each other to fight for our lives and our livelihoods.

Video: Capitalism is the virus

Video: Brendan Montague looks at how capitalism, colonialism, ecological devastation co-evolved and at what we can do to cure our societies and our planet.

The Black Lives Matter movement in 2020: results and prospects

Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal considers the situation of the BLM movement in Britain and argues for centring the politics of abolition and anti-imperialist solidarity.