Unite the Youth is excited to tell you about Take Back the City. TBTC is a movement created by Londoners who have a the vision, drive and momentum to change London.
Over the past years London has changed dramatically. The cost of living has spiked to a point that people are forced to move out of their hometown to somewhere unfamiliar or to the streets. London has become a playground for the wealthy and privileged from all over the world, driving out ordinary Londoners.
In Newham and Tower Hamlets child poverty rates are over 40% whilst at the same time becoming the ideal destination for wealthy property developers. Everyday Londoners face rogue landlords, discrimination and basic costs of living rising – like the tube and rail fares.
TBTC have met over 65 groups and spoken to over a 1000 people who have demanded better housing, a living wage and more open spaces to name a few. Now TBTC are mobilising, meeting with more groups and spreading the word.
Take Back the City is a space for these ordinary Londoners to have their voices heard and stand for it on the Greater London Assembly elections this May!
So donate, make your demands and join the movement.
Unite the Youth is collaborating with SOAS Spoken Word Society to bring you an open and critical discussion on education and think about reimagining the classroom!
Let’s think, how does learning under certain structures, such as school systems, shape us as real people with different ways of seeing the world? Is/should the classroom be a space for creativity and self-empowerment, or somewhere we become semi-literate and obedient to power? And is this education relevant to us, specifically as Londoners? Considering this city’s multiculturalism, does it not follow that our curriculum should address other cultures, histories and ways of knowing?
We’ll also be thinking about spoken word as an alternative pedagogy. How does spoken word give us agency and allow us to be present and vocal in the classroom?
Expect lively discussion and amazing spoken word performances!
Confirmed spoken word artists:
*Saving our future: young people need to fight TTIP*
If you care about democracy, your privacy on the internet, whether the chicken you eat is washed with chlorine, and if education and the NHS will be further privatised then there’s something you need to know: *TTIP is a threat to what you care about.*
TTIP (Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership) is
a trade deal being neogtiated in secret between the US and EU. The idea is to remove ‘barriers to trade’ – things which stand in the way of businesses making maximum profits. But if corporations can make more money by filling our food with dangerous chemicals, or having more access to what you do on the internet, or running education for profit – then these are barriers to trade that TTIP could get rid of it.
> Unite the Youth is taking a stand against TTIP and calling all young people to join us.
> Come to the London protest against TTIP on 11 October, part of the European Day of Action. And come watch us speak at the rally too!
The Trans-atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Why the Youth Need to Make a Stand
By Samia Aziz and Tito Mogaji-Williams
The movement against TTIP is growing, but for it to succeed all the groups in society who are threatened by this corporate power grab need to be mobilised. Unite the Youth fights for the interests of marginalised, misrepresented and disenfranchised youth – a group who should be at the centre of the struggle against TTIP.
The effects of TTIP upon the lives of the young and underprivileged could be phenomenal. If the proposals are passed, we could see more of the commodification of education, especially higher education, increasingly tilting the educational playing field towards the rich. In work, young people often find themselves disadvantaged in recruitment processes, yet find comfort in the protections of a minimum wage and the right to organise in trade unions. But, in the name of de-regulation, TTIP is a great threat to these rights, which have been fought for by generations of workers. And that’s not to mention the threat of TTIP to free healthcare, or to internet privacy.
At the heart of it, TTIP will lead to a shift in the values upon which our society is based. Democracy is being replaced by private conversations with no transparency to the people affected. Future disputes would be resolved by corporate lawyers rather than open courts. TTIP would allow businesses to sue governments where their profits are threatened – can we truly say we live in a democracy when laws passed for the public benefit can be punished by the interests of capital and foreign investors?
Young people already face being marginalised and patronised whenever we attempt to bring our perspective into politics, and our lack of voice on matters that affect us is very distressing. Our limited ability to contribute means that established politics is stagnant and repetitive while we are discouraged and disillusioned. But TTIP affects us all – engaged, apolitical or neither, and mass youth resistance is a necessary means in defeating TTIP. And that’s exactly what we’re hoping to build – watch this space.
Along with the Critical Education Project, Unite the Youth helped organise and run Demand the Impossible 2014, a summer course on political activism. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped make it happen, including the participants, speakers and the workshop leaders. We will be posting photos from Demand the Impossible very soon!
Unite the Youth have already taken some action since Demand the Impossible ended last week, including a protest for Gaza. More things will be happening soon – you can stay updated with Unite the Youth in several ways:
Applications are now open for this year’s Demand the Impossible, a five day course on political activism. This year’s course will be jointly run by the Critical Education Project and Unite the Youth. The course is designed to inspire and empower young people to challenge the inequalities and injustices in the world today by exploring different ideas and issues related to racism; sexism; capitalism and education.
Demand the Impossible will be held on 4th-8th August, 2014 at City University, London. It is free of charge; food and transport costs will also be covered.
To reserve your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form by Monday, 7th July. See the flyer below for more information.
Click here to watch the trailer for Demand the Impossible.