Take Back the City

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.




UTY and SOAS Spoken Word Society present An Open Classroom


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:

Amaal Said – amaalsaid.wordpress.com
Jacob v Joyce – jacobvjoyce.com
Tasmia Salim
Tasnima Ahmed
Orla Price

Facebook page – www.facebook.com/events/297523027112717/?source=1&sid_reminder=1771849733891948544 

Unite the Youth Against TTIP | Parliament Square | #noTTIP

*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!

> For more info on TTIP see http://nottip.org.uk/ and our article: https://unitetheyouthblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/youth-against-ttip/

> Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/670695296371734/

Youth Against TTIP

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.

Demand the Impossible 2014

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:

Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/unitetheyouth
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Demand the Impossible 2014 – apply now!

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 demandimpossible2014@gmail.com 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.

Website: http://demandimpossible.wordpress.com/
Email: demandimpossible2014@gmail.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/demandimpossibl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/demandtheimpossible1

Responses to Uprise

Uprise was the launch event of Unite the Youth. The event was largely successful, with over 120 people engaged in lively discussions and eager to partake in political action. Here are just some of the Twitter and Facebook responses to Uprise. More to come soon…

Thanks to for such an amazing event today! It’s inspiring to see what young people can and want to do

[Uprise was] engaged and passionate.

Wow, hosted packed out sessions on education, police, gender, mental health & more on Sat!

Some great spoken word by the young people at Unite the Youth‘s Uprising launch

The energy in this room today was no joke, loads of examples of youth wanting to create change/better their communities

‪#‎Uprise‬ was a great success. Now that the youth have united, action is near..!!!

This was a very inspiring and motivational day, I am truly proud to have been a part of it and met so many like minded, grounded and intelligent young people willing to make a change. I will keep checking your page and site for future events. Thank you, keep up the good work and keep pushing forward for a better tomorrow 

#Uprise A very successful event! 

To anyone reading this please look up unite the youth and what they do!  

Uprise today proved that the youth are willing to make a change and stand up for what we believe in. The ‘youth of today’ often has negative connotations, but Unite the Youth and Uprise proved we can transcend these stereotypes and prejudices and make a difference.

Great event, can’t wait for the next one and demand the impossible !

Amazing day and excited for the future. The revolution has begun!!!!!! #Uprise or #youthuprise2014.

Read more about Uprise here.


Photo by Dan K Photography


On Saturday 22nd March, Unite the Youth held their launch event, called Uprise. Uprise gave young people a platform to voice their opinions on the issues affecting them, and aimed to empower and inspire people to make a change. Over 120 people attended the event in London, which involved speakers, workshops, performances and discussions.

An opening speech was given by a member of Unite the Youth, which acted as a starting point for the first discussion of the day. In groups, people talked about the issues they felt most strongly about. Education was one of the most frequently mentioned topics – specifically the rise in tuition fees. Another contentious topic was the media’s representation of young people, which people feel is inaccurate, prejudiced and based on negative assumptions which only apply to a minority of young people. As such misconceptions are so ingrained in society, many felt they are unfairly treated based purely on the fact that they are a young person.


Two statements, chosen to spark debate, were then projected on the screen. The first statement questioned whether education really is about freedom and opportunity; or if it is restrictive and divisive. Majority of attendees agreed with the latter, who felt their experiences in school placed too much emphasis on competition and achieving the highest grades. “If you don’t get high grades, you’re considered a failure. If you can’t get into university, then you’re considered a failure,” said one person, whose comments were met with applause. The second statement (‘Instead of burning down Footlocker, today’s young people need to burn down Parliament’) was more divisive. Those who agreed with the statement did so because they felt disillusioned with the government; institutional racism and a lack of representation of minorities within parliament were cited as reasons for this. However, one group was adamant that such a radical method in the name of political change would do little to give young people a voice and would only reinforce the negative media portrayal of the youth. They argued that dialogue and peaceful protest would be the most realistic way to achieve change.

Later on in the day, three separate workshops were held – about gender and feminism; mental health; and policing. The workshops enabled people to explore an issue in a smaller and more interactive session than the previous whole-group discussions. The mental health workshop was led by activists from Young Minds, a charity which supports young people with mental health problems. The workshop began with an activity which involved defining mental health and exploring the reasons why young people in particular develop mental health issues. The activists also shared their own experiences of mental health and why they decided to become activists. It was clear that many participants felt the stigma attached to mental health not only made it more difficult for young people with mental health issues to seek help, but also hindered their own understanding of mental health. A member of Unite the Youth felt that talking about mental health is arguably the best way to reduce the stigma of mental health. “But that’s difficult to do because some people find it really hard to talk about their experiences. It’s great that workshops like these give people an opportunity to learn about mental health. It’s one thing reading about it in a book, but another thing to hear about a person’s own experience.”


After the workshops, there were two dance performances, followed by what was arguably the most important part of the day: discussing and planning ideas for political action. One group suggested campaigning against youth unemployment by protesting outside the flagship stores of several large retail companies which use zero-hour contracts. More unconventional ways of taking action were also suggested. One group, whose priority issue was education, was keen on forming a new student union where pupils are able to express their views on the current education system. They even proposed the creation of a new system which focuses more on developing student well-being and an inclusive learning environment – rather than a school system which emphasises achieving high grades for the purpose of a higher ranking on league tables or punishing pupils who do not follow rules.

Uprise finished with a performance by hip hop artist Akala, who rapped and then gave a talk. This was followed by a Q&A session, in which Akala expanded on some of the political influences behind his songs. The audience were particularly keen on hearing about Akala’s opinion on social class inequality, a prominent theme in his music and heavily debated issue during the day.


At the end of Uprise, some participants led the way to Angel Station. For some, this was their first taste of political action, with chanting and waving banners and posters. Uprise ended with a group of young people united, inspired, and taking a stand against the issues in society which matter to them; and that’s exactly what Unite the Youth wants to do.


Unite the Youth would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in the event, including speakers, workshop leaders, photographers, facilitators, organisers and performers.
Photos by Daniaal Khalid, at Dan K Photography.

Jessica Luong


A Level student from Enfield Yashika Bageerathi is to be deported this Sunday (Mother’s Day) alone to Mauritius by the Home Office. The 19 year old already has a promising future in the UK, having already received offers from universities, including a Russell Group.

Yashika fled abuse and violence in Mauritius with her mother and two siblings, seeking asylum in the UK in 2013. Now she faces deportation in the middle of her education and back to a dangerous environment alone.

Despite more than 140,000 signatures on the petition (http://change.org/fightforyashika) and countless, tireless efforts by friends, family and teachers at her school Yashika is still sitting alone, isolated at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre waiting to be removed.

A victim of a political game on the playground of immigration policy, politicians,namely Theresa May are aware of the case and support but choose to actively not help. Stand up for those being silenced, for those facing injustice. Yashika’s right safety and education is more important than political point scoring.

Sign the petition – http://change.org/fightforyashika

Join the demonstration – TOMORROW (29th March) 4 pm Parliament Square

Spread the word – #FightForYashika @FightForYashika

Read more – http://internationalsocialist.org.uk/index.php/blog/the-fight-for-yashika/