It’s launched! The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) has published a new guide, It’s All About Power. It’s SMK's challenge and invitation to the social sector to embrace a new way of thinking about power and take action to build solidarity in social change.
As the Online Safety Bill is introduced in Parliament, a coalition of organisations have written to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP. It calls on the Bill to get it right on free speech, the true drivers of online harms and transparency in digital regulation. If you’re interested in collaborating, fill in this Google form.
Democracy Club compile information about elections and candidates and make it accessible to everyone.
And they need your help over the next month in the run-up to the locals. There are lots of things you can do – upload a photo of a political leaflet dropped through your door, let them know about a hustings event or submit a manifesto. This crowdsourced info powers the Electoral Commission’s voter information page, and Democracy Club’s own Where Do I Vote and Who Can I Vote For websites.
Gearing up for the local elections, the folk in the Democracy Classroom have relaunched their brilliant website with a page of resources specific to the 2022 polls. A special mention for their wonderful posters!
They’re also now hosting bimonthly meet-ups for member organisations to collaborate on planning and communications ahead of May.
In October 2021, artist and activist Myfanwy Tristram drew a new campaign placard every day, infuriated (but inspired!) by the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill. The result is ‘Sorry For The Inconvenience…We Are Trying To Save The World: Inspiration for your next revolution’ which you can buy now. Not just beautiful but informative, it includes instructions for making banners that will withstand a long day of marching.
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