THE STONEWALL INN UPRISING

Content Warning: homophobia, transphobia, racism, police violence, and sexual assault. Disclaimers: Because of its current linguistic usage as shorthand, “Stonewall” is used to refer to the Stonewall Inn Uprising in this article several times. ‘Gay’ is used instead of ‘homosexual’ in this article, as the latter carries rather clinical and negative connotations for many gay people. The language used by and for LGBT people in the 60s was very different to language used now, so necessary changes have been made and explanations provided for clarity. As a group, the LGBT community is difficult to coordinate cohesively because being LGBT spans […]

GANDHI & NON-VIOLENT PROTEST DURING THE BRITISH RAJ

An insight into the fight for Indian independence. The Indian fight for independence from the British Empire, along with the Civil Rights Movement helmed by Martin Luther King, is the most well-known example of a ‘successful’ nonviolent protest. It culminated in the granting of independence on 15 August 1947, ending the British Raj (period during which India was a British ruled colony). The Indian effort was not an entirely nonviolent one, but it is widely accepted that the nonviolent group, led by Mahatma Gandhi, was the determining factor in achieving independence.  The following looks first at the history of India […]

Where does the 1.5 °C come from?: A summary of the IPCC special report (SR-1.5)

If some of these terms are new to you, open this article up side by side – we’ve tried to explain some climate jargon! *** The publishing of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR-1.5) on the 8th of October 2018 stands out as a notable watershed moment for climate action: geopolitically and on the grassroots level. It brought the realities of the Climate and Ecological Emergency into clear focus, laying out the consequences of limiting global heating to 1.5°C as opposed to 2.0°C, and prescribed the scale of action necessary to limit […]

What’s the point of protesting? (Part 1 of 2)

For these 2 EXCHANGE articles, we reached out to people to ask what they thought about protesting – did they think there was a point? Do they think it achieves anything? Is it right? We reached out to Ewan after an interesting conversation a few weeks back on the HS2 protests that were taking place, and whether protestors are right to protest, considering decisions are made by a council that has been voted in and represent a majority view. *** People protest against newly elected Conservative governments, arms deals, trees getting cut down, wars, meat consumption (the list goes on […]

How this started: A Conversation with my Right-wing flatmate

This site is the result of a lot I’ve learnt over the past 2 years but started with a 5am conversation with my flatmate in the first year of university. On paper, we were completely different: he is a white, straight, cis male who identified as Right wing at the time, and I am the complete opposite. I’d never really left my bubble before, of people who thought similarly to me. Most people I knew had had similar experiences and saw the world in a similar way. I thought I knew how to interact with the world and had created […]