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Everyday Democracy and the Environment – a series

By Avery Underwood

Monday 23 April 2018

This blog series seeks to explore some of the fascinating work being achieved by various environmental NGOs in the UK, and builds on our growing Everyday Democracy project. Everyday democracy is about the broadening of our political power base; it is about expanding democracy, beyond the...

Everyday Democracy and the Green Schools Project

By Avery Underwood

Monday 23 April 2018

Green Schools Project is a small organisation run by Henry Greenwood which gives schools the resources and tools to set up eco-committees and become more sustainable. A teacher for 12 years, Henry noticed the school where he was teaching in Enfield lacked any environmental sustainability...

The Progressive Alliance lives on in Richmond

By Remco van der Stoep

Sunday 22 April 2018

Here at Compass head office, we don’t usually get involved in local election campaigns. We do of course want progressive parties and candidates to win, but in many areas progressives are competing with each other over real and pressing local issues – the best we can do here is hoping that a...

Re-imagining politics – a collaborative democracy

By Bruce Nixon

Sunday 15 April 2018

In the 21st Century, we need a completely different political leadership model. Until now human history has been about building empires and nations fighting each other for power and resources. The British Empire, backed by a huge navy, was the most successful example. We were the best at war....

Dutch social democracy has hit rock-bottom. Rejoice!

By Remco van der Stoep

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Why a progressive alliance is the key to renewal for the PvdA. Across Europe, social democracy is in unprecedented decline. The French PS was irrelevant at last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections and in Germany’s recent general elections the SPD lost yet more ground to rivals...

Calderdale Compass draws a crowd

By Jane Speller, Finn Jensen and Elaine Hey

Tuesday 27 March 2018

On Saturday 24th March, Calderdale launched its first ever Compass group. A report from its organisers (Jane Speller, Elaine Hey and Finn Jensen) __ The launch event proved to be everything we hoped it would be: a fantastic turnout, inspiring speeches from a great lineup of speakers and,...

How work can work for mothers

By Claire Hobson

Friday 16 March 2018

Not everyone is a mother. But taking a mother-centric approach in the workplace has wider benefits for all carers, for the economy and for wider society. Some of us are mothers by accident, some have yearned for their babies for years, and others choose not to have children. But we all...

Mothers against Arms

By Kirsten Bayes

Thursday 15 March 2018

This speech was given at the launch of Mothers for a Progressive Alliance, 18th November 2017. I’d like to share a couple of stories: that of Bibi Mamana, killed by a drone missile strike in Pakistan in 2012; and of Jamila Ali Abdu, a little girl who died this year of hunger and disease in...

Motherhood and a new caring politics

By Mark Boden

Wednesday 14 March 2018

In this talk I am going to argue that placing mothering at the centre of political-economic discourse is central to the advance of progressive politics, the dismantling of the hegemony of neoliberalism within British society and its replacement by what could be seen as the ‘good society’. In...

Mothers united against discrimination

By Christine El Issa

Tuesday 13 March 2018

I joined the Progressive Alliance for Mothers to confront Islamophobia I arrived in the UK 8 years ago from the USA. I am a practising Christian who met and married a British Muslim man after arriving. My white family are staunch Trump supporters. Due to the clash of beliefs I no longer have...

Why mothers need a progressive alliance

By Jane Chelliah

Sunday 11 March 2018

This blogpost is the first in a week-long series exploring the question of the role of mothers in progressive politics. ___ On Mother’s Day we rightly celebrate the role that mothers play in raising children while juggling work whether it is paid or at home. Mothers' work often goes...

What a Good Society for all women would look like

By Jane Chelliah

Thursday 08 March 2018

March 8th, International Women’s Day, can never be a full celebration of all womankind while large swathes of women are part of the ‘left behind’ debate. It is these women who should be put centre stage today because the female talent pool being celebrated is only partly representative of...

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