The Class Gap

The Class Gap

Author: “Shakiesha Beckford, LSE student and Editorial Board Creative Associate.” I have now finished my second year of university and it has dawned on me that I have no work experience. I have always dreamt of becoming what one may refer to as a ‘modern day explorer’. I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people of different ethno-religious groups. I enjoy learning new things and understanding how different people live in different parts of the world. I wanted to become an explorer because I believe many people in the west, as well as in various other sections of the world, live in a ‘bubble’. What I mean by a ‘bubble’ is that we do not know or care to understand how other people live; many of us tend to listen to folk-devil stories and take them as the truth. The truth is to be discovered! My aim has always been to bring the truth to everyone’s table, allowing them to indulge in it. I understand that not everyone wants to know the truth, simply because the truth can be hard to digest. However, I aim to offer a solution. Everything in this world is subject to change. I have always wanted to help people by making a positive change to the world; by giving a voice to those often rendered invisible. I have decided that in order to achieve my life long dream, I need to be given a chance. I need someone to see my potential, to guide me, to teach me, thus enabling me to reach my potential. I need work experience! All I seek is a chance and all...
News Highlights: 17th-23rd November

News Highlights: 17th-23rd November

Criminal and Restorative Justice Highlights British law student convicted of possessing bomb-making material – The Guardian (17/11). Last week, the lord chief justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas, stated: “Justice that is not open is not good justice.” Openness is apparently not necessary in this case. This “four-week trial at the Old Bailey in London was surrounded by unusual secrecy, with the public and press excluded from two-thirds of the hearing.” Such secrecy is common in cases of this nature – but is it damaging the process of justice? Youth Justice Convention 2014 – Government Press Release (17/11). The Youth Justice Board will be organising a meeting with the intention to “engage both delegates, and young people involved in the criminal justice system, in debate and discussion about the changing landscape of youth justice.” Its results could significantly shape youth criminal justice policy. Video shows Darren Wilson, cop who shot Michael Brown, arresting man for filming him – Democracy Now! (18/11). The investigation in to Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has been dominating the press in the United States. The outcome could be crucial for the future of police-public relations in St Louis and elsewhere. Don’t have nightmares – crime is down – BBC News (18/11). Mark Easton looks into the competing crime figures provided by the government and opposition. He argues that recorded crime in general “is a very poor measure of real crime levels and it is, therefore, slightly disappointing that the HMIC should say there is ‘appreciable public concern that real crime levels are not truly represented in the statistics, particularly those recorded...
Tuesday 25 November: Digital Media Workshop for Young Activists! Join us!

Tuesday 25 November: Digital Media Workshop for Young Activists! Join us!

Are you 16-25 yrs old? Join us for a free Digital Activism workshop organized by IARS and its 99% Campaign. This workshop will help you develop skills and confidence to fully participate in the modern civic society. The 99% Campaign Team are experts in the field of internet activism and will share their secrets and tips on creating an effective digital activism strategy. The training is designed for both beginners and advanced activists. You will learn to: – Strengthen and grow your civic awareness – Make the most of your networks – Produce attention-grabbing digital videos – Create an effective blog/article – Use social media to communicate quickly and effectively – Raise funds online through crowd funding – And so much more! Go to our Facebook Event Page and join...
PLAY: K(NO)w Before You Buy”!

PLAY: K(NO)w Before You Buy”!

K(NO)W BEFORE YOU BUY is half real life and half digital SOCIAL GAME. Together, we are going to visualize a world with a healthy alcohol consumption and responsible alcohol sales. ”The Home Office has announced it will ban the sale of cheap alcohol in England and Wales and set a “floor price” on a bottle of wine of £2.24. Taking effect from April 2014, the scheme is aimed at tackling the problem of binge drinking in Britain”, says Lydia Smith of the International Business Times in an article titled ”Will Banning Cheap Alcohol Solve UK’s Binge Drinking Problem?”. It appears difficult to find a good solution to reduce binge drinking and make everyone concerned aware of all the issues related to irresponsible alcohol sale and consumption. To address that challenge, IARS and its 99% Campaign has joined ‘It’s the Drink Talking’ – a youth-driven initiative, hosted by Alcohol Concern. We need your help and ideas to crate a MAP for a better and healthier society. Let’s play “what if?”- What would happen if we were always mindful when buying alcohol and drinking it? How would our lives change? What would happen if our cities were attacked by money hungry shop and super market owners  selling cheap booze to young people without checking their ID. And isn’t it true that cheap alcohol deals may result in young people drinking more? What if we were detectives and secret agents on a mission to spy on and report harmful alcohol promotions and  failure to check ID? To play the game you need to contribute stories, create blogs, videos, art, comic-book style story, sound and photojournalism projects and post your work on our Facebook Page – No Before You Buy. The best stories will appear at the top...
Young People and Alcohol Abuse: “K(NO)w Before You Buy”!

Young People and Alcohol Abuse: “K(NO)w Before You Buy”!

It’s the Alcohol Awareness Week #AAW14 launched by Alcohol Concern and together we are kickstarting our new campaign “K(NO)w Before You Buy”! Check out our new article ” The Alcoholic: A Dying Art?” written by the 99% Campaign Youth Editorial Board member Jack Welch, concerning young people and alcohol abuse . We will keep you posted so watch this...