Born OTD in 1942, American boxer and activist, Cassius Marcellus Clay, AKA Muhammed Ali. When Muhammad Ali died, many mourned the life of the greatest sportsman the world had ever seen. In Redemption Song, Mike Marqusee argues that Ali was not just a boxer but a remarkable political figure in a decade of tumultuous change. Playful, popular, always confrontational, Ali refashioned the role of a political activist and was central, alongside figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, to the black liberation and the anti-war movements.

Marqusee shows that sport and politics were always intertwined, and this is the reason why Ali remained an international beacon … More

Born OTD in 1939, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist, Margaret Atwood. Can we ever be wholly free? In this book of breathtaking imaginary leaps that conjure dystopias and magical islands, Margaret Atwood holds a mirror up to our own world. The reflection we are faced with, of men and women in prisons literal and metaphorical, is frightening, but it is also a call to arms to speak and to act to preserve our freedom while we still can. And in that, there is hope.

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In June 2017, a man took a photograph up Gina Martin’s skirt at a music festival. The police told her that this was not a sexual offence; the man would not be charged. The law had let Gina down, and her first reaction was resignation. It’s too big, too scary, too complicated for someone like me to challenge this. I can’t do it. But something inside her had snapped. Gina was tired of accepting sexual harassment as a fact of life. Eighteen months later, she had changed the law and made upskirting a criminal offence. Now Gina wants to empower you with the tools and the courage to challenge injustice and fight for change. Whether it’s in your school, workplace or community, or even on a global scale, Gina’s practical and inspiring advice will ensure your voice is heard and your actions make an impact.

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‘The starting point is: if you want change, you need power. You build up power through relationships with other people around common interests. You break down the big problems you face together into specific issues and identify who the decision makers are, who has the power to make the changes you need. Then you take action to get a reaction and build a relationship with the decision-makers. If they don’t agree to implement the changes then you escalate the action or turn to more creative tactics, learning as you go and celebrating the small wins as you build incrementally up to the bigger issues.’

This book is for people who are angry with the ways things are and want to do something about it; … More

Out of print for 50 years, Jeff Nuttall’s Bomb Culture has achieved legendary status as a powerful, informative, & spirited exploration of 1960s alternative society & counterculture. Nuttall’s confessional account of the period investigates the sources of its radical art, music, & protest movements as well as the beliefs, anxieties, & conceits of its key agitators, including his own.

Nuttall argued that a tangible psychic dread of nuclear holocaust pervaded both high and low cultures, determining their attitude and … More

For the past 4 decades, independent postcard press Leeds Postcards has been making oppositional, inspiring images; activism by design. The cards are not of Leeds; the name represents a defiant rejection of the hegemony of London. The images cover a fascinating range of domestic and international politics, causes & campaigns, creating, in their own unique & graphically inventive way. Frequently funny, & consistently inventive, over 100 cards – from Thatcher to the EU Referendum – tell the story of the struggles as well as the progressive political triumphs from 1979 to the present day.

These postcards have crystallised the cultural zeitgeist to be displayed, sent, kept, and shared. Over the years they have featured … More