STATUES AND STREET-NAMES

If anybody's interested in controversial statues in Reading, here's a good yarn. . Eldon gardens, opposite the hospital car park, is named after Lord Eldon. Eldon was a reprehensible ultra Tory even for his peers in his time: he loathed the idea of representative parliament and fought tooth & nail against the abolition of slavery. … Continue reading STATUES AND STREET-NAMES

THE COLLAPSE OF RECLAIM READING

I have used pseudonyms throughout apart from my own name. Reclaim Reading started in August 2017 when myself and a friend called Tim did a banner drop outside The White Building on Kings Road in Reading. It was a smart new office block that had just opened. I had made a bright banner saying THIS … Continue reading THE COLLAPSE OF RECLAIM READING

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Reading Pride “Pinkwashing” Companies That Fund Homophobes

Some of Reading Pride's main sponsors this year have financed homophobic and brutal regimes across the world, a Reclaim Reading investigation has found. Among the sponsors are companies such as Bayer, Columbia Threadneedle, Pentahotels, Primark, and PepsiCo, all of whose business has been to the benefit to homophobes and transphobes worldwide. PepsiCo, Bayer and Columbia … Continue reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Reading Pride “Pinkwashing” Companies That Fund Homophobes

International Women’s Day 2019 – What’s On?

International Women’s Day is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. It will be celebrated on Friday 8th March 2019 and this year’s theme is #balanceforbetter. Locally there are two weeks of IWD activities being held from Monday 4th March until Sunday 17th March in Reading, Wokingham, Henley and Maidenhead. From debates to … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2019 – What’s On?

When Does Institutional Violence Become a Hate Crime?

I went to an event run by Support U, the LGBT organisation in Reading, at the Mayor's Parlour tonight. It was a panel debate entitled Is the LGBT Community Inclusive? Many good points were made by the speakers on racism in the LGBT community, trans issues, age and disability. The fact that LGBT communities have … Continue reading When Does Institutional Violence Become a Hate Crime?

Don’t let Reading Borough Council Close Our Play Area

It's hard to know where to begin with this. Each time I put pen to paper I am struck by how ridiculous it feels that we even have to have this conversation. Pull down a playground designed for disabled children? Who would do that, who could be that callous? And yet.......here we are. Reading Borough … Continue reading Don’t let Reading Borough Council Close Our Play Area

Extinction Rebellion comes to Reading (Arrests not Required)

In recent months Extinction Rebellion has made national news blocking bridges in London together with other regional protests. The goal is to draw attention to climate change, to involve others in peaceful protest and create a climate of political pressure for the UK to up its commitment to tackling climate change. This comes on the … Continue reading Extinction Rebellion comes to Reading (Arrests not Required)