Fans Supporting Food Banks

Sam Spong and John Ratomski of Fans Supporting Food Banks used various creative tactics to organise foodbank collections at the West Ham and Charlton Athletic football stadiums. By galvanising the community through the medium of football, significant amounts of money, food and other basic provisions have been donated to foodbanks in the UK.

Education to tackle racism

Khady Gueye tells the story of organising a Black Lives Matter demonstration in 2020. She received a fierce backlash and racist abuse as well as tremendous support including from the local police. Khady recognised the need for a long term approach to counter racial and economic injustice which are so connected. She set up the Local Equality Commission, working with partners to tackle racial, political and economic injustice collaboratively.

Community solidarity

Professor Nadia Valman tells the story of late nineteenth and early twentieth century strikes for better pay and working conditions in the East End of London. She explores how people from Irish and Jewish communities, in spite of differences, supported each other in solidarity when facing injustice and defending their rights.

Growing food; growing communities

Pam Warhurst is the founder of Incredible Edible in the UK which has inspired thousands of people to create local groups. She tells the story of encouraging people to grow food in unused places and share what grows to create more connected communities and sustainable living.

Housing benefits and complex care needs

Paul Rutherford tells the story of how he and his wife Susan fought to overturn a policy that would have seen housing benefit reduced if you had a spare room, dubbed the ‘Bedroom Tax’. The family, who needed the room for an overnight carer to help look after their disabled grandson, took their case to the High Court and won.

Economic justice, work and leisure

Tania Aubeelack explores the links between the value of work, leisure, and the gig economy. In our podcast series, she explains that an economically just society gives everyone a fair share and equal access to knowledge, happiness, health, freedom, and prosperity.