A packed bus, somewhere in the Netherlands. A few days before Easter. I saw an advertising-pillar at the bus stop. It had an advertisement of a German supermarket on it and promised me and other bus-travelers the following: “luxury for everyone!”.
At the end of February, SPEAK's Day of Action 2012 featured a demonstration outside Shell's London Headquarters in Waterloo to draw attention to the company's so far unmet responsibility to clean up extensive oil pollution in the Niger Delta.
Martyrs have got a bad name these days. I grew up hearing stories of the early church, and those people who died at the hands of the Roman empire, simply for standing up for what they believed in. Peter, Joan of Arc, Bonhoeffer. All these people were noble victims because they stood up and faced death when issued with the choice between denying what they believed and suffering at the hands of their oppressors.
SPEAK inspires a special sort of dedication from everyone who gets involved, and the Network Support team is no exception.
So it's been a couple of weeks since the Occupy St. Pauls folk were unceremoniously removed from their campsite..
On Monday 27th February, after an inspiring weekend at Soundcheck, SPEAK Network members gathered for our 2012 Day of Action.
The free-market currently generates gross inequalities where many very wealthy individuals are rich at the expense of poor.
Soundcheck 2012: A challenging, creative, joyful and ultimately hopeful weekend.
Rachel Carpenter explores the theme for this year's Soundcheck.
We would be really grateful for your prayer support, and have drawn up some monthly prayer points that can be used individually or with your local SPEAK group.
In this entry SPEAK member Chloe Skinner explores the importance of not just giving to charity but also supporting campaigns for change.
Would you like to work in campaigning? Working for SPEAK will equip you with loads of skills and experience in the world of student activism, campaigns, advocacy and network building.
Even if you didn't come to the Day of Action 2012 you can still arrange to meet your MP back home.
This may seem cowardly, but I’m going to start with a disclaimer. What follows is meant to provoke, and perhaps challenge – not to say “this is how it is”, but rather “maybe this is partly how it is”.
The challenges to face in Forced labor: big brands are involved in commercially lucrative slavery relations. SPEAK Network Brazil launches a campaign against forced labor in São Paulo.
We had a great time at the Cabaret Showcase in Manchester!
Philip Powell, from the UK Campaigns Team, attended the annual festival of Time to Turn. Time to Turn is a similar network to Speak, based in the Netherlands. This is his report from the event.
SPEAK has collected a selection of prayers you may wish to use, whilst praying about the issue of tax justice.
SPEAK has partenered with Christian Aid for our latest Pray & Post Card on the issue of Tax Justice.
Riots spread across the country in August causing untold suffering to families, businesses and communities. We need to stand together as a Network in solidarity and in prayer and action with those suffering.