Academics

 

Professor Noam Chomsky

Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. He is a prolific and hugely influential author across numerous academic fields including politics, sociology, language, psychiatry, philosophy, economics, and more. Some of his most influential works include Who Rules the World?, How The World Works, On Language, Power Systems, Language and Mind, and Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. He has won numerous awards including the Sydney Peace Prize, the 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll, and the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.

Professor Peter Singer

Peter is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is Co-Founder of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit devoted to spreading his ideas about why we should be doing much more to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

Academics Stand Against Poverty

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) is an international community of scholars and researchers working to confront the rules and practices that perpetuate global poverty and advocate for targeted, evidence-based reforms. Find out more: http://academicsstand.org/ 

 

Activists 

Ruby Wax

Ruby is known for her extensive comedy and television interview career. Ruby has studied Psychotherapy and gained her Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University. These days she promotes understanding of the brain and campaigns for greater mental health awareness and destigmatisation. She was awarded an OBE in 2015, the same year in which she became a visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey.

 

Francesca Martinez

Francesca is a comedian, writer, speaker and campaigner who has toured internationally with sell-out runs at The Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.  She launched her comedy career in 2000 beating a thousand UK comedians including Mathew Horne, Karl Theobald and Jimmy Carr to become the only woman to win the Open Mic Award. She has performed in Australia, Ireland, France, South Africa, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, in Hollywood, on Broadway and at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland alongside actress Emma Thompson.  

Laurie Penny

Laurie is an activist, author, and journalist. Her blog, "Penny Red", was shortlisted for the 2010 Orwell Prize. She is a writer for the New Statesman and regular contributor to the Guardian. She has published three books - "Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism", "Penny Red: Notes from a New Age of Dissent", and "Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies, and Revolution". Penny Red was shortlisted for the 2012 Bread and Roses Award.

Helen Pankhurst

Helen is an international development and women's rights activist and writer. She is currently CARE International's senior adviser working in the UK and Ethiopia. Pankhurst is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, who were both leaders in the British suffragette movement. Her book, 'Deeds not Words: The Story Of Women's Rights Then And Now' was published in February 2018. 

Polly Toynbee

Polly is a Guardian columnist. She won the 1998 Orwell Prize for journalism, Columnist of the Year at the 2007 British Press Awards, and is the recipient of four honorary degrees. She is President of the Social Policy Association and deputy treasurer of the Fabian Society.

 

George Monbiot

George is a British writer known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books, including Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain (2000), Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding (2013), and Out of the Wreckage (2017). He is the founder of The Land is Ours, a peaceful campaign for the right of access to the countryside and its resources in the United Kingdom.

 

Cerys Matthews

Cerys Matthews MBE is a musician, author, broadcaster and festival owner : The Good Life Experience. She is a DJ for the BBC and hosts a weekly award-winning radio show. She was the founding member of Catatonia, curates for theatre, and is Vice-President of Shelter and the Hay Festival. As an eye-witness to the Grenfell Fire in 2017 she has been one of the leading advocates for justie for the victims.

Dr Frances Ryan

Dr Frances Ryan is a disability activist and journalist who has written the "Hardworking Britain" column for the Guardian since 2016. She is also a regular commentator on the Today programme, Big Questions, Sky News, Woman's Hour, and The World Tonight.

Aditya Chakrabortty

Aditya is senior economics commentator for The Guardian. He was previously a senior producer for Newsnight and the Ten O’Clock News, and an economics producer under Evan Davis. He has also written for the Financial Times, The Telegraph, and The New Statesman. 

Richard Stone OBE

Richard Stone OBE has spent 50 years as a medical doctor, government advisor and philanthropist. His work includes anti-racism, police reform, interfaith relations and tackling homelessness. He sat on the Government Inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the Islamophobia Commission.

 

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Dr Shola is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, an author, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. A political and women’s rights activist, she also teaches intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinises government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and co-organises women's marches and social campaigns. 

 

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. They want to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others. Find out more: http://www.actionforhappiness.org/ 

 

Charter for Compassion

The Charter for Compassion supports the emergence of a global movement that brings the words of the Charter to life. To do so, the Charter is a network of networks, connecting organizers and leaders from around the world, providing educational resources, organizing tools, and avenues for communication; sharing lessons, stories, and inspiration; providing the umbrella of the Charter for Compassion for conferences, events, collaborations, conversations and initiatives to create compassionate communities and institutions. The Charter for Compassion is committed to working with cities to create sustainable actions plans that address the most grave problems within their communities. https://charterforcompassion.org/

Safe Passage

Safe Passage exists to help unaccompanied child refugees and vulnerable adults find safe, legal routes to sanctuary. They have reunited unaccompanied asylum seeking children from France, Greece, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Syria and Sudan with their relatives. For those clients who arrive in the UK, they also support their transition to a new life.

Generation Rent

Campaigning with private renters for professionally managed, secure, decent and affordable privately rented homes. 

Winner of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation campaigner award for Housing and Homelessness - 2017. Read more here: http://www.generationrent.org/ 

 

Show Racism the Red Card

The UK's leading anti-racism educational charity. Find out more: http://www.theredcard.org/ 

Parliamentary supporters

 

Lord Dubs

Lord Alfred Dubs came to England as a refugee fleeing from the Nazis when they over-ran Czechoslovakia. He was first elected to parliament as a Labour politician in 1979. He has served as Director of Refugee Council, Chair of the Fabian Society, Chair of Liberty, trustee of Action Aid, and on the board of a mental health trust. In 2016 he tabled an amendment to the Immigration Act 2016 to offer unaccompanied refugee children safe passage to Britain. The scheme was abandoned in February 2017 to great disappointment by humanitarian campaigners. 

 

Caroline Lucas MP

Caroline became the Green Party's first ever UK MP when she was elected to parliament in 2010. She led the party 2008-2012 and 2016-18. She has won multiple awards including Newcomer of the Year (2010 - Spectator), Most Influential MP (Political Studies Association- 2012), and MP of the Parliamentary Term 2010-2015 (Patchwork). She was also awarded the Michael Kay Award from the RSPCA for her outstanding contribution to European animal welfare.

 

Jo Swinson MP

Jo is Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and the party's Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs. She was previously Spokesperson for Women and Equalities and is the author of Equal Power and How You Can Make it Happen - a book outlining the problems caused by gender inequality and how they can be overcome.

 

Alistair Carmichael MP

Alistair has been Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland since 2001. He is currently the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Northern Ireland and Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. He has led campaigns for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide and investment in renewable energy and the Scottish islands.

 

Robert Halfon MP

Robert has been Conservative MP for Harlow since 2010. He was previously a Minister of State for Education and now serves on the Education Committee. He has led campaigns on the cost of living, improved support at hospitals, and for better representation for trade unions. 

Dr Rupa Huq MP

Rupa has been Labour MP for Ealing Central and Acton since 2015. She is currently Shadow Home Affairs Minister and in that role has secured a review of the (lack of) transparency in the tax affairs of British overseas territories. 

Liz Saville Roberts MP

Liz was elected MP for Plaid Cymru to the seat of Dwyfor Meirionnydd in 2015. She is currently the party's Westminster group leader and spokesperson for Home Affairs, Business, Industrial Strategy, Energy, Women and Equalities. She has spearheaded a number of campaigns in parliament, most notably calling for better treatment by the justice system of victims of rape.

 

Julie Cooper MP

Julie was an English teacher before getting into politics. She was elected Labour MP for Burnley in the 2015 general election. She is now Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care.

Thangam Debbonaire MP

Thangam was elected Labour MP for Bristol West in 2015. In 2016 she became the first ever MP to hold a surgery specifically designed for people on the autism spectrum. She has led, and is involved with, a number of campaigns for better support for refugees and the homeless. She is currently Opposition Whip having previously served as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport. 

Tom Brake MP

Tom has been Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington since 1997. He is currently Lib Demo Spokesperson for European Affairs and Trade and has previously served as Chief Whip, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, and spokesperson for local government.

Andy Slaughter MP

Andy has been a Labour MP since 2005. He has been MP for Hammersmith since 2010. He is Secretary of the Britain-Palestine All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and Vice-Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East. He served as Shadow Justice Minister from 2010 to 2016.

Tommy Sheppard MP

Since 2015 Tommy has been SNP MP for Edinburgh East as well as the party's spokesperson for Scotland, the House of Lords, and the Cabinet Office. He also sits on the Scottish Affairs Committee.