The 2015 Guide to Ethical Christmas Shopping

Confession: I used to positively recoil at the thought of “ethical clothing”. I was sure that the deadly term meant itchy hemp, year-long autumnal hues and baggy linen trousers that were doomed to fray at the seems. Well, I’m glad to report that my fears were unfounded and that because activism is no longer aContinue reading “The 2015 Guide to Ethical Christmas Shopping”

Suffragette

The woman wanderer goes forth to seek the Land of Freedom. “How am I to get there?” Reason answers: “here is one way, and one only. Down the banks of Labour, through the water of suffering. There is no other.” The woman cries out: “For what do I go to this far land which noContinue reading “Suffragette”

What is your dream?

HAPPY WEDNESDAY NIGHT! With just a few days before the 63rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, I’ve been thinking a lot about dreams and the profound impact they make on us and on our world. Actually, this month at No More Traffik we launched a campaign to celebrate dreams.Continue reading “What is your dream?”

On putting out fires and throwing out dead leaves

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve turned away from engaging some conversations in which the dominant opinion is one I disagree with. It has felt a little strange. The issues being discussed were things that I feel strongly about, that get my heart beating a little bit faster (so to be clear: I’m not talking about differences of opinion onContinue reading “On putting out fires and throwing out dead leaves”

AWARENESS in the anti-trafficking field

Myria Vassiliadou, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, has been in Belfast over the past couple of days. She was part of a think-tank with local NGOs yesterday, attended a dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of Belfast last night, and then spent this morning with NI stakeholders. It was great to hear about and discuss theContinue reading “AWARENESS in the anti-trafficking field”

Rio, part 1.

Annnd we’re back! Blogosphere, I have neglected you, and I’m sorry. My last two posts were snippets of guest posts so they don’t even really count! But what better way to get back up on that horse than to blog about one of my most amazing experiences of my life so far…a trip to RIOContinue reading “Rio, part 1.”

Time is a funny thing

“I WISH IT NEED NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN MY TIME,” SAID FRODO. “SO DO I,” SAID GANDALF, “AND SO DO ALL WHO LIVE TO SEE SUCH TIMES. BUT THAT IS NOT FOR THEM TO DECIDE. ALL WE HAVE TO DECIDE IS WHAT TO DO WITH THE TIME THAT IS GIVEN US.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship ofContinue reading “Time is a funny thing”