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Marcia Rigg’s fight for justice comes to Goldsmiths

Marcia Rigg’s fight for justice comes to Goldsmiths

“I don’t think we’ll ever get full justice”, Marcia Rigg says. “But I really want to try and make a difference – and for there to be some changes.” Being an activist is something Marcia never planned on. However, following the death of her brother Sean whilst in police custody in…

Raising money for deafblind children: 15 marathons in 15 months

Raising money for deafblind children: 15 marathons in 15 months

A woman from Hackney has taken on the challenge of a lifetime to run 15 marathons in 15 months. Kerry Whitney – a receptionist at a school for children with special needs in Hackney – was inspired to undergo the challenge by the children she sees every day. Speaking to…

Ex-offender turns life around with new charity

Ex-offender turns life around with new charity

A young ex-offender has turned his life around by launching a charity to help and inspire young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across Croydon. Scott Valero, now 22, faced an uncertain future when he given a 20-month sentence for his involvement in the London riots in the summer of 2011, aged 19.…

A War of Ideas: The danger of the Counter-Terror Bill

A War of Ideas: The danger of the Counter-Terror Bill

Eastlondonlines reporter Muna Fadhil on the events in Paris and the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill. When I was told that I had been awarded a scholarship to study in London for a year I was relieved to escape the inferno that Iraq has become. I was looking forward to not…

Young cancer survivor has bright start to New Year

Young cancer survivor has bright start to New Year

A four-year-old girl from New Cross has celebrated the New Year with a Little Star Award for her bravery in battling cancer. Phoebe Seabright, who is now free of the disease thanks to life-saving treatment, was presented the award by Cancer Research UK in partnership with TK Maxx. The awards recognise…

Croydon’s Ben Haenow tops the festive week charts

Croydon’s Ben Haenow tops the festive week charts

Croydon’s X Factor winner Ben Haenow has won the battle for this year’s Christmas number one. The 29-year-old’s single Something I Need had combined chart sales of over 214,000 and is now the second-fastest selling single of the year, behind Band Aid 30’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?, which shifted…

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

X Factor’s Ben Haenow gives homecoming performance

The nation’s favourite Croydon van driver came home last night to give fans a special performance and rally even more support before the X Factor final this weekend. Crowds of at least 600 Ben Haenow fans braved the wind and rain outside Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre yesterday evening to hear the…

Angela Davis on racism, feminism and Beyoncé

Angela Davis on racism, feminism and Beyoncé

Leading radical academic and feminist Professor Angela Davis, visited Goldsmiths, from which she holds an honorary degree, last week for the renaming of a building in honour of the late Stuart Hall. She talked to Alice Harrold and Olivia Blair.  Angela Davis has had a long journey from a childhood in segregated…

This generation’s Orwell? Owen Jones meets ELL

This generation’s Orwell? Owen Jones meets ELL

Owen Jones admits that he never intended to be a writer. Yet since he graduated from Oxford in 2005, he has produced two books, “Chavs” and “The Establishment”, that to some has made him the spokesperson of Generation Y. And for Russell Brand – that other vociferous anti-establishment figure –…

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Last year she was named “Young Star” at The Women of the Future Awards. Since then she has climbed Mount Snowdon, been listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women of 2014 and spent another year developing her widely renowned organisation, Lives Not Knives. At 21 years old, Eliza Rebeiro has…