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WE CAN SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT FOR PRACTICAL POLITICS IN MANY WAYS!

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Workers Education Association

Workers Education Association

A better world - equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society.

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Democracy Matters is not only an alliance for civil society organisations, it is a community too!

Join us to connect with other like-minded people and strengthen our commitment to a better future through participation in practical politics.

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Democratic Life

Democratic Life

A coalition of organisations and individuals in the UK seeking to strengthen and extend young people's entitlement to high quality citizenship education in England.

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Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Sheila McKechnie Foundation

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) is here to support individuals, groups and communities to have the skills and confidence to speak up and take effective action on issues that matter to them. We do this by connecting, informing and supporting campaigners.

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Parliament Week

Parliament Week

Parliament Week is a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy.

Parliament Week 2013 will run from 15-21 November.

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For an effective democracy, political literacy is just as important as the ability to read and write. What does Practical Politics mean to you?

For democracy to be real, people need to know how the system works, how to influence decisions and be able to exercise power.

People need to be able to develop their confidence, skills and voice to be effective citizens and take part in democratic politics at all levels.

Our aim is to promote practical political education and participation, particularly among people with least power in society, to create a more inclusive and effective democracy. We believe that practical political skills of campaigning, community action and organising are essential for a healthy democracy and should be as widely available as business studies, law or literacy within main stream adult, community, further and higher education.

We are an informal alliance of over 30 civil society organisations and education providers with extensive networks across the UK, run entirely by volunteers.

We do not take sides on any issue or political party, other than to campaign for more accessible practical political education.

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MEMBERS’ CORNER
A message from our alliance members (rotating monthly)
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    Bite The Ballot

    Scott Craig
    Head of Partnerships, Bite the Ballot CIC

    Bite the Ballot is an organisation working to re-brand politics to make it appealing to young people, giving them the confidence to share their opinion in the political arena. We want young people to know that their vote counts, that what they have to say matters and should be listened to, and that one person, one vote and one generation really can make a difference.

    Rock Enrol
    Our ‘Rock Enrol’ programme, launched last autumn, saw us work with twenty schools and colleges to connect the world of politics with everyday life and get across the importance of being registered to vote. The pilot registered over 4000 young people; most of whom didn’t even know that the electoral register existed and the impact it has on their lives.

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From our Practical Politics Blog

Does the Guardian care more about fashion than North Korea?

Jonathan Freedland’s eloquent Comment on North Korea (DPRK) in the Guardian (20 Feb) implies there is nothing we can do …

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Why can’t political news be more like cookery?

Last week the Guardian published a short guide to action on an issue in the news, to end female genital …

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Why the Lobbying Act increases inequality of influence (and what to do about it)

The new Lobbying Act is one of those futile laws which fails to address the real problem and creates a mess …

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