During the MovementsRethink event, special guest blogger Jessica Horn reports. This is the first blogpost in the series.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, so begins Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities. Although evoking the moment of the French Revolution, Dickens’ words could well have been describing our contemporary era. At the start of the twenty-first century we are once again in a “movement moment”, arguably not seen at this scale since the anti-colonial, anti-dictatorial, anti-war and women’s movements emerging across the global South and North in 1960s and 1970s. From the popular uprisings to oust unrepresentative regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, to youth-led activism for democracy in Senegal, to growing protests in Brazil questioning economic disparity and state expenditure on the FIFA World Cup and around the commercialization of public green space in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, to the recently commemorated 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s catalytic I Have a Dream at the March on Washington.