In this unit, we've looked at how people have tried to change the law in the UK. The stories of the WASPI women and the campaign for cash payments to asylum seekers show how campaigns can start small whilst having big aims. They also demonstrate the importance of building alliances between different organisations who might be able to help and how it's possible to get the support of politicians. Together, this helped the campaigns we've looked at in this unit grow from being local campaigns to national campaigns involving thousands of people.
In this activity, think about the stories you've heard in the unit and try and answer the questions about how people can try and change laws they think are unfair or unjust.
start small, think big
It can sometimes be hard to know where to start. Think of something big you'd like to see change. What's the first thing you might do to bring it about?
Finding other groups who care about the same issue as you can help build your campaign. Which kinds of organisations might be willing to help in a campaign?
get politicians to help
Sometimes, elected officials are willing to help. Who is your local Member of Parliament? How would you contact them?
from local to national
As campaigns grow, they can grow to involve people outside your local area who share your concerns What would help to turn a local campaign into a national campaign?
Think of one law you want to change and why this is important to you. Try and illustrate this with images – either photos or your own drawings.
Think about ... What are the main rights you have in the law in the UK that are important to you?