2. Reasons to Vote

Amy Hirst

This year artist Amy Hirst is asking people what their reasons are for voting.

Inspired by a 105 year old pamphlet from the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies called “Some Reasons Why Working Women Want the Vote”, Amy ran a market stall at Huddersfield Open Market on Thursday 15th February 2018. She asked shoppers why they think it’s important to vote. Their reasons were really interesting and you can have a look at some of them here:

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Amy hopes to repeat this exercise later in the year – so look out for more reasons to vote, and please share your own. You can see more of Amy’s activities in this twitter moment:

Democracy in the Making – twitter moment


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Amy’s little deed for democracy, why not show people the pamphlet, spend some time talking about reasons for voting and collect some more reasons? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

1. The Democracy of Presence

Rose Condo, Friday 16th February 2018. Photo by Anthony McKeown.

At the Notwestminster 2018 PechaKucha Night, performance poet Rose Condo gave an inspiring talk about understanding her place in the world and how we all benefit from the presence of women.

A PechaKucha is a fast-paced event full of exciting speakers and topics. Each speaker talks for 6 minutes 40 seconds on a theme of their choosing, following a “20 slides for 20 seconds” format. In this special democracy-themed PechaKucha hosted by The Media Centre in Huddersfield, Rose showed just how much insight and experience you can pack into those few minutes.

Rose talked about how we need to pay attention to where women are absent, and what all people might miss by not seeing how women look at the world. She talked about what we all gain when women engage in communities, and how we can be inspired by our rich history of democratic engagement.

Rose wanted to acknowledge that she has the right to be present, to be engaged, to be here, because of the work of so many women before her.

Our thanks to Rose, and to Brent Woods at The Media Centre who recorded Rose’s ‘Democracy of Presence’ talk so that you can listen in full:

Listen to Rose’s talk


100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Rose’s talk, have a think about whether you could share your own experiences at a local community event or meeting. We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


 

100 little deeds for local democracy

suffragette badgeWe’re proud to be part of Vote 100, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave some women (and all men over 21) the right to vote.

Vote 100 is very much about deeds, not words. This important moment in our democratic heritage was the result of decades of campaigning. You’ve probably heard some of the famous stories about suffragettes, the women who decided to take direct action to get their voices heard.

But the fight for the vote wasn’t just about those well-known acts of defiance. It was also about hundreds of little acts of courage, rebellion and determination, by ordinary people who wanted to challenge their traditional roles in society.

As our contribution to Vote 100, the Kirklees Democracy Commission will be sharing 100 little deeds for local democracy throughout the year. Please get involved by doing something, however small, to celebrate democracy for everyone.

Latest little deeds

 

Get involved

For groups –  organise an event or activity to celebrate Vote 100 and we’ll help you to promote it. You can find ideas and info to help you on this website. Be part of Vote 100 

For citizens – make your mark by creating your own suffragette badge, rosette, banner or artwork and sharing a photo with us. You can tweet us @kirkdemocracy

For schools – run an activity for your class and let us know how it went. There are some Lesson plans available for key stage 2, 3 and 4.

For everyone –  we’d love to hear your ideas.

Share your little deeds

For our part, we’re organising activities throughout the year. Vote 100 in Kirklees is part of our work to turn our recommendations for Growing a stronger local democracy into action. We’re working with many other local organisations to do this, and you’re very welcome to get involved.

Keep in touch

Democracy in KirkleesMake sure you’re signed up to the Kirklees Democracy email list for all the latest news, or follow us on twitter @kirkdemocracy

You can also email us at: kirkleesdemocracy@gmail.com