Personal Stories: an interview with local activist Nick Smith part 3

Here is part three of the interview I gave to Helen Graham on 15th March 2012 (part one and part two).

In this part I discuss the politics of working with people with learning disabilities, getting involved in the York activist scene (in particular York Stop the Cuts), the University of York occupation in December 2010, consensus decision making, solidarity and pacifism.

To listen click the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/nicksmith1982/nick-smith-yah-interview-part3

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Personal Stories: an interview with local activist Nick Smith part 2

Here is part two of the interview I gave to Helen Graham as part of York’s Alternative History’s project to collect stories of local activists (part one is here).

In this part I discuss my experiences of class at Bournemouth University, protesting against student fees, getting involved in Buddhism and the Free Tibet movement, the late ’90s – early ’00s anti-globalisation movement as well as travelling to Belgrade, my involvement in the underground music scene and living as an archaeologist.

To listen please click on the link below…

http://soundcloud.com/nicksmith1982/nick-smith-yah-interview-part-2

Personal Stories: an interview with local activist Nick Smith part 1

Helen Graham interviewed me as part of our project to collect and document the stories of local activists.  The interview took place on the (very wet) evening of 15th March 2012 in the York Arms pub.  The full interview came to nearly 2 hours long, so I have edited it down into smaller installments which will be posted here over the next few weeks and months.

This is part one, where I discuss how I became interested in politics as a teenager.  Includes my thoughts on how my hometown (Bedworth, Warwickshire), music, my A-level history teacher and the Socialist Workers Party influenced my developing political, moral and ethical values from socialism to pacifism, vegetarianism and anarchism.

To listen to the interview please click on the link below…

Nick Smith’s YAH interview part 1