There is the well known phrase, 'knowledge is power' and I believe it is true. There are many sh*t things going on all over the world, many causes that need fighting. But how is it when around 1 billion people on the planet starve, around 1 billion suffer from disorders of over-eating. This is a wrong balance. Global warming threatens our (and many other species) existence and our political leaders argue over who stole whos policies. Why do we not react en-mass? I believe the key is knowledge. To me this means media activism is vital. I'm reading Ursula Le Guin's collected Earthsea trilogy and there is a phrase in the book that states this better than I ever will:
"...need alone is not enough to set power free: there must be knowledge."
With that in mind, a couple of local media project I think deserve support:
Gagged! - The Gwent based news project. They are having a benefit on the 3rd November.
The Bath Bomb - "Bath's Radicalest Tabloid!" a great new newsheet onto it's third issue.
And, of course, Bristol Indymedia and Bristle - not to mention all the bloggers out there! (see links bar on the right!).