Today in radical history: Third World First launched, 1970

International solidarity organization Third World First was officially launched on this day in 1970.

The organization was founded in 1969 by a group of students at Oxford University, supported by NGOs including Oxfam. In 1997, the network voted to change the name to People & Planet.

Third World First was set up in 1969 to raise money for overseas aid. It didn’t take long for them to realise that raising awareness and campaigning are essential in achieving widespread long term change, and they shifted our focus to reflect that.

People & Planet now works to educate and empower students to take effective action on the root causes of social and environmental injustice, working together democratically.

They mainly campaign around supporting workers in the developing world against poverty wages oppressive conditions and repression… ethical trading, better medical and welfare for people in developing countries… climat change, and much more…

Third World First was instrumental in setting up the magazine, The Internationalist which was later reincarnated as the now popular activist-magazine, The New Internationalist.

Visit the groups’s site at: http://peopleandplanet.org/

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