The campaigners

The voices of those working on the front line to challenge the poverty narrative. Read, listen and get involved!

Mark Brown

Mark Brown

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Mark is a UK-based mental health campaigner and writer who has experienced poverty at various times in his life.

He talks to us about the pervasive myths surrounding poverty and the multi-level impact of being poor – including the erosion of hope and opportunity.

Mark’s profile on Social Spider is here

Follow Mark on Twitter at @markoneinfour

We have to shift the narrative. But you can’t do that without shifting the narrators
— Rev Dr William Barber

Poor people’s campaign:
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The Poor People's Campaign, which has been building up steam across the US during 2018 with non-violent protests and other activity, has placed changing the narrative around poverty as part of its core mission. Project Twist-It met with a number of those involved. 

Joyce Brody, Sheilah Garland and Lenny Brody.

Joyce Brody, Sheilah Garland and Lenny Brody.


Chicago-based grassroots organisers with the Poor People's Campaign: Joyce Brody, Sheilah Garland and Lenny Brody. They talk to Project Twist-It about the movement to end poverty and to change the narrative in the US, and also how the Poor People’s Campaign and its volunteers are working across the country to help achieve it.

Linda Tirado, best-selling author of   Hand to Mouth

Linda Tirado, best-selling author of
Hand to Mouth

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A powerful storyteller and coming from a place of living in a society where low-wage workers battle each day just to get by, Linda's unparalleled voice shines a brilliant spotlight on the reality of life in Bootstrap America.

Harry Leslie Smith, 1923–2018

Harry Leslie Smith, 1923–2018


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Harry Leslie Smith grew up in poverty before serving in the RAF in the 2nd World War.

We were lucky enough to speak with Harry before he died at the end of 2018.

He was a one-of-a-kind writer and anti-poverty advocate.


In this short video interview Kwame talks about why the distance created between people can isolate those in poverty and reduce empathy. A masters student at the London School of Economics and a filmmaker, Kwame is interested in how we tell our stories and how to break down the distance and barriers between individuals and communities.