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Shay Leighton

I’ve been involved in politics, protest and community organising in one form or another for as long as I can remember. Most of the time is was spent organising small activist groups into street level campaigning and protest teams, or building community organisation to address gaps in health or political coverage such as Tough Guy Book Club, a men’s book club organisation that focuses on encouraging reading, building comradery, fighting isolation, and improving mental health. I’m a regular face at protests and picket lines, or loudly debriefing about them at the pub afterwards.

I believe in empowering people to make collective based change in their community.

I’m currently an industrial organiser for the Finance Sector Union with a focus on building resilient, knowledgeable activists in the dehumanising grind of call centres.

“If you walk through life and don’t help anybody, you haven’t had much of a life” – Fred Hampton