Books that Deal with Important Social Issues

Social Summer

Racial Discrimination

  1. Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto- Jinthana Haritaworn
  2. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration- Isabel Wilkerson
  3. Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City- Tanya Talaga
  4. The New Jim Crows: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colour-blindness- Michelle Alexander
  5. Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present- Robyn Maynard
  6. Natives- Akala
  7. So You Wany to Talk About Race- Ijeoma Oluo
  8. Making of the Black Working Class in Britain- Ron Ramdin
  9. How to Be an Antiracist- Ibram X. Kendi
  10. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
  11. Between the World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates
  12. The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas
  13. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism- Robin DiAngelo
  14. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You- Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  15. My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women- Lyse Doucet

LGBTQ+ Discrimination

  1. Queering Urban Justuce: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto- Jinthana Haritaworn
  2. Good As You- Pail Flynn
  3. We Are Everywhere: Protests, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation- Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
  4. How we Fight for Our Lives- Saeed Jones
  5. We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir- Samra Habib
  6. Queer Intention- A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTG+ Culture- Amelia Abraham
  7. Trans Britain: Our Journey From The Shadows- Christine Burns
  8. The Stonewall Reader- The New York Public Library, Jason Baumann and Edmund White
  9. The Argonauts- Maggie Nelson
  10. Tomorrow Will Be Different- Sarah McBride
  11. A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns- Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
  12. The Book of Pride- Mason Funk
  13. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches- Audre Lorde

 Gender Discrimination

  1. Invisible Women: Exposing the Gender Bias Women Face Every Day- Caroline Criado-Perez
  2. Men Who Hate Women- Laura Bates
  3. Women, Race and Class- Angela Davis
  4. The Authority Gap- Mary Ann Sieghart
  5. Men Explain Things to Me- Rebecca Solnit
  6. The Cost of Sexism- Linda Scott
  7. Enough: The Violence Against Women and How to End It- Harriet Johnson
  8. Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women White Feminists Forgot- Mikki Kendall
  9. Everyday Sexism- Laura Bates
  10. The Guilty Feminist- Deborah Frances-White
  11. The Vindication of the Rights of Woman- Mary Wollstonecraft
  12. A Room of One’s Own- Virginia Woolf
  13. Feminism is for Everybody- Bell Hooks
  14. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches- Audre Lorde
  15. This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition- Cherríe Moraga
  16. We Should All Be Feminists- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  17. Bad Feminist- Roxane Gay
  18. Girl Up- Laura Bates
  19. Women and Power- Professor Mary Beard
  20. Motherhood: Feminism’s Unfinished Business- Eliane Glaser

The Environment and Climate Change

  1. How to Give Up Plastic- Will McCallum
  2. Storming the Wall-Todd Miller
  3. Small is Beautiful- Ernst T Schumacher
  4. All We Can Save- Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katherine K Wilkinson
  5. The Unhabitable Earth: Life After Warming- David Wallace-Wells
  6. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants- Robin Wall Kimmerer
  7. Net Zero: How We Can Stop Climate Change- Dieter Helm
  8. The Future We Choose- Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac
  9. Living Planet- Sir David Attenborough
  10. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference- Greta Thunberg
  11. The Sixth Extinction- Elizabeth Kolbert
  12. There is No Planet B- Mike Berners-Lee
  13. The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide- Jen Gale
  14. What We Need to do Now: for a Zero Carbon Future- Chris Goodall

Universal Children’s Day

World Children’s Day started way back in 1954 as “Universal Children’s Day” and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights. We use this day to celebrate the development of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and improving the lives of young people right across the world.

Cardiff Youth Council want to make you more aware of the impact and significance of these days and how the UNCRC has improved the lives of children and young people across the world.

The World is not perfect…but the welfare for young people right across the world has improved. The amount of young people feeling safe has improved. The amount of provision and access to youth services has improved. Most importantly “Children and young people have a voice and a choice in decisions that affect them” – (Article 12 UNCRC).

There is still more that can be done. There are always ways to improve and reach more young people improving their lives and providing more opportunities. Today we celebrate all our achievements and the developments towards a brighter future for all children and young people and we ask you to take one small step in reaching that goal. Lets all raise awareness of Universal Children’s Day.

Kyle: Cardiff Youth Council Member

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Welsh Youth Parliament Elections

The Welsh Youth Parliament supports the voice of young people in Wales, on the issues you care about, at a national level.

If you’re 11 and up to 18 years old, and go to school or college in Wales, then register to vote today – so you can decide who represents you in the Welsh Youth Parliament.

60 young people aged 11 – 18 will become Welsh Youth Parliament Members. You’ll elect 40 of them by voting in the election in November 2021. You can discover all the candidates and vote for the candidate you want to represent you via the Welsh Youth Parliament Website. To be able to vote in the Welsh Youth Parliament elections you’ll have to register first.

Registration is online and takes less than 5 minutes.

You have until 5pm on 12 November 2021 to register. Don’t miss out


From the 18 October 2021 you’ll be able to see all the candidates who are standing to be a Welsh Youth Parliament Member where you live.

You’ll be able to read their bio and decide which one you think represents how you think and feel about the issues you care about. Vote for who you want to represent you in the Welsh Youth Parliament.

If you have registered to vote by 29 October you’ll receive an email on 1 November with instructions on how to vote.

If you register between 29 October – 12 November you’ll receive your email instructions on 15 November.

You can vote online anytime between 1 November 2021 and 22 November 2021.

Be part of your future and register to vote: Nominations (

Find your Candidates here: Candidates (

CYC General Meeting and Elections

This evening CYC had their General Meeting on Churchill Way’s new, but temporary, grassy knoll installed as part of the Child Friendly City’s Summer of Smiles.

5 candidates put themselves forward to stand as the new Chair and Vice Chair of CYC and each answered questions put to them by other CYC members. The candidates were:

Saffron Pellow

Martha Templeman-Lilley

Mia John

Eshaan Rajesh

Logan Colis

Congratulations to all of them, voting is now open and the results will be announced on Monday 19th July – Good luck all!!!!

One Planet Cardiff

One Planet Cardiff is the Council’s plan to become a green and sustainable city over the next ten years and to become carbon neutral by 2030, in answer to the climate emergency. More can be read here – Cardiff residents called on to join the ‘One Planet’ challenge (

Cardiff Youth Council (CYC) has 2 members who sit on the One Planet Cardiff Steering board which is chaired by the leader of the council, Cllr Huw Thomas. A draft strategy has been created and can be seen here – OPC vision document 2020 ENGLISH.pdf (

In order to support the members of CYC that sit on the One Planet Cardiff board and to ensure the young people have the opportunity to shape the strategy, a working group was formed by other members from CYC. This group undertook an exercise where they discussed what they believed are the important issues to young people and set out the topics and challenges into a table which was then cross referenced to the draft strategy (see above). They identified a number of things that were not in the draft strategy and the primary one, according to the group, was that there is nothing in the current draft strategy about education. The young people felt it was essential that procedures were put in place that ensured that children, young people, adults and businesses all received education around the topic of carbon reduction and climate change, especially what they can do to mitigate it.

In addition to looking at the strategy from a young person’s perspective and identifying what changes they believe need to be put in place to make Cardiff a carbon neutral city by 2030, the group also ran a consultation with other young people across Cardiff, in the form of a questionnaire on Microsoft Forms. The questionnaire was sent out to CYC members, youth groups, local schools, EOTAS provision and shared with the Council’s Education Department in order to garner a wide range of a responses. The group have created a report of the work they have undertaken and the report can be downloaded below.

EOTAS Lead Officer Interviews

Zahara, a CYC member, and two young people from Bryn Y Deryn recently sat on a young person’s panel for the role of EOTAS Lead Officer. The person successful in getting the role would oversee the delivery of the Educated Other Than At School (EOTAS) Programme, which includes ACT, Bryn Y Deryn and Cardiff and Vale College. There were two rounds of interviews for the post. The main interview panel agreed with the young person’s panel’s recommendations after the first round of interviews, but didn’t feel that they could appoint anyone and that it should be sent out again. After the second round of interviews, the young person and main interview panels held almost identical views on the candidates, with the young person’s recommendation for the role also being chosen by the main panel and subsequently offered the job.

Cyfweliadau Prif Swyddog EOTAS

Eisteddodd, Zahara, aelod o CIC, a dau berson ifanc o Fryn Y Deryn ar banel pobl ifanc am y rôl Prif Swyddog EOTAS. Cyfrifoldeb yr unigolyn fydd yn llwyddiannus yn y cyfweliadau bydd i oruwchwilio’r Prosiect Derbyn Addysg Heblaw yn yr Ysgol (EOTAS), sy’n cynnwys ACT, Bryn Y Deryn a Coleg Caerdydd a’r Fro. Bu cyfweliadau ddwywaith am y rôl. Cytunodd y prif banel gyda awgrymiadau’r panel pobl ifanc ar ôl y cyfweliadau cyntaf, ond nid oeddent yn teimlo bod unrhwyun yn deilwng, felly ail-hysbyswyd y swydd. Ar ôl yr ail rownd o gyfweliadau, roedd y ddau banel bron yn hollol gytun ynglun a’r ymgesiwyr, gyda dewis y panel pobl ifanc am y swydd yn llwyddiannus.

Covid-19 Memorial Day

Cardiff Youth Council share their support and respect for all those lost during the first year of the pandemic by wearing yellow at their Executive meeting.

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Cardiff Youth Council Exec Team

RED Subgroup meet with Paul Orders

Shivam, the chair of the Race, Equality and Diversity (RED) Subgroup, met with Chief Executive Paul Orders to discuss the possibility of conducting an audit with Council employees and managers, to ascertain their awareness around the issue of unconscious bias and whether more training needs to be made available to Council employees. Shivam and Paul had a lengthy discussion around the issue and what the Council was doing to help ensure its workforce was becoming more diverse, including getting more BAME representation in upper-management positions. Paul agreed for the survey to be sent out to upper-management within the Council. Shivam will be meeting with Sian Sanders to discuss this in more detail.

Cyfarfod Is-grŵp HCA gyda Paul Orders

Bu cyfarfod rhwng Shivam, cadeirydd Is-grŵp Hil, Cydraddoldeb ac Amrywiaeth (HCA), a’r Prif Weithredwr Paul Orders i drafod y posibilrwydd o ymgymryd a archwiliad gyda rheolwyr a gweithwyr y Cyngor, i ddarganfod eu ymwybyddiaeth o’r pwnc rhagfarn anymwybodol ac os oes angen hyfforddiant pellach ar weithwyr y Cyngor. Cafwyd trafodaeth dwys rhwng Shivam a Paul am y pwnc, gan gynnwys beth roedd y Cyngor yn gwneud i sicrhau bod mwy o amrywiaeth ymysg eu gweithwyr, yn ogystal a gwneud yn siŵr bod mwy o unigolion BAME yn gallu cyrraedd safleoedd uwch-rheolaeth. Cytunodd Paul i ddanfon yr archwiliad i’r uwch-rheolwyr o fewn y Cyngor. Bydd Shivam yn cwrdd gyda Sian Sanders i drafod hyn mewn mwy o fanylder.