Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nancy's Pantry..new Dalston Restaurant..with kids in mind..







Kofi who is 7 and 3/4s visited Nancy's Pantry on Dalston Square for the first time last weekend. Here is what he thought: 

'I had a bacon sandwich which was yummy. Mummy had a breakfast with a bright white and yellow eggthat she liked so much. I liked the food it was nice and healthy. It took a long time to come though. But I got achance to look around and the indoor grass was cool! I also used use a microscope to look at pond life. I saw a worm and a bug that looked very big. I also enjoyed the muffin for dessert that had white frosting. 

I would give Nancy's Pantry 4 out of 5... The bread was a bit chewy!' 


*Kofi is available to review any other restaurant in the area.*





Friday, January 10, 2014

Mark Duggan..a Hackney Unites statement

Following the Mark Duggan inquest verdict we need to launch a civil rights movement right here in Hackney. 

Mark Duggan was unarmed when he was shot dead. He was posing no realistic threat to the armed officers who were tasked with arresting him. Immediately after his death the press printing lies about how Mark Duggan had ‘opened fire’ and shot an officer ‘in the side of the chest’. This was simply untrue, and clearly designed to create a public perception that the police acted in self-defence. The police failed to properly seal the area, and evidence was tampered with. None of the above is 'rhetoric', it is cold fact. Those of us who have been around a long time were not surprised that the inqu est verdict appeared to legitimise the killing of Mark Duggan. Over the years we have seen too many deaths in police custody, and never seen police officers held to account as a result.

We remember in particular Michael Ferreira, Vandana Patel, Oluwashiji Lapite, Sarah Thomas, Kwame Sasu Wiredu, and Colin Roach, all of whom either died in Stoke Newington Police station, or after ‘contact’ with officers from that police station. We also remember Harry Stanley who, returning home with a table leg which had been repaired for him by his brother, was shot in the head and killed by an armed response unit.

The killing of Mark Duggan was a shocking and disturbing incident. The verdict of the inquest, and the police statements subsequently imply that it was perfectly legitimate for trigger happy officers to shoot to kill. 

We contrast the killing of Mark Duggan with the professional response of armed officers outside the Woolwich barracks after the killing of Lee Rigby. In that incident, police faced with being attacked by two armed individuals who had just killed, acted in a professional manner, shooting to incapacitate and then arresting the suspects. In that case the suspects were charging at the police, in Mark Duggan’s case he was reported to be running from the police. If we need armed police, we need them to behave professionally. If Mark Duggan was a criminal, the responsibility for the police was to bring him before a court, not dispatch him to the mortuary. 

The verdict in the Mark Duggan inquest raises wider issues about institutional racism in our society.

Why did the Daily mail print lies about a dead black man (was it because they instinctively do?). Why are black boys so often systematically failed by our schools system? Why are unemployment rates so much higher for ethnic minority communities? Why are black youth more likely to be imprisoned when in similar circumstances white youth receive non-custodial sentences? Why is stop and search so often accompanied by unlawful racial profiling?

We pay taxes to fund the police service. Their role is to protect us (lets repeat that: their role is to protect us), but in our community too often it appears as if the police view the community with suspicion at best, and at worst as ‘the enemy’. The horror of this killing and its endorsement by the inquest verdict feels like a metaphor for a society in which black people’s lives are simply worth less than those of their white neighbours. 

Our community must respond and it is the responsibility of the elders to ensure that they give leadership to the young. There is massive pent up anger in our community. Without leadership, we fear that there will be a repeat of the riots of 2011, riots which harmed small businesses in our community, put lives at risk, and resulted in hundreds of young people, some with no previous records, sent to prison. Rioting is not the way forward.

Martin Luther King, while condemning riots also cautioned: ‘There is nothing more dangerous than to build a society with a large segment of people in that society who feel that they have no stake in it; who feel that that have nothing to lose. People who have stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it’.

As a community, we need to come together and devise a plan of action that reverses the current trend which sees too many of our young reaching the conclusion that they have no stake in society. This will inevitably involve struggle, with the police (to enforce a change in police attitudes to our community) with government policy (which has condemned a million young people to unemployment), with those employers who operate in our community, but fail to provide opportunities to our community.

As a community, we need to find ways to hold those in authority to account, so that they work with us to actively dismantle the barriers that exclude our youth from their rightful place in society. In short we need a civil rights movement right here in Hackney. It will not be easy, but we cannot allow the current situation to deteriorate any further.

If not us then who? If not now then when?


Please join us at the Trinity Centre tonight (Friday 10th January 7pm) 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hackney Community Celebrates Life of Nelson Mandela this Friday evening!(13th December)‏‏

HACKNEY COMMUNITY CELEBRATES THE LIFE OF NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA
Hackney Unites have come together with various community organisations in Hackney to organise a ’Nine-Night’ celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life. Through the African tradition of ‘Nine-Night’ - an extended wake – Mandela’s life will be celebrated through songs, poetry, African-drumming and performance.
This event takes place from 6pm at the Trinity Centre, Beechwood Road London, E8 3DY on Friday 13 December.
There will be a book of condolences open for signing from 5.30pm. There will also be African drumming, community singing, poetry and also be tributes from representatives of various communities in Hackney.
Co-organiser, Ngozi Fulani said: ‘Perhaps one man more than any other in the 20th and 21st Century represented the spirit of humanity and endurance. NELSON ROLIHLALA MANDELA has made that final journey along the long walk to freedom. This is an opportunity for us to come together as the Hackney community to honour Madiba!’
For those that cannot make it to the event in person but would like to send a tribute to be read or shown on the night, please send emails, video tributes and images to: ngozi.fulani@gmail.com
Notes to editor:
This event has been organised and supported by E.A.T. (Education Africa teaching (EAT), Hackney Unites, BEMA and Hackney CVS and the Trinity Centre (Dalston).
For further info contact: ngozi.fulani@gmail.com or telephone 07949 868 989
You will be also able to sign a condolence book on the following days and times:
Wednesday 11th December - Hackney CVS 10:00 to 16:00
Wednesday 11th December - Northwold Community Hall (Emashi rehearsal venue)
Thursday 12th December - Hackney CVS 10:00 to 16:00
Friday 13th December - Hackney CVS 10:00 to 16:00
Friday 13th December - Trinity Centre Dalston 17:30 to 23:30
Hackney CVS – Springfield House, 5 Tyssen St, London E8 2LY
Northwold Community Hall – 131  Upper Clapton Road, Clapton, London, E5 9SA

Trinity Centre - Beechwood Road, London, E8 3DY

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Will you help us organise our communities?‏

Our end of year round up:
  • Alerts you to a renewed threat to planning regulations in the north of the Borough
  • Notifies you of the next stage of Stokey Local’s Sainsbury’s/Wilmer Place campaign
  • Informs you of the Progress of the Dalston Futures initiative
  • Updates you on plans to hold politicians to account across the borough through ‘hustings meetings’
  • Announces plans for two new locality based initiatives (in Hoxton and in Hackney Downs)
  • Gives a call our to students or others with skills they are willing to share with the community
  • Makes an appeal for donations
  • Asks you to update your records, and
  • Encourages you to share this info with others via email, twitter and facebook.
Introduction
As we draw towards the end of a year, it is always good to look back and celebrate what has been achieved. This year we have concentrated largely on a small number of very local initiatives. We hope next year to help more communities develop local initiatives that are relevant to their area.

Planning Watch
For Hackney Unites, the year began with news of a very concerning, and divisive attempt to wrest democratic control of planning in the north of the borough from elected councillors and hand it to an unelected and unrepresentative ‘forum’.  A substantial campaign initiated by Hackney Planning Watch, one of our founder groups, alerted the community to the threat, and saw a major victory when the council instead declared a ‘Area Action Plan’ for the area (although since then we have seen no plan and precious little action since then).

Unfortunately, the problem has returned! We have been informed that a revised application for a ‘Central Stamford Hill Neighbourhood’ planning group has been submitted. As we enter the new year, we will be working closely with the community to ensure that this divisive proposal is rejected.

Stokey Local
The long running campaign against the proposed Sainsbury’s/Wilmer Place development rumbled on, with a number of wins for local people early in the year, but a shocking reversal when the council granted planning permission in August (after the developer threatened a costly appeal against an earlier rejection). The community, however, were not prepared to ‘roll over’ and put up with the heart being torn out of a conservation area, the threat to the biodiversity of Abney Park and the inevitable damage to the independent local stores. A public appeal was launched to raise £10,000 to pay for a judicial review. The money was raised and a judicial review is ongoing. The battle goes on however, as the developer has submitted a further, identical, application in an attempt to outmanoeuvre the judicial review process.

Stokey Local is a genuine grass roots community organisation, with over 70 people regularly attending meetings. You can read their latest email here: http://stokey.lc/news3 If you want to help the community in Stoke Newington, then you can sign their petition, and join them on 11 December when the latest planning application goes back to committee.

Dalston Futures
Inspired by the success of the summer’s Dalston People’s Festival, we have begun the work of putting together a local, inclusive group which is capable of bringing the community together. We used techniques we had learnt from the Stokey local campaign to bring people together, and the last meeting had 45 residents discussing how to build a powerful voice for the community. You can watch a short video of the event recorded by East London Lines, here: http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/?s=hackney+unites&x=0&y=0 

What are our plans for 2014?
Our aspirations for 2014 include organising a series of ‘hustings’ meetings in advance of the May council elections. Candidates who want our votes should make themselves available to answer our questions, and we want to use these meeting to encourage our communities to re-engage with the election process. We are actively looking for local community groups across the borough to work with us to host these meetings. If you are part of a community group that would like to play a role in empowering your community and enhancing democracy by hosting an event with local candidates, please drop us a note:hackneyunites@btinternet.com

Hoxton and 'Tech City'
Hoxton contains some of the poorest and most deprived estates in the borough. It is also host to ‘Tech City’ an amazing collection of high tech companies. The difference between the wealth, innovation and energy of tech city, and the lack of opportunity that exists on estates is an affront to decency. We want to explore how we create bridges between Tech City and the surrounding estates. We are planning an innovative project that brings together the movers and the shakers from Tech City with the community that surrounds them. We hope to get training and development opportunities, as well as a commitment to ‘skill share’ with the community so that some of that technology can be put to good use supporting the community. If you live or work in the south of the borough and are interested in getting involved in a planning meeting for this project let us know. hackneyunites@btinternet.com

Hackney Downs
With planned ‘regeneration’ on the Nightingale Estate, we have been approached to help establish a community group in Hackney Downs. Discussions to establish a community organisation (or link up existing groups) in the area are at an early stage, but if you are from the area and want to get involved, please let us know.

Student give back
We are engaged in talks with the student union at London Metropolitan University with a view to getting students living in the borough more involved in the community. Many of the students are Hackney born and bred, they are getting an education that provides them with skills that many in the community simply don’t have. We want to create an opportunity for them to ‘give a little back’ to the community that raised and nurtured them. More details to follow, but if you are a student, even if it is not at London Met, and you want to help facilitate a process by which students engage with their communities, then let us know. We need help to establish a student group committed to supporting the community.

Fundraising
None of our successes could take place without some financial resources. In the last few years Hackney Unites has relied on grants from charitable trusts, collections at events and donations from supporters. Our organisation could not function without our Andrea, our part-time organiser/project manager, but we often struggle to find the money to pay for her work. If you could make a donation, or make a series of smaller donations via regular direct debits, then you can help strengthen and support us in delivering against our objectives.

If you would like to help, you can make a donation via telephone, or on-line banking:
our account name is Hackney Unites,
Unity Trust Bank,
Sort Code 08-60-01
Account number: 20245706.

Alternatively you can write a cheque and send it to Hackney Unites C/O HCVS, 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street London, E8 2LY.

Some of our supporters help by donating a regular sum each month. If you would like to join them, you can download a standing order form from http://tinyurl.com/cjcrqqd (please complete and return to us) or you can set this up via telephone banking.

Skills share
We increasingly need volunteers, to help us turn our vision of a well organised community into a reality.
For example, we need volunteers who:
  • are prepared to put leaflet through doors
  • are willing to ask residents to give us their views of the issues that concern them.
  • have web development skills.
  • have leaflet/poster design skills
  • have experience of financial budgeting,
  • have experience of making applications to charitable trusts or other fundraising activity.
  • have skills in developing training materials,
  • are able to make short promotional films of our events (just two or three minutes long)
There is lot more help that we need, from basic admin tasks, to ‘phone banking’, if you want to get involved, please let us know what you can do, drop an email to hackneyunites@btinternet.com


Help us update our records
We want to keep you updated with the events and activity that really matters to you, so please visit http://hackneyunites.us2.list-manage2.com/profile?u=b82d5d5a7ac69045df976d76f&id=752d8a5a1d&e=[UNIQID] and update your profile.


Please tweet/facebook this newsletter
If you are on facebook or twitter, you can help us increase our reach by sending the following message/post

Hackney Unites, a community gets organised http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b82d5d5a7ac69045df976d76f&id=eb440b5771&e= Please share

Thank you

It has been a good year for Hackney Unites, lets make sure that 2014 is even better.

Thank you for your continued support.


John Page
Secretary

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dalston Futures is taking off!

More than 45 people attend Dalston meeting on community organising
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Those of you who were not at the recent 'Dalston Futures' meeting may have wondered what we got up to. Well the film crew from East London Lines who recorded the event have just pasted their story and you can view it here: bit.ly/1fnx8va

The meeting discussed the issues that Dalston people care about, and how we can build an inclusive voice that can raise community concerns in a way that cannot simply be ignored.

At the end of the meeting, everyone agreed to take ten copies of a paper based version of our survey and get these completed before the next meeting.

If you were at the meeting, then please let us know how you are getting on with getting them completed (email us on hackneyunites@btinternet.com)

If you were not at the meeting and would like a copy of the paper-based survey, please drop us an email and we will forward one to you.

In the meantime, we have been contacted both by the police and the local council, both keen to work with us. So we are already being seen as influential, a good start, but there's a lot more to do if we are to begin to be able to create change for the benefit of the community.

Next steps
We have an on-line survey please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Dalstonfutures if you would like to take part.

Our next meeting is at the Trinity Centre on Beechwood Road on Tuesday 10 December at 6.30pm (as ever we commit to finish promptly by 8pm). We will have a speaker on planning issues in Dalston and lessons learnt from the Sainsbury’s/Wilmer place campaign. But we will also discuss what we need to do to create a strong inclusive community group capable of exerting real influence over decision makers in the area.

How you can help:
We are encouraging people to register to attend the next meetinghttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Dalstonfutures

We want as many people as possible to get involved so please forward this email onto friends and neighbours. If you use twitter or facebook, then please post the following message:

Love this video of the Dalston Futures meeting: eastlondonlines.co.uk/2013/11/hackne if you want to get involved visit: surveymonkey.com/s/DalstonFutur Please RT

Inevitably this initiative has begun with just a few people, but we need more people to take on a role in helping us get organised between meetings. If you have some time, and want to get more involved, please drop an email to hackneyunites@btinternet.com

Who are Hackney Unites?
Dalston Futures is an initiative of Hackney Unites, a community coalition for social justice. We are not aligned to any political party or ideology, and work when we can with people with a wide range of political views. We believe that our communities can prosper when we work together, and that if we want to see positive change in our communities then we need to work together to make that change happen rather than leaving it to someone else.

Please forward on this email to people who may be interested. If you wan tto join our emailing list then please visit: http://eepurl.com/ETY9P


Regards


John Page
Secretary
Hackney Unites

Monday, November 18, 2013

Welcome to Dalston Futures



Last week, to our amazement over 45 local residents attended a meeting in Dalston to create a community organisation in the area.

   

The meeting discussed the issues that people care about, and how we can build an inclusive voice that can raise community concerns in a way that cannot simply be ignored.

At the end of the meeting, everyone agreed to take ten copies of a paper based version of our survey and get these completed before the next meeting. If you have completed them, you can either scan or photograph them and email them to hackneyunites@btinternet.com, post them to the address on the form, or bring them to the next meeting. If you were not at the meeting and would like a copy of the paper-based survey, please drop us an email and we will forward one to you.

Next steps
At the moment we are ‘listening’ to the community, identifying the issues that people in the area feel sufficiently concerned about to want to organise to see change. We have an on-line survey where we invite people to tell us what issues they care about and if they want to get involved. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Dalstonfutures if you would like to take part.

Our next meeting is at the Trinity Centre on Beechwood Road on Tuesday 10 December at 6.30pm (as ever we commit to finish promptly by 8pm).

How you can help:
Speak to your friends and neighbours about Dalston Futures, and how we are trying to build a community organisation and encourage them to join us on 10 December. We are encouraging people to register to attend the meeting https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Dalstonfutures

We don’t have a leaflet for the next meeting, but we will need to leaflet the area again. Indeed, in the future, we may need to collect petitions door to door, so we are trying to establish a list of supporters who will take responsibility for contacting people in their street, or block: if you can help, please register when you complete the survey.

We want as many people as possible to get involved so please forward this email onto friends and neighbours. If you use twitter or facebook, then please post the following message:

Wow, Dalston’s communities are getting organised http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=99c9b76c358ddf0210073d98f&id=ecd36f00ed&e
Please RT


More than anything, though, why not just speak to your neighbours and get them along to the next meeting?

Inevitably this initiative has begun with just a few people, but we need more people to take on a role in helping us get organised between meetings. In particular, we need people to visit local faith and community organisations and discuss what we are trying to do. If you have some time, and want to get more involved, please drop an email to hackneyunites@btinternet.com

Who are Hackney Unites?
Dalston Futures is an initiative of Hackney Unites, a community coalition for social justice, our member organisations include Hackney Planning Watch, the Black and Minority Arts Network, North East London Anti Racist Alliance, and Digs, the private sector tenants group. We are not aligned to any political party or ideology, and work when we can with people with a wide range of political views. We believe that our communities can prosper when we work together, and that if we want to see positive change in our communities then we need to work together to make that change happen rather than leaving it to someone else.

Can you help us with a regular donation?
Hackney Unites is always exploring grant funding for our projects, but in all honesty, it is never enough. We need local people to help with regular donations.

We are transforming Hackney, but we need a little help. If you would like to help, you can make a donation via telephone, or on-line banking:
our account name is Hackney Unites,
Unity Trust Bank,
Sort Code 08-60-01
Account number: 20245706.

Alternatively you can write a cheque and send it to Hackney Unites C/O HCVS, 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street London, E8 2LY.

Some of our supporters help by donating a regular sum, between £1 - £5 per month. If you would like to join them, you can download a standing order form from http://tinyurl.com/cjcrqqd
 (please complete and return to us) or set this up via telephone banking.

Many thanks for your interest; let's get our community organised!

Regards


John Page
Secretary
Hackney Unites 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dalston Futures - have your say about your area!

Please download and circulate our leaflet/poster
From shops, to schools to open-spaces the face of  Dalston is rapidly changing. In recent years many millions of pounds of public and private money has been invested in the area. But little of that money has found its way to local people.

Despite the influx of residents who can afford to live in the new developments of Dalston, some parts of the ward remain the most deprived areas of the country.

Hackney Unites is organising a new community network in Dalston – Dalston Futures. The aim is to ensure that local people have a voice and can influence the changes happening in their area. We are determined to create a strong, inclusive voice that can make a positive difference to the future of the area.

If you want to get involved in Dalston Futures then please come along to our open meeting (6.30pm Thursday 14 November, Trinity Centre Beechwood Road, London E8 3DY).

If you live in Dalston (or just want to help get this initiative up and running), then please complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DalstonFutures,  attend the next meeting  or volunteer to help with leaflet/poster distribution. You can download our leaflet here – please display it in your area.

To sign up and receive Dalston Futures regular emails visit: http://eepurl.com/ETY9P