Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Our new Unemployed Workers Project meets every Friday (till September) 11-2pm. Please download flyer and circulate to anyone you think will be interested  - the unemployed, community groups and anyone that could support.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Unemployed Workers Project meets this Friday, July 8 at 11am

With unemployment rising, and with fewer jobs becoming available, many people in Hackney are facing the prospect of long-term unemployment and the consequent isolation and poverty that accompanies it. As a community we have an obligation to support the unemployed, not least because in the current economic climate, none of us can feel secure.

The first meeting of our unemployed workers project will be this Friday 8 July at 11am, at the Community Hall, 8 Navarino Mansions, Dalston Lane E8 1LB.

The first session will be an open discussion about what an unemployed workers project looks like in Hackney. We will explore:
·      which support agencies and community institutions we need to approach and how to win their support
·      how to bring unemployed people together to create a voice that will be listened to
·      how to win longer term funding for a permanent unemployed workers centre in Hackney.

Lunch will be provided

The initial project will run for 13 successive Fridays, and will conclude with a conference for the unemployed.

You can help by
·      Coming along on Friday if you are unemployed
·      Sending messages of support if you are part of a community organisation prepared to work with Hackney’s unemployed
·      By cascading this email on to friends, neighbours and former colleagues who are unemployed.

Sending us your ideas for how to sustain an unemployed workers project in the borough.

Friday, July 1, 2011

No Sainsbury in Stokie!

No Sainsbury in Stokie!
Sainsbury are seeking planning permission to build an enormous new store behind Wilmer Place. With parking for 90 vehicles and a development that is five stories high (a number of ‘affordable housing’ units will be plonked on top of the superstore in an attempt to demonstrate some benefit to the community). At a time when the government is concerned about the dereliction of high streets, an enormous Sainsbury on Church Street/High Street, would suck the life out of the independent stores in the areas, including the independent food stores, the newsagents, local off licence etc.

The proposals are also a vast overdevelopment of the site, with enormous issues regarding traffic management (delivery lorries will enter the site from Church Street/Wilmer place) while a terrace of Victorian properties on the High Street (with their existing businesses) will be demolished.

The thriving village of Church Street will be devastated if this development goes ahead. Hackney Unites are supporting the community campaign to ensure that these proposals are not just rushed through against the wishes of the local population.

If you want to get involved then please attend the meeting on Wednesday 13 July at 7pm, St Mary’s Church Community Centre, Defoe Road (Church Street end) also visit

We have some leaflets to promote the meeting. If you drop us an email, then we can either send you a link to the leaflet or drop some off to you.