Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hackney Unites - update


On Wednesday of last week we took delivery of 25,000 copies of the latest Hackney Unites tabloid newspaper. In a remarkable week we have already distributed 18,000 of these. However, we still need some additional help to complete the distribution.

The paper celebrates our community’s coming together in response to the recent riot, but also promotes efforts by our communities to organise in a way that gives us some power to shape our lives and future. Examples of initiatives featured in the paper include: the Borough of Sanctuary project http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/hackney, the campaign to re-open the Haggerston pool: http://www.haggerstonpool.com/ and the stokey local campaign which is seeking to defend the local economy from the devastation that a proposed Sainsbury development would cause http://stokeylocal.org.uk/

We need a final push to distribute these papers. If you can help (even if it is just 300 in your street and a neighbouring street, or through community, faith or commercial outlets) please email hackneyunites@btinternet.com. Let us know your address (so we can drop the papers off) a phone number and the streets you can distribute in (so that we can avoid any risk of duplication).

Upcoming events.

Please also help us promote the following events through cascading this email onto your own networks.

Sunday 26 September

As part of the Uprise anti-racist festival we are hosting an informal discussion on how we challenge racism in the coming 12 months. There will be contributions from the HOPE not hate campaign, from the borough of sanctuary initiative, and a discussion on how we organise in advance of the 2012 GLA elections to maximise voter participation. We will be at the Studio in the Arcola Theatre from 2pm to 4pm. But check out the festival and ensure you enjoy this day long celebration of multiculturalism: http://uprise.org.uk/ taking place across Dalston.

You can help by promoting this event to your friends and posting the link above on your facebook page

Wednesday 26 October

The unemployed workers project (which meets every Friday between 11am and 2pm at the tenants room, Navarino Mansions on Dalston Lane) is organising an unemployed workers conference on the 26 October. For more details or if you want to attend the conference please visit: http://huuwp-eorg.eventbrite.com/

You can help by volunteering to leaflet outside one of the Job centres for an hour over the next few weeks, and by cascading this email onto people you know who are unemployed or qwho work with the unemployed and inviting them to attend the weekly sessions or the conference.

Sunday 30 October

The CLR James legacy project http://www.clrjameslegacyproject.org.uk/ is celebrating the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest advocates for social justice with a meeting at the Open the Gate Cultural Centre. Although speakers have yet to be announced it is highly likely that this event will be oversubscribed. So if you want to attend, please sign up http://clrjameslegacy.eventbrite.com/. If you have any reminiscences of CLR James, or can contribute to the website, please let us know.Please also cascade details of this event onto your networks.

CSV Young Hackney Volunteers

Finally, a big thank you to the Young Hackney Volunteers Project whose members came out and helped deliver our paper in the Stoke Newington area over the weekend. These young people are the future of our community and we are proud to have worked alongside them. If you can promote their work please do:

'CSV Young Hackney Volunteers is a new youth-focused programme funded by Hackney Youth Services, which encourage and support young people in Hackney aged 13-19 (up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities) to volunteer across Hackney in a variety of ways. Opportunities may range from football coaching to photography and befriending to fundraising just to name but a few.

By offering accreditation and training opportunities volunteering for young people can be worthwhile and provide useful transferable skills for the future. The programme works to recruit and place volunteers as well as offering the support and know how to groups or organizations to help develop their own volunteering initiatives.

Interested? Want more information or to get involved? Get in contact 020 8510 4900'

Help us build our network,

please forward this email on to others who you think will be interested.

Hackney Unites is a coaltion for social justice, if you are not already on our mailing list, you can sign up on-line (http://eepurl.com/bPJDH) to receive regular updates.

Many thanks

John Page


Hackney Unites

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