Thursday, February 23, 2012

A meeting and a newspaper‏

Hackney Unites is working closely with the group: ‘Together for Transport’ and are holding a meeting next Tuesday 28 February at the Homerton Library from 6.30pm. The idea is to create a rail users’ group for the borough’s train passengers. With threats of ever higher fares and proposals to cut ticket offices it is essential that rail users find a voice. Please attend this meeting if you can, and if you are on facebook please share the event page:

Mobilising our community
Hackney Unites began life as ‘Hackney Unites against the BNP’ and we have not forgotten our roots. With the Mayoral and Greater London Assembly elections in May, we are working on the latest edition of our community newsletter. Already we have promises of articles from a wide range of community groups keen to showcase the best of Hackney. However, this paper is not just about celebrating Hackney, it is also about mobilising our community. At the last GLA election the racist, homophobic and sexist British National Party got a candidate elected to represent London (i.e. us). The proportional representation system means they need just 5% of all votes cast to win a seat. Last time they won just over 5% of all votes past and one of their candidates became a Greater London Assembly member. We are working with the campaign organisation HOPE not hate to encourage voters to participate in the election and make it harder for the BNP.

You can help in several ways
1)      If you have something to share with the community, please consider writing a short piece for the paper. The copy date is 29 February, so if you have not done so, please register your interest
2)      We are planning a ‘Hackney Speaks Up’ initiative. Why not send us a quote about why you will be voting in the May election (not who you will be voting for, but the issues that motivate you to vote). We will be publicising these.
3)      We need volunteers across the borough to help distribute the paper. If you can help cover a few streets in your ward, or would like some for your church, or other community organisation, then please email

Please forward this message on to anyone within our communities in Hackney who may wish to support either of these initiatives.

Hackney Unites is a coalition for social justice, if you are not already on our mailing list, you can sign up on-line (  to receive regular updates.

Many thanks

John Page

Hackney Unites

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