Thursday, September 13, 2012

Change the world, save Stokey and Inspire Hackney‏

This email alerts you to two local events: a round table discussion on Fairtrade and the influence our spending choices can have, and the Inspire Hackney event on 22 September, and it also urges you to support the Stokey Local Campaign against an over-development of the Wilmer Place car park in Stoke Newington

Can Your Shopping Basket Change the World?

Stoke Newington Town Hall, 26th September from 8pm - 10pm.

Hackney Fairtrade Steering Group are hosting a very special Question Time-style debate chaired by BBC newsreader and journalist George Alagiah.

Figures from the world of politics, business and the local food movement will debate and answer questions from the audience about how the way we shop can affect the lives of people across the world.

· Is it necessary for us to pay more to shop ethically?

· Does supporting overseas producers come at a cost to local producers?

· What difference does it make where and how we shop?

A panel featuring the following guests will aim to answer these, and many more, questions from local residents:

· George Alagiah, Chair

· Diane Abbott MP

· Julie Brown, Chair of Growing Communities

· Kate Bull, Founder of the People's Supermarket

· Professor Giles Oldroyd

· John Page, Hackney Unites

The event is free and open to all members of the public, so please do come and contribute to the debate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cllr Daniel Stevens, Chair of the Hackney Fairtrade Steering Group, at

Can we save Stoke Newington from over-development?
Last year, Hackney Unites supported the zombie parade that drew attention to plans to build a Sainsbury superstore on the sight of Wilmer Place car park. The proposals still involve building a housing estate on top of a supermarket and will overshadow Abney Park Cemetery and impinge on a conservation area. Commercially, the impact of yet another huge supermarket would be to suck the lifeblood out of the numerous local independent stores in the area.

The campaign group Stokey Local have been keeping up the pressure to preserve the local economy and resist the development, but a planning proposal has now been submitted. They have produced a detailed guidance to objecting to the proposals, so if you live, work or visit Stoke Newington, please consider whether you wish to object to the proposal: full details from

Inspire Hackney
It is just a little over a week to go to Inspire Hackney, a community conference called by Hackney Unites (from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday 22 September). There will be over a dozen stalls from community groups and eight sessions (some running in parallel) including, speakers, debate and workshops on some key issues affecting our communities. We have also set time aside for the all important networking that allows us time to meet others with similar concerns and aspirations for the area. If you have not booked your ticket perhaps you should do so now? Full details from

The event is free, but places are limited, so please book up and encourage others to attend.

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Many thanks

John Page
Hackney Unites

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