HGP Greenvine - 31 July 2020

Hackney Green Party
Good morning and Eid Mubarak! 🖐

Welcome to another edition of the Hackney Green Party weekly newsletter. 

The Green Party has grassroots democracy at its heart – and every two years our members have the chance to directly elect our leadership team and executive. Elections have now started for a new team and you can view hustings events and read about all our candidates below.

More next week

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/

To sign up to get this newsletter in your inbox each week visit: www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine 


Hackney Campaigns

Sistah Space - Update

The domestic violence charity Sistah Space continues to be in conflict with Hackney Council over their premises.

We are concerned about the stress that this issue has had on the organisation and its ability to support vulnerable women of African and Carribean heritage. 

We have expressed these concerns with another joint letter with the Womens Equality Party and Hackney LibDems which you can read here.
https://twitter.com/hackneygreens/status/1288398397939097605

And read more about it here:
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/07/29/cross-party-made-safeguard-future-domestic-violence-charity-sistah-space/

A petition to extend their tenancy has been started here
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/extend-dv-specialist-sistah-space-s-hackney-tenancy-until-march-31st

Preventing a Climate and Ecological Catastrophe

We have posted a comprehensive list of actions that Hackeny Council must take to tackle the Climate Crisis, you can read the full list here.

Call for Cancellation of Covid Rent Arrears

We support London Renters Union and are calling for the cancellation of rent debt for Hackney’s 34,000 private renters, many of whom have gone into arrears with their landlord because of reduced incomes during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Note, the eviction ban is due to be lifted on August 25.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/cancel_covid_rent_arrears
https://londonrentersunion.org/cantpaywontpay/


Reading Room

Missing the carnival this year? - View it at home
https://www.lovehackney.uk/carnival

Richard Yeboah' research into the decline and regeneration of Hackney's post-war housing estates.
https://twitter.com/ricyeboah/status/1284832398891458561

Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling 'revolution'
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/27/residents-to-get-new-decision-making-powers-in-cycling-revolution

What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53450688

France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53552526

Tech giants' shares soar as companies benefit from Covid-19 pandemic
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jul/30/amazon-apple-facebook-google-profits-earnings

The Price Of Potatoes And The Value Of Compassion. - Jack Monroe's response to Annunziata Rees-Mogg
https://cookingonabootstrap.com/2020/07/30/the-price-of-potatoes-and-the-value-of-compassion/

Second episode of Zip Over To Zack's 
https://www.facebook.com/LondonGreenParty/posts/3156948334387210

Siân Berry: London STILL losing youth services
https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/sin-berry/london-still-losing-youth-services

Natalie Bennett: Immigration Bill a ‘tragedy’
https://greenworld.org.uk/article/immigration-bill-tragedy

Amelia Womack: Why we need to keep talking about Brexit
https://greenworld.org.uk/article/why-we-need-keep-talking-about-brexit

Natalie Bennett shares her thoughts on how participatory democracy can empower citizens, build trust in Government (at all levels) and enable ‘well-being economies’⁣ to develop.
https://livingroom.greenparty.org.uk/give-green/

Climate crisis exerting increasing impact on UK, says Met Office
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/31/climate-crisis-exerting-increasing-impact-on-uk-says-met-office

A Quarter of Bangladesh Is Flooded. Millions Have Lost Everything.The country’s latest calamity illustrates a striking inequity of our time: The people least responsible for climate change are among those most hurt by its consequences.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/climate/bangladesh-floods.html

The Worst Answer to Climate Anxiety: Wellness
https://newrepublic.com/article/158621/worst-answer-climate-anxiety-wellness

Who will hold the police to account for racist acts that criminalise a community?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/30/police-racist-criminalise-communities-stop-and-search

Museum of the Home’s decision to keep Robert Geffrye statue sees swift backlash
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/07/29/museum-homes-decision-robert-geffrye-statue-swift-backlash/

'Tone-deaf' ministers reject BAME review of English curriculum
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jul/30/exclusive-tone-deaf-ministers-reject-bame-review-of-english-curriculum

Until Black Women Are Free, None Of Us Will Be Free
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/until-black-women-are-free-none-of-us-will-be-free


Green Party Internal Elections

The Green Party has grassroots democracy at its heart – and every two years our members have the chance to directly elect our leadership team and executive.

This page contains all the information you need to take part in the Green Party Leadership & Executive elections 2018. It will be updated throughout the elections period.
https://campaigns.greenparty.org.uk/executive-elections-2018/

Green Party internal elections candidates announced
https://greenworld.org.uk/article/green-party-internal-elections-candidates-announced

Greens of Colour in Green Party Internal Elections
https://greensofcolour.greenparty.org.uk/2020/07/13/greens-of-colour-stand-in-green-party-internal-elections/

Interviews with many of the candidates for different positions can be found here
http://bright-green.org/category/greenparties/

Hustings Events

London Green Party - Leadership Hustings
https://www.facebook.com/LondonGreenParty/videos/590932871785835

London Green Party - Executive Debate
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3111603218923093&ref=watch_permalink

LGBTIQA+ Greens - Leadership Hustingshttps://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2635577910090739&ref=watch_permalink

Young Greens - Leadership Hustings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?edufilter=NULL&v=5e6C81Om75g

Tonight: 31 July House of Lords 8pm- Young Greens
https://actionnetwork.org/events/young-greens-hustings-3-house-of-lords-list-candidates


Could You Be A Green Party Candidate?

In 2022, Hackney and other London boroughs will get their chance to refresh their council and vote for Greens to represent them.

Later this year we will be selecting our candidates for these council elections.

If you think you may be interested in this demanding but rewarding role then we strongly encourage you to attend one of the events below.

If you want to find out more about being a Hackney Green Party candidate then we would be very happy to hear from you so get in touch.

You may also be interested in the following event

Tuesday August 4th, 6:30pm
Be a Councillor (Session for those identifying as women/non-binary)
In this session, we’ll hear from Green Councillors including Cllr Natalie McVey on what it’s like to be a Councillor, what sort of skills it requires, and the change you can make as a Green politician.
Sign up here


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

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We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

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HGP Greenvine - 24 July 2020

Hackney Green Party
Hello,

We have had a busy time this week at the full council meeting 👀 showing that even if we don't have any councillors (yet) we can still be the effective opposition that the people of Hackney need. 

We will have councillors after the 2022 local elections 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ but we don't yet know who they will be! We are now looking for new candidates from across the borough, could one of them be you? 

If you think you might be interested then we have a fantastic event on Wednesday 👇 that will give you a full flavour on what the role involves, hope to see you there, non-members very welcome.

More next week

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/

To receive this email to you inbox each week sign up here: www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine


Hackney Events

Could You Be A Green Party Candidate?

In 2022, Hackney and other London boroughs will get their chance to refresh their council and vote for Greens to represent them.

Later this year we will be selecting our candidates for these council elections.

If you think you may be interested in this demanding but rewarding role then we strongly encourage you to attend one of the events below.

Hackney Greens Q&A with previous candidates

Tuesday July 28th, 7:30pm - 9pm, Online RSVP for details
All members and non-members are welcome

If you have ever considered standing as a councillor please sign up below to hear from previous candidates who know what it's like!

We have a range of speakers lined up who will talk about their experience, the day-to-day reality of campaigning and any golden tips.

We will also be hearing from current Green Party councillor Rosi Sexton about the huge difference a green in the room can make!

Click here to RSVP and get the Zoom link
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/candidate2022q_a

If you want to find out more about being a Hackney Green Party candidate then we would be very happy to hear from you so get in touch.


Reading Room

Online Theatre: It’s summer and London is underwater - In a broken world that was broken long before they were born, a group of young people grapple with the aftermath of the flood. When everything changes, what does it take to keep afloat no matter what?
https://almeida.co.uk/as-waters-rise-episode-one-the-other-side-of-the-river

The 100 Types of Human Podcast speaking to incredible people. Those who have suffered; those who have overcome extraordinary hardship; and those who offer an insight into the biggest issues we are all grappling with - and are taking courageous steps to speak out and change them.
https://www.the100typesofhuman.com/episodes

The New Economy Programme is Stir to Action’s democratic learning and action platform, both a national and online training programme, offering a wide range of courses on engagement and participation, social communications, media and journalism, democratic business, placemaking, creativity, and autonomy at work.
https://www.stirtoaction.com/workshops

Hunger for Justice Series, a weekly live broadcast about how we feed everyone in a Post-Covid World. A showcase of the stories and voices of our global network, highlighting local solutions to feeding the world on a changing planet.
http://www.agrowingculture.org/hfj/

Extinction Rebellion groups from all over London are joining XR Greenwich on Saturday at the site of the road the mayor plans to build to tell Sadiq Khan to cancel his new Toxic Silvertown Tunnel.
https://www.facebook.com/events/s/no-toxic-tunnel/417084742518072

Paulette Wilson

Paulette Wilson has died. She moved to the UK from Jamaica in 1968, but was stripped of her rights by the home office and left destitute as the Windrush scandal unfolded. While awaiting compensation, Paulette selflessly campaigned for justice for others.
https://twitter.com/Nadine_Writes/status/1286361786464317443

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/23/windrush-campaigner-paulette-wilson-dies-aged-64

After Windrush: Paulette Wilson's visit to Jamaica, 50 years on. A letter from the British government classifying Paulette Wilson as an illegal immigrant shook her sense of identity and belonging. ‘Hostile environment’ policies years in the making meant that Wilson and other victims of the Windrush scandal had their right to residency in the UK called into question.

This film follows Wilson as she returns to Jamaica for the first time in 50 years, trying to make sense of her place in the world and rebuild a sense of security and belonging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An4vgjvMZWQ&feature=youtu.be

The Windrush scandal continues as many are still waiting for compensation.

https://www.faber.co.uk/blog/amelia-gentleman-reads-from-her-orwell-prize-shortlisted-book-the-windrush-betrayal/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00068sk/the-unwanted-the-secret-windrush-files

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08g29ff/sitting-in-limbo

General News

Some of England's most deprived towns left out of £3.6bn funding scheme
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jul/21/some-of-englands-most-deprived-towns-left-out-of-36bn-funding-scheme

MPs vote down legal bid to protect the NHS in post-Brexit trade deals
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/mps-nhs-vote-trade-deals-brexit-a4504631.html

Coronavirus: Chancellor 'turning his back' on people needing support
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/business-53504644

The Russia report reveals that MI5 and MI6 have lost their way
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/24/russia-report-uk-intelligence-services-moscow-mi5-mi6

The Trade Bill Shows How Undemocratic The UK’s Constitution Really Is
https://unlockdemocracy.org.uk/blog-1/2020/7/21/the-trade-bill-shows-how-undemocratic-the-uks-constitution-really-is

Is it Fascism Yet? Storm Troopers on the Streets. People Being Disappeared. A President Dismantling Democracy. Where Does America Go From Here?
https://eand.co/is-it-fascism-yet-402c2ec44723

Boris Johnson’s Global Britain Collides With Global Reality
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-22/boris-johnson-s-global-britain-collides-with-global-reality

The Guardian view on Labour and PR: fix a flawed system
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/19/the-guardian-view-on-labour-and-pr-fix-a-flawed-system

New teachers mistakenly assume Black students are angry
https://theconversation.com/new-teachers-mistakenly-assume-black-students-are-angry-142237


Hackney Campaigns

Hackney Council Scrutiny

Hackney Green Party members continue to hold Hackney Council to account and this week asked a number of questions at the full council meeting. 

Full meeting agenda here
http://mginternet.hackney.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=112&MId=5053

We asked two specific questions about hoe Hackney Council is responding to the climate emergency and its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emmissions.

Question from Reiner Tegtmeyer to the Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm

What are the “Measures of Success” the Council is using to annually examine whether plans are successfully implemented and monitored, i.e. are progressing as planned, and whether and how these measures contribute to the Council’s aim to deliver net zero emissions across Council functions by 2040?

Question from Alex Armitage to Mayor Glanville

There is minimal analysis of upfront carbon emissions associated with construction in Hackney. There is also no analysis of embedded carbon emissions that could be saved if buildings were refurbished instead of demolished and replaced. Will you commit to conducting these analyses to shape planning policy around the Climate Emergency?

A good write up of the answers given is here
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/07/23/council-gives-progress-update-year-climate-emergency-declaration/

You can watch the whole meeting here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRS66JHdJ4Q&feature=youtu.be&medium=email&source=govdelivery

Other questions from Hackney Green Party members were:

Question from Zoe Garbett to the Cabinet Member for Planning Culture and Inclusive Economy
A recent high court ruling has highlighted the council’s failings in planning practice. What is the council doing to ensure that councillors abide by the planning code and ensure objections are heard?

Question from Feodora Rayner to Deputy Mayor Rennison
The government suggest landlords “offer support and understanding*” to tenants who have seen a loss of income during the covid-19 pandemic. Is the council able to offer any more tangible support to Hackney renters (both residential and commercial) having to choose between paying wages, buying groceries or facing eviction?

Question from Alastair Binnie-Lubbock to the Cabinet Member for Housing Services
Seaton Point residents in Hackney Downs have been told they must accept front door replacements that are "as good as, or better" than their current ones. What assessment was done on existing doors installed as part of refurbishment in 2005, indicating they are no longer safe?

We'll give a full update on all the answers given and the next steps in a later edition of Greenvine.

Sistah Space - Update

Sistah Space met with the the council on Tuesday and subsequently released this stament on their gofundme page:

We have lost our appeal to extend our stay at our current location which means we might have just 7 days to vacate unless we can pay commercial rent.

Thank you all so much for your generous donations. Originally we had set a £30,000 target so we could be secure for 2/3 years on charity rates and also pay an additional domestic & sexual violence advisor. Hackney Council councillors met with us yesterday (21/7/20) and have denied us our request to stay put until 31st March. They are insisting that we return to our old, unfit, unsafe, shop front building in Clapton, known locally as the 'murder mile'. This place is completely isolated and is especially terrifying at night.

They say that there are no other buildings available at charity rates, so we go back to Clapton or find our own places to go.

After 4 years of waiting for them to keep their promise to us, we realised that they have no intention of relocating us and insist that we said we'd go back.

So if we want to stay at our current safe address we have to pay the full commercial rent which is £22,000 a year. We have decided it might be necessary to pay that so that we remain safe during Covid-19 because we are in that high risk group.

It will mean that the vast majority of our donations will have to go to paying Hackney Council as they say they can't reduce the rent for us. Hopefully we can be relocated to a more inexpensive place after a year.

We are waiting for a contract which we are told we must sign. We are unclear if we will be even be permitted to rent our current address.

Thank you all for your much needed support.

Read our Joint Letter with the Womens Equality Party and Hackney LibDems about this issue.

The response from Mayor Glanville stated that Sistah Space would not have to move until it was safe to do so, you can read the full letter here.

Preventing a Climate and Ecological Catastrophe

We have posted a comprehensive list of actions that Hackeny Council must take to tackle the Climate Crisis, you can read the full list here.

Call for Cancellation of Covid Rent Arrears

We support London Renters Union and are calling for the cancellation of rent debt for Hackney’s 34,000 private renters, many of whom have gone into arrears with their landlord because of reduced incomes during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Note, the eviction ban is due to be lifted on August 25.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/cancel_covid_rent_arrears
https://londonrentersunion.org/cantpaywontpay/


 

Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

To receive this email to you inbox each week sign up here: www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine

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HGP Greenvine 17.07.2020

Hackney Green Party
Hello,

Welcome to our weekly hand crafted list of news and views from Hackney Green Party.

More next week

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/

To receive this email into your inbox every week sign up here: www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine


Hackney Campaigns

Sistah Space

Thanks to all who supported Sistah Space with their campaign against the proposed relocation to their previous address in Clapton.

There was a great turn out for the protest last week
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/07/13/hundreds-turn-out-support-domestic-violence-charity-premises-row-hackney-council/

And we received an almost immediate response from our Joint Letter with the Womens Equality Party and Hackney LibDems which shows teh strength and benefit of working together on the issues we all care about.

The response from Mayor Glanville stated that Sistah Space would not have to move until it was safe to do so, you can read the full letter here.

Preventing a Climate and Ecological Catastrophe

We have posted a comprehensive list of actions that Hackeny Council must take to tackle the Climate Crisis, you can read the full list here.

Call for Cancellation of Covid Rent Arrears

We support London Renters Union and are calling for the cancellation of rent debt for Hackney’s 34,000 private renters, many of whom have gone into arrears with their landlord because of reduced incomes during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Note, the eviction ban is due to be lifted on August 25.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/cancel_covid_rent_arrears
https://londonrentersunion.org/cantpaywontpay/


Reading Room

'Fundraiser: Re-wild the Waterworks Meadow! We want to collect all the data we can about the wildlife that calls this site home. Then use the findings from our surveys to re-design the site to maximise its potential for wildlife and experience wildness on our doorsteps.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/ecological-surveys-of-the-waterworks

New online events! Three Acres And A Cow is a show that connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with climate change and the housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the people’s history of England in folk song, story and poem. Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.
https://threeacresandacow.co.uk/shows/

Rachel Rose Reid: My family hails from a multitude of countries, and they travelled with a love of their vibrant folk traditions. Out of that love, I made Willesden Green Wassail, a festival like no other, taking an ancient ritual and recreating it as an annual celebration of the diverse cultures, labouring people, and community spirit of one London neighbourhood. Watch, I promise this will give you a smile.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKJtin1ADfM&feature=youtu.be

Green Party Comment

Lambeth council has backed a call that calls on national government to examine reparations for slavery. The national Green Party said that it believed the motion, which it said was initiated by Green Party councillor Scott Ainslie, is the first such motion to be passed by a UK local authority.
https://brixtonblog.com/2020/07/council-first-to-back-call-for-slavery-reparations
https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2020/07/15/greens-lead-on-first-successful-motion-to-demand-government-reparations-for-slavery/

Faty Kane: Is Black the Colour of Maternal Mortality in the Uk?
https://greensofcolour.greenparty.org.uk/2020/07/15/is-black-the-colour-of-maternal-mortality-in-the-uk/

Reset: Cross Party Parliamentary Group on the Green New Deal
https://reset-uk.org/

Podcast: Founding member of Countering Colston, Green party city councillor and former Lord Mayor, Cleo Lake has a lot to say on the big questions of politics, race, history and the future of Bristol and beyond. 
https://thebristolcable.org/2020/07/bristol-unpacked-cleo-lake-colston-bristol-race-politics/

General News

'No DSS' letting bans 'ruled unlawful' by court
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-53391516

Who Is Tony Sewell, The Controversial Head of The Government's New Racial Disparity Commission?
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/tony-sewell-racial-disparity-commission_uk_5f104679c5b619afc3fde933

Rent waived and deferred for Council’s charity and commercial tenants
https://news.hackney.gov.uk/rent-waived-and-deferred-for-councils-charity-and-commercial-tenants/

Tired of being Boris Johnson's patsy, Patrick Vallance fights back
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jul/16/tired-of-being-boris-johnsons-patsy-patrick-vallance-fights-back

Government owned car parks could hold the key to 110,000 new homes (or perhaps Green Space?)
https://www.knightfrank.co.uk/research/article/2020-07-15-government-owned-car-parks-could-hold-the-key-to-110000-new-homes

Bright Green: We need a real “roadmap” for proper support to the arts sector
http://bright-green.org/2020/07/16/we-need-a-real-roadmap-for-proper-support-to-the-arts-sector/

Claim versus reality: what life's like for some migrant families during the pandemic
https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/news-and-blogs/our-blog/claim-vs-reality-for-migrant-families

The summer of stress – how to cope with fear and uncertainty in a pandemic
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jul/12/the-summer-of-stress-how-to-cope-with-fear-and-uncertainty-in-a-pandemic

APPG: Coronavirus, call for evidence
https://appgcoronavirus.marchforchange.uk/

Almost £5 billion of coronavirus bailouts handed out to firms based in tax havens
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/billions-loaned-to-firms-based-in-tax-havens/10/07/

Just how does public money end up in the pockets of Cummings' friends?
https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/a-river-to-my-people/


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

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HGP Greenvine 13 July 2020

Hackney Green Party
Hello,

We've had a busy few days here at Hackney Greens 💪, last weekend we published an open letter detailing how we would tackle the Climate And Ecological Catastrophe if were running Hackney Council. We demand that the current leaders adopt the policies as a matter of urgency.

Today, with the Hackney Women’s Equality Party and Hackney Liberal Democrats we have sent a joint letter to Mayor Philip Glanville seeking assurances that arrangements are in place to ensure we avoid the loss of Sistah Space.

Also below is your regular weekly mix of news and views.

Subscribe to get this email delivered to your inbox every week by clicking here to sign up.

More next week

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/


Campaigns

We have grown increasingly concerned with the situation regarding Sistah Space and the proposed relocation to their previous address in Clapton.

Today, with the Hackney Women’s Equality Party and Hackney Liberal Democrats whe have sent a joint letter to Mayor Philip Glanville seeking assurances that arrangements are in place to ensure we avoid the loss of this essential service for African and Caribbean women suffering from domestic abuse across Hackney and London and asking the following:

  • What action is the Council taking to ensure Sistah Space can remain in their
    current location until at least after March 31st 2021, as they have requested?
  • Why is the Council evicting Sistah Space from their current location to a
    property that is unsuitable for their needs, unsafe and in the middle of a
    pandemic?
  • What assurances can the Council make to ensure that Sistah Space can move
    to suitable premises once it is safe to do so?

View our Joint Letter Here

More info on the important work that Sistah Space do here
https://www.sistahspace.org/
Fundraiser page: 
https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-safe-space-for-african-heritage-dv-survivors
Petition: 
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/extend-dv-specialist-sistah-space-s-hackney-tenancy-until-march-31st
Draft email for MPs: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NTmaW_InwhOVb85nk5K5PqFDw0m1lk3nGw3-45ZMok0/edit
Open Letter to Mayor of Hackney from Sistah Space: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VIdse-JhI4lMs4kquPbqYeTtloQSXckK/view


Preventing A Climate And Ecological Catastrophe - Open Letter

We ask the council to use the Covid-19 Emergency measures as a first step to transition to a net-zero emission (NZE) council by 2030.

The recovery from this pandemic must be a green recovery. We, Hackney Green Party, would:

  1. Consult and closely work with Hackney residents, grassroot groups and businesses to ensure all voices are heard and to coproduce solutions to reach the net-zero emissions 2030 (NZE30) target
  2. Set up an annual Citizen’s Assembly for effective scrutiny and to explore solutions
  3. Recruit a Climate Change Programme Director to provide leadership and challenge within the council
  4. Set realistic intermediate targets, and publish regular and annual monitoring updates about compliance with set targets
  5. Fully divest the council’s pension fund from any existing commitments and immediately freeze any new investments in fossil fuels and large-scale Agribusiness, Livestock and Agricultural Commodities trading companies. We would urgently reinvest in, and support the development of, solutions to the climate and ecological crisis, securing return on investment through ethical, fossil fuel-free options.
  6. Develop and implement a food strategy for council-run schools and canteens that contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through production, transport, distribution and consumption of food (including imported food products); encourage and advise restaurants, cafés and educational facilities in doing likewise
  7. Closely consult and cooperate with neighbouring boroughs, London Assembly and the Mayor’s office in creating a London-wide network of cycling routes and car-free streets
  8. Develop a borough-wide network of car-free streets and cycling and walking routes
  9. Withdraw support of the Edmonton Incinerator rebuild project and invest in a range of measures to incentivise more recycling and enable a circular economy (reuse, repair, regenerate) to significantly reduce unnecessary waste[3]
  10. Develop, publish and regularly update a carbon audit of all council-related activities (transport, housing maintenance, refurbishments and construction, services, parks and green spaces, private and business waste) and planned projects
  11. Commission independent carbon audits of businesses and private properties, in close cooperation with local businesses, landlords’ and tenants’ associations and publish the results as part of the Council’s carbon budgeting processes
  12. Apply principles of a circular economy to the building sector, balancing total carbon emissions (including embodied carbon) through refurbishment of old stock, demolition and new builds
  13. Require developers to meet sustainable standards and RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Targets for embodied and operational carbon in construction and procurement
  14. Commission and publish an annual independent audit of green job creation through the shift to procuring, promoting and using renewable energy and emission reducing products (such as bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters, electric vehicles) from New Green Deal companies.

Full open letter here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/preventing_a_climate_and_ecological_catastrophe


Reading Room

Revisiting Donald Appleyard’s Livable Streets
https://vimeo.com/16399180
https://twitter.com/LambethLivingSt/status/1276505160660013056

JCB electric digger wins top MacRobert engineering prize
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-53348416

Labour now backs proportional representation for executive elections. Next stop: PR for Westminster
https://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/labour-now-backs-proportional-representation-for-executive-elections-next-stop-pr-for-westminster/

Hackney’s arts organisations get million pound boost to stave off coronavirus collapse
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/coronavirus-hackney-s-arts-organisations-get-million-pound-boost-from-arts-council-1-6738696

Wild swimmers urged to avoid polluted Hackney Marshes’ River Lea
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/environment/swimmers-urged-to-avoid-hackney-marshes-river-lea-1-6738162

Turkish family targeted by racist graffiti outside home near Haggerston Park
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/racist-graffiti-targets-turkish-familiy-in-hackney-1-6734314

Green Party Comment

Cleo Lake: Lobby government over slavery reparations
https://bristolgreenparty.org.uk/news/cleo-lake-to-ask-mayor-to-lobby-government-over-reparations

Caroline Lucas: Rishi Sunak promised a ‘green recovery’ but has offered nothing more than a sticking plaster
https://metro.co.uk/2020/07/09/rishi-sunak-summer-statement-climate-crisis-12968085/

Natalie Bennett: What kind of countryside do we want from the Agriculture Bill?
https://leftfootforward.org/2020/07/natalie-bennett-what-kind-of-countryside-do-we-want-from-the-agriculture-bill/

Alex Phillips: The Green Party’s future is to the left of Labour
http://bright-green.org/2020/07/08/the-green-partys-future-is-to-the-left-of-labour/

Bumi Thomas: the Glasgow-born singer that was given two weeks to leave the country now has leave to remain and says we are reminded of the need to be mindful, showing compassion through sensitivity and solidarity.
https://bumithomas.wordpress.com/2020/07/09/breaking-the-silence/

Rebecca Solnit: The Slow Road to Sudden Change. On the Decades of Activism That Leads to Historic Change
https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-before-the-uprising-comes-the-work/

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners: How Britain as we know it was built on the profits of slavery, with abolition involving the shocking decision to compensate slave owners for their loss of 'property'.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b063db18

Met carried out 22,000 searches on young black men during lockdown
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/jul/08/one-in-10-of-londons-young-black-males-stopped-by-police-in-may

Police in England and Wales face inquiry into possible racial bias
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jul/09/police-in-england-and-wales-face-inquiry-into-possible-racial-bias

Reparations - you can run, but you can’t hide Caribbean nations are patterning up! This week CARICOM intensified its demands for reparatory justice for the genocide of indigenous people, enslavement of 10 million Africans, indentured labour of Indian, Chinese and white workers, health inequality, and ongoing chronic underdevelopment of a region the British kept, and immensely profited from keeping, as “the slum of the British Empire”
https://www.instagram.com/p/CCVnXidJcm_/?igshid=crd1h3bfx8y

The case for British slavery reparations can no longer be brushed aside
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/09/british-slavery-reparations-economy-compensation

Why was £108m of public money paid to Crisp Websites Limited?
https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/108million/

Leaked Liz Truss letter warns that Boris Johnson's Brexit border plans risk smuggling, legal challenge, and global reputational damage
https://www.businessinsider.com/leaked-liz-truss-letter-boris-johnson-brexit-border-plans-concerns-risks-2020-7?r=US&IR=T

NEF Weekly Economics Podcast: The Hostile Environment During Coronavirus
https://neweconomics.org/2020/07/weekly-economics-podcast-the-hostile-environment-during-coronavirus

UK ponders joining EU's coronavirus vaccine scheme
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/04/uk-ponders-joining-eus-coronavirus-vaccine-scheme


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

Subscribe to get this email delivered to your inbox every week by clicking here to sign up.

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HGP Greenvine - 3 July 2020

Hackney Green Party
Hello,

Tomorrow sees some more of the coronovirus restrictions coming to an end.

It's been difficult to make any sense of the Government's plan throughout this crisis but hopefully 🤞 this won't be too much of a Super Saturday 🍻and everyone will be able to stay safe and well 🙏. 

More next week

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/


Green Party News and Comment

Rakesh Prashara: The Jack Leslie Campaign
https://greensofcolour.greenparty.org.uk/2020/06/12/the-jack-leslie-campaign/

Molly Scott Cato: Hidden Covid-19 Data is Vote Leave Government's Political Weapon
https://bylinetimes.com/2020/07/02/hidden-covid-19-data-is-vote-leave-governments-political-weapon/

Caroline Lucas responds to Boris Johnson's infrastructure speech
https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2020/06/30/green-party-mp-caroline-lucas-responds-to-boris-johnsons-infrastructure-speech/

Stop In With Sian - Episode 10 - Civil Rights, Policing, And Institutional Racism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruLox4OfFdk

Welcome To The Green Living Room: A hub for celebrating and sharing the expertise of the green party’s members and green projects, making our shared knowledge, understanding and advocacy accessible to those ready for radical change
https://livingroom.greenparty.org.uk/

Islington Greens: Holloway Prison Consultation - Not Good Enough
https://islington.greenparty.org.uk/news/2020/06/30/holloway-prison-consultation-not-good-enough/

Greens Around Europe

Greens triumph in second round of French local elections
https://greenworld.org.uk/article/greens-triumph-second-round-french-local-elections

France local elections: Green wave as environmentalists win key cities
https://www.euronews.com/2020/06/28/low-voter-turnout-in-second-round-of-french-municipal-elections

Ireland to form new government after Green party votes for coalition
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/26/irish-government-to-be-formed-after-greens-vote-yes-to-coalition

Opinioin: Ireland’s Greens have betrayed their voters and the planet
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/irelands-greens-have-betrayed-their-voters-and-the-planet/

Leadership Elections

Green Party leadership elections heat up
http://bright-green.org/2020/06/28/green-party-leadership-elections-heat-up-uk-green-news-round-up-issue-65/

Full List of Candidates Announced
http://bright-green.org/2020/07/02/full-list-of-candidates-for-green-party-internal-elections-announced/

Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley face competition for Green party leadership
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jul/02/sian-berry-and-jonathan-bartley-face-competition-for-green-party-leadership


Reading Room

Lack of local Covid-19 testing data hinders UK’s outbreak response
https://www.ft.com/content/301c847c-a317-4950-a75b-8e66933d423a

British theatres need serious support, says actor turned MP
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/jun/28/coronavirus-british-theatres-need-serious-support-says-actor-turned-mp

Why Did the UK Have Such a Bad Covid-19 Epidemic?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000kfpy

Slow to lock down, slow to stop the spread – the charts that show the ineffectiveness of the UK’s Covid-19 response
https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/2020/07/slow-lock-down-slow-stop-spread-charts-show-ineffectiveness-uk-s-covid-19

US secures world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/30/us-buys-up-world-stock-of-key-covid-19-drug

Government tells councils to show more ambition with cycling plans
https://road.cc/content/news/govt-tells-councils-show-more-ambition-274925

Privacy is not the problem with the Apple-Google contact-tracing toolkit
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/01/apple-google-contact-tracing-app-tech-giant-digital-rights

Analysis about what is really causing slow building in the UK
https://twitter.com/PeteApps/status/1277912470968045570

German far right infiltrates green groups with call to protect the land
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/28/german-far-right-infiltrates-green-groups-with-call-to-protect-the-land

Fundraiser: Save Dalston Curve Garden
https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-dalston-curve-garden

Hackney Council seeks temporary drinking ban for London Fields
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/07/02/hackney-council-temporary-drinking-ban-london-fields/

Hackney Empire needs your help
https://payitforward.london.gov.uk/save-hackney-empire-1

Fortnightly bin collections to go ahead as Conservatives threaten court action
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/07/01/fortnightly-bin-collections-ahead-conservatives-threaten-court-action/

Revealed: raw sewage poured into Olympic Park wildlife haven
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/02/raw-sewage-olympic-park-wildlife-haven-wetlands-london-thames-water

Black child on London charity cycle ride injured during ‘aggressive’ arrest
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/28/black-teenager-on-family-cycle-ride-injured-during-aggressive-police-arrest

Hackney theatre group supports older residents with newly launched radio show
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/hackney-social-radio-show-launched-1-6722067

Six short films focus on the experiences of people who have migrated under the age of 18 from 1930 to the present day to East London – Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham
https://childmigrantstories.com/films/

Trailblazing Gardener Discovers How to Grow Vegetables in Winter
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/farmer-writes-guide-on-farming-vegetables-in-winter/

This summer London Art Week is launching a new online platform, LAW DIGITAL. Discover over 5,000 years of art from the world's leading pre-contemporary galleries
https://londonartweek.co.uk/


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

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HGP Greenvine 26 June 2020

Hackney Green Party

Hello,

Hope you are all keeping cool ☀😎

Your weekly round up of news, campaigns and links of interest below 👇

More next week

Subscribe to receive this newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up here: www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine 

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/


Reading Room

Caroline Lucas: Our cultural and creative sectors face collapse without more government support, her speech in parliament
https://twitter.com/CarolineLucas/status/1276192243364306948

Extraordinarily rude’ Clyde Loakes refuses to carry out cost review of £1.2bn north London incinerator
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/environment/clyde-loakes-refuses-to-carry-out-cost-review-of-edmonton-incinerator-1-6717538

Samir Jeraj: Road deaths are down 70% – but is there a plan to keep them low?
https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/coronavirus/2020/06/road-deaths-are-down-70-there-plan-keep-them-low

Why does England vote Tory? Progressives will never dominate English politics without confronting Churchillism.
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/why-does-england-vote-tory/

Sustainable Hackney: Where are we with Hackney’s climate emergency?
https://sustainablehackney.org.uk/profiles/blogs/where-are-we-with-hackney-s-climate-emergency

Extinction Rebellion activists launch UK Beyond Politics party by stealing food
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/25/uk-extinction-rebellion-activists-launch-beyond-politics-party-by-stealing-food

Polluting European airlines seek €12.8 bn (and counting) in bailouts
https://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/issues/climate-energy/2744/polluting-european-airlines-seek-13bn-bailouts/

Student nurses ‘not deemed to be providing a service’, says MP
https://nursingnotes.co.uk/news/student-nurses-not-deemed-providing-servicemp/

MPs vote against opposition day motion on routine weekly Covid-19 testing for NHS and care workers
https://twitter.com/HouseofCommons/status/1275860713022644226

Why was £108m of public money paid to Crisp Websites Limited?
https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/108million/

Boris Johnson backs Robert Jenrick despite planning row
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jun/25/no-10-backs-housing-secretary-despite-fresh-revelations-over-development

Jenrick affair exposes a financialised planning system
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jun/26/jenrick-affair-exposes-a-financialised-planning-system

Estate Watch: Over 100 of London's council and housing association estates are under threat of demolition and the Mayor continues to sign off estate regenerations that don't comply with his own policy requirements.
https://estatewatch.london/

Petition: Save lives, scrap Serco now. Instead of putting local public health experts in charge, health secretary Matt Hancock has handed over responsibility to Serco - a private outsourcing company that has already put lives at risk.
https://weownit.org.uk/save-lives-scrap-serco-now

Met to refer itself to watchdog after black man was kneed in face in Hackney
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/20/met-to-refer-black-man-kneed-in-head-incident-to-police-watchdog

The School That Tried to End Racism review – a powerful lesson in white privilege
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jun/25/the-school-that-tried-to-end-racism-review-white-privilege-unconscious-racial-bias

#BlackLivesMatter workshops: Including a history of racism and the invention of whiteness, the inequality of outcome experienced by the Black community in the UK today, and asks 'how can we act to effect real, lasting change?'
https://www.ellabakerorganising.org.uk/events

Head of government race commission questions whether ‘N word’ is the same as calling someone ‘fat’
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/racial-equality-commission-munira-mirza-against-banningbhate-speech-1-6717058

Winning by a nose: the dogs being trained to detect signs of Covid-19
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/21/winning-by-a-nose-the-dogs-being-trained-to-detect-signs-of-covid-19

Helping Islington's swifts through nest boxes, awareness and advice.
https://islingtonswifts.wordpress.com/

TikTok teens and K-pop stans don’t belong to the “resistance”
https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/23/1004336/tiktok-teens-kpop-stans-trump-resistance-its-complicated/

Cycling Confident are resuming training sessions for Hackney citizens
https://cycleconfident.com/sponsors/hackney/

COVID-19: free live mobile-friendly visualizations for use on any website
https://flourish.studio/covid/


Campaigns

London Renters Union Day of Action – June 27th

#CantPayWontPay Day of Action this Saturday

Join renters from across London this Saturday as we come together for our first day of action for our Can’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign.

This is an opportunity to use eye-catching actions to publicise the campaign demands, invite more people to join, and to express solidarity on the streets with your fellow renters.

The focus of actions on this day will be on the way that the current housing system is particularly dangerous to our black and brown communities. Racism has always been a feature of our housing system - our racialised members are impacted both by racist landlords and racist laws, such as the Right to Rent legislation and no recourse to public funds (NRPF), which make it more difficult to access good quality housing and justice in the housing system. 

Details on how you can join in are here
https://mailchi.mp/londonrentersunion/this-saturday-join-thecantpaywontpay-day-of-action


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We Call for Cancellation of Covid Rent Arrears

The Hackney Green Party campaign for the cancellation of Covid-19 rent arrears continues...

View the Hackney Green Party Letter Here

Sign Our Open Letter Here

Find out more about the Hackney Green Party policy on housing here


Build Back Better Campaign

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down, exposing major weaknesses in our economy and the deep-seated inequalities in our society that mean the most vulnerable people have been hit the hardest.

But what we do next could change everything. As the world recovers, we have a chance to reset the clock and build back better than before.

We need something new. We need a new deal that prioritises people, invests in our NHS and creates a robust, shockproof economy that is capable of tackling the climate crisis.

Any coronavirus recovery plan must be built on the following principles:

  1. Secure the health and needs of everyone in the UK now and into the future
  2. Protect and invest in our public services
  3. Rebuild society with a transformative Green New Deal
  4. Invest in people
  5. Build solidarity and community across borders

Join the Virtual Rally and the NHS birthday action here
https://www.buildbackbetteruk.org/get-involved


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

Subscribe to receive this newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up here: www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine 

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HGP Greenvine 19 June 2020

Hackney Green Party
Hello, hope you are having a good week 🖐

See below for our weekly mixture of links and news that we hope you will find of interest.

More next week

💚 Hackney Green Party

To get this email in your inbox every week sign up here:
 www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine

To join the Green Party join here: https://greenparty.org.uk/join


Green Party Comment

Azzees Minott: Black Britons here have led and contributed to many of Britain's achievements, but you would never know that if you looked at a school textbook
https://twitter.com/TheGreenParty/status/1273170583933661185

We demand an independent BAME Covid-19 inquiry
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/we-demand-an-independent-bame-covid-19-inquiry

Tyrone Scott: Three years after the Grenfell Tower fire, access to a decent home still depends on race and class
https://inews.co.uk/opinion/three-years-after-the-grenfell-tower-fire-access-to-a-decent-home-still-depends-on-race-and-class-444750

Ireland’s Green Party Leader, A Former Bike Shop Owner, Secures ‘Astonishing’ Boost For Walking And Cycling
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2020/06/15/former-bike-shop-owner-soon-to-be-irelands-prime-minister-secures-1-million-a-day-for-5-years-boost-for-walking-and-cycling/#7a84b1d75c01

David Lindo in conservation with... Caroline Lucas - Online Event
Diversity and our relationship with nature during the coronavirus pandemic
https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/online-events/david-lindo-in-conversation-with-caroline-lucas/


Reading Room

Petition: Pedestrianise Felstead Street
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/pedestrianise-felstead-street

Petiton: Remove the statue of slave trader Robert Geffrye in Hackney
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/remove-the-statue-of-robert-geffrye-in-hackney

Hackney Foodbank ‘bracing itself’ for long-term demand as it launches fundraiser for new van
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/06/17/hackney-foodbank-bracing-long-term-demand-fundraiser-new-van/

Hackney: Traffic to be banned outside 40 schools as part of emergency plan
https://news.hackney.gov.uk/traffic-to-be-banned-outside-40-schools-as-part-of-emergency-plan/

Hackney: How we are supporting rough sleepers during the coronavirus pandemic
https://news.hackney.gov.uk/update-how-we-are-supporting-rough-sleepers-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Dalston charity shop front celebrates NHS staff as coronavirus lockdown eases
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/dalston-charity-shop-celebrates-nhs-staff-as-lockdown-eases-1-6704193

The view from Greenwich: Work underway on Silvertown Tunnel
https://www.fromthemurkydepths.co.uk/2020/06/16/the-view-from-greenwich-work-underway-on-silvertown-tunnel/

Petition: Include Black British History in the national education curriculum
https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-include-black-british-history-in-the-national-education-curriculum

Home Office does not know how many people facing migrant welfare curbs amid coronavirus pandemic, minister confirms
https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/home-office-does-not-know-how-many-people-facing-migrant-welfare-ban-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-minister-confirms

'Political vandalism': DfID and Foreign Office merger met with anger by UK charities
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jun/16/political-vandalism-dfid-and-foreign-office-merger-met-with-anger-by-uk-charities

Thousands of refugees set to be evicted from Home Office accommodation within two weeks
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/refugees-asylum-seekers-coronavirus-evicted-accommodation-home-office-a9569396.html

Rough-sleeper raids: how homeless charity deportations carry on rebranded
https://corporatewatch.org/rough-sleeper-raids-charity-deportations-rebranded-st-mungos-thames-reach/

England’s ‘World Beating’ System to Track the Virus Is Anything But
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/world/europe/uk-contact-tracing-coronavirus.html

Opinion

Boris Johnson does have a strategy on racism after all. It's called a ‘war on woke'
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/17/boris-johnson-racism-woke-tories

Boris Johnson says we shouldn't edit our past. But Britain has been lying about it for decades
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/16/boris-johnson-lying-history-britain-empire

The real story behind Britain’s far right is how their ideas became mainstream
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/18/the-real-story-behind-britains-far-right-is-how-their-ideas-became-mainstream

Marcus Rashford is showing our failing politicians how to do their jobs
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/16/marcus-rashford-politicians-nurses-footballer-ministers

Michael Gove is air-brushing black people out of history (from 2013)
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/01/michael-gove-air-brushing-black-people-out-history

COVID-19 Broke the Economy. What If We Don’t Fix It?
https://www.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/qj4ka5/covid-19-broke-the-economy-what-if-we-dont-fix-it

Ann Pettifor: We can get killed...
http://www.primeeconomics.org/articles/we-can-get-killed

2020Solidarity is a Between Bridges project aimed at helping cultural and music venues, community projects, independent spaces and publications that are existentially threatened by the current crisis.
http://betweenbridges.net/

Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners: Documentary looking at the abolition of slavery in Britain and the extraordinary choice by the government of the day to compensate slave owners for their loss of 'property'
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b063db18/britains-forgotten-slave-owners

The Welsh independent local track and trace success story
https://twitter.com/AndrewGHenley/status/1272130257462722563

The case for Open Borders
https://openborders.info/

Podcast: So Hot Right Now, To save the world we need to change the story. Nature and the climate are in crisis.
http://smarturl.it/sohotrightnow

Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about engaging men in feminism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmOnHjo_YUA

Environmental Racism is the way in which minority groups are burdened with a disproportionate number of hazards, including toxic waste facilities, garbage dumps, and other sources of environmental pollution.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPB5RzReiIY&link_id=23&can_id=719aca60f2a96acc863d136342265d04


Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.

Through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week brings about positive encounters between communities, helping them to connect and learn from each other, and promoting a culture of welcome.

Refugee Week is an umbrella festival, and anyone can get involved by holding or joining an event or activity. Refugee Week events happen in all kinds of different spaces and range from arts festivals, exhibitions, film screenings and museum tours to football tournaments, public talks and activities in schools.

https://refugeeweek.org.uk/


We Call for Cancellation of Covid Rent Arrears

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Our campaign for the cancellation of Covid-19 rent arrears continues...

We have had some local press coverage here
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/hackney-green-party-calls-for-rent-arrears-cancellation-amid-coronavirus-1-6679962
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/05/29/demands-greater-support-renters-as-union-collectives-take-shape-across-hackney/

Video from Alex, crunching the numbers
https://twitter.com/alexjarmitage/status/1268492634747801600

and the Guardian are taking up the story
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/thousands-of-uk-tenants-face-losing-home-when-eviction-ban-ends

View the Hackney Green Party Letter Here

Sign Our Open Letter Here

Find out more about the Hackney Green Party policy on housing here

London Renters Union Campaign Link, if you are struggling topay rent they have lots of useful information that may help
https://londonrentersunion.org/cantpaywontpay/
https://londonrentersunion.org/coronavirus-qa/


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

To get this email in your inbox every week sign up here: www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine

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HGP Greenvine 12 June 2020

Hackney Green Party

 

Hello, how are you? 🖐

Below is our weekly round up of news and commentary, plus links to support services if you need them... hope you can manage to keep positive and healthy.

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/

To get this email in your inbox every week sign up here: www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine

To join the Green Party join here: https://greenparty.org.uk/join


Green Party Comment

Stop in with Sian - Episode 8 - Black Lives Matter, and the arts in crisis

This week, Sian expresses her solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests and her disgust at the President's stunts and military threats, and calls for a ban on UK exports of offensive police equipment, and for dismantling systemic racism in the UK.

Special Green guests on the sofa this week come from the arts and creative industries and share the works they are creating, Sam Murray from the music industry, actor and London Assembly candidate Zack Polanski, filmmaker Charlotte George and writer and theatre maker Eleanor Margolies.

Green Party Report: Focus Covid-19 support on sustainable industries
https://greenworld.org.uk/article/focus-covid-19-support-sustainable-industries-says-report

Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry to restand as Green Party co-leaders
http://bright-green.org/2020/06/08/jonathan-bartley-and-sian-berry-to-restand-as-green-party-co-leaders/


Reading Room

Petition: Extend DV Specialists, Sistah Space's Hackney Tenancy Until March 31st 2021
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/extend-dv-specialist-sistah-space-s-hackney-tenancy-until-march-31st

The system isn’t broken. It was built this way. Writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch speaks about how modern Britain was built on hundreds of years of oppression in the form of the British Empire. Hirsch calls for Britain to recognise its dark colonial history–widespread violence, displacement and cultural erasure–which has been omitted from the British national narrative that sees Britishness as synonymous with decency and civilisation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az8-sEa8Fk0&feature=youtu.be

Frontline Hackney- A day in the life of the Law
https://frontlinehackney.blogspot.com/2020/06/coronavid-diaries-pt-3-raft-of.html

Hackney Council: Review into landmarks and naming of public spaces launched
https://news.hackney.gov.uk/review-into-landmarks-and-naming-of-public-spaces-launched

North London charity helps Woodberry Down residents struggling during Covid-19 pandemic
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/charity-helps-woodberry-down-residents-struggling-during-covid-19-1-6691142

Despite risking my life working for the NHS during the pandemic, rules put in place by my own government mean I don’t earn enough to have my husband here.
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-nhs-bame-staff_uk_5edd5dc5c5b6c78ceb00fb1f

Legacies of British Slave-ownership: We believe that research and analysis of this group are key to understanding the extent and the limits of slavery's role in shaping British history and leaving lasting legacies that reach into the present. 
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs//

Comprehensive thread about the removal of the Colston statue from local Bristol reporter
https://twitter.com/TristanCorkPost/status/1269631312111063041

Petition: Act now to make the Brooke/Evering Rds area and all its schools safer!
https://www.change.org/p/hackney-council-create-a-hackney-downs-low-traffic-neighbourhood-safe-healthy-streets-around-8-schools

Podcast: A group of #youngreporters taking part in the #unfilteredproject explored what racism looks like, where it began and where it's heading in an open and honest discussion.
https://soundcloud.com/user-180390697/racism-through-the-ages-a-discussion

Saturday June 20 is 💚 World Refugee Day 💚 and we'd LOVE for everyone to join us for one special day of riding miles and raising money!
https://donate.helprefugees.org/campaigns/around-the-world/

This summer London Art Week is launching a new online platform, LAW DIGITAL. Discover over 5,000 years of art from the world's leading pre-contemporary galleries on 3 to 10 July 2020, with a Preview on Thursday 2 July.
https://londonartweek.co.uk/


Local Projects

Can you help water a thirsty garden at your local Overground station this summer?

Energy Garden has supported communities across London to transform Overground station platforms with planter boxes, raised beds and trackside planting. We currently have gardens at Hackney Downs, Stoke Newington and Clapton stations, all of which struggled during lockdown. We are now trying to rebuild the community groups and revive the gardens.

  • Hackney Downs has upwards of 8 small planters and 2 large raised beds.
  • Stoke Newington has 4 large planter boxes under the station's historic arches, all in dire need of love.
  • Clapton has 4-5 large planter boxes and one massive planter box.

The idea is that these are your gardens! The soil is there, and Energy Garden will provide material support in terms of plants, soil, and tools. We will introduce you to station staff and ensure you are aware of all safety measures while at the station. From there, it’s just a matter of deciding what you would like to see growing and making sure the plants are watered throughout the summer.

We will connect you via Whatsapp to your station’s group to organise activities and observe social distancing between members. This is a fun and rewarding way to meet your neighbours, station staff and other community change makers and no prior gardening experience is required. In September, we will have a Harvest party to celebrate all the produce that our groups and gardens provide.

Please call 07444 613635, email kyle@energygarden.org.uk or DM @energygardenldn if you are interested. Happy gardening!


We Call for Cancellation of Covid Rent Arrears

HGPrenters.jpg

Our campaign for the cancellation of Covid-19 rent arrears continues...

We have had some local press coverage here
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/hackney-green-party-calls-for-rent-arrears-cancellation-amid-coronavirus-1-6679962
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/05/29/demands-greater-support-renters-as-union-collectives-take-shape-across-hackney/

Video from Alex, crunching the numbers
https://twitter.com/alexjarmitage/status/1268492634747801600

and the Guardian are taking up the story
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/thousands-of-uk-tenants-face-losing-home-when-eviction-ban-ends

View the Hackney Green Party Letter Here

Sign Our Open Letter Here

Find out more about the Hackney Green Party policy on housing here

London Renters Union Campaign Link, if you are struggling topay rent they have lots of useful information that may help
https://londonrentersunion.org/cantpaywontpay/
https://londonrentersunion.org/coronavirus-qa/


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

Share

HGP Greenvine 5 June 2020

Hackney Green Party
Hello. How are you? 🖐

We are reminded this week that we must all fight systemic racism and racial injustice, actively, immediately and with vigour ✊💚💪. Without true justice and equality there will be no climate justice.

This fight starts with listening and education and we have included a number of links below to help you on your journey. 🙏

More next week.

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/


We Call for Cancellation of Covid Rent Arrears

HGPrenters.jpg

Our campaign for the cancellation of Covid-19 rent arrears continues...

We have had some local press coverage here
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/hackney-green-party-calls-for-rent-arrears-cancellation-amid-coronavirus-1-6679962
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/05/29/demands-greater-support-renters-as-union-collectives-take-shape-across-hackney/

Video from Alex, crunching the numbers
https://twitter.com/alexjarmitage/status/1268492634747801600

and the Guardian are taking up the story
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/thousands-of-uk-tenants-face-losing-home-when-eviction-ban-ends

View the Hackney Green Party Letter Here

Sign Our Open Letter Here

Find out more about the Hackney Green Party policy on housing here

London Renters Union Campaign Link, if you are struggling topay rent they have lots of useful information that may help
https://londonrentersunion.org/cantpaywontpay/
https://londonrentersunion.org/coronavirus-qa/


Green Party Comment

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Greens demand inquiry into institutional racism and Covid deaths
https://greenworld.org.uk/article/greens-demand-inquiry-institutional-racism-and-covid-deaths

Greens of Colour, Jarelle Andre Francis: Black Lives Matter
https://greensofcolour.greenparty.org.uk/2020/06/01/black-lives-matter/

George Floyd murder: Solidarity in pain and fear
https://greenworld.org.uk/article/george-floyd-murder-solidarity-pain-and-fear

Caroline Russell: Risks to BAME transport workers are unacceptable
https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/caroline-russell/risks-to-bame-transport-workers-are-unacceptable

Watch Again: Gren Party Digital BBQ Resilient Communities
https://livingroom.greenparty.org.uk/digital-bbq-1-resilient-communities/

Caroline Russell: Response to TfL changes to congestion charge level and hours
https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/london-assembly/assembly-members/publications-caroline-russell/publication-caroline-russell-response-tfl-changes-congestion-charge-level-and-hours

Greens accuse PM of misleading Parliament over care homes
https://leftfootforward.org/2020/05/exclusive-greens-accuse-pm-of-misleading-parliament-over-care-home-deaths/


Reading Room

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Racial Injustice - News

Salena Godden Poem: While Justice Waits
http://www.salenagodden.co.uk/2020/06/poem-and-justice-waits.html

Systemic racism and police brutality are British problems too
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/04/systemic-racism-police-brutality-british-problems-black-lives-matter

The Government’s Reaction To BAME Deaths Tells Us Everything We Already Knew About Our Society
https://bylinetimes.com/2020/06/04/the-governments-reaction-to-bame-deaths-tells-us-everything-we-already-knew-about-our-society/

Samir Jeraj: What Public Health England’s report on BAME deaths says – and what it doesn’t
https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/2020/06/what-public-health-england-s-report-bame-deaths-says-and-what-it-doesn-t

Afua Hirsch: The racism that killed George Floyd was built in Britain
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/03/racism-george-floyd-britain-america-uk-black-people

Gary Younge: We Can't Breathe, What connects the most brazen forms of state violence against black people and the struggles of BAME coronavirus patients is systemic racism.
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2020/06/we-cant-breathe

Flash grenades, rubber bullets and pepper balls: A look at "less than lethal" devices that can sometimes be fatal
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flash-grenades-rubber-bullets-and-pepper-balls-the-police-weapons-used-against-protesters/

UK protesters accuse police of targeting black people during lockdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/01/uk-police-accused-of-targeting-black-people-during-lockdown


Racial Injustice - Education

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The Black Curriculum
https://www.theblackcurriculum.com/ourcurriculum

Put our colonial history on the curriculum – then we’ll understand who we really are
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/05/britain-colonial-history-curriculum-racism-migration

10 Books About Race To Read Instead Of Asking A Person Of Color To Explain Things To You
https://www.bustle.com/p/10-books-about-race-to-read-instead-of-asking-a-person-of-color-to-explain-things-to-you-8548796

A brief history of police brutality in the UK
https://www.huckmag.com/perspectives/opinion-perspectives/a-brief-history-of-police-brutality-in-the-uk/

Syllabus for MPhil class 'Race and Empire in Modern British History'
https://twitter.com/freddyfoks1/status/1268608332891185152?s=19

Netflix: When They See Us
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80200549?trkid=13747225&s=a&t=cp

Netflix: 13th
https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80091741?trkid=13747225&s=a&t=cp

Benjamin Zephaniah - Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaH2XO7z4l4&app=desktop

"The New Jim Crow" - Author Michelle Alexander, George E. Kent Lecture 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gln1JwDUI64&feature=share&app=desktop#menu

Pluto Press: 50% off books by our BAME authors until the 21st June.
https://www.plutobooks.com/bame-authors/

Good collection of resources here
https://home.38degrees.org.uk/2020/06/04/a-collection-of-anti-racism-resources/

No more cops: Resource guide
http://bright-green.org/2020/06/03/no-more-cops-resource-guide/


Racial Injustice - Action

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Fundraiser: Support UKBLM’s work with black communities across the UK. This is an evolving fund to support black life against institutional racism and enable radical reminaging/knowledge production from within our communities.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund

Email Your MP: Teach Black History 
https://www.theblackcurriculum.com/action

Donate: Newham Bookshop is raising £5,000 to help distribute free books that fight for racial justice
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/fight-inequality

Petition: Suspend UK export of tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields to USA
https://www.change.org/p/suspend-uk-export-of-tear-gas-rubber-bullets-and-riot-shields-to-usa

500 Women Scientists: Communicating Your Support For #blacklivesmatter: Dos, Don’ts, And Resources
https://500womenscientists.org/updates/2020/6/1/take-action

Ways You Can Help: When You’re Done: Educate Yourself. This Doesn’t Go Away Once The Topic Isn’t, “Trending.”
https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Campaign Zero: Actions to end police violence in the US
https://www.joincampaignzero.org/

Movement to defund police gains 'unprecedented' support across US
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/04/defund-the-police-us-george-floyd-budgets


Covid-19

How Germany got coronavirus right
https://www.ft.com/content/cc1f650a-91c0-4e1f-b990-ee8ceb5339ea

Whitehall on trial: how the government is preparing for the Covid inquiry
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/whitehall-on-trial-how-the-government-is-preparing-for-the-covid-inquiry

NHS test-and-trace system 'not fully operational until September'
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/nhs-track-and-trace-system-not-expected-to-be-operating-fully-until-september-coronavirus

Australian Government response
https://www.thejuicemedia.com/derp/

Visa fears mean Filipino nurses ‘feel unable to say no’ during crisis
https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/coronavirus/visa-fears-mean-filipino-nurses-feel-unable-to-say-no-during-crisis-25-05-2020/

BMJ - Covid-19: Questions of conscience and duty for scientific advisers
https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m2102


Climate Change

Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism. It’s impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality, activists say.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/climate/black-environmentalists-talk-about-climate-and-anti-racism.html

The UK’s tax system promotes inequality and fails to prevent environmental degradation. Here’s how we can change it.
https://neweconomics.org/2020/06/redesigning-tax-for-a-just-green-recovery

Trump signs order to waive environmental reviews for key projects
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/06/04/trump-sign-order-waive-environmental-reviews-key-projects/

Walking, rolling or cycling will be a vital part of a better London
https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/walking-london-cycling-coronavirus-a4458776.html#gsc.tab=0

Air pollution in China back to pre-Covid levels and Europe may follow
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/03/air-pollution-in-china-back-to-pre-covid-levels-and-europe-may-follow

Top business leaders call on Boris Johnson to set out green recovery plan
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jun/01/top-business-leaders-call-on-boris-johnson-to-set-out-green-recovery-plan

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/01/sixth-mass-extinction-of-wildlife-accelerating-scientists-warn

Christiana Figueres: Covid-19 has given us the chance to build a low-carbon future
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/01/covid-low-carbon-future-lockdown-pandemic-green-economy


Other Links

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Police Chief urged Priti Patel to use Extinction Rebellion ‘opportunity’ to curb protest rights
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/met-police-chief-urged-priti-patel-to-use-extinction-rebellion/

Ministers considering renationalising England and Wales probation service. Move is latest attempt to unwind ‘disastrous’ 2014 changes under Chris Grayling
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/04/ministers-considering-renationalising-england-and-wales-probation-service

Petition: Demanding humane treatment for Asylum Seekers
https://www.change.org/p/priti-patel-home-secretary-we-demand-asaferway

Donate: NRPF Solidarity Hardship Fund, making direct payments to families
https://www.gofundme.com/f/nrpf-covid19-hardship-fund?

Government ready to open British markets to chlorinated chicken for US trade deal
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/chlorinated-chicken-british-markets-us-trade-deal-trump-a9548431.html#gsc.tab=0

Refugee Bike Project - Fundraising Quiz
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kerry-godliman-jen-brister-present-bike-projects-lockdown-virtual-quiz-tickets-107072550882

George Monbiot: Britain's claims to being a functioning democracy are only skin deep
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/03/britain-democracy-tories-coronavirus-public-power


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

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Hackney Green Party
Hello, how are you? 🖐

Below is our weekly round up of news and commentary, plus links to support services if you need them... hope you can manage to keep positive and healthy.

More next week.

💚 Hackney Green Party
http://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/

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Johnson forced to drop NHS surcharge for migrant health workers
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/johnson-forced-to-drop-nhs-surcharge-for-migrant-health-workers

Unions accuse Hackney Mayor of ‘hypocrisy’ over sick pay for outsourced council cleaners
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/05/19/unions-hackney-mayor-hypocrisy-sick-pay-outsourced-council-cleaners/

Hackney Council has called on the government not to miss out on a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to end rough sleeping.
https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2020/05/20/government-miss-chance-end-rough-sleeping/

Hackney voluntary sector calls for ‘monumental shift’ to tackle health inequality
https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-hackney-council-for-voluntary-service-on-health-inequality-1-6658860

Hackney Council Coronavirus budget gap equivalent to half of austerity cuts, report reveals
https://news.hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-budget-gap-equivalent-to-half-of-austerity-cuts-report-reveals/

Government Covid-19 Response

Firms given £1bn of state contracts without tender in Covid-19 crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/15/firms-given-1bn-of-state-contracts-without-tender-in-covid-19-crisis

“No hand sanitiser, no procedures”: Social workers on protecting children in the pandemic
https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/coronavirus/2020/05/no-hand-sanitiser-no-procedures-social-workers-protecting-children

Coronavirus: know your rights
https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/advice_information/coronavirus-know-your-rights/

BMJ: The UK’s public health response to covid-19
https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1932

Green Party Comment

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Caroline Lucas: Forcing MPs back to Parliament sets a dangerous precedent for the rest of the UK
https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/parliament-uk-mps-return-coronavirus-lockdown-caroline-lucas-2860271

Natalie Bennett: Government should warn public of danger of ‘false negatives’
https://leftfootforward.org/2020/05/natalie-bennet-government-should-warn-public-of-danger-of-false-negatives/

Green Party: Building A Community Shield To Suppress The Coronavirus
https://coronavirus.greenparty.org.uk/

Alternative Responses

Afua Hirsch: Why are Africa's coronavirus successes being overlooked?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/21/africa-coronavirus-successes-innovation-europe-us

Nudge theory could heal Brexit Britain's divide over lockdown: Lee de Wit
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/20/nudge-theory-brexit-divide-lockdown-coronavirus

Winning the new world - building a radically democratic society after lockdown.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/democracy-gathering-tickets-104995743094

Wales moves to deny Covid-19 support to businesses based in tax havens
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/wales-moves-to-deny-covid-19-support-to-businesses-based-in-tax-havens/14/05/

Why journalists don’t need to be more “positive” or “supportive” of the government
https://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/coronavirus/2020/05/media-journalists-supportive-negative-positive-alan-sugar-briefings-government

Reclaiming Work: The Cycle Couriers Subverting The Gig Economy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0Z5PBgwu60&feature=youtu.be

Recovering from this crisis we need bold, ambitious change for migrants
https://www.jcwi.org.uk/news/recovering-from-this-crisis-we-need-a-new-deal-for-migrants

Coronavirus is not fuel for urbanist fantasies. This moment should be about reassessing our broken cities
https://www.curbed.com/2020/5/20/21263319/coronavirus-future-city-urban-covid-19

Car Free Cities

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StreetSpace: We are hospitals calling on all UK councils to ensure that our staff and the populations we serve can get to work safely in the coming months.
https://keyworkerspace.ghost.io/streetspace/

Manchester becomes latest UK city to delay clean air zone
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/21/manchester-becomes-latest-uk-city-to-delay-clean-air-zone

Other Links

Save Lea Marshes: Application for the Waterworks Festival REFUSED!
https://www.saveleamarshes.org.uk/

Mind the gap: 2 metres apart and masked in Hackney – a photo essay
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/may/21/mind-the-gap-two-metres-apart-masked-ridley-road-hackney-a-photo-essay

'I don't want to be seen as a zealot': what MPs really think about the climate crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/21/i-dont-want-to-be-seen-as-a-zealot-what-mps-really-think-about-the-climate-crisis

£4bn overhaul of Houses of Parliament could be scrapped because of public hostility to spending during crisis
https://inews.co.uk/news/exclusive-4bn-overhaul-houses-parliament-scrapped-public-hostility-coronavirus-2856123

Remarks by Michel Barnier following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/SPEECH_20_895

US town rejects solar farm because it will 'suck up all the sun'
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/us-town-rejects-solar-farm-because-it-will-suck-up-all-the-sun

Stop blaming each other for the climate crisis – coronavirus shows what we can achieve together
https://theconversation.com/amp/stop-blaming-each-other-for-the-climate-crisis-coronavirus-shows-what-we-can-achieve-together-136013


Covid-19 Info, Advice & Support

helpandadvice.jpg

We've put our help and advice sections on our website now for easy access whenever you need them.

Donations and Help Wanted
Local organisations that need money and support, plus volunteer opportunities.

Supporting Local Business
No need to shop in supermarkets or with Amazon please support local businesses 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

General Advice Pages 
For artists, local businesses, the self employed, renters, how to claim grants, protect your rights etc. Government advice and virus mythbusting

Organisations Offering Support 
Get the help you need here in Hackney

Self Care and Mental Health
Advice on how to look after yourself and others

Activities for Isolation
Highlights from our weekly round up of activities you can do online.

Advice and links is updated regularly and often, so always worth a look, full page here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/covid19_coronavirus_support_listings


And finally..

Hackney Green Party members are hard at work all year round - campaigning on local issues, sweating over press releases, delivering leaflets and canvassing for support in forthcoming elections.

We would love for you to help us make a difference either by coming to one of the events above or by simply donating here.

https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/donate

If you have any feedback on this newsletter or suggestions for items to include next week then email Graham Woodruff at graham@claymallet.net 

Deadline for content for the Friday email is Thursday 1pm, only Hackney Green Party items will definitely be listed, others may be if they fit our values and there is enough time and space to add them.

Trying to remember that link? Past issues can be found here
https://www.hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine_archive

Not a member?

We are proud to do politics differently but we need determined, caring people like you to help us make it happen. Join the thousands of people who are already members and stand up for what matters.

https://join.greenparty.org.uk/

To subscribe to receive this email in your inbox sign up at: hackneygreens.org.uk/greenvine

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