HGP Greenvine 15th May 2020

Hackney Green Party

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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.

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Reading Room

Stranded super-rich confront tax chaos after pandemic lockdowns.

New safety measures at Victoria Park are in place from Saturday 16 May

Green space is important for wellbeing but in poorer areas visits to parks have dropped.

Public Campaign for the Arts:Ā Raise public awareness about the impact of Covid-19 on the cultural industries and Grow widespread support for a rescue package. Join Here:

Podcast conversation with John Burn-Murdoch about his work on the visualisations for the Financial Times' "Coronavirus Tracked" page, which has been evolving alongside this outbreak since February 2020.

Judicial Review to force UK Government to extend health and safety rights to "gig economy" workers

Naomi Klein: How big tech plans to profit from the pandemic

We can't hide behind the bunting ā€“ let's face up to what's happened to Britain

The Government Response

Too many NHS staff have died - we need a public inquiry

Treasury blueprint to raise taxes and freeze wages to pay for Ā£300bn coronavirus bill

Coronavirus lockdown: The world reacts to Britainā€™s ā€˜incomprehensibleā€™ response, botched testing and care home crisis

Greeks marvel at Britain's Covid chaos as their lockdown lifts after 150 deaths

Drivers tell of chaos at UK's privately run PPE stockpile

Coronavirus: How many people have died in the UK?

UK takes a pasting from world's press over coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus: Thousands could be forced to leave UK within weeks under current Home Office guidelines

Alternative Responses

Robot reminds visitors of safe distancing measures in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Iā€™ve landed in Hong Kong after flying from Paris CDG, via London Heathrow. I now have to wait ~8 hours before I get my #COVID19 test results and thus have ample time to tweet about my experience.

The coronavirus slayer! How Kerala's rock star health minister helped save it from Covid-19.Ā KK Shailaja has been hailed as the reason a state of 35 million people has only lost four to the virus. Hereā€™s how the former teacher did it

Britons want quality of life indicators to take priority over economy

Car Free Cities

Hackney Cycling Campaign: 10 priority interventions to enable socially distanced movement.Ā 

Poll: Majority of British public support weekly car-free days in towns and cities

Broadway Market - please make it permanently car-free with similar measures across Hackney

Emergency road safety measures: Barnabas Road to close to through-traffic

Green Party Comment

Caroline Lucas:Ā Covid-19 should be a wake-up call to get serious about the climate crisis

Carla Denyer:Ā ā€˜Protecting rentersā€™ shouldnā€™t mean that renters pay more

Caroline Lucas:Ā Boris Johnsonā€™s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been a disaster from the start

Sian Berry responds to Boris Johnsonā€™s public address 10 May

Natalie Bennett:Ā The human in farming

Amelia Womack: Give youth a voice

Jonathan Bartley says the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown we can create a safer world, if governments take action now.

Natalie Bennett:Q&A

Stop in with Sian - Episode 6 - Speeding and road danger
Featuring award-winning road danger reduction campaigner Victoria LeBrec, who was cycling along when she was in a collision with a skip lorry and lost a leg. We also hear from the head of the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, who will be telling us what action he's taking to reduce speeds in the crisis, and keep our roads safe.

Other Links


Moths: Their fragile, winged emanations speak to us urgently of the dark, of the earth, of our own bones, of all we cannot see.Ā 

The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

Lights stay on despite cyber-attack on UK's electricity system

Covid-19Ā Info, Advice & Support


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 businessesĀ 

Local Support in Hackney
Mutual aid and neighbourhood groups information.

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

Organisations Offering SupportĀ 
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

Activities for Isolation

Barber Shop Chronicles | National Theatre at Home

The First Reviews of Every Virginia Woolf Novel

Do you know your Kauffman from your Emin? Test your knowledge of women artists and the Royal Academy of Arts in the The Great Women Artists quiz.

Shoreditch Town Hall:Ā Keep up-to-date with the latest online cultural productions and activities during lockdown courtesy of our friends and partner organisations

MIGRANTS MAKE CULTURE 2020' - Migrants in Culture and Keep It Complex:Ā On the 18th of January, around 100 migrant culture workers and allies came together for Migrants in Culture first Activation Day: Migrants Make Culture, at Raven Row, Spitalfields, London.

Bike Project:Ā Join comedian Robin Ince for a night of quizzing fun and laughter, all to raise money to keep our wheels turning and refugees cycling.

OnlineĀ Sustainable(ish) Festival

Lots more here on our help and advice pages

And finally..

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