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.

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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

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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

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