HGP Greenvine 9 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.

Whatever the erratic PM announces on Sunday about the lockdown to satisfy his lobbyists and his own ego.. be sensible, stay safe and keep others safe. 😷

More next week.

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Stop in with Siân Episode 4: Homelessness and humanity

This week's episode features Hackney Green Party Member Tyrone Scott, housing activist and Shelter worker.

He joins Siân on the sofa to talk about the impact of the coronavirus crisis on housing: from those who were already homeless, to renters facing upcoming debts and evictions.

We also screen a taster of a video inspired by Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, which celebrates our shared humanity and diversity in these difficult times.



Stop in with Siân Episode 5: Protect our NHS and DIY face-coverings

Siân talks to Hackney Green Party Member Alex Armitage, a children’s doctor working on the NHS front line, about his work.

Alex, who has appeared on BBC Panorama appealing for more testing and more personal protective equipment, will talk about how we can win better support for our NHS workers in this time of crisis.

We'll also be looking at homemade face coverings, and experimenting with what static electricity can do.


And here is Alex on his rooftop last night, chanting for PPE


Shouting out for #PPE this evening over Hackney, one of the worst hit areas for Covid deaths. The government has let our community down badly.
#ChantForPPE #ClapForPPE


Reading Room


Local News and Activities

GPs are assuring residents across City and Hackney that the local NHS is ‘open for business’ and ready to safely provide care to people who need it.

Hackney has third highest Covid mortality rate in England and Wales

Hackney Council: Impact of COVID-19 on the community survey

Coronavirus: Clapton community shares grief and healing on remembrance mural

Life Under Lockdown


A Social History of Social Distancing

The Global Pandemic and Active Lifestyles

Voices: This is what it feels like to be a destitute asylum seeker in a pandemic

Know Your Rights: There’s been a lot of confusion around the lockdown. How has the law changed? When can we leave home? What can the police do? What can we do if we’re questioned, fined or arrested?

UK Gov: Apply for a coronavirus test

Gary Younge: What, precisely, are we making noise for? Today’s social movements, from #ClapForCarers to #MeToo, are often a meme in pursuit of a meaning

How Community Food Providers became Emergency Food Providers

The Government Response

Why the government’s added protections for renters won’t work

Coronavirus contact-tracing: World split between two types of app

Revealed: the secret report that gave ministers warning of care home coronavirus crisis

'Biggest failure in a generation': Where did Britain go wrong?

In shielding its hospitals from COVID-19, Britain left many of the weakest exposed

Vote Leave AI firm wins seven government contracts in 18 months

Alternative Responses

Coronavirus part of new normality, says German agency as briefings cease

Amazon executive resigns over company’s ‘chickenshit’ firings of employee activists

The aim of Independent SAGE is to provide robust, independent advice to HM Government with the purpose of helping the UK navigate COVID-19 whilst minimising fatalities.
The Independent SAGE Live Stream

The New York Renters Who Can’t Pay: As the coronavirus economic shutdown stretches on, some tenants are turning missed rent payments into a movement.

European Union’s Data-Based Policy Against the Pandemic, Explained

Green Party Comment


Caroline Russell: How street design will change in the age of social distancing

“Just because Labour and the Tories have been the two largest parties for a century doesn’t mean that is going to continue” An interview with Baroness Natalie Bennett, former Green Party leader

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: Alongside a secure NHS app, we must adopt a strategy of community shielding

Caroline Lucas: We've learned that we can't go back to *normal* because it was nowhere good enough #GreenStepsToBetter

Government must act now to protect deprived areas with “community shields”

After Covid-19


A two-year basic income experiment was carried out in Finland in 2017-2018. The evaluation study is now available.

Why universal basic income could help us fight the next wave of economic shocks

Green stimulus can repair global economy and climate, study says

Ten companies to avoid over their response to COVID 19

Why coronavirus might just create a more equal society in Britain

Environmental controls key to coronavirus recovery, chancellor told

City leaders aim to shape green recovery from coronavirus crisis

Other News


Protesting after Lockdown: what should the next steps look like for XR! Calling all London Rebels to come together online to share your ideas about XR actions and how they might be organised in light of the Covid-19 crisis

The Trump administration is reversing nearly 100 environmental rules. Here’s the full list.

Home Office's denial of benefits to migrant families unlawful, court rules

The President Is Unraveling. The US is witnessing the steady, uninterrupted intellectual and psychological decomposition of Donald Trump.

Justice Lost In The Post:How the Post Office wrecked the lives of its own workers

Page 48 Explained The Conservative Party’s manifesto plans for our democracy
Unlock Democracy PDF Document

BP will not help judge portrait award for first time since 1997

'Not just weeds': how rebel botanists are using graffiti to name forgotten flora

Covid-19 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 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

Activities for Isolation


Learn how a pair of engravings by satirical artist William Hogarth were used to alter the drinking habits of the British public in the 18th century.

A project by local artist Sam Winston
Delicate Sight: Creative ideas in the dark for use at home or in the classroom

A play by Owen Sheers about Second World War poet Keith Douglas. Unicorns, Almost tells the story of his short life to his death three days after D-Day at the age of 24.

Join in this exclusive free screening of Rosario Dawson’s award-winning documentary, asking Can we feed the world without destroying the planet?

Stir to Action: We’ve partnered with Power to Change to relaunch our New Economy Programme as a three-month series of free webinars to support communities in their response to the COVID-19 emergency!

Released today: a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Broccoli Content is a podcast production company founded in direct response to the lack of opportunities for minority talent both in front and behind the mic.

Hay Festival Digital programme brings writers and readers together online, and runs 22–31 May 2020. Free live broadcasts and interactive Q&As from over 100 of the world's greatest writers and thinkers who share their insights and interrogate some of the biggest issues of our time, from Covid-19 and world health to the climate crisis and our future.

Rhymes with Orange: Escape - A monthly spoken word & open mic night in London. A place for stuck creatives to get that push to go on stage with an energetic supportive audience.

PoetryEast livestream with Maitreyabandhu exploring the work of four wonderful American poets: Marianne Moore, Anthony Hecht, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill.

Big Book Weekend 8th-10th May, online literary festival. 

How to cut your own hair at home in lockdown

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.


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