More Transparency Needed about the Hackney Data Hack

It has been five months since the Hackney Council computer systems were hacked and residents are still waiting for essential council services to get back online.

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Speak up for Ridley Villas residents

Hackney Green Party campaigner Augusta Itua has been working with current and former residents of the hostel to improve conditions. Concerns have been raised about Ridley Villas for years and an investigation by the Hackney Gazette in 2018 with the help of Green Party campaigner Dr Alex Armitage found overcrowded, damp, rodent-infested and squalid conditions inside the building. Conditions haven’t improved. 

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Open Letter: Sistah Space Venue Relocation

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 we 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:

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Preventing a Climate and Ecological Catastrophe

We have repeatedly been told that we are asking too much too quickly to tackle the Climate Crisis, that drastic change is not possible, that we cannot so easily change human behaviour.

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Hackney Green Party Call for Cancellation of Covid Rent Arrears

Hackney Green Party is 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.
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Statement on General Election results

Hackney Green Party were disappointed by the general election result but vow to keep building their support in Hackney.

The Greens came third in Hackney North, but increased their vote share some the 2017 election by 4.1%. In Hackney South, the Greens came third, with a 2.1% increase in vote.

Alex Armitage, who stood in Hackney North and Stoke Newington said: “I'm disappointed that we didn't get a higher share of the vote which would have sent a strong message to Labour to keep taking the Climate Emergency seriously.

Now the election is over, I'm back at work this weekend as a doctor in a paediatric intensive care unit. Everyone here is frightened about the implications on the NHS of another five years of Conservative government.

Hackney has not been heard in this election. The voice of our community has been muffled by the first past the post voting system.

Our democracy is broken. First Past the Post has put Boris Johnson in number 10 and has drowned out the vital voices of the Greens and other parties from our politics. Just as we need a radical reform of our society to combat the Climate and Ecological Emergency, so do we need a change in our democracy to make everybody's voice heard.

Tyrone Scott, who stood in Hackney South and Shoreditch said: I am very proud of the result we have achieved in both Hackney North & South. We have an incredible team of dedicate volunteers who have worked so hard to ensure we retain our deposits and increase our vote shares.

 It was amazing to meet so many people in Hackney South and Shoreditch who were so supportive of our policies and were really glad to see our activists on the street. We keep building our support in Hackney and are already getting back to work on the London 2020 campaign.

 

Thank you to everybody involved and everybody who voted for helping us grow our presence across Hackney.”

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Statement on Lib Dem Withdrawal in Hackney North

Hackney Green Party deplores the comments made by the former Liberal Democrat Candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, and expresses concerns about the allegations regarding the Labour candidate in the Clissold byelection.

We commend the Liberal Democrats for withdrawing their nomination in Hackney North and Stoke Newington. Candidates and elected representatives must serve as a model. That means political parties taking on the bigots, the bullies and harassers in their own organisations and ensuring their selection process reflects the best of our community.

Politics in Britain has become dominated by violent, aggressive and threatening language. MPs, particularly women, LGBT, people with a disability and people of colour, face a constant torrent of abuse via social media. Those of us who are elected representatives, candidates, members and supporters of political parties have to lead by example.

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Crowdfunder Launched

Alex Armitage and Tyrone Scott

We've launched our 2019 General Election crowdfunder campaign to fund our campaigns in Hackney South & Shoreditch and Hackney North & Stoke Newington.

Read more and support us now at Crowdfunder

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Hackney Green Party protest Woodberry Down redevelopment

On Tuesday 20th August, Hackney Green Party led housing activists and community campaigners in protest against a multinational developer and the next stage of redevelopment of Woodberry Down estate. They met on the steps of Hackney Town Hall where a small number of residents are resisting a compulsory purchase order (CPO).

Berkley Homes and Town Hall have had a decade long partnership giving the multinational company reign to replace the existing 1940s heritage apartment tenements with high rise luxury flats.

Concerned for the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the area, Liat Mordechai, Fabi Ahrain and Ugo Domizioli are resisting the CPO. Their worries stem from research done on the exploitative nature of the first two phases of the development. While 41% of the new homes were to be sold below market rate, Berkeley has delivered only 38% and 36%.

Mordechai explains that, “80% of the private homes [in the development] were sold to overseas investors. All of these land registries show a Chinese, Malaysian or Hong Kong owner. One investment company bought 147 flats and one entire building is owned by a Chinese national. All the advertisements in China show how much rental income they’ll receive from their investment”

The lawyer acting for the group, Christopher Jacobs, has remarked that, “The objectors are able to demonstrate that a significant purpose of the regeneration is to attract foreign investment.”

In addition, further concerns have been voiced by Dr Alex Armitage, a Green Party activist, that, “levels of carbon emissions that will be produced from this scheme are staggering. Continuation of the Woodberry Down redevelopment is not consistent with the climate emergency that was declared this year. Hackney Council is pumping tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere to kick council tenants out of their homes, break up communities and create investment opportunities for wealthy businesspeople. Meanwhile, the objective of affordable homes for Londoners remains as far off as ever. Instead we should be investing in our existing council housing stock and renovating buildings that have gone into disrepair.”

The downgraded tenancy that the council tenants face in the new development will make them liable for increased service charges and rental payments. “The investors are just exploiting the land and the lack of housing to charge more rent from low income people that can’t afford to buy a home,” says Morechai.

The Green Party has demonstrated its support to halting the further reduction in council homes through the actions taken. 

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Hackney Greens Select Their General Election Candidates

Alex Armitage and Tyrone Scott

Hackney Green party have selected their candidates for a potential General Election.

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