community

by Kwadwo Kari-Kari

“All day, all week, we sleep on London’s freezing streets.” - Occupy LSX placard

Let me start with a confession: I have not spent a single night sleeping at any of the occupations. If that appalls you I can only apologise, but I was one of two protesters that successfully “occupied” Paternoster Square (ok hung around in Starbucks) from midday to 2pm on 15th October. I do see myself as part of the Occupy Movement, and admire those who camp in the City of London. I think that the majority of sympathisers and supporters aren’t attracted to sleeping on freezing streets of London as a method of enabling social change. So I want to suggest not that we do something different, but instead diversify our tactics to engage more of the “99%” we claim to represent.

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The Tottenham-based families of Mark Duggan, Roger Sylvester, Cynthia Jarrett and Joy Gardner - whose loved ones all died following detention by police officers - will speak at a press conference for the launch of the Tottenham Defence Campaign on Wednesday 5th October. This is two months since the shooting of Mark Duggan and the 26th anniversary of the death of Cynthia Jarrett.

The four families, speaking alongside local community activist Stafford Scott, will discuss the struggle for truth and justice they have faced.

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Unity March

3,000 march through Hackney & Haringey on Saturday 13th August to demand:
Give Our Kids A Future!

On Saturday 13th August, 3,000 people of all ages and backgrounds, mainly from Hackney and Haringey, but with additional support from all around London, marched from Gillet Square, Dalston in Hackney, to Tottenham Green in Haringey.

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Give Our Kids A Future! Saturday 13th August, 1pm
Assemble Gillett Square, Dalston, N16. March to Tottenham Green, N15

Our communities need a united response to both the riots and the causes of despair and frustration that can result in riots.

We call for:

- A culture of valuing, not demonising, youth and unemployed people
- Support for those affected by the rioting, including the immediate rehousing of people made homeless, grants for affected small businesses, and restoration of damaged areas
- Reversal of all cuts to youth services in our boroughs
- No cuts to public services! Instead, investment into community-led regeneration of our communities, including access for all to decent housing, jobs, education and sports facilities
- An independent community inquiry into policing methods in our boroughs, and an end to discriminatory stop and search
- Availability of legal support for all those people arrested by police. Young people face potential sentences that will affect them, their families and their wider communities for years to come. Recommended solicitors are Bindmans 0207 833 4433 and Hodge, Jones and Allen 07659 111192

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A fair few of us from Haringey Solidarity Group saw, at first hand, events in Tottenham on Saturday night, sending live updates via our Twitter account (_HSG_), and once we've caught up on our sleep we'll probably post something here.

In the meantime, here is a link to an interview with Stafford Scott, self-described "active member of the community" (rather than the title that the Sky reporter wanted to bestow on him, "leading member..."):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a3F3aG9RGw&feature=youtu.be

or read a transcript of the Stafford Scott interview