Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council Annual General Meeting
What? Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council Annual General Meeting
Where? WACA, Rock Street Community Complex, Rock Street, Wellingborough NN8 4LW
When? 13th July 6.30pm for 7pm
Food? YES….FREE BUFFET
Speaker? Weyman Bennett from Stand Up To Racism
We look forward to updating you on our progress over the last year. Please show your support to the NREC team by attending this event. Your support is needed now more than ever, with increases in hate crime and reductions to our funding/budgets.
Banbury & Bicester BBQ
Please note that our neighbours in the Banbury & Bicester CLP are holding a BBQ to which all are invited with tickets at the bargain price of £7.50. It will be held 5.30pm – 9.00pm 15th July 2017 and if you take an instrument (if you have one) or even if you don’t, you can take part in the proceedings and display your talents to all! Contact details and other information can be found within the image.
Northamptonshire Palestine Solidarity Campaign
Friday 14th July, 7 o’clock
Public meeting – Iyad will speak about his work with the non-violent resistance and living in the West Bank under military occupation.
Venue: Wellingborough African Caribbean Association (27 Rock Street, Wellingborough, NN8 4LW)
Thursday 13th July, 3-5pm
Harrowden Books (61 High St, Finedon, NN9 5JN)
Admission to both events is free – All welcome
“Bil’in and The Non-violent Resistance” relates the story of the creation of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, a citizen’s group formed by the people of the farming village Bil’in in Palestine, to deal with the regular raids that began in 2004 by the Israeli Occupation Forces. Bil’in is adjacent to an illegal Israeli settlement. Land from Bil’in has been taken to construct the Separation Wall. The book is an informative look at the many harsh realities the occupied people of Palestine cope with living under Israeli occupation.
Price £20 – cash only!
Books signed by Iyad available to purchase at each event.
Bil’in is also the setting of the 2011 documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, co-directed by Iyad’s brother Emad Burnat. Bil’in is just one of many villages in the West Bank where non-violent protest marches take place every Friday.
Next CLP Meeting
Our next CLP meeting will be held at The Methodist Hall, 11 Brackley Rd, Towcester NN12 6DH, at 7.30pm Wednesday 12th July 2017.
Guest speaker will be Roger Neill to talk about fund raising.
Hope to see you all there.
National Day of Action
On Saturday 1 July we held our first Labour Party Campaign Day since the General Election, in Brackley Market Square. We asked shoppers and passers-by what they thought of Theresa May’s £1 billion deal with the DUP, playing a version of the quiz show ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ Funnily enough, no one we spoke to agreed with the Tory’s use of tax payer’s money to prop up their failing government. Instead, people said they’d like to see the money spent across the UK on nurses, police, firefighters, or building social housing. We agree! Labour policies will mean a fairer Britain for all.
It was great to meet several new party members who came along to say hello. We also met a lovely lady called Brenda who came up to the stall for a chat about politics and then decided to join the party!
Gala Supper Club with Special Guest Barry Gardiner, 16th June
Barry has been MP for Brent North since 1997, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change
Where and When?
7pm for 7.30pm, Friday 16th June , The Institute, Oxford Road, Adderbury OX17 3NE
How can I book?
This promises to sell-out, make sure you book early!£12 a head until 4th June and £13.50 after Price includes a two course supper
Raffle and Cash Bar
Email Anne Davis firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01295 810813
Booking essential – non members welcome – no bookings on the door
Brexit and Civil Society – The Voice of Northamptonshire, 22nd June
This event will take place in the County Council offices, CountyChamber, 27 Guildhall Road Northampton NN1 1DE
This is the second in a series of three events examining the potential impact of Britain’s exit from the European Union. The second instalment will explore the impact of Brexit on the community and community relations, the third and charity sector, the demand for and delivery of social services, immigration and cross-cultural integration.
The evening will include a Question Time-style session, with the audience interacting with the panel, which will include Northants County Councillor Heather Smith, CEO of Goodwill Solutions Mike Britton, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations Suzanne McDonald-Walker, CEO of Northampton Community Foundation Victoria Miles and Dominic Hopkins Undersheriff of Northants and Partner at Hewitsons Sollicitors LLP.
The Question Master will be BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff. Get your questions ready, register now and join the great debate!
Hustings at St Lawrence Church Towcester, Tuesday 6 June
Our Sophie did the Labour party proud at the hustings on 6 June. In the words of Father Ben Phillips this was “An opportunity to get together all the candidates to ask them questions and listen to them.”
One question from the audience was “aren’t Labour being disingenuous in promising everything when there is no money”. Sophie’s response was the Labour Manifesto is fully costed in detail, unlike the Tory Manifesto where hardly any numbers appear at all.
There was also an excellent question from Alice Andermahr “What are parties going to do about tuition fees which are going to leave students with debts of up to 6 figures?” Sophie’s response “Well that’s an easy one, Labour will abolish tuition fees.”
BBC Radio Northampton Breakfast Show
All South Northants candidates were invited to participate in the Breakfast Show on Sunday 28th May, coming from Brackley Fields Care Home. All were asked about dementia tax and HS2. Mrs Leadsom said someone had to pay for social care and if it wasn’t the elderly it would have to be the young. Sophie said Labour’s view was that it did not have to be the young, just the richest 5% (unlikely to include many of the young in this). Re HS2 Sophie was clear that now the decision had been made her focus was on minimising the upheaval and any negative impact to local residents. Please click on the rather interesting image mid-interview below to hear the interview in full.
Campaign Planning Wednesday 10th May
Our Chair Sophie Johnson has been selected to go up against Andrea Leadsom in the forthcoming June 8th general election so we held a very well attended planning meeting with several enthusiastic and highly motivated new faces, including one Ian Reddington who fans of Shameless and Corrie will recognise.
Guest of honour was Labour politician Terry Davis who shared his campaigning expertise, extremely valuable as Terry lives in a similar constituency, North Oxfordshire, to our own, and through efficient targeting and effective mobilisation of local supporters has achieved significant Labour councillor representation in the area.
Probably the most significant thing Terry said is that you can’t win elections without money, and we really need to get our message out locally so we would be incredibly grateful for any donation, no matter how small.
Wednesday 12th April, Chantry House, Towcester
Fabulous evening with Dr Mel Crofts, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Northampton & Chair of Northampton Rights and Equality Council as our guest speaker, with excellent contributions from Conrad Whitcroft our Youth Officer, Charlie Hyams, our LGBTQ+ Officer and Richard Solesbury-Timms our European Officer as well as some great Chairing and multitasking by our Vice Chair and Women’s Officer Sonya Andermahr.
Rather than giving a lecture Mel encouraged a discursive evening which really engaged the whole audience. Points made by Mel included:
- Just saying everyone should be treated equally is not enough.
- If institutional policies are set solely by those at the top, predominantly white, middle aged, middle class males, without direct input from those they are meant to protect then equality will not work.
- Important to look at the outcomes, not just the policies.
Richard shared with the group the steps that ASLEF were taking to ensure equality. Whilst legislation may exist around equality unions play an important role in making sure this legislation is actually enforced.
Conrad and Charlie gave very engaging speeches on the challenges faced by youth and the LGBTQ+ community, key points being:
- the disproportionately high level of mental health issues and suicides
- the importance of pronouns
- the difference between sex (biology) and gender (how you choose to be viewed by society)
- the challenges of binary attitudes and casual discrimination
Sonya made the key point that all significant legislation around equality has come from Labour governments.
A big thanks to Sonya for organising the event and to everyone who came.