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Keep it Co-op Video : Vote Yes to Motion 12 at the Co-op AGM

13 May , 2016  

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Whether it’s championing fair tax, training the next generation of co-operative activists, or taking on the payday lenders, I’m proud to be a Labour & Co-operative MP.

That’s why I made this video. Because right now, members of the Co-operative Group are voting on whether to continue the link between the Co-operative Party and the Co-operative Group. When your ballot paper arrives for the annual Co-op Elections and Annual General Meeting, I hope other Co-op members will join me in voting Yes to motion 12 on the political subscriptions to keep the link with the Co-op Party.  If you believe you are eligible and have not received a voting pack, contact Co-operative Group membership on 0800 023 4708.

Don’t forget, the deadline for voting is Midday on Wednesday 18th May 2016. Let’s keep it going. Let’s Keep it Co-op.

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Stronger E17, Stronger In: Campaigning in the European Referendum

8 May , 2016  

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Walthamstow has always recognized that we are stronger together; that whatever the issue – be it defending Whipps Cross, fighting for the future of the Butterfields estate or seeking #justice4michelle, the campaigns and causes that we drive forward as a community are effective because local people work together to affect change.

The same principle applies to our country and the future. In the coming decades we will be more likely to overcome the challenges we face- including matters such as climate change, global trade, international development or security- when we work in cooperation not isolation. The European Union offers us the opportunity to do just that, increasing our bargaining power around the world and so the opportunities open to our economy, society and culture.

Over 60% of UK small business exports go to Europe – being part of the EU means every country is our home market. Staying will ensure that when it comes to deciding the rules of trade, the decisions reflect our interests. In contrast, leaving would not stop our neighbours from making decisions that affect our lives, but would mean they would not have to involve us in the choices they make.

Its not just on trade that we can achieve more together than we could alone. Whether fighting terrorism, tackling pollution or supporting efforts to tackle islamophobia or anti Semitism our best hopes of success lie in sharing our ideas, information and actions with those around us. That’s because being part of the European Union gives us real power to shape the world around us- and it’s a power we should use as we build a Europe able to help us take on the challenges of the next fifty years. Its too important to all our prospects to walk away. A better future for Britain means leading in Europe, not leaving it.

The European Referendum will be held on June 23 2016. That’s why in the coming weeks my priority will be to campaign for Britain to stay in the European Union – if you would like to help with this please do get in touch on stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk

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Walthamstow Says Welcome: The Wilcumstowe Wagons Appeal!

3 May , 2016  

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Donate here to help us fund two Wilcumstowe Wagons for the refugees in Calais  

On Sunday 1 May, over 70 activists from Walthamstow  welcomed Alf Dubs to our community to discuss how we can help support child refugees fleeing from conflict around the world. Alf himself came to the UK in 1939 on the Kindertransport scheme- now he’s leading the campaign in parliament to give unaccompanied children refuges in the camps in Calais the same protection. We’re delighted to hear that the Government has now u-turned and will be supporting his campaign- and we know there is more to do to help those fleeing persecution around the world.

That’s why we’re fundraising to support ‘Side by Side’ to provide two caravans for those currently in the camps. You can find out more about ‘Side by Side’ here and donate online at the link below:

Donate here to help us fund two Wilcumstowe Wagons for the refugees in Calais  

We are also working with other organisations helping refugees, both based in Calais and in Walthamstow. Here are their details if you would like to get involved- or you can sign up for updates on this campaign by emailing stella@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk.

Convoy to Calais

Email: calaisconvoy@gmail.com

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ConvoytoCalais/

A convoy will be taking materials to Calais on Sat 18 June at 10am

 

Olive Oil collection for the refugee community kitchen in Calais

Run by Maud Milton

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1041024369252622/

https://www.youcaring.com/refugee-community-kitchen-474904

Food donations will be collected by Thurs 5 May – please see FB page for the drop off points and required donations. Also see page 16 of the Walthamstow Echo for further details of drop offs and a forthcoming fundraising event:

http://walthamforestecho.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Echo-14.pdf

 

Migrants Organise

Zrinka Bralo, Chief Executive

Address: 2 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL

Email: zrinka@migrantsorganise.org

Office: 0208 964 4815

Mobile: 07954 402 147

Twitter: @ZrileB

Twitter: 2migrantsorg

 

Refugees Welcome campaign

Website: http://www.refugees-welcome.org.uk

Refugees Welcome are linked to Citizens UK who have regular local meetings

 

Walthamstow Migrant Action Group

http://www.walthamstowmigrantsaction.org.uk

Twitter: @e17migrants

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/WalthamstowMigrantsActionGroup

 

Eva Zienau – a musician and fundraiser who volunteers in Calais

Twitter: @evadestruktion

Twitter: @calhungerstrike

FB name: Ooha Zee

 

Kurdish Community Centre

Yuksel Gonul helps Syrian women in Turkey and will be working to help Yazidi women

Email: y_gonul@yahoo.co.uk

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/KurdishCommunityCentre/

 

Stand up to Racism are organising Breaking Borders: 2 an art exhibition

Raising money for refugees

Dates: Sat 28 May – Sun 5 June

Venue: Ye Old Rose and Crown Theatre Pub

53 – 55 Hoe Street E17 4SA

Contact Esther to submit

Email: es.nes@which.net

 

Homes for Good

www.homesforgood.org.uk

Encourages families to consider fostering and adopting


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Circular Firing-up Squad – Cheerleading women to success – Central London Tuesday 26 April

20 Apr , 2016  

What advice would you give your fourteen year old self?
And what does that have to do with helping women onto success? Curious? In 2016 I’ll be running more circular firing up squad workshops for women which are designed to support their leadership ambitions and potential –below are the details of how to join the first one of these circular firing up squad workshops of 2016!
These free workshops are your opportunity to support women in Britain to stand for and seek positions across our public, voluntary and private sector.
But this one is different. We want YOU to use the model to spread it out to women across civil society – so we’re calling women who want to support other women to success – to come along to our special TRAIN THE TRAINER firing-up squad on Tuesday 26 April.
Please note this event is for self-defining women only.
Details:
Tuesday 26 April
7pm – 8.30pm Parliament
To sign up please email danielle@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk

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Walthamstow Healthcare Campaign Introduction Event – Houses of Parliament Monday 18 April

11 Apr , 2016  

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We all know what a big issue access to healthcare is for our community and in particular the difficulties many face in accessing GP services. As someone who has previously signed up to get healthcare campaign updates we wanted to invite you to an event at parliament we are having next week to bring Patient Participation Groups together as well as those interested in joining one.

We will be discussing the healthcare challenges in our area as well as talk about ways we can get more people involved in healthcare campaigns locally.

For some more context you can hear Stella on The Today Programme this morning speaking about PFI debt and the challenges ahead. Starts at around 2 hours, 54 minutes.

Anyone interested in attending should email office@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk to RSVP.

There will be a number of guest speakers as well as an opportunity for those involved in setting up PPGs to talk about the experiences. We hope this event will be the beginnings of work to make healthcare accessible to everyone in Walthamstow and for a #HealthyE17.

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Circular Firing-up Squad – Brighton Thursday 21 April

14 Mar , 2016  

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What advice would you give your fourteen year old self? and what does that have to do with helping women onto success? Curious? in 2016 I’ll be running more circular firing up squad workshops for women which are designed to support their leadership ambitions and potential – below are the details of how to join our next circular firing up squad!

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The Tampon Tax and What it Tells us about Equality and Europe: Speech at the Wow Festival Saturday 12th March 2016

13 Mar , 2016  

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I’m a politician and I come from the Marxist tradition of politics. The Groucho Marx tradition that is — he said politics was the art of making trouble. And I’m here to talk about women’s trouble…what am I talking about today? The Tampon Tax. More…

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Generation to Generation: Walthamstow’s Int’l Women’s Day March Against Street Harassment and Feminist Bootcamp- Saturday 5th March 12.15pm – 5pm

23 Feb , 2016  

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On Saturday 5th March 2016, ahead of International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday we will becharlene white holding a day of action to support gender equality in Walthamstow. If you’d like to join us please sign up using the links below:

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Housing

The E17 Housing Awards 2016: The Results!

20 Feb , 2016  

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butterfieldsThank you to all the Walthamstow residents who took part in our E17 Housing Awards 2016- over 400 of you voted for the housing heroes and horrors of our area! Here are the results which were announced at our Housing Awards with Special Guest Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s candidate for London Mayor, on Saturday 20th February 2016. Thank you to Nicola Tree and Nadeem Javaid for their pictures of this event.

Letting Agent Categories 

  • Best Letting Agent- Central Estates (runners up Stow Brothers and Wonderlease)
  • Worst Letting Agent- Foxtons (runners up Haarts and Kings)
  • Kindest Gesture from a Letting Agent- Your Move for helping a resident who was struggling to find an affordable home by letting them rent a property prior to purchase
  • Most Shocking Claim made by a Letting Agent- Spencers for requesting a tenant pay three months rent upfront plus rent of £1350 to secure a home.

The Waltham Forest Renters survey of tenant fees can be found here.

Estate Agent Categories 

  • Best Estate Agent- Central Estates (runners up Stow Brothers and Estates 17)
  • Worst Estate Agent- Foxtons (runners up Haart and Kings)
  • Kindest Gesture from an Estate Agent- Stow Brothers for wanting to genuinely support Walthamstow’s community spirit
  • Most Shocking Claim made by an Estate Agent- Bairstow Eves for repeatedly letting residents believe a sale was going through, when a seller has pulled out and then keeping the deposits

sadiq and housing2Social Housing Categories

  • Best Social Housing Provider- Islington and Shoreditch Housing Group
  • Social Housing Provider with most room to improve- Circle 33

MP Special Award for Outrageous Behaviour 

  • Glasspools Charity for the mass eviction of the residents of the Butterfields Estate

To get updates on our campaigning around housing please email admin@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk.

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Circular Firing-up Squad – Cheerleading women to success – Manchester Thursday 3 March 2016

16 Feb , 2016  

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What advice would you give your fourteen year old self? and what does that have to do with helping women onto success? Curious? in 2016 I’ll be running more circular firing up squad workshops for women which are designed to support their leadership ambitions and potential –below are the details of how to join the first one of these circular firing up squad workshops of 2016! 

These free workshops are your opportunity to support women in Britain to stand for and seek positions across our public, voluntary and private sector. Whatever goal they may have – whether related to their careers, campaigning for a cause or even in politics- these sessions are about how we can address the many different barriers holding women back, in the process learning from them and supporting them to succeed. In the last two years hundreds of women have attended these sessions – many have gone onto stand for parliament, council, seek promotions at work or start new businesses.  But we have more to do – in 2016 we want to help even more women achieve their ambitions and potential through supporting them to success.
The workshops are just 90 minutes long, and open to any woman over the age of 14. The next one is on Thursday 3 March 2016 at 6.30pm in Manchester. This session is free to join but please RSVP to confirm your place so we can ensure we have enough materials for all participants at this event. We will then send those who RSVP the full venue details. Furthermore, if you have previously attended a CFU workshop and would like to come to learn how to run a session yourself so that you can run sessions to help support more women into leadership positions please do also let us know.
I hope you will be able to join us as we work together to ensure in 2016 more women are able to achieve their potential in the UK.

Details:

Manchester

Thursday 3 March 2016

Or sign up via this form here for the event details:

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