Many already struggling small businesses in Hackney are uniting to oppose new changes proposed by the government to business rates that threaten their very existence.
The growth of Hackney’s small businesses in the last decade and a half has given the borough a distinctiveness and individuality as well as providing some much needed employment. Between 2004 -2012, the growth rate for businesses in Hackney was 40%, a rate 17% higher than London as a whole.…Continue
The LD50 Gallery in Dalston, Hackney, has been exposed by concerned artists and anti-racists as providing “one of the most extensive programmes of racist hate speech to take place in London over the past 10 year" (see Tumblr link). LD50 has given a platform to anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and “alt-right” figures.
LD50 has given a platform to activists who praise the action of neo-Nazi mass…
Feeling bleak and despondent at the election of Trump? Yes, you have got good reason to be, but this article shows that wish as he may, he and the rampant right cannot easily unpick the Paris climate deal or hold back a powerful, growing movement for renewables and against fossil fuel interests and climate change. …Continue
A plug for 'China: Between Clouds And Dreams', 7pm, Nov 5th Channel 4.
Catch up if you missed Episode 1, A letter from Russia. This is both a beautiful and moving examination of the responses of children in China to the impacts of pollution and climate change from industrialisation. Starting with school pupils who receive a letter from their Russian counterparts urging them to look after endangered spoon-billed sandpipers migrating to China's coastal flats and…Continue