Building Community Self Defence

Building Community Self Defence – The answer to living with pollution, poverty and racism, London

Boris Johnson, London Mayor, plans to run down Southall. The proposed Southall gas site development highlights the continuing trend in Government policy to place polluting industries in poor and Black communities. These are the race and class impacts of climate change the Government don’t want you to know. We must not stand for it.

Across the UK it is poor people and communities of colour who are hit worst by the impacts of poverty and pollution. Most Black and Asian people breathe worse air than white Britons, according to environment department (DEFRA) research. In London, from Beckton by the airport expansion, to Tottenham facing displacement by unaffordable housing to Southall by the gas site people are rising up.

We are inviting community and organisational alliances to a day of inspiring speakers and workshops in March 2011 and action planning to fight for justice. Workshops will be up to an hour and popular education will help us build a united plan throughout the day. Please get in touch to register initial interest and with any questions on sowestand@gmail.com or on 07717811747

Across our campaigns we will share stories of struggle, of direct action, re-imagine the area, build community self-defence and understand the converging areas between race and environment and build a plan for action

To build solidarity between labour, race, environmental movements, activities will range from

  • Building a media campaign
  • The pros and cons of legal battles
  • Understanding the relationships between race, health and environment
  • Direct Action methods
  • Reclaiming Space
  • Organising in schools and education
  • Looking into our roots of resistance
  • Police infiltration and monitoring

At The Dominion Centre, Southall

1.      http://www.endsreport.com/docs/20090820a.pdf

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