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Sunday, 29 June 2014

City of Westminster pursues social cleansing big time

City of Westminster pursues social cleansing big time

Gemma and others in the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group are supporting Community Champion Keeda Wood against being forced to leave the home she has occupied for at least the last three years, and against City of Westminster forcing her to leave the borough.

Reflecting the mercilessness with which City of Westminster are going about social cleansing, there are these items from Camden New Journal's West End Extra:

Thousands shipped out of the city in Westminster’s ‘social cleansing of the poor’

Sir Robin Wales: 'Boris Johnson has said that he will not tolerate ‘Kosovo-style social cleansing of the poor in London’ but this is clearly happening'

Published: 20 June, 2014

Pregnant mother and her young son face eviction as court judgment goes against them

Published: 20 June, 2014 by WILLIAM McLENNAN

LETTERS: Homeless political football

Published: 27 June, 2014

Dramatic fall in applications for primary school places as families are forced out of Westminster


Published: 27 June, 2014

Homeless families in Westminster face 12-month block from applying for social housing

Friday, 20 June 2014

KUWG joins Working Men's College in saluting Helen Mandley's work

KUWG member and Working Men's College Art & Design student  Helen Mandley is going through the assessment phase of her course toward progression to Fine Art & Design degree course at Middlesex University. She is one of those whose work is included in WMC's 'avanti' festival at their Crowndale Road site in Camden (44 Crowndale Raod, London NW1 1TR, on 214 and 46 bus routes).

Her chosen topic for final exhibition is human trafficking. Further detail on some of this can be found at her Google+ site, http://reflectingbackhelenm69.blogspot.co.uk/

Helen is another person whose persistence has been mightily tested by officialdom. Student survival has always been easier for people with plenty of financial backing, and while UK Government seems hell bent on privatisation, removal of truly public services and putting workers in the pockets of sponsors, her chosen topic helps give a voice to some of those vulnerable and exploited people our Government wants to wash its hands of.

There will be private viewing on Friday 20 June, 6pm to 9pm. The exhibition continues Saturday 21 June till Wednesday 25 June, except for Sunday when it is closed.

Full event details

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

KUWG salutes and welcomes persistent LB Camden resident Gemma Sheridan

KUWG salutes persistent LB Camden resident Gemma Sheridan

KUWG newcomer Gemma Sheridan is in town and cyberspace, making her presence known as a mother with disabled 8 year old who will not simply be got rid of by LB Camden

And Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group is more than glad to have her as an activist. She is not only in KUWG to help herself but to operate for the common good! Unlike too many government ministers and council officials, she uses her intelligence to help and support other poor and vulnerable people.

Discover her blog that she created on her mum's laptop — hence the absence of her own name on her Google+ page or site
Solly Sheridan
Worked at unemployed.
Lives in the Borough of Camden

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Cutting support for independence or promoting equality? That is the question

Cutting support for Independent Living? Or Investing in the Promotion of Equality? That is the question

A blog post by Swheatie of the KUWG

Kate Belgrave writes:

Disabled and without a carer for the night? Go to #Asda! #SaveILF #jobcentre #jsa

Posted on June 17, 2014
This one goes out to every prat MP and commentator who says we must keep hacking away at social security until there is nothing left to cut. I like to think this story will remind those people about some of the crap that disabled people have to put up with as they take the brunt of cuts:
Clearly, Labour's Chris Leslie MP and commentator Andrew Rawnsley are 'on a different planet' from severely disabled jobseeker and Brent Council social care recipient Angela Smith. There are alternatives to social security cuts. See what Revd Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty has written about a too- little known passage regarding 'insufficient funds' as an excuse for not promoting equality for a start. That passage is in Revd Dr Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech'.

Building on the legacy of Martin Luther King – TAP e-petition published in The Mirror and The Guardian

 And consider what can be done when assessments of disabled people's requirements are regarded as pathways toward promoting their/our contribution to society, rather than a means of cutting the number of benefit recipients. That would be a great start, I believe.