[NetBehaviour] Finsbury Park attacks..

helen varley jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Tue Jun 20 09:38:56 CEST 2017

thanks for this michael. i was also thinking that it's important not to
feel helpless & disempowered in these times, & to acknowledge that we
all (or at least most of us!) are already doing a lot through our work &
in our daily lives & interactions in our communities, taking/making
positive action in many different ways. "they" want us to feel impotent
& disconnected, so one of the strongest things we can do is insist on &
celebrate the lively ongoing power of our communities. furtherfield
being of course one of the brightest, shiniest examples of that!!

h : )

On 19.06.2017 18:34, Ann Light wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> I hadn't heard of the organisation SUTR, but I've now joined... Thanks
> for your bit in making this country decent - your work in Harlow
> sounds really important. 
> Thanks Furtherfield for enduring and caring and being a focus for so
> much good work and many good people.
> In sorrow, 
> Ann
> On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 5:19 PM, Michael Szpakowski
> <m at michaelszpakowski.org <mailto:m at michaelszpakowski.org>> wrote:
>     There clearly has been a rise in Islamophobia recently , fuelled
>     in no small measure by the government's attempt to scapegoat all
>     Muslims with the despicable Prevent strategy. We also saw the
>     beginning of an attempt by May to ratchet this up with her 'Enough
>     is enough' speech towards the end of the election campaign.
>     I wanted to say, though, that it's important not to sink into despair.
>     I've been very active around Stand up to Racism over the last year
>     and I've experience some interesting and often counter intuitive
>     things.
>     When Arek Jozwik was killed in Harlow last year the vigil we
>     organised a couple of nights after was attended by significant
>     numbers of the white working class poor who live in the area.
>     These will statistically have been 'leave' voters...
>     We've campaigned pretty much every week since then, largely around
>     opposition to racism ,in the town centre on Saturday mornings. It
>     was certainly not always easy going but there was always a
>     minority of people willing to engage. ( especially the young, in a
>     prefiguring of the huge pro Corbyn upswell)
>     We also held a 60 strong rally against racism in early March
>     -again very much dominated by the under twenties.
>     What changed the atmosphere completely was the Labour manifesto -
>     all of a sudden people had hope, focussed on improving the lives
>     of all not 'competing for resources' ( a myth of course - stop
>     spending millions on Trident, on wars of intervention and tax the
>     rich and resources would be no problem, but a potent myth
>     especially in the absence of hope that things might change). Even
>     after the two horrendous attacks in Manchester then London this
>     enthusiasm and this change of atmosphere was maintained -we heard
>     very  little overt racism and experienced next to no hostility.
>     This has continued since the election with the humiliation of both
>     May and UKIP - what was interesting last week though was that
>     although the racists were in a small minority they were coming out
>     with all sorts of filth around Grenfell ( but once again large
>     numbers of people were signing the May must go, people not profit,
>     working class lives matter ,petition ).
>     In short I'd put forward three propositions.
>     (1) Racism  and Islamophobia are clearly a major problem and  one
>     encouraged by this weak and nasty government
>     (2) We are not, though, powerless bystanders -whether it's
>     directly combatting the racists through SUTR or offering hope
>     through agitating for this government to go and for us to have the
>     very real chance of one committed to a real improvement in the
>     lives of ordinary people there is lots of very concrete, very
>     practical work to do.
>     (3) Although there will be some ways in which artists can bring
>     their specific talents to bear in this ( I have got very good for
>     example at making large banners each week:
>     https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/35212704985/
>     <https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/35212704985/>
>     https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34239170983/
>     <https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34239170983/>
>     https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34159735663/
>     <https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34159735663/>
>     https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34929717326/
>     <https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34929717326/>
>     https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34062471264/
>     <https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34062471264/>
>     https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34223234740/
>     <https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/34223234740/>
>      )
>     we should participate along with as many and diverse people as we
>     can in organising, protesting, demonstrating... This is not a time
>     for any sort of guild mentality but for getting stuck in.
>     I particular urge anyone in the UK not a member of Stand Up To
>     Racism to join today.
>     http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/
>     <http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/>
>     best wishes to all
>     Michael
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