Via Barnet Unison: We Value Equality

At Barnet UNISON we were appalled to hear of the racist abuse being expressed against the planning application for an Islamic Centre at the Hippodrome in Golders Green.

The title of this piece comes from the press officer, Ahmed Al-Kazemi, of the Hippodrome Centre in Golders Green. This is just one comment made to appeal to those who would condemn the opening of the centre as an Islamic Centre on racial grounds.

We welcome and would echo the comments made by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, of the Golders Green Alyth Reform congregation and Laura Marks, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust condemning the racism and appealing to a prouder anti-racist tradition.

We also support Barnet Council’s decision to remove all comments relating to this planning application from the public domain on its website.

We celebrate the fact that when the Bravanese Islamic Centre was tragically burnt down a few years ago, the response from all Faiths in the community and people from the broad anti-racist political spectrum was quick in rallying round to support that community and show solidarity.

This is the kind of Barnet we want to belong to.

We would very much like to be a part of a similar response to the racist abuse being levied at the Hippodrome Centre now.

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Our NHS and Social Care in Crisis

healthtogetherThis is a campaigners’ conference to update and share information and experience from the fight to defend our NHS
against cash-driven cuts and privatisation.

Most of the conference time will be workshop discussion on a range of topics including: Working with local government; Building alliances; Defending rural health care; Fighting for mental health services; Building campaigns for social care; Challenging STPs/CEPs/ACSs/ACOs – what works? Fighting for safe staffing and safe
services; Fighting privatisation; The Naylor Review and the great land grab; Reversing Lansley’s Health & Social Care Act; Raising the pressure to bust the cap on NHS pay.

Working with trade unions and health workers. Campaigning for democracy and accountability in health care. Conference information packs for every delegate: share and learn from local campaigns across the country: Join the coalition of forces determined to defend and restore #ourNHS. Theresa May’s government has no mandate for cuts and
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Proposed Agenda for October Meeting

Agenda for Meeting on 12th of October 2017

7pm at Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Finchley


Meeting of Barnet Alliance for Public Services



Attendance and apologies



Review minutes of previous meeting



Matters Arising from the Minutes



Forthcoming events: campaigning and music nights



Industrial Reports



Political Reports



Any Other Business and Delegates Motions



Meeting Ends

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