HEAR Solidarity

HEAR Solidarity is the new space where you can share your campaigns, tell people what you want help or support with, ask others to get behind what your doing, so we can build solidarity and work better together across London.

Just send us what you want to share hear@reap.org.uk We will be linking our email bulletins to this page too, so everyone in the network will be reminded to visit this page.

HEAR Solidarity is part of the work HEAR is doing to support the Way Ahead, funded by the City Bridge Trust. We will also be starting work on developing ideas on building an ‘active map’ of what you are doing and want support with, watch out for invites to take part.

Your support is needed!

End Visible Hate and bring about Face Equality
HEAR is delighted to partner with Changing Faces to highlight that for too long, people with facial disfigurements or visible differences have been putting up with hate, whether verbal, physical, or mental abuse, because of how they look. It’s time to break the cycle of #VisibleHate

Did you know that if someone has harmed or abused you either physically or verbally because you look different, then that may be a hate crime or hate incident?

The charity Changing Faces has just launched a set of new films of Experts by Experience to highlight how hate crimes affect people with visible differences – check them out here view & share today with the hashtag #VisibleHate along with their great resources at http://www.changingfaces.org.uk/hatecrime explaining the law and how to report hate crime to break the cycle.

Targeting people because of a prejudice on the basis of a mark, scar or condition that affects appearance, including birthmarks, burns, craniofacial or congenital conditions (meaning a condition you are born with) , paralysis, acne or eczema, hairloss or differing appearance due to cancer or another disease, could be Disability Hate Crime.
Race on the Agenda and HEAR launch a mental health equality campaign
ROTA, together with Black, Asian and Minority, Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) community organisations in West London and the HEAR Network have worked together to co-produce a mental health equality campaign.

In the open letter ROTA calls on all candidates in the local elections to commit to the six action points that have been co-authored by Experts by Experience, user-led Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and BAMER organisations, to improve the design, commissioning and delivery of mental health services for BAMER communities and, therefore, reduce mental health inequality. You can find the open letter here: https://www.rota.org.uk/content/mental-health-equality-bamer-communities-london but the commitments we are calling on all candidates in the local elections to make are summarised as:

  1. Highlighting the need to provide appropriate, sustainable services for my BAMER constituents…
  2. Addressing the multiple forms of marginalisation faced by BAMER services users…
  3. Holding … statutory colleagues, in the Local Authority and NHS, to account for meeting their duties under the Equality Act (2010) and the Statutory Public Sector Equality Duty (2011)…
  4. Championing the specialist, holistic services provided by local, user and community-led Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) for BAMER people with mental health support needs…
  5. Always reminding stakeholders that my BAMER constituents are not from ‘hard to reach communities’ and that genuine outreach and engagement will overcome structural barriers and unconscious bias.
  6. Ensuring Experts by Experience are involved in all stages of mental health service procurement, delivery pathways and mental health policy…

We ask you to support our campaign by:

  1. Signing up to the open letter electronically
    2. Emailing or mailing the open letter to local candidates in your borough and use it in your conversations with them
    3. Using Social Media to ask local parties, local candidates, local authorities, NHS (CCG’s and Mental Health Trusts) and other mental health stakeholders to commit to mental health equality, using the following hashtags: #MHEquality #MentalHealth4All #HardlyHardToReach
    4. Sharing the open letter with your network

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 9.30am, DPAC Vigil outside the high court for Universal Credit court case
Join Disabled People Against the Cuts outside the high court on Tuesday 1st May to support the first judicial review against the Government’s decision to bring in Universal Credit. The case will focus in particular on the removal of the Severe and Enhanced Disability Premiums which will have a devastating impact on Disabled people. When the Government introduced Universal credit they said no one will be worse off, but this simply isn’t true. Research in 2013 estimated that 450,000 households containing a Disabled person would lose essential income. The case is being taken by Leigh Day solicitors on behalf of a man who is terminally ill and through the removal of SDP and EDP has lost £178 per month. Vigil called by Disabled People Against Cuts and Winvisible.
Access to Elected Office Fund campaign
MPs from three different parties have joined forces with More United to ask the Government to restore the Access to Elected Office Fund which helps deaf and disabled candidates, of all parties, with the additional costs of standing for election. Please watch their story and sign the petition to Amber Rudd supporting them.

There are only 5 MPs with a disability. There could be so many more if deaf and disabled candidates could compete on a level playing field. People with disabilities face huge barriers when standing for election. On top of normal election costs, many face additional costs: for example hiring a British Sign Language interpreter or helping with transport costs. The Fund was frozen and put “under review” in 2015 but we are still waiting to see the results. Now the ‘review’ has taken longer than the time the Fund was open for.

The Fund is effectively closed. For the sake of equality of opportunity, democratic participation and fairness, we implore you to restore it immediately.
RightsInfo is launching a social media campaign to call for human rights to be put at the heart of healthcare!

With the NHS under pressure, a positive response that supports doctors and patients is urgently needed. Many in the medical community believe human rights are the answer.
Research by the British Institute for Human Rights has shown the impact that a rights-based approach, based on universal legal standards, can have in the NHS. It gives doctors a framework for raising concerns, puts individuals at the centre of care, and empowers patients to speak up when things go wrong.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, RightsInfo will harness the power of film and social media to show how #RightsSaveLives. There are some amazing examples of human rights in action in healthcare settings. RightsInfo plan to produce three short animated films based on the stories of doctors, nurses and midwives who put human rights first – and the patients for whom it made a life-changing difference. On 5th July (70th birthday of the NHS) they will release the three films and push the social media and calls to action. This campaign already has the support of a number of doctors, midwives, members of the BMA, and human rights organisations including the British Institute of Human Rights. Will your organisation support too?
How you can help:

– let RightsInfo know that you are happy to have your name associated with this project. The more organisations endorsing a rights-based approach in healthcare, the more policy-makers and the public will listen.

– share the campaign on your social media and write about it on your website

Please get in touch with Julia Kirby-Smith, RightsInfo’s Chief Executive, to let her know that you are interested in supporting – julia@rightsinfo.org
Call for a halt to Oxford Street pedestrianisation!
Inclusion London received a communication from the ‘Better Oxford Street’ campaign and are publicising it because they are aware that  the lack of access for cars and buses due to pedestrianisation will make Oxford Street totally inaccessible for people that can only walk short distances.  Many Disabled people were not aware of the consultation on Oxford Street becoming pedestrianised so could not raise their concerns. OXFORD STREET PEDESTRIANISATION COULD BE DERAILED – YOUR HELP NEEDED It is now time when an email from you could really make a difference, it is time for residents to capitalise on this and make their voices heard.
Write in to make a request for more information and what actually WCC’s (Westminster City Council) policy is, clearly stated, so the electorate know exactly where they stand. Ask them;
Why the rush? Why not wait and see how many numbers crossrail actually brings in, let the many already sanctioned road changes in the area bed in first, Baker 2Way, Tottenham Court Road, Cycle Super Highway etc. Please email the new WCC Chief Executive  Stuart Love slove@westminster.gov.uk and the Council Leader, Nickie Aiken leader@westminster.gov.uk It is really important this is done ASAP, thanks for your help. Better Oxford Street campaign. More information is available at betteroxfordstreet.org
BATS and the Mobility Matters Campaign are asking for your help to save community transport
The Department of Transport is currently consulting on its proposals to introduce new rules for community transport operating permits. The proposals threaten the very existence of many CTs across the country. In its December 2017 report, the Transport Select Committee, in a unanimous report, warned the Department that its proposals would have a devastating effect on the sector. Despite that clear warning, the Department appears to be pressing on with its proposals.
This could have a very detrimental impact on many people who rely on community transport schemes to support their well-being and independence.
You can write to your MP and ask them to:

  • write a letter to Nusrat Ghani MP, the minister in the department who has just taken over responsibility for this issue.
  • put written or oral questions to the Department. The next Transport Department questions are in late April.
  • put a question to the Prime Minister.
  • ask for a debate in Westminster Hall.

Further information about the issue in general can be found in the Select Committee’s report  You can contact Lorraine Stares, CEO of BATS on 01322 311333 or find out more about the campaign at www.ctpermits.org
Save Sutton’s accessible Gym
HEAR members have contacted us about the impending closure of a gym in Sutton which is used by disabled people, survivors of strokes, people experiencing chronic pain and people with learning disabilities. They have launched a petition on change.org – to find out more and sign the petition visit https://www.change.org/p/mp-or-houses-of-parlimeny-find-a-space-for-scill-gym-equipment-if-we-cannot-keep-the-gym-at-encompass?recruiter=91135794&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive&utm_term=triggered
Just Fair Campaign #1forEquality
72 MPs from five different parties are now calling on the Government to bring the socio-economic duty to life. You can take action to get your MP to support the EDM 591 and bring pressure to bear on the Government. We welcome Amnesty International UK and Britain Has Class to the list of supporters of this campaign. You can read our article in Legal Action about why we need the socio-economic duty now more than ever.
Processions: A mass participatory living portrait of women in the 21st century – Sunday 10th June
To mark the 100 years since women first got the right to vote in UK theatre company Artichoke’s next project is inviting women all across UK to come together and walk in the form of a moving artwork in the colours of the suffragette flag. The event will take place on Sunday, 10th June in four capital cities- London, Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

Leading up to the event, we are also partnering with 100 arts organisations and 100 artists to create banners, flags, pennants through self-led banner making workshops using our downloadable toolkits to represent your voice, thoughts, hopes, concerns the way suffragettes used to, 100 years ago. You can find some of the organisations we are already partnering with- https://www.processions.co.uk/partners-2/ 

100 Years 100 Banners – Processions One hundred women artists are being commissioned to work with communities across the UK to create 100 centenary banners for PROCESSIONS. Arts and community organisations will work with the artists up and down the country in an extensive public programme of creative workshops.