EDGE FUND NEWS

 

This is the newsletter from EDGE FUND.

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Our review process is now coming to an end, with a final meeting to tie up loose ends next month. As part of our aim to get more members and applicants from outside London, we’ve started holding meetings in Manchester and on 14 June have a members’ meeting and public event in Leicester.

The event will be held at the Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB on Saturday 14th June from 5.30-9.30pm and will be an opportunity for people to find out more about Edge. There will also be performances by The Orator, Rezz GoGetta, Brother X, Shareefa Energy, I Sis and more and an open mic session. All welcome. Free entry. Please spread the word! RSVP to info@edgefund.org.uk.

 

News from Edge members and groups
• Anti-Raids Network and the London Campaign Against Police and State Violence have organised a screening of Ken Fero’s documentary Justice Denied, about three people who died in connection with immigration controls. June 3, Brixton Community Base 6pm-8pm. www.facebook.com/events/781612098529987

• Several Edge members and grantees are taking part in The Spark this year. The Spark is a week long schedule of free workshops starting 16 June. Workshops cover topics such as the housing crisis, Afrikan reparations, economics, welfare rights, faith and spirituality, land rights and loads more. http://www.sparktimetable.moonfruit.com
• Disabled People Against Cuts are organising an independent living fightback event London 4 July. All allies and supporters welcome. More details to come soon.
• UK Uncut are calling for all people to join them in their campaign against tax-dodging Vodafone. Join them on June 14 when they’ll transform Vodafone stores across the country into the homes we all need and deserve! http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/blog/call-out-vodahome-power-to-us

• DIY Space for London are now a registered co-operative and have raised enough funds to start looking for a suitable building for their social centre. Can you help them find somewhere suitable for gigs, events, community organising and much more? http://diyspaceforlondon.org/help-us-find-a-building/
• Several events are planned for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma History Month, including the launch event at Victoria and Albert Museum 1 June from 1-4pm. The event will include poetry, craft displays, dance, music and artist presentations. Other events include a Traveller Movement Pavee Ceilidh, the Art of Floristry, Gypsy Film at the BFI, Tatcho Drom and ToGypsyLand. Contact Phil Regan Creativeon yrweere@hotmail.co.uk.
• Fuel Poverty Action, along with several other groups such as Winvisible, Lambeth’s Pensioners’ Action Group and Single Mothers’ Self Defense, paid British Gas a visit during their AGM on 12 May. The action included speeches, mini wind turbines, pots and pans banged loudly, difficult questions posed to the board and the unveiling of an Energy Bills of Rights. http://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/uncategorized/binbritishgas-what-went-on-outside-the-british-gas-agm-12th-may/

• The Community Monitoring Project, which monitors the police in West London, was officially launched 26 April with a screening of POPO, a documentary about the death of Jason McPherson whilst in police custody and a presentation on the Stop and Search App by creators Aaron Sonson and Satwant Singh Kenth. https://www.facebook.com/cmpwestlondon
• Foil Vedanta released a new report titled Copper Colonialism; Vedanta KCM and the copper loot of Zambia, following their visit to Zambia to investigate the operations of a Vedanta, a UK registered company. The report includes an important critique of the role of NGOs and civil society. http://www.foilvedanta.org/articles/copper-colonialism-foil-vedanta-zambia-report-launched/
Other news
• Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust are open for applications again and have new funding programmes. Their funding priorities are Peace and Security, Power and Accountability, Rights and Justice, Sustainable Future and Northern Ireland. http://www.jrct.org.uk
• Campaign Against the Arms Trade are are currently offering a paid 9 month internship (full-time) to someone interested in developing a career in campaigning. The post will involve working with students and developing CAAT’s Universities Network. http://www.caat.org.uk/get-involved/vacancies
• Compass have launched a new campaign calling for public ownership of railways. If your organisation would like to add your organisation’s name to the list of supporters, or get involved in other ways, please email Rosie Rogers on rosie@compassonline.org.uk or call 07793031984. http://railways.handsupstaging.com/
• Global Justice Ecology project have just launched their report, Green Shock Doctrine, which aims to help expose and examine the deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing. The report covers large international environmental NGOs and their impact on indigenous people. http://globaljusticeecology.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Green_Shock_Doctrine.pdf
• The People and Planet Summer Gathering is coming up in June. The gathering is for student campaigners wanting to build new skills for building the movement. http://peopleandplanet.org/summer-gathering
If you’d like something included in this newsletter please email edgefund@riseup.net, particularly if you have news from outside of London.

 
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