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Principles and political correctness



 

One of the dilemmas in life is how to challenge bigotry without reinforcing it (by pushing people away from us and our viewpoint) . 

And it’s made even more difficult in an environment where PC is a pariah.

Given PC is a handy button which seems to release jeers every time bigots press it, we’re clearly in a difficult environment when we try to influence people towards social justice and equalities.

Wikipedia’s definition of of PC suggests it…

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Added by Nick Beddow on October 5, 2011 at 15:30 — 9 Comments

BIHR workshops

I attended the Birmingham run of the BIHR '16 Cities/Rights/Weeks' today. It was very practical, and well worth attending if you're involved in delivering any kind of public service or provide support to VCOs that do. I think today was their fourth session, so still 12 to go - get to one if you can.  Information is on the Events page. 

Added by Kate Gordon on September 29, 2011 at 20:07 — 1 Comment

YCAN Conference and AGM

Ycan are holding a conference at the St George's Centre Leeds on 12th October.

For full details you will need to search Ycan's own website (It may not be on the YCAN site connected to this Natcan Website), and book as requested.

The event is free and will incorporate the organisations first AGM. If you want to serve on the committee add your name to the list.

NB There are many members who have subscribed to the Ycan Section of the Natcan site who are not otherwise known…

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Added by Peter Martin on September 28, 2011 at 18:12 — 1 Comment

Local news: Mike Swain, All Saints Action Network Wolverhampton

It was reported in the local newspaper (Black Country Express & Star) towards the end of last week that Mike Swain, chief exec of ASAN in Wolverhampton, had died of cancer.    I don't know whether he was well known outside of the area, or even in the area by name, but a lot of people locally will have attended events at ASAN over the years.    I first went there quite a long time ago when ASAN was developing its services and products, long before 'social enterprise' was…

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Added by Kate Gordon on September 25, 2011 at 21:16 — No Comments

Looking for Reception/Room or Space in Southwark urgent

 

 

Greetings All

We would like to put in a request for a meeting space for October 8th 2011 @ 5.00pm.

Our group ileto Caribbean Network are involved with a European Partnership of women's groups, which are Austria Germany, Poland and Turkey. This will be most of the Women's groups first visit to the UK.

But try as we have, we have been unable to access a suitable venue for the kick off event (  the reception) so  I am putting the post here.

We are…

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Added by kenyasue Smart on September 24, 2011 at 1:30 — No Comments

University-Community engagement

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/press-releases/17372/new-approach-for-university-and-community-engagement.aspx

"Current policy pressures on universities to focus on improving their research excellence and to widen participation make it hard for them to engage meaningfully with excluded communities, according to research funded by…

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Added by Kate Gordon on September 19, 2011 at 22:15 — 1 Comment

Pub is the Hub

Your chance to help populate this directory. 

http://www.pubisthehub.org.uk/case_studies/all

 

 

The Wolverhampton Express & Star mentioned a recent study which looked at community involvement - quite a depressing picture in the West Midlands.   I emailed asking them to tell me the name of the study.  They haven't replied, but I have since found out it was commissioned by Punch…

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Added by Kate Gordon on September 13, 2011 at 7:34 — 1 Comment

New Homes for Daneshouse & Stoneyholme

Gleeson Homes are proposing to build 108 new homes in Daneshouse & Stoneyholme, 2,3 & 4 bedrooms with driveways, gardens & garages. There will be events next week starting Tues 13th 6-9pm at Burnley Boys & Girls Club, Weds 14th 10am-1pm Ladies Only and 6-9pm at Daneshouse & Stoneyholme Community Centre, Thurs 15th 6-9pm at Colne Rd. Library.

Please feel free to forward this information on

 

Added by Lynne Blackburn on September 8, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

"A fair deal for the voluntary and community sector - from Whitehall to town halls"

http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1977782

 

"Mr Pickles has also sought to cut reams of red tape on local councils to make it easier and more efficient for them to meet the needs of their residents. The Communities Secretary has scrapped 56 pages of prescriptive statutory guidance on local priorities introduced by the previous Government.

Instead, councils will have…

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Added by Kate Gordon on September 5, 2011 at 15:07 — No Comments

"The Data Tsunami"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0144pvn/Beyond_Westminster_The_Data_Tsunami/

 

a role for community statties? 

Added by Kate Gordon on September 4, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

The revolution of capitalisation- point of view Sunday 4th Sept

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b013r2ld

 

An interesting ten minute listen. 

 

Bren

Added by Bren Cook on September 4, 2011 at 13:44 — No Comments

"Tenants to be trained to take control of their neighbourhoods post-riots"

http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1974981

 

Good luck with that - if it's anything like being a parent governor sitting on a potential pupil exclusion panel!  [luckily, I don't speak from bitter experience: the parent/s couldn't be bothered to turn up ..]

 

other related stuff…

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Added by Kate Gordon on September 1, 2011 at 16:43 — 2 Comments

Flash Mob! Feed the homeless at Ramadan

 

Communication ~ the way to enhance understanding. Food for thought...

Added by Lesley Rodgers on August 28, 2011 at 17:35 — No Comments

BLF - consultation

http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/News/MostRead/1086082/Policy-directions-spark-concern-Big-Lottery-Funds-independence/

 

Want to respond to the BLF consultation but short of time?   You could just send this link to OCS, and say you concur with DSC and the comments below the main article (maybe excluding Walter…

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Added by Kate Gordon on August 25, 2011 at 21:10 — No Comments

This is Community: Why The Clean-ups Are So Important

Cleanups

The analysis in the media of why the UK erupted in street violence last week have offered us a buffet of reasoning across the political spectrum.

 

We've been offered: greed, gangs, the recession, unemployment, bad parenting, cultural disintegration, harsh policing, lax policing, slack sentencing, attitudes, social norms, the media scandal, the banking…

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Added by Tessy Britton on August 14, 2011 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Birmingham Peace Rally - Sunday 14th August

http://www.blackukonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1109&Itemid=90

 

3pm, Summerfield Park, for anyone in or near Brum later.

 

A bit more practical detail on the Chamberlain Forum site: 

http://www.chamberlainforum.org/?p=1291

Added by Kate Gordon on August 14, 2011 at 1:10 — No Comments

2011 Local health profiles

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsStatistics/DH_127378

 

The health profiles give information at local authority level, so give averages.   However, used in combination with ward level information produced by the local authority, you can get good snapshots of your own local area. 

 

Here's another…

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Added by Kate Gordon on August 14, 2011 at 0:30 — No Comments

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