Come Together


haringey

I can’t begin to tell you how much some people irritate me. So, I won’t even try. For now here I am walking up the hill, a little breathless, to the Civic. Me and Bean. We have decided to go see Haringey announce their preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Hornsey Town Hall. The Hall is becoming increasingly important to us. We go there more and more often and we enjoy the idea of having a local arts centre and rooms for a community focus. We have a secondary interest and that’s to watch process in order to understand how things work for when we present our petition and arguments against the demolition of Victorian Villas in a conservation area designed to protect the same.

recapWednesday morning I’m on day 3 of Volunteer Induction Training and taking learners through a recap of the previous two days, ‘Disability Equality Training’ and ’12 Pillars Of Independent Living’ so as to lead forward into day 3, The History of the Disability Movement and the Roles that People Played. In a nutsell if you assume disability means discrimination on the basis of impairment you are taking a social model stance. This model defines different types of barrier to inclusion. They can be removed. You are now talking about rights, equality, and you are looking at how to achieve it. Activism, Advocacy, Art. My days coalesce. They come together.

suffrage

That night I’m in Hornsey Town Hall with lover Bean and friend Rita enjoying A Suffragettes Song by the Crouch End Players. Here in the site some would seek to protect, glorying in the venue, the care a community of players have taken, an historic review, song, comedy, tragedy, on a theme of equality. I feel whole. My life has come together.

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