If anybody's interested in controversial statues in Reading, here's a good yarn. . Eldon gardens, opposite the hospital car park, is named after Lord Eldon. Eldon was a reprehensible ultra Tory even for his peers in his time: he loathed the idea of representative parliament and fought tooth & nail against the abolition of slavery. … Continue reading STATUES AND STREET-NAMES
I have used pseudonyms throughout apart from my own name. Reclaim Reading started in August 2017 when myself and a friend called Tim did a banner drop outside The White Building on Kings Road in Reading. It was a smart new office block that had just opened. I had made a bright banner saying THIS … Continue reading THE COLLAPSE OF RECLAIM READING
We have not been active for a while so as the Covid 19 crisis is hitting we are putting up a brief report. After a year of frantic activity Reclaim Reading is taking a break. We probably did not have a firm enough base to sustain ourselves beyond a year. We also accidental and unfortunately … Continue reading REST AND RECUPERATION
Some of Reading Pride's main sponsors this year have financed homophobic and brutal regimes across the world, a Reclaim Reading investigation has found. Among the sponsors are companies such as Bayer, Columbia Threadneedle, Pentahotels, Primark, and PepsiCo, all of whose business has been to the benefit to homophobes and transphobes worldwide. PepsiCo, Bayer and Columbia … Continue reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: Reading Pride “Pinkwashing” Companies That Fund Homophobes
At a time where most of us are addicted to smartphones, it’s no surprise that when councils digitalise their services, no one so much as bats an eyelid. Amongst other policies, moving public services to the internet can be harmful the most vulnerable groups in society. As a result of austerity, local councils can afford … Continue reading Rage Against The Machine(s)
Who else finds February more than a little bit challenging? Flip flops are a distant memory, money is tight after Christmas, the dark........and half term holiday. For those of us on a very limited income all school holidays present special extra challenges, but I find February half term especially difficult. The short days combine with … Continue reading AUSTERITY AND YOUNG FAMILIES
International Women’s Day is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. It will be celebrated on Friday 8th March 2019 and this year’s theme is #balanceforbetter. Locally there are two weeks of IWD activities being held from Monday 4th March until Sunday 17th March in Reading, Wokingham, Henley and Maidenhead. From debates to … Continue reading International Women’s Day 2019 – What’s On?
I went to an event run by Support U, the LGBT organisation in Reading, at the Mayor's Parlour tonight. It was a panel debate entitled Is the LGBT Community Inclusive? Many good points were made by the speakers on racism in the LGBT community, trans issues, age and disability. The fact that LGBT communities have … Continue reading When Does Institutional Violence Become a Hate Crime?
It's hard to know where to begin with this. Each time I put pen to paper I am struck by how ridiculous it feels that we even have to have this conversation. Pull down a playground designed for disabled children? Who would do that, who could be that callous? And yet.......here we are. Reading Borough … Continue reading Don’t let Reading Borough Council Close Our Play Area
In recent months Extinction Rebellion has made national news blocking bridges in London together with other regional protests. The goal is to draw attention to climate change, to involve others in peaceful protest and create a climate of political pressure for the UK to up its commitment to tackling climate change. This comes on the … Continue reading Extinction Rebellion comes to Reading (Arrests not Required)