Haringey Independence Day: Community DIY for the Credit Crunch - Saturday 30th May

michael gardiner michael_gardiner at hotmail.co.uk
Fri May 22 15:31:18 BST 2009

Haringey Independence Day: Community DIY 
for the Credit Crunch 
30th May, 12 
noon to 6pm 
(with kids 
activities from 10.15am)
West Green 
Learning Centre, West Green Road, N15
 The recession might be making life 
more difficult for many of us, but campaign and community groups in Haringey are 
looking at alternative ways of organising and making real changes to improve our 

Haringey Independence 
Day brings these 
groups together for a day of discussions, workshops, stalls and films. 
It's a day of independence from party politics (not an expense claim in sight), 
religion and government, where individuals and groups in Haringey can exchange 
ideas, get inspired and make our own plans for a summer of radical 
recession-busting and resistance. A wide variety of groups will be 
participating, including Haringey Solidarity Group, Sustainable Haringey, 
Naturewise, Haringey Federation of Residents’ Associations, Haringey Cycling 
Campaign and Haringey Independent Cinema.  

growing your own food and cycling, to looking at radical solutions to 
redundancies and repossessions, the day includes a whole range of activities for 
all ages. There’s a Dr Bike session and a ‘Give or Take’ community 
recycling event. Film showings throughout the day include Post Code Wars 
followed by a discussion by the pupils from Park View Academy who made it, and there’s a 
special guest performance from poet and songwriter John Hegley, organised 
by the Kids Collective Arts group.  
 Local resident Marlene Barrett, 
one of the people involved in organising the day, said: "Last year’s Haringey 
Independence Day was a huge success, with over 250 people taking part, and we 
hope this year’s will be even bigger and better. There’s something for everyone 
- an opportunity to share news, views, ideas and experiences, to find out what’s 
going on, to get inspired, to get involved or maybe to start something 
 Another local resident and 
organiser, Tony Wood, said: “We want to find ways to support each other, without 
relying on banks and other institutions who just prey on us for profit.” 

Full details of workshops and stalls at http://www.haringey.org.uk/independenceday
This free event is organised by individuals and supported by Haringey 
Independent Cinema, Radical History Network, Haringey Solidarity Group and 
Haringey Justice for Palestinians.
3. The 
venue is West Green Learning Centre, Park View Academy, West Green Road, N15 3RB. The building is fully wheelchair 
Kids are welcome (with children's films from 10.15am to noon) and there’s a free 
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