Sunday, 01 May 2016

Dan Hancox hosts this Verso podcast in collaboration with Compass for the latest conversation in Our London, a series of discussions looking ahead to the 2016 London Mayoral and Assembly election. Amina Gichinga and Linda Bellos join him to discuss London and its tensions—and how it could be changed for the better, looking at the work of Take Back the City, a campaign to address inequality and the imbalance of power in the capital, and how we might learn from the Greater London Council's work in the 1980s before it was dissolved by the Thatcher government in 1986. Linda Bellos is a former Labour councillor of Lambeth Council and leader of the council between 1986 and 1988. A human rights activist working with Black and LGBT communities, she was chair of the Greater London Council's Women's Committee and counts launching Black History Month as part of her achievements. Amina Gichinga is a member of Take Back the City, a grassroots political organisation of Londoners whose People’s Manifesto consists of policies built solely from the needs and wants of every day Londoners who live through the effects of our government’s decisions such as pushing through rent caps and bringing back the educational maintenance allowance. Standing behind this manifesto singer, teacher and Stratford native Gichinga is running in the area of City and East to win a seat in the Greater London Assembly and be a true representative of Newham, tower Hamlets and Barking and Dagenham natives. Recorded by Aaron Bastani. 

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