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Green Party member Judyta Szacillo tells VIEW of her concerns about OFMDM’s Racial Equality Strategy Last September we witnessed one of those rare moments in which the First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness stood shoulder to shoulder, smiled at the crowd and declared something unanimously. In this rare yet not entirely unexpected unanimity, they declared that Northern Ireland was ready to invite 2,000 Syrian refugees. The news was hardly surprising. After all, the refugee crisis met with an overwhelming response across the United Kingdom. The streams of donations seemed inexhaustible. The marches, the vigils, and the…

Young asylum seeker Fungayi Mukusera talks to VIEW about some of his experiences since arriving in Belfast “My name is Fungayi Mukusera. I grew up in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. I am 29 years of age. “I came to Belfast to live with my brother. I left my country in October, 2012, because of the political situation and my own personal security. I applied for refugee status and I am still waiting for a response from the Home Office. If they reject my application, they would have to tell me how my personal security can be guaranteed…

Public views are being sought on how best to mark a plot in Belfast’s City Cemetery. The move follows requests to Belfast City Council for a permanent memorial in the area known as the ‘Baby Public Plot’. A consultation will focus on the site where the remains of up to 8,000 bodies are buried. Many of these bodies are stillborn babies or those who died shortly after birth. It will be carried out in conjunction with the Community Arts Partnership (CAP). Its aim is to encourage those most directly affected by the issue, as well as the wider public, to…

The Irish Labour History Society (ILHS) is to hold a free event about Belfast women workers in the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, on Saturday, December 12. Ms. Theresa Moriarty, ILHS honorary president, will give a lecture at 1:30pm. The title of the talk is ‘Our lives should not be sweated: Belfast Women Workers , 1910-1915’, which will include a discussion on the work of trade union organiser Mary Galway. This event is taking place to mark the donation of Irish Labour History Society publications, including back copies of  the journal Saothar to the Linen Hall Library archives. There will also be an…

Maeve Foreman reports on the transformation of a derelict site in Dublin into a thriving community garden There’s an area in Dublin’s north inner city, “westward of the North Strand, between Nottingham Street and Newcomen Bridge, and extending as far as Ballybough Road” that was originally known as Mud Island. For 200 years up to the middle of the last century it was a locality of evil repute, “inhabited by a gang of smugglers, highwaymen, and desperadoes of every description” (from The Neighbourhoods of Dublin by Weston St. John Joyce, 1909). It even gets a mention in James Joyce’s Ulysses…

By Brian Pelan, editor, VIEW A powerful exhibition of images highlighting people displaced by conflict in South Sudan was on display recently at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. The event, organised by Oxfam Ireland, showed how the charity’s work is helping people in the area to rebuild their lives. Photographer Kieran Doherty, who took the images for the  ‘Make Them Visible’ exhibition, spoke at the event, along with Oxfam Ireland chief executive Jim Clarken. More than 1.6 million people have been displaced as a result of the conflict in South Sudan.

We put this question to Clare Bailey, deputy leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland. Below is her reply The Soil Association defines Organic Food as being produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods. So based on that definition it would be hard to imagine why this question needs to be asked, but asked it often is. Because prices for organic food are more expensive both on shop shelves and at farm production leads to YES being the answer to the question, Is Organic Food Just for the Middle-Class? It is a luxury many modest income never mind…

By Brian Pelan One of the many pleasures of producing a magazine about the vibrant food scene in Belfast was digging into the world of community gardens, none more so than the day I visited the Grow charity project in north Belfast. Led by a number of people, including Siobhan Craig, a resident in the area, the garden, which occupies a corner at the Waterworks, is now thriving, six years after it was first set up. One of the first people I met was volunteer Kimberley Morrison, who is originally from Canada. “One of the most amazing things about this…

By Brian Pelan Former chef, and now community gardener extraordinary, Arlene Megaw, is on a mission to bring her skills into the heart of inner city communities in Belfast. “I’ve been working for the last two years as a volunteer on a range of community gardens in conjunction with Belfast City Council, including places such as Avoneil, Ballynafeigh, Knocknagoney and Short Strand.” Arlene is a Life Skills Worker at Hosford House, the East Belfast Mission hostel for the homeless. “We’ve built a community garden at the side of the Skainos Centre on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast with funding…

Two of Northern Ireland’s leading charities are launching a joint campaign against the reintroduction of prescription charges for those living with long term conditions. British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland (BHF NI) and the MS Society’s Keep Us Well1 campaign is calling on Health Minister Simon Hamilton MLA and the Stormont Executive to end the uncertainty and commit to no return to prescription charges for the one in three people here living with one or more long term conditions. The Keep Us Well campaign is supported by the Prescription Charges Coalition and the Long Term Conditions Alliance NI, together representing more than…

The hidden problem of ‘sofa surfing’ was highlighted today as members of Belfast City Council’s Youth Forum joined the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Arder Carson, and Jim Dennison, Chief Executive of Simon Community NI, to push a giant sofa from Cornmarket to Belfast City Hall. Almost 40 percent of those registered as homeless in the city are under the age of 24, with many relying on friends or hostels for temporary accommodation. Following the sofa push, young people joined Simon Community NI in the grounds of Belfast City Hall to offer advice and signposting to other teens to help…

By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor A group of protesters held a demonstration in Belfast city centre today to highlight the sharp rise in the number of welfare benefit sanctions taking place. Development worker Sean Brady from the Participation and the Practice of Rights organisation said the demonstration was held by the Right to Work: Right to Welfare group who have been monitoring outside unemployment offices  for the last three years and have witnessed a steady increase in sanctions and benefit stoppages. “This is driving people to food banks, poverty and destitution,”said Mr Brady. “They are here today to tell the decision makers…

VIEWdigital co-founder Brian Pelan entered the Dragon’s Den today at the Dunadry Hotel at a conference organised  by Social Enterprise NI. Brian was one of five individuals, trying to secure a £1,500 award before the panel of judges – Colin Jess (Ulster Bank); Karen Lynch (Belu Water) and Phelim Sharvin (UCIT). The winner was Cavanstone, a social enterprise based in Dromore. The conference, which was well attended, was hosted by UTV’s Paul Clark.

By Una Murphy Belfast city centre’s oldest area is slowly being transformed by linking the heritage of its past while looking to the future on ‘Back to the Future Day’ Pupils from St Mary’s Primary School have been playing street games enjoyed by generations of children before them at the unveiling of new art work called ‘A River Runs Through It’ by Annemarie Mullan at the Bank Square/Berry Street home of the new Folktown market. Children from the school on the lower Falls featured in the iconic ‘Dusty Bluebells’ documentary film made by the late film-maker and musician David Hammond…

By Brian Pelan, VIEW editor Amidst the grandeur of the Harbour Office in Belfast, Julia Unwin, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, gave a social justice lecture last night (Monday, October 19) about combating poverty. The event was organised by the Law Centre (NI). Ms Unwin delivered a polished performance in which she touched upon many of the key factors surrounding poverty in the UK and the need to change it. Shortly after her talk ended, I posed some questions to her around the issue of poverty and why is it still with us in the 21st century?. “I think…

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