SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS IN LONDON’S EAST END

A TIME TO REMEMBER

To commemorate the start of the Just Food and Climate Transition (Just FACT) programme in Tower Hamlets we gathered with friends and partners to celebrate the work that’s already being done and remember what has gone before.  A key part of the commemoration was the idea of remembrance, an idea summarised in a quote by scholar-activist Bell Hooks, as read by the facilitators; ‘we must struggle to remember not for the sake of nostalgia, but because the act of remembering serves to illuminate and transform the present.”    
We heard about seventeen different organisations and individuals, and their contributions to struggles for justice in the East End, stories from across the decades (and centuries!) of people who took action to bring justice to their community, and whose work has reverberated across the world from Tower Hamlets.   We’ve posted these cards below with accompanying pictures for others to remember and embody the spirit of communities coming together to take positive action for themselves. At the bottom of the page you’ll also find links from local projects and archives, for more information about the stories from the cards.
You can find out more about some of these histories at The Idea Store, the East End Womens Museum, Roman Road London, or better yet head over to one of David Rosenberg’s East End Walks.    

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