We held our first Equalities Forum on 7th February 2018 at The Bridge Community Centre and it was really well attended. We agreed Terms of Reference for Equality Forums and then discussed agenda items including plans for future forums and how to make CLP activities more inclusive. We set up an Equalities Committee so members from across the CLP can become more involved, if anyone would like to volunteer for this, please get in touch. The minutes from the meeting are available on the website.
We have also requested members who are prepared to act as buddies for those who would like to become more involved and feel they would benefit from support from another member when canvassing, leafleting and attending other CLP events. We have also requested that members who could provide transport to other members contact us so we can offer support and transport for those who may need it.
We are co-hosting an event with the Political Education Officer, Lena Šimić, and the Women’s officer, Karen Bellion, on Intersectionality.
The event will take place on 10th April 2018, 7-9pm at The Irish Centre. There will be a panel of 3 guest speakers with a Q&A session and then a discussion around issues raised.
The event have been advertised on facebook .
Here are the details:
Intersectionality – Celebrating Identities and Differences
10th April 2018
7pm-9pm Liverpool Irish Centre, Boundary Street, L6 5JG
Walton CLP Equality and Women’s Fora, in collaboration with Political Education programme, have organized a panel event discussing our identities and differences. This is about intersectionality, how class, race, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, ethnicity, social and economic status, influence the way who we are and how we perceive the world. This is about interconnections and about celebrating ourselves as complex socio-political human beings who are aware and respectful of one another as we strive towards social and ecological justice.
Our three guest speakers are Natalie Denny (Merseyside People’s Assembly against Austerity, The Homeless Period), Ruth Gould (Artistic Director of DaDaFest) and a speaker from Navajo (tbc).
The three talks will be followed up by a discussion, chaired by Sarah Morton, Walton CLP Equality Officer.
The event is free and refreshments will be provided. This is a link to Ruth’s bio
MAY / JUNE 2018
Tales from the City – Stories, objects and memories from Liverpool’s LGBQT+ community @ Museum of Liverpool
This powerful exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. The exhibition reflects how the lives and experiences of Liverpool’s LBGT+ community have changed from 1967 to 2017 and explores the impact of national events such as Section 28, civil partnerships, marriage, age of consent equality and equal adoption rights.
We are looking to take a group of around 25 people and a guide can be provided. We are not limited to 25 and can look at 2 separate trips to fit in with availability of those interested. The date will be confirmed next month.
At the Equalities Forum in May it was decided that we would set up a committee and anyone from the CLP can get involved. Members can self represent in different areas if they wish to and anyone with an interest in equalities can get involved and commit to a level that suits them. The Committee will work together to plan events and keep in regular contact to update each other on what’s happening in the wider party and with other activist groups. We welcome any members who wish to join, if you have any questions please contact one of the committee members. The members so far are: Sarah Morton, Paul McGowan, Lyndsay Melia, Frazer Lake, Clair Corkill Horrocks, Mary Doolin and Tim Jeeves.
We are planning a number of events for the Equalities Forum at the moment, including a film night, board games event and a micro discussion group event. We are also looking to host an event to inform and raise awareness of Neurodevelopmental conditions and the difficulties parents/carers can face when trying to secure support/funding and navigating the various agencies they deal with including schools, employers and NHS.
If you have any suggestions for future events, please let us know.