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ACORN | Union for the Community opening branch in Reading

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They’re putting together a branch of ACORN here in Reading and are looking for people who would like to get involved.

ACORN is a community Union that focuses on tennant, renter and housing rights. They help deal with dangerous or unhealthy living conditions, with rent rises and even unfair threats of evictions.

They’re looking to help organise within the community to fight back against rising poverty by focusing our efforts together. Nationally ACORN has been expanding rapidly and with Oxford finally having a formal branch set up they thought it was about time Reading did too!

If you want to get involved, or importantly if you are having housing issues that you need help with, please reach out to us and they’ll do what they can.

Check out their Website for more information!

Acorn Community Union

About ACORN

Founded in Bristol in 2014, ACORN is a mass membership organisation and network of low-income people organising for a fairer deal for our communities.

The idea is simple but ambitious – to build a national community organisation along the lines of a trade union; organising our communities and fighting for a better quality of life. What began with a few local residents trying to tackle slum housing in their neighbourhood has quickly developed into a national organisation with thousands of members and branches across the country.

They think inequality and social problems are about power. They believe that the only way they’ll see meaningful action is if they can counter the power of money and establishment politics with the power of people taking collective action. Everyone has the right to a place at the table and ACORN puts community organisation at the heart of the fight for economic and social justice.

Every day they hear the issues facing our communities: rising housing costs, stagnant wages and brutal cuts that have starved our public services. Wealth is being transferred upwards, and the only solution is for people to get organised and win it back.

Nurses, shop workers, delivery drivers, carers and parents: they raise the young, support the elderly, and produce the country’s wealth. They power society, and they are entitled to our fair share.

They know they can win because they’ve already started. In a few years they have grown from a small group in a single neighbourhood into a national organisation that is influencing politics at the highest levels, taking-on big banks, rogue landlords and multinational companies. Our victories already add up to £millions, but ACORN is more than just pounds and pence – they are showing that, by working together, they can refresh and rebuild democracy and the fabric of our communities.

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Reading west MP travels to 30 nations in 7 months but hasn’t isolated once

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The Reading West MP, President for COP26 (the next annual UN climate change conference) and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office Alok Sharma has travelled to 30 countries this year, including at least six on the red list, without having to isolate.

While many of you have spent time quarantine at expensive hotels set up by the government, Sharma, the MP for Reading West, has been given a ministerial exemption from hotel quarantine after every trip, while ordinary travellers face fines of £10,000 for such breaches.

This is one again and example of the “one rule for them” culture that members of the cabinet enjoy under PM Boris Johnson’s leadership.

Others have also questioned why at least some meetings couldn’t been done virtually – which would have also helped to reduce greenhouse emissions.

It seem to us that the double standards in a failing traffic light system poorly planned with little common sense has resulted in ministers not bothering to comply under a status justification.

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Reading Festival 2021: Who is headlining, when is it and where is it?

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The full line up for Reading and Leeds Festival has been announced.

We found out everything you need to know about the Reading’s biggest festival event in no just in our town but in all Berskshire.

When is it?
The Reading & Leeds music festival takes place at both sites over the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday August 27 to Sunday August 29

Campers with early pass entry can get into the site on Wed 22 Aug 2018, 18:00 to find the best spot to pitch up your tent.

Where is the Reading festival site?
The Reading site is in the centre of Reading and is held on Little John’s Farm, Richfield Avenue.
There will be shuttle buses available for festival-goers running from Reading train station to Richfield Avenue.

Who is headlining?
This year’s headliners are…

The six headliners are Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens Of The Stone Age.

Other acts include big names such as AJ Tracey, Doja Cat, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Two Door Cinema Club.

Meanwhile fans can also look forward to performances from Ashnikko, DaBaby and Fever 333, Madison Beer, MK and 100 Gecs.

Where to buy tickets
I am afraid tickets for Reading 2021 are sold out.

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Battle Library Reopens next week!

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Battle Library reopens next week! The library is due to reopen next Tue 6 April, initially for 9 hours per week (Tuesday 1-5, Friday 10-12, Saturday 10-1).

Working in line with current national safety guidance, from 6 April, Battle Library will offer:

📚 Returns – to entrance when the library is open, book drop when closed.
📗 Order and collect (book online at https://www.reading.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/libraries-reopening/ or via 0118 937 5950) – you can order specific or a general collection of items
💻 Limited computer bookings (via 0118 937 5950)

Visitors to the library will be reminded to follow safety precautions, including the wearing of masks inside the building and for the use of computers, test and trace registration will be required.

They will look to continue the planned phase of reopening of wider library services where possible and with safety at the forefront of all our plans. The Library Service hopes to confirm the reopening details for its other branch libraries at Whitley, Southcote and Palmer Park shortly.

Book drops are currently available at Central, Caversham – and shortly at Battle library – and no fines are being charged.

The Library Service’s popular e-service continues to be available. Over the past year, we have had 2,623 people join the service and They’ve issued a staggering 65,000 eResources!

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