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Star date: 26th February 2012

SALFORD RIOT NIGHT – BE PART OF IT

Reading The Riots
Salford Community Conversations
Wed 7th March 6:30-8pm free
St Sebastian's Community Centre

The Guardian, LSE and the Social Action and Research Foundation are putting on a night where the community can mull over the Salford riots of last year and see where future policy and funding can be targeted to avoid a repeat.

The night stars local community worker, Graham Cooper, with Salford Council leader, John Merry, GMP's Kevin Mulligan and Reading The Riots researcher, Helen Clifton. Everyone's welcome…

Full details here...


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Last December, a huge research project by The Guardian and the London School of Economics which included interviews with those involved with the riots, concluded that policing and poverty were the ultimate causes (see the Salford Star article on the research - click here).

Now, there's a chance for the community to learn more about the research and give their own views when the Reading The Riots Salford Community Conversations arrives in town on March 7th.

On the panel will be Graham Cooper, who is totally immersed in youth work in East Salford, Salford Council Leader, John Merry, Greater Manchester Police Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan, Gerry Stone from Seedly And Langworthy Trust, and Reading The Riots researcher Helen Clifton who spoke to Salford people involved in the riots as part of the research.

The aims of the evening are to `Learn about the causes of the riots from the perspective of local people; find out more about the Guardian and LSE research and identify specific policy and funding areas local communities feel require the most focus'.

Should be interesting. It's free and everyone can go along – you just have to book a place first by contacting Dan Silver, Social Action & Research Foundation: Phone: 0161 276 9305 or e-mail danielsilver07@gmail.com

Reading The Riots
Salford Community Conversations
Wed 7th March 6:30-8pm free
St Sebastian's Community Centre
1 Douglas Green, M6 6ES

See previous Salford Star article on riot evictions – click here
See previous Salford Star article on riot convictions – click here

Read Dan Silver's Guardian article on Reading The Riots – click here
See the Social Action & Research Foundation website inc riot coverage - click here

caroline wrote
at 04:31:59 on 02 March 2012
i belive the guardian is doing its best.....One has to dance with the devil..Bindloss..not all are out to to do harm ....,money or not... By the way read ,,gas fitter charged over irlam blast..horror.So what houseing trust sorted the workman...ooooops
 
Fadge wrote
at 13:06:51 on 01 March 2012
merry, plod , a few handwringers, and a few crocodile-tears shedders belching hot air will not solve anything . Although I could take my wet washing and use the hot air to dry it . This lot know what caused the riots - lack of opportunity , training , employment ,prospects, no hope in this dead city .This lot will just bullshit on , and solve nothing , until they address the blatantly obvious , and this is beyond their capability .
 
Ian - OB - Obrien wrote
at 22:19:11 on 28 February 2012
I am in agreement with Albert Dock, to some degree. This idea of John Merry and the Superintendent, arriving for a meeting to blow hot air about the why's and wherefores of last summers disturbances, is little more than a photo opportunity. Anybody with a modicum of intellect knows there are many reasons the disturbances took place - the belief by most of us that rank and file police officers across the country are above the law and can commit murder with impunity not least among them. Then there is the belief that if you happen to be in John Merry or hazel Blears shoes, there is no such thing as austerity or recession and never will be. All this topped off with the constant sell sell selling by those who lost a few grandsworth of stock to those who took it; JD Sports, Footlocker, etc etc, lost a little. Not a fraction of what they have taken over the years form those same people. The reasons for these disturbances are not as complex as those at the top would have us believe; the haves nots want what the haves have got, simple - though I may be at risk of poetry there :) Where I disagree with Albert Dock is that nothing will improve in Salford. It will improve, only not for the people of Salford. The people of Salford will be moved on again. Just as they are every time somebody sees a patch of croft going cheap on which could be a Tesco Metro or a bowling alley or a Subway. Salford will become like Manchester and people like Merry will blather on about it's amazing industrial and historical heritage, the way Manchester City Council blathers on about New Order and the Hacienda, despite doing everything they could to kill and then co-opt whatever talent the city ever had. I see a full circle situation; two hundred years ago the working poor left the countryside to provide labour in the dark satanic mills of Salford and Manchester. Now, it is time for us to go back....like it or not.
 
Guardian reader wrote
at 22:17:09 on 28 February 2012
This was the worst reseacrh piece by the guardian I have ever read. They didnt interview any vicitms!
 
Albert Dock wrote
at 21:31:08 on 27 February 2012
With the likes of the mayoral ' heir presumptive ' and some overpaid plod pen-pusher spouting crap this meeting will be pointless . The only useful meeting will be one that focuses on job creation , job training , and employment for the many disenfranchised in this rotton city . Nothing will improve in Deadsalford , only get far,far worse in this land of hopelessness and despair .
 
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