The second issue of the Lockdown Gazette is here!
The Lockdown Gazette is a newspaper for the digitally excluded of Newcastle and Gateshead. A collective effort from the For Solidarity Network in response to exceptional circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This edition was compiled from an open call for content, meaning it is 20 pages longer than the first! Thanks to everyone who contributed and to Roots and Wings for pulling it all together.
The papers are already being distributed to communities who might not have access to the internet during isolation, via organisations already sending out essential deliveries. And the digital version can be read below!
The For Solidarity network is made up of organisations, projects, initiatives and individuals across the North East. These include: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Big River Bakery, Citizens Advice Gateshead, Chilli Studios, The Comfrey Project, Connected Voice, Digital Voice, Dingy Butterflies, Dwellbeing Shieldfield, The Eclipse, Equal Arts, Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead, Gateshead Carers, Gateshead Council, Arthur’s Hill Mutual Aid, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Safeguarding Board, Re-Co-Co, Roots and Wings, Sail Creative, Shieldfield Art Works (SAW), Shipley Art Gallery, Star and Shadow Cinema and Sunderland University.
Here’s a word from Alistair Cameron from ReCoCo, on behalf of the whole editorial team:
“The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted something we all knew: top-down, centralised, one-size-fits-all approaches, heavy on remote bureaucracy and diktat, do not work well. Local responses have been far more effective, drawing on the inherent skills and resources within Newcastle and Gateshead: professionals and citizens, statutory organisations, charities, co-operatives, collectives, and communities. People from all backgrounds have worked innovatively and fluidly in response to the complex, multi-layered challenges, pulling together in a mutual, reciprocal fashion to alleviate distress and meet need. This way of working is not new for many of us; our area has had to be well practiced in finding its own solutions through years of hardship and austerity.”
Read the Lockdown Gazette on issuu here:
For Solidarity is a growing peer support network of organisations, projects, initiatives and individuals across the North East. Collectively we aim to strengthen and grow existing networks of solidarity for a more democratic, socially just and ecologically sustainable world that supports all of our material and social needs.
We already have a wide network for delivering the papers, but if you know any other organisations/initiatives who could take part in the distribution, please let us know! Or if you would just like to have a chat about the For Solidarity Network, please email Niomi Fairweather.
Get on the Map For Solidarity!
Please spread the word about the work we are doing, and in particular, invite any initiatives you feel should be represented on the map linked above. It’s very easy to get involved, and you can get on the map by completing this short Survey (it will take 5-10 minutes to complete!) telling us some information about what you do.