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!
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 Issue 2 here: