In 10 days, people from across Easton will meet for the first meeting of the Easton Community Union, part of ACORN Bristol.
The meeting (7pm, Friday 16th May, All Hallows Hall, All Hallows Road, Easton) will be the first chance for new members of the union to meet together and decided on our groups first campaigns.
It will also be the best chance for supportive or curious non-members to find out more and get involved.
Up to 150 people have said they are coming and we are totally calm about that….
Alright, actually, we need some help.
In all honesty, we'd love even more people to come. If you haven’t already, could you please put a poster in your window and leaflet a few of your neighbours’ doors? Or help us on a stall, like Anny did on Friday?
Most importantly though, we need some help at the first meeting. Could you help people sign in and join the union? Or speak about an issue you care about? Or help run the new group over the next few months?
Some of us from around the area had a chat last week and started to plan how the meeting runs. But lots of hands make light work – so please help.
As we've been talking to people around the area, we've heard loads of reasons why a strong, united community union is needed in Easton. From traffic to low wages, there's lots to talk about, but as rent prices are in the news today, I'll just give you one quote from one Easton resident who is a private tenant.
He told us that when he moved in, he had some problems with the house, and the landlord still hasnt fixed them. We asked how long ago that was; he said "a year". We then asked what sort of problems they are and he said: "the roof collapsed".
Over the last decade, a lot has changed. Wages have stagnated and prices have increased, while politicians seem more and more alike and distant. House prices have risen steeply, pricing many people out and into a risky, unregulated private rental market. Another ACORN member told us; "Easton has changed a lot since I was a kid. I want to help build my community".
We can’t wait to see you and your friends, family and neighbours at the first meeting of ACORN Easton, 7pm, Friday 16th May at All Hallows Hall, All Hallows Road, Easton. Together, we will build a strong community union that can make our united voice loud!
See you there.
P.S. A few of us are going to meet up again to make more plans this Friday 9th May at 6.30pm. If you’d like to come along and get involved, you're very welcome. Please let us know.