Ruthi Brandt commented on Dianne Regisford for county 2020-09-29 18:41:03 +0100Hi Dianne. Thank you for standing for selection! Can you explain what are your local connections to the two county divisions you’re standing in? thanks!
Dianne Regisford for Iffley Fields & St. Mary's or Berinsfield & Garsington
Dianne Regisford is a visionary social justice ARTivist, Social Sculpture practitioner and academic focusing on issues of racial, cultural and social justice. She is the founding Director of Evoking Belonging, a social impact research consultancy specialising in social sculpture practice and cultural advocacy.
The Evoking Belonging practice creates equitable, regenerative spaces for social enquiry into migration, social cohesion and deepening democracy through participatory governance. Dianne developed the Evoking Belonging as a practice through PhD research in the field of Social Sculpture.
Dianne’s leadership is anchored in community driven by a vision for social transformation and civic enlivenment amongst migrant African Diaspora communities.
Dianne has been named as one of: 200 Women who will change the way you see the World. (www.twohundredwomen.com/dianneregisford)
Her book of poetry entitled; Evoking Belonging: Poetics of the Urban Indigène, was published in 2019 and discussed in our Green Book Club.
Why I am standing
I am standing for election to create a paradigm shift towards fuller expression of ecological citizenship in green politics. I vision a thriving local community where BAME communities are equitably, visibly and actively engaged in the governance processes, which affect their lives.
I will campaign for racial, cultural and healing justice as a pathway to belonging, with specific focus on BAME communities.
I am of the firm conviction that a regenerative approach, which looks beyond sustainability, is necessary to achieve the Green Party’s core value of radical transformation of society for the benefit of all, and for the planet as a whole.
How I will campaign
To inspire and motivate people to vote for me, I will use a high impact social media campaign for public engagement and cultural connection. The content of my campaign will focus on Culture, Belonging and Ecological Citizenship.
I will leverage my social capital amongst grassroots BAME community networks, faith groups, organisations to raise awareness of the cultural alignment of the Green Party’s core values to the BAME community cultural value systems.
Given the current scenario of the pandemic, I envisage that much of the campaigning will take place online and, where possible, through face-to-face engagement.
Skills and time commitment
I am a strategic leader with well honed capacity for future visioning and inspirational leadership with a strong sense of responsibility and connection.
I work well in teams and advocate for participatory, colloaborative approaches for multi-level and multi-sector engagement.
My social sculpture practice, Evoking Belonging, nurtures skills of deep listening, and intuitive perception for imaginative approaches to transformation.
I am a seasoned public speaker, with expertise in media, advocacy and campaigns, also stakeholder engagement at all levels.
Timewise: I am available on some evenings and one day over the weekend.
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At this week's budget meeting (20/2/2017), Oxford's Green Councillors withdrew their support from the City's Capital Budget programme after their amendment to divert the £4m set aside for the Seacourt Park & Ride expansion to community facilities, environmental project and homelessness provision was rejected by the ruling City's Labour administration.Read more
After failing in 2017, the Government, with the support of the Tory-run Oxfordshire County Council, look set to again try and reorganise the City and County Councils. A new Devolution White Paper - to be published in early September 2020 - is widely expected to revive previously rejected 'One Oxfordshire' proposals to create a single unitary authority. This would see Oxford City Council abolished, along with the four neighbouring district councils, and replaced with a new, most-likely Tory-run Countywide Council. Based on current and historical voting, this would most-likely be Tory-run. At the time, Green County Councillor David Williams called the plans 'crazy'.
No one can say for certain what changes a Tory-run Council would make to the City. However, historically the County Conservatives have not supported a number of policies which have been backed by the people of Oxford and its councillors, for example, policies on affordable housing, homelessness, the Oxford Living Wage and climate change.
They have also taken a very different approach to how the council provide services. Whereas Oxford has continued to operate its own services and held on to its assets, the County Conservatives have chosen to privatise services and sell-off assets. This means that as Government funding has reduced Oxford has not suffered any serious service cuts or redundancies in recent years.
Of course, Oxford City Council is far from perfect but it is far more accountable and far more reflective of the electorate it serves than the Conservative majority that pervades the rest of the County.
We want to re-ignite our campaign to SAVE OXFORD FROM TORY RULE. Sign our petition and let the Tories, Labour and LibDem Councillors on Oxfordshire County Council know that you do not want to see Oxford City Council abolished and Oxford ruled by Tories.61 signaturesWe are opposed to any proposals that will replace local councils with a large distant bureaucracy covering the whole of Oxfordshire, which will not reflect the diversity of the county.
@RuthiBrandt tweeted link to Petition. 2015-08-03 19:04:39 +0100Sign the petition: Save East Oxford's Community Facilities http://www.greenoxfordshire.com/saveourcommunityfacilities?recruiter_id=49265
The Labour-run City Council have seized direct control of East Oxford Community Centre (EOCC) on the Cowley Road) and plan to sell off half the Community Centre site and 'improve' the rest (funded by further sell-offs; East Oxford Games Hall and the Film Oxford building).
The Centre was run by the East Oxford Community Association before the Council power-grab. The Centre is home to many local groups (including Fusion Arts & Oxford Action Resource Centre) and most nights all available rooms are booked out. Both the Games Hall and Film Oxford are also well used.
The Greens are contesting claims by Labour that they can re-provide 'improved' facilities on a site half the current size whilst incorporating those activities previously carried out in the Film Oxford building and East Oxford Games Hall.
The Greens have put forward an alternative solution - to instead develop land in nearby Cave Street for housing and instead redevelop the Community Centre land for use by social and community enterprises. This will provide MORE housing and retain the integrity of the EOCC site.113 signatures
Green Councillors are calling on the Labour-run City Council to ‘think again’ about its decision to seize direct control of East Oxford Community Centre from the Community Association and rush through a redevelopment funded by selling off the East Oxford Games Hall and Film Oxford sites.
We are calling for:
- A Centre run for the community by the community
- Improvements to the East Oxford Community Centre not to be made dependent on the closure of the Games Hall and Film Oxford.
- Proper public consultation on the future of community provision in East Oxford
Oxford is now the most unaffordable place to live in the UK. Houses cost more than 11 times average wages. The country and Oxford's council have a housing crisis on their hands.
Too often, people paying rent get poor service from rogue agencies and landlords. Greens want to take action to drive up standards in rented housing and to tackle the burden of rent.
We believe that access to housing is a human right—the council must do more to meet the housing needs of people in Oxford. Greens support increasing the number of council and social homes available to those who need them.
No council houses have been completed in the last year in Oxford. So when suitable houses become available on the local market, Oxford City Council should purchase them to increase the council housing stock.28 signatures
We demand that Oxford City Council use some of the £10m it has set aside to buy properties for use as Council housing to purchase the Crown House Club on the corner of Crown Street and St Mary’s Road in East Oxford. The Council could then provide 4 flats for immediate rent and a potential additional 5 flats for rent once the non-residential parts of the building are converted for residential use.
We believe the £1m price tag for the Crown House Club, and the potential to create up to 9 Council housing units in an area of housing need, presents excellent value for money for the City Council. With a constant decline in social housing available in the city, it would be a travesty to pass on such a good opportunity to increase the Council's housing stock.
Ruthi Brandt, councillor for Carfax ward
After several years of environmental activism as a student, Ruthi Brandt came to Oxford to pursue a research degree in animal behaviour. During that time she has founded the Oxford Roots & Shoots Society which campaigned on issues ranging from wildlife conservation to climate change. She has been living in the city for ten years.
Since graduation she has been involved with other campaigning groups such as – the local Greenpeace group, climate camp and 350.org. In the last few years she has been active with - and working for - UK Tar Sands Network. She has also been an active member of The People’s Supermarket co-op in East Oxford.
After working with Green councillors last year to make Oxford the first Tar-Free city in the EU, Ruthi decided to take the ‘think global, act local’ phrase to a new level by becoming a Green Party councillor on the city council.
You can contact her on ruthi[at]greenoxford.com