Rev Paul’s Work Goes On - An Update from the Executive Team
We hope you are all keeping safe and well in these strange times. Thanks, so much for your support for Rev Paul Nicolson and Taxpayers Against Poverty. The inspiring Rev Paul is truly a hard act to follow, but his work will continue. So just wanted to tell you about what Taxpayers Against Poverty plan to do and see what you think.
TAP Executive Team
Paul was the driving force behind Taxpayers Against Poverty and is of course irreplaceable. So, we have set up a small executive team to carry on this work and also formed an advisory group of 15 campaigners, experts and friends who supported him in his work and who often came to him for advice and vice versa. We are pleased that Rev Paul’s daughter Krissie Nicolson has agreed to be on the executive team which will also include Tom Burgess (TAP director), John Tizard (strategy), Jennifer Nadel (co-founder of our partners Compassion in Politics) and Siobhan Garibaldi (Trustee Z2K). Our campaigning will focus on Elimination of Homelessness bill as well as campaigning for affordable housing and minimum income standards. More about that in later bulletins.
A special thank you to everyone who has posted such lovely words about how Rev Paul had touched their lives. There have been messages of condolence from friends, his local community, fellow activists and campaigners across the country as well MPs, journalists, clergy and bishops including the Archbishop of Canterbury. And thanks so much to those who have donated to the Rev Paul Legacy fund which will benefit Taxpayers against Poverty and Z2K and help spread the message of hope and a compassion community on social media. If you haven’t yet donated and would like to click here, we’re so close to our target now, just over 1k shy of the 10k!
What else can we do?
TAP is looking to build a volunteer support team. We are particularly looking for committed people with skills and experience, in community organising, local family support, political campaigning, event organising, social media and well as organising volunteers so please let us know if you would like to help and be part of the team. And of course, talk to your friends and colleagues about the issues, the answers and action that can be taken. Let us know your ideas.
As many of you know, Paul was a tireless and caring campaigner on behalf of the people of Tottenham, we have not forgotten you. We had lovely messages from Leoini and the good people at Temporary Accommodation Group (TAG) Love Lane, who Paul encouraged and supported to ensure their community was not broken up for the sake of a wealthy football club. And also, from Faruk at the Peacock Lane Industrial Estate, Faruk used to call Rev Paul “the conscience of our community, he was a man of great integrity and we will miss him dearly” So one of our first tasks is to listen to you again and see how we can work together, Krissie is going to do this.
Due to the current restrictions, Paul’s funeral on 30 April was a small family only affair. There will be a celebration of Paul’s life later in the year, so we can all get together and share stories of the life of a wonderful man. As soon as we have worked out when and where that special event will be, we will let you know. It will be so great to meet the many folks who knew Paul and share some stories.
John, Krissie, Jennifer, Siobhan, Tom