Tradeswomen Building Bridges Community Picnic

The Tradeswomen Building Bridges Community Picnic at Caledonian Park on June 12th was a massive success. Residents of Islington came out to meet us, ask questions, and listen to our stories about being women in the construction trades.

Photo by Debbie Humphry

Member of Parliament for Islington South and Finsbury, and Labour’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry, Islington Mayor Marian Spall, Deputy Council Leader Diarmaid Ward, Councilor Jason Jackson, Councilor Hannah McHugh, and Councilor Saiqa Pandora spoke at the event about the importance of women in construction and the opportunities that the Holloway Prison Project represent for the community.

The Colleges of West, North-West and North-East London (CNWL, CWL, and CONEL were present to offer information on apprenticeships that they offer.

We heard from community activists Nikki Gibbs and Sophie Benedict on the importance of creating a womens building to house social services on the Holloway site.

CP4H activist Nikki Gibbs poses with TBB delegate Denise Nicole Franklin

We also heard from tradeswomen Bim Balogun Springer, Nikeia Hunter, Marie Havsgaard, and Doreen Cannon on their career journeys as tradeswomen.

TBB Delegate Nikea Hunter sharing her story

It was fitting that this day of community advocacy took place at the site of a 40,000 gathering of trade unionists who came together to show support for the Tolpuddle Martyrs who were sent to Australia for forming a trade union. We came to London as proud trade unionists looking to spread the sentiment of solidarity and inclusion.

A picture taken of the tradeswomen from the Caledonian Park Clock Tower by Debbie Humphrey

About cklewick

Cassandra Klewicki is a Union Carpenter out of UBC local 290 and a co-founder at Tradeswomen Building Bridges. She is a graduate student at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.
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1 Response to Tradeswomen Building Bridges Community Picnic

  1. Tammy Tatum says:

    Thank You So Much For All You Do For Our Sister’s!💗


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