Hosted by members of the Connecting Communities Team of Dave Prince & Charmaine Burton, with inspirational words of wisdom from Soho Ward Candidate Sharon Thompson talking about the need for civic duty and voter registration and Bishop Joe Aldred, who talked about the importance of challenge racism by using it as a positive tool of engagement.
In amongst the entertainment, the clear message was delivered, that there are no barriers to change except for the ones that we hide behind.
The way to resolving issues surrounding equality, injustices, education, and economics is by standing up and being proactive by ensuring that we are in a position to do something about it.
Note the key phrase is action and not just talking about it. No society is perfect, but we have a responsibility to our young people, of engaging the system that is there and also open the doors for others to follow in order to get a greater voice in governance, both locally and nationally.
This all starts by registering to vote and indeed using the right to vote, that unlike the United States of America this has and was always available to everyone eligible in this Country including people for common wealth countries.
We have seen the changes in the US over the past 50 years, it may not be perfect, but, it is powerful in terms of progress.
Its time for us to stop complaining and start dealing effectively with the issues that we face by holding those in power to account,; we must use the language that Politicians understand and this is the ballot box, time to start preparing for your voices to be heard by ensuring that you are registered to vote and also use it. Get to know those that say they wish to represent you and establish whether or nor they understand the challenges and issues that our communities face on a daily basis.
The basic message is a simple one people first as that is where the real political power lies. The constant in Politics has always been the people as you are needed to endorse your representatives by voting for them.
Time to realise the real difference we all can collectively make by getting involved, Politically, Socially, Economically and Civically.
Many people took up our challenge last night which was to take two Voter Registration forms and talk to their relatives, friends or neighbours and those who are registered encourage them to complete the form and return it.
It was a great inspiring night with great feedback, but the journey continues, our next events will be in October and November dates to be announced.
Remember, change will come; together we can make a difference.