About Account Hackney
Account Hackney is a youth led project run by a team of 15 in the London borough of Hackney. Through this they are actively and publicly scrutinising instances of police brutality, as well as acting as a driving force in inspiring growth in their community through empowering the youth. This is through giving people a platform in which they can express themselves, with the projects vision being that every young person in Hackney reaches their potential. In order to drive this they have 4 members dedicated to youth engagement and outreach, with a further focus on generating and passing on knowledge to the youth, be this through music, surveys, media or poetry in order to try and develop expertise. The project has also created guides for young people on how to safely handle interactions with the police, easy to follow information on your rights, and a complete guideline on how young people can stay safe during lockdown. The project also provides links to legal representation, helplines and victim support.
Furthermore, the project also carries out campaign work and political activism in order to get justice for their community, as well as offering help to young people who have suffered from forms of discrimination and injustice. Members of the project also have featured articles in several news outlets including Huffington Post and the Independent covering topics such as racial injustice and holding those in power to account, as well as healing intergenerational trauma.
In the interest of creating knowledge the project also has an upcoming documentary due for release in summer 2020 called ‘Community Healing’. The documentary will be focused on creating a new transparency between different types of groups in Hackney in order to try and open up a dialogue in winch both sides can learn and benefit from. The pilot episode once release will be focused on police brutality, with discussions concerning the root of police issues as well as what can be learned from older generations in the fight against racial injustice.