“I think it's a very important turning point to have Firebox opening at this moment,” said Benn. “Thank you to the people who have organised it – I recognise that we're going to need Firebox a great deal in the months that lie ahead.”
Launched in October 2012, the cafe has played host to a number of high-profile campaigners including Independent columnist Owen Jones, Green Party leader and local resident Natalie Bennett and internationally renowned academic Tariq Ali.
They are now seeking to raise £5,000 to cement the cafe's reputation as a haven for progressive minds. Their appeal is currently running through Kickstarter, an all-or-nothing platform; meaning the team have only 30 days to reach their goal.
Project co-ordinator Clare Solomon said “The last six months have been incredible. We've worked with so many fantastic organisations – from the Haldane Society of Lawyers to the SockMob homelessness charity – and have had a brilliant response from the local community. Now we're looking to fund a video editing suite for local residents and groups to use. We'd also like to run new events for the community, like free progressive parenting groups. Please give generously to allow us to do this; and pop in next time you're in King's Cross!”
The appeal will run until Friday March 29th and can be accessed via the Kickstarter website - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/809251023/firebox-politics-with-your-panini