Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The People's Assembly Against Austerity: Budget Protest

Chancellor Phillip Hammond will announce the Budget next week and outline the Government's spending priorities for the next year.

We're calling a protest at Downing Street the night before to urge the Government to use the Budget to scrap their plans for Universal Credit, to close tax loopholes and force the tax avoiders to pay their fair share, to end the public sector pay cap with an increase above inflation, and to properly fund our NHS and public services.
Protest: 6pm, Tuesday 21 November, Opposite Downing Street, Whitehall, London
** We're asking everyone to take 10 minutes today and invite your friends on Facebook: click here to invite your friends** Please also Tweet using hashtag #SackTheTories


We're pleased to team up with Health Campaigns Together, Unite Community, Axe The Housing Act and many other campaigns to organise this protest. (If your campaign would like to get involved please get in touch)

It's fair to say that this Government hasn't had the best few weeks. Theresa May's authority is dwindling even in her our party while a growing crisis in the cabinet, based on inappropriate behaviour from ministers, leaves a question mark over whether this Government will survive the next few weeks in office.

But the crisis around the roll out of Universal Credit is growing which will push thousands into poverty, the Paradise Papers revealed the huge extent of Tax Avoidance where the rich are thieving money which should be spent on services, and the head of the NHS last week warned billions of pounds extra is needed if the NHS is to survive this winter.

Come along, bring friends and workmates. Let's make sure this weak Government feels the growing opposition to their damaging austerity measures.

Foodbank Collection
As part of the protest we're collecting food which will be donated to local foodbanks so their shelves are stocked to deal with the fallout from Universal Credit and the continuation of austerity policies in the budget. We will also be using the thousands of pounds that was raised through sales of Captain Ska's track 'Liar Liar' to buy tonnes of food and deliver it to foodbanks across the country. But before it's delivered, we'll be displaying all of it right on the doorstep of Downing Street to show Theresa May and Phillip Hammond the effect their damaging policies are having on ordinary people.

Items that are needed for Foodbanks:
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned fish
  • Tinned veg
  • Tinned fruit
  • Pasta sauces
  • Instant coffee
  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Fruit juice (long life)
  • Tinned pudding
  • Jam / preserves
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Male and female toiletries

The People's Assembly Against Austerity

Green Seniors’ meeting: Wednesday 6/12/2017


Green Seniors’ meeting: Wednesday 6/12/2017 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

1.   Apologies and alterations to agenda
2.   Notes: Green Seniors meeting  at GP utumn conference and 21/7/2017 accuracy and matters arising
3.   .   Leaflet for new members and design offer from cp
5.   Ucu Retired Members’ conference 15/11/2017
7.   GPEW Conference: Stall, Fringe, Meeting, 
8.   AoB

·         IT: problems with services only being accessible via IT, not everyone has access/ is able to use
·         IT: also a potentially liberating tool for Seniors, computer courses needed
·         Segregation of Seniors from others in the community
·         Social isolation of Seniors
·         Managerialism taking over the way society interacts with Seniors
·         Vulnerability to scammers and crinminals, especially of isolated Seniors
·         Voluntary Euthanasia?
·         Commercial /capitalist exploitation of the growing senior market esp in pharmaceuticals , IT, mobility aids, transport ,entertainment. Including  side lining of natural remedies
·         Landslides due to deforestation of hillsides.

Notes Green Seniors  Friday 21 July .6.00

1.  GS email list address is Greenseniors@lists.greenparty.org.uk".
2.  Notes Green Seniors meeting 3/3/2016: agreed for accuracy.
3.   Matters Arising
a) May meeting postponed due to General election.
b) Nominations still open for post of Green Seniors  Treasurer.
c)  No progress with crowdfunder, might not be with it if the only expense was conference leaflets. Donations invited.
d) Pedestrians Association Aka Living Streetshttps://www.livingstreets.org.uk/ had responded to Maureen refusing to take up dangers to pedestrians from cyclists on pavements.
e) Museum charges now raised to prohibitive levels for many seniors.
f)   Lucas conference working groups: (on Arms Conversion, Localisation, Robotics and Just Transition) continue next meetings 24/7/2017. PM to attend.
g) GPEW Spring Conference, a successful eent combined with world and European Greens, some contacts made.

4.  General election:
a) Rumours of November/December election
b) Ongoing Brexit problems
c)  Disappointing GP performance but actually got 2nd highest GP total vote.

5.  Gp autumn conference 7/10 october, Harrogate:
a) Stall:PM to book
b) Meeting: PM to book, and facilitate, volunteers to help needed.
c)  Motions: Alan Borgars proposing motion on fire proofing, Peter Allen proposing motion on prioritising NHS campaigning. See GP members’ site

6.  Future activities and events/Aob
a) National Pensioners’ Convention: The Message – quarterly newspaper 20p/free to affiliated groups and other publications available from: http://npcuk.org/publications.
b) National Pensioners’ Convention aims now posted at https://greenseniors.blogspot.co.uk/p/national-pensioners-convention-aims.html
Could be used  as a template for Green Seniors. 
c)  Which MP’s to contact on pensioners issues
Source Wikipedia 21/7/2017

e) Maureen Childs to organise debate of Elders’ issues at Toynbee Hall
f)   Toynbee Hall research into needs of Elders in Tower Hamlets, Maureen Childs has contacted researcher Natasha Munoz and will further contact to ascertain how many Senior Centres have closed in Tower Hamlets.
g) Seniors reported to be entitled to double length GP appointments.
h) GP appointments.being replaced by skype and/or internet in some areas(?)
i)    Sheltered housing: reductions in workers, leading to reduction in residents’ access to facilities.
j)    MC and PM had attended Tower Hamlets and Brent air pollution meetings.
k)  Age Action Alliance  MC
l)    Ransackers, problems in using Uni facilities
7.Date of next meeting: 22/9/2017 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

Climate Change motion etc

Motion 3 Climate Change, Airport Expansion and Fracking
Proposer London Retired Members Branch

We recognise that the motion on Climate Change passed at this year's TUC makes progress towards UCU retired members resolution 7.6 of our 2016 annual meeting. However, we regret that there is no mention of opposition to fracking or airport expansion. We therefore call upon the UCU NEC to continue to campaign within the trade union movement in support of all the demands raised in UCU Congress 2017 resolution 17: Climate change, jobs and airport expansion.


John McDonnell will highlight the human and economic costs of manmade climate change, calling it the “greatest single public challenge” and say the government should include the fiscal risks posed by global warming in future forecasts.
The landmark change would, for the first time, put climate change on an equal footing with other complex challenges affecting the public finances such as demography.
Under a Labour government, the Office for Budget Responsibility would be given total independence, McDonnell will announce, saying the forecaster would report directly to parliament rather than the Treasury.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Escaped lynx: Borth zoo's big cat 'humanely destroyed'

Escaped lynx: Borth zoo's big cat 'humanely destroyed'

Escaped lynx: Borth zoo's big cat 'humanely destroyed'
"The council said despite "exhaustive efforts" to recapture her, it received advice that the risk to public safety had "increased to severe"."
This seems to be a very stupid decision, Lynx are wild in several parts of Europe and north america and as far as I know there are no reports of them attacking people. In fact there's a you tube video of someone keeping one as a pet.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Oxford Activism !

Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:20:03 +0000
Subject: Oxford Activism !

Come to the next Forum meeting on Tuesday 7th November, 7.30 at Wesley Memorial Hall, Oxford. Sign up here so we know to expect you! We almost ran out of chairs last time.

Forum is a great place to meet other Greens and find out what’s going on. You’ll get the chance to have a cup of tea and a chat, find out what’s been happening from our elected councillors, raise questions, and see how you can get involved (or not)!  Each meeting will have a subject that we will discuss.

Next Tuesday we’re continuing our focus on air pollution.  Green city councillor Dick Wolff will be looking at the current work being done on local Zero Emission and Clean Air Zones.  This is sponsored by Oxford County and City councils and the report, due in January, will feed into local transport strategy. How can Greens engage with this? Do we have consensus on transport, or are there differences of opinion which might necessitate some policy coordination work. Dick will be leading a discussion to find out.

If you’re concerned about our air quality, do join the protest next Tuesday morning at 10:00 as county councillors go into their meeting, with an item on air pollution in Oxfordshire. The protest is organised by Oxfordshire Clean Air Action – bring your masks, signs and Green Party banners!

And – don’t forget – Green Fair is coming up!  10.30 on Saturday 2nd December – it’s the best fun day out, so do sign up to come and help, or just come and hang out!
Oxfordshire Green Party

‎Alison Teal‎ to STAG. Sheffield Tree Action Groups.

Alison Teal to STAG. Sheffield Tree Action Groups.
 and wasting public money this way. It's a serious abuse of power and there must be many good Labour politicians who are as concerned about what's happened as I am. Bringing law suits against residents and councillors over healthy trees is madness.



Engaged Scholarship on Citizenship & Governance Seminar Series

Wed 15 November 2017
14:00 – 16:00 GMT

Chaired by Dr Thomas McManus, Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London

ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London (building 37 on map )


Aditya Chakrabortty (Senior Economics Commentator, The Guardian)
Vicki Cooper (Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology, Co-director of Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC), The Open University)
Steve Tombs (Professor of Criminology, The Open University)
Pilgrim Tucker (Housing campaigner and supporter of The Grenfell Tower Action Group)
This Engaged Scholarship in Citizenship & Governance is jointly hosted by The Open UniversitySRA Citizenship & Governanceand the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) with the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) and Human Rights Collegium at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) School of Law.