Thursday, 7 July 2016

Green Left welcomes the move to discuss campaigning and electoral alliances leading up to the next General Election.

“Green Left welcomes the move to discuss campaigning and electoral alliances leading up to the next General Election.

Green Left has always promoted the idea of working together with the left, where we share values, and that, as much as possible the Green Party should be included in this, lending support to and endorsing Eco-socialists who are members of other parties. We did this by supporting Salma Yaqoob in parliamentary elections.

This needs further discussion with members and we welcome consultations, about it, taking place.

Green Left members with our positive standing amongst others on the Left are able to positively engage people outside the GPEW who share our values and therefore should take the initiative locally in promoting discussions with individuals, progressive groups and other left parties, such as the Jeremy Corbyn led Labour Party.

Any left alliance must be committed to introducing PR for all future elections and the’ Best Placed Left Candidate’ should be a consideration in marginal seats.”


motion passed 2/7/2016 

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

paaa demo 16 July Statement from the Committee of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) London Retired Members branch

up to Racism
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Statement from the Committee of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) London Retired Members branch
Jeremy Corbyn was the only contender for the leadership of the Labour Party to support the Pensioners Manifesto issued by the National Pensioners' Conventionwhich was in August 2015:
  •         A basic state pension for all, set above the poverty level of £175 a week
  •         Increases in pensions to be linked to the best of RPI,CPI, earnings or 2.5%
  •         Universal pensioner benefits (bus pass, winter fuel allowance, free TV licences for the over75s and free prescriptions) to be maintained without means testing
  •         A National Health and Care Service which is free at the point of use and funded through taxation
  •         A legally binding Dignity Code to improve the quality and standards of care for older people
At a time when the Tory Party is riven with splits and infighting the whole of the labour and trade union movement , however they voted in the referendum, should be united in a campaign to oppose austerity and  racism along the lines indicated in the UCU NEC statement on the referendum result. [https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8327/UCU-statement-on-the-referendum-result#.V3E2vb8lqbE.facebook]
 
Those MPs that are attempting to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s democratic mandate have shown their contempt for the millions of working class people whose lives are being blighted by government austerity and deserve to be held to account by Labour Party members and supporters in their constituencies.

Corbyn is alone among party leaders in taking a principled stand in support of refugees and migrants and was one of only 48 Labour MPs to vote against the Tory government's welfare reforms. He has always supported UCU industrial action. He has consistently supported trade union organisation, expansion and activity generally.

The committee of the London Retired Members Branch of UCU call upon  the labour and trade union movement to unite behind Jeremy Corbyn and condemn the ongoing attempted coup by a section of the Parliamentary Labour Party. We further call upon the whole Labour Movement to unite in support of the Emergency Demonstration called by the People's Assembly and Stand up to Racism.
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Friday, 1 July 2016

Notes: Green Seniors meeting 25/6/2016

Notes: Green Seniors meeting 25/7/2016
Apologies: R.Lawson, C.Russell, J.Chan
1.    Notes: Green Seniors meeting 31/6/2016 agreed for accuracy

2.  Matters Arising
a)   Bank account needed, is there an ethical alternative to the Co-op?(PM to follow up) Treasurer needed.
b)   Crowdfunder for GS (NL to follow up)

3.  Conference:
a) Fringe: applied for “ Seniors, stigmatisation (eg ‘burden of dependency’ and Green Politics
b) Stall booked; some materials received more needed, book sales and raffle to cover costs.
d) Meeting, booked
e)  Leaflet PM to draft
3     National Pensioners’’ Convention motion from UCU retired branch (see appendix): follow –up needed.
4    .  Meet C.Russell agreed to arrange meeting at ity Hall sfter next GS meeting re Possible question/s to Mayor,(ghettoization/displacement of Seniors, availability of social housing), Mayor’s Awards.
5    .  AOB
a  Value of Seniors: Economic contributions, unpaid work as carers, spending power, voluntary work

See publications by Age UK, (? Not apparent on website), http://carerwatch.com/news/, The London Older People’s Strategies Group (LOPSG) http://www.lopsg.org.uk/

b  Role of Green Seniors  in political campaigning

c  Representation /recognition of Green Seniors in GPEW (Contact SOC)

d  Consequences of Brexit (a senior vote?)

 

6    Next Meeting 10 September 6.30 for 7 at the Green Room 10 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

 

APPENDIX

As part of our commitment to intergenerational solidarity, we call on the National Pensioners’ Convention to campaign, with Unions, the TUC and relevant pressure groups for Government to plan for immediate transition to a carbon zero economy, including:
·       support for wind, tidal and solar energy;
·       retrofit of public buildings to become carbon neutral
·       abandon fracking and the import of any fracked gas or tar sand oil
·       transfer fossil fuel subsidies to sustainable energy generation
·       phase out of fossil fuel power
·       taking energy industry into democratic public ownership and the creation of a proper national energy plan


If we want young people to help us defend our pensions we must help them to defend their future.

Chris Stephenson and Jeremy Corbyn

Academic Chris Stephenson Acquitted

International Campaign of Solidarity

You may recall a previous email in which we asked for your support for Chris Stephenson, a lecturer at Bilgi University in Turkey, charged with "terrorist organization propaganda". I am pleased to announce that the Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court has acquitted him completely on his first hearing.
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I enclose a statement below from the UCU branch at the largest FE college in Jeremy Corbyn's constituency. I worked at London Metropolitan University, also in Islington, and can only endorse what they say about the fantastic support he gave us during our many disputes with management.

Statement from City and Islington College

The attempt by Labour MPs to oust Jeremy Corbyn is an act of betrayal.  He won 59% of the vote in the leadership contest last year, has attracted tens of thousands to the Labour Party and has inspired a new generation to become engaged in politics.

Jeremy has been our MP for 32 years. He has been to every one of our picket lines and spoken at all our meetings and lobbies in defence of Further and Adult Education. He has visited the college many times to attend award ceremonies and debates and has always been inspired by the work the students and staff do here.

At a time when the Tory Party is riven with splits and infighting the whole of the labour and trade union movement should be united in launching a campaign to drive them out of office to defend working people from the avalanche of attacks that are being prepared.

Those MPs that are attempting to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s democratic mandate have shown their complete and utter contempt towards the millions of working class people who see him as a breath of fresh air in an age of plastic politicians. Corbyn is alone among party leaders in taking a principled stand in support of refugees and migrants and was one of only 48 Labour MPs to vote against the Tory government's welfare reforms.

We at City and Islington College UCU call upon all those in the labour and trade union movement to get behind Jeremy and condemn those who are trying to undermine him and all that he represents.

City and Islington College UCU
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