Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Monday, 25 March 2019

Approximately every month Green Seniors have a social event, On April 19th Green Seniors are invited to attend an event at Banqueting Hall, Whitehall, London at 11.00 am, All Welcome. Free. For more information contact Maureen: greenseniorsuk@gmail.com

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 15 March 2019

Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 15 March 2019

1.   Apologies: Erwin Schaefer

2.  Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting:  Friday 18 January 2019 agreed for accuracy

3. Matters Arising

a) National Pensioners’ Convention London meeting 31/1/2019 Maureen attended, a very good meeting which included planning for a campaign to defend free tv licenses or people aged 75+, the government is currently proposing to get the BBC to pay. See NPC Campaign Bulletin March 2019 @ https://greenseniors.blogspot.com/2019/03/npc-campaign-bulletin-march-2019.html.

b) Green Seniors site now listed on GP home page with officers’ emails, need to check.

c) Conrad Taylor of the British Computer Society speaking on Seniors and Apps, Maureen attended, a very good meeting.

d) Irish campaign to pay grandparents caring for children: Still an issue in Dáil Éirean.


e) Maureen attended King’s Fund meeting, report that

gov’t may promote use of older people as carers.

f)  Research into needs of older people in Tower Hamlets young people under the age of 18 may not be left alone to work as carers.


g) LOPSIG (?) now combined with Positive Ageing.


h) Dial-a-ride services reported as being often inadequate.


i) Greener Jobs Alliance had set up TUCAN (Trade Union Clean Air Network) for more details of TUCAN or GJA see http://greentulondon.blogspot.com/2019/03/trade-union-clean-air-network-charter.html or contact Graham Petersen <gjacoms@gmail.com>


j) NoParasan conference: March 2nd Confronting the Rise of the Far-Right PM attended v. good event, especially the poetry.


k) Maureen to contact GPHQ to make contact with GP Disability group.


3 Green Seniors membership list: Noel to report

4. Green Seniors social media Noel and Maureen to be invited to have posting rights on Green Seniors’ blog. PM to explain how to post.
5 GPEW Conference: review and spring 2019
a) Apply for a fringe slot (deadline 8 April), suggested that ‘Digital Exclusion’ which had been previously turned down be retitled, (Lack of Accessible Provision for Digital Involvement and Training?), PM & Maureen to work on proposal.

b) Meeting and stall: PM to apply.
Deadline for motions
28 March : Pre-Agenda deadline: Final date for posting outlines of intended motions and policy papers to the Pre-Agenda forum on the members website here
11 April : First Agenda deadline: Final date for submission of final text of motions and policy papers to SOC. This can be done via a webform (to follow) or by emailing 
25 April Publication of the First Agenda, and opening of the Prioritisation Ballot  
02 May Final date for posting of amendments to the members’ website.
16 May Final Agenda deadline
And the final date for submission of Late Motions to Conference 
23 May Publication of the Final Agenda (latest)

5   Holistic Review
a) Involvement of GP staff?
b) Why 5 Council seats for YG’s vs 1 each for some other GP groups?

6) London Federation next meeting 18/3/2019.

7) GLA Elections list selection has taken place


London Assembly election, 2020[3]
Siân BerryCaroline Russell, Zack Polanski, Benali Hamdache, Gulnar Hasnain, Shahrar Ali, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, Ben Fletcher, Scott Ainslie, Hannah Graham, Peter Underwood
Nominations for the Green Party's list candidates closed in January 2019. Their final list was headed by their two current Assembly Members, Sian Berry (also the Mayoral candidate) and Caroline Russell. The other three individuals who sought the Mayoral nomination are also all Assembly candidates: Shahrar Ali (list candidate in 2016), Peter Underwood and former Liberal Democrat Zack Polanski.[4] Other candidates include Benali Hamdache (list candidate in 2016; sought to be the Green Mayoral candidate in 2016, losing to Berry).[5]
As well as being an Assembly candidate, Adoo-Kissi-Debrah has been selected as the Green candidate for the Greenwich and Lewisham constituency.[6]

6 Future Green Seniors activities
a) Lucas Conference working groups: ,20/3/2019 7pm contact dave@breakingtheframe.org.uk
7. Brexit and Seniors drift ‘back’ to Greens from Labour???
b) anti-racist demo 16/3/19
c) anti- Brexit demo 23/3/19 https://www.peoples-vote.uk/march
d) TUC LESE Pensioners' Network meeting on Brexit                
Tuesday 26 March 2019 @ 1-3pm       
TUC Congress House - 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

·         How will the exit from the EU affect the UK's older citizens?
·         How long is it reasonable to wait and under what defined circumstances should an application to re -join the European Union be made by Britain (or its component parts?  
·         Should an impartial body be set in place to monitor and judge over time, what takes place after the form of Brexit that is adopted?
 Panel (and audience discussion)  
-      Ali Torabi                    TUC Lead for Brexit
-      Chris Walsh                 Age Platform Europe (UK Section)
-      Ben Norman               Unite the union, Research Lead for Brexit
-    Independent Guest      TO BE CONFIRMED
To assist room arrangements please register by Friday 22 March 2019.
Register: lese@tuc.org.uk / 020 7467 1220   
 e) Maureen to ask GPHQ for local party contacts with a view to setting up regional gs groups
9 Date of Next meeting 17 May 2019 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

Thursday, 14 March 2019


Quite a 'mixed bag' bibliography below.

Alan Wheatley



1. Dream Nail's Live Album – recorded at Housmans
2. No Pasaran -  A European Conference
3. Bread & Roses – New Workers Beer Company bar & venue in King's Cross
4. AFest 2019 – Get involved!

5. 'Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships' with Juno Roche

6. 'Switchboard Lgbt+ Helpline's 45th Birthday' with Natasha Walker and other Switchboard members
7. Victorina Press present the launch of 'The Ardent Witness' with Danielle Maisano

8. 'Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison' with Caitlin Davies
9. An evening of Sex & Politics with Lucy-Anne Holmes and Robert Woodshaw
10. 'The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s' with Mark Sinker and Owen Hatherley
11. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation

12 Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
13. Feminist Sci-fi Book Club at Housmans
14. Housmans Queer Book Club
15. Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women's Reading Group
16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group


1. Dream Nail's Unplugged Live Album – recorded at Housmans

London's feminist punk witches Dream Nails release an "accidental" acoustic album named Take Up Space. Singer Janey Starling says, "This album was an accident! We didn't mean to make it, we just did an intimate acoustic gig for 100 fans in our favourite bookshop, because we're sick of our lyrics and harmonies getting lost on shitty PA systems in punk venues. Then it turned out pretty bloody good, and we wanted to share it!"
Stream and/ or buy it on their Bandcamp page: https://dreamnails.bandcamp.com

2. No Pasaran - A European Conference bringing together activists from across Europe and beyond to discuss and organise against the rise of the far-right
Saturday 2nd March – Central London

The far-right is on the offensive: the biggest upsurge since the 1930s. They are increasingly internationalised, well-funded and well-organised. Bolsonaro's victory in Brazil extends this wave into Latin America. These developments must be countered by rapid and effective mobilisation. This conference will bring together left and progressive forces from across Europe and beyond: to work together, to promote viable political alternatives and coordinate an effective response.
For further information and registration visit www.prruk.org

3. Bread & Roses – New Workers Beer Company bar & venue in King's Cross
A very welcome arrival to King's Cross, the Workers Beer Company have opened a new bar and meeting room space, just a couple of minutes from Housmans on Grays Inn Road, underneath the National Union of Journalists offices. Friendly staff, good food and drink, a lovely space, and all supporting the trade union movement. Well worth getting down there.

4. AFest 2019 – Get involved! Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June 2019

Following the success of last year's decentralised anarchist festival, we're going to give it another try, but this time with events not just in London, but across the UK and Ireland. The idea is simple: groups put on their own programme of anarchist events, concentrating on the dates of the long weekend of 31st May to the 2nd June 2019, and the programme is collated by us on our website and social media.
To find out more please visit: https://anarchistfestival.wordpress.com


5. 'Queer Sex: A Trans and Non-Binary Guide to Intimacy, Pleasure and Relationships' with Juno Roche
Wednesday 6th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php   

Transgender activist Juno Roche discusses sex, desire and dating, and inspiring readers to explore their own concepts of intimacy and sexuality, and to celebrate the wonder and potential of trans bodies to push at the boundaries of how society views gender, sexuality and relationships.
click here for more info

6. 'Switchboard Lgbt+ Helpline's 45th Birthday' with Natasha Walker and other Switchboard members
Friday 8th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php 


Join us to celebrate the 45th birthday of Switchboard, a pioneering support organisation that began in the rooms above Housmans Bookshop. A presentation and panel discussion on the history of the organisation will be followed by continued conversations over refreshments.
click here for more info

7. Victorina Press present the launch of 'The Ardent Witness' with Danielle Maisano

Saturday 9th March, 6.30 pm – Free entry

Based on the author's own experience, this novel gives a startlingly fresh and intimate perspective on how western aid programs are failing Africa. It also shows, with blistering honesty, how one woman's life can be irrevocably changed by a sojourn in one of the most captivating and complex nations on earth, Togo.
click here for more info

8. 'Bad Girls: The Rebels and Renegades of Holloway Prison' with Caitlin Davies
Wednesday 20th March, 7pm - tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php   

Caitlin Davies tells the stories of how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century, what crimes - real or imagined - they committed, who found them guilty and why. It is a story of victimization and resistance; of oppression and bravery.
click here for more info

9. An evening of Sex & Politics with Lucy-Anne Holmes and Robert Woodshaw
Wednesday 27th March, 7pm - tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php   

Lucy-Anne Holmes talks with fellow author Robert Woodshaw about her memoir 'Don't Hold My Head Down', the story of how she found feminism through sex and successfully took on The Sun over Page 3. With dramatised readings, author interviewing author, and a frank Q and A, join our guests as they delve into the passions and frustrations that led them to write about sex and politics.
click here for more info

10. 'The Unruly Curiosity of the UK Music Press in the 1960s-80s' with Mark Sinker and Owen Hatherley
Wednesday 3rd April, 7pm - tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php   

Our guests reflect on a new anthology of conversations and essays that explore the UK music press of this era, and ask how this uncharted space first came about, who put it together, what it achieved, where it went, and what critical legacy remains of the work of a network of young anarchists, dreamers, and agitators who dared to take pop culture seriously.
click here for more info

11. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation
Monday 8th April, 7pm - tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php   

Join Joe Kennedy and Juliet Jacques to discuss our obsession with authenticity, and the ways it has been instrumentalised politically.  We are entering, we are told, a post-liberal age. Authoritarian populism is in the ascendant, and permissiveness, multiculturalism and "identity politics" have allegedly failed us, meaning that we must now fall back on some idea of tradition. However, it's not only the usual, conservative suspects who are making this argument, but centrist politicians who. "Authentocracy" is the populism of the centre, with a spurious concern for "real people" that's part of a broader turn within British culture. In their declaration that the Left can only save itself by becoming less liberal, our guests charges liberals themselves with fuelling the post-liberal turn, and asks where the space might be found for an alternative.
click here for more info


12. The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles

Housmans has a monthly book club which usually meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm in the shop. Forthcoming titles under discussion are:

Thursday 14th March: Revolting Prostitutes by Juno Mac and Molly Smith
Thursday 11th AprilIf Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.comThe Fuse has its own web page with more info here: http://www.housmans.com/fuse.php

13. Housmans Feminist Sci-fi Book Club

Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, parthenogenesis, feminist militias, reproductive dystopias, cyborg families, and more at the Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club! Join us at the bookshop on the first Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. All genders welcome. Please bring drinks or snacks to share.
Thursday 7th March: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
April: No meeting - 
book club back in May
Thursday 2nd May: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Book Club books available at 20% discount from Housmans. Any questions please email Hannah on scifi@housmans.com  or check the book club page here.

14. Housmans Queer Book Club

Housmans Queer Book Club is a new group that reads a wide range of LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. We meet every second Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm. All genders are welcome, as are any snacks, drinks and book suggestions you can bring along too. You can find future book club titles in Housmans, a 20% discount can be applied to them if you mention the group.

Thursday 14th MarchConfessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

15. Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women's Reading Group

Held the third Thursday of month. The group is free to attend. Group members get a 20% discount if they choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop. The event is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis) of Black African and Caribbean descent. Black non-binary, agender or gender variant people who feel they can contribute to and benefit from attending are welcome.
Space is limited so if you would like to come please email: blackfeministreading[at]gmail.com

No event in March - Back in April......

16. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

Housmans has a regular Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group, who meet on the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome, but please be prepared to join in the discussion. Please try to turn up by 7pm sharp. 

At our MARCH meeting (on Tuesday 12 March), we will look at the issue of PACIFISM AND CENTRALISATION. In APRIL (on Tuesday 9 April) the topic will probably be NONVIOLENCE AND TOLERANCE – check back later for confirmation.
For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/ 

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Sunday, 10 March 2019

As cities march across the world to mark UN anti-racism day, join them to say #NoRacismNoFascism

As cities march across the world to mark UN anti-racism day, join them to say #NoRacismNoFascism

Racism and fascism are on the rise.

The Trump Presidency has inspired a wave of racism and the growth of the far right around the world.

In Britain, a new far-right street movement is attempting to take advantage of the political crisis by scapegoating migrants, refugees and the Muslim community.

From Bolsanoro in Brazil and Le Pen in France, to the AfD in Germany and the FO in Austria, racists and fascists are moving off the political margins to centre stage.

A wave of Islamophobic hate crime is continuing to grow, with Muslim women at the sharp end. And there has been a major resurgence of antisemitism.

The Windrush scandal has shown the inhumanity of this government's ‘hostile environment’. Detention and deportations are destroying the lives of people that are part of the fabric of our society, and thousands of refugees remain stranded in Northern France.

The threat is huge, but together we can turn the tide. This UN anti-racism day we need the biggest, broadest international display of opposition to racism & fascism we have ever seen.

On Saturday 16th March, join us to show that the anti-racist, anti-fascist majority is on the march and we will not stop until the rise of racism & the far right has been defeated.

What is UN Anti-Racism Day?

The UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was inaugurated in 1966 to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre which saw 69 anti-apartheid protestors killed and 178 wounded for taking to the streets against the regime’s racist pass laws.
In commemorating the massacre, the UN General Assembly called on all world states and organizations to participate in a program of action to combat racism and racial discrimination.