14 Jan 2015


Transition Willesden News and Events

Transition Willesden News and Events

Our fruit harvesting group are gearing up for this year's activities with some winter pruning training workshops:
The Urban Orchard Project are running a free training in Fryent Country Park this Sunday 18th January - details and booking here.
Kensal to Kilburn Harvesters are holding a local workshop in Willesden Green on Saturday 7th February.  To find out more and join our harvesting group email willesdenharvesters@gmail.com.
*  Save your seeds (bought or home-grown, veg or flowers) for a Transition Willesden Seed Swap - more details soon.
*  If you've any skills you'd like to share, or have ideas for projects, workshops or events you'd like to run with us as part of Transition Willesden please get in touch.

*  Michelle has joined our core group to help plan our events and activities.  If you'd like to join us too we'd love to hear from you.
Other Local News and Events
* Brent Council Energy Roadshows
Friday 16th January, 12 noon - 5pm, Outside Willesden Green Library, see more here 
Monday 26th January, 6.30 - 7.30pm, Brent Connects Forum, Dudden Hill Community Centre, 19 Dudden Hill Lane, Willesden NW10 2ET.  
See here.As we get through the winter many of us will be thinking about our energy bills. Come to our energy roadshow and find out how to reduce the cost of your bills, save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. Find out about:

*  Bike Maintenance Workshops, Cycletastic shop, 12 Queens Parade London NW2 5HT.   
Learn How to Maintain & Fix Your Own Bike! Second Monday evening of each month during our "Winter Of Love For Your Bike" Workshops start at 6pm and end 8pm

Basics1: Puncture Repair, Brake Blocks and Brake Cables
Basics 2: Gears and Gear Cables          
Monday 9th February 2015    Basics 2
Monday 9th March  2015       Basics 1
Monday 13th April 2015         Basics 2

Cost £30 + parts per session.  Booking essential by emailing info@cycletastic.org.uk 
For more see http://cycletastic.org.uk/
*  Tuesday 10th February, Brent Friends of the Earth Meeting: Floods - coming soon to a High Street near you...?  7.30-9pm at Watling Gardens Community Meeting Room, 97/135 Watling Gardens, Shoot Up Hill, NW2 3UB  (5 mins. from Kilburn tube/buses on Shoot up Hill). Venue details here.
Talk and discussion with Guy Shrubsole, Climate Campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Are we at risk? What can we do to tackle floods and climate change in Brent?

Light refreshments available.  FREE EVENT – ALL ARE WELCOME
See flyer. For more info - see www.brentfoe.com.

If you’ve got any ideas or information to share with the group, do get in touch - we'd love to hear from you, or join our web group so you can post your comments online.

Hope to see you soon,
Marjory, Michelle and Viv
Core Group
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These communities have started up projects in areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, waste, arts etc. as small-scale local responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger, and help show the way forward for governments, business and the rest of us.

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31 Dec 2014

Green New Year Message from Natalie Bennett - Vote for What You Believe In!

Hello, and happy new year.

As we polish off the last of the Christmas cake, and contemplate our resolutions on fitness regimes, now’s also a great time to look to the year ahead.

For politics, it promises to be an exciting one – a year with the possibility of real change.
We’re approaching a general election like no other – a five- or six-party election that promises to be the most unpredictable in generations.

We saw in 2014 what’s being called – and not just by us – a green surge: Green Party membership is now 120% higher, more than double, than it was just one year ago.

If you collect the numbers of members of my party, the Green Party of England and Wales, and those of the Northern Ireland Greens, then we’re above 38,000 – closing in fast on the numbers of Ukip and the Liberal Democrats.

And just before Christmas we reached another milestone: hitting 10% for the first time in a general election poll. One in 10 voters said they’d vote Green if there was a general election tomorrow. Not only that but we know, thanks to YouGov, that if they believe we can win, 26% of voters would choose us.

That represents a huge opportunity and challenge for the Green Party in 2015 – a chance to reshape British politics, towards a politics that acknowledges the joint economic, social and environmental crises that we face – the interlinked reality of our failed system of run-away capitalism fuelled by the Thatcherite ideology that greed is good, profit is all that matters, and the planet’s resources are infinite.

It’s time for a new approach. We want to build a new society - one in which everyone has certain access to the resources for a decent quality of life, in which no one fears hunger, or losing the roof over their head. And a society in which we collectively all live within the resources of the one planet that we have.

Making the bold changes to our economy and society that requires – introducing a living wage for all workers, decent benefits for all who need them, every home being warm, comfortable and affordable-to-heat, the profit motive having no place in our NHS, our railways run for the benefit of passengers not shareholders, no university tuition fees – calls for committed, courageous action.

And that’s something only the Green Party is offering.

The “traditional” parties have taken us too far in the wrong directions for tinkering with our system to be enough.

But it’s not just our economic priorities that need changing. Politics has to change – and that is the other great possibility of 2015: constitutional reform, a reform that will make other changes so much easier.

First-past-the-post Westminster elections are clearly past their sell-by date - indeed all of Westminster, the unelected House of Lords, the special privileges of the financial sector. It’s 100 years since the last significant reform when women’s struggle to gain the vote finally succeeded. It’s too late for minor changes, which is why the Green Party is calling for a people’s constitutional convention, starting from scratch to draw-up a constitutional settlement fit for the 21st-century written for the public by the public.

With our politics, our economics, our society, our environment in its current state, one thing is clear. The status quo is not an option: we are in a profoundly unstable condition – with our financial sector debt at 1,700% of annual GDP, with 22% of workers on less than a living wage, with our seas a plastic soup and our global wildlife numbers halved.

But this year, the possibility of change is in the hands of voters. The Scots showed us the possibilities in the referendum vote – 97% of eligible people registered to vote, 85% voting, strangers at bus stops talking politics.

We can create a peaceful revolution in 2015. If the same proportion of under-25s vote as the over 60s, if voters chose to vote for the person, party or policies they most believe in, then this can be a transformatory election.

So that’s my ask of you, as a voter in 2015: please make sure you’re registered to vote, please DO vote – and for vote for what you believe in, for the kind of Britain you want to see.

15 Dec 2014

Satirical carols outside Brent Civic Centre

Alan Wheatley

1:31 PM (2 hours ago)
to Dave, Martin, me, Robin, k8belgrave
Hi, Dave [London Green Party campaigns officer]

I believe you will be interested in this.

Meanwhile I report that I was one of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group members singing satirical carols outside Brent Civic Centre this morning, in parallel with follow up negotiations that had been scheduled to occur inside as follow up to an anti-eviction action inside.

When coming out of the building, Robin Sivapalan of Unite the Union Community Section reported on how the Housing Dept had just handled the case of a couple with baby who were sleeping in the park with nowhere else to go, and that Brent Council Leader had just agreed to holding a housing commission in LB Brent.

And it seemed that Brent Council officials behave differently toward 'service users' when there are witnesses than how they behave without witnesses.

10 Dec 2014

Christmas on Queens Parade

Dear Members & Friends, 

We would like you to join us this Friday for Christmas on Queens Parade. We will be launching our annual BAR Art Fair alongside other activities and events along Queens Parade. You can find more details on the event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/611816398928608/?ref=22

8 Dec 2014

Greens support firefighters' strike for fair pensions

Shahrar Ali, Green Party depuy leader and Brent Central candidate on FBU picket line at Willesden

Firefighters in England will be on 24 hour strike tomorrow from 9am LINK against an 'unfair, unaffordable and unworkable' pension scheme.

The Green Party Trade Union Group have issued the following statement of support:
  The Green Party Trade Union Group sends support to those FBU members who will be striking on Tuesday next. We know that firefighters are dedicated to ensuring public safety and saving lives, so they will not be taking this step lightly. It is absurd, but regrettably not surprising, that the government cannot reach or even approach a settlement to the pensions dispute with the FBU in England whilst settlements and negotiations which the FBU finds more acceptable can proceed elsewhere in the UK.
This is another sad example of the inept and dangerous handling of vital public services by the current government. We hope the firefighters will be able to win the just settlement that they deserve

23 Nov 2014

The Green Party Trade Union Group sends its support to NHS workers from all the unions who will be on strike tomorrow, (24/11/2014).

 The Green Party Trade Union Group sends its support to NHS workers from all the unions who will be on strike tomorrow, (24/11/2014). The severe pay freezes imposed by the government are unjust and part of the unjust neo-liberal policies punish the poor, the sick,  the vulnerable and also those who provide health care.

As if that were not enough, NHS workers are sometimes doing their utmost to keep an adequate health service running inspite of misguided marketization and cut backs.

We all need the work that these workers do and they need a decent wage!

22 Nov 2014

London Federation of Green Parties speakers' meeting 20/11/2014: Health devolution, Animal testing, Land Value Tax

London Federation of Green Parties speakers' meeting 20/11/2014: Hugh Small: "How Devolution Solved a Victorian Public Health Crisis" London Federation of Green Parties speakers' meeting 20/11/2014: Caroline Allen: 'The Scientific Case Against Animal Testing' London Federation of Green Parties speakers' meeting 20/11/2014: Dave Wetzel: 'Land Value Tax' London Federation of Green Parties speakers' meeting 20/11/2014: Questions and discussion

20 Nov 2014

The next Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group meeting

The next Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group meeting will be from 12.00 - 3.00 on 6th december 2014 in Committee Room 4 at Camden Town Hall (Judd Street entrance), Euston Road, London.

19 Nov 2014

Air pollution - EU court judgment on the application of ClientEarth v The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dear all,

You may be interested in court ruling today about air pollution, here is
the press release issued this morning on the subject, entire text copied
below. Here is the link to Jean's website:

Thank you,


 Press release 19.11.2014

For immediate Release

*Air pollution - EU court judgment on the application of ClientEarth v The
Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs*

This morning (November 19), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered
its judgment [1] in a case brought by Client Earth [2] against the UK
government over its continued and persistent failure to reduce air
pollution. Around 4 300 [2] early deaths occur each year in London that are
attributed to air quality related illness – more than deaths attributed to
alcoholism or obesity.

Jean Lambert, London Green MEP said:

‘If the government cannot make sure that the air we breathe is clean and
safe, the courts must do something – this decision means that people can
bring actions, and rightly so. Here in London, overall one of the most
polluted places in Britain, the Euston Road is already four times over the
legal limit for nitrogen dioxide levels. This is due to two factors,
Mayoral inaction from Boris Johnson and unacceptably high nitrogen dioxide
levels, I’d like to see both go.’

This ruling is significant because it is the ECJ’s first ruling on the
effect of the Air Quality Directive, and will determine what action the UK
courts take against the government. It will also set a precedent in
respects of EU law which could clear the path for a series of legal
challenges across Europe where governments are not protecting people from
air pollution.

The case will return to the UK Supreme Court for a final ruling next year,
when judges will apply the ECJ’s ruling to the facts in the UK case. This
means that it is possible for the UK Supreme Court to order the government
to instigate new plans to meet limits faster.


 Notes To Editors


[2] http://www.clientearth.org/



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10 Nov 2014

told them so, but that's no consolation if I need to go to a&e

evening standard on impact of a&e closures in w.london

Peter Murry
5:37 PM (1 minute ago)

told them!

6 Nov 2014

gptu statement on Unite NHS strike 24 November 2014; Please circulate

Unite the Union have announced that
“NHS workers have had their wages cut by up to 15 per cent since 2010 thanks to the government's draconian pay policy of pay freezes and minuscule below inflation pay rise”.
 The Green Party Trade Union Group believes that this is characteristic of  a nation where neo-liberal economics has run riot, penalising the poor, the sick,  the vulnerable and also those who provide their health care.
Unlike Cameron’s cronies, nobody who works in the NHS expects to become a billionaire, but NHS workers will be striking again for decent pay on November 24thThe Green Party Trade Union Group sends it support, we all need the work that these workers do and they need a decent wage!