17 Apr 2015

Hear Scott Bartle, Green candidate for Brent North, on his approach to politics


The packed hustings was held in a beautiful but dimly lit church so please excuse the quality of the picture. Scott Bartle, our candidate for Brent North, sets out his approach to politics.


BAR EVENTS in April & May



Queens Parade 3 Year Anniversary Event


The longest running Meanwhile project celebrates 3 years of enterprise and creativity.

Meanwhile Space and Queens Parade residents, Gurasu Crystal, Express Ed, Revelation, Brent Artists Resource, POP & DASH, A Pop-up Wonderland and Cycletastic are delighted to invite you to an evening packet with entertainment.

The event will also launch the short film of the story of Queens Parade.

An evening of inspiring stories, experimental art, live music, fantastic taste and great company!

For programme details visit the Facebook Event Page 


Invite: Preview of In Dialogue and BAR Members Salon


24th April – 22nd May
Preview Party: Thursday 23rd April  6pm-9pm

Please join us for the preview of our two new exciting exhibitions In Dialogue and BAR Members Salon

BAR has commissioned 15 selected artists to create work in dialogue with each other. The new pieces will be unveiled at the Queens Parade Anniversary Party. Alongside this there will be a members salon, where you will be able to discover a range of artists and new artworks, all of which will be for sale and affordably priced.

The preview party for the BAR Members Salon and In Dialogue will take place together at the Queens Parade 3rd Anniversary party.

Painting & Movement Workshops at BAR Gallery



Drawing Course at BAR Gallery



Yoga Classes at BAR Gallery




John Blandy Exhibition 


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16 Apr 2015

INVITE: BUS STOP Returns!

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Friday 17th April 2015 (tomorrow night!)
7pm-11pm
At BAR Gallery


It's another great line up and possibly your only chance to see a graffiti artist and church organist showing their skills at a wooden bus stop!

Stan Grant and Joel Whybrew’s Bus Stop is back by popular demand. Providing a new space within the gallery for people to gather and share their experiences of the local area,  Bus Stop recreates a familiar and unassuming setting for all of us. Stan and Joel will transform the gallery with another ambitious sculpture and invite you to come along on 17th April for one night of live music, art and poetry from a fleet of first class local performers. Please feel free to bring a drawing, sculpture, song about your favourite travel memory, or just turn up, drink wine, meet the other passengers and enjoy the ride!

Check out the facebook event for more details! 

Read the Green Party Election Manifesto here

The Green Party have now published their election manifesto.  You can read the short. mini-manifesto here and if this whets your appetite the detailed version is below:




14 Apr 2015

Green Manifesto: Austerity has failed, we need a peaceful revolutuion to get rid of it

The Green Party today launched ‘For the Common Good’, the Party’s 2015 General Election Manifesto, which sets out a bold, ambitious plan for a fairer society and safer planet.

The manifesto focuses on the Greens’ commitment to restoring and extending public services and tackling climate change.

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time and only the Greens are determined to tackle it by taking serious action to limit our emissions at home and fighting for a fair global deal that secures humanity’s shared future. The Green Party will invest up to £80billion over the next Parliament in renewable generation and energy efficiency.

Real action on climate change will create jobs, reduce energy bills and make life better for ordinary people.
The Green Party stands for a fair economy that works for all and will end austerity and restore the public sector, creating over one million good jobs that pay the Living Wage.  The Green Party will introduce a Wealth Tax on the top 1%, a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on the banks and crack down on tax dodging to raise £75billion a year by 2019.

The Green Party will take back our health service by reversing the creeping privatisation of our NHS and increasing health spending by £12billion a year. Healthcare must be publicly funded and free at the point of use.

The manifesto was launched by Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader of England and Wales, and Caroline Lucas, who was elected as MP for Brighton Pavilion in 2010.

Bennett said:
Austerity has failed and we need a peaceful political revolution to get rid of it.
 
Our manifesto is an unashamedly bold plan to create a more equal, more democratic society while healing the planet from the effects of an unstable, unsustainable economy.

This manifesto presents the Green Party’s genuine alternative to our tired, business-as-usual politics. We desperately need a more equal society and the policies we announce today pave the way towards a brighter, fairer future for all.
Lucas said:
We urgently need real leadership when it comes to tackling climate change - and that's what our manifesto delivers.

From ending the scandal of cold homes to investing in a public transport system that puts the public first, our plans will make a positive difference to people's lives, create new jobs and help protect our environment.

We have put investing in a greener future at the heart of our manifesto and only Green MPs will demand Parliament delivers change that reflects the scale of the climate problem.

10 Apr 2015

Tory Barnet and Labour Brent outsourcing: similarities and differences as Barnet Unison votes to strike


Friday, 10 April 2015


Barnet Tory  'Easy Council' is facing industrial action over its outsourcing of 
services to private -companies. 87% of Unison council workers have voted for 
strike action over the five commissioning projects that were agreed at the 
March 5th Full Council meeting.  

The proposals would mean outsourcing the majority of the Council workforce 

into one of five  'alternative delivery models':

1. Education Skills and School Meals services 
2. Library Service
3. Early Years: Children’s Centres
4. Adult Social Care
5. Street Scene Services

In a press release Unison said the Education & Skills and School Meals
services is already in Competitive Dialogue discussions with the following
contractors:

· Capita Business Services Ltd

· EC Harris LLP

· Mott MacDonald Ltd, trading as Cambridge Education


Looking at Capita’s track record LINK   in bidding and winning contracts it is 
highly likely they will win this contract making it the third big contract they will 
have won with Barnet Council.

Unison Branch Secretary John Burgess said:

"The vote was never in doubt. The workforce in Barnet is amazing and 
resilient. The vote confirms that our members have had enough of the
ideological obsession with outsourcing. The Council does not value the
workforce which can be seen when unpaid overtime and long hours are
never recognised when putting together bids for outsourcing projects. 
The fact that the Council refuses to run in-house comparators has made
it clear to our members that their future employment with the
Council is threatened."

So where does this leave Brent Labour 'Increasingly uneasy' Council and
 their own  'alternative  models'?

 Using the Brent equivalents of the five Barnet services:

1. Brent Council's School Improvement Service has been run down and

 provides a  core service only with  many functions handed over to the 
 Brent Schools Partnership  and schools buying in other services from a 
 variety of providers,  School meals have  been out-sourced for a long time.
 In addition the Brent Cabinet on April 14th will be  deciding on future 
 provision of Additional Resources Provision and English as an 
 Additional Language  to pupils through a variety of contracts with 
 Academies and  Independent schools LINK

2. Brent Council proposed transferring the management  of the library 
services to an established trust or a new model with similar features.

3. Early Years: Children's Centres - Brent Council has agreed to a 

partnership arrangement with the voluntary  sector or charities.

4. Adult Social Care: There is a proposal going forward to the Brent Cabinet

 on April 14th for Extra Care to  be provided via Direct Payments and a
 contract with Plexus/Mears LINK 

5. Street Scene Services (parks refuse etc) Brent has already outsourced 
street cleaning, recycling, waste collection, parks maintenance, and 
cemeteries to a sole contractor, Veolia. The Cabinet will also be discussing 
extending the contract with Gristwood and Toms for Arboricultural  services
(dealing with trees beyond what Veolia do as part of the parks maintenance
contract).

An additional item at the April 14th Brent Cabinet is a proposal to pay 

Penoyre and Prasad LLP £831,250  for work on a hybrid planning application
for the Peel Site on the South Kilburn estate. LINK

I will leave readers to judge the similarities and differences between the

approaches of the two council - one Conservative and the other Labour. 
You may also want to consider why Unison's reaction appears to be different
in the two councils and whether as a result of the Coalition's cuts to local 
government that outsourcing is inevitable...

from http://wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/tory-barnet-and-labour-brent.html


7 Apr 2015

The 3rd anniversary of the suicide of Nygell Firminger


Tuesday 7 April from about 09:30 for 09:45, Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group will be commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the suicide of Nygell Firminger who lived at 32a Cambridge Avenue, NW6 and was JSA sanctioned by the jobcentre in the same road. After being sanctioned Nygell fell into the hands of loan sharks and then behind with his rent, accruing volumes of correspondence with Genesis Housing Association to attempt to negotiate the paying back of his rent arrears.

After being evicted, Nygell broke back into the flat that he was evicted from and committed suicide the day before he was due to face a bullying 'group session' at Kilburn Jobcentre in early April 2012 -- the same week that the Welfare Reform Act became law.

On 10 July 2013 the North London Coroner ruled that Nygell's suicide had been brought on by the mental stress caused by eviction, and that December it was announced that Genesis Housing had sold Nygell's flat for £375,000. A later BBC Radio 4 'File on Four' programme tells a little of the background to 'social landlords' doing all they can to get dodgy money in order to fulfil the home building obligations coalition government has thrust upon them, but is far too kind to Genesis Housing and 'welfare reform' in what it reports of the coroner's verdict.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dslf1

I have a sceanned copy of the Coroner's 'Rule 43' that i could send upon request to whoever wants a copy.

Alan Wheatley

See also http://kilburnunemployed.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/increased-out-of-london-housing.html


4 Apr 2015

Commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the suicide of Nygell Firminger

Tuesday 7 April from about 09:30 for 09:45, Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group will be commemorating the 3rd anniversary of the suicide of Nygell Firminger who lived at 32a Cambridge Avenue, NW6 and was JSA sanctioned by the jobcentre in the same road. After being sanctioned Nygell fell into the hands of loan sharks and then behind with his rent, accruing volumes of correspondence with Genesis Housing Association to attempt to negotiate the paying back of his rent arrears.

After being evicted, Nygell broke back into the flat that he was evicted from and committed suicide the day before he was due to face a bullying 'group session' at Kilburn Jobcentre in early April 2012 -- the same week that the Welfare Reform Act became law.

On 10 July 2013 the North London Coroner ruled that Nygell's suicide had been brought on by the mental stress caused by eviction, and that December it was announced that Genesis Housing had sold Nygell's flat for £375,000. A later BBC Radio 4 'File on Four' programme tells a little of the background to 'social landlords' doing all they can to get dodgy money in order to fulfil the home building obligations coalition government has thrust upon them, but is far too kind to Genesis Housing and 'welfare reform' in what it reports of the coroner's verdict.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03dslf1

I have a sceanned copy of the Coroner's 'Rule 43' that i could send upon request to whoever wants a copy.

Alan Wheatley

See also http://kilburnunemployed.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/increased-out-of-london-housing.html
 
Alistair Cunningham
 co-fundraiser for Brent Greens

Communications Officer Demonstrations and Actions Group (DaAG)
Green Party London

31 Mar 2015

Opposite Fields Exhibition at BAR



Invite: Opposite Fields Exhibition at BAR
We are pleased to announce the Opposite Fields exhibition which will take place 1-12 April 2015 at BAR Gallery. The exhibition will present work from analogue and digital artists experimenting with film, video, sound, photography and interactive art forms. Moving image, code and sonic art
1 April - 12 April 2015
Private View: Thursday 2nd April 6pm-9pm
Please check the Opposite Fields Website for programme information.
Brent Artists Resource · BAR Gallery · Unit 4-5, Queens Parade, Willesden Lane · London, London NW2 5HT · United Kingdom 

















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30 Mar 2015

THE RACIST ANGEL OF CRICKLEWOOD


























In the window of Carter's gift shop  Cricklewood B'dw'y, in Spanish he's called Santiago Matamoro, in wonder if the gentlemen in the cafe round the corner know about him.

28 Mar 2015

War, Peace and the Middle East - election meeting April 13th Pakistan Community Centre

Please note that Lauren Keith has replaced Ibrahim Taguri as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Brent Central and will be speaking at the meeting. Please send questions to brent2harrowpsc@outlook.com  

27 Mar 2015

Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015



Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 Introduction and opening speeches
 Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 Questions and discussion part 1
 Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 Questions and discussion part 2
Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 Questions and discussion part 3
Brent Friends of the Earth hustings 26/3/2015 closing speeches

26 Mar 2015

Veteran and ex-prisoner of war, 96 year-old Robbie Clark, could be forced out of his home.


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Dear Peter,

Veteran and ex-prisoner of war, 96 year-old Robbie Clark, could be forced out of his home. Brent Council are refusing to cover the full costs of the care he needs, unless he agrees to go into a residential home. [1]

David, a 38 Degrees member, has started a petition to save Robbie from eviction. Over 55,000 of us have already signed. If enough of us put our names to it, we could shame the council into backing down.

Let’s show the council that we won’t stand by while the elderly bear the brunt of government cuts. If you think that Robbie should be able to stay in his home, sign the petition:

SIGN THE PETITION

Here’s what David says:

“One of Britain’s oldest surviving prisoners of war faces being forced into a care home against his will after Brent Council refused to pay for his home help. His family said they fear being in a care home would kill him.”

Click here to sign his petition now:

SIGN THE PETITION


38 Degrees members said that social care for older or disabled people should be one of our top campaigning issues this election. [2] Any of us could need help at some point in our lives - so together, we’re campaigning to make sure everyone gets the care they need, when they need it the most.

If you disagree with David's campaign, or there's another issue close to your heart, you can start your own campaign here:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/visit-cby


Thanks for being involved,

Elizabeth, Ali, Laura and the 38 Degrees team


NOTES:
[1] The Express: EXCLUSIVE: War hero, 96, faces being forced out of his home due to care cash scandal:
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/559072/Robbie-Clark-forced-care-home-Labour-council-cash-scandal
[2] You can see the election survey results in the 38 Degrees election plan here:
http://election-plan.38degrees.org.uk/