Published and promoted by S. Bartle on behalf of Brent Green Party and Shaka Lish and Michaela Lichten c/o 23 Saltcroft Close, Wembley, HA9 9JJ and promoted by Aidan Cottrell-Boyce on behalf of John Mansook c/o National Green Party office, The Biscuit Factory, Unit 201 A Block, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG.



10 Dec 2017

The Village School in Kingsbury










As Green Party Trade Union Liaison Officer for Brent and for the London Federation of Green Parties, I wish to send support to the teachers at The Village School in Kingsbury who have voted to take strike action against the proposal to turn the school into an academy. If this retrograde step takes place it means the loss of a substantial educational asset for the people of Brent which large amounts of council resources have been paid to develop. I would like to second the questions of NEU (National Education Union) reps who ask why Brent Council is not opposing this proposed academisation, inspite of the reported opposition of Brent Central Constituency Labour party which the council purports to represent on behalf of the communities of Brent.

P.Murry 10/12/2017

24 Nov 2017

Support the Campaign! Divest Brent Council from Fossil Fuels

Make a contribution to challenging Climate Change and for ethical local Government by singing this petition LINK

To: Brent Council

Divest Brent Council from Fossil Fuels

Brent Council should divest its pension fund from fossil fuel companies to protect the people of Brent. So we ask Brent Council to make a public divestment statement committing the Brent Pension Fund to:
1. Immediately freeze any new investment in the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies with largest known carbon reserves (oil, coal and gas)
2. Divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds in the top 200 list and shift these funds to lower risk, ethical investments within 5 years
3. Advocate to other pension funds, including the London Pension Fund Authority and Local Government Pension Scheme members to do the same
4. To do the above in a timely manner - by setting up a working group to report back on a strategy to bring about divestment within three months from the submission of this petition

Why is this important?

We believe divestment from fossil fuels to be not only ethically and environmentally correct, but also financially prudent. 

Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has encountered. The 20 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1981 and 2016 was the hottest ever [1]. Higher average temperatures are directly linked to extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, floods and storms.
Scientists have unanimously concluded that these changes are a consequence of human activity, arising from the burning of fossil fuels [2]. Moreover, this activity has resulted in unprecedented levels of air pollution, now regarded as a major world killer [3].

In a speech at Lloyd’s of London in September 2015, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England said that by the time ‘climate change becomes a defining issue for financial stability, it may already be too late’. Carney warned investors that policies to address climate change ‘would render the vast majority of reserves ‘stranded’ – oil, gas and coal that will be literary unburnable’ [4].

In order to continue developing fossil fuel reserves – particularly in the difficult areas where the remaining reserves are located (including the Arctic, the mouth of the Amazon and tar sands in sensitive areas) the developing companies need investment – divestment is a way of cutting off the funds needed to carry out these damaging activities. It also sends a powerful signal to the companies and others that it is time to move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy.

References:
[1] http://tinyurl.com/y9tkm4sn
[2] http://tinyurl.com/3e3zv
[3] http://tinyurl.com/pqgdd5q
[4] http://tinyurl.com/ycspl5sg

Brent Greens set the local agenda

Brent Green Party had a hand in three local stories this week helping set the agenda ahead of the local elections to be held in May 2018:


22 Nov 2017

Kilburn Unemployed Workers' Group DWP protest 20/11/2017

Clarence Jackman

1:23 AM (8 hours ago)

Attendees CJ, Pam, Nik, Geraldine, Abby, Sumaya, Angela, Giselle from kuwg and Pete Brent Green Party. 

Apologies from Helen2, Paul K, Mira and Tulip Siddiq Hampstead & Kilburn Labour MP

5 coppers & 5 security guards awaiting us.
We did ask to see David Gauke and Damian Hinds but told they were not in. Then asked for Janice Hartley CBE and Neil Couling CBE (Universal Credit Implementers) also not in. Not allowed to come in to see their Pas, as no appointment made, not allowed in to book an appointment, not given the promised phone number to phone to book!
Read out support letters from Tulip Siddiq, and Dawn Butler Westminster Labour MP. Also read out Guardian and Brent Times articles about our protests. And finally read a Metro article about Phil Hammond stating there is “no unemployment.” 70 leaflets handed out plus Unite community Universal Credit advice sheets.
Couple of workers stated they didn’t want to push through these policies, and a couple of charity workers coming out of building took leaflets. Coppers stated that Police Stations and Training Centres being shut like job centres for Land Developers’ profits.
We ended up with Angela taking a group photo with us singing Gerry’s “Gauke for the walk!!” Put away Banners placards, megafone & went for coffees after.
Planning a Xmas-time revisit with up-to-date Alternative Carols!! 

10 Nov 2017

Jonathan Bartley drag shock!



The police just stopped me protesting outside the fracking site in Ryedale.

They didn't do it nicely. They physically dragged me and several other protesters, pushing us around, and pulling us along the floor.

I knew the police there could be rough, but I didn't know how rough until I experienced it myself.
It shows they are rattled. The government and Third Energy know they've lost the battle of arguments so they're using all they have left: brute force.

It means we can win. They can't drag us all away. They can't ignore all of our voices.

We've got them spooked and now is the time to act. Email Greg Clark today and tell him you won't put up with fracking or his bullying.

Yours,
Jonathan Bartley
Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

5 Nov 2017

Save our Jobcentres! Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group

Protest 6/11/17 outside DWP HQ Caxton House, Tothill Street. London 


photo Becca Thackeray

photo and video Lois Davis

The government has already closed 24 job centres since August this year. They plan to close a further 78 Job centres by April of 2018...16 of these Job centres are in London.
Poor people and people facing the biggest challenges need local job centres, not some super-hub that they have to walk miles to reach.

Benefit money is too little to cover regular trips on public transport. People will have to walk. And don’t be late or too ill to walk over a mile each way whenever the job centre demands it-– you’ll be up for a sanction!

The Torys say that much of the job centres work is now done online, but 5.3 million people in Britain have never used the internet, and 10 million lack the basic digital skills. And millions of these people will be in receipt of benefits.

You can’t use the internet if you can’t afford a computer or a mobile phone contract or the fee for using library or internet cafe

You can’t use the internet if you are illiterate (and six to eight million Britons are borderline or fully illiterate)

Our local Job centres, Kilburn and Neasden, serve one of the most deprived areas in the country. If they are closed then over half of the borough of Camden and around two thirds of Brent will be more than half a mile from the nearest job centre, i.e. more than a mile round trip. These areas contain heavily populated areas: a lot of people are going to be affected.

In amongst the people who can’t use the internet are hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their disability benefit because they aren’t disabled enough for the Tories. They may be able to walk just 200 metres, or sometimes panic when out and get lost, or nor be able to plan a journey to places they don’t know, or have epilepsy. They may be seriously depressed or suffering from brain fog brought on by medication or illnesses like Fibromyalgia. They may be recovering from Cancer or waiting for a heart operation. They may have variable conditions that mean that they can’t guarantee being able to go out at all on any particular day.


Save our Jobcentres!

Our local Labour MPS Tulip Siddiq and Karen Buck  have sent us letters of support  against the proposed closures, and Brent Labour Councillor Shama, with Green Party GLA Members Sian Berry (Camden) & Caroline  Russell (Islington) also against these ridiculous proposals.

KUWG are holding a Food Bank Stall at Neasden Parade noon-2pm Saturday 2nd December, with help from Sufra Neasden Foodbank. This part of Unite Community Day of Action against Universal Credit and part of a motion to stop Job centre closures. SACK GAUKE!

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/02/shutting-down-jobcentres-austerity-underhand-cut

4 Nov 2017

Brent Connects Willesden

Date: Thursday 9 November 2017
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Place: The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF

Agenda

London Borough of Culture Bid
As part of the London Mayor’s plans to support the arts in London, Brent will be bidding to be the London Borough of Culture in 2020. Find out more about what this exciting project could mean for your area.
Town Centre Management
Your chance to meet the new Town Centre Manager and find out more about how they’re working to improve Willesden
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
Learn more about the funding resource that helps deliver additional infrastructure support to areas that are being developed.
Transport for London (TFL)
Local issues and concerns discussion.
Policing Update
The local PCSO provides an update to policing in the Willesden.
If you are unable to attend, please share your ideas with us by emailing: brent.connects@brent.gov.uk.

During the break, there will be an opportunity to talk to ward councillors, local safer neighbourhood team, guest speakers and council officers.

‎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.

GRENFELL: FROM SOCIAL HARM TO SOCIAL MURDER?

GRENFELL: FROM SOCIAL HARM TO SOCIAL MURDER?

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 )

Speakers:

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.
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2 Nov 2017

Brent Greens back Duffy's call for consultation on improving waste services


Brent Green Party has announced that it backs Cllr John Duffy’s call for a public consultation on improving Brent Council’s environmental services.

A spokesperson said:
‘Leaving aside Cllr Duffy’s difficulties with the Labour Group we believe it is in residents’ interests to review environmental services, particularly waste collection and fly-tipping, with a view to improving efficiency and value for money.

'We know from speaking to residents that their daily experience of Brent as a ‘dirty borough’ littered with discarded mattresses, clothing and much else, is demoralising and degrading.

‘Cllr Duffy has expertise in this area that the Council should utilise rather than ignore.’

http://wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/cllr-duffy-launches-consultation-on.html

28 Oct 2017

Hands off our Jobcentres! Demonstration Monday November 6th 3-4pm

From Brent Fightback Facebook

Hands off our Jobcentres! Demonstration
Monday November 6th 3-4pm
Department of Work and Pensions, Caxton House, 12 Tothill St, Westminster, SW1H
The government has already closed 24 jobcentres since August this year. They plan to close a further 78 Jobcentres by April of 2018.
16 of these Jobcentres are in London.

The poor and vulnerable need local jobcentres, not some superhub that they have to walk miles to reach.

Benefit money is too little to cover regular trips on public transport. People will have to walk. And don't be late or too ill to walk over a mile each way as often as the jobcentre demands– you'll be up for a sanction!

The Tories say that much of the jobcentres' work is now done online, but 5.3 million people in Britain have never used the internet, and 10 million lack the basic digital skills. And millions of these people will be in receipt of benefits.

You can't use the internet if you are learning disabled.

You can't use the internet if you can't afford a computer or a mobile phone contract or or the fee for using library or internet cafe

You can't use the internet if you are illiterate (and six to eight million Britons are borderline or fully illiterate)

Our local Jobcentres, Kilburn and Neasden, serve one of the most deprived areas in the country. If they are closed then over half of the borough of Camden and around two thirds of Brent will be more than half a mile from the nearest jobcentre, i.e. more than a mile round trip. These areas contain heavily populated areas: a lot of people are going to be affected.

In amongst the people who can't use the internet are hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their disability benefit because they aren't disabled enough for the Tories. They may be able to walk just 200 meters, or sometimes panic when out and get lost, or nor be able to plan a journey to places they don’t know, or have epilepsy. They may be seriously depressed or suffering from brain fog brought on by medication or illnesses like Fibromyalgia. They may be recovering from cancer or waiting for a heart operation. They may have variable conditions that mean that they can't guarantee being able to go out at all on any particular day.

But if you miss an appointment, or are simply late, you'll be considered for a sanction!

Let's meet outside the DWP's headquarters at Caxton House and let them know what we think about this.

Save our Jobcentres!
The 16 London jobcentres that are closing are:
Highgate, 24 November 2017
Edgware, 8 December 2017
Finchley, 12 January 2018
Dagenham, 19 January 2018
Southall, January 2018
Kingston, February 2018
Brixton,- 9 February 2018
Neasden 16 February 2018
Clapham 23 February 2018
Kilburn, March 2018
Hammersmit,h 9 March 2018
Croydon, 16 March 2018
Wandsworth, 23 March 2018
Leytonstone,- 30 March 2018
Hounslow, 10 Montague Road,

26 Oct 2017

Kilburn Unemployed Workers’ Group meeting on 24/10/2015 on Job Centre closures

photo by Kim Aukle


Peter Murry (Trade Union Liaison Officer for Brent and London Green Parties), spoke at a panel at a Kilburn Unemployed Workers’ Group meeting on 24/10/2015 on job centre closures, as part of a panel with Giselle Winstone (Kilburn Unemployed Workers’ Group and Chair of Unite Community Brent), John Kilvington (Advice Worker with the Somali Cultural Centre),Ariane and Donna from WinVisible , and Pete Firmin (Brent Trades Council). Chair: Robin Sivapalan

Some points covered included:

There was a nationwide programme of proposed job centre closures which threatens about 78 j.c.’s, the DWP (Department for Work & Pensions), has just released details of its proposals at   https://www.gov.uk/government/news/update-on-the-future-of-dwp-jobcentres.

Many at the meeting seemed sure that Kilburn and Neasden j.c.’s were planned to be closed, also the PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents many j.c.workers), has reported that “compulsory redundancies are highly likely, at (…) Wembley,…”.

PCS is opposing the job centre closures. and actions include an indefinite strike at Sheffield Eastern Avenue j.c.

Speakers made the point that closing j.c.’s will make it hardest for the very people who need their services most to access support, because of longer journeys, which could entail greater chances of missing appointments and being penalised for doing so. Groups most affected will include disabled people, and many speakers of languages other than English, especially if problems of literacy were also involved.

Many believe that the closures are part of a deliberate strategy as part of civil service reform to get more people using services online .Most of vulnerable don’t have access to IT services and even where they do it’s recognised that a large number of people lack basic digital skills: “According to the Office for National Statistics around 5.3 million Britons have never used the internet with the Government stating that more than 10 million adults in England lack the basic digital skills they need.” (See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-digital-skills-deficit-company-productivity-bcc-workforce-training-staff-workers-employees-a7670371.html)

This is part of a wider government austerity strategy which is also impacting on other areas such Health, Community Care and Education, and in the case of j.c.’s, “decisions driven by DWP departmental savings targets rather than rational review of need of users”, according to a PCS briefing. PCS also argues that the closures are being pushed through on the basis of flawed public consultations and without a detailed equality impact assessment.

In the case of Kilburn and Neasden, the land and buildings were already owned by private companies and that this may be being used as a pretext for closure, although it was not thought that the owners were demanding the land or buildings. Rumours of plans to build luxury flats and a free school were mentioned.

It was noted that while public assets and services were being closed and sold off, often to private profit making concerns, there was ample scope for cutting back government expenditure in areas such Trident, subsidising air travel, nuclear power etc.

J.c.’s were quite likely to be more necessary than before as Brexit led to economic disruption and economic changes such as increasing automation and moves towards a lower carbon economy began to happen. Not only were the centres being made less accessible but the skills and knowledge of their staff in areas such as job retraining could be lost through redundancies.

Possible grounds for legal challenges to the closures were discussed including on the grounds of the equality impact assessment, but this was not seen as the sole means of opposition. Leafleting campaigns outside j.c.’s and to the general public were suggested and possibly a small photo op style protest by KUWG outside DWP, Caxton House Nov 6 3-4 pm.

A model motion to Councillors mainly about Universal Credit but including opposition to j.c. closures was discussed and amended, (to be circulated).More info re Universal Credit see https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/24/jobless-poleaxed-universal-credit-workers-low-income-financial-penalties.


Apologies
Tulip Siddiq MP sent message of support, Dawn Butler MP, Siân Berry & Caroline Russell Green Party Members of the London Assembly, Councillor Sharma (Brent Council)
PCS speakers invited, but no response.

Peter Murry wishes to thank PCS for the info they made available, nb: link to main demands: https://www.pcs.org.uk/department-for-work-and-pensions/news/dwp-reps-agree-to-campaign-to-defend-offices-jobs-and-services


12 Sep 2017

C04 Climate change Motion 10 and amendments passed unan 12/9/2017

 C04 Climate change Motion 10 and amendments

 Congress notes the irrefutable evidence that dangerous climate change is driving unprecedented changes to our environment such as the devastating flooding witnessed in the UK in 2004. Congress further notes the risk to meeting the challenge of climate change with the announcement of Donald Trump to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Similarly, Brexit negotiations and incoherent UK government policy risk undermining measures to achieve the UK carbon reduction targets.

 Congress welcomes the report by the Transnational Institute Reclaiming Public Service: how cities and citizens are turning back privatization, which details the global trend to remunicipalise public services, including energy, and supports efforts by unions internationally to raise issues such as public ownership and democratic control as part of solutions to climate change.

 Congress notes that transport is responsible for a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and believes that a reduction in carbon dioxide levels must be the basis of the UK’s future transport policy in addition to building public transport capacity and moving more freight from road to rail.

Congress believes that to effectively combat climate change and move towards a low carbon economy we cannot leave this to the markets and therefore need a strong role for the public sector in driving the measures needed to undertake this transition.

 Congress notes that pension schemes invest billions of pounds into fossil fuel corporations. To this end, Congress calls on the TUC to:
i.                     work with the Labour Party and others that advocate for an end to the UK’s rigged energy system to bring it back into public ownership and democratic control
ii.                   . advocate for a mass programme of retrofit and insulation of Britain’s homes and public buildings
iii.                  . lobby to demand rights for workplace environmental reps iv. lobby for the establishment of a Just Transition strategy for those workers affected by the industrial changes necessary to develop a more environmentally sustainable future for all, and develop practical steps needed to achieve this as integral to industrial strategy v. consult with all affiliates to seek input into the development of a cross sector industrial strategy that works towards delivering internationally agreed carbon emission reduction targets
iv.                 . investigate the long-term risks for pension funds investing in fossil fuels, promote divestment, and alternative reinvestment in the sustainable economy.

Mover: Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union
Seconder: Communication Workers Union

Supporters: Fire Brigades Union; ASLEF; TSSA

31 Aug 2017

Transition Kensal to Kilburn september events

Transition Kensal to Kilburn mail@ttkensaltokilburn.ning.com

3:35 PM (1 hour ago)
 to me
Hello
We'll be finding out about local projects including Granville Community Kitchen where we're meeting. Dee Woods won the Food Programme's Cook of the year 2016 award at the annual BBC Food and Farming Awards from 9,000 entrants so this is something of a hidden gem in Kilburn.
Appropriately, we'll be chopping fruit to make apple or pear tarts at the same time as finding out about our fruit harvesting season; a new idea for a local clothes swap for babies and young children; the Restart Project fixing electronics and other opportunities to get involved locally. 
If you've got a suggestion or idea just come along and put it forward or email michael.stuart6@gmail.com. We're keen to help ideas happen and can connect you with a network of people and skills and funding.
Wed 27th September7-9pm at Granville Community Kitchen, 
The Granville Plus Centre, Carlton Vale, NW6 5HE
Buses 6 , 316, 36, 31, 328. Half way between Kilburn Park and Queens Park tube. 10 min walk from each
And a reminder to put your name down for
Queens’ Park Day – visit, say hello or volunteer (please)
Sunday September 17th 12-5pm (earlier and later to set up and take down)
It’s our biggest event of the year with thousands of people attending. Every year about 20 of us have an enjoyable sociable time making apple juice from local fruit and talking with visitors about what we do. If you’d like to help to chop, press, talk, put up or take down a stall please contact Joanna with the time you’d like to start. The more the merrier!  Joanna:  jokowalska@interia.pl
Visit Transition Kensal to Kilburn at: http://ttkensaltokilburn.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network