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 


30 Mar 2015


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.

38 Degrees Logo
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:


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:


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:

Thanks for being involved,

Elizabeth, Ali, Laura and the 38 Degrees team

[1] The Express: EXCLUSIVE: War hero, 96, faces being forced out of his home due to care cash scandal:
[2] You can see the election survey results in the 38 Degrees election plan here:

22 Mar 2015

PUBLIC MEETING Will the Environment get Your Vote? Eco Hustings for the Brent Central Parliamentary Constituency

PUBLIC MEETING Will the Environment get Your Vote?

Eco Hustings for the Brent Central Parliamentary Constituency

Thursday 26th March, 7.30pm
Learie Constantine West Indian Association
43-47 Dudden Hill Lane, Willesden, NW10 2ET
(2 minutes from Dollis Hill tube, Chapter Rd exit)

Shahrar Ali (Green Party)
John Boyle (TUSC) Invited
 Dawn Butler (Labour) Invited
Alan Mendoza (Conservative)
Stephen Priestley (UKIP)
Lib Dems Invited

 Who will get your vote? Your chance to ask the candidates how green they really are.

For more information see www.brentfoe.com

Stand Up to Racism Day 21/3/2015

 with acknowledgements to wembley matters http://wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/

Today was Stand Up to Racism Day in London, part of the UN's International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is celebrated on March 21st because that is the day
in 1960 when 69 people were killed by police who opened fire on an anti-pass laws demonstrators
in Sharpville, South Africa.

Sharpville was an event that seared itself on my memory as it did many of my generation. LINK

It was fitting that in an event  founded on marking the crimes of South African apartheid that
Friends of Al AqsaLINK were in Trafalgar Square collecting messages calling for the end of the
apartheid wall in Israel that separates Palestinians from each other and from Israel.

The public were asked to write a message on the wall which included the statement from
Nelson Mandela: 'Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people'.

Rebecca Johnson, Green candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn Stands Up to Racism

Although I marched with the Green Party is was good to see
Brent Anti-Racism Campaign on the march with their much admired banner.

20 Mar 2015


Demo snd Stall this weekend

United Nations Anti-racism day Saturday 21st March 

Stand Up to Racism Demo

Green Block assembly point 11-11:30am BBC Portland Place, Central London. We will have a large BME Greens banner, so you won't be able to miss us!!

Please bring your own banners and placards!!

With the dangerous resurgence of xenophobia, islamophobia, anti-semitism and racism across mainstream European politics and specifically UKIP in the UK, its vital we make a powerful stand with a MASSIVE presence at this demo. We must all work to send a very strong message of solidarity to some of the communities most attacked and scapegoated for the issues we all face, such as a lack of jobs and decent housing.

Pete Murry will have a small Green Party stall at Trafalgar Square, the end point of the demo from 12 noon. He will be glad of any help members and supporters can give.

A Green Party BME Group has been set up from Conference: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greens-of-Colour/802384239839951


Message from Rebecca Johnson, Green Hampstead and Kilburn candidate


Dear Green members and supporters in Brent,

We're launching the Green Campaign to elect Rebecca Johnson as our MP for Hampstead & Kilburn, starting with a stall at the Queens Park Farmers Market on Sunday 22 March, from 10.00 to 1.00, 
We'll have leaflets and materials, and with your help plan to fan out from QP Farmers Market in groups of 2 and 3, and talk with people about what issues matter to them, and how Green policies can make a positive difference, from housing, safe streets and public transport to tackling inequality and environmental destruction. 

As you probably know,  Hampstead and Kilburn stretches from Hampstead Heath, across 11 Camden wards,  through to South Kilburn and 4 Brent wards. We can't cover everything, but we are keen to connect with as many people as we can in the next 7 weeks before the Election - and beyond!
Please visit our new Hampstead and Kilburn Greens website, which you can access here: 

17 Mar 2015

Demonstrate 19/3/2015 vs benefit sanctions

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Demonstrate 19/03/2015 vs benefit sanctions

From Unite the Union Community Section

More and more people are facing benefit sanctions. Over 2 million people have had

their money stopped in the past 2 years. 2 million people, many of whom

have been plunged into poverty, unable to heat their homes or even eat. 

How is this meant to help prepare people for work?

Benefit sanctions must be fought against

These sanctions are cruel and handed out for ridiculous reasons such as:
  • Arriving minutes late to a meeting 
  • Not applying for jobs when waiting to start a new job!
  • Missing an appointment on the day of the funeral of a close family member.
This has to stop
Up and down the country on Thursday 19 March we will be protesting against the
cruel use of sanctions.

12 Mar 2015

Shahrar Ali: We need politicians we can trust

Follwoing the allegations against Ibrahim Taguri and his decision to stand down as Liberal Democrat candidiate for Bretn cntral and to continue to campaign as an independent, Sharhar Ali ma`de the following statement:
This election is now even more widely open than ever imagined. At a meeting last night Dawn Butler spoke of the 'elephant in the room' which was the ' clearing of her name' regarding expenses.

Today we learn  Ibrahim Taguri is under investigation for potential impropriety over advice on electoral donations.

Standing as an independent will not help him. The people of Brent demand nothing less than confidence that their politicians know right from wrong before presuming to serve them.

We need politicians we can trust.

22 Feb 2015

rebel footprints

Charlotte Despard
The radical response to 
conservative heritage
 tours and banal 
day-tripper guides! 

Rebel Footprints brings to life
 the history of social movements in 
the UK's capital. Transporting readers
from well-known landmarks to history
-making hidden corners, David 
Rosenberg tells the story of protest 
and struggle in London.

From the suffragettes to the socialists,

 from the Chartists to the trade unionists,
 the book invites us to step into the footprints
 of a diverse cast of fighters for social justice
 Specially commissioned maps and illustrations
 immerse the reader in the story of the city.

'You haven't walked the streets of

 London unless you've understood the
 secret history of revolt, rebellion and 
poverty hidden all around you in its 
bricks and alleyways. Rosenberg takes 
you there as no other writer has done.' 
Paul Mason

For a limited time only!

Pre-order one for your comrades / own self 
and receive the book before it's in the shops, with goodies thrown in and 20% off your next order. 
Visit www.rebelfootprints.co.uk to read a chapter and get your copy. 
Follow #RebelMaps on Twitter to see some of the beautiful maps included in the book. 


David Rosenberg - Walks
Events with the author
Sunday 19th April, 2pm 
Exclusive Radical Walking Tour around Clerkenwell with Newham Books 
Starting at Finsbury Town Hall 
Click here for more details and to book a place 
Wednesday 18th March, 7.30pm 
Talk at The Bishopsgate Institute 
Click here for more details and to book a placeWednesday March 25th, 6.30pm 
Bookmarks The Socialist Bookshop, Bloomsbury
Click here for the Bookmarks website
Monday 30th March, 6.30pm 
Talk at Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town  
Click here for more details and to book a place 
Tuesday 7th April, 7.30pm 
Talk at West End Lane Books, West Hampstead 
Click here for more details and to book a place 
Sunday 12th April, 2.30pm 
Talk at The Freedom Bookshop, Whitechapel  
Click here for The Freedom Bookshop’s website 
Thursday April 30th, 6.15pm 
Talk at Tower Hamlets Local History Library 
Click here for the Library’s website 
Wednesday July 15th 
Housmans Radical Booksellers 
Part of their London Summer Season 
Click here for the Housmans website

Publishing March 20th
Paperback | 9780745334097 | £9.99
Ebook | 9781783713301 | £9.99
Hardback | 9780745334103 | £50

20 Feb 2015

25 Feb UK-wide day of action at jobcentres

From Boycott Workfare

Solidarity with unemployed activist arrested for representing a jobseeker:
Take part in a Day of Action at Jobcentres Britain-wide Wednesday 25 February 2015

Support Tony Cox from the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network, who was arrested after assisting a claimant at Arbroath Jobcentre.
Scottish Unemployed Workers Network activist Tony Cox was arrested on 29th January after Arbroath Jobcentre management called police to stop him representing a vulnerable jobseeker. We urge you to join a Day of Action on 25th February at Jobcentres round Britain to show your solidarity.
We must fight back against this clear attempt to intimidate claimants and deny us the right to be accompanied and represented. Tony will be in court in Forfar on 25th February facing charges of “threatening behaviour, refusing to give his name and address and resisting arrest”. That same day we call on people to descend on jobcentres round Britain to show their solidarity with Tony and distribute information to claimants urging them to exercise their right to be accompanied and represented at all benefits interviews.
As we face unprecedented sanctions and benefits cuts, it’s more important than ever that we support each other and stand up to the DWP bullies. The Scottish Unemployed Workers Network, Dundee Against Welfare Sanctions and other groups have established a strong presence at the Jobcentres in Dundee and in nearby towns and cities like Arbroath, Perth and Blairgowrie, supporting claimants in opposing sanctions and harassment.

On 29 January Tony was accompanying a vulnerable woman claimant, who suffers from severe dyslexia and literacy problems. The claimant, D, had been signed up to the Universal Job Match (UJM), the computerised job search system, and was being forced to complete five job searches per day, the pressure of which had led to her having several panic attacks. Tony proposed that D’s UJM account be closed, and that her number of job searches be significantly reduced. The adviser refused to consider this, and so Tony and D met with the Jobcentre manager.
The manager likewise refused to even look at the issue, falsely claiming that all jobseekers had to be registered with UJM. She even suggested to D that she should arrange another meeting without Tony or any other witness or rep present. Despite the pressure D was being put under by the manager, she replied that she would not attend another meeting without Tony. At this point the manager demanded that Tony leave the building or the police would be called. Tony refused to leave, but the meeting ended when it was agreed that a further meeting be arranged to discuss the issue further. Tony was arrested after he left the Jobcentre.
The right of claimants to be accompanied to interviews, and for the accompanier to have the right to speak, has been established by groups like Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty, who have forced the DWP locally and Britain-wide to apologise for calling the police on ECAP reps, and to affirmclaimants’ right to representation. The DWP clearly state “Claimants accessing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits and services can have someone to accompany them to act on their behalf…”
The attack on benefits and claimants is part of the austerity assault on the entire working class. We call on all unemployed and claimants groups, anti cuts and anti austerity groups, human rights groups, workplace activists, and all working class people, waged and unwaged, to show solidarity with Tony and the right of the unemployed and all claimants to organise collectively to fight back.
Visit your local Jobcentre on 25th February with banners and placards and distribute leaflets to claimants on Tony’s case and the right to be accompanied to all benefits interviews.
  • Send a message of support to admin AT scottishunemployedworkers.net
  • Complain to Noel Shanahan, Director General Operations DWP, Caxton House, Tothill Street London SW1H 9NA
  • Sign the petition
  • There will be a picket of the Forfar court before the hearing on 25 February, by activists from Dundee, Tayside and area – for details contact admin AT scottishunemployedworkers.net
  • There will be a solidarity action in Central London at 3pm – for details contactinfo@boycottworkfare.org
Call out by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty - ecap AT lists.riseup.net
Please add the support of your group/organisation: and ecap AT lists.riseup.net
email admin AT scottishunemployedworkers.net
And don’t forget Disabled People Against Cut’s Day of Action the following week on 2 March!

Brent Green Party News and Events

A warm welcome to members and volunteers who have joined us since the last circular. There are now nearly 200 people on this list. The aim of the circular is to keep you up to date with what is happening locally and to give you a chance to get involved. Despite the surge in membership we are still up against the other parties in terms of feet on the ground so any contribution you can make, however small, is welcome and invaluable.

KENTON BY-ELECTIONThe Kenton By-election is on March 2nd and we are delivering 'Vote Michaela Lichten' postcards to as many residents as possible. If you would like to help please contact me atmafran@globalnet.co.uk  http://www.wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/why-i-am-standing-for-greens-in-kenton.html

CLAIM BACK OUR CASH - RECLAIM OUR SERVICES DEMONSTRATION ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21STWe will be joining in a Brent Fightback demonstration on Saturday giving local Liberal Democrat and Conservative Party offices an invoice for the Brent Council funding cuts.
2pm Sarah Teather's Office (Brent Central) 70 Walm Lane, NW2 4RA (Willesden Green Tube)
3pm Brent North Conservative Office, 271 Preston Road, HA3 0PS (left outside station)
Most people will be travelling on the tube between the two.

HARROW GREEN PARTY STALL SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21ST 11AM-2PMHarrow Greens would welcome help with their stall which will be on the pedestrianised road outside St Anne's Shopping Centre. Harrow-on-the-Hill tube.

CABINET MEETING, 7PM BRENT CIVIC CENTRE MONDAY FEBRUARY 23RDThe Cabinet will be approving the cuts that will go to Full Council on March 2nd.  Six petitions will be delivered by local campaigns and organisatins including Stonebridge Adventure Playground and the Welsh Environmental Education Centre. They would appreciate support. The public can attend these meetings.  http://www.wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/children-young-people-and-parents-will.html
A chance to meet and get to know each other over refreshments as well as organise some campaigning activities in Brent North, Brentr Central and Hampstead and Kilburn constituencies (plus Kenton By-election) Please do come along. Brent Artists Resource Centre (BAR) 
BAR Gallery 4-5 Queens Parade, Walm Lane London NW2 5HT (Willesden Green Tube - cross road, turn right to traffic lights at junction)


Fundraising - Call for Donations

We urgently require financial support for our Freepost flyers for Brent Central (Shahrar Ali) and Brent North (Scott Bartle). Total expense = £1,300, of which we currently have £400. If you are able to donate (suggested sums, £20, £40, £60) this would be a great help and will relieve some of the financial pressures on our own candidates.

Please donate to 

Brent Green Party
Coop sort code 089299

Use GE Brent as your reference and email co-treasurer shahrar.ali@greenparty.org.uk so we can confirm receipt.

We are going to press with the leaflets very soon and donations in the next seven days would be especially welcome. A draft of the freepost is available here http://greenparty.org.uk/files/FreepostArtwork_ForCandiates.pdf (not for circculation).

Shahrar Ali
We have set up a CrowdFunder account to raise cash for our £500 deposits for Brent Cwentral and Brent North. Donations welcome. Pease spread the word via social media.



Twitter @BrentGreens @WembleyMatters
Shahrar Ali @ShahrarAli Scott Bartle @MapesburyGreeen

www.wembleymatters.blogspot.co.uk (environmental and social justice activists)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brent-Green-Party/144500357475?ref=bookmarks

YouTube: www.youtube.com/brentgreens

Martin Francis
Communications Officer

Tel: 020 8908 3913
Mob: 07910 315 139