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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