This page includes events other than / in addition to our regular monthly meetings
Thanks to Alex Horn for organising, everyone for bringing food to share and Angela Georgievska for the decorations and her plea for funds for the food bank. We're working to end the need for them altogether through the introduction of a Universal Basic Income (UBI).
Larry Sanders, the Green Party spokesperson on Health and Social Care, introduced the film and John Furse who made it engaged in the Q&A afterwards.
John's recent article in the LRB The NHS Dismantled has been highly recommended, not only by Larry but also Lord Owen, the former Health Secretary.
Links to his blog, facebook, twitter and website are below.
Thanks again to Alex Horn for organising this
Hear the Truth. Learn the Lies.
GROUNDSWELL - THE GRASSROOTS BATTLE FOR THE NHS AND DEMOCRACY is a moving, inspiring David and Goliath documentary about ordinary Britons challenging the free marketeers’ annexation of the NHS and 40-year dominance of our society. A unique, wide-ranging, revelatory personal journey by filmmaker John Furse on the pulse of our times.
Filmed mostly by the director between 2015-18, using cheap domestic cameras, and edited at home with Gus Coral, this independently-made documentary features powerful testimony from Professor Stephen Hawking and NHS staff, with a moving climax by dying actor Dudley Sutton.
John's blog inc film info/reviews etc: www.johnfurse.wordpress.com
Facebook page: http://bit.ly/GroundswellNHSFilm
Twitter address: https://twitter.com/john_furse
Those interested in finding their local campaign groups:
Thanks to Alex Horn for organising this
The fossil fuel industry is killing us.
They have five times the amount of coal, gas and oil that is safe to burn - and they are planning on burning it all. Left to their own devices, they'll push us past the brink of cataclysmic disaster - life as we know it will be irrevocably altered forever. Unless we rise up and fight back. Do The Math follows the climate crusader Bill McKibben as he works with a rising global movement in a David-vs-Goliath fight to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. This growing groundswell of climate activists is going after the fossil fuel industry directly, energizing a movement like the ones that overturned the great immoral institutions of the past century, such as Apartheid in South Africa. The film follows people who are putting their bodies on the line the Keystone XL Pipeline and leading universities and institutions to divest in the corporate polluters hellbent on burning fossil fuels no matter the cost.
A joint event with Camden Green Party. Our thanks to Dee Searle for showing us the pulse of changing London, from its origins supplying local heavy industry to today's hipster hang-outs.
Caroline - Assembly Member, Islington councillor and Green Party spokesperson on Transport - addressed the meeting on the Wood Lane to Holland Park proposals. She had written this response in support of the TFL Wood Lane to Notting Hill Gate cycle lane proposals
The first of our summer walks - thanks to Alex Horn and Erwin Schaefer for organising it.
We took part in the silent march
We took part in this march where the Green Party's Caroline Lucas MP and Molly Scott Cato MEP spoke.
We held a lively and well attended social gathering, with the profit of £40 being donated to the North Paddington Food Bank. (We covered the cost of room hire.)
And took a short break to select the prospective candidate for our London Assembly constituency. Just Zack Polanski was nominated; he made a statement, answered a few questions and was duly selected. Congratulations, Zack!
His biography is here.
We selected candidates for three of our five constituencies in case of a snap General Election: Cities of London & Westminster (Zack Polanski), Kensington (Vivien Lichtenstein), and Westminster North (Holly Robinson). Alex Horn who stood in Hammersmith last year will stand again.
We participated in the People's Vote march
Thanks to Alex Horn and Erwin Schaefer for organising this event.
Sonia Sood who has a background of six years in architecture from India, now a student at Kingston University, is researching the necessity of green spaces in Oxford and Regent Streets. She kindly agreed to run-through her project and get some feedback on its practicalities.
The pedestrianisation of Oxford Street is controversial – what about the transfer of pollution and noise to other, more residential streets, and won’t it make shopping more difficult for the disabled? Oxford Street has become mired in politics. Here are the Mayor's plans (supported by our Assembly members, Siân Berry and Caroline Russell) but Westminster Council has said no and are now coming up with their own ideas.
A lively discussion followed her presentation "Canopy Walk" and we agreed to organise a public debate between those for and those against the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street (details will be posted on our Events page).
Thanks to Erwin Schaefer (WCL) and Dee Searle (Camden) who organised this very enjoyable walk.
We took part in this march
We took part in the Grenfell Silent Walk on the 14th and the Justice for Grenfell National March and Demonstration on the 16th.
Starting at the Union Tavern on the Grand Union Canal, we walked through part of North Kensington onto Notting Hill, headed towards Holland Park and then across to Kensington Gardens, through ‘Albertopolis’ ending in South Kensington. Thanks to our guide, Erwin Schaefer, for a very informative and enjoyable walk.
A discussion on air pollution – a key issue in our part of the world – and what we can do about it. Minutes will be posted to our members' website, and a link to actions posted here in the not-too-distant future.
We joined the Grenfell Silent Walk before our regular meeting
Dave Fuller gave a presentation on Repowering London: creating clean, renewable solar electricity for North Kensington
This is Kensington & Chelsea's first renewable energy co-op which will install solar panels to power schools and community buildings across North Kensington. The panels will be owned by the community, with profits from the sale of the electricity going back into projects in the North Kensington area.
The project will:
There are many ways to get involved in this exciting project and shape the development of clean energy in your local area. If you would like to find out more please visit their website or contact / 020 3674 7519
This project is supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Mayor of London. Repowering London has established four successful energy co-operatives in Brixton and Homerton.
A public meeting on HOUSING to discuss solutions to our housing crisis
How do we provide homes for all and protect our public spaces?
A report on this meeting will be posted here in due course
SIÂN BERRY, Green Party London Assembly Member and Camden Council councillor who commissioned the Big Renters Survey and campaigned for an independent renters’ organisation
JOE DELANEY,Grenfell Action Group, Grenfell Scrutiny Committee member and Walkways resident
ANNA MINTON, author of Big Capital: Who is London for? and Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First Century City
EVE WEDDERBURN, Housing campaigner and local resident
Chaired by: JENNIFER NADEL
Liz Mansfield from North Surrey Green Party introduced Kye Gbangbola, the father of Zane, the young boy who tragically died during the River Thames River flooding in 2014. Campaigners believe Zane's death was caused by hydrogen cyanide gas released from an historic landfill site adjacent to the family's home. The Coroner delivered a verdict of death due to C02 poisoning, but only HCN was recorded and logged by fire services at the time of the incident.
Details of the campaign, allegations of official cover-up and the petition calling for a meaningful independent panel-led inquiry can be found at Truth about Zane.
The presentation ended with a discussion about possible link-ups with Grenfell activists and anti-fracking campaigners.