Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Greece Solidarity rally Tomorrow 6.30pm

Greece Solidarity rally                        Tomorrow 6.30pm 

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Putting hope into practice - solidarity rally  
Wednesday 28 January, 6.30pm  


TUC/Congress House, Congress Hall
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


Arrive early to guarantee a seat! 

Speakers:

Marina Prentoulis, Syriza
Leslie Manasseh, President TUC
Katy Clark MP
Tariq Ali, writer
Paul Mackney, Greece Solidarity Campaign
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Kate Hudson, Greece Solidarity Campaign
Stathis Kouvelakis, Syriza Central Committee
Chair: Rachel Newton, Greece Solidarity Campaign 

Sign the open letter of solidarity   


Add your name to the open letter of solidarity with the anti-austerity movement.

The letter was published in the Guardian today, signed by
Frances O'Grady, Len McClusky, Diane Abbot, Caroline Lucas and many more 

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Fracking: the fight goes on

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Bad news - last night MPs voted to give the green light to fracking across the UK. 50 MPs broke ranks to vote against the plans, but it wasn’t enough. [1] Trespass laws have changed: now dirty energy companies can apply to drill for oil and gas under our homes.

Days like today are difficult. But we urgently need to channel our frustration into hope - because tomorrow, Lancashire County Council could vote to block fracking in Lancashire. [2] Local councils still have the power to block fracking, so this is a test case. Council by council, we could start to turn the tide.

38 Degrees members in Lancashire are pushing their council hard to do the right thing tomorrow. In the wake of yesterday’s vote, let’s stand with them - and prove that across the country, we’re not done fighting yet. Please add your name to a huge message of support for 38 Degrees members fighting fracking in Lancashire:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/back-lancashire


Losses like yesterday’s prove that we’ve got a long way to go to get MPs to stand up for the environment. But without pressure from 38 Degrees members, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and thousands of grassroots groups, it could’ve been much worse. [3]

Yesterday’s vote had some positives: fracking is now banned in national parks. [4] And it wasn’t an easy vote for the government to win. Slowly, because of everything 38 Degrees members and climate change campaigners have done together, support for fracking is wavering - and MPs are feeling the heat.

Now let’s take the fight to a local level: council by council, let’s push fracking back. Three of the MPs who voted against fracking yesterday were from Lancashire - so the pressure is on for Lancashire Council to block it. [5]

Please add your name to the message to Lancashire, to show that we’re standing with them in the fight against fracking:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/back-lancashire



Thanks for being involved,

Amy, Robin, India, Rachel, James, Susannah and the 38 Degrees team


NOTES:
[1] 38 Degrees blog: How MPs voted on fracking:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2015/01/27/how-mps-voted-on-a-fracking-moratorium/
[2] Lancashire County Council: Shale gas developments in Lancashire:
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/planning/major-planning-applications/shale-gas-developments-in-lancashire.aspx
The Guardian: Controversial Lancashire fracking plans 'should be refused’:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/21/cuadrilla-lancashire-fracking-should-be-refused 
[3] Over 170,000 38 Degrees members signed the petition calling on MPs to vote against changes to trespass laws for fracking companies. The petition was delivered to MPs across the country, and also taken into parliament yesterday. 52,000 38 Degrees members then emailed our MPs, and thousands of ua also tweeted or called them yesterday morning to pile on the final pressure.
[4] The Telegraph: Fracking to be banned in national parks, Government concedes:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/fracking/11370239/Fracking-to-be-banned-in-national-parks-Government-concedes.html
[5] Drill or drop: Two Lancs Tories joined MPs voting for a fracking moratorium:
http://drillordrop.com/2015/01/26/two-lancs-tories-joined-mps-voting-for-a-fracking-moratorium/

Monday, 26 January 2015

Greens support Syriza

Green MEPs hailed the result as a victory for the forces opposed to austerity. Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, and Molly Scott Cato, MEP for South West England, said: “The result of the Greek elections has shown that the people of Greecehave taken a strong stand against the politics of austerity. Greens share the view of the new government that austerity is a failed model which has piled misery on the poorest while making the wealthiest even richer. This result shows that challenging business as usual politics can win the support of the people.
“We hope the Greek election result marks the beginnings of ordinary people standing up to a discredited economic model and failing Governments across Europe.”


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

FoE fracking rally 26/1/2015


2014 the warmest year on record

January 16, 2015
by Alexandra Cheung
Thermometer2from http://wwwf.imperial.ac.uk/blog/climate-at-imperial/2015/01/16/2014-the-warmest-year-on-record/?utm_source=Grantham+Institute&utm_campaign=304381ad7f-20150120_Weekly_Update&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ac7a1f2837-304381ad7f-178859617
A summary of global temperature for 2014 from NASA and NOAA has just been published, showing that the average global temperature for 2014 was 0.69°C above the average for the 20th century. The small margin of uncertainty in calculating average global temperature means that the exact ranking of 2014 cannot be distinguished from the previous record years of 2005 and 2010, but it is nominally the warmest year on record. The ten warmest years have all occurred since 1998.
Professor Jo Haigh, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute, commented on the report saying that: “This and other indicators are all pointing in the same direction of continued global warming, reflecting the overall upward trend in average global temperatures”
A large amount of warming was seen in the oceans with globally-averaged sea surface temperature 0.57°C above the 20th century average. This is consistent with recent studies that have suggested that much of the extra energy in the Earth system is going in to the oceans. You can read more about the significance of ocean heat uptake in our blog post.
An update from the Met Office on global temperatures is expected later this month and we look forward to seeing the further detail that this will add.
See the full report on the NOAA website.

Monday, 19 January 2015

London Green Party– Monday 19th January 2015 passes Motions to support NHS and housing demos.

London Green Party– Monday 19th January 2015 passes Motions to support NHS and housing demos.

MOTION “The London Federation of Green Parties resolves to support defend London’s NHS ‘s ‘use your vote for the NHS’ rally on March 10th at Hammersmith town hall and agrees to add its name to publicity advertising the event.”

Proposed by Pete Murry Brent Green Party

APPEAL FOR SUPPORT FOR USE YOUR VOTE FOR THE NHS LONDON RALLY RECEIVED FROM
DEFEND LONDON'S NHS BY BRENT GREEN PARTY
DEFEND LONDON’S NHS
USE YOUR VOTE FOR THE NHS
LONDON RALLY 10 MARCH
HAMMERSMITH TOWN HALL
We are writing to ask for your support for a London wide "Use your vote for the NHS" rally.
This has been called by a number of London NHS campaigns meeting at the London Keep Our NHS
Public coordinating meetings last year.

The rally will bring together campaigns from across London in a very public way aiming to make a big enough splash to help ensure the NHS and our demands to defend it become a key election issue.
Save Our Hospitals (Hammersmith and Charing Cross) campaign has agreed to host it and the council have made Hammersmith town hall available. The plan is for a broad platform of speakers reflecting the campaigns across London.

This needs to be a big event to reflect the scale of the attacks on London's NHS and to help promote
successful campaigns to overturn them. It will bring together the mix of members of the public, health and disability campaigners, health professionals, trade unionists and politicians working together to defend it.

We have booked Hammersmith Town hall from 7.30pm on March 10th.

We would like to ask your campaign or organisation to back the rally. Please let us know as soon as
possible if we can add your campaign’s name to the publicity advertising the event.
If you would like further information please call Anne Drinkell on 07854 467 373

Supporters so far:
Save Our Hospitals (Hammersmith and Charing
Cross)
Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition,
Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign,
Defend Haringey Health Services
Newham Save Our NHS,
Save our Surgeries, Ealing Save Our NHS,
Waltham Forest Save Our NHS,
Brent Fightback
Hackney KONP, Camden KONP, Tower
Hamlets KONP, Islington KONP,
London Health Emergency,
Peoples' Vote 4 NHS
Brent Trades Council,
Central London Community Health Joint reps
Committee,
Kensington CLP,
Andy Slaughter MP
Dr Jacky Davis,
Dr Ron Singer,
Dr Jackie Turner,
Dr Louise Irvine,
Dr John Lister,
RehanaAzam ,
Frank Wood Unite EC (Health)
Bruce Kent

MOTION to Support the March for Homes

MOTION “The London Federation of Green Parties supports the March for Homes and its call on Boris Johnson and London councils to start building the thousands of new council homes we need, control private rents and stop the demolition of homes currently threatening over fifty estates.
The March for Homes will be the next step in the growing fight for decent, really-affordable, secure
housing for all Londoners. We will ensure that this is an election issue in 2015.”
Proposed by Dave Plummer Lewisham Green Party

Government policies are stoking up the housing crisis blighting the lives of Londoners, with subsidies to lenders and developers, while tenants’ rights are undermined.

Over 344,000 are on council waiting lists. The average house price is sixteen times the average
Londoner’s salary. Expensive, insecure and often poor quality private renting has become the only
option for a quarter of us.

Private property developers are driving policy of Ministers and the London Mayor, building homes that few can afford, while many are forced to move out of the city. Our broken housing policy is damaging our communities.

The March for Homes is demanding change. Tenants, trade unionists and housing campaigners from all tenures and all parts of London will call on Boris Johnson and London councils to start building the thousands of new council homes we need, control private rents and stop the demolition of homes
currently threatening over fifty estates.

The March for Homes will be the next step in the growing fight for decent, really-affordable, secure
housing for all Londoners. We will ensure that this is an election issue in 2015.

Join the March for Homes from Elephant & Castle Shoreditch 12 noon Saturday 31st January 2015.


Dave Plummer London Green Party Campaigns Coordinator

Greece Election News

Election night in London
Sun 25 Jan 8 till late
Join members of the GSC, Syriza London and friends to watch the results as they come in 

Andy's Taverna, 81 Bayham Street,  Camden, London NW1 0AG 
Space limited. Please email for a place mike.davis51@btinternet.com

How to deal with Greece's debt

 
Jubilee Debt Campaign have put together a briefing on six key facts about Greece’s debtahead of the election on Sunday. These include Syriza's proposals to hold a European debt conference and the fact that the way the world has dealt with debt crisis is now working.

Some of the figures in the briefing, in particular that 90% of the bailout loans has gone to banks rather than being used in public spending, are used in Heather Stewart’s article in The Observer yesterday

A new idea steals across Europe – should Greece’s debt be forgiven?

Syriza debt talks motion gets Irish deputy PM approval 

 
Ireland's deputy prime minister says she saw some merit in SYRIZA's proposals for an international conference to renegotiate debts of Greece and other EU states.

Read more. 

SYRIZA win is a compass for Europe  

Alexis Tsipras writes in El Pais, the Spanish press. Read a translation of the article here

#AskTsipras Twitter interview tops trends worldwide


Read more. 

Rubber gloves rebellion reaches the Beeb 


BBC article and podcast  on the the 18 months strong cleaners campaign in Greece that has come a symbol the anti austerity movement. 

Reminder - Greece post election meeting 

To ensure your place book now! Wednesday 28 January 6.30pm
TUC Great Russell Street

Greek election news in English 

The Greek progressive Greek radio station is providing online coverage of the situation in Greece in English. A great source of further news and views. See here. 

What else you can do

  • Join the GSC as an individual or affiliate your organisation Find out how
  • Donate. All money for the GSC is for campaigning activities. All money to Medical Aid for Greece goes to Solidarity Health Clinics in Greece 
  • Share this bulletin, link up with us on Facebook
  • Through your organisation, publish info, arrange a meeting, twin directly with those in struggle - the GSC can help provide articles, speakers and contacts. Please get in touch. 
  • All welcome at GSC organising meetings6pm on the 3rd wed monthly, Unite HQ, London. 2015 meeting dates: Jan 21Feb 18March 18April 15May 13 (note 2nd not 3rd wed), June 17July 15August 19Sept 16Oct 21Nov 18 and Dec 16