Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Lambeth Greens marching for refugees this Saturday

This Saturday (12 September) Lambeth Green Party is joining forces with other Londoners to show solidarity with the refugees fleeing to escape the prosecution and war they face in their home countries.

With communities all over Europe stepping up to tell their leaders that we cannot stand by and let millions suffer, it is critical that we tell our government that their actions so far have fallen short.

The march starts at 12 o'clock at Marble Arch and will be progressing towards Downing Street.

Lambeth Green Party will be meeting on the corner of Green Street and Park Street at 11:30am so that we can join the main march as a group.

Let's have a great turnout so that we can show David Cameron and Theresa May that we need a humane and comprehensive response.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Lambeth for a Cool Planet’s Walk for Clean Air

On 13 September we will be joining Lambeth for a Cool Planet’s Walk for Clean Air. Please come down to show your support and raise awareness of Lambeth’s disgraceful air quality.

Air pollution monitoring across Lambeth paints a dire picture of the quality of air we breathe. The borough has some of the worst air pollution in Europe. On Brixton Road annual EU limits for Nitrogen Dioxide had already been reached by mid-January 2015 and levels across Streatham are exceeding the EU safe limits by up to 100%.

This has many negative health effects. It affects lung development in children and can cause respiratory illnesses, especially for older people, those with asthma, and those living or working near busy roads. Over 100 deaths annually in Lambeth can be linked to air pollution.

We will be meeting at 2pm on the 13 September at the top of Rush Common (just below Holmewood Road, SW2) and walking down to Windrush Square to call on Lambeth Council to take steps to put an end to this silent killer. Please come and join us.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Green Party mayoral candidate hustings on their way to Lambeth

We are hosting a hustings event for the Green Party mayoral candidates on 20 July at the Herne Hill United Church (Red Post Hill, Herne Hill, SE24 9PW) from 7pm.

We want to maintain momentum in the 2016 London elections after our recent election successes. In London, our vote share tripled in the General Election with a 7.1% increase in Lambeth, and membership continues to surge across the city. We can have a huge impact in 2016 so it is essential that we pick the right candidate to lead the campaign. Please come and join us to hear what the candidates have to say. The hustings are open to Green Party members from all London parties.

Six candidates have put themselves forward:
  • Jonathan Bartley, convenor of the Lambeth Green Party, is our work and pensions spokesperson and was the Green parliamentary candidate for Streatham in 2015.
  • Sian Berry is a Green councillor for Camden and works as a road campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport. She was our parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Highgate in the 2005 General Election. 
  • Tom Chance, our spokesperson for housing, is joint-coordinator of the London Green Party. He  was our parliamentary candidate for Lewisham West in 2015.
  • Benali Hamdache is our equalities spokesperson and chair of LGBTIQ Greens.
  • Rashid Nix, who was our parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood in 2015.
  • Caroline Russell, our spokesperson for local transport, is also an Islington councillor. She was our parliamentary candidate for Islington North in 2015.
2016 is a real opportunity for us to shake up London's politics, come and hear what the candidates have to say to see who you think can make the most of it.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Join us on 13 July to support Cressingham Gardens

On Monday 13 July we will be joining the residents of Cressingham Gardens to protest against the "disgusting" decision to demolish the estate against their wishes.

We will be meeting outside Lambeth Town Hall (Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW) at 5.30pm ahead of the Cabinet meeting which starts at 7.00pm. Cressingham Gardens residents are meeting outside the Rotunda (Tulse Hill, SW2 2QN) at 5.40pm and marching from the estate to the Town Hall.

Cressingham Gardens was highlighted during the General Election leaders interviews as an example of how Labour was out of touch and failing to listen to what ordinary people wanted.

This decision follows a long consultation process which began with Council Leader Lib Peck’s pledge, which has now been shown to be entirely false, that Labour would “not do anything to the estate that doesn’t command the confidence and support of its residents”.

The demolition of the estate will result in a net loss of affordable bedrooms and concerns have been raised around the use of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to fund the redevelopment. Through this procedure the SPV, rather than the Council, can ultimately decide the rent levels for any social housing.

Lambeth Green Party will continue to support residents and champion their Judicial Review proceedings against Lambeth Council. Please join us on Monday to show your support for the residents.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils Conference - London Against Austerity

On Saturday 4 July 2015 the Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils is holding its 'London Against Austerity' conference at Islington Town Hall.

The conference aims to bring together Councillors, trades unionists and community organisations in opposing austerity.

If you'd like to attend please register here. The event information is below:

SATURDAY 4 JULY 2015, 10.00-15.30
Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD
Nearest Tube/rail: Highbury & Islington

Buses: 4, 19, 30, 43, 271

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Join us on 20th June to oppose Austerity

On Saturday 20th June 2015 the Lambeth Green Party will be at the End Austerity Now National Demonstration to oppose the harsh and unfair cuts that are set to continue under the Conservative Government. Please come and join us.

After the Conservatives swept back into power with an increased majority, cuts to vital public services are expected to be deeper and wider. It is now more important than ever to show we will not take this lying down. The more who join us on the streets, the louder the message we send to the Government.

Under the Coalition Government the NHS recorded its worst ever performance, with accident and emergency units recording their worst crisis in over a decade. Funding for mental health fell by 8% whilst demand for services has increased by 20%. There has been a 19% year-on-year rise in recorded use of food banks. Over 300,000 children have been forced into poverty since 2012 and this figure is expected to rise. 60 deaths have been linked to benefits cuts. I could go on...and on.

With more cuts on the way these dire circumstances are only going to get worse, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable hardest. 

We need to send a message on 20th June that we will stand against austerity. Please join us. For some food for thought read Paul Krugman on 'The Austerity Delusion' here.

We are holding a Lambeth Green Party campaigns meeting to organise for this protest soon, details will be posted on the Facebook page.  We will also be having a mobilising event at the White Lion, on Streatham High Road on 2nd June.  End Austerity Now are holding their next meeting on Tuesday 26th May from 6:30pm at the Bread and Roses pub in Clapham.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Big Green Jammboree - in pictures!

The Green Calendar is absolutely packed. Not content with campaigning on issues such as air pollution and housing, attending hustings all around the borough and going out to show support for our community at events such as Reclaim: Brixton, the Greens of Lambeth are also fast becoming a one stop shop for quality entertainment. We've held a film night, we've got a vegan cooking workshop with the award winning Tony Bishop-Weston coming up in May, and last week we were down at the Brixton Jamm putting on a musical extravaganza!

We teamed up with Jamm's label, Hostage Music to deliver a truly bodacious night with performances from the Vex, Shame, the Corduroys and Rob Love from Alabama 3. From our side we'd like to say an absolutely huge thank you to the incredible talents that are Blasby, Rachel D'Arcy, Hornman and the Discount Orchestra. One of the night's most memorable moments came well after midnight, (when sadly the photographer had gone home) the Discount guys had absolutely everyone (including our very own candidates and Councillor!) swinging around in a frenzy of speed-folk gypsy-stomp. We wanted to deliver a pre-election knees up for everyone who's put so much time & effort into campaigning, and it's safe to say that's what was delivered.

Here's what happened...

Hornman are one of those bands you absolutely have to see live. The bass lines ripple through the floor, the melodies wrap around you and your feet move before you've told them what to do. They don't need to be told, you're dancing. And moreover you're having a fabulous time. The vocals are ethereal and the funk is infectious. Once again, Hornman, we salute you!

Don't believe me, ask the crowd... They loved it!

Mary was there, highlighting the Green cause and raffling the night away...

And who but our very own Scott Ainslie to announce it? 

At this stage we'd like to say another massive thank you to Brixton Cycles, who donated the extremely generous top prize... making this local business owner extremely happy!

Brixton Cycles are facing their own struggle and an uncertain future as their current premises face demolition. They're London's oldest, worker-owned, community focused bike shop. They have our full support, please lend yours and follow updates on www.facebook.com/brixtoncycles or @SAVE_BC on Twitter.

Meanwhile, next door, there were some spoken words from the legendary Potent Whisper on the Arches and the future of Brixton. It resonated with the crowd...

 This was followed swiftly by Rob Love & friends...

And we finished on a high note, the absolutely unforgettable, genre-defying gods of dance floor stomp; the Discount Orchestra!

Thanks to everyone who came, details of upcoming events are available on Twitter & Facebook:


We hope to see you soon, and we leave you with a competition. Go to www.hornman.co.uk and download their EP (for free!) to win tickets to Boomtown Fair and/or Wildheart festivals!