Sunday, 24 October 2010

Protest against the cuts - demo this Saturday!

Join us in Brixton this Saturday 30th October to protest against the coalition government's brutal cuts. These cuts are unprecedented in scale, will wreck local services and will hit the poorest hardest.

The demonstration - in Windrush Square, central Brixton, from 12:30 - has been called by Lambeth Save Our Services, Right to Work, NUT, Unison, UCU, Lambeth Pensioners and Lambeth Green Party.

Greens are strongly opposed to the government's cuts programme. We take the deficit seriously, but rather than getting the economy back on its feet the government's plans risk making things much worse by putting huge numbers of people out of work, reducing vital services and making the poorest and most vulnerable people pay most.

Instead of cutting vital services the Council could make savings in the following areas:

  • Reducing salaries for top council executives - A number of senior council employees are paid more than £100,000 per year. Greens say the public sector cannot afford to pay such exorbitant salaries at a time when vital services are under threat
  • Saving money by conserving energy - Big cash savings are possible if we make our schools, libraries and other council buildings more energy efficient
  • Reducing administrative and management costs by co-operating with other public sector services
  • Reducing money spent on expensive consultants, glossy PR and spin
Read more about the Green Party's policies on the cuts here.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Bike-pedalled cinema on Streatham Common!

For the first time ever, Streatham Common will be hosting a bike-pedalled cinema to celebrate 10:10:10, the day of environmental action.

At 7:30pm on Sunday 10th October 2010 you're warmly invited to join Sustainable Streatham and the public to watch Belleville Rendez-vous – a charming Bafta-nominated film about a Tour de France cyclist kidnapped by the mafia to power a stationery bike machine. The animated film is rated 12 and lasts for 80 minutes.

The cost is what you can pay (suggested £3), and soft drinks and homemade cakes will be on sale. It will all be in a tent so no need to worry about the weather.

Bring your bike if you want to hop on and pedal to keep the film going!

Please come along. A great attendance will really help small local community environmental groups get better recognition in the Borough. It will also give the Council a good sharp reminder that the environment is just as important as budget cuts.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Green Party Event this Wednesday!

Come along to a presentation and social evening we're having this coming Wednesday 6th Oct!

The presentation will be on "The Spirit Level; Why more equal societies almost always do better" by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. Published last year to some impressive reviews - ("This is a book with a big idea, big enough to change political thinking" - John Carey, The Sunday Times; "A remarkable new book ...the implications are profound " - Will Hutton, The Observer) – The Spirit Level has been claimed as an inspiration by politicians

from David Cameron to Ed Milliband – not to mention our own Caroline Lucas MP.

So why all the fuss? Come and hear the evidence for yourself – it's quicker than reading a book!

And, we hope, more enjoyable too – the talk will take about 40 minutes and afterwards there'll be a chance to meet other Lambeth Green Party members and ask any questions that you have in an informal, social setting. It should be a nice antidote to the drizzly autumn weather we've been having.

We'll be in the upstairs room at The Priory Arms at 83 Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8 2PB, from 7pm, the presentation will begin at 7.30.

Hope to see you there!