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Dec 18, 2020 / 0

Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer Thanks to Dzaier, our GP Disabilities’ group chair, the Greens of Colour is glad to introduce the Disabilities Union, a new source of activism to improve social conditions across the whole range of disabilities. The Disabilities Union was founded and is being run by an energetic and diverse group in Surrey. The major difference between this new force and the well-known efforts of such unions as Unite is that it is organised by and for Disabled people. This answers the old chestnut of how white allies of Greens of Colour can best support People of Colour: let our co-workers lead. The website images of the executive members of the Disabilities Union express clearly the full range of differences that mainstream institutions and groups have formerly […]

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International Update

Nov 15, 2020 / 0

Written By Claudine Letsae International Co-ordinator Green Party England and Wales It is truly a privilege to serve the membership as an International Coordinator and to highlight the Global South issues. Building on the good work that have already been undertaken by my predecessors, I aim to strongly advance the way we engage with the Global South and building strong links with the UK diaspora , to highlight the importance of the solutions that would mitigate climate, pandemic and financial crises from the grass roots organisations. These solutions can only be from the ground up, instead of being foisted on the Global South by corporations and colonising nations that created these conditions in the first instance. My four priorities, CEDAW https://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cedaw/pages/cedawindex.aspx, Ecocide – Stop ecocide campaign ( https://www.stopecocide.earth/press-releases-summary/belgium-pledges-diplomatic-action-to-halt-ecocide-crime), PeoplesCOP26 and […]

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Ecoexperience in Inner London

Nov 15, 2020 / 0

Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer Contacted after an interview on BBC radio, a lead worker in an urban stables, Naomi Howgate, shows how London youth can enjoy a pastime that is usually associated with a rural childhood Naomi writes that Ebony Horse Club “aims to raise aspirations and life skills of young people through horses, horse riding and youth work activities. The club provides riding lessons to around 150 youngsters every week between the ages of eight and 18, all of whom come from in and around Brixton.The centre is based in the Coldharbour Ward of Lambeth where the vast majority of young people would have no access to the sport..” Noami explains that services are costed for affordability to young people facing challenges in home life, parenting and social […]

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Britain’s loss: World’s gain

Nov 15, 2020 / 0

An actor’s life story through his parents’ Eyes Written By Rosey Thomas Palmer Kofi was baptised Nevill and registered in his father’s name of Stephenson on the rugged hillside that mounts steeply from Savanna-la-mar, a coastal market town at the western point of Jamaica. His parents’ small holding of freedom fields nestled between the sugar estates of Caledonia and Darliston. They were perched on the rocky hillside, above Aboakuta where ambassadors from Nigeria had once come to oversee the horrors of slavery on the nearby Frome Estate. The child’s parents were tough, hardworking and resourceful. At the dawn of nationhood, their energies were focused on feeding their family. “We reach whe we a go and de yam reach same way dung inna di dirt,” marvelled Nevill’s Dad as he scratched […]

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Trade Union Report

Nov 14, 2020 / 0

Written By Kefentse Dennis The moment I was elected as Trade Union Liaison Officer (TULO) as a bittersweet moment as a had Covid-19 at the time, however since my recovery I’ve been working to need my own flavour and vision to the TULO role. Currently I want to push my agenda through Green Party Executive Committee (GPEx) and Green Party Trade Union (GPTU) so the transparency and organisational teamwork are at the heart of my work within TULO role and working with GPEx and GPTU. My agenda is a continuation of my campaign points from the TULO election into an aim and objectives: Aim To Establish the Green Party as credible party to the mainstream consciousness Objectives To create partnerships with Trade Unions, Cooperatives and Affiliation Groups, in order to […]

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Silencing of BBC staff

Nov 13, 2020 / 0

Written By Ben O’Donovan-Iland Green Party Co-Leader Johnathan Bartley has written to Tim Davie, BBC Director General, requesting him to give clarification on the directive to ban all of the organisation’s staff from attending ‘controversial’ events. According to Davie, the ban is to create a perception of impartiality within the BBC after they have received criticisms from mainly right-wing groups. This silencing, however, as Bartley raises in his letter, could drive ‘people’s personal opinions underground and [make] them fearful of expressing their own views.’ At a time when the Black Lives Matter movement, amongst other critical social issues, have been brought to the forefront, BBC staff should not be prevented from standing up for their beliefs or to support communities. In his letter, Bartley asks ‘Please can you tell me […]

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A report from Ghana

Oct 18, 2020 / 0

Written by Rosey Thomas Palmer My correspondent in Ashanti Territory, Ghana, sends a picture of “”the river that runs behind my house. They have polluted it with chemical used to wash gold. The rivers used to have special species of fishes. They all died.” The correspondent who has chosen to remain anonymous , reports that the illegal miners in his area are Chinese individuals and that they are “recklessly destroying natural water bodies”… In addition, he says,” they have also destroyed”some of West Africa’s old forests for mining gold.” He referred me to BBC investigations that were done in April where children were skipping school in the mistaken belief that a gold haul would resolve their families’ poverty. A teenager was followed by reporters into unsafe mining situations, the reporter […]

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Song Unsung

Oct 17, 2020 / 0

Written by Rosey Thomas Palmer I ‘ve a phone, maintain my bike or my car. In it I travel circuitous routes and far. I’m a carer, a cleaner, taxi driver, Deliveroo. I’ve an I D , a badge and a uniform too. I cost you so little, risk covid and flu. My contract is zero, my benefits are few. I’m a fringe to society, replaceable, that’s true, But I’m their brother, their sister, Their husband or their wife, In lock down I am out, enabling your life. Rosey T P […]

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Overstand the Understatement

Oct 17, 2020 / 0

Written by Rosey Thomas Palmer Second in a series of articles about the typical English Syllabus Courtesy of Jamaican Rastafari “the I see and overstand.” I see that very nearly every available exam in English Literature or Language and Literature, features a work of Jane Austen in its syllabus. Her novels are significant within the genre and they have been serialised, dramatized and filmed many times over. However, Classics, a subject that led to studying Greek and Roman literature, prepared the young readers of her day for lives of empire building and colonialism. I ask what it is, in Jane Austen’s work, that attracts and endorses its use as study material for young people in recent times. Austen’s best known quotation opens Pride and Prejudice: ”It is a truth, universally […]

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Good intentions are not enough

Oct 17, 2020 / 0

Written by Rosi Sexton The last few months have been full on. It seems half a lifetime ago, but in reality it’s only been four months since I made the decision to stand for the leadership of the Green Party. There were several things that motivated that decision, but one in particular was the need for a more inclusive party that genuinely embraces diversity. I’ve talked a lot about the stereotypes people have of the Green Party. Too often we’re regarded from the outside as a lifestyle movement for white, middle class vegans; and as a result, attract a disproportionate number of people who fit that profile. Not that there’s anything wrong with being white, middle class or vegan; but those who aren’t should not be left feeling out of […]

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