25 September – talk by Mark E Thomas: How Creating Economic Opportunity for Millennials Will Help Save the Environment

Mark E Thomas, author of the book 99%: Mass Impoverishment and How We Can End It, will talk about why we are now looking at the first generation in living memory that can expect to be poorer than their parents. This is mass impoverishment in action and the result of political choices rather than cast-iron laws of economics. He will show how we got into this mess, and how we can get out and he will show that the five key actions that we need to end mass impoverishment are precisely those we need to tackle climate change. After the presentation, there will be a discussion and a workshop for participants. The evening will conclude with an opportunity for book signing at 9:30 pm.

Starts 7.30pm at Hereford Left Bank. A Big Green Conversation, organised by Herefordshire Green Party


Prime Minister’s actions appalling, says Ellie Chowns

From Hereford Times 4 September 2019

“We live in extraordinary political times. This is a crisis on a scale not seen for decades. And the most extraordinary thing of all? This is an entirely manufactured crisis, homegrown in Britain, created by the actions of a handful of people – Boris Johnson chief among them.

Last week Johnson took the unprecedented step of announcing the suspension of Parliament – a move that rightly outraged the majority of MPs and citizens. No wonder so many thousands took to the streets across the country, including here in Herefordshire, to defend our Parliamentary democracy and stop the coup. It was indeed a coup, albeit without ‘tanks on the lawns’ – it was a brazen, autocratic attempt to seize power from elected representatives, by a prime minister with a wafer thin majority.

It was indefensible and appalling – and those are the words of a Conservative MP!

Johnson has been gambling recklessly all along. He gambled that he could pretend the blockage was the EU, when the truth is that his problem is the division within his own party. He gambled that he could side with the Brexiteer hardliners and force moderates to give up. He gambled with the country’s future by threatening ‘no deal’ – a strategy of catastrophic self harm. Johnson’s gambles have backfired spectacularly.

All other parties have been absolutely united in opposing Johnson’s attempt to silence debate – and a significant number of brave Conservatives have put principle before party, and country before personal interest.This week, Johnson not only lost his party’s majority in the House; he lost his very first vote as PM, and all shreds of credibility as a leader.

There is another way forward. As a country, we have been deeply damaged by this Brexit mess. It’s high time we started looking for common ground and rebuilding our broken politics. That’s a task that goes way beyond Brexit – but first we do indeed need to resolve Brexit.

I believe we are better off in the EU, but I recognise that a narrow majority wanted to leave, more than three years ago now. So what we need now is a compromise agreement – the best possible withdrawal deal – which should then be put to the people for the final say.

I would of course campaign, as I have always done, to remain.

Because Brexit was never our core problem. Membership of the EU costs less than one per cent of government spending. Brexit has left us no time to think about the other 99% of government business – vitally important things like the NHS, schools, social care, and tackling the climate crisis.

Brexit would make things worse in all those areas. We are quite literally fiddling while the planet burns.

Fundamentally the Brexit mess has shown just how broken our political system is. Our democracy is creaking at the seams, in desperate need of fixing.

Here are three positive ideas for starters: change the electoral system so that all votes count equally, abolish the unelected House of Lords, and clean up politics by removing the influence of dirty money. A fairer, cleaner, more grown-up politics would encourage our leaders to act in the long-term interest of the country as a whole, and seek common ground rather than taking extreme positions.

It would enable us to re-set our relationship with the European Union, and finally turn our attention to other things that really matter – starting with the climate emergency.”

26 September – presentation on charity supporting families bereaved in Palestine/Israel

7.30pm at the Steiner Academy, Much Dewchurch: Sana Knaneh, current Development Director of the UK charity Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum will give a presentation about the charity’s work supporting bereaved families across the Palestinian/Israeli divide.

Today, more than 600 families from both sides of the divide, all of whom have lost family members in the conflict, have chosen to reach out to the other side and work together for peace and reconciliation. This work has been building since 1994 when The Parent’s Circle- Families Forum was first formed and the UK charity exists to raise funds to support them in their on-going work of raising public awareness in Israel and abroad and developing educational and advocacy projects that ‘foster dialogue and empathy towards both Israelis and Palestinians’.

This is important and very challenging work: those involved are seeking to transform the pain of their anger, grief and loss into a catalyst for peace, reconciliation and tolerance. In January, they faced the loss of their US aid which the Trump Administration decided to cut, putting at risk two key peace-building projects the success and importance of which Sana will explain. So, though there’s no charge for the presentation, please consider giving a generous donation.

Sana is a Palestinian citizen of Israel currently based in London. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master’s degree in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the LSE. She’s a certified peace and conflict resolution facilitator and is also a researcher at the Mitvim – the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign policies and focuses on the role of the Palestinian citizens of Israel in foreign affairs.

Contact David (Donaldson) daviddon@myphone.coop

29 September – Walk and tea with Kate & Paul Lack at Whitbourne near Bromyard.

A scenic route along the River Teme, with Kate telling us a little bit about the history of farming and landscape use in this area. (She is currently writing a book about the history of Herefordshire farmers and farming from earliest times).

Contributions of cake very welcome!

Follow parking signs and meet at 2.30pm at Colbridge Cottage, Whitbourne WR6 5RT. tel. 01886 821978

All walks, bike rides, teas etc. are fundraisers for the Green Party, as well as being pleasant social occasions, and we suggest a minimum contribution of £3.00. Children free.

If coming by car please try to share transport where possible. Non-members are very welcome. We are very grateful to those who kindly host these events. Could you host a walk and tea or other social/fundraising event? If so, please ring 01568 610955 or email folley.farm@btinternet.com

18 September – Talk on “Confronting the Finance Curse” by Tax Justice Network

Summary of the event

The wealthy are getting richer at the expense of the rest of us. Let John Christensen help you see behind the veil of secrecy and complexity which has been constructed to stop us seeing this outrage. The speaker is Chair of the Board of the Tax Justice Network, which is an expert-led network of economists, finance specialists, lawyers, and others, who work with civil society to expose the corruption of tax havens and the economic and social damage they cause.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Talk starts at 7:30 p.m.

Venue: The Malvern Cube

The event is free but voluntary contributions at the door will be welcomed.  Early booking is recommended – register here

Visit Ellie Chowns MEP in Brussels or Strasbourg

Ellie writes:

“I believe a key part of my job as an MEP is to help bring the West Midlands and Europe closer together. One way I can do this is by inviting people to visit the Parliament and see how it all works. So I am always delighted to welcome constituents to visit the European Parliament in either Brussels or Strasbourg.

Visits can include:

  • A visit to the Parlementarium, the Parliament’s visitor centre in Brussels;
  • A peak inside the Hemicycle and Greens/EFA group room (depending on the Parliamentary timetable);
  • Breakfast, coffee or lunch with me in the Parliament’s canteen (depending on my schedule);
  • Q&A with a member of my staff team; A visit to the excellent House of European History museum, just next to the Parliament in Brussels;
  • A chance to explore the beautiful city under your own steam”

read more here

19 October – Leominster Apple Fair

Leominster Apple Fair – Early Notice

Saturday 19th October, 10am-4pm at The Priory Church, Leominster

Please save the date and come and support this fun ( and fundraising) event – help needed with running the cafe, and setting up and clearing up afterwards. Also with making cakes and puddings and other refreshments, and we welcome suggestions for additional attractions.

Please contact Felicity with offers of help: 01568 610955 or folley.farm@btinternet.com

8 August – Hereford Peace Council commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On Thursday 8th August, at 12 noon, members of Hereford Peace Council will commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in August, 1945.

The commemoration will take place by the cherry tree in Hereford crematorium.

Sebastian Bowen, Chairman of Herefordshire Council; Kath Hey the Mayor of Hereford, accompanied by the Junior Mayor; Felicity Norman, Deputy Leader of Herefordshire Council; and Clive Thomas, Mayor of Leominster, will attend and say a few words.

The Bishop of Hereford, Ellie Chowns, MEP, and Jesse Norman MP have sent supportive messages, which will be read. Members of the Peace Council and friends will contribute with readings and thoughts.

We shall send a message of Peace, and the hope that such horrific slaughter will never be repeated.

Everyone is welcome to join.

For further information, contact Jenny, on 01547 540 748 or 07711 788 506

Leominster Green View Summer 2019

Below is the Summer 2019 edition of Leominster Green View

Can you spare a few hours this month to help the Leominster Green team deliver the newsletter to every home in the town?

The team is under pressure following recent electoral success. The political upheaval at Herefordshire Council has propelled two members of the team (Trish Marsh and Felicity Norman) into the new cross-party cabinet where they have accepted demanding briefs. Their Leominster Green colleague Jenny Bartlett has accepted an important role as vice-chair of Adults & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee. All three are also busy town councillors. A further three Leominster Green women activists are getting to grips with town council responsibilities following election success in May.

“Green activists who have the courage to put themselves forward for election and work so tirelessly in their roles deserve our support,” said the team’s media officer, Pete Blench. “Good ward newsletters are crucial to the work of our councillors. I am keen to hear from supporters who could help distribute the summer newsletter for the amazing Green women of Leominster. There is also scope for supporters to adopt a delivery round over the longer term.”

If you can help with deliveries please call Pete on 0493776662 or email leogreens@myphone.coop

24 July – Talk by Richard Priestley: “Re-imagining the Global Economy”

7.30 pm, at De Koffie Pot in Hereford.

Everything needs to change to reverse climatic and ecological breakdown. So let’s think big. Richard Priestley presents some ideas about how tens of trillions of pounds/dollars/Euros might be raised and spent globally to maximize human wellbeing and ecological restoration. 20th to 27th September the ‘Schools Strike for Climate’ are planning a week of Global action and asking us adults to participate, and Extinction Rebellion are planning something big for October. Richard would love feedback on the ideas he’ll be presenting, and to hear what local groups are planning for the Autumn, and how we can collaborate to achieve maximum effect.

More here

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