Showing posts from September, 2013

Green Party Conference motion on fracking

Learning from Latin America fringe at Green Party conference

Where next for the Green Party?

Green Party conference opens today in Brighton.  Brighton has been at the forefront of Green Party electoral success, electing our first MP Caroline Lucas and first Green Party local authority.
However, it provides serious challenges for the party. 

Caroline Lucas has made a significant impact on the political system in Britain. From her arrest for opposing fracking to her passionate speech against war in Syria to her Private Members Bill to renationalise the railways, she is often a lone voice against austerity and neo-liberal economics. It is difficult for the Green Party of England and Wales to win seats at Westminster, given the first past the post system, so every Green Party member knows that the most significant task they face is to ensure her re-election. At the same time, the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour Party machines are desperate to remove her.

There are few firm voices in Parliament advocating ecological sanity, peace and opposition to the cuts agenda.  All on the lef…

Green Party Executive Election winners

GPEX election results From members website

 The successful candidates: Chair - Richard Mallender Elections - Sam Coates Equalities & Diversity - Shan Oakes & Jack McGlen (job share) Finance - Michael Coffey Internal Communications - Peter Barnett Local Party Support - Emily Blyth
Commiserations to Simon Hales, Geoff Smith & Sam Riches.

Gold mining in Greece: stories of resistance and repression

Noticed this on the Green Left email list so thought I would share
Come and hear first-hand accounts of resistance to gold mining in Greece by Eldorado Gold, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Thursday 19 September, 7 to 9pm, Unite House, 128 Theobald's Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN
Nearest tube Holborn. See map at Facebook event As spaces are limited please RSVP at
Under the pretext of a severe financial crisis Greece is reasserting its investor-friendly profile by opening up all goldmines across the country without regard to the threats that mining poses to the environment and to people’s livelihoods. Foreign investors are particularly welcome: fast track processes; tax relief; exception from damages; easy money; no royalties; no problems.  

But the true picture is not so rosy! Sham public consultations, questionable deals designed to advance specific corporate…

Hugo Blanco 'Building Alternative Power'

From my friend and mentor who publishes Lucha Indigena, indigenous fight. take a look here