Month: June 2017

TODAY! Footprint Fair!

TODAY ! FOOTPRINT FAIR  from 2pm

Lots to do from  2pm  in Peel Precinct and all free! Drumming,  games and crafts.

At Granville there will be stalls about People’s Food Policy and South Kilburn People’s Plan as well as planting activities, games for children and  tea,coffee and cakes.

In the evening, after our normal Friday night meal , there will be some entertainment including spoken word, poetry , music and  a premier of a short film about The Granville!

Come along and bring your friends!

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So much going on! Food Film Night, Footprint Fair and a Food Growing Trainer!

We have two  events this week: Food Film Night and Footprint Fair

WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE  FOOD FILM NIGHT!

6pm Dee’s food on a budget

7pm  The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006)

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006) - Plot Summary Poster

The documentary, “The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,”  This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.

FRIDAY 30 JUNE, 2017 FOOTPRINT FAIR  from 2pm

Lots to do from  2pm  in Peel Precinct and all free! Drumming,  games and crafts.

At Granville there will be stalls about People’s Food Policy and South Kilburn People’s Plan as well as planting activities, games for children and  tea,coffee and cakes.

In the evening, after our normal Friday night meal , there will be some entertainment including spoken word, poetry , music and  a premier of a short film about The Granville!

Come along and bring your friends!

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We are also looking for a Community  Food Growing Trainer.

If you are interested please visit our webpage here

https://granvillecommunitykitchen.wordpress.com/community-food-growingtrainer-role/

See you Wednesday and Friday!

 

Grenfell Tower

Granville Community Centre,  Granville Community Kitchen and The Otherwise Club members and supporters are all devastated by the fire and know that it has huge implications for all of us but don’t know what they are or how to move forward.

We started taking donations at 3pm last Thursday and we weer full by 8pm that day. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of  stuff, time and work to help others that we have seen and we are far from the core of the work being done..

We have community in London.

We found these 2 writings about the event that say something of what we would like to say.  We share them with you here in hopes that they speak to you too.

From Elli  Kontorravdis, Policy and campaign Manager,  Scotland

Can we just get a few things straight – the Grenfell Tower fire was not just a terrible accident, it was an inevitable consequence of Conservative government policy, rooted in structural racism.

The Conservatives voted down amendments to legislation that sought to make buildings like Grenfell quite literally ‘fit for human habitation’. You should know that one of those Conservatives is now the Police & Fire Minister and is 1 of 72 Conservative MPs who are also residential landlords.

Instead of being mandated to provide basic safety infrastructure, like sprinklers or fire escapes, which residents of Grenfell had been demanding for years, the building managers focused their attention on the external appearance, spending nearly £9mn – including installing cladding which is believed to have perversely made the Tower more flammable – the cavity between the cladding and building acting as a chimney.

The 600 residents of Grenfell Tower, were low income and largely BAME.

Our thoughts must be with the families and communities that were knowingly failed, and the firefighters & healthcare professionals doing their best to respond – despite also having been all but dismantled by the Conservatives.

Can we trust the Conservatives to negotiate the most significant constitutional and legal reform in living memory?’

 

From Payl Watt, Reader in Urban Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

We built buildings in the 70s, those 70s buildings – many of them should be demolished.” 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/grenfell-tower-fire-corporate-manslaughter-arrests-david-lammy-mp-labour-london-kensington-a7790911.html

I was interviewed yesterday evening by a journalist who began with the question ‘aren’t these tower blocks terrible because the people living in them are all poor?’ – ergo knock em’ down in order to ‘help’ the poor people by taking em’ out of ‘their’ slums.

 Instead it’s really a problem caused by lack of money (long-term under-investment coupled with shorter-term austerity cuts and penny pinching), coupled with abuse of power since council estate tenants/residents are routinely not listened to and treated with disrespect by local politicians and housing officials.

 It’s astounding – and should be a cause of great concern on the part of council housing residents and great shame on the part of politicians – that 17 years after New Labour’s Decent Homes programme began in 2000 and was due to be completed by 2010 in which all social rental homes had to be able to meet certain minimum standards (which weren’t even that generous), there is still a hefty Decent Homes backlog nationally, especially in London.

The latest available data (2015-16) shows that nearly 80,000 local authority homes in England and nearly 40,000 in London failed to meet Decent Homes standards (latest data on Data on Decent Homes attached). This includes 746 LA homes in RBKC. Decent Homes includes Health and safety standards for rented homes (HHSRS – introduced 2004 Housing Act) which themselves include fire risks.  See here:

http://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/repairs/what_counts_as_a_decent_home

 It’s absolutely crucial that this terrible event is not turned into yet ANOther excuse for demolition/social cleansing of estates by the political elite who are the ones responsible for the long-term problems that council estate tenants/residents face.

 

 

Thank you all!

Last night about 70 people came to hear the six candidates for Hampstead and Kilburn constituency answer questions sent in earlier from the community. There were questions on the loss of job centres, high air pollution, rising housing prices and regeneration,  is the  war on terror working , the privatisation of the NHS, loss of youth services and rising  youth crime and the selling off of public land through the demonising of estates. You can hear a recording of the whole event plus interviews with the candidates on  K2K (Kensal to Kilburn)Radio  Mixcloud soon .

We thank all the candidates for their thoughtful answers time and dedication.
The result of our ‘exit poll’ is as follows

Labour Party   23 (2)                                                                                                                Conservative Party  12                                                                                                                          Independent Rainbow  George Weiss   9 (2)                                                                           Liberal Democratic Party   6                                                                                                           Green Party   1                                                                                                                    Independent  Smarter Brexit Hugh Easterbrook   1

The numbers in brackets refer to 2 people who voted both for the Labour Party and Rainbow George                                                                                                                               and there was 1 poll for FULL COMMUNISM NOW!

The event was admirably chaired by Sakina Sheikh, a social justice activist and friend of Granville Community Kitchen. Thank you Sakina for keeping us on track and to time so effortlssly!

There was lots of tea and delicious cakes from Granville Community Kitchen. Wonderful! And last but much not least, thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard for the event. Here is a beautiful picture of 2 of them