On 23rd June, Green Party members joined over 100,000 people who marched on Parliament Square to demand a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.
Green Party Leader, Caroline Lucas, was among the speakers who argued the case for Britain to remain in the EU at the rally in London. Caroline said that a new political consensus needed to be built around the campaign to remain in the European Union.
“We can’t afford to be defenders of the establishment, of some kind of vapid centrism that has failed in the past and will fail again. Our campaign must be radical, it must be young, it must be diverse; it must listen to people, empower them and create reasons for hope; it mustn’t simply make economic threats and call those who threatened to leave ‘stupid’. We must be different to win and we have to win.”
On freedom of movement, Caroline said that it was a “precious gift to be able to travel, work, study and live and love in 27 countries,” continuing: “We should be celebrating freedom of movement, not apologising for it!”
On Sunday, 10th June, Green Councillor Alyson Black was formally inaugurated as the Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury at St. John’s Church.
Deputy Mayor Alyson Black and Escort Linda Little at Glastonbury Town Hall on Mayor’s Sunday, 10th June 2018.
Alyson, who is Chair of Glastonbury’s Fairtrade Town Steering Group, will also become Chair of the Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee as part of her new role. Outside of her work as a Town Councillor, Alyson spends time volunteering for Glastonbury Abbey’s wildlife area and for rescued horses.
Speaking about being Deputy Mayor, Alyson said, “This year, as my focus, I would like to work with the wildlife organisations in our area to protect and develop wildlife sanctuaries, and also Glastonbury’s wildlife corridors – as mentioned in the Neighbourhood Plan.”
“Make a difference to your local community through volunteering” was the message when CSW You Can Do joined Glastonbury’s new, Green, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Alyson Black to celebrate the launch of Volunteers Week 2018 by hosting a Volunteer Fair at Glastonbury Town Hall, on Friday 1st June.
This was Alyson’s first official engagement as Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury, a role in which she will be formally inaugurated on Mayor’s Sunday later this month!
Glastonbury & Street Green Party is delighted to announce that Green Councillor Alyson Black was elected Deputy Mayor of Glastonbury with a unanimous vote at last night’s Town Council ‘Mayor Making’ meeting.
Alyson, who has served on Glastonbury Council for the St. Edmund’s Ward since 2011, becomes the town’s fourth Green Deputy Mayor in five years!
Although she is our new Deputy, Alyson is no stranger to Mayoral Engagements because she was the Deputy Mayor’s Escort to Glastonbury’s first Green Deputy Mayor – Cllr. Denise Michell – in 2014/2015.
Alyson’s formal Civic Inauguration will take place at St. John’s Church on Mayor’s Sunday, 10th June.
Message from GSGP Coordinator, Denise Michell:
“A video featuring Deputy Leader Amelia Womack explaining to members and activists why it is so important to get out canvassing in the run up to local elections. We here in Glastonbury and Street do not have any elections coming up at this time, but I believe this is a useful piece of kit to have in our tool box!”
Leader of the Green Party in the London Assembly, Siân Berry, on how Green Councillors make a difference.
“Together we can make a difference!” An excellent video from the Association of Green Councillors on why people from across the country stand for election and become Green Councillors.
David Attenborough: “Unless the flow of plastics and industrial pollution into the ocean is reduced, marine life will be poisoned by them for many centuries to come.”
GSGP are very pleased to announce that on Tuesday, 14th November 2017, the following motion – proposed by Green Mayor Emma George and seconded by former Green Mayor Jon Cousins – was passed… although not after some heated discussion across the Council Table about the ‘relevance’ of the subject matter:
“That this Council aims to become a ‘single-use plastic free’ council by phasing out the use of unnecessary and unrecyclable single-use plastic (SUP) products such as bottles, cups, cutlery and drinking straws in all council activities by April 2018, and to encourage our facilities’ users and local businesses to do the same by championing alternatives.”
As far as we are aware, Glastonbury is the first Council in Somerset to take this stand.
On Tuesday 12th February 2013, Glastonbury Town Council passed a motion against Hydraulic Fracturing; opposing Fracking in the Mendip area and throughout Great Britain.
With your support, we can all help to recreate Nationally what happened here in Glastonbury – please take a look at the link below, and add your name to the list of people calling for a ban on Fracking throughout the country.
Speaking Truth To Power – Autumn Conference 2017, 7th-10th October, Harrogate.
You’ve got just enough time to join us for Autumn Conference 2017.
You’ll be at the heart of big conversations on the economy, the environment and the future of UK politics, so come to learn, listen, and share as we push forward tomorrow’s ideas.
What a conference this will be! Here’s some of what you’ve got to look forward to:
A Green Economy: a radical vision of an economy that works for everyone by firmly putting our planet at the heart of politics. We’ll have sessions on how do we get out of this economic mess?, what should the new economy look like? And meetings of the Economic Policy Working Group, the Basic Income Policy Working Group, and the Tax and Fiscal Policy Working Group.
A Green Planet: as the only Party recognising the urgency of dealing with environmental and climate threats, these issues will feature heavily. We’re launching our new Climate Change Campaign and looking at what does Brexit mean for our environment?. You can get involved via the Climate Change Policy Working Group. The agenda will also feature two important voting papers:
•Forestry and Woodlands
What Next For The Green Party And For UK Politics?
Jonathan Bartley will chair a session on developing the Party’s political strategy. Then we’ve got motions on the following:
•Election Messaging Strategy
•Changing the Green Party Message
•Future Electoral Deals with other parties
Register now, and let’s make this the best conference yet!