Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM
The big event approaches! The first ever Oxfordshire Green Gathering.
Apart from the workshops and Will Duckworth's talk, this event is for Green Party members only. You can join.
||Welcome and tea and coffee.
||Green Oxfordshire Awards ceremony with Will Duckworth (past Green Party deputy leader) and Hazel Dawe (OGP treasurer).
||Lunch provided by the local party at reasonable rates.
||Workshops—open to the public.
||A) Fracking workshop with Claire Pearman, Banbury and Cherwell Green Party member and anti-fracking campaigner, and campaigning group Frack Off.
||B) Agriculture workshop with writer on farming issues and Green Party candidate in the Chalgrove and Watlington by-election, Colin Tudge.
||Tea and coffee break.
||Speaker session with Will Duckworth—open to the public.
||Close (and visit to the pub!).
There is limited parking in the Dupuis Centre, but there is a car park nearby off Dashwood Road.
All catering will be vegetarian but please do let me know if you would like vegan food too.
Nominations for awards were open until 1st September.
Here are the categories to remind you:
- Best Target Ward campaign
- Outstanding contribution April 2013 – May 2014 (for a party or individual)
- Innovation (any idea or strategy that everyone needs to steal from you...)
- Working together (best example of team work by a group of individuals)
- Best local issue campaign
- Life time contribution
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Will Duckworth, outgoing Deputy Leader of the Green Party, is speaking on Green alternatives to austerity on Saturday 20th September. He will be speaking in a public session of the Oxfordshire Green Gathering.
All are welcome to his talk and to the workshops before his talk.
Will Duckworth will be saying:
Austerity is not an economic imperative. We have to make sure we tax people properly. That is, ensure that people pay the correct amount of tax the legal level, and the level they are expected to pay. Tax evasion and tax avoidance cost us, according to economists’ reports, £120bn per year. Let’s make sure we set taxes that are not there to be avoided and that when people evade them illegally we catch them and punish them.
To get out of this crisis, we must invest. In jobs, in useful industries, and in people. We can bring people back into the world of work, benefitting everyone they get a job and a decent income, the taxpayer spends less on social security payments, and every one of us benefits from the results of their labour.
We believe Green technology holds the key to rescuing us from ecological catastrophe. Species’ extinctions, rising temperatures and sea-levels do threaten us all. We can lead the world in Green technology and manufacture, creating thousands and thousands of new jobs in the process, if we’re just brave enough to do so. If our politicians don't believe that people and the planet are worth investing in then we need to change our politicians.
Greens criticise Labour for engineering 'sham election'
Carfax Ward by-election. 4th September.
The Greens have criticised Labour for engineering a 'sham election' timed at their convenience for when the majority of voters were absent.
Richard Scrase backs Covered Market
Last night Richard Scrase, the Green Party candidate for Carfax, backed the Covered Market traders at hustings at Oxford Town Hall.
The Disappearing Voter in Oxfordshire
Councillor David Williams, leader of the Green Group on the County Council, will be presenting a motion to the County Council on the new system of voter registration which is coming into force shortly. Experience elsewhere suggests a loss of registered individuals by as much as 30% in the poorest areas.