Friday, 24 September 2010

Labour challenges Tories and Lib Dems to back anti-trafficking laws.

Lambeth Council leader Steve Reed has called on local Lib Dems and Tories to support proposed rules to tackle human trafficking across Europe. The coalition government has dismayed campaigners by refusing to sign up to the new rules, but Labour hopes a cross-party campaign can persuade them to change their minds.

The new guidelines would work to ensure that EU countries work together to prevent trafficking, ensure successful prosecution and make sure victims of trafficking are properly looked after. Researchers estimate there are an average of 100 trafficked women and children facing regular abuse, including physical and sexual abuse, in every London Borough including Lambeth.

Astonishingly the coalition government have said they will opt out of the new rules that are supported by many well respected campaign groups including Anti–Slavery International and ECPAT UK which campaigns against child sexual abuse. The government’s failure to support the new rules seriously undermines European–wide efforts to tackle the misery caused by this crime, abandoning victims in Lambeth and elsewhere to their abusers.

Lambeth is home to the Poppy Project, part of Eaves Women’s Housing, which offers support to women and children who are freed from their abusers. They have also backed the campaign for the government to sign up to the new rules.

Cllr Steve Reed said:

“It is unbelievable the Government is refusing to sign up to new rules that could help protect some of the most vulnerable people in our country. Hundreds of women and children are trafficked to the UK every year and suffer untold abuse at the hands of their captors. I’m calling on Lambeth’s Tories and Lib Dems to join Labour in demanding a change of heart from their colleagues in government. We must do everything in our power to stop this vile abuse of women and children.”

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Brixton Pound Invites you to celebrate its first year

On 16th September the Brixton Pound will be one year old and where better to celebrate than the place where it all began – Brixton Market.

Brixton Hill Councillors provided early support for the project and are proud to see it celebrating it's first birthday.

The Brixton Pound will be taking over one of Brixton Village’s now legendary late-night Thursdays and throwing a big party for our friends and supporters.

Entry is free and there will be entertainment for all ages including music, theatre performances, an interactive workshop and a treasure hunt for kids.

The party will be in full swing from 6.30 – 10pm with a special birthday toast at 8pm (guest speakers tba). As usual, shops and restaurants in Brixton Village will be open until 10pm.

The party will be followed by a late-night DJ set in the White Horse pub, Brixton Hill.

Hope to see you there

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Urban green fair

We Love Brixton Hill is happy to see the return of the Urban Green Fair, one of the largest and most vibrant sustainable community events in the country.

The Urban Green Fair
Sunday 5th September 2010
Brockwell Park
An independent green fair for London
powered by solar and wind energy

The Urban Green Fair is a Community Interest Company (CIC), providing a simple step to a sustainable future. Our aims are principally to organise an outdoor ‘festival’, through which we:

  • Empower, educate and enthuse people regarding current environmental issues, by effective and positive communication.
  • Present environmentally-focussed products, businesses, practises and information.
  • Engage with diverse local communities, before, during and after the event.
  • Provide a uniquely family-friendly learning environment, not diluted by alcohol or loud music.

The Urban Green Fair: “Skill up for power down