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A Green Voice for Southwark

Eleanor Margolies is standing up for Camberwell and Peckham in 2017

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Feeling stuck?

So you’ve got a Cycle Superhighway, or a junction on the London Cycle Network with a separate signal for cyclists to help people safely bypass the Elephant and Castle roundabout (as was).  But you can’t get across, even when the light is green. CSH and bus

The junction of Cycle Superhighway 7 with London Road is frequently blocked by stationary traffic when signals are showing a green light for cyclists and pedestrians to cross London Road. It’s inconvenient and dangerous. Pedestrians and cyclists who try to weave between the stopped buses and trucks can’t always be seen by drivers. The same problem occurs at the junction of Rockingham Street and Newington Causeway – but at this crossing there isn’t even any blue paint to alert drivers to the signalised crossing for cyclists. It seemed obvious that a yellow box indicating ‘keep the crossing clear’ would help alert drivers.

Green Party London Assembly Member Darren Johnson took up the problem with TfL and the London Mayor. This post on the Southwark Cyclists website describes a year of trying to get answers…

http://southwarkcyclists.org.uk/the-light-says-green-but-cyclists-and-pedestrians-cant-go/

A short video message

Solidarity with Refugees march

our country wants you

It was very heartening to join members of Southwark Green Party on 12 September to show that ‘refugees are welcome here’. There were lots of families…

children

…so it seemed appropriate when Giles Fraser quoted Tony Benn reminding us that every day hundreds of people enter this country without a passport, without speaking English, without any means of support. ‘They’re called babies.’ We have all been dependent on other people. Benn was quoted on a home-made placard too:

tony benn

This British-Syrian doctor talked about refugees in the most difficult circumstances who just wanted a chance to work, to support themselves.

British-Syrian doctor

Natalie Bennett asked us to think about the causes of conflict and displacement, looking to the DSEI arms fair. ‘The last thing the world needs now is more weapons.’

natalie bennett

The Quaker witness for peace says ‘no human is illegal’:

quaker

A group of heartfelt hand-lettered placards:

no one puts their children on a boat

And, of course, a Welcome mat:

welcome mat

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