Our local K&C Foodbank urgently needs supplies. Below is a list of the items they need. The items highlighted in red are required most urgently. You can drop donations directly to the foodbank or alternatively, we will be collecting donations at our weekly stall on Portobello Road which we will drop off at the food bank.
Our stall is outside Tesco 224-226 Portobello Road from 10am-2pm every Friday. Please give what you can.
On Saturday the 6th of February a member of our community was subjected to a vicious racist attack at his place of work by six men in the Duke of Wellington Pub on Portobello Road. No one stepped in to help him and the police have failed to act swiftly. His family and friends are calling on all of the community to join them in a non violent protest outside of the Duke of Wellington Pub this Saturday the 22nd February at 8pm.
Please come out and support them if you are able to. We must stand up against racism in all of it’s forms. There is no place in Kensington for this type of hatred and bigotry.
Statement from Lancaster West Residents Association.
Our very own Sam Batra, Branch Secretary, CLP Social Media Manager and member of the Save Wornington College Campaign Group wrote an excellent piece about the campaign to save Wornington College after it’s clandestine purchase by RBKC for redevelopment into luxury accommodation.
The campaign group has worked tirelessly since 2016 and they are an inspiration to us all!
We highly recommend you read the article in full here!
Peers have voted forLord Alf Dub’s cross-party amendment to the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 to protect child refugee family reunion.Please sign Jacob Rety’s petition and ask Felicity Buchan M.P. to vote to uphold these protections for separated child refugees tomorrow. http://chng.it/2fkwgGFr95
The bill will be coming up in the House of Commons tomorrow. The Government insists their position has not changed. But by taking the step of removing legal protections to ensure that family reunion to the same standard as under current EU law continues, the Government risks sending a dangerous signal that could panic child refugees and their families. We know that when safe and legal routes are not accessible, then children are more likely to make dangerous journeys and be pushed into the hands of people smugglers. There are currently thousands of refugee children – some as young as 8 – surviving in camps, shelters and on the streets of Europe. Many of these children are unaccompanied and with the absence of any legal route to safety, face the very real risk of trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labour.
The Government has also suggested it is making this move to increase flexibility in the Brexit negotiations – but the principle of safe routes for child refugees with family in the UK should be non-negotiable. Without this legal protection, there is no guarantee that child refugees will be able to reunite siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents rather than just parents.
We hope Felicity Buchan MP will take a robust moral stand in support of Family Reunion Scheme like her predecessor Emma Dent Coad for defenceless child refugees in the Brexit legislation. The government must act in utmost good faith when it comes to the welfare of these acutely vulnerable children and not ignore the gravity of the subject by revoking family reunification during Brexit negotiations.
It dishearteningly appears that a degree of “refugee fatigue” has set in against the backdrop of the Brexit debacle. We strongly believe that assisting these young, vulnerable lives, by uniting them with their families and protecting them from unspeakable dangers, where 90% of the children who are here have come to the UK through dangerous routes, rather than safely and legally as in family reunion. Helping these young lives is an effective way to make our humanity count and help build a better society.