YOU can help make #Lewisham safer
The Safer Lewisham Partnership wants to hear the views and experiences of crime and anti-social behaviour from communities right across Lewisham. The results of the Lewisham Crime Survey will be used by the partnership, which includes Lewisham Council, the police, probation and fire services, health, and voluntary groups, to help in setting its annual priorities and strategic action plan.
James-J Walsh caught red handed supporting the 10,000 hands campaign
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to catch up with the 10,000 campaigns – an innovative campaign led by young people to make Lewisham a safer place for all its residents. Camilla, 19 (pictured center left) has been working on projects making Lewisham a better place for teenagers since Year 7 and is a truly inspirational young woman. The project now hopes to collect enough hand prints to wrap City Hall in.
More about the group can be found by visiting their website here
The war in Afghanistan is the War the media has forgot. With at best sporadic coverage of the conflict now shown on news services in the UK some people are now calling the conflict ‘a political, financial and moral disaster’. The role of the media, and their lack of coverage, is part of the reason there has been less public debate on tactics and the merits and the strategy of this conflict… It’s simply forgotten. In past times a major conflict of this scale would have been big news, but even casualty reports are relegated to the second half of the news cycle now a days.
From the Guardian:
“The war in Afghanistan has cost Britain at least £37bn and the figure will rise to a sum equivalent to more than £2,000 for every taxpaying household, according to a devastating critique of the UK’s role in the conflict.
“Since 2006, on a conservative estimate, it has cost £15m a day to maintain Britain’s military presence in Helmand province. The equivalent of £25,000 will have been spent for every one of Helmand’s 1.5 million inhabitants, more than most of them will earn in a lifetime, it says.
“By 2020, the author of a new book says, Britain will have spent at least £40bn on its Afghan campaign, enough to recruit over 5,000 police officers or nurses and pay for them throughout their careers. It could fund free tuition for all students in British higher education for 10 years.
“… In the first full attempted audit of what he calls Britain’s “last imperial war”, Frank Ledwidge, author of Investment in Blood, published next week by Yale University Press, estimates British troops in Helmand have killed at least 500 non-combatants. About half of these have been officially admitted and Britain has paid compensation to the victims’ families.”
It was always inevitable that the BNP would try to build support on the back of the Woolwich killing. However, rather than demonstrating in Woolwich on Saturday as it was first thought (and a UAF anti-racist festival/demo will be going ahead at 12 noon in General Gordon Square, Woolwich), the BNP have now announced that they now plan to march (or take cars) away from Woolwich and converge on the Lewisham Islamic Centre (which is close to Lewisham Hospital) instead.
We have a responsibility to stand shoulder to shoulder with our neighbours our friends and our citizens to say we will not tolerate racism we will not tolerate islamophobia
If you’d like to counter protest with me please let me know ASAP
The Metropolitan Police Service – Lewisham have issued a press release about the recent ‘kidnappings’ that have occured in Lewisham to reassure local residents. Their release is below.
A young mum has been accused of trying to sell her children on Facebook to bail her boyfriend out of jail. Reports Sky News
Police in Sallisaw, Oklahoma said Misty VanHorn contacted a potential buyer via the social networking site.
They said the 22-year-old mother was looking to get $1,000 (£670) for her two-year-old, or $4,000 (£2,680) for the toddler and her 10-month-old baby.
Interrogators in USA will get to use narcotic truth serums on suspects
Judge approves use of ‘truth serum’ on accused Aurora shooter James Holmes reports The Guardian.
Legal experts question use of ‘narcoanalytic interview’ to settle question of Holmes’s legal insanity at time of theater shooting Legal and medical experts are questioning the decision of a judge in Colorado to allow James Holmes, the suspected gunman in the Aurora cinema shooting, to be tested with a “truth serum” should he plead not guilty by reason of insanity.