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Solidarity with Corbyn's Labour Party

The Cambridge People's Assembly sends a message of solidarity and appreciation to the Labour Party under the anti-racist, anti-austerity leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. The referendum vote that Britain should leave the European Union has opened a period of uncertainty and grave dangers, the most terrible of which is recalled by another sharp rise in racist and xenophobic street attacks (and was earlier prefigured in the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox).

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A letter to the Cambridge News

Dear Sir,

Cambridgeshire residents should be seriously concerned that access to an important part of their library service now depends on their ability to pay ('Dismay at £1 library charge', Cambridge News, 8 June). The new reservation charge will be a disproportionate blow to, among other groups, those of us who don't live in easy reach of the county's urban libraries and rely on reservations to get the books we need at smaller ones. We can be certain that use of these libraries will fall as a result. And we can expect that falling usage will be given as a reason to close yet more libraries in a future round of austerity cuts.

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Agenda for the July CPA meeting

Wednesday 6 July / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our July meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). Last month we decided to try introducing a 15-minute topical discussion at the start of our meetings: this one will be on the consequences for our campaign of the vote to leave the European Union. After that we'll go through the agenda, the latest draft of which is here.

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Two education strikes

Tuesday 5 July / 11 a.m. / Donkey Common (on the corner of Gonville Place and Mill Road), Cambridge CB1

Two of our education unions will strike tomorrow in Cambridge. Members of the Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers are striking over the effect on pay and conditions of the government's reforms in children's education; members of the Anglia Ruskin University and College Union are striking over falling real pay, a persistent gender pay gap, and the increasing use of casual contracts in higher education.

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National demonstration: No More Austerity, No to Racism

Saturday 16 July / 12 midday / BBC HQ, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

The referendum vote that Britain should leave the European Union has crushed David Cameron's Conservative government, without removing from the scene its husk. The vote has also confirmed for Cameron's would-be successors the tempting power of the racist and xenophobic narratives rehabilitated in British parliamentary politics since the 1990s, and it has provoked another sharp rise in street harassment.

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Minutes of the June CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our June meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 July at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Concert: Refugees


Saturday 25 June / 7.30 p.m. / Strummers, CB2 Bistro, 5–7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Last weekend Cambridge contributed six vehicles, carrying just under thirty people and over three thousand pounds' worth of aid, to the 250-vehicle Convoy to Calais in protest at the treatment of refugees by European governments. (In the event the convoy was refused entry by the French authorities: see the People's Assembly's report.) This weekend the Strummers music club has organized a concert to mark Refugee Week, and to say once again that refugees should be welcome in Britain.

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Taking back children's education

Monday 20 June / 7.30 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

The new Action Together for Schools campaign will hold a public meeting this evening, Taking Back Education, with the children's writer Alan Gibbons (books include The Shadow of the Minotaur and The Edge), the parent activist Anna Gordon, and the head teacher Tony Davies.

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Defending the public university

Monday 20 June / 5 p.m. / Room 2, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

A panel this afternoon will discuss the campaign for an alternative to the harmful marketization policies of the government's white paper on higher education, Success as a Knowledge Economy. Two founding members of the Council for the Defence of British Universities, Stefan Collini and David Midgley (University of Cambridge), and two contributors to the 'alternative white paper' titled Knowledge for a Successful Society, Kerry Harman (Birkbeck) and Sean Wallis (University College London), will speak and take questions.

Assembling the Cambridge convoy

The joint Cambridge effort towards the Convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June, a moving demonstration of solidarity with refugees, is taking shape. We want an impressive convoy with as many vehicles as we can find – and as many passengers as we have seats to help unload the food, clothes, and other needed materials the convoy will transport to the warehouses that support the Calais camp.

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