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.
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.Read more
Cambridgeshire County Council announced last week that it plans to introduce a reservation fee of £1 for all adult library users from 13 June. As a result, users who are not able to travel into the centre of Cambridge but instead request books to collect at their nearest branch will in practice no longer have access to a free public library service.Read more
Wednesday 1 June / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP
Everyone's welcome at our June meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's a first draft.Read more
Wednesday 25 May / 12.30 p.m. / Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
Members of the University and College Union (UCU) on the academic and support staffs at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge will strike tomorrow and the next day for better pay, gender equality, and improved job security. The employers' national offer of a 1.1 per cent pay rise doesn't address a decline of 14.5 per cent in the real value of average pay in higher education since 2009, and they have refused to offer any action on the stubborn gender pay gap or their increasing use of casual contracts.Read more
Tuesday 24 May / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro (upstairs in the library), 5–7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD
Everyone's welcome at the second meeting of the new local campaign against the Conservative government's education policy (see the introduction given in our last meeting), which builds on the pupils' strike of 3 May against standard assessment tests (SATs). Among other things, the campaign has to agree a name!
Tuesday 24 May / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro (downstairs in the basement), 5–7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD
The Convoy to Calais on Saturday 18 June will be a demonstration of solidarity with refugees, protesting their treatment by the British and other European governments at the same time it offers practical aid to those camped at Calais. It's organized by the People's Assembly, Stop the War Coalition, Stand Up to Racism, Unite the Union, the Communication Workers' Union, TSSA, War on Want, Momentum, and the Muslim Association of Britain. In Tuesday's meeting we'll develop ideas to build local support for the convoy.
Friday 19 May / 7 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
More than four months after the murder of Cambridge student Giulio Regeni during his fieldwork in Egypt, this public meeting will bring together students, academics, trade unionists, and other local residents to continue the campaign for justice; not only for Giulio himself, but also for the many Egyptian citizens who have suffered a similar fate.Read more
There follow the minutes of our May meeting, including an introduction to the new education campaign, and with a report on the national demonstration of 16 April and a development of its demands attached. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 June at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.Read more
Comedy by JEREMY HARDY / HAL CRUTTENDEN / ROBIN INCE / FRANCESCA MARTINEZ / Poetry by CLARE FERGUSON-WALKER / Music by GRACE PETRIE / Compère ARTHUR SMITH
Tuesday 17 May / 7.30 p.m. / Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QE
The struggle against austerity was greatly reinforced last year by the arrival of the Labour Party under its new leader Jeremy Corbyn, elected by an overwhelming majority of members and supporters. Now the #JC4PM tour has been organized 'to show support for Jeremy's campaign to transform the way politics is conducted', and for the 'politics of hope' he represents.Read more