Tuesday 10 May / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, 5–7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD
Local organizations and individuals will meet on Tuesday to discuss a broad campaign to fight the harmful proposals of the government's recent white paper on education, including the forced conversion of all schools in England into academies, the removal of the requirement for teachers to be qualified, and the removal of the requirement for parents to sit on governing bodies. The Cambridge People's Assembly will support this campaign in any way it can.
Tuesday 3 May / 10 a.m. / Brown's Field Community Centre, 31A Green End Road, Cambridge CB4 1RU
As previously noted on our mailing list, parents in Cambridge and elsewhere will take their children out of school today, in protest at the standard assessment tests (SATs) for seven and eleven year-olds that place children under stress and narrow their education. We'll meet from 10 a.m. to 12 midday at Brown's Field Community Centre, for a forest school session and bike track play.
Sunday 1 May / 12 midday / Parker's Piece, Cambridge CB1
To mark International Workers' Day, our friends in Cambridge Unite Community will hold a rally on Parker's Piece against the policies that worsen our city's urgent housing problem. In protest at soaring prices and rents as well as agents' exploitative practices, we'll raise a tent city on the common to demand more council housing, an end to the right-to-buy which eats away that stock, and rent controls in the private sector. Bring a tent if you have one!
Wednesday 4 May / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP
Everyone's welcome at our May meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). Apologies to supporters who want to canvass for their parties the night before local elections: we weren't able to arrange an alternative date to our regular first Wednesday.Read more
Saturday 30 April / 7.30 p.m. / Strummers, CB2 Bistro, 5–7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
The Strummers music club hosts the songwriter, activist, and performer Grace Petrie (latest album Whatever's Left) at the CB2 Bistro on Saturday, with support from the musicians of Cambridge Acoustic Nights. Tickets are £8 on the door, or £6 as concessions (contact Les Ray).Read more
Thursday 28 April / 6.30 p.m. / Heffers, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TY
The GP Youssef El-Gingihy will discuss his new book at Heffers bookshop tonight. How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps (Zero, 2015) explains the conversion over 25 years of a system designed around needs to one designed around markets, the process completed by the Conservative-led coalition government's Health and Social Care Act 2012. The new structure it created, of competing consortiums able to buy services from any private provider, is the basis for an insurance system on the failed model of the United States. This is what we have to fight.
Tuesday 26 April / 8 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2
Tomorrow the junior doctors of the British Medical Association will take their strongest action yet in their struggle against the Conservative government's unsafe, unfair new contract, when they walk out completely between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday and again for the same period on Wednesday. (Earlier action, in which they continued to provide emergency cover, proved not to be enough to force the government to listen.) We'd urge anyone who can to visit the doctors' picket lines at Addenbrooke's Hospital from 8 a.m.Read more
Monday 25 April / 7.45 p.m. / St Philip's Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, CB1 3AN
A film that brings our peril into focus and [suggests] what we might learn from despair.
So says the writer Alice Walker of This Changes Everything, directed by Avi Lewis and based on Naomi Klein's major book on climate change and what it means for radical politics (see our review). Narrated by Klein, the documentary film portrays seven communities fighting against the human destruction of the environment: beacons for a struggle that to preserve a viable planet, has to transform its economy. Our friends in Global Justice Cambridge will hold a free screening of the film on Monday, with a discussion afterwards. Visit their Eventbrite page to book tickets.
Friday 22 April / 3.30 p.m. / King's Parade, Cambridge CB2
The Cambridge University and Cambridge City Amnesty International groups, supported by Egypt Solidarity Initiative, will hold a rally and photo call on King's Parade tomorrow as part of Amnesty's 'Truth for Giulio' campaign. The campaign calls for a serious investigation of the murder in Cairo of Giulio Regeni, the Cambridge doctoral student who had been working in Egypt on the unwelcome subject of independent labour organization.Read more