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Minutes of the May CPA meeting

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.

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#JC4PM tour in Cambridge


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.

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Education campaign meeting

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.

Pupils' strike

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.

Tent city for May Day

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!

Agenda for the May CPA meeting

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.

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Grace Petrie to play in Cambridge

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).

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How to dismantle the NHS

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.

Junior doctors press the struggle for patient safety

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.

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Minutes of the April CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our April meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 4 May at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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