We're sending a second free coach to the national People's Assembly demonstration this Saturday, 16 April! Booking is open again through our Eventbrite page. And now the Panama leaks have implicated the prime minister of two austerity governments in an offshore tax avoidance scam,* what was a demonstration for Health, Homes, Jobs, and Education has adopted a fifth demand: the resignation of David Cameron.Read more
Saturday 9 April / 11.30 a.m. / Burleigh Street (outside the Grafton Centre), Cambridge CB1
After our big stall with friends outside the Grafton Centre last week, we'll hold another on our own, where we'll again be handing out leaflets and signing up passengers for the last few seats on our free coach to the Health, Homes, Jobs, and Education demonstration on 16 April (visit our Eventbrite page to book yours). Again, come and say hello, or help out for a few minutes!
Wednesday 6 April / 11 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2
The junior doctors of the British Medical Association will strike again today to fight the government's imposition of its unsafe, unfair new contract. For 48 hours from 8 a.m. the doctors will provide emergency care only. We'd urge anyone who can to visit their picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital from that time, and to join their strike rally at 11 a.m. at the Hills Road car park.Read more
Wednesday 6 April / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP
Everyone's welcome at our April 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 the latest draft. An earlier one circulated on our mailing list last week.Read more
Saturday 2 April / 11.30 a.m. / Burleigh Street (outside the Grafton Centre), Cambridge CB1
Tomorrow we'll join with Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public to hold a big stall outside the Grafton Centre, where we'll be handing out leaflets and signing up passengers for the last few seats on our free coach to the Health, Homes, Jobs, and Education demonstration on 16 April (visit our Eventbrite page to book yours). Come and say hello, or help out for a few minutes!
I hope ... you can look again ... at the balance of the cuts you have insisted upon and wonder if enough has been done to ensure 'we are all in this together'.
The resignation of welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith, in protest at the cuts to remaining disability benefits in last week's budget, set off a war inside the Conservative government. Mr Duncan Smith's conscience wasn't apparently troubled by the unfair work capability assessments his department previously forced on disabled people (or by its bedroom tax, or by the rising numbers driven to food banks by its welfare sanctions) – but regardless of the messenger's credibility, his resignation letter and interviews have brought basic criticisms of Tory austerity to the forefront of every political debate.Read more
Wednesday 23 March / 5 p.m. / Shire Hall, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AP
The Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers (NUT) association has called a protest, Hands Off Our Schools, against the government's new policy that all schools in England must become academies. Cambridgeshire NUT points out that there's no evidence academy schools perform better than those under local authority control. It argues that 'the extension of academies has more to do with the desire of the government to make schools into businesses than with improving education.'Read more
Saturday 16 April / 1 p.m. / Gower Street and Euston Road, London NW1
The People's Assembly has called a national demonstration for Saturday 16 April, demanding the basic social needs that austerity policies can't answer: health, homes, jobs, and education. Our London demonstration with 250,000 people last June was the first strong retort to the Conservatives' narrow election win in May. Now we have to show again the growing pressure for an alternative – and as with previous London demonstrations, the Cambridge People's Assembly will provide free transport!