Cambridge Group

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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Film screening: This Changes Everything

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.


Truth for Giulio: rally on King's Parade

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.

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Court report

We're delighted that on Friday 15 April, our friend Angela and seven others were acquitted of criminal charges for their blockade of the 2015 DSEI arms fair (see our statement of 4 February).

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A second coach, a fifth demand

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.

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