Cambridge Group

The little stall

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!


Support the junior doctors – now with teachers!

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.

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Agenda for the April CPA meeting

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.

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The big stall

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!


Raise the pressure

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.

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Whose schools?

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.'

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Minutes of the March CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our March meeting, with a report on our February demonstrations attached. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 April at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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National demonstration: Health, Homes, Jobs, and Education

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!

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National demonstration: Refugees Welcome

Saturday 19 March / 12 midday / Portland Place, London W1A

Stand Up to Racism has called a national demonstration on UN Anti-Racism Day to restate that refugees are welcome in Britain, against the spiteful appeals of the rightwing press and the Conservative government. With others across Europe, we'll stand against racism in all its forms, including antisemitism and Islamophobia.

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Budget day protest

Wednesday 16 March / 6 p.m. / Market Square (outside the Guildhall), Cambridge CB2

We're sorry to have had to cancel this planned protest.

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