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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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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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