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Support the junior doctors

Wednesday 9 March / 8 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Last month the government announced that it would quit negotiations with the British Medical Association (BMA) and simply impose its unsafe, unfair new contract on junior doctors in England. The junior doctors are beginning their fight against imposition with a 48-hour industrial action, providing emergency care only between 8 a.m. on Wednesday 9 March and 8 a.m. on Friday 11 March. They have the full support of the Cambridge People's Assembly, and we'd urge anyone who can to visit their picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital between 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

For Giulio Regeni (1988–2016)

As activists and trade unionists, we are appalled and saddened by the cruel murder in Cairo of Giulio Regeni, a Cambridge doctoral student working on Egyptian labour organization. His body, marked by torture, was found nine days after he disappeared with many Egyptian citizens on 25 January, during a crackdown on the fifth anniversary of the country's revolution.

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Agenda for the March CPA meeting

Wednesday 2 March / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our March 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.

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Meeting: Islamophobia, the New Racism

Tuesday 1 March / 7.30 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST

The crude and hateful remarks of the would-be US presidential candidate Donald Trump have opened eyes, but reasonable people may still be reluctant to accept the idea that racism can target the religion of Islam. Yet what's happened in recent years, especially since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, can be understood as Muslim identities being recast as markers of racial difference – and so made available to hate.*

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National demonstration: Stop Trident

Saturday 27 February / 12 midday / Marble Arch, London W1H

Decommissioning the Trident nuclear weapons system and cancelling its £100bn replacement are an important part of the alternative to austerity. These weapons have no battlefield role, but are designed to kill civilians in terrifying numbers; their use would be criminal, and today the ensuing exchange would devastate life on our planet. Trident is one item of government spending that should be cut.

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Meeting: Cambridgeshire Health Service in Crisis

Wednesday 24 February / 7 p.m. / Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG

Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie have been placed in special measures. The future of some clinical services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital is doubtful in view of a possible merger. And the £800m, five-year contract to provide older people's and community care services in Cambridgeshire, awarded to the NHS consortium UnitingCare after an expensive tendering process, has collapsed after eight months. The austerity policies of underfunding and marketization have left public healthcare in our county in crisis.

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Emergency at our hospitals

The Cambridge Health Emergency campaign issued an urgent, informative leaflet this month explaining the situation at Addenbrooke's and the Rosie. We're glad to republish the text here with the campaign's permission.

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Minutes of the February CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our February meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 2 March at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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A second look at the county cuts

The £120m of budget cuts sought by Cambridgeshire County Council over the next five years, with around £48m likely to be made in the year 2016/17 alone on the latest reports, will have a devastating effect on communities in Cambridgeshire, affecting social care, help for children at risk, library provision, and other services on which we rely (see our statement of December).

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Trades Council meeting: Fighting Austerity in 2016

Wednesday 17 February / 7.45 p.m. / Octagon Room, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG

Continuing the Heart Unions week, the Cambridge and District Trades Council will hold a meeting on how to fight the austerity policies which held down workers' wages for almost five years (six and counting in the public sector) and are stripping away the public services on which they rely. Everyone's welcome at this meeting, where speakers will include Heather Wakefield (Head of Local Government, Police, and Justice, UNISON) and the victimized schoolteacher Simon O'Hara (National Union of Teachers), suspended from Small Heath School in Birmingham apparently for his work as an NUT representative.

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