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Protest the county cuts

Saturday 13 February / 12 midday / Market Square, Cambridge CB2

Cambridgeshire County Council has announced that it plans to make £120m of cuts to services and facilities over the next five years (see our statement). In its meeting on Tuesday 16 February the Conservative and UKIP-dominated County Council will pass a package of cuts for 2016/17 [but see the update below] which will have a devastating effect on communities, affecting social care, help for children at risk, library provision, and many other services on which we rely. Now local community, trade union, and political organizations will join us on Saturday 13 February to protest the cuts.

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Unite Community picket for affordable housing

Saturday 30 January / 12 midday / Spiller's Mill, Mill Park, Cambridge CB1 2FN

Our friends in Cambridge Unite Community will hold a picket on Saturday outside Spiller's Mill. The historic industrial building was destroyed by fire in 2010 and rebuilt as a block of nineteen luxury flats, all of which have now been bought by the Howard Group for an undisclosed price that the Cambridge News places around £11m.* The picket is part of Unite Community's tireless campaign for affordable housing in our city, following its widely-noticed march in November (see the Guardian article by Jessica Labhart). These latest luxury flats, which the News reports 'are not going to be marketed locally', symbolize the distortion of the Cambridge market.

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Seminar series: Critical Theory and Practice

Tuesdays, January to March / 5 p.m. / various venues

The seminar series organized by Cambridge Defend Education and Cambridgeshire Left returns for a fourth university term, aiming 'to integrate contemporary radical theory with political practice and activism'. In each seminar a talk by a guest is followed by an open discussion.

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Support the junior doctors

Tuesday 12 January / 10 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

The junior doctors of the British Medical Association (BMA) are taking strike action for the first time tomorrow, after the Conservative government refused to offer sufficient safeguards for NHS doctors and their patients in the latest negotiations over the doctors' contracts. The Cambridge People's Assembly fully supports their action, and we'd urge anyone who can to visit the doctors' picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital between 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. or to join their strike rally there at 10 a.m.

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Agenda for the January CPA meeting

Wednesday 6 January / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our 2016 annual general meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre. As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list this week.

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Report on the People's Assembly conference

There follows a report from the Cambridge delegation on the resolutions of the People's Assembly National Conference 2015.

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Minutes of the December CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our December meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 January at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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On the county cuts

Social care and other county council services in Cambridgeshire face the worst austerity cuts yet in the coming year. They are some of the sharpest: the council proposes £41m of cuts for the budget year 2016/17, front-loading £119m of cuts planned by 2020/21. And they are the very deepest: after five years of Conservative-led austerity, only the most essential services still survive to be cut again.

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A speech on Syria

We present the text of our secretary's speech at the Don't Bomb Syria rally held yesterday on King's Parade by Cambridge Stop the War Coalition.

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No bombing in Syria

Saturday 28 November / 2 p.m. / King's Parade (outside King's College), Cambridge CB2

Cambridge Stop the War Coalition will hold a rally tomorrow (supported by the Cambridge People's Assembly and others) to protest the government's intended bombing campaign in Syria. Its enthusiasm for this adventure is a reminder that what Britain can and can't afford is a question of political priorities, and here again they're badly mistaken.

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