Cambridge Group

March for homes

Saturday 14 November / 11.30 a.m. / Regent Terrace (off Parker's Piece), Cambridge CB2

Affordable housing is badly needed in Cambridge. Sale prices are well out of the reach of most workers in the city at an average of £419,000 last year, driven up not only by workers' demand as the local economy grows, but that of the global rich for homes for their student children, and – feeding on the former – that of buy-to-let landlords and even 'buy-to-leave' speculators. Rents are correspondingly high but may well afford poor accommodation. In a long-continued period of rising world inequality, we're seeing local houses and flats being pulled into global markets.

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Statement on the student demonstration

We send a message of solidarity to the students who demonstrated in London today against the Conservative government's elitist policy in further and higher education, among them many from the two universities which are jewels of our city. We send special greetings to the organizers, the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, and to demonstrators from the intermural student organizations that joined us in May for the Cambridge March Against Austerity: Cambridge Defend Education, Cambridge Marxist Society, Cambridge Universities Labour Club, and Cambridge Young Greens. We also congratulate Cambridge University Students' Union for its decision to organize free transport.

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Film screening: The Spirit of '45

Tuesday 10 November / 7 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Next week our friends in Cambridge Left Unity will show the 2013 film The Spirit of '45, Ken Loach's documentary on the popular demand for social reform after the Second World War that issued in the election of a purposeful Labour government and, in the teeth of economic crisis, the foundation of Britain's welfare state. Admission is free, and the film will be followed by a discussion.

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London demonstration for free education

Wednesday 4 November / 12 midday / Malet Street, London WC1E

Students will take to the streets next week to protest the government's elitist education reforms – deep cuts in further and continuing education, the abolition of maintenance grants and likely still higher fees in higher education – and to demand free education and living grants (in the sense of a living wage) for all. The demonstration is called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.

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Agenda for the November CPA meeting

Wednesday 4 November / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our monthly meeting in 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 earlier today.

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London rally and lobby against the Trade Union Bill

Monday 2 November / 1 p.m. / Central Hall, Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH

The next important action against the government's Trade Union Bill is a rally and lobby of MPs in Westminster on Monday, organized by the Trades Union Congress. The rally begins at 1 p.m. at Central Hall, and the lobby at 2.30 p.m. at Parliament.

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Cambridge launch of Stand Up to Racism

Monday 2 November / 7.45 p.m. / Bateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TA

The Cambridge People's Assembly is one of the local supporters of this new campaign, founded to challenge the racism that has deformed British politics as the major parliamentary parties have adopted the demons of the rightwing press: asylum seekers, Muslims, and now immigrants in general.

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Minutes of the October CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our October (in September) meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 4 November at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Cambridge Health Emergency organizing meeting

Thursday 22 October / 7.30 p.m. / Caroline Stephen Room, Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

A meeting on 13 October founded a campaign, Cambridge Health Emergency, to stand up for our local hospitals Addenbrooke's and the Rosie after their parent trust was placed in special measures the previous month (see our group's statement). This means demanding three things.

  1. No financially-driven cuts.
  2. No privatization.
  3. Full funding of services.

The next campaign meeting will be held tonight. Apologies for the short notice!

Seminar series: Critical Theory and Practice

October to December / 5 p.m. / Room 4, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

The seminar series organized by Cambridge Defend Education and Cambridgeshire Left returns for a third 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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