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Activists donate to food bank in protest at Universal Credit and pay caps

Cambridge anti-austerity activists will donate a car bootful of goods to Cambridge City Foodbank, in protest at the winter food crisis they are concerned will follow the Conservative government's rollout of the Universal Credit benefit (meant to replace six existing means-tested benefits) and at the public sector pay cap.

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A letter to the Cambridge News

Dear Sir,

One of the cruellest effects of the austerity programme pursued by the coalition and Conservative governments since 2010 has been the surge in the number of us who turn in destitution to food banks. In 2008/9, the Trussell Trust provided 29,000 emergency food supplies; in 2016/17, it provided 1.2 million.

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Scrap the pay cap: Cambridge needs a pay rise

Saturday 18 November / 11.30 a.m. / Parker's Piece, Cambridge CB2

As previously mentioned on our mailing list, Cambridge and District Trades Council and Cambridge Labour Party have called a march tomorrow to demand an end to the public sector pay cap and a £10 minimum wage. We'll assemble at 11.30 to march, then rally at 12.30 at Little St Mary's Church, Trumpington Street, where Richard Allday (Unite), Daniel Zeichner MP, Laurie Heseldon (SERTUC), Lewis Herbert (leader, Cambridge City Council), and Jo Rust (UNISON) will be among the speakers. This one's going to be great!

How social media can promote equality

Thursday 16 November / 6.30 p.m. / Anglia Ruskin University, Lecture Theatre LAB002, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT

Tonight the political scientist Helen Margetts (director of the Oxford Internet Institute) will speak and lead a discussion on 'how the UK's social media can be a force for greater equality in the year 2027'. Her talk is part of the imagine2027 series, organized by our friends in The Cambridge Commons. We can book free tickets through Eventbrite.

Trade unions, digital transformations, and power

Wednesday 15 November / 5.15 p.m. / Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

The latest seminar in the series jointly organized by the university staff unions Cambridge UCU and Anglia Ruskin UCU will discuss 'the challenges and opportunities for worker voice in the digital age' – including a case study on the People's Assembly Against Austerity! The sociologist Torsten Geelan (University of Cambridge) will draw on his doctoral research on our campaign for a talk titled, 'The Combustible Mix of Coalitional Power and Digital Media'.

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Film screening: Nine Days in Cairo

Thursday 2 November / 6.30 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Tonight the Italian nationals' association La Giovane Italia will show in Cambridge the film Nove giorni al Cairo (Nine days in Cairo), a documentary on the abduction and murder of the Cambridge student Giulio Regeni in January 2016. Giulio's mother Paola and the filmmakers Carlo Bonini and Giuliano Foschini (journalists on La Repubblica) will be present. Tickets are presently sold out, but any that become available can be booked through Eventbrite.

Agenda for the November CPA meeting

Wednesday 1 November / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our November 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 draft which circulated on our mailing list last week.

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Seminar: Oral History of the 2010 Student Movement

Wednesday 1 November / 5 p.m. / Audit Room, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

The latest seminar in the Critical Theory and Practice series organized by students and staff at the University of Cambridge will discuss the tremendous student protests of 2010, in the light of the publication of Matt Myers's oral history Student Revolt. (The protests were set off by the coalition government's early austerity measures in higher education, above all the near tripling of tuition fees.) Myers and Nick Evans as participants will speak alongside the current student activist Ed McNally. The seminar is co-hosted by Cambridge Defend Education, the key student organization founded here at the time.

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Minutes of the September and October CPA meetings

There follow the minutes of our September and October meetings. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 November at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Tuesday 10 October / 5 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

A short notice to say that we're glad to be taking part in Cambridge Defend Education's Disorientation event tonight! The student-organized meeting is 'intended to bring together those who are made to feel uncomfortable at Cambridge, or who refuse to grow comfortable with the way that the systems in this university and town operate.'

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