Cambridge Group

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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Stopping the Trade Union Bill

Wednesday 21 October / 7 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Organizing in trade unions gives us our best everyday chance of a fair deal at work and outside, but unions have faced repeated attacks by employers and the state for their challenge to unrestrained profit. The latest is the Conservative government's repressive Trade Union Bill, which for example would require up to 80 per cent majorities in ballots for industrial action.

Cambridge and District Trades Council and Cambridge Labour Party have organized a meeting to discuss how we can stop the bill becoming law, with guest speakers Keith Ewing (President, Institute of Employment Rights), Lewis Herbert (Leader, Cambridge City Council), and Dave Smith (Secretary, Blacklist Support Group).

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Student organizing meeting

Wednesday 14 October / 7 p.m. / Chetwynd Room, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Everyone is welcome to this meeting, organized by students and university teachers, which is 'partly an introduction to the different kinds of political activism going on in and around Cambridge and partly a planning session.' One thing to plan will be local participation in the national student demonstration called for Wednesday 4 November by the National Coalition Against Fees and Cuts.

Defend Addenbrooke's Hospital

Tuesday 13 October / 7.30 p.m. / Alex Wood Hall, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Join tonight's meeting to set up a broad campaign group 'to defend Addenbrooke's, its services, and its staff', following the imposition of special measures at the hospital's parent trust three weeks ago (see our statement at the time). The Cambridge People's Assembly will fully support this campaign.

Refugees welcome

Saturday 10 October / 11 a.m. / Regent Terrace (off Parker's Piece), Cambridge CB2

Join us tomorrow to say refugees are welcome in Cambridge! We'll march from Parker's Piece to the Guildhall in Market Square. The demonstration is supported by the Cambridge Calais Refugee Action Group, Cambridge Stop the War Coalition, and the Cambridge People's Assembly.

Austerity, immigration, racism

From a member's diary.

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Everything About TTIP, with John Hilary and Eva Nanopoulos

Wednesday 7 October / 7.30 p.m. / Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG

If the anti-austerity movement in Britain has been strengthened by the arrival of a revived, relevant Labour Party, a huge trade agreement in negotiation between the United States and the European Union still threatens everything the movement could achieve. This is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which targets 'non-tariff barriers to trade' – what workers' rights, product standards, and environmental laws tend to look like from a skyscraper – and would give multinational corporations the power to sue governments, outside any contract, for passing laws which might curb their profits.

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