Cambridge Group

Last call for the Manchester demo

Sunday 4 October / 12 p.m. / Oxford Road, Manchester M14

Reinforced by righteous music at We Shall Overcome on Saturday night, we're travelling on Sunday morning to Manchester to join tens of thousands in the national demonstration against austerity at the Conservative Party conference, called by the Trades Union Congress and the People's Assembly. There are still a handful of seats left on our affordable coach! Tickets are £15 (waged, full-time), £10 (waged, part-time), or £5 (unwaged): please visit our Eventbrite page to book. The coach will pick us up from the Backs on Queens' Road, just behind Queens' College, at 8.30 a.m., and from Manchester at 4.30 p.m.

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Music from Grace Petrie and others: We Shall Overcome

GRACE PETRIE / REG MEUROSS / TONY PHILLIPS / RED VELVET

Saturday 3 October / 8 p.m. / Golden Hind, 355 Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1SP

Musicians across the country are performing over two hundred gigs this weekend under the label We Shall Overcome to demonstrate solidarity with, and offer practical help to, those affected by austerity policies. The musicians won't take fees, and money raised by collections or ticket sales will go instead to the charitable shelters, soup kitchens, and food banks to which so many more have been driven in the last five years as welfare provision and public services have been withdrawn.

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Agenda for the October (in September) CPA meeting

Wednesday 30 September / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our monthly meeting in a new venue, the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre. We've moved the October meeting back into September to make space for our event on Wednesday 7 October, Everything About TTIP (details here soon). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list yesterday.

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Rally for Addenbrooke's Hospital

Friday 25 September / 4 p.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital (the front car park), Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ

Our friends in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public and the UNISON Cambridge Acute Hospitals branch have organized a rally, Hands Off Addenbrooke's, to show support for the hospital and its staff after the regulator placed Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust in special measures on Tuesday (see our statement). The Care Quality Commission, whose rating of the trust as inadequate provoked the action by Monitor, went out of its way to praise hospital staff.

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Statement on special measures at Cambridge University Hospitals

We're saddened that Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, responsible for our renowned local hospitals Addenbrooke's and the Rosie, was yesterday placed in special measures by the regulator Monitor after being rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

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Second call for the Manchester demo

Sunday 4 October / 12 p.m. / Oxford Road, Manchester M14

We still have some seats left on our affordable coach from Cambridge to the national demonstration against austerity at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, called by the Trades Union Congress and the People's Assembly. Tickets are £15 (waged, full-time), £10 (waged, part-time), or £5 (unwaged): please visit our Eventbrite page to book.

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Minutes of the September CPA meeting

Please find below the minutes of our September meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 September (not the usual first Wednesday of the next month) at 7.30 p.m., at the CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD or a wheelchair-accessible venue to be confirmed.

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Open meeting on Jeremy Corbyn's victory

Thursday 17 September / 7.30 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

Our friends in Cambridge Left Unity and Cambridge rs21 – under the label of a still-wider Cambridge Left Forum – have organized an open meeting, Corbyn: What Next?, where we can discuss what we can do together in Cambridgeshire to realize the themes of Jeremy Corbyn's extraordinary, irresistible anti-austerity campaign for leadership of the Labour Party. We'll discuss what we can do 'to defend our public services, to campaign for the living wage, to make sure everyone has a decent home, and to fight spiralling inequality.'

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Film screening: Agorá

Wednesday 16 September / 7 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

This Wednesday our friends in Cambridge Left Unity will show the 2014 film Agorá by Yorgos Avgeropoulos, documenting and analysing the Greek crisis – where severe austerity has brought unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and resurgent fascism – as it develops from 2010. The film will be followed by a discussion with Greek activists from the Antarsya coalition and the new Popular Unity party. Admission is free.

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Minutes of a special CPA meeting

Please find below the minutes of a special meeting we held in August. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 2 September at 7.30 p.m., at the CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD.

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