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'The People United Will Never Be Defeated'

We present a new version of the song 'El pueblo unido jamás será vencido', recorded during an interview with members of the Cambridge People's Assembly broadcast on the Rebel Arts Radio programme on 15 June. The performers were Olivier (voice), David (guitar), and a nameless friend (violin). Olivier wrote the new English words, below, to the song originally written by Sergio Ortega and Quilapayún.

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[Reposted from 5 March.]

Primary Charter seminar, Standing Up for Children

Wednesday 10 June / 7.30 p.m. / The Fields Children's Centre, Galfrid Road, Cambridge CB5 8ND

Nurseries and reception classes are fighting to keep themselves a protected space for learning in a child-led way, where our practice is free from the pressure to score children.

Following last month's picnic and information session as part of the Primary Charter's Four, Too Young to Test campaign, David Whitebread (Too Much Too Soon campaign), Sara Tomlinson (Primary Charter), and Rosie Dutton (Summer Born) will speak at a seminar supported by our friends in the Cambridgeshire NUT. They'll explain why the baseline tests the government is introducing for four-year olds are 'damaging to our children, our teachers, and our schools', and introduce the national campaign to stop them.

This is a free event but we're asked to book a seat, either on the Cambridgeshire NUT website or by phone on 07921 724270. Tea and coffee will be served from 7 p.m.

Cambridge People's Question Time, with Clare Solomon

Thursday 11 June / 7.30 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

Join us next Thursday to discuss the government's austerity policies and how to fight them! Put your questions to our activist panel: local education campaigner Paula Champion, local health campaigner Margaret Ridley, People's Assembly officer and former student leader Clare Solomon, and Cambridge and District Trades Council secretary Tom Woodcock. The discussion will be chaired by Cambridge People's Assembly member Olivier Tonneau.

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National demonstration, End Austerity Now

Saturday 20 June / 12 midday / Queen Victoria Street (near the Bank of England), London EC4

With the Tories going it alone in government we know exactly what to expect. More destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about: the NHS, the welfare state, education, and public services.

The People's Assembly has called a major national demonstration for Saturday 20 June. We'll march from the Bank of England to Parliament Square to protest the continuation of destructive austerity policies. (John Rees has well explained five reasons to take part; see also a letter the Cambridge group published recently.) Thanks to the support of local union organizations, the Cambridge People's Assembly will send at least two free coaches to the demonstration!

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March against austerity: documents

We present the programme of the demonstration against austerity held in Market Square today by the Cambridge People's Assembly and other groups, followed by the text of the introductory speech and that of a message from the Labour Member of Parliament for Cambridge.

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A letter to whom it may concern

To Whom it May Concern,

You may be unemployed or underemployed; you may be a dedicated nurse, firefighter, or teacher who is sick of seeing public services undermined and their workers vilified; you may be disabled and have met with suspicion instead of support; you may be a migrant who is tired of being demonized; or you may simply be a citizen who cannot live happily in a sea of misery. Whoever you may be, you have no reason to be happy that the Conservatives were returned to power. Austerity will cut deeper and the tide of misery rise.

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March against austerity

Saturday 30 May / 12 for 12.30 p.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2

To build for the End Austerity Now demonstration in London on 20 June, we're demonstrating with numerous other groups in Cambridge this Saturday!

We'll meet in Market Square from 12 midday, before things start at 12.30. Before and after the march we'll hear speakers on education, libraries, housing, the NHS, mental health and disabilities, zero-hours contracts, and the scapegoating of immigrants. Other speakers will represent community, political, and student organizations. The march itself will be a short one, towards the Round Church and back down Trinity Street to Market Square. Please join us, with placards if you can!

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Minutes of the May CPA meeting

Please find below the minutes of our May meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 3 June at 7.30 p.m., at the CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD.

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Speak out against austerity

Saturday 23 May / 12 midday / Market Square, Cambridge CB2

The Cambridge People's Assembly and the Cambridge and District Trades Council are holding a stall in Market Square tomorrow to build for the People's Assembly's national demonstration on Saturday 20 June, End Austerity Now. We're going to distribute leaflets, tell people about the free coach transport we're organizing, and (we hope) sign them up as passengers.

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