Cambridge Group

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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Primary Charter picnic

Sunday 17 May / 1 p.m. / Jesus Green by Victoria Avenue (near the children's playground), Cambridge CB4

There's a campaigning picnic in Cambridge this Sunday, National Children's Day! This is a play, picnic, and information session on the Primary Charter's Four, Too Young to Test campaign, against the government's plans to extend SAT testing to four-year-olds. We're asked to bring a contribution to the picnic.

Agenda for the May CPA meeting

Wednesday 6 May / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Everyone's welcome at our monthly meeting, in the basement room at the CB2 Bistro. 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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No partnership with Kora at Cambridge Central Library

The open letter below has been sent to all Cambridgeshire county councillors, and was first published on the UNISON Cambridgeshire website. We encourage readers too to write to their county councillors to protest the proposed deal with Kora, a subsidiary of Regus Group.

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The Living Wage for John Lewis cleaners!

Saturday 2 May / 1 p.m. / John Lewis, 10 Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DS

The union-supported consumer campaign to help John Lewis cleaners win the Living Wage is coming to Cambridge!

Alberto Durango, general secretary of the Independent Workers of Great Britain union which organizes agency cleaners chiefly in London, hopes to be able to join this peaceful lobby of John Lewis customers. Our intention is to talk to customers on the street outside the store, raise awareness of the campaign, and seek new signatures to a petition which has already gained almost 150,000 signatures online. As the petition explains:

John Lewis brands itself as a company that is committed to treating its suppliers, customers and partners with fairness. But it has contracted out its cleaning services. Its cleaners receive less than the Living Wage and are not entitled to the bonus payments paid to directly employed staff.

The three parliamentary candidates whose platforms include support for the Living Wage – Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats), Rupert Read (Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (Labour Party) – have also been asked for their support. Dr Huppert and Mr Zeichner have so far said they hope to be able to come.

We'll meet at the corner of Downing Street and St Andrew's Street.

Minutes of the April CPA meeting

Please find below the minutes of our April meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 May at 7.30 p.m., at the CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD.

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Book review: The People's Manifesto

We present a member's review of The People's Manifesto, available in print from the People's Assembly office (write to or telephone 020 8525 6988) and online from the Campaign Tools section of this website.

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