The Cambridge People's Assembly draws members from at least six political parties, and from the majority who don't belong to any. Since the only thing on which we necessarily agree is that austerity is ruinous and must be defeated, we won't support any candidate for any political office. Rather we came together to support political action outside the structures of government, by trade unions, community and student organizations, and all others working under the word solidarity.
That doesn't leave us as bystanders when the politics of office press most urgently, as they will in the weeks before the general election on 7 May. We think the argument against austerity has to be carried into the election campaign wherever possible – so we're pleased to be involved in some of the hustings events below.Read more
Monday 16 March / 6 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
The Coalition Government abolished the public NHS in England when it passed the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 ... The Act effectively reduces the NHS to a funding stream and a logo. Behind the logo, corporations bid for health contracts in a regulated market.
The public health doctor and campaigner for a public NHS, Allyson Pollock (author of NHS plc, on an earlier stage of privatization under New Labour), will show 'why the marketization prescribed to cure the NHS is having such disastrous side effects' at an event on Monday organized by the Cambridge Green Party 'to enthuse and inspire the fightback'. Our close allies in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public will also contribute, alongside the Greens' parliamentary candidate in Cambridge, Rupert Read. This is a free event.Read more
Wednesday 11 March / 6.45 p.m. / Lab 002, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT
As part of the parallel education manifesto campaigns by the National Union of Teachers and the University and College Union, the two unions are holding an Education Question Time in Cambridge, with the teachers and educationalists Tony Booth (University of Cambridge), Julia Flutter (Cambridge Primary Review Trust), Philipa Harvey (NUT), Andrew McGettigan (Central St Martins and City Lit), and Wendy Scott (consultant). Their expertise will be on hand as we work out, what education system do we have? And what education system do we want?
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Wednesday 4 March / 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. We'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list yesterday.Read more