Cambridge Group

Stop the STP!

We present the text of a new leaflet against the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan, based on our article 'Fit for the Few'.

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Meeting on the education funding crisis

Tuesday 9 May / 7.30 p.m. / NCI Sports and Social Club, 1 Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL

If the Conservative government pursues its current plans for school funding, ninety-nine per cent will see a funding cut per pupil by 2020, based on the calculations made for the schoolcuts website from data published by the Department for Education and the National Audit Office. Primary schools will see an average cut of £103,754 (£403 per pupil); secondary schools, an average cut of £470,433 (£554 per pupil). These austerity cuts will damage children's education by forcing schools to offer fewer teachers and support staff, larger class sizes, and a narrower curriculum.

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Giulio Regeni and Egypt's disappeared: where next for the campaign?

Monday 8 May / 7 p.m. / Latimer Room, Old Court, Clare College, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TL

This meeting with the historian John Chalcraft (London School of Economics) will consider the next steps for the international campaign to uncover the truth about the abduction and cruel murder of the Cambridge student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in January 2016, and to secure justice for Giulio and for the hundreds of Egyptians similarly abducted under the government of President Sisi.

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Cambridge activists say kick out the Tories

Saturday 6 May / 10.30 a.m. / Fitzroy Street, Cambridge CB1

We'll join other local groups this morning to set up stalls on Fitzroy Street, with one message: let's kick out the Tories in the general election on 8 June! Theresa May's Conservative government is reconstructing education, the NHS, and housing law for the benefit of a narrow few, while draping its actions in the flag of a hateful nationalism. Other groups holding stalls will be Cambridge Area Momentum, Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public, Cambridge Stand Up to Racism, Cambridge Stop the War, and Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers.

May Day music festival


Monday 1 May / 3–11 p.m. / Golden Hind, 355 Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1SP

After the Trades Council's rally from the late morning, the Strummers music club has organized its own celebration of International Workers' Day and of the continuing resistance to Conservative austerity cuts. The singer and guitarist Roy Bailey (last studio album Below the Radar) will perform from 4 to 6 p.m., and after a break the folk-punk band Eva's Dream, then the folk singer and bandleader Jez Hellard (Heavy Wood), will perform in support from 8 p.m. Tickets are £8, or £6 as concessions: we can write to Strummers or call 07903 521412 to book.

May Day rally and celebrations

Monday 1 May / 11.30 a.m. / New Square, Cambridge CB1

Our friends on the Cambridge and District Trades Council have organized a rally and celebrations on May Day, International Workers' Day. There'll be speeches by trade unionists and by the Labour Party candidate for mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Kevin Price, as well as arts, music, and children's activities.

Agenda for the May CPA meeting

Wednesday 3 May / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our May meeting, at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre (halfway along the road, opposite the junction with Beche Road and next to a small playground). As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the latest draft.

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Minutes of the April CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our April meeting, including a short discussion on the People's Assembly and Brexit, and with a report on the Our NHS demonstration on 4 March and the text of our secretary's speech on the coach attached. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 3 May at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Radical bookfair

Saturday 29 April / 1–5 p.m. / Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA

Publishers and distributors (Active Distribution and Freedom Press in London, Haymarket Books in Chicago, PM Press in Oakland) and activist and community organizations (including our friends Cambridge SolFed, Cambridge Unite Community, and Rebel Arts) will have stalls at this anarchist-leaning left bookfair, organized by Anti-Capitalist Cambridge. There'll also be an open mic for musicians, poets, comics, and speakers.

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Mayoral hustings on inequality

Tuesday 25 April / 6.30 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

Our friends in The Cambridge Commons have organized a hustings with the candidates for mayor of the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough combined authority, on the key issue of inequality. To our city's shame, it was identified as the most unequal in Britain in the Centre for Cities' annual Cities Outlook report for 2017.

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