Katy Clark MP

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

Katy_Clark_MP.jpg“We urgently need to fight back and offer an alternative vision based on progressive taxation, investment and growth.

The only way we will achieve this is by making our voice heard. The demonstration on June 21s gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

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Russell Brand, Comedian

russell-brand.jpg"The People's Assembly will bring down any government that doesn't end austerity. Austerity means keeping all the money among people who have loads of it. This is the biggest problem we face today, all other problems radiate from this toxic swindle.
We can organise a fairer, more just society than they can, these demonstrations are the start, it will be a right laugh."
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Video: Jeremy Corbyn MP

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Rowan Williams, former Arch Bishop of Canterbury

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

rowan-williams-007.jpg"...austerity today, imposed in a way that intensifies inequality and insecurity, means a generation deprived of their birthright.  The damage done now to the rising generation is not going to be repaired by some imagined "return to normal" in however many years' time.  

We are laying the foundation for lives overshadowed by anxiety and scarred by a sense of helplessness.  We need to argue the case for alternatives that don't blight the hopes of our children.'

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John McDonnell MP


John-McDonnell130.jpg“I’ll be joining the June 21st demo because nobody should stand by and let this Government destroy everything that makes a society civilised and decent.”

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Video: Owen Jones, journalist and author

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Christine Blower, General Secretary, National Union of Teachers

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

christine_blower.jpg"...austerity is really hurting many, many people.  Those forced to use food banks don’t see the much vaunted recovery.

We cannot just ignore the consequences of the Coalition Governments policies. There are alternatives, please  join us on June 21.”

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Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

len_mcc1.jpg"...mobilising, protesting and taking direct action in defence of our NHS, public services and social solidarity is our duty.

To join the fight against vicious cuts and ideological austerity is to fightback against the destruction of everything we hold dear, fought for by generations past and taken for granted today at our peril.

Stand up on 21 June, together we can mobilise a generation to win!"

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Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian and activist

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Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

"...the government's austerity program lacks compassion and fails to even make economic sense. The People's Assembly and the March for the Alternative have my full support and I look forward to seeing you on the streets fighting for a better, and fairer, future."

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Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, TUC

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

frances_ogrady.jpg“..we should take every opportunity to oppose the austerity economics that has delayed recovery, depressed living standards and taken an axe to vital public services.

It is time to stand up for an alternative that goes for sustainable growth that is fairly distributed and funds the investment that our services need. Above all Britain needs a pay rise.”

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Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliot

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

Lee-Hall-009.jpg"...we live in a time of crippling levels of poverty for millions of people whilst the tiny few get unimaginably richer. The consensus answer of all the Parliamentary Parties is to further penalise the majority. It makes no economic sense and the effects of the cuts have barely even started.

The Right masquerading under the guise of 'common sense' are using the self-made 'crisis' to rob us of what is collectively ours whilst the richest companies in the world don't even pay tax. It will be unbelievable to historians that we took it lying down. None of us can afford to let this absurd situation become normalised. Get out there and demonstrate!"

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Stephen Morrison Burke, National Poetry Slam Champion

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

stephen_morrison_burke.jpg"...the current system which disregards the everyday struggle of the ordinary working class citizen, and is enforced by a callous and remorseless Government, is nothing short of inhumane.

We should continue to expect very little from this small group of privileged men and instead expect a great deal more from ourselves, which is why it's imperative that we support the National Demonstration on June 21st.

The time for change is imminent and thanks to The People's Assembly we now have a progressive movement to challenge this gratuitous austerity programme and simultaneously dissolve any excuses we may have previously clung to for apathy."

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Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavillion

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

caroline_lucas_1.png“...we have a Government that is hell bent on cuts that hit the most vulnerable the hardest, that treats our NHS and our education system as opportunities for private companies to profit, and that refuses to to make the richest in our society pay their fair share of tax.  

Now like never before we need a grass roots movement to stand up against the attacks on the welfare state, and to  the whole public sector.  

The People’s Assembly shows that there are alternatives to the cruel and counterproductive austerity agenda, and that the people are prepared to fight for them.”

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Mark Serwotka, General Secretary, PCS Union

Join the demonstration on 21 June...

mark_serwotka1.jpg"...and tell this cabinet of millionaires that we will not accept their cruel and unnecessary cuts to welfare and public services.

And we are going to fight their pay cuts and rip off privatisations. Austerity is a con that makes the rich richer at the expense of the majority" 

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Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary, The People's Assembly

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

sam_fairbairn.jpg"...austerity means falling living standards and poverty wages for the majority. The so called 'economic recovery' only demonstrates that it's getting better for those at the top, while Cameron and the politicians remain addicted to austerity.

But this government is increasingly weak and unpopular. We need to give hope to people that if they fight back they can win. Demonstrations not only put pressure on the politicians, but create confidence that can lead to further action.

Help create a movement impossible to ignore! Join us on 21 June."

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Francesca Martinez, comedian and activist

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

FrancescaMartinez.jpg"...it's hugely important that the demonstration on 21st June is as big as possible so that opposition to this neo-liberal austerity agenda is loud, clear and unable to be ignored.

Without mass public pressure and protest, the government will continue to attack the welfare state, privatise the NHS, and carry out devastating cuts to vital services, while protecting the minority corporate interests who plunged us into this financial crisis, and ignoring catastrophic climate change.

We have power in numbers and need to come together to fight for the hard-won policies that are at the heart of a humane and fair society.

Join the People's Assembly in demanding better - a government who put people before profit and who protect this beautiful environment that we all depend on. Everyone has a duty to get involved and make our voices heard!

Spread the word, keep believing in change and don't give up."

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Peter Tatchell, human rights campainer

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

peter_tachell.jpg"...the idea that there is no alternative to austerity is a huge con.

We can cut the deficit without cutting public spending, by five simple measures: axing Trident (save £100 billion), closing corporate tax avoidance loopholes (raise £30+ billion pa), ending pension tax relief on people earning £100,000+ (raise £20+ billion pa), and by introducing a financial transaction tax of 0.05% (raise £50 billion pa) and a one-off 20% wealth tax on the assets of the richest 10% (raise £800 billion).

Total: £1,000 billion extra spending money." 

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John Hilary, War on Want

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

john_hilary.jpg"…because the government’s cuts programme is hammering the poorest and most vulnerable in society, destroying public services simply to create more profit-making opportunities for the rich. 

There are now over five million people in Britain earning less than a living wage, and that number is growing year on year. We need a society where people are guaranteed decent work that takes them out of poverty, not deeper into it.

The People’s Assembly offers a positive alternative to the government’s nightmare of austerity. War on Want is proud to be part of the growing movement fighting for a better future for all".

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Lindsey German, Convenor, Stop the War Coalition

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

lindsey_german1.jpg"...a vicious government which has made people worse off, is vindictive against those on benefits, is privatising the NHS, and is spending money on weapons and war, cannot claim to be representing the majority.

We should take to the streets to oppose it and to demand that everyone in this extremely rich country has the right to a decent income, housing, free education and health care. A better world is possible."

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Kate Hudson, CND

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

kate_hudson.jpg"...the same government that says there is no money for health, education and public services wants to spend over a hundred billion pounds on replacing Trident nuclear weapons.  The reality is that there is plenty of money out there. But the government is spending it on the wrong priorities.  

They always find money for war and weapons: money for killing and death. It's time to put a stop to this: our money must be spent on meeting people's real needs."

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Paul Mackney, Greece Solidarity Campaign

Join the demonstration on 21 June because...

paul_mackney.jpg“The Greece Solidarity Campaign supports the People’s Assembly because friends and comrades in Greece said that our first duty of solidarity is to fight austerity measures at home.

The People’s Assembly supports the Greece Solidarity Campaign to join forces with those resisting at the sharpest end in a country where IMF, EU and ECB austerity measures have wrecked the very social fabric of a whole population, with over 30% unemployment,  three million people not covered by health insurance, massive reductions (up to 50%) in wages and pensions. 

We need to keep this link strong because what is happening in Greece now is what Cameron has planned for us in Britain if he gets back after the next election.”

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Bruce Kent, peace campaigner

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"...we are not 'ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.' Lets cut the hypocrisy. We live in an increasingly  unjust society. Whats needed is a maximum wage as well as a minimum one."

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Andrew Gamble, Author of 'Crisis without end? The unravelling of western prosperity'

You should join the demonstration on 21 June because...

andrewgamble.jpg"...despite the signs of recovery this crisis is not over. Austerity is stretching ahead as far as we can see. The costs of the banking crisis are still being borne mainly by working people and by the public services on which we all rely.

Governments are going to need greater resources not fewer to do all the things expected of them, and meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain future. Creating new forms of solidarity and public action are essential to bring about the change of direction which is urgently needed."

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