Tuesday 10 October / 5 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

A short notice to say that we're glad to be taking part in Cambridge Defend Education's Disorientation event tonight! The student-organized meeting is 'intended to bring together those who are made to feel uncomfortable at Cambridge, or who refuse to grow comfortable with the way that the systems in this university and town operate.'

Children's centres under threat

Tuesday 10 October / 1.30 p.m. / Shire Hall, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AJ

Cambridge Labour Party has called a demonstration today against the Conservative-controlled County Council's proposed £1m austerity cuts to Cambridgeshire children's centres, which will involve closing 30 of 40. (The Council's Children and Young People Committee is meeting at 2 p.m. to discuss the cuts.) These important centres offer family support, advice about education and childcare, parenting courses, and play sessions. The Cambridge People's Assembly supports this demonstration and will bring its banner.

'We have the streets'

We present the text of our steward's speech on the coach from Cambridge to the Take Back Manchester demonstration on Sunday 1 October.

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Agenda for the October CPA meeting

Wednesday 4 October / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP

Everyone's welcome at our October 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 draft which circulated on our mailing list last week.

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For fast food rights

The Cambridge People's Assembly Against Austerity sends a message of solidarity to the McDonald's workers in our city and in Crayford taking strike action as members of the Baking, Food, and Allied Workers' Union on Monday 4 September. Forty people have organized to stand up for workers' interests against a multinational corporation: their bravery, judgement, and careful preparation have already been rewarded with a 95.7 per cent vote for strike action and immediate concessions from the employer. We stand by the McDonald's workers as they demand action against management bullying, a £10 hourly wage, union rights, and guaranteed working hours.

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Manchester Appeal

The last few months have seen enormous political shifts, a trend that looks set to continue. Theresa May and the Conservative Party have got themselves in a real mess, with a dramatically weakened Government, a divided party, and no obvious way out of the situation.

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Strike at McDonald's

Monday 4 September / 6–7 a.m. / McDonald's, 639 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8WL

McDonald's workers in Cambridge will strike on 4 September against management bullying and for a £10 hourly wage, union rights, and guaranteed hours. Workers in the Baking, Food, and Allied Workers' Union at the restaurant on Newmarket Road and at another restaurant in Crayford, south-east London, voted 95.7 per cent in favour of the action. The Cambridge People's Assembly fully supports the strikers, and will carry its banner to their early-morning picket line.

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Motion to support the Cambridge coach

As always, we want to have local trade unions well represented on our coach to Take Back Manchester on Sunday 1 October. Please feel free to adapt the model motion below and put it to your union branch!

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Minutes of the August CPA meeting

There follow the minutes of our August meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 September at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.

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Open planning meeting for Take Back Manchester

Monday 14 August / 8 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, 5–7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD (if dry) or Charlie's Coffee Company, 45 Burleigh Street, Cambridge CB1 1DJ (if wet)

We're always grateful for the warm support of other local organizations when we set out to organize transport to People's Assembly demonstrations. Now that we're working on a coach to Take Back Manchester for Sunday 1 October, some of those friends have called an open meeting for local activists to discuss how we can work together to build for this demo.

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