There follow the minutes of our May meeting, including an introduction to the new education campaign, and with a report on the national demonstration of 16 April and a development of its demands attached. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 June at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.Read more
We're sending a second free coach to the national People's Assembly demonstration this Saturday, 16 April! Booking is open again through our Eventbrite page. And now the Panama leaks have implicated the prime minister of two austerity governments in an offshore tax avoidance scam,* what was a demonstration for Health, Homes, Jobs, and Education has adopted a fifth demand: the resignation of David Cameron.Read more
Saturday 9 April / 11.30 a.m. / Burleigh Street (outside the Grafton Centre), Cambridge CB1
After our big stall with friends outside the Grafton Centre last week, we'll hold another on our own, where we'll again be handing out leaflets and signing up passengers for the last few seats on our free coach to the Health, Homes, Jobs, and Education demonstration on 16 April (visit our Eventbrite page to book yours). Again, come and say hello, or help out for a few minutes!
Saturday 2 April / 11.30 a.m. / Burleigh Street (outside the Grafton Centre), Cambridge CB1
Tomorrow we'll join with Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public to hold a big stall outside the Grafton Centre, where we'll be handing out leaflets and signing up passengers for the last few seats on our free coach to the Health, Homes, Jobs, and Education demonstration on 16 April (visit our Eventbrite page to book yours). Come and say hello, or help out for a few minutes!
I hope ... you can look again ... at the balance of the cuts you have insisted upon and wonder if enough has been done to ensure 'we are all in this together'.
The resignation of welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith, in protest at the cuts to remaining disability benefits in last week's budget, set off a war inside the Conservative government. Mr Duncan Smith's conscience wasn't apparently troubled by the unfair work capability assessments his department previously forced on disabled people (or by its bedroom tax, or by the rising numbers driven to food banks by its welfare sanctions) – but regardless of the messenger's credibility, his resignation letter and interviews have brought basic criticisms of Tory austerity to the forefront of every political debate.Read more
Saturday 16 April / 1 p.m. / Gower Street and Euston Road, London NW1
The People's Assembly has called a national demonstration for Saturday 16 April, demanding the basic social needs that austerity policies can't answer: health, homes, jobs, and education. Our London demonstration with 250,000 people last June was the first strong retort to the Conservatives' narrow election win in May. Now we have to show again the growing pressure for an alternative – and as with previous London demonstrations, the Cambridge People's Assembly will provide free transport!