Wednesday 24 June / 6 p.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
In the week that Greece's Syriza government has returned to the negotiating table and its people to the streets, the Cambridge Greece Solidarity Campaign and the Cambridge People's Assembly will hold an informal free concert in solidarity with the Greek people's struggle to break with the austerity policies that are crushing their country.
Wednesday 10 June / 7.30 p.m. / The Fields Children's Centre, Galfrid Road, Cambridge CB5 8ND
Nurseries and reception classes are fighting to keep themselves a protected space for learning in a child-led way, where our practice is free from the pressure to score children.
Following last month's picnic and information session as part of the Primary Charter's Four, Too Young to Test campaign, David Whitebread (Too Much Too Soon campaign), Sara Tomlinson (Primary Charter), and Rosie Dutton (Summer Born) will speak at a seminar supported by our friends in the Cambridgeshire NUT. They'll explain why the baseline tests the government is introducing for four-year olds are 'damaging to our children, our teachers, and our schools', and introduce the national campaign to stop them.
This is a free event but we're asked to book a seat, either on the Cambridgeshire NUT website or by phone on 07921 724270. Tea and coffee will be served from 7 p.m.
Thursday 11 June / 7.30 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
Join us next Thursday to discuss the government's austerity policies and how to fight them! Put your questions to our activist panel: local education campaigner Paula Champion, local health campaigner Margaret Ridley, People's Assembly officer and former student leader Clare Solomon, and Cambridge and District Trades Council secretary Tom Woodcock. The discussion will be chaired by Cambridge People's Assembly member Olivier Tonneau.Read more
Saturday 30 May / 12 for 12.30 p.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
To build for the End Austerity Now demonstration in London on 20 June, we're demonstrating with numerous other groups in Cambridge this Saturday!
We'll meet in Market Square from 12 midday, before things start at 12.30. Before and after the march we'll hear speakers on education, libraries, housing, the NHS, mental health and disabilities, zero-hours contracts, and the scapegoating of immigrants. Other speakers will represent community, political, and student organizations. The march itself will be a short one, towards the Round Church and back down Trinity Street to Market Square. Please join us, with placards if you can!Read more
Saturday 23 May / 12 midday / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
The Cambridge People's Assembly and the Cambridge and District Trades Council are holding a stall in Market Square tomorrow to build for the People's Assembly's national demonstration on Saturday 20 June, End Austerity Now. We're going to distribute leaflets, tell people about the free coach transport we're organizing, and (we hope) sign them up as passengers.Read more
Sunday 17 May / 1 p.m. / Jesus Green by Victoria Avenue (near the children's playground), Cambridge CB4
There's a campaigning picnic in Cambridge this Sunday, National Children's Day! This is a play, picnic, and information session on the Primary Charter's Four, Too Young to Test campaign, against the government's plans to extend SAT testing to four-year-olds. We're asked to bring a contribution to the picnic.
Wednesday 6 May / 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. As always we'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list earlier today.Read more
Saturday 2 May / 1 p.m. / John Lewis, 10 Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DS
The union-supported consumer campaign to help John Lewis cleaners win the Living Wage is coming to Cambridge!
Alberto Durango, general secretary of the Independent Workers of Great Britain union which organizes agency cleaners chiefly in London, hopes to be able to join this peaceful lobby of John Lewis customers. Our intention is to talk to customers on the street outside the store, raise awareness of the campaign, and seek new signatures to a petition which has already gained almost 150,000 signatures online. As the petition explains:
John Lewis brands itself as a company that is committed to treating its suppliers, customers and partners with fairness. But it has contracted out its cleaning services. Its cleaners receive less than the Living Wage and are not entitled to the bonus payments paid to directly employed staff.
The three parliamentary candidates whose platforms include support for the Living Wage – Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats), Rupert Read (Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (Labour Party) – have also been asked for their support. Dr Huppert and Mr Zeichner have so far said they hope to be able to come.
We'll meet at the corner of Downing Street and St Andrew's Street.
Wednesday 15 April / 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 moved from our usual first Wednesday to avoid a clash with another meeting to which we'd been kindly invited to send a speaker.) We'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list last week.
Monday 13 April / 7.30 p.m. / Wesley Centre Nave, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
This event wasn't quite finalized when we noted some forthcoming Cambridge hustings events last week, but our close allies in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public will hold their own hustings on Monday 13 April, examining the parliamentary candidates' views on the ongoing privatization of the NHS and its consequences. The candidates will be Chamali Fernando (Conservative Party), Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats), Rupert Read (Green Party), and Daniel Zeichner (Labour Party).