Monday 16 March / 6 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
The Coalition Government abolished the public NHS in England when it passed the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 ... The Act effectively reduces the NHS to a funding stream and a logo. Behind the logo, corporations bid for health contracts in a regulated market.
The public health doctor and campaigner for a public NHS, Allyson Pollock (author of NHS plc, on an earlier stage of privatization under New Labour), will show 'why the marketization prescribed to cure the NHS is having such disastrous side effects' at an event on Monday organized by the Cambridge Green Party 'to enthuse and inspire the fightback'. Our close allies in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public will also contribute, alongside the Greens' parliamentary candidate in Cambridge, Rupert Read. This is a free event.Read more
Wednesday 11 March / 6.45 p.m. / Lab 002, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT
As part of the parallel education manifesto campaigns by the National Union of Teachers and the University and College Union, the two unions are holding an Education Question Time in Cambridge, with the teachers and educationalists Tony Booth (University of Cambridge), Julia Flutter (Cambridge Primary Review Trust), Philipa Harvey (NUT), Andrew McGettigan (Central St Martins and City Lit), and Wendy Scott (consultant). Their expertise will be on hand as we work out, what education system do we have? And what education system do we want?
We're asked to register to attend this free event.
Wednesday 4 March / 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'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the draft which circulated on our mailing list yesterday.Read more
Thursday 5 February / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
Everyone's welcome at our monthly meeting. We'll agree the agenda at the start, but here's the current draft.Read more
Thursday 4 December / 7 p.m. / Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road, Cambridge CB1 1JW
TTIP is ... correctly understood not as a negotiation between two competing trading partners, but as an attempt by transnational corporations to prise open and deregulate markets on both sides of the Atlantic.
Thursday's event can't be missed: John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want (latest book The Poverty of Capitalism), will introduce the threat of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.
This is the trade agreement in secret negotiation between the United States and the European Union, under which workers' rights, product standards, and environmental regulations would be targeted as so many barriers to trade, and public services broken up as unfair monopolies. Meanwhile under the mechanism of 'investor–state dispute settlement', transnational corporations would be able to sue states should their elected assemblies pass laws which might curb profits in any way – which is why the People's Assembly Conference 2014 described it as 'a frontal assault against democracy'.Read more
Thursday 27 November / 7.30 p.m. / Cambridge Union, 9a Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB
People's Assembly activist and press officer Clare Solomon is a guest at the Cambridge Union student debating society tonight, speaking against the motion, 'This house believes that austerity works'. You can imagine what she'll be up against, so if you're a Cambridge Union member, please go along and give Clare some moral support!
Some readers will recall Clare's speech at the Women's Day event we held on 8 March with the Cambridge and District Trades Council. No doubt she'll be as brilliant tonight.
Thursday 27 November / 5 p.m. / Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Cambridge CB2 1RX
There is a tension within radical politics that has stubbornly refused to ease. Street movements and university theorists are as likely to appear worlds apart as to be well integrated, with worries on either side that the other is missing something vitally important.
Tonight Cambridge Defend Education will hold the last seminar in its important series Critical Theory and Practice. Following Nina Power, Göran Therborn, Bruno Bosteels, Ed Emery, and Peter Thomas, this time the philosopher Peter Hallward (latest book Concept and Form, as joint editor with Knox Peden) will give a seminar on 'Organizing Capacity'.
This is going to be great.
Wednesday 26 November / 8 p.m. / Queen's Building, Emmanuel College, Cambridge CB2 3AP
We've noticed that the geographer Danny Dorling (latest book Inequality and the 1%) is speaking in Cambridge tomorrow at the invitation of the Cambridge University Geographical Society, on a subject at the centre of our concerns. Austerity sharpens inequalities – and a nice sharp inequality can be used as a tool to hone austerity.
We think Danny Dorling's talk will be of broad interest and well worth hearing. Tickets are £2 on the door.
Friday 28 November / 7.30 p.m. / The Boathouse, Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AX
Our friends in Cambridge Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) have jointly organized a remarkable night of film and theatre 'to defend and celebrate the NHS' this Friday night. As part of the Just Press Mini-Festival of Dissenting Ideas (although we wonder if privatization and underfunding aren't the dissenting ideas where the NHS is concerned), Cambridge KONP and Just Press are presenting
- the documentary film Sell-Off: The Abolition of Your NHS, produced by doctors concerned that profit rather than patient care is driving current reforms in the NHS, and
- the 'cartoon action' play Conversations with a National Treasure, performed by Theatre of the Streets.