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!
Wednesday 23 March / 5 p.m. / Shire Hall, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AP
The Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers (NUT) association has called a protest, Hands Off Our Schools, against the government's new policy that all schools in England must become academies. Cambridgeshire NUT points out that there's no evidence academy schools perform better than those under local authority control. It argues that 'the extension of academies has more to do with the desire of the government to make schools into businesses than with improving education.'Read more
Wednesday 9 March / 8 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ
Last month the government announced that it would quit negotiations with the British Medical Association (BMA) and simply impose its unsafe, unfair new contract on junior doctors in England. The junior doctors are beginning their fight against imposition with a 48-hour industrial action, providing emergency care only between 8 a.m. on Wednesday 9 March and 8 a.m. on Friday 11 March. They have the full support of the Cambridge People's Assembly, and we'd urge anyone who can to visit their picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital between 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday 2 March / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP
Everyone's welcome at our March 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 latest draft.Read more
Tuesday 1 March / 7.30 p.m. / Keynes Hall, King's College, Cambridge CB2 1ST
The crude and hateful remarks of the would-be US presidential candidate Donald Trump have opened eyes, but reasonable people may still be reluctant to accept the idea that racism can target the religion of Islam. Yet what's happened in recent years, especially since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, can be understood as Muslim identities being recast as markers of racial difference – and so made available to hate.*Read more
Wednesday 24 February / 7 p.m. / Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie have been placed in special measures. The future of some clinical services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital is doubtful in view of a possible merger. And the £800m, five-year contract to provide older people's and community care services in Cambridgeshire, awarded to the NHS consortium UnitingCare after an expensive tendering process, has collapsed after eight months. The austerity policies of underfunding and marketization have left public healthcare in our county in crisis.Read more
Wednesday 17 February / 7.45 p.m. / Octagon Room, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
Continuing the Heart Unions week, the Cambridge and District Trades Council will hold a meeting on how to fight the austerity policies which held down workers' wages for almost five years (six and counting in the public sector) and are stripping away the public services on which they rely. Everyone's welcome at this meeting, where speakers will include Heather Wakefield (Head of Local Government, Police, and Justice, UNISON) and the victimized schoolteacher Simon O'Hara (National Union of Teachers), suspended from Small Heath School in Birmingham apparently for his work as an NUT representative.
Thursday 11 February / 12.30 p.m. / Market Square, Cambridge CB2
As the government's repressive Trade Union Bill is debated in the House of Lords this month and next, the Trades Union Congress is supporting a week of events, Heart Unions, to raise awareness of why unions matter and how the bill threatens them. We'll reaffirm our belief that organizing in unions gives us our best everyday chance of a fair deal at work and outside.Read more
Wednesday 10 February / 10 a.m. / Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ
The junior doctors of the British Medical Association (BMA) have been forced to return to strike action by the government's failure to address their concerns about their new contract: from 8 a.m. on Wednesday to 8 a.m. on Thursday they will provide emergency care only. The Cambridge People's Assembly continues to support fully the doctors, and we'd urge anyone who can to visit their picket at Addenbrooke's Hospital between 8 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. or to join their strike rally there at 10 a.m.Read more
Wednesday 3 February / 7.30 p.m. / River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP
Everyone's welcome at our February 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 latest draft.Read more