Sunday, 23 January 2011

Tuesday 25th - Protest at Southwark Council meeting

Tuesday 25th - Protest at Southwark Council meeting
Assemble 3 pm at Southwark Town Hall, Peckham Road SE15. The protest will then continue throughout the Council meeting which starts at 4 pm.We need hundreds of people outside to tell the Council: 'No Cuts!'

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Fight against cuts: Action Update

The enormous anger against the Con-Dems hasn’t gone away, and we have ongoing action in Southwark – Arts students in Camberwell and Adult Learners in Peckham, school students and trade unions also organising for a mass demonstration at Southwark Town Hall on 25th (For details of all of these see Listing below.)

  • Help with leafleting, and bring your friends/workmates to the events listed below
  • Please consider helping to organise SSOS activities. We need extra people to help with: preparing & printing leaflets; organising teams to distribute publicity; updating Facebook, Blogspot etc.; updating supporters’ contact information; contacting the press; organising funds and other finance; chairing, or taking minutes at our meetings; other stuff. Please contact Chris (0793 9090 667) if you can volunteer for one of the above, or to get further details.
WEDNESDAY 19th JANUARY: March on Parliament to save EMA
4pm: Assemble at Piccadilly Circus; 5pm: March to Parliament Square
Students, education workers and all defenders of the right to education, unite and join the demonstration as MPs debate the end of EMA. Bring your friends, your colleagues and your union banners.

Also on Wed 19th January  - SSOS Organising Meeting
Open to all. Please come. 7pm, Room A3, South Bank Uni, London Rd building. For details including agenda contact Chris on 0793 9090667. Please note invitation above asking for your help in organising our campaigns.

Saturday 22nd January – Leafleting
Join in street leafleting. We need to be publicising the demonstration at Southwark Town Hall planned for 25th   Email: or phone/text John on 07519 811657 to say what you can do.

Also on Saturday 22nd
National Campaign against Fees & Cuts conference. Venue: University College, London WC1E 6BT
National Shop Stewards Network Conference, South Camden School, NW1.

Tuesday 25th - Protest at Southwark Council meeting
Assemble 3 pm at Southwark Town Hall, Peckham Road SE15. The protest will then continue throughout the Council meeting which starts at 4 pm.We need hundreds of people outside to tell the Council: 'No Cuts!'

Wednesday 26th – Protest outside Southwark Council meeting discussing EMA
6 pm at Southwark Town Hall, Peckham Road SE15. Support the school students who will address the Councillors at 6.30 pm.
Saturday 29th – Demonstration in London against Education cuts
Details to be announced.

Chris Kelly,
for Southwark SOS Campaign

Friday, 14 January 2011

Southwark Says NO to the Cuts!

Our Council should oppose - not impose - vicious Tory/LiDem attacks!

Tues 25 Januar y 3pm onwards | Peckham Town Hall
Peckham Road, London SE5
Ever yone come along: students,
pensioners, workers, community groups,
parents, children Unite and fight!

Help spread the word and make this protest massive
For copies of leaflets/posters and to join our campaign
T WIT TE R: @southwarkSOS
PHONE: Michael 07983 475 050

Monday, 10 January 2011

Save Southwark Adult Learning Campaign - ARTS TEACH-IN


Inspired by the actions of university students campaigning against tuition fee rises, Southwark Adult Learning campaign is organising a Teach-in at the Thomas Calton Centre in Alpha Street, Peckham SE15 4NX (behind Netto’s) from 11am til 8pm on Monday 17  January.

The aim of the teach-in is to highlight draconian cuts and impossible enrolment targets which spell almost certain closure for a whole range of arts, crafts, dance, fitness and other life-enhancing courses. Beginning at 11am, the teach-in promises to be a day-long festival of arts, crafts, banner-making, drawing, painting, knitting, sewing, massage, discussion, talks, music and movement. 

The celebratory event will demonstrate the importance of adult learning to the people of Southwark. Artists, celebrities, students and the local community will come together to say NO to Southwark council’s destructive new adult-education rules and fees hikes.  We warmly invite anyone and everyone who cares about arts and education to come along whenever they can, and join in to support our stand.

  • Stop fee rises
  • No class closures
  • Restore concessions for those on benefits
  • NO to impossible targets
  • Keep our community together
Background information
The fee rises affect all courses other than basic skills. After only one class and one term, students, whether waged or not, are expected to pay a premium fee of £165 - a rise of over £100 for those previously entitled to concessions.  After a barrage of complaints and appeals, Southwark council has finally admitted that this has not been imposed by the Skills Funding Agency as management had previously claimed. The Skills Funding Agency recommends concessions for the whole year.  It is Southwark’s own decision to withhold concessions. Also, courses that cannot attract enough ‘new learners’ will be forced to close: arts and crafts course will be particularly hit.  Several courses already closed in the winter term because of these barriers.

Voices of students
Vincent: Our ‘teach in’ will celebrate the brilliant work produced by adult learners in Southwark. People have gained skills that they want to build on and to share with others. We want to show Southwark council that they are not just destroying learning but a vibrant and talented community.’

 Carlo: ‘The ceramics class inspires me. It gives me one day a week to really look forward to when I can go somewhere, be with people and do something I love – all of us love it!   If the cuts go ahead, I will again be in semi-seclusion, there will be nowhere for me to go and meet people.’

Joan: My class is very active and everyone is making progress.  What a waste to throw this away.  Southwark is pro-arts.  Why cut classes and damage creativity?  For what?  Some crazy rules?’

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Here's to a New Year filled with Resistance!

Wednesday 19 JANUARY: Next SSOS Organising Meeting 
Open to all. Please come along. 7pm, Room A3, South Bank Uni, London Rd building.