Last week’s events make it even more important that we fight the government‘s agenda of slashing the public services and wrecking our communities.
With youth unemployment at an all-time high and the vulnerable in our society being squeezed by cut after cut, no wonder many are angry.
There are statements from a variety of campaigning organisations here, here and here, and one written for a Southwark-based website here.
We have been sent details of an online petition that you might consider signing which calls for, amongst other things, an end to public sector spending cuts.
On Thursday this week, there is a public meeting in Brixton entitled “Defending our communities: The future of children and young people in Lambeth” at 6.30 pm, which is backed by Lambeth SOS and others.
Other events related to the issue of the riots, may be organised at short notice. Keep checking this page for updates.
Please come and help the 'Camberwell Needs a Jobcentre' Campaign:
Tuesday 16th August 12-1.30
Wed 17th 12-1.30
Thurs 18th 12-1.30
Meet at JCP office, Camberwell Green SE5 7AF.
Sat 20th August 1 - 3pm
Meet Butterfly Walk Shopping Centre, Camberwell SE5 8RW.
If you can help with any of the above, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07879424631. Please sign our on line petition at petitiononline/pcslands & send this link to your friends and colleagues.
Friday 19th August
‘Fighting the Cuts to our Benefits’. Discussion& organising meeting. Including the Judicial Review of Government actions in the Courts, introduced by Solicitor Ravi Low-Beer. Venue: Students Union Bar, Goldsmiths Student Union, University of London, Dixon Road, London SE14 6NW. Organised by Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN)
Tuesday 23rd August
7pm Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public Meeting at The Priory Arms, Lansdowne Way. Stockwell. SW8 2BP. It is 5 minutes from Stockwell tube (See map)
Wednesday 31st August
7pm Emergency Meeting of 'London Keep Our NHS Public'. Camden Town Hall (venue to be confirmed)
3 – 9 September
Week of action: NHS trade unions are planning local campaigning events between3 and 9 September to coincide with the Bill returning to the Commons to include lobbying MPs, holding community stalls, petition- signing and press stunts. More details to follow.
Saturday 3rd September
‘Stop the EDL in East London’. The English Defence League attempt to use racism and violence to divert opposition to cuts and austerity. Assemble from 11am, Weavers Fields, London E2 6HW. Called by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and supported by two national trade unions, many local campaigns and Southwark UNISON (Phone 020 7525 6030 for Southwark meet-up details.)
Candle-lit vigil for the NHS Wednesday at Houses of Parliament to mark the Third Reading of the Health & Social Care Bill. Trade unions and community groups are planning to hold vigils at local hospitals and at the offices of local MPs. NHS staff and patients will gather for a candle lit vigil outside the Houses of Parliament at the time that MPs are due to vote on the Bill. To find out more sign up at the Join the vigil for the NHS website.
Sunday 11 September
1.30pm. Rally & March calling for coordinated strike action on pensions throughout the public sector. Rally at Friends Meeting House, Euston (speakers to include Mark Serwotka and Bob Crow), then a march to the TUC. Organised by the National Shop Stewards Network ( NSSN.) supported by the PCS NEC. Petition and more details here.
March Against the Lib Dems – Birmingham, Sunday 18thSeptember. Supported by the Midlands TUC and anti-cuts groups across the Midlands.
March Against the Tories – Manchester, Sunday 2ndOctober. Supported by NW Region TUC, several national campaigns and trade unions. Enquiries about transport from Southwark here.