Wednesday, 5 October 2011

35,000 Protested at Tory Party Conference, Manchester

Southwark campaigners joined 35,000  protesters in Manchester at the weekend and heard calls for action from many trade union leaders and anti-cuts activists.  Our listing below has events on health, education, pensions, and the closure of the Job Centre. There will be plenty of discussion about cuts at the Southwark meetings on Wednesday & Thursday this week, so come along!

The 38 degrees campaigners are asking you to make sure your organisation or group are bombarding lords with letters and emails asking them to vote against the Health & Social Care bill. They have a campaign plan here with suggestions of what you can do. Other updates, and campaign activities organised by Keep Our NHS Public here, as well as in the listing below.

Thursday 6th October
5 -8 pm. Community Meeting to Discuss the Recent Disturbances. Rye Lane Chapel (next to Primark) 59A Rye Lane, SE15 5EX. Everyone welcome. Chaired by Margaret Greer - London Region Black Members Committee, Unison, Speakers: April Ashley, Southwark Unison, and from Southwark Save Our Services. More details from 
here or phone 020 7525 6030.

Thursday 6th October
6.30pm. ‘Education Against Austerity ‘ –  speakers from various campaigns, and discussion about the way forward for campaigns in further & higher education. Venue: The Quad, LSE Houghton ST, WC2A 2AE. Organised by Education Activist Network (EAN). Details of meeting here.

Friday 7th October 
8PM until midnight. The 7th annual 'celebration of creative lunacy'
Fundraiser for the campaign against welfare benefits cuts. At the Montague Arms, 289 Queens Rd, New Cross, London SE15. Admission £5 / £2 concessions. The artists featured will include the legendary Edgar Broughton.

Sunday 9th October
1pm. ‘Block the Bridge to Block the Bill!’ Support UK Uncut to occupy Westminster Bridge in an 11th hour action to try and stop the Health & Social Care Bill. Nearly 1000 people (student nurses, pensioners, and those from KONP groups) have signed up to attend on Facebook in less than two days. More information here .

Monday 10th October
10 am - 6pm. A 'picket' of the Royal College of Nursing HQ (20 Cavendish Square, London W1G ORN - 5 mins walk from Oxford St tube, and just behind John Lewis store) . Supported by London KONP. The idea is to try to shame the RCN into protesting much more vigorously against the Lansley Bill and get some publicity the day before the Bill goes to the Lords and to hand out leaflets. Come for any period of time, short or long!

Tuesday 11th October
5.45pm – 7 pm. Action on day of House of Lords 2nd Reading  of the Health Bill.Public invited to meeting in the House of CommonsOrganised by the NHS Support Federation. Full details of speakers and application to attend are here. (Booking essential to gain place.)

Wednesday 12th  October (until Saturday)
12.30- 1.30 pm daily (Saturday 1 – 3pm). Leafleting to advertise the assembly/demonstration on Camberwell Green (20th Oct) against the closure of Camberwell JobCentre Plus. If you can help, contact the organiser or just turn up.

Advance notice (Further details to be announced):

Monday 17th October(until Thursday): Lunchtime leafleting to advertise the assembly/demonstration on Camberwell Green against the closure of Camberwell JobCentre Plus. (See above.)

Thursday 20th October: 5.30 – 7 pm. Rally and demonstration against closure of Camberwell JobCentre, Camberwell Green. (Speakers and background here.)

Monday 24th October: Leafleting Kings Hospital as the UNITE pensions strike ballot begins. (Further details of times and other locations to follow.)

Tuesday 25th October : 7pmNext London meeting of London Keep Our NHS Public (KONP). Venue to be confirmed. More information here.

Wednesday 26th October: Teachers & Lecturers ‘March on the Treasury’ (before Lobby of Parliament). Organised by several teachers unions. Details of protests arehere.

Saturday, October 29: 10am - 5pm – ‘The New College of Resistance’ Conference. Organised by Education Activist Network (EAN). Further details here.

Saturday 5th  NovemberThe Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London. National demonstration - assembling at Temple Embankment, 12 noon, marching to Trafalgar Square. Details are here.

Wednesday 9th November: National Student demonstration. Called by NUS. Initial publicity here.  Also, Southwark Trades Union Council public meeting on Pensions (evening).  Details to follow.

Thursday 10th  November: ‘Colleges Inc!’ - film & discussion at Southbank University for all students, staff and others about the campaign against privatisation, cuts and pensions reform. Details to follow.

Saturday 19th November: ‘Unite the Resistance’ Conference, 10am - 5pm, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London NW1. Details here.

Wednesday 30th November: Public sector united strike over pensions.

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