Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Opposition to Tory cuts is mounting fast…

The sheer number of demonstrations and protest meetings coming up shows that opposition to government cuts is escalating.  
Come and support action in Camberwell on Thursday and at Kings College Hospital next Monday (details below).
Will your trade union branch, campaign group, or tenants association be meeting in the next few weeks? Please invite a Southwark SOS speaker to talk about building support for 30th November, when 2-3 million people will be on strike against cuts to public sector pensions. Contact us here to arrange this.
If you can help us with leafleting - as many of you did leading up to the TUC demonstration on 26th March – please email us .


Monday – Thursday, 17th- 20th October
12.30- 1.30 pm. Daily lunchtime leafleting to advertise the assembly/demonstration (20th Oct) on Camberwell Green against the closure of Camberwell JobCentre Plus. If you can help, contact the organiser or just turn up.

Monday 17 October
7pm. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public meeting at Priory Arms, 83 Lansdowne Way, Stockwell SW8 2BP. (5 minutes from Stockwell tube).  Briefing notes for the next stage of the campaign against the H&SC Bill here .

Wednesday 19th October
1 pm. Action against companies benefiting from workfare. Outside Welfare to Work Conference, Business Design Centre, Upper St N1 0HQ. Details here . Organised by Boycott Workfare campaign.

Thursday 20th October
5.30 – 7 pm. Rally and demonstration against closure of Camberwell JobCentre, Camberwell Green. Details on Facebook event here

Saturday 22nd October
11 am- 1 pm. Fight the Cuts to Disability Benefits rally. GLA Building (City Hall), Queen’s Walk SE1 2AA. Map here .Organised by Hardest Hit – event details here .

Sunday 23rd October
11 am - 5pm. ‘Defend Welfare’ Gathering. Somers Town Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, London, NW1 1EE (5 minutes’ walk from Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross stations). Workshops on the Boycott Workfare campaign, Stopping Atos & the work capability assessment, Cuts to Housing and Human Rights, Data and Privacy. Wheelchair accessible. Facebook link here .

Monday 24th October
7.30am onwards. Leafleting Kings Hospital as the UNITE pensions strike ballot begins. 10.30 Battle Bus arrives at Education Centre, Cutcombe Road SE5 9RX. (If you can help, phone Frank Wood on 07798 531 734.)

Monday 24th October
7pm, Southwark Defend Council Housing meeting. Parish Office, St John the Evangelist church, Larcom Street, off Walworth Road, SE17 1RY.

Monday, 24th October
7.30 pm. ‘Campaign Against Riot Evictions’ Public Meeting. At Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ. Organised by Hackney Community Law Centre & Unite Housing Workers Branch 1/1111. More information  here and leaflet here .

Tuesday 25th October
8.30 – 10 am. Demonstration to support legal challenge against pension change from RPI to CPI. Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2. Called by PCS and National Pensioners Convention.

11.30 till 4pm. Lobby of Parliament against the cuts to youth service nationally. Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, Details here . Organised by Choose Youth campaign and supported by Unite the Union.

7pm. London Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) public meeting. Venue: Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, WC1H 9JE. More information here. Briefing notes for the next stage of the campaign against the H&SC Bill here .

Wednesday 26th October
12 noon onwards. ‘March on the Treasury’ (before Lobby of Parliament). Assemble Victoria Tower Gardens, London SW1P. Organised by teachers and lecturers unions. Background info here .

1-3pm. National Pensioners Convention rally and lobby of MPs about our pensions. Committee Room 14, House of Commons

6 pm. Greenwich evictions protest at Greenwich Town Hall, SE18. Background info here .

Saturday 29th October
11 am - 5pm.  ‘The New College of Resistance’ Conference/Teach-in. Kings College, University of London. Organised by Education Activist Network (EAN). Conference aims and speakers here Timetable here .  Facebook page here .

Advance notice (Further details to be announced):

Wednesday 2nd November: 7 pm. Organising meeting of Southwark Save Our Services Campaign held at London Southbank University, London Road Building. Individuals or representatives of local campaigns always welcome. Email southwarksos@gmail.com or phone 07939 090 667.  

Saturday 5th November: 12 noon National demonstration as the Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London Assemble at Temple Embankment, marching to Trafalgar Square. Details are here. Organised by Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) campaign.

Wednesday 9th November: National Student demonstration. March from central London to The City. Called by NCAFC. Officially backed by NUS. Initial publicity here and here . Facebook page here .

Wednesday 9th November:  7 pm. Southwark Trades Union Council public meeting on Pensions. Walworth Methodist Hall. 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 12th November: 10 am – 4 pm. South East Region TUC ‘Fighting for Public Services and Pensions Justice For All’ Mobilising Conference at Congress House, Great Russell Street WC1B 3LS. Details here .

Saturday 12th November : 1.30 pm.  ‘Give Our Youth a Future’ demonstration. Assemble Windrush Square, Brixton. March to Max Roach Park.  Save Youth Services, Save Children’s Services, Save Our Schools, Save Free Education. Called by Lambeth Save Our Services campaign. Download a leaflet here .

Saturday 19th November: ‘Unite the Resistance’ Convention, to build support for the November 30th strikes. 10am - 5pm, Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre, Vincent Square SW1P 2PE. For trade union activists, anti-cuts campaigners, young people, students and pensioners. Details and bookings here and Facebook page here .

19th November: 12 noon. March in Defence of Women's Rights! The government’s approach to cutting the deficit risks turning back time on women's equality’. Assemble: Temple Tube, Westminster. Called by the Fawcett Society. Details of the event are here.

Wednesday 30th November: Public sector united strike over pensions. Picket lines across Southwark, and nationally. Strikers and their supporters are assembling near Elephant & Castle before the Central London demonstration (details to follow).

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