Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Southwark Action Alert 20 November 2012

Protests around the country last week (including one at the Elephant & Castle) showed that there are many people in the UK keen to support and to copy the strike action that swept across much of Europe last Wednesday. Cuts to education, hospitals, benefits, working conditions and housing are being opposed by demonstrations and other local protests. Come along and show your opposition to these cuts!


Wednesday 21 November

11am. National Student demonstration: “Funding Our Future #Demo2012: Educate, Employ, Empower”. Assembling at Temple Place on the Embankment. Called by the NUS. See Facebook event here. Resources and advice on building the demo from the Education Activist Network here . If you are a student in Southwark and want help with leafleting or other publicity, contact

Wednesday 21 November

10.30am. “Fuel poverty – how and why we oppose it”. Meeting organised by Southwark Pensioners Action Group. Venue: Southwark Pensioners Centre, 305-307 Camberwell Road, SE5 0HQ . Contact: or visit website at (Also see event on 29 November, below.)

Wednesday 21 November

12 noon to 1pm.  Protest in Southwark against welfare cuts and benefits sanctions. Demonstration & leafleting outside A4E, one of the private companies making profits off the backs of the sick and vulnerable.  Assemble outside their offices at 21 St George's Road, SE1 6ES. Local information from and national info at

Thursday 22 November

10.45am. Protest against Pickles and his cuts. Eric Pickles, Communities & Local Government Minister, meets Wandsworth Conservative councillors who are closing down Meals on Wheels, School Crossings and Adventure Playgrounds, and cutting home helps, disabled transport and youth clubs. Meet outside Park Court, Battersea Park Road (second block of flats from Queenstown Road end), SW11 4LD. Called by Wandsworth Against Cuts and Battersea & Wandsworth Trades Council. Contact or phone 07818066394

Saturday 24 November

2pm.  Demonstration to save Lewisham Hospital. Assemble corner of Lewisham High Street / Rennell Street (diagonally opposite Lewisham Police Station, SE13 5JZ) to march to Lewisham Hospital. More details and leaflets etc from and on-line petition at

Saturday 24 November

3pm-5pm. Public meeting: “The Housing Commission: A bleak future?” Come and discuss how to retain our housing and build a Council house or flat for everyone who needs one. Speakers: Eileen Short National Chair DCH, Julian Jackson Southwark DCH, Sally Causer Southwark Legal Advice Network. Venue: St Paul's Church Hall, Lorrimore Square, off Carter Street, Walworth Road, SE17. For more details contact:

Tuesday 27 November

1pm-2.30pm. Southwark Disabled People Against Cuts meeting at Southwark Independent Living Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB.  Please RSVP to  Please invite others you think would be interested.

Thursday 29 November

11am in central London.* Fight the Cold Homes Killers: An action to fight government and Big Six complicity in fuel poverty deaths. Organised by Fuel Poverty Action, the Greater London Pensioners’ Association and Disabled People Against Cuts. *Location to be decided by you in a poll of the worst fuel poverty killers. Vote for the “Cold Homes Killer” you want to target here, or email .

Friday 30 November

Various times.* Protests against plans to rip up working conditions in the civil service and related organisations. Tens of thousands of PCS members are being urged to take Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude at his word by staging 15-minute protests. Department for Transport (DfT) workers will strike.  *Details are here.

Saturday 1 December

10am-3pm. Organising against Gove's Curriculum and fighting for school places: London Primary Schools Conference. Venue: Reay School, Hackford Road, SW9 0EN (near Oval Tube). Organised by Lambeth National Union of Teachers. Details of speakers, workshops and on-line booking here.


Wednesday 5 December

5.30pm. Demonstration when George Osborne unveils the Government’s Autumn Budget Statement. Called by UCU London Region: Assemble Kings College on the Strand.  6.30pm onwards. Rally at Downing Street organised by Unite the Resistance.

Wednesday 5 December

7 pm. Southwark Save Our Services Campaign open meeting. South Bank University, London Road Building, SE1. For room and agenda contact

Saturday 8 December

11.30am for 12 noon. Transform the tax dodger Starbucks into services women depend on, such as refuges and crèches. Starbucks store at 2-3 Conduit Street, W1S 2BX, just off Regent Street (nearest tubes Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus). If you’ve got any questions email  Called by UKUncut or find more information at

Tuesday 11 December

8.30am. Lobby of the TUC General Council meeting to call for the naming of a date for a 24-hour general strike.  Assemble at Congress House, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS. Called by Unite the Resistance and The National Shop Stewards Network.

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