Sunday, 9 December 2012

Southwark Action Alert

7 December 2012

The huge demonstration in Lewisham recently against the threatened closure of the A+E Ward shows the depth of support for vital local services. Meanwhile, George Osborne’s Autumn Statement this week shows that we face at least six more years of austerity, and included an extra 2% cut to Southwark Council’s budget next year. Local campaigns are organising against new cuts to nurseries, to fire stations and to health services. There are plenty of planning meetings and protest events – come along and get involved!


Saturday 8 December
11.30am for 12 noon. Transform the tax dodger Starbucks into a One O'Clock Club. A UK Uncut Action at the Brixton branch of Starbucks, supported by Lambeth NUT, Lambeth Green Party and Lambeth and Southwark SOS  In order to highlight cuts to children's services, threatened privatisation of Lambeth’s One O'Clock Clubs and cuts to Southwark’s nurseries. Bring face paints, toys, books, felt tips, jigsaw puzzles, colouring-in books, cake – and don't forget to bring your kids! Facebook event page here.

Saturday 8 December
12 noon. Protest against Workfare. The budget shop Poundland has announced that it is re-entering the controversial unpaid work scheme after the defeat of a court case against it. Assemble outside Poundland, 284-286 Walworth Road, London SE17. Called by South London Solidarity Federation. Facebook event here.

Sunday 9 December
2pm-5pm. Alternatives, Rights and Democracy: discussion meeting about how Southwark residents, communities and workers can create a better future, without cuts. Organised by Peoples Republic of Southwark. For details of the event including venue, contact

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 National Shop Stewards Network. On-line petition and further details here and here.

Tuesday 11 December
8am-10am. Cut Rail Fares, Not Rail Staff: Leafleting organised by Action For Rail Campaign. Four central London venues, others to be announced. Details of these and other events here.   

Tuesday 11 December
7pm. Lambeth ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ meeting  at Duke of Cambridge, 74 Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8 2DR. Agenda includes reports from Lewisham meetings and House of Commons coordinating campaign., followed by Christmas drinks. Special advance notice: Showing of Michael Moore's film ‘Sicko’ about private health care in the USA and discussion of the situation here too – Wed 16th Jan, 6.30pm.

Tuesday 11 December
7pm.  London Boycott Workfare meeting at the Italian Trade Union Centre, 124 Canonbury Road, London N1 2UT (just a few minutes’ walk from Highbury & Islington station).

Thursday 13 December
4 to 7pm. Candlelit vigil as part of the 'Lewisham Day of Action' outside Lewisham Hospital. There are also protests outside workplaces and elsewhere. Set up your own Southwark Solidarity protest! Wear something white, take a picture of yourselves and send it in to the South London Press here and copy-in Southwark SOS and Lewisham KONP .

Monday 17 December
10.30am. Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group Planning meeting for ‘Warm-up’ protest.  (Note that the event scheduled for 19th Dec has been deferred to January). Meeting Venue: Southwark Pensioners Centre, 307 Camberwell Road, SE5 0HQ. Details of SPAG events here . More details  about Warm-up protests from .

Thursday 20 December
7pm – 8pm. David Bratby who painted the murals in four of the seven subways beneath the Elephant and Castle Roundabout gives a guided tour and explains why  the E&C roundabouts need to be protected. Meet in the centre of the roundabout next to the Faraday Memorial. Join the Facebook event here. More information about the campaign to save the subways can be found at

Advance notice

Wednesday 16 January
7pm.  Southwark Save Our Services Campaign planning meeting to support campaigns over nurseries, fire stations, health services, Council Tax and more. All welcome. South Bank University, London Road Building, SE1. For room and agenda contact

Southwark Disabled People Against Cuts meetings at Southwark Independent Living Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB will continue in January. Dates of the meeting and agenda are obtainable from 

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Are you part of a community group or campaign? We’d like to hear from you. Tell us what you’re doing and we can advertise your anti-cuts campaign activities. Email us at All our organising meetings are open. Please come along (details above).

Monday, 3 December 2012

Southwark Save Our Services meeting This WEDNESDAY 5DEC

Southwark Save Our Services meeting

This Wednesday


in Room A2 of London Road Building, LSBU.
(*later start-time so you can attend protests in central London first – details below)

Agenda to include:

-         Council Tax imposition on claimants – plans for local campaign

-         Council Nurseries cuts – closures, redundancies - report

-         Fire stations  -cuts/closure - London consultation & campaign launch

-         Fuel Poverty – arrangements for local protest Dec/Jan

-         Disability assessment – report of recent protests

-         Starbucks – plans for Saturday’s protest

-         Lewisham A+E – spreading the campaign to Southwark

Tuesday: ‘Converge on Kershaw’ demonstration at 6pm at the Calabash Centre, George Lane, SE6 3HH, where the government’s appointed administrator who announced the attacks on Lewisham Hospital is due to speak.

Wednesday: ‘No To Austerity’ demonstration. Assemble at King’s College on the Strand from 5.30pm and rally at Downing Street from 6 pm onwards. Speakers include Christine Blower (NUT), John McDonnell MP, Kate Hudson (CND), Owen Jones, Andy Greene (DPAC), UK Uncut plus speakers from fights across the capital: Connaught School strike, Lewisham Health Campaign, Amnesty International strike, London Met etc Followed by Southwark SOS meeting at 7.30, Room A2 London Rd Bldg, LSBU

Saturday: UK Uncut action against Starbucks Brixton. (Still going ahead despite today’s statement by the company.) Starts at midday but get in there early (Organisers will be in there from 11.15am).