Monday, 25 November 2013

Three events this week for you to support:

Tomorrow, Tuesday – Save Southwark Fire Station! protest
Save London Fire Stations 10 (SLFS10) will be holding another Red Balloon Event at the London High Court tomorrow to coincide with the judicial review of the decision to close these stations. Assemble 9.30am. Southwark fire station is  a Grade II listed building and a busy station. 26 fire deaths in the last five years, making it the deadliest borough. Also being eyed as a free school location. The Southwark SOS banner will be there. Will you?!
Over 9,200 people have signed the petition, "Save our fire stations".  Please can you continue by forwarding the link below to your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues?
Lewisham strikes, please send messages of support today
As part of the national dispute with the Secretary of State, the NUT has issued notice for sustained strike action in Lewisham schools to oppose pay and appraisal policies that fail to protect staff from the serious threats to pay progression allowed under Michael Gove's imposed performance-pay legislation. Notice has been given for action to take place on Thursday this week and five further days.
Send to:
Prendergast Hilly Fields Secondary Reps Cath Georgulas and Hannah Plant
Prendergast Ladywell Fields Secondary Rep: Fran Crowhurst
Prendergast the Vale All-Through Rep: Helen Best
Athelney Primary Rep: Eleanor Davies:
Elfrida Primary Rep: Dean Gordon
And on Friday, a demonstration/die-in
Stop Killing Cyclists, demonstration/die-in, 5pm-6.30pm, London TFL HQ, Palestra Building, 197 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ
Chris Kelly
Sec, Southwark SOS

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Southwark Action Alert 4 November 2013

Protests against energy costs, the bedroom tax and austerity are all featured below. Come to one of the organising meetings of local campaigns and help us get organised! Also, buy your ticket on-line here for the South London People’s Assembly on 7th December.

Don’t forget to tweet this listing, post on your Facebook page, or help us with leafleting for these events. Thank you.


Tuesday 5 November

10am – 6 pm. Various activities in as part of the Lewisham Bonfire of Cuts protest. See here for events and venues.

6pm. Blockade of Westminster Bridge, assembling in Jubilee Gardens. Also bring your energy bills for burning, to highlight the massive rise in energy prices which have left people choosing between heating and eating. This part of a Day of civil disobedience called by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, backed by the TUC.  See and Facebook event .

Wednesday 6 November

10am-12.30pm. Fuel Poverty Action's first free 'Keep Warm Cafe': an opportunity to hear about what causes fuel poverty and what we can do about it, and advice on your bills and keeping warm. Free refreshments. Venue: 307 Camberwell Road (Southwark Pensioner's Centre), London, SE5 0HQ. For more information email to or ring 07586482157.

Sunday 10 November

3-6pm.  Community activists’ groups collaboration against austerity & cuts. Reviewing and planning local campaigns. Camberwell Leisure Centre cafe (Artichoke Place, off Camberwell Church Street, a minute walk from the green). For an agenda and more information CONTACT Lili at

Tuesday 12 November

10am. Protest and lobby to support an Opposition motion against the Bedroom Tax in Parliament: an opportunity to pile the pressure on the government. Bring banners and placards. Meet 10am-12.30 in the Boothroyd Room (wheelchair accessible), Portcullis House. More details from Shaun at Southwark Benefit Justice Campaign on 07896 341 964.

6.30pm. London coordinating meeting of London KONP. Discussion to include: NHS London report Call to Action! and other NHS campaigns. Venue: Unite Offices, Theobald’s Rd, WC1X 8TN (Holborn Tube, or buses to end of Southampton Row) Details at

Wednesday 13 November

6.30pm. Public debate on welfare reform at Bells Gardens Community Centre Buller Close SE15 6UJ. Speakers: Leaders of the three parties represented in Southwark Council, ie Cllr Richard Livingstone, Cllr Anood Al-Samerai and Cllr Michael Mitcher, as well as Sally Causer of Citizens Advice Bureau and Eileen Short of Defend Council Housing, followed by questions and discussion. Organised by Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (SGTO). More information from

Tuesday 19 November

12noon – 2pm. Protest rally at parliament when Jeremy Hunt gives his response to the Francis, Berwick and Keogh reports to the House of Commons. Further details from the 4:1 Campaign (for mandatory minimum staffing levels) at

Wednesday 20 November

5.30pm – 7pm. Protest Lobby of Lambeth Council meeting: Save Brixton from Property Developers. Save Lambeth College in Brixton, No Bedroom Tax Evictions. At Lambeth Town Hall SW2. More details at

6.00pm. Southwark Save our Services organising meeting at the Walworth Methodist Centre, 54 Camberwell Rd  Camberwell, London SE5 0EN. All welcome – email to for an agenda.

7.00pm. Southwark Benefit Justice campaign organising meeting (in same venue as the SOS organising meeting) Contact or see their Facebook  page.

Thursday 21 November

7pm. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public campaign organising meeting at Duke of Cambridge pub, 74 Lansdowne Way, SW8 2DR (5 mins from Stockwell Tube). As there is now Southwark KONP group, supporters are invited to attend your nearest group meeting. More details from


Please note that the Lambeth People’s Assembly, originally planned for Saturday 2 November, has been postponed. More details at

Saturday 7 December

10am – 5pm. South London Peoples Assembly Venue: Richard Hoggart Building (Main Building), Goldsmiths University, New Cross London SE14 6NW

Speakers include Owen Jones, Francesca Martinez, Kevin Courtney, Mark Campbell, Louise Irvine, Billy Hayes. Workshops include Austerity and Racist Scapegoating, Welfare not Warfare, Alternatives to Austerity, Disability, Austerity and Resistance, How can we save our NHS?, Explaining and Fighting the Benefit Cuts, Austerity, Language and the Media, Protest Films – Making our own news, Banner Making - a practical workshop, The Battle for Education. More tba. Get tickets online (£5 advance, Concessions (JSA/ESA/Income Support) are free - please send an email to See full details at

Saturday 25 January

12 noon. SBJC Demonstration against the bedroom tax and benefit cuts. Assembly in Peckham Square. Get flyers and more details from or see their Facebook  page.


Fire stations closures
 Southwark campaign information and their action plans are to be found at and London action at See a hard hitting film on fire brigade cuts:

Royal Mail campaign against privatisation
 Background information and petition sheet from the Communication Workers Union at

Southwark Defend Council Housing campaign usually meet at St John's Parish Offices in Larcom Street SE17, just off Walworth Road. National campaign website here. For info about meetings contact initially

Southwark Disabled People Against Cuts meet at Southwark Independent Living Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB. Details from

Southwark Pensioners Action Group
 Meets bi-monthly. Campaign information at

South London People's Assembly. Usually meet in The Bread & Roses, Clapham. Contact for details of meetings. See more on Facebook or go to

South London Unite the Resistance. Meet monthly. Usual venue: Rear Bar, Effra Hall Tavern, Kellett Road, Brixton, SW2. For more information phone 07956579466. For information about the national UtR organisation go to