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 http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/ 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 fuelpovertyaction@gmail.com 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 info@peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk.

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 http://camdenkeepournhspublic.org.uk/events.html

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 michael@sgto.co.uk

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 fourtoonecampign@gmail.com

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 http://lambethsaveourservices.org/

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

7.00pm. Southwark Benefit Justice campaign organising meeting (in same venue as the SOS organising meeting) Contact southwarkbenefitjustice@gmail.com 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 lambethkonp@gmail.com


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

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 event@southlondonpa.org See full details at http://www.southlondonpa.org/

Saturday 25 January

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


Fire stations closures
 Southwark campaign information and their action plans are to be found at http://www.saveourstations.org.uk/southwark and London action at http://www.london.fbu.org.uk/?page_id=527. See a hard hitting film on fire brigade cuts: http://ow.ly/oBEO5

Royal Mail campaign against privatisation
 Background information and petition sheet from the Communication Workers Union at http://www.cwu.org/save-our-royal-mail.html.

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 southwarksos@gmail.com

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

Southwark Pensioners Action Group
 Meets bi-monthly. Campaign information at http://www.spag.btck.co.uk/

South London People's Assembly. Usually meet in The Bread & Roses, Clapham. Contact lilimarauk@hotmail.co.uk for details of meetings. See more on Facebook or go to http://www.southlondonpa.org/

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 http://uniteresist.org/

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