A lobby calling on Southwark Council to stand up for council housing and a strike by thousands of health workers across Southwark are two key protests this month. Conferences and organising meetings are also taking place every week to discuss and plan resistance to cuts and austerity. Full details below.
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Saturday 8 November
11am - 1pm. Leafleting and petitioning about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and NHS privatisation. Outside Stockwell tube (not Kennington Market as previously advertised). For more information, contact email@example.com. See new facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LambethKONP
Monday 10th November
7pm-8.30pm. South London People’s Assembly organising meeting at Bread & Roses pub, 68 Clapham Manor St, London SW4 6DZ, planning work around local campaigns, and feedback on the last Assembly.
Saturday 15 November
11am-4pm. ‘Striking together - organising to win’ national conference. Workshops: After the health strikes, where next for the fight to save the NHS? The fight against zero hours contracts and organising the unorganised (Hosted by BFAWU), Migrant workers: Part of the union, part of the solution (Hosted by BARAC), Benefit justice: Stop the Tories war on the poor (Hosted by DPAC and Benefit Justice Campaign), Campaigning for rejection of the local government pay proposal. Speakers include US Fast Food strikers, trade unionists from striking unions and anti-austerity groups. Model motion here. For more information and to register, click here. Called by Unite the Resistance campaign.
Saturday 15 November
10am-4.30pm. Croydon Assembly (TUC) – Join Together To Fight Inequality. Venue: Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd, Croydon, CR0 1BD. Speakers include: Mark Serwotka, Philipa Harvey, Nero Ughwujabo. For more info visit http://croydontuc.org.uk/events_138408.html
Sunday 16 November
Defend the Right to Protest Conference. Opening plenary “Injustice somewhere is a threat to justice everywhere”; workshops on Undercover cops and the secret state, Policing the neoliberal university, Deaths in custody - is justice possible? Know your rights, Fracking: the future face of protest policing, Strikes, solidarity and the law, Resisting the assault on civil liberties. Book your place. Other contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 17 November
9.45am. Petitioning and leafleting against benefit cuts and sanctions. Southwark Benefit Justice will be outside Peckham JCP, 24-26 Peckham High Street, SE15 5DS. More information, or to help, contact email@example.com
Tuesday 18 November
3pm. ‘Stand up for council housing’ Lobby of Southwark Council Cabinet meeting at the Council's Offices, 160 Tooley Street SE1. Called by Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations. SGTO has also organised a deputation to present the ‘Six Alternative Pledges’ to the Council's Cabinet.
Wednesday 19 November
12noon. National Student Demonstration - No Fees, No Cuts, No Debt! Assemble at Malet Street at around 12noon and march round Russell Square, down Kingsway to the Strand, and then to Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and ending at Parliament by 4pm. Supported by the National Union of Students. Facebook page here .
Thursday 20 November
7pm. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public organising meeting in Phoenix Pub, 348 Clapham Road, Stockwell, SW9 9AR (between Clapham North and Stockwell stations). Please note there is no Southwark KONP group so Southwark activists please make contact with this group to find out about local activity.
Monday 24 November
7am-11am. Health unions’ four hour strike over pay. Unions taking part: Unison, Unite, GMB, Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Society of Radiographers (SOR), UCATT, POA, Occupational Therapists (BAOT), Dietetic Association (BDA), and Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association. Read more here why the strike is happening. Visit picket-lines at your local hospital to show your support. For further details of local picket-lines, or to help leafleting the public in support of the strike, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 24 November
9.45am. Petitioning and leafleting against benefit cuts and sanctions. Southwark Benefit Justice will be outside A4E, 21 St Georges Road, SE1 6ES. More information, or to help, contact email@example.com
Tuesday 25 November
7pm. Meeting of Southwark Defend Council Housing campaign in the Parish Office at St John’s Church, Larcom Street, SE17 1NQ. Map. Agenda to include plans for building for a London-wide demonstration in January.
Monday 1 December
6pm – 8.00 pm. Public meeting: Trade Unions Against TTIP. Venue: Diskus Centre, Unite Central Office, 128 Theobalds Road, Holborn, WC1X 8TH. Organised by the Campaign for Trade Union freedom. Facebook event here.
Saturday 31 January 2015
Defend Council Housing and Peoples' Assembly have jointly called a London-wide MARCH FOR HOMES. Called by Defend Council Housing and the People’s Assembly. Leafleting will be starting in November. If you can help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER LOCAL CAMPAIGNS not listed above:
London Unemployed Strategies (LUS) is a new campaign to give a voice to unemployed people to counteract the abuses and attacks made upon them by the government, the mass media and others. Southwark training sessions will take place in November/December. For more information and to get involved, contact Nick on: 020 7467 1283 or 07530 001653, or email email@example.com. Facebook page here.
SolidariTEA, a weekly drop-in between 2pm and 4pm for those affected by work capability, benefits & housing problems etc. Mutual support & planning direct action. at 97 Dawes House, Orb St, Walworth, London, SE17 1RD.
For information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07966180429 on Mondays pm.
South London Unite the Resistance. For news updates and action alerts on trade union and anti-austerity events in south London, join the email list by writing to email@example.com or phone 07956579466.
Southwark Pensioners Action Group
Meets bi-monthly. Campaign information at http://www.spag.btck.co.uk/
Southwark Disabled People Against Cuts meet at Southwark Independent Living Centre, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org