12th May 2015
The election result is a bitter blow to all of us campaigning for public services, decent benefits & welfare provision. But the stakes are too high for us to roll over and accept £12 billion of welfare cuts, privatisation and job losses.
During the past five days, forty thousand people have signed in on Facebook to attend the anti-austerity demonstration on 20th June (details below). This is a sign of the opposition the government can expect. Locally too, there are campaigns than need your help.
Lewisham and Southwark College has been singled out by the Tories for the harshest cuts of any Further Education College in the country. 312 jobs are at risk. The Camberwell site is threatened with complete closure. This will devastate South East London by almost demolishing FE in two boroughs where it is a crucial second chance for many people.
Tuesday 12 May
10am. Aylesbury CPO Inquiry - Southwark Council is trying to compulsorily purchase housing to make way for luxury housing built by Barratt homes. Venue: Millwall Conference Centre, the New Den, Zampa Road,SE16 3LN. (Map) Come along and join the campaigners. Find out more here.
Campaign to Save the Aylesbury. Campaigners are supporting local tenants to oppose the demolition of council housing in Southwark. Replacing social housing with private dwellings is denying thousands of people decent, affordable housing. A petition demanding that the Council respects the result of their ballot in 2001, or gives them another vote to decide what happens to their homes is being circulated. If you can help going door to door to seek signatures, contact email@example.com or phone 07792 786 192. Website: www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch. Facebook page: click here.
Wednesday 13 May
7pm Southwark Trades Council meeting Main item: how local unions can work together to respond to the upcoming attacks, at 160 Tooley Street (Room GO3). The Trades Council or local TUC group is a forum for local unions to meet and organise together. ALL Southwark trade union members are welcome. Contact 07983475050 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or just come along on Wednesday.
Friday 15th May
6.30 pm. Defend Lewisham Southwark College campaign meeting in Room 150 Goldsmiths University, Main Building. (See information above about the threat to FE in South East London). Come along, or contact email@example.com for more info or to join the mailing list.
Tuesday 19 May
4.45- 5.45pm. Demonstration against massive cuts at Lewisham Southwark College, including closure of the Camberwell site. Assemble outside the Lewisham Way site to lobby the governors.
Thursday 21 May
7.30 pm onwards. Fundraiser for the ‘Defend Lewisham Southwark College campaign and strike at the Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Rd, SE14 6TY. Acts: ONE JAH (formed at Lewisham College) / COLIN SAMURAI / STEVE MORRISON / TRACKHORSE / CERI JAMES and The Three Fifths. MIKUS Dub DJ and PAT LYONS Master of Ceremonies. Facebook event here.
Thursday 21 May
7pm. Lambeth Keep Our NHS Public organising meeting in the upstairs room at the Phoenix pub, 348 Clapham Road, SW9 9AR (between Clapham North and Stockwell tube stations). There is no Southwark KONP group so Southwark activists please make contact with the Lambeth group to find out about local activity. The group have a new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LambethKONP.
Tuesday 26 May
7pm Southwark Defend Council Housing meeting at the Alvey Estate Tenants Hall, ground floor of Thomson House, Beckway Street, off East Street, SE17 1TS. Beckway Street is close to the end of East Street at its junction with the Old Kent Road. More information from firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 10th June
7pm. Public meeting about the cuts to Lewisham Southwark College. (See above). Venue and details tbc. The campaign is asking for volunteers to help with leafleting and other publicity. Contact email@example.com
Saturday 20 June
National Demonstration and festival: END AUSTERITY NOW - the message to the new Tory government. Assemble 12pm, Bank of England (Queen Victoria St) City of London. Nearest tube: Bank. Called by the People’s Assembly. Weblink here. Share & invite your friends on Facebook