Tuesday, 5 July 2016

March against austerity & racism on 16 July

4 July 2016

The Tories have been plunged into crisis by the result of the EU referendum. Even though they are weaker and more divided than they have ever been, they will use Brexit to whip up anti-immigrant racism and accelerate their austerity policies and attacks on living standards. But it doesn't have to be this way.

However people voted in the referendum, we now need to unite to demand an end to austerity policies, to stand up to anti-immigrant racism and show our solidarity with refugees and migrants. The demonstration, called by the People’s Assembly and Stand Up to Racism on Saturday 16 July is the positive and united response to the political earthquake on 23 June.

Schools are facing the biggest cuts in a generation, in Southwark it will be 20%. Yet at the same time the Government is ploughing ahead with their costly plans to make every school an academy, costing an estimated £1.3 billion, privatising another huge sector of local authority services. Go to your nearest school picket line on Tuesday, and join thousands of teachers marching for education assembling in central London at 11 o’clock. Details of this and more are shown below.


Tuesday 5 July

National teachers’ strike called by the NUT against huge cuts to school budgets (20% in Southwark) and threats to national pay & conditions.

7.30 onwards. Many schools will have picket lines Please go along on your way to work and show your support. (Send messages of support to betty.joseph@southwarknut.org.uk). Download a leaflet for parents here to print and give to colleagues at work, parents, neighbours etc.

11am. Demonstration - Defend Education, assembling outside BBC, Portland Place, W1A 1AA (map), march to Westminster, finishing at rally in Parliament Square. For more information about the cuts and the campaign, see the NUT website here.

Tuesday 5 July

7pm. Defend Council Housing - organising meeting to discuss the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan, Axe the Housing Act and the Aylesbury Estate. Venue: 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 southwarkdch@gmail.com

Tuesday 5 July

Celebrating 68th birthday of the NHS. Get information about local and national events being planned from lambethkonp@gmail.com or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LambethKONP.

Thursday 7 – Friday 15 July

Various times. Leafleting train and tube stations to publicise the anti-austerity, anti-racism march on 16 July. (See below.) Times and locations to suit you! Contact Sarah on 07773031215 if you can help.

Saturday 9 July

11am to 4pm. SDCH stall campaigning against the Housing Bill (selling of social housing and creating insecure tenancies)at the Rotherhithe Festival, St Georges Fields, Entrance via Moodkee Street (Between Canada Water tube and Seven Islands Leisure Centre) SE16 7BL. There will be a gazebo  but please bring a garden chair or blankets to sit on

Tuesday 12 July
7.30pm. Public meeting: After Brexit Vote No to Austerity No to Racism. Speakers include Alf Dubs - Labour Peer and leading campaigner for UK to accept child refugees, Tosh McDonald - ASLEF (Train drivers union)  National President and Peoples Assembly, Rachel Heywood - Lambeth councillor, anti-austerity, Jacek SzymaƄski - Polish worker in London, Zak Crochrane - Stand Up to Racism. Organised by Stand Up to Racism, supported by People’s Assembly Against Austerity. Venue: Weare336, 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA. For more info - please ring or text 07956 579466. For map & directions see Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1022467567788975/

Saturday 16 July

12noon. National demonstration – After the Referendum: No to Austerity, No to Racism, Tories Must Go. Called jointly by The People’s Assembly Against Austerity and Stand Up to Racism. Assemble outside BBC, Portland Place, W1A 1AA (map). Please share and invite on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/997373007038180/

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 July

11am onwards. Stalls for many anti-cuts/anti-austerity campaigns will be set up at the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park. Reply to southwarksos@gmail.com if you want to help.

Thursday 21 July

7pm - 9pm. Keep Our NHS Public organising meeting at Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Rd (behind Stockwell Tube) SW4 6RA. This is a meeting of the Lambeth group – If you want to help set up a Southwark KONP group, reply to this email or contact the organisers at lambethkonp@gmail.com. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LambethKONP

Other campaigns

Stand Up for your Rights – free training for claimants. Further info from 020 7467 1283 or email Nick at nickplus007@gmail.com

Axe the Housing Act campaign. Contact Southwark DCH on 07792 786 192. For further details, go to webpage here.

South London people’s Assembly Contact secretary@southlondonpa.org


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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 southwarksos@gmail.com.