Events for this week: strike on Tuesday and South London People’s Assembly on Saturday

South London People’s Assembly, 7 December

On 22 June nearly *4,000 *activists and delegates gathered in in Westminster
Hall at the first national People’s Assembly Against Austerity. The event was
backed by all the major unions and was addressed by leader of *Trades Union
Congress, Frances O’Grady*.

The South London People’s Assembly will bring together people from across
the 12 London Boroughs south of the River Thames (Lambeth, Southwark,
Lewisham, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Greenwich, Bromley, Bexley, Wandsworth,
Kingston, Richmond).

*Goldsmith College*
*New Cross*
*SE 14 6NW*
*10am – 5pm*

It will be addressed by *John McDonnell MP, Billy Hayes (CWU), Owen Jones,
Lee Jasper, Francesca* *Martinez, Zita Holborne *and *Josie Long *among

There will be workshops on *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, Generation
Rent: London’s Housing Crisis, Designing for Campaigning: Do’s and Don’ts*

We would like you to

*- come yourself and encourage members/supporters of groups that you are
associated with, to attend this SLPA event on 7 December*

*- put up on notice boards the SLPA poster and event information (enclosed)
and print the leaflet to give out at any meeting of your organisation
taking place this week. (You can also get full colour A6 card flyers by
emailing: )*

*- please forward this email to other organisations or individuals who you
think may be interested in attending*

*- give financial or other support to the SLPA (see the model resolution in
the attached Event document)*

Tickets are only £5 in advance (concessions: free, solidarity price/on the
door: £10) and can be booked through the website

We look forward to seeing you on 7 December,

Yours in solidarity,

Chris Kelly

Secretary of Southwark Save Our Services Campaign,

On behalf of SLPA



*National President, Tony Benn*

*Why we’re backing the People’s Assembly Against Austerity*

*Owen Jones*

*(writer and columnist)*

“Here’s the rationale for the Assembly. It is unacceptable that five years
on from the near- collapse of the global financial system – there is no
broad anti- austerity movement. Each year, the average Briton is poorer than
the last. “Now is the period when the cost is being paid,” said Mervyn
King, and that was two years ago. “I’m surprised the real anger hasn’t been
greater than it has.”

*Katy Clark MP*

*(Labour Party)*

“What this is about is bringing those people together. But for me what it is
about is a lot more than that. It’s about saying there is an alternative…
government policies aren’t working and aren’t going to work.”

*Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party)*

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is a once-in-a-generation
opportunity to unite against this reckless administration and expose the lie
that there is no alternative to cuts. Now is the time to take a stand
alongside the millions of anti-austerity campaigners across Europe – and ask
ourselves what kind of society we want to create for ourselves and for our

*Steve Turner*

*(Unite the Union)*

“Unite backs calls for a mass movement against the cuts and is supporting
the People’s Assembly Against Austerity. Only by providing genuine popular
opposition rooted across the country can we hope to bring to an end to this
Coalition’s reckless slash and burn policies.”

*Kevin Courtney*

*(Deputy General Secretary NUT)*

“We’re incredibly proud and will be working very hard to build the
People’s Assembly
as the really big start of a movement that can challenge the disgusting
attacks that are happening on so many people”

*Zita Holborne*


“We need a mass movement. We need to bring everybody together, particularly
those that are hardest hit, joining with trade unions, the anti-cuts groups,
the trades councils. They can join with all those people and use their
voice, and recognize that they can change what’s proposed,. They can stand
up against it, and that all of us who are impacted, we make up the majority

*Francesca Martinez*

*(comedian & disability campaigner)*

“The corporatisation of society has worrying implications for the future
health of us and our environment. We need to stop a tiny minority driven by
crazy greed to turn every aspect of our precious lives into dollar signs. We
are all worth more than that. The Peoples’ Assembly Against Austerity
provides a national forum for anti-austerity views which, while increasingly
popular, are barely represented in parliament.”

*Mark Steel*

*(comedian and columnist)*

“If you’ve ever yelled at the television while George Osborne is on, or
fumed at how the poor are made to pay for the mess created by the bankers,
sign up to the People’s Assembly. Then we can all yell and fume together,
and that’s how the world gets changed.”

Also happening this week

*Tomorrow, Monday*

12.30-1.30pm, *Noise demo outside the ERSA workfare industry conference*,
Senate House, Malet Street, London (nearest tubes: Russell Square, Warren
Street, Euston), facebook event
Called By Boycott Workfare campaign.

6.30pm *London Keep Our NHS Public Coordinating Meeting*, Unite Head
Office, Theobald’s Rd, WC1X 8TN

*This Tuesday*

UCU, UNISON and UNITE members in four large FE/HE workplaces will be on
strike on Tuesday over cuts to their pay which has fallen in real terms by
13% over the past four years while college & university leaders’ salaries
have risen to an average of £245,000 a year! Read the full details
here .

Visit picket-lines between 8.30 and 11am at:

*Southbank University* (London Road & Keyworth street SE1)

*London College of Communication (LCC)*, Elephant & Castle SE1 6SB.

*Camberwell College of Arts* ( Peckham Road and Wilson Road.)

*Lewisham & Southwark College* at The Cut SE1 8LE


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