Dates to diary: cuts protests and meetings already organised for 2014We will be back up to speed next week - in the meantime, here are some of the important cuts fightback events that are already planned (if you've got an event that you want to add to the database, use this form):
Justice Alliance: joint day of action for the fight for legal aid
On Monday 6 January 2014 9:30am at Westminster Magistrates' court, the Justice Alliance will mark the joint national day of action by barristers and solicitors with a demonstration against the government’s imposing of further legal aid cuts. Representatives from NGOs, trade unions, charities and grass roots organisations of the Justice Alliance (including Amnesty UK, Liberty, Unite, the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Children’s Society), will join with the legal aid profession to highlight serious concerns with the cuts to prison law and proposals to change criminal law, introduce a residence test and limit access to judicial review.
Protest against cuts at Redcar and Cleveland council:
The Redcar & Cleveland branch of trade union UNISON is inviting all colleagues, residents and service users to take part in a ‘Wear It Black Day’ on Monday 6 January 2014.
On that day, many workers at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council will be issued final notices of redundancy as a result of the funding cuts being imposed by the government.
Meeting for people struggling to pay council tax and food and energy bills
This meeting with Reverend Paul Nicolson will be held at North London Community House, 6pm, Monday 6 January, 22 Moorefields Road,Tottenham N17 6PY
Come to this meeting if you are receiving nasty letters from your council, threats from bailiffs and you are struggling to pay for food, gas, electricity, rent and the council tax.
Reverend Paul Nicolson is on the receiving end of council tax enforcement himself and will be giving free advice about how to cope.
People who can pay their council tax who are willing to stand in solidarity with people who cannot pay will be very welcome too.
North London Community House is next to Bruce Grove Station.
Also this month -
Look out for the Jubilee Debt Campaign's We Can Win – stories from 50 years of struggle
6.30pm Tuesday 14 January 2014 Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Ten moving and often funny short films document a proud 50 year history of campaigning, strikes, occupations, work ins and solidarity in the name of fair pay, decent jobs, and economic justice.
The films are made up of interviews with key organisers, speaking about the tactics they used, what was successful, what wasn’t, and where they see the struggle for economic justice going today.
The film night will also feature a discussion with the film maker, and organisers from key current economic justice movements in London for a chance to talk about how social justice activists today can learn from the lessons of other movements past and present. With speakers from the 3cosas campaign, student strike solidarity and South London Anti-Fascists.
Leeds Hands Off Homes bedroom tax campaign organising meeting
After a successful year challenging Leeds City Council on the bedroom tax and council tax benefit cuts, and standing by people taken to court, the Leeds Hands Off Our Homes campaign holds its first campaign organising meeting for the year: Wednesday 15 January 2014, 7pm, Leeds TUC Centre at 88 North Street, Leeds. Like many community-based groups, Leeds Hands Off Homes has been at the forefront of campaigning to get the hated bedroom tax on the political agenda and struck from the books. They'll be discussing this year's course of action at this first meeting.
Also look out for the Wow petition's parliamentary debate phase - where the Wow group has already secured the support of 57 MPs and a commitment to debate from the Back Bench Business Committee on a cumulative impact assessment on the effects of government policy on sick and disabled people. See the http://wowpetition.com/ site for updates.
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