The People Vs Austerity – pre-budet rally | Tuesday 4th March 2014

A public rally with:

Diane Abbott MP, Hackney North & Stoke Newington
Katherine Connelly, Student Assembly Against Austerity
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Islington North and Chair, Stop the War Coalition
Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary
IHOOPS speaker
Unite the Union speaker
Chair: Elaine Graham-Leigh, Enfield Against the Cuts & North London People’s Assembly

Plus more participants from trade unions, community organisations & anti-cuts campaigns from across North London.

7pm, Tuesday 4th March
St Mellitus Church Hall, Tollington Park
Nearest tube: Finsbury Park (Piccadilly/Victoria)

On the eve of the ConDem’s latest austerity budget, which will further deepen the cuts wrecking Britain, this event will look at the impacts of the cuts & their escalation, especially in London & across the boroughs of Camden, Barnet, Enfield, Haringey & Islington, & the next steps for building the national anti-austerity movement, most notably the national demonstration in June called by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity.

Email northlondonassembly@gmail.com if you’d like to reserve a place in advance.

AGENDA for Saturday’s North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity

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NORTH LONDON PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY AGAINST AUSTERITY

SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, HARINGEY CYPRIOT COMMUNITY CENTRE, EARLHAM GROVE, WOOD GREEN, N22 5HJ
10am – 4.30pm

OPENING PLENARY: REJECTING AUSTERITY IN NORTH LONDON – NO CUTS, DEFEND OUR PUBLIC SERVICES & WELFARE STATE!
Opening remarks: Owen Jones
Featuring: Roger Lloyd Pack, Lucy Anderson, John Rees, National People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Barbara Jacobsen, Barnet Alliance for Public Services
 
CLOSING RALLY: BUILD A NATIONAL MOVEMENT AGAINST AUSTERITY – THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE!
Featuring: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Peter Kavanagh, Regional Secretary, Unite London & Eastern Region, Tony Benn, Zita Holbourne, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, Francesca Martinez, WOW & comedian,) Lindsey German, Convenor, Stop the War Coalition

WITH A CHOICE OF 9 WORKSHOPS TO PARTICIPATE IN THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON:
 
THE ECONOMICS OF THE ALTERNATIVE: JOBS, A GREEN ECONOMY, INVESTMENT & TAX JUSTICE
Featuring: Ken Livingstone, Douglas Coker, Enfield Green Party; Mick Burke, Economists against Austerity, Suzanne Jeffrey, Campaign against Climate Change

TACKLING THE HOUSING CRISIS & REJECTING THE BEDROOM TAX
Featuring: Eileen Short, Defend Council Housing, Carole Vincent, campaigner & victim of the bedroom tax, Haringey Alliance for Benefit Justice speaker
 
PROTECTING THE NHS: STOPPING CUTS, PRIVATISATION & CLOSURES – SHARINGTHE LESSONS FROM OUR LOCAL CAMPAIGNS
Featuring: Bronwen Handyside, Vice-Chair Unite London & Eastern region, Shirley Franklin, Defend Whittington Campaign, Vivian Galadi, Enfield Against the Cuts

PROTECTING PUBLIC EDUCATION
Featuring: Maxine Hyde, NUT Vice-President, Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students’ Officer
 
NO TO SCAPEGOATING: IMMIGRATION IS NOT TO BLAME FOR THE CRISIS – COUNTERING RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA & THE FAR RIGHT
Featuring: Gary McFarlane, Secretary, Haringey Unite Against Fascism, Jude Woodward, One Society Many Cultures/UAF, Abdool Ali, Chair, Wightman Road mosque

TRADE UNIONS IN STRUGGLE: DEFENDING WORKERS, THEIR RIGHTS, PAY & CONDITIONS – ORGANISING IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Featuring: Nick McCarthy, PCS & PAAA, Max Hyde, National Union of Teachers Vice-President

WELFARE NOT WARFARE – SCRAP TRIDENT, SPEND IT ON PUBLIC SERVICES!
Featuring: Kate Hudson, General Secretary, CND, Chris Nineham, Vice-Chair, Stop the War Coalition, Amelia Womack, Green Party candidate for the European Parliament
 
WORKING FOR JUSTICE & AGAINST POVERTY: DEFENDING LEGAL AID – CAMPAIGNING FOR BENEFIT JUSTICE & TAX JUSTICE!
Featuring: Ruth Hayes, Chair, Unite Community, Youth Workers & Not for Profit National Committee & Law Centre Worker, Dave Wetzel, Labour Land Campaign, Jane Lapporte, Haringey Solidarity Group. Paul Nicholson, Taxpayers Against Poverty

THE TACTICS OF THE ANTI-AUSTERITY MOVEMENT
Featuring: Andy Greene, Disabled People Against Cuts, Sam Fairburn, National Secretary, PAAA

Can you help promote the N London Assembly?

Date

Place/station

Time

Contact 1

Contact 2

Volunteers

October 9

Turnpike Lane

18.00

Peter

Sue

 

 

October 11

Camden Town (Sainsburys)

17.30

Dan

Steve

 

Sian

Ben Hayes

Orlando

 

October 12

Haringey/Wood Green (stall

13.00

Peter

 

 

 

 

October 12

Camden (stall)

13.00

Steve

Dan

 

 

 

October 12

Enfield (stall)

13.00

Dominic

Elaine

 

 

 

 

 

October 16

Finsbury Park

17.30

Matt

Sue

Ben Folley

Andy Bain

Orlando

Elly B

 

October 19

Nags Head (stall)

13.00

Matt

 

Ellen Graubert

Ben Hayes

Orlando

 

October 19

Crouch End (stall)

13.00

Jonathan

Peter

 

 

 

 

October 19

Barnet (Stall)

13.00

tbc

 

 

October 21

Bounds Green

18.00

tbc

 

Sam F

 

October 22

Finsbury Park

17.30

Andy Bain

Sue

Cecile Menon

Josh Gould

Andy Paice

Orlando

Elly B

October 22

Holloway Road

17.30

Matt

Sian

Ben Folley

October 23

Wood Green

18.00

Elaine

Sue

 

 

 

Building the N London People’s Assembly | Mobilising meeting Thurs 3 Oct

Please find below a couple of quick announcements:

YOUR HELP NEEDED WITH LEAFLETING! We are writing to ask your assistance in building the North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity by joining us for one of the tube or street stall leafleting sessions listed below.

If you can help out, please reply to this email and the contact listed below. Thanks to all those including Sue, Dominic, Stephen, Jonathan, Ben and others who have also volunteered so far – following the success of this weekend’s demonstration against the Tories, we now have a great event lined up for October 26 so please do give some time to help get as good a turnout as possible!

DETAILS CONFIRMED FOR MEETING THIS THURSDAY: The venue is now confirmed for our mobilising meeting at 6pm this Thursday, namely The Lamb at 94 Lamb’s Conduit St, London WC1N 3LZ (nearest tube Russell Sq)
Best wishes,
NLPAAA
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RSVP: Leafleting Sessions for a North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity!
* October 2, Wood Green, 18.00, contact Elaine on elaine@redpuffin.co.uk
* October 4. Finsbury Park, 17.30, contact Andy on andy,bain@blueyonder.co.uk
* October 8, Holloway Road, 18.00, contact Sian on sianerrington@hotmail.com
* October 9, Turnpike Lane, 18.00, contact Peter on peter.staeuber@gmail.com
* October 11, Camden Town (Sainsburys), 17.30, contact Dan on dan_poulton@hotmail.com
* October 12, Enfield (stall), 13.00, contact Elaine on elaine@redpuffin.co.uk
* October 16, Finsbury Park, 17.30, contact Matt on matthewwillgress@hotmail.co.uk
* October 19, Holloway Nags Head (stall,) 13.00, contact Matt on matthewwillgress@hotmail.co.uk
*October 21, Bounds Green, 18.00, contact Peter on peter.staeuber@gmail.com
*October 22, Finsbury Park, 17.30, contact Sian on sianerrington@hotmail.com
*October 23, Wood Green, 18.00, contact Elaine on elaine@redpuffin.co.uk
PS: Dates for Seven Sisters station and Highbury and Islington will be announced soon.

All sessions will last approximately one hour. Please email northlondonassembly@gmail.com AND the relevant contact(s) above saying when you can help!

 

Demo outside Tory conference was boost for movement

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Today’s march and rally outside the Tory party conference was a real success. Well over 50,000 people marched. There was a strong trade union turnout as well as many different campaign groups and organisations represented. The anti-austerity movement had a serious boost today.

Anger against austerity was focused around the ongoing attempts to privatise the NHS, with many protestors carrying placards provided by the The People’s Assembly saying ‘no cuts – save our NHS’.

Owen Jones’ speech at the rally got an excellent reception. He made a passionate defense of the NHS and promoted the 5 November day of civil disobedience as a crucial event to keep the pressure up on a government lacking in legitimacy for its austerity plans.

Owen will be speaking at the North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity on Sat 26 October, which is a fantastic opportunity to build opposition to the cuts in the region.

If you were on the march, please leave your thoughts and experiences of the day in the comments below.

Solidarity,

North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity