BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE
BULLETIN – 21st October 2011
Come To College Green – Support The Hardest Hit & OccupyBristol
The Hardest Hit demonstration on Saturday October 22nd is set to be an important stage in building the campaign against the cuts in Bristol. People will be coming from across the south west to protest against the effect of the cuts on disabled people and their families. Full information can be found on the Hardest Hit website here. The demonstration starts at 12 noon on College Green. If you have volunteered to be a steward, you need to be there at 11am. BADACA urges all supporters to take part if they can. If you are a member of a trades union or other organisation and have a banner please try to bring it along. Full details are below. A revised flyer can be downloaded from our website here. Please circulate it as widely as possible and encourage people to come along.
And, of course, College Green is currently the site of the OccupyBristol camp – following the example of Wall Street, London and other cities across the world. This action raises important questions about government priorities – the rich get richer; they avoid tax; there is plenty of money for wars; but they tell us that important services that we all depend on have to be cut. BADACA has made a donation to their fighting fund and pledged to support them in any other way we can. Occupy Bristol have appealed in particular for: firewood, blankets, food, money, entertainment, volunteers, campers, arts & crafts materials & wooden boards. Go down to see them. Check out their FaceBook pages here.
Call the camp information line on 07415 139 464. There is more information on the BADACA website here which will be updated regularly. Someone from the camp will be speaking at our November 7th open meeting – see below.
As previously featured here, BADACA is working with the trades unions involved to make sure the strike on November 30th is a success. If you are in one of those unions make sure you get involved in their campaign for a YES vote. Posters should be ready early in November. We want to see them all over the city. Look out for news soon about how to get hold of them. See the TUC ‘Pension Justice’ web site here. The BADACA newssheet will be out in mid November. We plan to distribute as widely as possible in the city. If you are able to take some and deliver in streets near you email email@example.com – indicating where you live, of course. More information is on our website here. Easton have their own flyers to deliver already. If you live in Easton and can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be speakers from the unions taking action at our November 7th open meeting – more details below.
Councillor Jon Rogers visited Trinity Day Centre – this week. Word goes that he was booed by the service users. You can access an audio report on the visit from our website here.
The first consultation meeting on the ‘review’ of the mobile library service took place this week. We plan to have a report in next week’s bulletin. See below for details of remaining two meetings.
Barbara Janke has sent a reply to the BADACA statement at the recent council meeting. You can see it here. The LibDems will be ‘taking the greatest care to ensure that services to the most vulnerable are protected’!
AND – we still need help with a new banner! Please email email@example.com if you have ideas, skills, expertise etc.
Please try to get involved in as many of the activities below as possible and pass the information on to others who may be interested.
If you want more information about anything below, email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk and via the link to Facebook from there
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to email@example.com . Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.
BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 7th November
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol BS2 9DB. A map can be found here.
Speakers from OccupyBristol and unions taking strike action on November 30th. Come along and hear how you can get involved. All welcome. FaceBook here.
‘Hardest Hit’ Demonstration – Saturday October 22nd
Local charities and voluntary groups working with the disabled and their families are coming together to organise a demonstration in Bristol under the banner ‘The Hardest Hit’. Their publicity says ‘Disabled people, those with long-term conditions, and their families, are being hit hard by cuts to the benefits and services they need to live their lives. Come and join a peaceful march and rally to show your support, and to tell the Government that cutting our services and support is not the ‘right thing’ to do.’ BADACA is supporting this demonstration. The demonstration leaves College Green at 12 noon. A flyer can be downloaded here. Please distribute as widely as possible. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraiser For Jarrow Marchers – Sunday October 23rd
Venue: Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwells, BS8 4RU.
This year marks 75 years since the Jarrow Crusade when 200 unemployed men marched from Tyneside to London to protest about high unemployment. Today members of Youth Fight for Jobs are marching in their footsteps to protest about unemployment and cuts to education and youth services. Some of the new Jarrow marchers will be visiting Bristol later this month. There is a fundraising night sponsored by Unite and other trades unions. (see above) plus a meeting at City Of Bristol College on Monday 24th. There is a national demonstration in London on Saturday November 5th to mark the end of the March. If you would like more information on any of these events or if you are from a trade union or other camaigning group and want to know how you can support the Jarrow march then please contact Tom Baldwin on email@example.com or 07986951527. Full information on the fundraiser and the associated events can be found on our website here.
Will Fancy Memorial Lecture – Thursday October 27th
This important lecture is organised by SERA in memory of Will Fancy, a well-known local trades unionist. Saville Kushner, Professor of Public Evaluation at UWE, will speak on the subject ‘Busting the Single Narrative: Challenging the Claim that we are in Economic Crisis’. All Welcome.
Venue: Redland Quaker Meeting House, 124 Redland Road, Bristol, BS6 6JE
Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Buses: 9 and 509 to Clyde Road
Mobile Library Service Under Threat
The city council is ‘reviewing’ the mobile library service which means they are lining it up to be cut. See this and this. More information on the BADACA website here. Remaining ‘consultation’ meetings are
Try to get along to at least one of these meetings and make the case for a mobile library service in the city.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bath 38 Degrees Meeting On NHS – Friday November 4th
‘Death of Democracy and the NHS?’
Speaker: Professor Wendy Savage MBBCh, FRCOG, MSc,(Public Health), Hon DSc.
Date: Friday, November 4th 2011
Venue: The Friends Meeting House,York Street, Bath BA1 1NG
Free admission. All welcome
38degrees Bath Group, Contact: 01225 424692
National Day Of Action On Public Sector Pensions – Wednesday November 30th