BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN
17th February 2012
Lobby Your Council – No Cuts
Over the next 10 days, councils locally will be setting their budgets for 2012/3. North Somerset on Tuesday 21st February, South Gloucestershire on Wednesday 22nd February and Bristol on Tuesday 28th February. In every case the budgets contain swingeing cuts to services and jobs. 350 jobs will be lost in Bristol. Every job lost means one more person without work – even if compulsory redundancy isn’t involved. All those out of work will soon be hit by the government’s benefit cuts. In Bristol there are hugecuts in grants to community groups – see details here. And of course there are the remarkably vague proposals to close/privatise care homes & day centres and privatise the youth service.
BADACA will be working with all those effected by the proposals to mount the largest possible lobbies at these council meetings. We won’t be arguing that any individual service should be saved at the expense of others, but that the whole budget is inadequate to meet the needs of local people. Details are below including links to flyers and posters. Please pass the details on to friends/neighbours/colleagues and publicise as widely as possible.
We have important work to do to publicise the Bristol lobby – we need your help. Please come to Broadmead on Saturday 25th February and/or meet outside the Council House at 8am on Tuesday 28th February. Full details are below.
After the successful meeting at the Council House earlier in the month, held jointly by BADACA and Unite The Resistance and in the run up to a probable national strike in the public sector pensions dispute later in March, BADACA will be calling a meeting of trades unionists involved in the dispute in a couple of weeks with the aim of maximising participation and support for the strike when it is called. Look out for full details next week. Once the strike date is announced, BADACA will work alongside the local trades unions to ensure the day is a success in Bristol.
An important public meeting organised by Black Activists Rising Against The Cuts (BARAC) takes place on Friday 24th February – part of the spreading campaign locally to protect funding of community groups. Details below.
And try to come to the BADACA AGM on Monday February 27th. Details are below and Facebook here. Apart from discussing how BADACA will develop over the coming year, we will be making final plans for the lobby on February 28th. If you come to the AGM please be prepared to pay an individual affiliation to BADACA for 2012 – we request £5 per person but no amount (larger or smaller) is refused.
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 Annual General Meeting – Monday 27th February
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol, BS2 9DB
This meeting will review BADACA’s activities over the last year, discuss plans for the next year and elect officers to co-ordinate those activities. All welcome. Come along to have your say on how BADACA develops over the coming months. Facebook here. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Activists Rising Against The Cuts (BARAC) Public Meeting – Friday 24th February
“No To The Cuts” - Guest Speaker, Lee Jasper (chair of BARAC)
Venue: Malcolm X Centre, 141 City Road, Bristol, BS2 8YH
All welcome – come and unite with local community groups to protect services. A flyer for the meeting can be downloaded here.
Publicise The Lobby Of Bristol City Council
Saturday 25th February – meet at 2pm outside Sainsbury’s in Broadmead (junction of Broadmead and Penn Street, opposite Cabot Circus). Postcode BS1 3HF. Map here. FaceBook here. For more information email email@example.com
Tuesday 28th February – meet on Park Street outside the Council House at 8am. We plan to leaflet bus stops, colleges etc. Facebook here. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobby Bristol City Council – Tuesday 28th February
This is the meeting when the budget (ie cuts) is put to the vote. We need to let councillors know that people across the city oppose their cuts. The meeting starts at 2pm but will go on into the evening. BADACA will hold a lobby at the start of the meeting but encourage those who can’t get there then to come in the evening. So meet outside the Council House from 1pm and again from 5.00pm. More details and Facebook here. Flyer here. Poster here. For more information email email@example.com
Lobby North Somerset Council – Tuesday 21st February
This is when North Somerset will agree their cuts – £50 million. Again there will be a lobby. The meeting starts at 6pm. Meet outside the Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ from 5.30pm. Map here. More details and Facebook here. Flyer here. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lobby South Gloucestershire Council – Wednesday 22nd February
NOTE CORRECT DATE – this is when South Gloucestershire will agree their cuts. Again there will be a lobby. The meeting starts at 7pm. Meet outside Kingswood Civic Centre, from 6pm. Map here. More details and Facebook here. Flyer here. Poster here. For more information email email@example.com