BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN
18th May 2012
Last week’s public sector pensions strike was only one step in the ongoing struggle for pensions justice. See more here. Photos here. Video here.Those who took part know that only further concerted action over the coming months involving all unions that took part in the huge strike last November can bring victory. Look out for details of further strike action to come.
Over the next two weeks BADACA’s focus turns to the ‘NHS Emergency!‘ meeting on Monday 28th May at which John Lister, director of London Health Emergency speaks. London Health Emergency, with John at its head, has been at the forefront of campaigns to defend the NHS since the 1980s. This meeting is an unrivalled opportunity to hear him speak and discuss how we can build an effective campaign locally to defend the NHS. Please help us publicise this meeting as widely as possible. A flyer is available here. Details on Facebook here and below. See London Health Emergency website here.
The new edition of BADACA’s NHS pamphlet is available online here. You can get printed copies by emailing email@example.com. Some trades union branches are taking copies to distribute to members. Please get in touch if your branch wants to do this.
BADACA is joining the campaign to prevent the EDL marching in Bristol on July 14th. In the fight against the cuts, our unity is our strength. The EDL divides people along religious and ethnic lines weakening us in our campaigns. The government’s austerity policies push people into the arms of groups like the EDL. There are several strands of opposition to the proposed march. BADACA will publicise all strands. If you are involved with campaigning against the EDL march and want BADACA to publicise your activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For full information see our website here. “We Are Bristol” has been formed to combat the threat of the EDL and have drawn up a statement to sign – details on our website here and on Facebook here. ‘Defend our Multicultural Society in Bristol. EDL Not Welcome Here‘ have produced an online petition here. Over 1000 people have signed it in the first week. The aim is to get 3000 signatures and force a debate in the city council..
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.
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More information on BADACA and events can be found at our website www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk and via the link to Facebook from there
Twitter – http://twitter.com/BrisNoCuts.
If you have events you would like included in a future bulletin please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our aim is to send out a bulletin every Friday. The deadline for inclusion of events is 5pm on Thursday.
‘NHS Emergency!’ – BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 28th May
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol, BS2 9DB
John Lister, director of London Health Emergency, will be speaking. London Health Emergency, with John at its head, has been at the forefront of campaigns to defend the NHS since the 1980s. This meeting is an unrivalled opportunity to hear him speak and discuss how we can build an effective campaign locally to defend the NHS. A flyer is available here. Details on Facebook here. See London Health Emergency website here. All welcome. Please publicise as widely as possible. For more information email email@example.com
Housing Benefit Poverty Hearing – Friday 18th May
Venue: Council House, College Green, BS1 5TR
This is a chance to have your say on what it means to face an uncertain future because your benefit is being cut or you will have to move. By talking about your personal experiences, you can help people to recognise the need for urgent action to prevent claimants from becoming homeless.
Bristol Poverty Action, a group of local advice centres and Quakers, is organising this event to enable people affected by the Housing Benefit cuts to speak out. The only way we can hope to improve things is by making people aware of how this is affecting claimants.
BADACA Health Group Meeting – Tuesday 4th June
Venue: Bristol County Sports Club, Colston St, BS1 5AE.
There will discussion about distribution of the NHS pamphlet, production of new leaflets concerning Mental Health service re-organisation and the new Community Health Social Enterprise that was established last October. All welcome. More details on Facebook here. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org