BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN – 8th June 2012
Let’s Have Real Consultation On Care Home & Day Centre Closures
BADACA has submitted an online petition as part of Bristol City Council’s ‘consultation’ on the closure of its remaining care homes and day centres for the elderly and vulnerable. It won’t be available for you to sign until next week. The wording is
We the undersigned believe that the three options given by Bristol City Council in their consultation on the future of care homes and day centres for the city are entirely inadequate and should include the option to choose no change. Coming on top of the privatisation of the home care service and drastic cuts in grants to the voluntary sector, all three options will further undermine services to the elderly and vulnerable in the city. We call on the city council to retain all these care homes and day centres ‘in-house’, giving a proper publicly provided and publicly accountable service to users and their families.
The aim is to get more signatures than the council will get for any of their ‘options’. Look out for the link in next week’s bulletin and circulate it as widely as possible. You can see the council’s online questionairehere. At the BADACA steering committee meeting on Monday 11th June we will be discussing a response to the council’s proposals. See our draft here. If you have comments on this that you would like us to consider in our discussions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a flavour of what’s to come in the NHS see this recent report on problems with mental health services in the area.
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.
The TUC have named the day for another mass demonstration against the government’s economic policy – Saturday October 20th. Put the date in your diary now and watch out for more details as they become available. Facebook here. Information on TUC website here.
Signatures are still being added to the‘Defend our Multicultural Society in Bristol. EDL Not Welcome Here‘ online petition, opposing the EDL march through Bristol on July 14th. If you know people who you think will sign please get them to do so as soon as possible. The aim is to get 3000 signatures and force a debate in the city council. Sign 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. Next planning meeting Monday June 11th at 7.30 at the Fire Brigades Union offices – 158 Muller Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 9RE (further up towards Gloucester Road from B&Q). Latest We Are Bristol flyer here. Bristol Antifascists have anti-EDL leaflets to distribute and are appealing for money. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. 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. If you are involved with campaigning against the EDL march and want BADACA to publicise your activities, please email email@example.com. For full information see our website here.
Two national conferences coming up in the fight against austerity – National Shop Stewards Network June 9th; details here – Unite the Resistance June 23rd; details here.
Kate Grant, a BADACA supporter and social work student, is looking for people involved in social work to interview for her research. See here for more information, contact details etc and get in touch with her if you are able to help.
A street theatre event in central Bristol on Saturday 16th June that look interesting – flyer & details here.
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
Twitter – http://twitter.com/BrisNoCuts.
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 Steering Committee Meeting – Monday 11th June
Papers will be sent out to affiliated organisations and other members of the steering committee today. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 25th June
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol, BS2 9DB
Love Music Hate Racism Gig – Friday 22nd June
Venue: The Thunderbolt, 124 Bath Road Totterdown, Bristol, Avon BS4 3ED
DJ Don Letts, Zen Hussies, Animal Circus – an evening of multi-cultural musical mayhem. (A second gig in response to the threatened EDL march in Bristol in July. In conjunction with ‘Unite Against Fascism’, ‘We are Bristol,’ and supported by the Trade Union: ‘Unite’).