BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN – 15th June 2012
Sign BADACA Petition On Social Care
After some ‘discussion’ with council officers over the wording, BADACA’s e-petition opposing the closure of Bristol City Council’s remaining care homes and day centres for the elderly and vulnerable is live. It reads:
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 unacceptable. 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.
You can sign it here. The full link is http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/community/petition/1904
Please sign as soon as possible and forward details to anyone you know who may sign. The aim is to get more signatures than the council will get for any of the council’s bogus ‘options’. You can see the council’s online questionaire here. Our petition will be presented to the Cabinet meetingon July 26th along with the results of the council’s own ‘consultation’. BADACA will also present a statement to the Cabinet meeting, based on the document adopted by the steering committee last Monday. You can read the document here.
Groups campaigning to defend the NHS in Gloucestershire are holding rallies in Stroud and the Forest of Dean on Saturday 16th June. Flyerhere. Facebook and more details here.
Please help us to distribute the new edition of BADACA’s NHS pamphlet as widely as possible. It’s available online here. You can get printed copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details should be available soon about the TUC’s ‘A Future That Works’ demonstration on Saturday October 20th.Over the next few months we all need to do everything possible to make this a huge demonstration against the government’s economic policy – Put the date in your diary now and watch out for more details as they become available. Facebook here. Information on TUC website here.
Apparently the police are planning to spend £1million allowing the EDL to march through Bristol on July 14th, bringing hundreds of officers in from all over the country. See report here. In the campaign to stop them, Bristol Antifascists have a public organising meeting on Sunday 24th June at 7pm at Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, BS5 6AW. All welcome. Email email@example.com for more informationSignatures are still being added to the ‘Defend our Multicultural Society in Bristol. EDL Not Welcome Here‘ online petition. 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. Signhere. “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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For full information see our website here.
Last weekend saw the National Shop Stewards Network conference. Report here. June 23rd sees the Unite the Resistance conference. Details here.
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 email@example.com
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.
BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 25th June
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol, BS2 9DB
Full details soon. There will be a discussion on EDL, cuts & austerity plus how to defend care homes and day centres for the elderly and vulnerable. All welcome. Facebook here. For more information email email@example.com
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’).
Stand Up For The Right To Asylum – Demonstration – Saturday 30th June
BADACA is supporting this demonstration called by local refugee and asylum-seeker groups. Government policies restrict access to benefits, education, jobs, legal advice & health services. The threat of deportation is always there. The current swingeing cuts in public spending make the situation worse as vital services are cut. Asylum seekers & refugees say “Enough is Enough! We ask you to join us, to say these Home Office policies, are not happening in your name.” Please join us in supporting this demonstration.
MEET Stapleton Road Station, by Eastside Roots Garden Centre at 11am
MARCH together, passing some of the places that help tell our story
SHOUT OUT against these injustices
GATHER at Queen’s Square, City Centre to eat, drink together & plan next steps
********STAND UP FOR THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM! *******
****JUSTICE, FREEDOM AND DIGNITY FOR ALL *****
More information here