BRISTOL & DISTRICT ANTI-CUTS ALLIANCE BULLETIN – 6th July 2012
South-West Region TUC call on all trade unionists to oppose the Bristol EDL march
As the date of the planned English Defence League march in Bristol approaches, the TUC South West Regional Council has passed a resolution opposing the Bristol EDL march on 14th July and urging “…all Trade Unions and Trades Councils that are affiliated to SWTUC, to support the organized events to counter the far Right in every way possible…” See our website homepage here for more details.
At a well-attended BADACA open meeting last week, it was agreed to issue a statement opposing the EDL march in Bristol on 14th July, and affiliate to ‘We Are Bristol‘ who are organising a counter-demonstration. Standing up to the EDL and its backers is closely linked with the fight against cuts and privatisation. In our fight against the cuts, our unity is our strength – unity between races, religions and communities. The EDL aims to divide people along religious and ethnic lines, weakening us in our campaigns. The statement will be sent to the local media and publicised widely through the city. You can read the full text here. Please pass it on via any networks you have available.
BADACA is urging supporters to join the counter-demonstration on the Centre at 11am on July 14th. Flyer here. There are also plans to blockade Temple Meads station, where many of the EDL will arrive in Bristol. Details here & Post article here. “We Are Bristol” has a statement to sign – details on Facebook here. There will also be an Anti-Racist & Proud contingent in the main Pride Parade starting at 11am at Berkely Square, BS8 – details here. 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.
Cllr Mike Wollacott (Lab) has issued an invitation to LibDem council leader Simon Cook to speak on behalf of the council at the ‘We Are Bristol’ counter demonstration. Read his letter here.
Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham of the Avon & Somerset Police has been interviewed this week by ‘The Post’ about the EDL march and has unfortunately made some very disingenuous and threatening comments about the counter-demonstrations – claiming that, “As far as we know there will be no counter protest in the city centre.” and stating, “As soon as we see any mass movement start up we will make sure that they do not have access to the EDL.” More details on our homepage here. Full Post article here. Police leaflet about the EDL march here.
The Post has carried a number of other articles this week on the EDL. Please add your comments on line and send letters to the Post at firstname.lastname@example.org The Post has an online poll asking if the EDL should march in Bristol. Please vote – go here and scroll down towards the bottom on the right hand side. It takes seconds.
Finally if you’re on Twitter, Bristol Anti-Fascists have set up the account @stopedl and are encouraging people to use the hashtag #stopedl. The police will be tweeting @ASPoliceLive.
Signatures are still needed on BADACA’s e-petition opposing the closure of Bristol City Council’s remaining care homes and day centres for the elderly and vulnerable. 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 their bogus ‘options’.
You can sign it here. The full link is http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/community/petition/1904
We will submit the petition at a lobby of the city council Cabinet on 26th July at 6pm. Details of the lobby here. Please try to come along and encourage others to do the same.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The National Union of Students is also organising a national demonstration against fees, cuts and privatisation on November 21st. Full details soon. Current information is on Facebook 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 9th July
Papers will be sent out to affiliated organisations and other members of the steering committee soon. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
BADACA Open Meeting – Monday 23rd July
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Champion Square (River Street), Bristol, BS2 9DB
Lobby of Bristol City Council Cabinet – Save Our Care Homes & Day Centres for the Elderly! – Thursday 26th July
Venue: Council House, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR