Weekly Newsletter – 13th March

There’s been some great events over the last week including the International Women’s Day rally and the demonstration in Sheffield at the Lib Dem conference where 3 thousand people (including a coach full from Leeds) protested against the cuts and the betrayals of the Lib Dems. See below for upcoming events:

Coalition of Resistance Meeting – Wed 16th March
2. Leeds Day of Action against cuts – Sat 19th March
3. Leeds Hospital Alert Conference – Sat 19th March
4. Budget Day Protest – Leeds – Wed 23rd March
. Leeds Anti-Cuts Convention – 9th April
6. Transport to the March for the Alternative – 26th March

1. International Resistance to cuts: Europe, North Africa [insert your country here]?

Coalition of Resistance meeting – Wed 16th March 6pm – Leeds Metropolitan University (Broadcasting Place) room AG03

It appears that resistance is growing across the world, to cuts in public services, to privatisation, and to governments that put the interests of money before the interests of people. The revolts in North Africa and the Middle East have been linked to both calls for greater democracy and protest at unaffordable rises in living costs.  Protests and strikes have happened across Europe in opposition to austerity measures.  These movements are not operating in isolation but we need to make the links more clearly. In October, the Coalition of Resistance will be hosting a European conference in London.

What are there links between these movements? What is the role of the labour movement in these times of crisis? And what can we learn from the events in other countries? Come along, join the debate and get involved.

2. Leeds Day of Action Against Cuts – Sat 19th March – 12pm on Briggate or in your local area

Leeds Against the Cuts is inviting local anti-cuts campaigns to take action – a protest, a stall, a leafletting, a meeting – this Saturday to highlight the council’s cuts budget, continue the campaign to reverse damaging cuts to local sports centres, libraries, youth centres and day centres, and build for 26 March. There will be Leeds Against the Cuts stalls in the city centre too, so come along to that if there is nothing local and give us a hand getting the word out.

More to come as news of local protests comes in so watch this space, or better yet organise a local protest yourself!  Leeds Against the Cuts can provide materials and support.

3. Leeds Hospital Alert Conference – Sat 19th March 10-3 – St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Road, Far Headingley

A free public conference open to all and organised by a patient’s campaign group to discuss what the proposed changes to the NHS really mean.

Key speakers include:
John Lister, leading Health Activist
Dr Amanda Robinson, Chair Leeds Local Medical Committee
Dr Chris Bem, Consultant and Surgeon Bradford Royal Infirmary
Dr Sam Forbes, Executive Lead H3+ Consortia

4. Budget Day Protest – City Square – 5:30pm on Wed 23rd March

The ConDem government is announcing its new budget on Wed 23rd March and we can be sure that they’ll be including a load more cuts. For everyone who’s angry about the attacks on our jobs and services, come to a protest at City Square at 5:30pm on Wednesday 23rd to hear service-users’ campaigns, trade unions and other anti-cuts organisations talk about how the budget will effect us and what we can fight back.

5. The Leeds Anti-Cuts Convention – Sat 9th April – 12-5 @ Leeds Met Student Union

An event hosted by Leeds Against the Cuts and supported by Coalition of Resistance and many other organisations to unite and strengthen the anti-cuts movement in Leeds.

We’ll be discussing the next steps after the March for the Alternative, holding workshops on subjects ranging from Council Cuts to the Right to Protest, and discussing proposals for action and a statement that will form the basis of Leeds Against the Cuts and our fight against austerity.

Please get in touch for more information, including offering speakers for workshops, proposing additional workshops, requesting leaflets and the rest :-)

6. March for the Alternative – transport from Leeds

Want to go to London and join 1 million people marching for the alternative? Don’t have transport booked? Don’t worry – just get in touch with us by email or Leeds Against the Cuts on 07857 967 733 and we’ll either book you a place on the Leeds Against the Cuts coach for £5, £10 or £15 depending on your circumstances or work out if there is free transport you’re eligible for though your trade union or student union.

If your organisation wants to go but can’t book a whole coach, then get in touch to block book tickets on the Leeds Against the Cuts coaches.

3 Comments to Weekly Newsletter – 13th March

  1. Dale Smith's Gravatar Dale Smith
    15/03/2011 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    HI, I’m trying to get 2 tickets to get from Sheffield to London on the 26 March to join in the protest. However I can’t find any details of coach parties leaving Sheffield to Londons Victoria Embankment! Please could you help?

    Dale Smith

    • kasia's Gravatar kasia
      17/03/2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      Hi, My husband and I are also trying to get to London from Sheffield. Any information on alternative transport would be geatly appreciated.


  2. 15/03/2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dale,

    I’ve added some links on transport from outside Leeds to our front page. This is the best information I have available at the moment, but I’ll let you know if I hear anything more definite.

    In solidarity,

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