Thursday, 14 May 2015

People's Assembly Call to Action: May 27th, May 30th and Jiune 20th

From the People's assembly against Austerity

The People's Assembly is calling an End Austerity Now protest at Downing St, marching to the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster for a rally on the evening of the Queens Speech.

Protest: Wednesday 27 May
Assemble: Downing Street, 5:30pm
March to: Emmanuel Centre for rally at 7pm, Marsham Street, London, Westminster SW1P 3DW
(speakers to be announced)

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National Day of Action - Saturday 30 May

We're also calling a national day of action on Saturday 30 May to build for the 20 June demonstration.

We're asking all local People's Assembly groups, supporting organisations and individuals to do something on that day - anything ranging from a big scale event to a leafleting session for the demo. Some suggestions:

 - an 'End Austerity Now' protest in your town or city
 - direct action - from occupations of empty housing to road blocks or banner drops
 - a stall in your high street to publicise the demonstration
 - a public meeting in your area (contact the office - we can send speakers)

In London the People's Assembly will be supporting a rally organised by the PCS union in support of striking workers at the National Gallery, against the governments attacks on the trade unions & against austerity:

Rally @ Trafalgar Square - 1pm
Saturday 30 May more info soon

Please let us know what you're planning and we'll advertise it on the website.

The big one...

National Demonstration - End Austerity Now
Saturday 20 June 2015

Assemble 12pm, Bank of England
More info on route soon. The website page will be kept updated with any news.

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All these events need to lead into the biggest national demonstration against austerity yet. This looks like it's going to be massive. Please invite your friends and get involved.

In case you missed it... - Yesterday's newsletter: 7 reasons to demonstrate on 20 June
 - Thousands march in Bristol against austerity ahead of the national demonstration in June. Click here for report

Urgent appeal
This demonstration is more important than ever. It needs to be massive. We urgently need to raise funds to make sure we can reach as many people as possible.

We have launched an urgent appeal to all our supporters to make a donation. The more money we raise, the more coaches we can put on, meetings we can organise, leaflets we can print, and more people we can put on the streets.
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  1. Also on Saturday 30 May is Boycott Workfare's National Welfare Action Gathering.

    If you are concerned about:

    Job centres being places of intimidation and sanctions,
    Private providers bullying claimants on ‘welfare-to-work’ schemes,
    35 hour jobsearch under Universal Credit,
    ESA assessments putting sick and disabled people in fear of destitution,
    Welfare rights for young people being abolished and replaced with unpaid work,
    Workfare being required to be eligible for social housing,
    Housing benefit being part of sanctions under Universal Credit,
    Claimants in work being sanctioned under Universal Credit too…

    …then do something about it and come to the Welfare Action Gathering to hear from other people organising across the UK! Learn about our rights and share ideas and tactics!....

    Further details

  2. And who do People's Assembly think they are?

  3. In answer to the 'who do People's Assembly think they are?' comment from Anonymous, perhaps PAAA don't rate Boycott Workfare whose Welfare Action Gatherings are now annual events and have a lot of lead-time to them to be worth co-operating with?

    With George Osborne's/Iain Duncan Smith's '£12bn further welfare cuts' plucked from who knows where, and the prospect of 35 hr jobsearch per week on top of all the existing cruel nonsense, I know that Boycott Workfare have/has a lot of collective/corporate expertise in challenging injustice through the courts and whatever. Should not People's Assembly Against Austerity learn to take leads from such organisations?

    Now is more a time for such direct action as helping people have their benefit sanctions or whatever overturned. Did PAAA think that the injustices of right wing welfare reform would be resolved by one set of UK Parliamentary Elections?