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Not here, not in Greece, not anywhere
The people of Greece have voted in a government that is refusing to accept further austerity. We don’t know how this will end, but it could be the first nail in austerity’s coffin. As our City Council meets to agree another year of cutbacks and job losses, we want to stand in solidarity with the people of Greece.
‘No Cuts in York, No Cuts in Greece’
Outside the Mansion House, St Helen’s Square
5 to 6pm on Thursday 26th February
We’ve held Council Budget Night protests before, but this year, we want to use the opportunity to show solidarity with the people and government of Greece. The need for solidarity is urgent – the pressures on the Greek government from ‘above’ are huge, and need to be met with pressure from ‘below’.
In recent weeks, thousands have gathered in cities around Europe, including London, to show support for the Greek people. If Greece is to continue to show an alternative, one that can eventually end the cycle of cuts in our own communities, they will need all the support we can give them.
When Amal and her friends took on the government over a classmate under threat of deportation, little did she know that her group, the Glasgow Girls anti-deportation campaign would end up being a musical. A passionate voice against rising racism and resentment of refugees and immigrants, she’s headlining York Stand Up To UKIP’s pre-election campaign public meeting on Tuesday 10th March. Joining her will be three local Parliamentary Candidates.
Come hear Amal Azzudin’s story and launch our anti-UKIP campaign
The meeting starts at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Friargate, YO1 9RL. Also speaking are general election candidates Rachel Maskell (Labour), Megan Ollerhead (TUSC) and Jonathan Tyler (Green), plus Karen Miller of York TUC and Professor Simon Parker of Refugee Action York and a lecturer in politics at the University of York. It promises to be a great night, celebrating the presence of migrants in our communities and looking to challenge the rise of xenophobia in today’s political debate.
York People’s Assembly
P.S. Tickets will be on sale at the meeting for the York coach to the TUC’s anti-racism march in London on Saturday 21st March – UN day against racism. Tickets are £25 waged/£10 unwaged, the coach leaves from Leeman Road Memorial Gardens at 6.30am and should be back around 9pm.
York People’s Question Time
With Owen Jones, journalist and author
Election fever is setting in and the media are focused on a few narrow issues that suit their line. All the main parties remain committed to further cut after the elections; how do we make sure we have a movement with the best chance to stop them? We’re delighted to announce that Owen Jones will be joining us on Thursday April 2nd for the York People’s Question Time at 7pm at the Priory Street Centre.
I had the chance to attend the Manchester People’s Question Time, which featured Billy Bragg and PCS Union’s Mark Serwotka. The panel differed on plenty of details, but were united in their passion for a better world, whilst the audience drew on every experience of life. Despite the grim reality of austerity, it was the most positive public meeting I’ve attended in a long time, and I’m sure we in York can equal them if not do better!
We’ll be announcing more of the panel as soon as we can. We’re hoping for a full venue, so please spread the word. Tickets are £5 if you can and free if you can’t – we’re expecting to spend nearly £500 on this event so please pay if you can.
Make sure you’ve got a place – get your ticket now!
York People’s Assembly
There’s no doubt about it. The June Demonstration is going to be BIG – but how do we make it bigger?
We’re calling for volunteers, supporters, individuals and groups to join us at our London-wide mobilising meeting on the 11th June, 6pm, at the NUT, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD! This gives us just 10 days to pull every trick out of the bag before the big event.
We’re going to need social media storms, fundraisers, banners painted, placards made, and some serious publicity to make sure we have the greatest impact possible. Passionate about the cause? Got skills or a bit of time to lend a hand? Then we need you!
Join us on 11th June @ 6pm. Please share and invite your friends to the event, and we’ll see you there: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640231022930170/
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
We’re pleased to announce that the ‘End Austerity Now’ national demonstration on Saturday 20 June will be marching from the Bank of England to Parliament Square.
End Austerity Now National Demonstration
Assemble: 12pm, Bank of England (Queen Victoria Street) – March to Parliament Square
The demonstration will assemble in the heart of the City of London, right on the doorstep of the people who created the crisis in the first place. In our hundreds of thousands we’ll then march to Parliament to demand the politicians represent the views of the majority and not their mates in the city.
Nearly 60,000 people have already pledged to be there, trade unions and campaigns are mobilising, transport is being organised and action is taking place up and down the country.
- New article: 5 more reasons to demonstrate on 20 June
- Download new leaflet artwork: Click here
- Invite your friends on Facebook: Click here
We are currently updating the website with transport planned to the demo. Please do send us any coach details you have planned from your area so we can advertise on the site. If you can organise coaches from your area please get in touch.
Day of Action 30 May
The People’s Assembly have called a national day of action on Saturday 30 May to build for the 20 June demonstration. Protests, rallies, stalls, leafleting, public meetings and direct action will be taking place across the country. If you can organise something where you live please get in touch.
The website will be updated with details as they come in: Click here
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.
No amount is too big or too small! Click here to donate
Stand together to say ‘No!’
George Osborne has decided we need an ‘Emergency’ Budget, after the mess he inherited from the last chancellor – himself!
We’ve been promised a slash-and-burn attack on welfare, education, health and more besides, to make up for the tax cuts he announced before the election.
Rally in Parliament Street: 5.30pm, Wednesday July 8th.
As details slip out, its clear that those already at the bottom of society will be pushed further to the margins, or worse. We’ll be holding our rally outside the branches of 3 of Britain’s biggest banks: Halifax, Barclay’s and (over the road) Lloyd’s.
Alongside People’s Assembly groups across Britain, we want to demonstrate the strength of feeling against austerity in our community. 250,000 marches in London, but now we want to bring the spirit of the march home to York with an open microphone rally (please keep it under a minute!).
Join us on Wednesday – and invite everyone you know in York!
York People’s Assembly
P.S. We’ll be putting the final touches on this event, as well as planning events around treatment of York’s homeless and charges at York Art Gallery at our meeting on Monday, 7.30pm in Friends Meeting House, York. Come early for an informal introduction to the group at 7pm.
EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY ….
|Support for The People’s Assembly has surged since the ‘End Austerity Now’ demo on 20 June! New local groups are being set up across the country. Check our local groups page for one near you or if you can set one up where you live please get in touch with the office for advise and support.
We’re planning on keeping the momentum going with a National Day of Action on 8 July. George Osborne is announcing his emergency budget, so we’re calling nation wide protests. This is the second budget in just four months & it begs the question what was Osborne hiding in his last? Osborne plans £12 billion in cuts to welfare and a fresh round of austerity measures.
Bradford 8 July
Bristol 8 July
Cardiff 8 July
Cornwall 8 July
Derby 8 July
Doncaster 8 JulyPublic
Eastbourne 4 July
Hull 8 July
Leeds 8 July
London 8 July
Manchester 8 July
Newcastle 7 July
Newport 8 July
Nottingham 8 July
Oxford 8 July
Sheffield 8 July
Southampton 8 July
Sunderland 8 July
Swindon 8 July
York 8 July
Protests are still being organised, so keep an eye on the event page.
We thank you for your support and if you able, please set up a monthly donation to help us maintain a permanent opposition to austerity.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
1pm Saturday in St Helen’s Square
Group member Kevin writes, “After the appalling news about the new EU bailout affecting Greece, the need for a protest has never been more urgent. There will be a protest against the EU coup in Greece this Saturday 1pm in St Helen’s Square. Everyone who can attend is urged to be there to show Solidarity with the Greek Resistance. This has been pulled together quickly I know, but all groups in York that care about this topic surely would like to be a part of it and urge others to attend as well.”
YORK PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY