…. Calendar ….

On this calendar we can show any events in York related to global justice. As we’d like to make this as comprehensive as possible, any relevant events whether organised by groups or individuals are very welcome.

Please use the contact page or send to jess[at]justyork.org.

To get an easy overview click ‘Collapse All’ or ‘Agenda’, on the right.       Many thanks.

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Feb
26
Thu
‘No Cuts in York, No Cuts in Greece’
Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
'No Cuts in York, No Cuts in Greece'

 

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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.

 

Mar
10
Tue
Immigrants didn’t cause the crisis!
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm
Immigrants didn't cause the crisis!

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.

Yours,
Graham Martin
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.

Mar
28
Sat
Leeds March for the NHS
Mar 28 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

All across Yorkshire for the NHS

Hello Jess,
We’re making Saturday March 28th a big day for NHS supporters in our region. In York, we’ll be assembling at 9.30am in King’s Square and marching across the city centre to Leeman Road Memorial Gardens. Following on, those who can will be taking a coach to Leeds to join a much bigger march with people from across Yorkshire (see image above).

Book your coach seat today for a £5 deposit

Thanks to support from UNITE the Union, we’re able to refund the £5 coach ticket to people on the day (unfortunately we can’t refund the 95p booking fee). But that means we need to fill it! The coach will leave at 10.15am, once the march has arrived, and will feed us straight into the Leeds march.

The issues couldn’t be clearer: we need to cancel disasterous PFI deals, scrap TTIP, roll back the Health and Social Care Act, refuse to put services out to tender and tackle low pay and under-staffing.

With parties talking up immigration and benefits crackdowns, there’s a risk of the NHS sliding down the agenda. That will play directly into the hands of the Tories, letting them off the hook for everything they’ve done. We can’t just leave it up to Labour – every one of us has to do our bit!

Book a coach seat now

Yours,
Graham Martin
York People’s Assembly

Apr
2
Thu
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm

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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.

Get your tickets here now!

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!

Yours,
Graham Martin
York People’s Assembly

Jun
11
Thu
People’s Assembly
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm

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
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

p.s. Rushed off your feet already? Why not donate? Every contribution will go towards making this demonstration as wide reaching as possible. Donate £5 or more now!

Jun
20
Sat
END AUSTERITY NOW
Jun 20 all-day
Public Demo against Austerity
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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

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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.

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

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.
No amount is too big or too small! Click here to donate

Jul
8
Wed
Protest Osborne’s Emergency Budget – 8 July nationwide
Jul 8 @ 5:30 pm

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!

Yours,
Graham Martin
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 ….

The People's Assembly Against Austerity
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.
Birmingham 8 July
Protest 17.00 @ Waterstones, Birmingham City Centre

Bradford 8 July
Rally 17.30 @ centenary Square, Bradford City Centre
Invite your friends

Bristol 8 July
Protest 17.30 @ The Fountains
Invite your friends

Cardiff 8 July
Protest 17.30 @ Cardiff Castle
Invite your friends

Cornwall 8 July
A very visual demo 12:00 – 18:00 @ Truro outside NatWest
Invite your friends

Derby 8 July
Demonstration 17.30 @ junction of Saint Peter’s Street and East Street

Doncaster 8 JulyPublic
Meeting 19.00 @ Church View
Invite your friends

Eastbourne 4 July
Street Stall and Idea sharing @ Bankers’ Corner, Terminus Road
Invite your friends

Hull 8 July
Lobby 9am, Rally 12pm @ Hull Guildhall Steps
Invite your friends

Leeds 8 July
City Square, Leeds 17:00
Invite your friends

London 8 July
Protest 5.30 at Parliament
Invite your friends

Manchester 8 July
Protest 17:00 @ Market Street
Invite your friends

Newcastle 7 July
Protest 17:00 @ Grey’s Monument
Invite your friends

Newport 8 July
Protest 17.30 @ Westgate Square
Invite your friends

Nottingham 8 July
Protest 17:00 @ Brian Clough Statue
Invite your friends

Oxford 8 July
Protest 18.00 @ Carfax Tower
Invite your friends

Sheffield 8 July
Protest 17:00 @ Sheffield Town Hall
Invite your friends

Southampton 8 July
Protest 17.30 @ Southampton Civic Centre
Invite your friends

Sunderland 8 July
Protest 17.00 @ Park Lane
Invite your friends

Swindon 8 July
16.00 @The Crumpled Waterfall, canal Walk, Swindon Town Centre
Invite your friends

York 8 July
Parliament St (between Barclay’s and Halifax bank) 17.30

Protests are still being organised, so keep an eye on the event page.

Also…
If you’re in London:
We’d like to welcome all Londoners that support the People’s Assembly to a London Wide Meeting – whether you volunteered, stewarded, made placards, or even just came on the 20 June demonstration – to come along to our next London-wide gathering. We’ll be thinking about how to build a huge presence in London, and sharing ideas on how to make our upcoming events as big as possible.

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
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Jul
18
Sat
Stand with the People of Greece – Debt Relief Now!
Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm
Stand with the People of Greece - Debt Relief Now!

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.”

Apr
16
Sat
Cameron in Crisis – March on Westminster – catch the bus here
Apr 16 @ 7:30 am

YORK PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY

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Cameron in Crisis

We’ve been told that as a society, we can’t afford to invest in health, homes, jobs and education. We now know why. The same politicians telling us we can’t afford decent public services for all, are hiding their money away to avoid paying their share. The tidal wave of hashtags, petitions and images doing the rounds on social media is amazing, but its not enough by itself.

Let’s turn this frustration into a huge march on Westminster!

This Saturday, we have the chance to turn anger and frustration into real movement.We’ve sold 11 tickets in the last 2 days – if that keeps going, we’ll sell out the coach! What might have felt like ‘yet another anti-cuts demo’ is shaping up to be a huge, spirited refusal to accept Cameron’s tax dodging antics as somehow normal behaviour.Get your ticket here.

Over the last weekend, thousands assembled outside Downing Street on almost no notice. With people already travelling from all over the country, this Saturday is an amazing opportunity to raise the pressure and renew the debate about the kind of world we want to see. We hope you’ll come and be part of it.

Yours,
Graham Martin
York People’s Assembly