Derby People’s Assembly August 2015 Newsletter

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May we start our August newsletter with a request?

We are trying to find out how many anti-austerity action groups or groups linked to austerity are out there who would like to join us. Such groups would keep their own identity but would send a representative to the Derby People’s Assembly.  The idea is to offer mutual support and avoidance of action events on the same days.

If you know of any, could you please email Chris Dodd our secretary or just talk to any of us.

How have we been active lately?

We had a busy July organising ourselves as well as thinking about how to reach more people and groups who are affected and care about the austerity program.

The recent government announcement of a further £12 billion of welfare cuts and the lack of political will from any major party to represent the interest of working people, once again makes is obvious that there is no point is waiting for a saviour.  We must choose to get informed and involved ourselves even if we only have little time to give.


Action wise we were busy with many activities to promote, join or support: the celebration of the birthday of the NHS July 3rd outside Derby Royal, the Anti-Austerity day of action on July 8th budget day, linking up with the Trades Council to consider how to make the historic and traditional Silk Mill day a larger, more relevant People’s affair and the Anti TTIP events across town.

Of course we shouldn’t forget the benefit gig at The Hairy Dog, and congratulations to Bob & Stan for organising the event and Dick for performing!  More promised further events – also hoping for improved numbers so come on you (apparently) musical British nation!

Budget day

The DPA Anti Austerity Budget Day demonstration in Derby was a success with hundreds of leaflets distributed, and a very positive response from the public. We had air time on Radio Derby and see here for local  media publicity.

Giant TTIP pencil

Here is a picture showing the giant TTIP pencil, as is was being inflated at Chester Green. This had been preceded by a very successful activity in Derby centre where we collected more than 300 signatures.

Upcoming events

Action For Rail have an event August 18th 7.30 – 8.45 am at Derby Rail Station. Petitioning and leafleting to is taking place on the day of the announcement of train ticket price rises.  Seehere for more details. Please join if you can and send an email to Peter telling him that you coming! Furthermore there will be leafletting at Burton Station at 4:00 -5:40pm that afternoon.

TTIP national day of Action.  38 Degrees have put out another call to all their supporters to keep up the pressure against TTIP.

The central event is taking place on Sat 22nd Aug 2015, 11:00am, Corner St Peter’s St and East Street, St Peters Church, Saint Peter’s Churchyard, Derby, United Kingdom.

This will be a Derby 38 D activity for North and South, click here for more details, but does not preclude other activities.

Derby People’s Assembly – Day of Activity – provisional date November 14th.  Lots of ideas which include possible morning conference, a collective lunch, an afternoon demonstration, an evening social.  Put the date in your diary!

TORY PARTY CONFERENCE ACTION – National People’s Assembly. Four days of Anti Austerity action right across Manchester to coincide with the Tory Party Conference including the Sunday demonstration, initiated by People’s Assembly and now being organised by the TUC.

The Trades Council will be putting on coaches for the demonstration on October 4th. Prices to be arranged.  Members of Unite can go free and if you are not at work and not in a trade union consider joining UNITE Community; it only costs 50p per week. .

Have a great summer – see you soon!

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