Discussion with Professor Allyson Pollock and David Price from the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Queen Mary University, London
Co-ordinated by the Student Assembly Against Austerity. See a list of actions on the facebook event here.
The government has announced its plan to sell off student debt to private companies.
In order to make the student loan book more profitable, a secret report for the government (written by Rothschild Bank) has proposed retrospectively increasing the cap of interest on student loan repayments or scrapping it all together. This essentially means a retrospective hike in tuition fees.The government is planning complete the sell off by 2015. It could happen sooner.
This means we urgently need to build a mass movement on every campus to stop this privatisation from happening.
We will be producing resources for this day of action – including model leaflets, petitions and signs – that you will be able to download and print from the Student Assembly Against Austerity website.
Dear People’s Assembly supporter,
What a fortnight it’s been! Hopefully you enjoyed reclaiming Guy Fawke’s night on the 5 November, and seeing the reports of actions taking place up and down the country, from occupations of banks and Jobcentres to roadblocks and protests targeting privatisers and tax evaders. On Westminster Bridge, people fed up with choosing between eating and heating burnt their energy bills alongside guys of Cameron and Clegg. Thousands of new people are participating in the anti-austerity movement; the historic-sized rallies, meetings and actions in many towns and cities are testament to that.
It’s clear: the People’s Assembly founding conference in June launched a new movement. The 4,000 people who attended agreed to spread the People’s Asssembly movement across Britain; since then, over 80 local People’s Assembly groups have been set up with more springing up each day. This really is a fantastic achievement; our local groups were instrumental in mobilising for the massive 29 September demonstration at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.
But we’re up against a government addicted to austerity, forcing millions into poverty while the wealthiest get richer. We have started to challenge this but if we want real change, we need to build a movement that mobilises millions of people.
So, we’re are organising a re-call People’s Assembly conference for early next year to help make this happen. We’ll be working with the unions and the TUC for a national demonstration in London this spring. We’ll continue supporting the growth of local groups, with a whole series of national initiatives including further days of action. And most crucially, we’ll work hard to engage with new organisations and individuals, and bring them into the People’s Assembly!
This means we urgently need to set up a functioning national office. So we’re asking every supporter of the People’s Assembly to set up a regular monthly donation. No amount is too big or small – if everyone on this list gave just £3 a month we’d have the resources we need to properly support our local groups and national campaigns.
Please help us build a movement impossible to ignore. Set up a monthly donation here:
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to working with everyone in the coming months.
The next planning and organising meeting for Derby People’s Assembly Wednesday 20th November at 7.30pm at The Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace Derby.
The next planning and organising meeting for Derby People’s Assembly activities is on
Wednesday 20th November at 7.30pm at The Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace Derby.
This is near Derby Railway Station. Imagine you have come out of the station main entrance. You turn right on the main road and walk past the station car park on your right. The Brunswick is on the opposite side of the road, just before the traffic lights.
Some of the issues suggested for the Agenda
1. The latest round of cuts – £81 million – to Derby City Council Services. The local Trades Union Council agreed at their last meeting that they want to work with the People’s Assembly on this.
2. Continuing campaign reports: SOS NHS, Fire Brigades Union, Action For Rail, Bedroom Tax, Royal Mail, Teachers/Education etc. Any others?
3. A proposal for building the Assembly “bottom up” – going out to ask Derby people to identify the key “austerity” issues, and organising very local activity.
Do you have other items for the discussion/agenda?
See you at the meeting!
From the Independent Newspaper