Lewisham Right To Work Activist’s SOCIAL

From the student protests against tuition fees, to lobbies of Lewisham Council, occupations of the library and even to revolutions in the Middle East the movements to defend ordinary and vulnerable people against the national and global effects of the recession have been inspiring in the past six months. The next six months will have many battles to fight. Lewisham Right To Work has been at the heart of struggles in Lewisham and… would like to invite you to an evening of food, fun and reflection.

Meze Mangal received a four-star review in Time Out and is popular with students and Lewisham residents alike!

Famous American Civil Rights Actvists Martin Luther King said “A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.” Make sure your back isn’t bent for the coming months! Have a break! Get your ticket for the Lewisham Right To Work Social Evening!

To get a ticket £15-Waged, £11 Unwaged, phone Estelle on 0774 887 4987 or email lewishamrighttowork@gmail.com (Ticket includes entry to the evening and full three course meal.)

*All Welcome*

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700 Join Carnival Against Cuts

Around 700 people marched through Lewisham on Saturday to protest against the council’s cuts to local services.

The Carnival Against Cuts began with a series of protests throughout the borough, including one outside Opening Doors, which was closed down by the council on Friday.

Protesters then gathered at the Town Hall for a march into Lewisham town centre. The fantastic turnout for the demonstration included members of Unison, the NUT, Unite and PCS unions, along with campaigners against library closures, parents protesting at cuts in Early Years services, and many more.  Read the News Shopper report here.

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Join the Carnival Against Cuts

Right to Work are joining with campaigning groups throughout the borough to organise a borough-wide protest on February 19th, outside the threatened services, libraries, children’s centres and the town hall. We will be outside Opening Doors at 11am  – come and join us!

There will also be protests outside banks, who have continued to pay huge bonuses to their bosses while failing to lend money to small businesses who could help regenerate the area.

After the protest people will make their way to the Town Hall in Catford to assemble by 1pm for a short march past Lewisham Hospital, to be joined there by health campaigners from Keep Our NHS Public, then on past Ladywell Leisure Centre, being run-down by privateers Parkwood Leisure, past the fire station where FBU members may well be on strike and finishing with a short rally on the grassy area on the corner of Lewisham High Street and Rennel Street.

For more information and publicity click here.

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Lewisham Says No to Cuts – Rally for the alternative

Rally in support of the TUC national demonstration

Speakers: Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary
Jody Mcintyre , journalist and anti-cuts activist, Heather Wakefield – UNISON Local Government National Secretary, Mick Burke, Socialist Economic Bulletin, Bindz Patel, President Goldsmiths Student Union, Doris Smith, Lewisham Pensioners Forum and Save our NHS.

Date: Tuesday 22 February                                   Time: 7pm-845pm

We will hear from local and national campaigners about the alternative to cuts and how to build the broadest opposition to cuts and the biggest possible turn out for the TUC March on March 26th

Organised by Lewisham TUC with support of Goldsmiths’ Student Union.
To order leaflets e-mail now no_cuts@yahoo.co.uk

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Save our libraries day

Crofton Park library was packed today as part of the national ‘read in’ day to highlight the threat of library cuts.

Children crowded around a story teller and others read readings form their favourite books and poems. Author Lindsey Davis who used the library when she first began writing, read from her book “Alexandria”, a story set in the first city to have a public library.

New Cross Libary was occupied by library campaigners last night. The read-in group at New Cross library voted to continue its protest by staying in overnight. Occupier James Holland, of Save New Cross Library, said, “I think with this occupation we are going to take the libraries campaign – and the anti-cuts campaign in general – to a whole new level. We are just not going to put up with these cuts.  Video below. .

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The campaign to save our libraries continues.

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Register now for the People’s Convention against Cuts and Austerity.

If you haven’t already booked for the Peoples Convention, get a ticket in advance online for what will be a very special event….


£5 waged and £2 unwaged. 10.30 – 5pm.
We will have a speaker from the Egyptian Revolution so don’t delay and book here.

New speakers added. . .

Steve Hart, London and South East regional secretary of Unite
Zita Holbourne, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC)
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Andrej Hunko, Die Linke MP (Germany)
Katy Clark MP
John McDonnell MP
Alan Gibbons, children’s author and organiser of the ‘campaign for the book’
Barnaby Raine, School student activist
Lee Jasper, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts
Mark Bergfeld from the Education Activists Network
Jody McIntyre, the student who was hauled from his wheelchair by the police during the student demo in December
Darren Johnson, Green Party London Assembly Member

New workshops include:
NHS in crisis Sponsored by Keep Our NHS Public
Housing Emergency Sponsored by Defend Council Housing
Mobilising against the racism of cuts Sponsored by BARAC – Black Activists Rising Against Cuts.
Debate – How can councillors resist the cuts? Councillors Michael Lavalette (independent socialist, Preston), Charlynne Pullen (Labour, Islington), Dave Nellist (Socialist Party)


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Save Connexions

Lewisham Council’s spending cuts will see the Connexions service for unemployed young people closed. This is an outrage. Please see the petition that is being organised by some  Connexions users, sign it and circulate it as widely as possible. We must do all we can to save this vital service.To sign the petition, just send your name/s to lewishamrighttowork@gmail.com and we will forward them on.

connexions peitions can be downloaded here.

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