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Say No to Trump Day of Action, 20th February 2017

posted 6 Feb 2017, 11:49 by Dan Fearnley

Called by Oxford Stand Up To Racism, Oxford Peoples Assembly and Oxford Stop the War Coalition

On February 20th MP's will debate whether the bigot Donald Trump should be feted with a £10 million state visit. We want to show loud and clear that his racist, sexist, homophobic ideology is not welcome here. Join us in showing Theresa May what we think of her invitation to Trump. There will be many other similar events across the country - lets make this a massive roar against oppression!

The debate coincides with the National Day of Action: One Day Without Us. We will be coordinating with other groups in Oxford to build to make this a show of strength against all racism. 

No to Islamophobia
No to antisemitism
Refugees and migrants welcome
Black lives matter.

We are looking at a lunchtime rally, teach-ins, banner drops, mass leafleting, workplace meetings, culminating in a mass protest from 5.30pm at Carfax. Join us.

#MuslimBan #StandUpToTrump


Say No to Trump's Visit Mobilising Meeting 9th February 2017

posted 6 Feb 2017, 11:48 by Dan Fearnley

On February 20th MP's will debate whether the bigot Donald Trump should be feted with a £10 million state visit. We want to show loud and clear that his racist, sexist, homophobic ideology is not welcome here.

Oxford Stand Up to Racism, Oxford People's Assembly and and Oxford Stop the War Coalition have called a joint mobilising meeting to build the biggest possible turnout on the day. 

Time:  Thursday, 9th February 2017 at 7pm
Location:  Oxford Town Hall

We are looking at a lunchtime rally, teach-ins, banner drops, mass leafleting, workplace meetings, culminating in a mass protest from 5.30pm at Carfax. Join us

MARCH FOR HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS AND EDUCATION. END AUSTERITY NOW!

posted 24 Mar 2016, 04:14 by Dan Fearnley


posted by PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY | 2781.20sc
January 15, 2016

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION SATURDAY 16 APRIL 2016

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March for Homes, Health, Jobs, Education | End Austerity Now
Saturday 16 April 2016

Assemble: 1pm, Gower Street / Euston Road, London NW1

Rally at Trafalgar Square. 

Here is the current route map:

 

Transport will be arranged from across the country, our TRANSPORT PAGE will have all the details you need.

Leafleting Sessions and Street Stalls are being arranged across the country, for info check here, STREET STALLS PAGE

Route and speakers will be announced soon. 

Invite your friends on facebook

Health

  • Fully funded and publicly owned NHS - end privatisation
  • Invest in health workers - end the staffing crisis
  • No cuts or closures

Homes

  • Hands off social housing
  • Secure homes for all
  • Control rents

Jobs

  • Scrap the Trade Union Reform Bill
  • Stop insecure contracts
  • End the pay freeze, living wage for all

Education

  • Scrap Tuition Fees
  • Invest in our futures - stop cuts to education
  • End the marketisation of education


To pull this off we will need your support. Please donate now to make this demonstration possible. The more money we have the more people we will be able to reach, the more people we can reach the bigger it can be. More flyers, more placards, more transport, more people on the streets

More People. More pressure. More impact.

We face a vicious government who prioritise only the richest in society, big business and the corporations. With the potential of 4 more years of a government who will continue dismantling the NHS, furthering the housing crisis, taking away workers rights, and attacking our education system - it's time to get back on the streets and to demonstrate the majority wont take it.

The Tories aren't going to back down easily so it's up to each and every one of us to get out and march for our Health, Homes, Jobs and Education.

Last year saw massive political shifts. After the devastating general election result, where the Tories gained a tiny majority, it became clear that that result did not reflect the views of the county.

Immediately after the election, protests, meetings, rallies and demonstrations took place up and down the country culminating in one of the biggest demonstrations in Britain for years with 250,000 people bringing London to a stand still on the End Austerity Now Demonstration organised by the People's Assembly.

Since then, the surge in support for anti austerity politics, being put forward by Jeremy Corbyn, is yet another indication that people are fed up with policies that only represent those at the top.

See you in London on April 16. Let's make this the biggest demonstration possible. Transport will be arranged from across the country, full details including time, assembly point, route and speakers will be announced soon.

The People's Assembly

www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

WHEN
April 16, 2016 at 1pm - 6pm
WHERE
Central London
Central London
London WC2N
United Kingdom

Oxford City Council isn't Listening March, 31st August

posted 20 Aug 2015, 13:19 by Dan Fearnley

A march for all the people of Oxford who are feeling ignored and sidelined by Oxford City Council is planned for 31 August, Bank Holiday Monday.

Campaigns for Temple Cowley Pools and Fitness Centre, the doors closed to the public since Christmas eve, 
Cowley Community Centre - demolished quickly and without consultation for fear of imaginary asbestos, Cowley Community Centre in Barns Road - site given away for free to private developer who has ruined the lives of all who live behind the massive new build of 40 flats over 4 floors plus a roof terrace overlooking their homes and gardens, Northway Community Centre, site also given away for free to same developer, East Oxford Games Hall, Film Oxford, Howard/Catherine St Community Garden, and East Oxford Community Centre, now told that their centre will be taken over and and run by the City Council from 31 August, invite everyone to tell Oxford City Council to listen up, by bring placards and A4-sized ears to the march.

The march leaves from Cowley at 11.30am proceeding to Manzil Way on the Cowley Road, rallying to depart from Manzil Way at 12.15 to proceed down Cowley Road, into town, up Cornmarket to Broad Street.

So please be on this march and bring your EARS and placards about the causes dear to your hearts.

Stop Selling Off East Oxford!

posted 20 Aug 2015, 13:07 by Dan Fearnley



A 38 Degress petition has been launched to demand the Oxford City Council listen to groups campaigning against the cashing in of community assets used to provide services to the East Oxford Community.  

Why is this important?

The community resources the council seems keen to knock down support a range of groups that connect our community. Without them many vulnerable people will lose support and spaces that they need, and all of us will lose affordable community led activities (including dancing, singing, sports and sewing clubs).

Sign today!  https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-selling-off-east-oxford

Oxfordshire Transport - No to Austerity - Demonstrate at the Tory party conference

posted 2 Aug 2015, 05:54 by Dan Fearnley   [ updated 2 Aug 2015, 06:11 ]

David Cameron looking a fool


The TUC has called a national demonstration against 5 more years of Tory attacks on working people. The Tories have started their new reign with cuts in child credits and social housing and have announced plans to bring in laws to make it almost impossible for workers to strike against unscrupulous employers.

At the same time as attacking millions of people they are trying to divert the anger against migrants and Muslims - we have to reject their attempts at racist scapegoating.

WHEN
October 04, 2015 at 12pm
WHERE
Manchester Central Convention Complex
Manchester Central Convention Complex
Windmill St
Manchester M2 3GX
United Kingdom
Google map and directions


Click HERE to sign up for Transport

We aim for seats to be free to members of supporting unions and all others £12 waged and £6 unwaged.


OPA protested Osborne's Dodgy Budget, 8th July 2015

posted 9 Jul 2015, 10:57 by Dan Fearnley   [ updated 9 Jul 2015, 11:04 ]

We held a protest against Osborne's post-election emergency budget at 6pm on Wednesday the 8th of July 2015.  Despite the time, we drew about 60 motivated people, who made a good atmosphere for the demo.  Some were experienced campaigners, others were getting involved in politics for the first time.

The topics ranged from the general threat of the budget to specific attacks.  Speakers talked about the attacks on low-wage public sector workers in the Carilion dispute, the deprivation of education by removing maintenance grants, the cuts that leave disabled people barely able to survive, the continuing threats to children's centres, the desperate housing situation in Oxford and more.


After the rally, we marched to County Hall, where nervous county staff tried to keep us (or at least the young people) from attending the subsidised transport cuts consultation meeting.  But after a discussion everyone was allowed to attend, and I think our group made a positive impression with their participation, while reminding the county that there are many more people out there becoming angry enough to mobilise.


More pictures at our Google album at https://goo.gl/photos/PRQzB36zoMDmMTTX8



Subsidised Transport Cuts

posted 4 Jul 2015, 12:54 by Dan Fearnley

It's starting already, even before Osborne's budget. I suppose many of us know someone, perhaps elderly, perhaps frail, who lives in one of the villages in the County and relies on a rural bus route. Well, the County Council wants to cut those subsidised routes and the Dial-a-Ride service that so many vulnerable and disabled people rely on. "Some" bus passengers and all Dial-a-Ride users are expected to be affected.

This is the consultation in which the Council justifies its proposals. It lists consultation meetings across the county.

Mon 6 July in Banbury Town Hall, Banbury - 10.30am-12.00pm
Mon 6 July in Didcot Civic Hall, Didcot - 16.00pm-17.30pm
Tues 7 July in Witney Methodist Church, Witney - 10.30am-12.00pm
Weds 8 July in Abingdon Guildhall, Abingdon - 16.00pm-17.30pm
Weds 8 July in OCC County Hall, Oxford - 19.00pm-20.30pm

We need volunteers to attend these meetings and not let this go unchallenged. We need to ask hard, knowledgeable questions about what impact this will have, and I'd also like to ask for suggested questions to be added to a list to be distributed to our volunteers. Please let us know if you will be attending.

If you have firsthand knowledge of the impact this will have, please consider sending a submission to the consultation.

Oxfordshire Rural Community Council (ORCC) will be the facilitators at these meetings, and we ask that you remember that they are not the enemy. In fact, if we can present strong, sensible rebuttals to these proposals, we may gain their support.

We have heard that these are the same cuts that were put on this year's budget and never made -- postponed until after the election!

20 June Disabled Access Information

posted 11 Jun 2015, 11:50 by Dan Fearnley

ACCESS INFO 20 JUNE DEMO

Note:  Oxfordshire buses will drop off again at the short march route and Dan Fearnley will be staying with this group as a bus steward.  

BSL Interpreters
There will be BSL interpreters on stage for the speeches at both ends of the march.
Some of the stewards will also be interpreters - this will be clear on their jackets.
 
Getting to Bank
Bank station is very likely to be closed on the day.
The closest open station will be Cannon Street - this is about 5 mins from the Bank area.
From the tube there is step-free access from the Westbound platform only.
There is step-free access from the Network Rail platforms - more information can be found here: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/london-cannon-street-station/disabled-access/
Cannon Street has an accessible toilet - this will be the closest one to Bank.
 
Short march

For people who don't want to do the whole route there will be a short march.

This will meet on Whitehall, opposite Downing Street from 1.30pm. It will join the rest of the march as it comes down Whitehall towards Parliament Square.
 
Once at Parliament Square, there will be a safe area in front of the stage for wheelchair users, should they wish to use it.
 
The nearest accessible station is Westminster, on the Jubilee line.
The following buses also stop near Westminster: 11, 24, 148, 211, 88
 
Getting to Westminster from Kings Cross by tube
From Kings Cross mainline underground entrance 

Lift C or D go to -1 Upper Ticket Hall 

Lift H go to level 2 interchange - level incline on interchange level  
Long walk on interchange level 
Swap to lift J, go to level 3 Piccadilly line 
Stand at the raised platform to right 

Take Westbound train to Green Park

Interchange to Jubilee line 

Lift D to interchange level 
Long walk on interchange level 

Lift E to platform level  
Southbound platform Jubilee line
Take raised platform to right 

Southbound train to Westminster 

Turn right 

Take Lift D to 0 District and Circle Westbound 

Take Lift C to ticket hall level 

Exit ticket barrier 

Take lift A to street level 


For the short march starting point
Go straight forward on to street and then turn right

Turn right on Parliament Street and walk down towards the area opposite Downing Street 

For Parliament Square 

Cross Bridge Street at the crossing 

Cross to the middle of St Margaret Street 

Then cross into Parliament Square
 
 
Toilets
The nearest disabled toilets will be:
- In the cafe at Westminster Central Hall (open until 4pm)
- Costa in Trafalgar Square
- St Stephen's Tavern, by Westminster station
 
If you have any questions please contact Sarah at sazzyh@hotmail.com

20 June Route Information

posted 11 Jun 2015, 11:40 by Dan Fearnley

'End Austerity Now' National Demonstration 
Saturday 20 June 2015
Assemble: 12pm, Bank of England (Queen Victoria Street) march to Parliament Square
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Transport from across the country

Route: Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriers, A201, Fleet Street, Strand, Whitehall, Parliament Square
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Getting to Queen Victoria Street:
Please use all tube and train stations in the area. Bank station is the closest but it's possible it will shut if it gets too crowded. Alternative stations include: Liverpool Street, St Paul's, Moorgate, London Bridge. 

Coaches will drop off at London Wall which is a short walk away from the assembly point. If you're organising a coach, please read this page for info: Info for coach organisers - 20 June demo

[Please note there are closures on the Circle, District lines and DLR services on that day. Mansion House, Monument & Tower Hill will all be shut]

Too far for you? No problem! We have a shorter route for those who don't feel they can manage the whole thing. This assembles at 1:30pm at Downing Street and will join the main march as it passes. For more information on disabled access please click here


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