Carnival Against Cuts
Peoples Assembly Bonfire Against Austerity
is on 5th November 2013.
Please help distribute publicity cards at stations and shopping centres.
10am at New Cross Rd/Florence Rd - Fight Poverty, not the poor!
1.30pm at Deptford Lounge - art installation
4.30pm "Stations of the Cuts" procession from Catford Town Hall
from where we will wend our way to Eros House to highlight the housing crisis, continuing to Rushey Green Early Years centre to protest about the erosion of Lewisham's provision for under 5s and the threat to close the remaining seven playclubs.
Next is the Job Centre where we will protest about the workfare scheme and raise the demand for more long-term, skilled employment opportunities in Lewisham through bringing public services back into direct council control, a large scale programme of social housebuilding and council support for manufacturing here in Lewisham.
A couple of hundred yards/metres further north brings us to Lewisham Hospital, threatened with downgrading and privatisation. Tens of thousands of people have been involved in the campaign to save the hospital and in the broader campaign to stop the privatisation of the NHS. There have also been various direct action stunts about the Private Finance Initiative - more info at SaveLondonNHS.org.uk
Two of Lewisham's fire stations are under threat from Boris Johnson - at Downham and at New Cross. We will be showing support for the Fire Brigades Union and the public campaign against the cuts as we pass Ladywell Fire Station.
From there we will make our next focus Lewisham's Libraries - five of which were planned for closure in 2011 and are running a severely reduced service with volunteers under a variety of managements. Only vigorous campaigning two years ago prevented these libraries from being closed altogether and the Labour Council and Conservative government have acted jointly to cut the service by over a third in Lewisham. We will also commemorate Connexions - one of the first services to be totally axed by the council in 2011. It used to give advice to school leavers and others on finding training courses.
The procession will then continue to The Grassy Knoll, in the shadow of the empty Citibank tower, a reminder of the dominance of banking and the alleged reason for all these cuts. There will be a brazier for you to burn specially printed £1million notes and effigies of your favourite politicians responsible for the many attacks on working people. Here is a video of a test burning of David Cameron. Not perfect, but we now know how to make the rest of the effigies, with a strengthening stick and bamboo to support the legs and arms in case of high wind.
The Bondfire Against Austerity will be what WE all make it. Dress up in outlandish costume, bring home-made banners and placards, if you have an idea for a float or static exhibition about one of these highlighted topics just email us and let us know.
Spread the word among your friends, colleagues and neighbours.
A better Lewisham is possible....
Last Updated (Sunday, 27 October 2013 14:04)