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–Wed 30 March – Save Chirton House protest, 3pm, Chirton House, Headlam St, Byker (NE6 2DX) 5 min walk from East End Library and Pool
Come and join friends of Chirton House, and Byker Residents oppose the sudden closure and cuts of £1million from older people in the east end.
followed by meeting in Byker Community Centre

–Thurs 31 March – After TUC demo – this is just the beginning, where now for anti cuts campaign
Meeting with Gerry Byrne (Anti Cuts Network); Clare Williams (Public Service Alliance chair, and Unison convenor); Dave OToole (UCU branch sec and striker!)

— Fri 1 April Dont be a fool, support the NHS national day of action. Leaflet your workplace, lobby your MP (various surgeries this day)
for more info or collect leaflets from Newcastle PSA Jess Khoshooee – 245 0864 / J.Khoshooee@unison.co.uk

– Tues 5 April Sunderland meeting: The Rebel Councillors of Poplar
In 1921, 30 councillors of the London borough of Poplar were jailed for defying the national government and setting “illegal” budgets in order ts to help the poor
SAtC have invited the author of “Guilty And Proud Of It”, Janine Booth, to tell the story of what happened in Poplar.

– WED 6 APRIL – ANTI CUTS NETWORK planning meeting, 5.30, Tyneside Irish Centre, Gallowgate
Discuss building future action against the cuts. All welcome. http://anticutsnetwork.blogspot.com/
anticutsnetwork@gmail.com

Anti Cuts Network is an activist network including trade unionists and strikers, students involved in last years walkouts and occupations, and people from various campaigns, political groups and none! We aim to coordinate and promote any activities against any cuts. We are a local bottom up campaign. Join us!

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AFTER TUC DEMO:this is just the beginning…
Where now for the anti cuts campaign

Thurs 31st March – 7-9pm

Speakers and small group discussions.

Guest speakers:
Clare Williams (Unison Convenor & Chair of Northern Public Service Alliance)
David O’Toole (UCU Branch Sec – Newc College)
Gerry Byrne (Left Unity & Anti Cuts Network)

Royal Station Hotel, Neville St, Newcastle. Click here for map.

Also,
This Wednesday, 30th March, protest against closure of Chirton House, Newcastle, to keep elderly social care in east end.

3.30pm outside Chirton house, Long Headlam, Byker followed by campaign meeting in Community Centre. Click here for map.

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Today saw one of the biggest Marches in history as over 500,000+ people descended on London in protest at the brutal cuts thrust upon society. Amongst the groups attending were members of NUT, NASUWT, RMT, UNISON, GMB, CND, SWP, SP, Coalition of Resistance, FBU, Anarchists, Tyne and Wear Left Unity, and of course, many individual groups and members of the public.

The cuts that are being made, in so many areas (see below for facts), will affect nearly every single person in Britain. Loss of local libraries and leisure services; benefits being cut; job losses (as a result job privatisation); educational futures being taken away; and pension slashing are but a few of the cuts affecting us – none of these which have much to do with national debt. In fact, before the government’s cuts, UK spending was less (21% of GDP) on public services than France (29%), Germany (27%) and Italy (25%) (Morning Star, 26/3/11).

Our debt is lower than many other countries, which includes the USA and Canada, as well as those mentioned above. Prior to now, the UK’s has been much higher. At present, the UK debt is worth 70% of GDP (click here for a simple explanation of GDP, and here for a more in depth explanation). After the Second World War the national debt was 250% of GDP, yet the government of the day managed to invest millions in creating the National Health Service and building the welfare state.

If these current state of affairs don’t seem to add up then they surely won’t when we consider that the Libyan campaign is costing Britain millions a day. According to Professor Malcolm Chalmers of Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the cost of firing a single missile ranges from £300,000 to £650,000 (www.channel4.com)! The cost of keeping a small local library open for one year is £45,000 (www.unison.org.uk). The expenditure to fire one missile could run 14 small libraries for a year, or nearly three day centres for the elderly suffering from long term conditions (based on £249,750 each a year to run). The government has clearly set priorities of private profit before welfare of its people. It is time that we set ours!

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South of Tyne Transition Town and Bill Quay Farm will be holding Gateshead’s first community green fest on the 25th June 2011, from 11 o’clock to 4 o’clock. It is going to be family and learning focused with some folky bands, lots of stalls, educational activities (including stalls where you can have a go at making things and an interactive exercise on how we can save money and the environment by using less oil), and some talks in a tent. The Farm is close to Pelaw metro station and is also a pleasant cycle ride from Newcastle. There will be an information stall where you can get advice on the different activities on offer and volunteers providing information around the site.

Groups and organisations getting involved will include:

Greenpeace
North East Transition Town Coordinator’s network
Newcastle Community Greenfest
The Summer Tumblers (band)
‘Folk along Phil’
Pottery, textiles and cake makers
Brewery demonstration
Beekeepers
The Green Party
Gateshead Community Agricultural association
The Food Chain
The North East Permaculture Network

For general information or if you would like to ask about the possibility of booking a stall contact: annaheyman2006@yahoo.co.uk

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Other Events

24th march Intergrated Transport meeting —Vicki speaking TWTUG at Civic Centre –open to all at 9.45am
24th march for ucu strikers meet at 12 at City baths and march to rally at Monument 1.15pm
24th March anti cuts network ne 5.30 Irish Centre N/c
24th march Sunderland ucu strike -07881656064-
26th March UK Uncut plans for London–see att.
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ukuncut
25th coach from ne anti cuts for march phone 07782390155
26th March in London trains and coaches going from ne.
29th March FOEarth AGM st Pauls church ,Whitley Bay 7.30 bring food
30th March protest re closure Chirton house, Long Headlam, Byker 3.30 meetg. 4.30
31st march after tuc march what now—station hotel 7-9 speakers clare williams UNISON, david o’tooleUCU and gerry TWLU
2nd April stall at Whitley Bay v cuts 10.30-11.30 opp. co-op 00753137399
5th April socialist choir contact 07753137399
7th April Campaign group agin NHS changes 7-9 st. johns, Grainger st.
11th April red reading Gateshead Civic,Gateshead 7-9

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For next TWLU meeting on 31st March on What next after March’s March-discussion and small group work-lead and other planning
THURSDAY March 24th 7-9 PM
AT ST. JOHN’S CHURCH HALL, GRAINGER ST, NCLE.in basement

Also put in diaries re NHS:
Our very successful meeting, attended by 60 people, was Jim Cousins lead in on the re-stucturing, privatatisation and cuts in our national health service and then small group work on what we could do to campaign on the NHS and this is to be followed by a working/campaign group meeting on
Thursday 7th April all are welcome at St. Johns church hall 7-9pm

For more information about T& W Left Unity – sign up for mailings and email: On facebook search for “Tyne and Wear Left Unity” and join group,e mail twleftunity@gmail.com or Telephone: 0191 265 0906

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The next Tyne and Wear Left Unity planning meeting will be held on:

Date: March the 24th
Time: 19.00pm
Venue: St John’s Church Hall, Grainger Street, Newcastle.

Click here for directions.

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