First of all, let’s recognise that George Galloway‘s spectacular victory in theBradford West by-election is a massive rejection of austerity and war no matter which of the three main parties are proposing them. There is an alternative.
Here in Bristol there have been vigorous and well-supported protests over the last week indefence of the NHS. People aren’t prepared to see it broken-up and privatised. The passing of the Health & Social Care bill is the end of the parliamentary process. The government now has to implement ithe changes. People up and down the country will resist this. That fightback is just beginning. At BADACA’s open meeting on Monday the main discussion was about the NHS. We will be working with trades unions and community groups across the city to step up campaigning to Save The NHS. There is a new edition ofBADACA’s well-received pamphlet on the NHS available online here. A printed version will be ready for distribution soon.
With others we plan to hold a Save Our NHS demonstration on Saturday May 5th. Spread the word and look out for details over the next couple of weeks.
A national demonstration in defence of the NHS would take the campaign to a new level. There is a petition calling on 38 Degrees to take up this call. You can vote here. The TUCneeds to take up the issue as well. There is a model resolution here for trades union branches to pass, calling on the TUC to organise a national demonstration. Please propose it at your next branch meeting.
In the run-up to the 5th May demonstration BADACA will be holding local Save The NHS meetings across the city. We already have plans for meetings in Bedminster,Knowle/Totterdown, Fishponds, Easton & Southmead. If you can help us organise these meetings or want to discuss holding a meeting in your own area please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent protests outside the BRI will continue every Monday & Friday. Details and Facebook here. There will be a Save Our NHS rally on Saturday 7th April. Details and Facebook here. Also a Facebook group here. More events are planned around May Day on the theme ‘Rage Against The Con/Dems‘. Facebook here.
There is a campaign to reverse the closure of Bristol’s mobile library service. There is a Facebook page here and an e-petition here. Please sign -up and pass on to your friends.
To read the rest of the bulletin, visit: http://www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk