“We need to fan every flame of resistance—from strikes to housing campaigns, to the People’s Assembly demonstration on 20 June, to the battles against racism, to the mobilisations over climate change. We need to challenge the Labour and trade union leaders who have led us to this disaster.”
Charlie Kimber The socialist Worker
More ideas to fan the flames – continue reading for details of protests and petitions for you to sign.
There is something we can all do to stop the Tory onslaught. Not everyone can attend protests or Marches but most of us can sign petitions, write letters and e-mail, tweet and share all such actions.
Take action about anything related to the government’s assault on our welfare system, the NHS, the environment such as fracking, the abolition of the human rights bill, increased austerity, the reinstatement of fox hunting and Badger culling to name just a few of the grave social injustices that the majority of us did not vote for.
“When the richest 20% of people vote to attack the poorest 20% – a crude but not unfair summary of what just happened in the election – then any talk of democratic mandates or majorities is redundant. What we are left with instead is human decency – do we want to live in a society wherediabetics die because they cannot afford the electricity to chill their medicine? Or where children are socially cleansed away from their schools, friends and families because neither benefits or wages are enough to pay soaring rents?”
Please continue reading the above article and take particular note of the following:
“There are upcoming protests in Glasgow, Peterborough, Manchester, Sheffield,Cardiff, Winchester, Newcastle, Leeds and many more to come – please feel free to leave details of upcoming events, protests or actions in the comments.
A massive demonstration wil be taking place in the City of London on the 20th June.
Please help spread the word about all events and let’s make them huge.”
Please try to support the events above.
Here is a taste of things to come:
David Cameron’s new disabilities minister voted against protecting disabled children’s benefits
“David Cameron’s new disabilities minister voted against protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients, according to parliamentary records.
Justin Tomlinson, appointed in the new government’s reshuffle, will assist Iain Duncan Smith in implementing Conservative reforms to the benefits system and making £12bn as-yet unspecified cuts.”
Please continue reading and be sure to watch the video:
Please no violence – Gandhi’s peaceful way of civil disobedience is more effective, It has been used in many nonviolent resistance movements in India (Gandhi’s campaigns for independence from the British Empire) Violence soon looses public support and is never the solution.
It is unfortunate that someone felt it okay to write slogans on the war memorial during last week’s protest, though it has to be said that there is no proof that the graffiti on the war memorial was written by one of the protesters.
More about the protests and petitions to sign
If you cannot manage a march or other demo you can still make your voice heard by signing a petition
In the coming weeks I will post as many petitions, notifications of demonstrations and other actions as I come across them.
In the meantime please sign the following petitions however unlikely you think they are to succeed, our signatures represent public opinion about which we should not leave them in any doubt.
Unite and cooperate to create an anti-Tory majority in 2020
“In a fair world we would have proportional representation so that the Greens and Liberal Democrats received a fair number of MPs relative to votes received.
In a fair world we would have campaign finance laws that meant a few millionaire donors with vested interests weren’t able to stuff Tory treasure chests with 3 times the amount Labour raised.”
Read More and please sign the petition:
End Austerity in Northern England:
“We, the people of northern England will not sit back in silence while you impose draconian austerity measures on us and crush our NHS. While we accept that your government is legitimate, the north of England voted resoundingly against you. We rejected austerity, and you have swept into office only through a campaign of fear and the support of middle England.”
“We call upon our fellow countrymen both north and south of the border who are seeking an end to austerity to help us make our voice heard and will work with anyone interested in a progressive and fair society. We deserve to be treat with dignity and respect”
https://www.change.org/p/end-austerity-in-northern-england – you do not have to live in the north of England to sign the petition, anyone may sign
A Vote of No Confidence in the Conservative Party Running the UK:
“This is important to protect the lives of our societies most vulnerable like the elderly, disabled, homeless, hard working families not earning enough, people on zero hours contracts, students, people having benefits stopped, people victimised by Tory cuts, people having to use food banks, whilst those with more than enough get tax cuts and get let off with tax evasion.”
Call for an inquiry into the psychological Impact of Austerity:
“Commit to a parliamentary inquiry assessing the Psychological Impact of Austerity.
Why is this important?
The evidence is clear, austerity policies are having damaging psychological costs, both increasing mental distress in the present, and storing problems for the future. As a group of psychologists, therapists, service users and allies we feel it is our public and professional duty to bring these issues to light.”
Read more and please sign the petition:
Please check the following link from time to time for details of protests in your locality
List of demonstrations, actions and meetings currently being organised:
Fight Austerity, Fight the Tories – March on the State Opening of Parliament
“On Wednesday 27th May it will be the state opening of Parliament, where the Tories will officially form a Government.
They will do so with just 37% of the vote, and with the consent of 24% of eligible voters in the UK.
The new Government is going to try to: smash the welfare state by £12bn, privatise the NHS, raise tuition fees, decimate local services, make strike action illegal, scapegoat migrants, worsen the housing crisis and to crush all dissent that stands in their way.
There is now only one thing stopping this from becoming a reality: us. Over the coming weeks and months, we are going to have to show the Tories that we will not let them do this, and we will have to inspire broader layers of the population into resisting austerity. That new wave of resistance starts now.
We are putting this call out for a mobilisation to coincide with the opening of Parliament; we don’t yet have any particular plans beyond it happening. NCAFC does not claim to represent the anti-austerity movement as a whole, and we are putting this call out in the hope that other groups, collectives and organisations will come on board.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to add your group.
UK Uncut has also called a day of action, for Saturday 30th May:
Not in London Check out the following also included in the above Facebook link