AROUND 150 people lobbied Hackney council in east London last Wednesday on a protest called by the Friends of Hackney Nurseries campaign group. The lively protest shook councillors, who are discussing possible cuts which will hit local parents and their children hard. The cuts plan was to be discussed at a council education committee meeting on Thursday, and at a full council meeting next Wednesday. More protests are planned.
AROUND 100 people joined a protest outside the Campsfield detention centre near Oxford last Saturday. The rally was to mark the sixth anniversary of the centre, where asylum seekers are held in brutal conditions.
WYCOMBE Labour Party is distributing 8,000 leaflets opposing the transfer of council housing to a local housing company. The leaflets are being delivered despite a message from Labour Party HQ, advising that 'you will look like losers'.
MEMBERS OF People and Planet and Jubilee 2000 from Birmingham University took to the streets of the city last Saturday to highlight Third World debt and oppose the WTO.
THE JUSTICE for Harry Stanley campaign is stepping up the pressure on the authorities. Harry was shot dead by armed police outside his house in Hackney, east London, in September. Last week the family and supporters told the Hackney Police Consultative Group there needed to be an independent inquiry into the killing. The campaign also picketed the Home Office demanding that home secretary Jack Straw orders such an inquiry.