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London anti-cuts activists discuss the way forward

Issue No. 2247

Activists from 16 London boroughs gathered last Saturday to discuss next steps for the anti-cuts movement.

The meeting, called by Camden United Against Cuts, heard reports from each campaign and talked tactics.

Julian from Barnet Alliance for Public Services said, “We organised probably the biggest march through Finchley that’s ever been seen.”

He said there had been a dip since the budget passed—but added activity continues as “the anger has not abated”.

Jane of Haringey Alliance for Public Services agreed. “We have some concerns about where the campaign is going,” she said. “We need to build deeper into the community.”

She talked about how their focus was shifting.

“We’re developing working groups on issues like housing services and benefit cuts,” said Jane.

Many groups are shifting gear from lobbies to fighting cuts to each library, children’s centre and other services.

Glyn from Hackney Alliance to Defend Public Services explained, “We’re moving into a phase of building organisation on a local basis.”

“We’ve decided to do stalls every week to draw people into activity,” he added.

Workshops discussed pushing out into campaigns over specific services. And it was widely agreed that the coordinated strikes planned for 30 June would be an important next step for the movement.

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Tue 12 Apr 2011, 18:33 BST
Issue No. 2247
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