STUDENTS AND staff at Barnsley College celebrated last week after a protest of 25 people outside the college governors' meeting forced them to drop plans to close the college nursery. The closure was planned as part of massive cutbacks.
ANTI NAZI League supporters protested outside the BBC in Bristol last week holding placards saying "No platform for Nazis" and "Never forget, never again". The demonstrators handed out leaflets and collected over 100 signatures on a petition for the BBC. Passing motorists, especially Asian taxi drivers, tooted their horns to show their support. A delegation spoke to a BECTU union rep inside the building, and two NUJ members came out to show their support.
CAMPAIGNERS against nursery closures in Hackney, east London, have won the first round of their battle. The council has postponed a decision "because of the scale of opposition".
But a number of nurseries are still under immediate threat due to funding cuts and lack of investment. Hackney Fightback, the broad anti-cuts campaign, has called a picket of the council on 17 July, and is backing a UNISON lobby against worse contracts for council staff on 18 July. Both lobbies are at the town hall at 6pm.
AROUND 20 people attended the inaugural meeting of Barnsley Against Star Wars last Wednesday. The meeting attracted people from the Green Party, Labour Party, Greenpeace and the SWP, who agreed to mobilise for the protest outside Fylingdales on Saturday 4 August.