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Assistants get support

Issue No. 1859

SOME 30 parents and teachers attended a meeting at Moreland Primary School in Islington, north London, last week to protest against cuts. Moreland is one of ten schools in Islington with a budget shortfall. That is leading to bigger classes, the scrapping of 1.8 teaching posts and redundancies for two teaching assistants.

The meeting was addressed by John Bangs, assistant general secretary of the NUT teachers' union, a parent governor and the two assistants.

DSEi and Tattoo face protests

PROTESTS ARE planned for two of the world's biggest arms fairs, which are taking place in Britain this month and in September. The Royal International Air Tattoo this month is a major showcase for the Western powers to flaunt their prowess and for arms companies to advertise their wares.

DSEi is taking place in London in September. It is sponsored by the British government and will play host to a range of countries, including many on Amnesty International's list of human rights abusers.

  • Demonstrate at Fairford Air Tattoo, Saturday 19 July, 12 noon, Fairford High Street - go to for details.
  • Protests against DSEi in London from Saturday 6 September to Wednesday 10 September - go to for details.

    Barnet says no to housing plan

    ANTI-PRIVATISATION campaigners and tenants held a protest on Wednesday of last week on the Graham Park estate in north west London. Over 100 people demonstrated against plans to demolish some houses and flats. They were also protesting to stop the transfer of stock to the private sector. This is being done under the pretext of 'regeneration'.

    A clear sign to New Labour

    SOME 2,000 people marched in London on Saturday of last week for the legal recognition of British Sign Language (BSL). Pressure from deaf people has forced the government to say it recognises BSL as an official language in Britain.

    But this recognition has no legal status and is little more than a gesture. The protest is part of the struggle of disabled people for full civil rights which New Labour, despite previous promises, has failed to deliver.
    Steve West

    No basis for US bases

    PEOPLE REALLY made an effort for the demonstration against the US base at Menwith Hill. Mark Thomas was a star with his witty barrage of political comedy. About 350 went on the march around the facility. Live music followed.

    It was a really good day of letting the US and British governments know that we will not let America control the world and control space.

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    Sat 12 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
    Issue No. 1859
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