Saturday, 16 October 2010

Cuts Day: unite our forces for Downing Street rally


The Coalition of Resistance was founded after Tony Benn issued a statement in the Guardian in August 2010. The Coalition, which works with other local and national campaigns, in particular the People’s Charter, is described HERE.  

The joint chairs for the Rally will be Paul Mackney, former General Secretary of NATFHE/UCU, and Andrew Burgin, known for his work with the Stop the War Campaign, and there will be plenty of two minute speeches.

Speakers include: Tony Benn; Caroline Lucas MP; Rev Jesse Jackson; Jeremy Dear (General Secretary NUJ); George Binette (Sec Camden Trades Council); Aaron Porter (President, NUS); Bob Crow (GS RMT); Mark Serwotka (GS PCS); Matt Wrack (GS FBU); Steve Gillan (GS Prison Officers Association); Kevin Courtney (Deputy GS NUT); Lindsey German (Stop the War); Zita Holbourne (BARAC Black Activists Rising Against Cuts); Lee Jasper (BARAC); Dot Gibson (National pensioners Convention); John Rees (CoR); Jeremy Corbyn MP; John McDonnell MP; Salma Yaqoob (Respect Councillor in Birmingham); Romayne Phoenix (Green Party and CoR); Bill Greenshields (People’s Charter); Paul Brandon (Right to Work Campaign); Kanja Sesay (NUS Black Students Officer); Celia Mitchell; Simon Woolley (EHRC Commissioner); Adeline O’Keefe (Keep Our NHS Public).

Many are coming straight from work to Downing Street but please note that there are at least two feeder marches - NUS from University of London Union and London trade unionists from Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Coalition of Resistance rally begins at 6.00pm outside Downing Street, Whitehall.

The Camden Trades Council demonstration assembles at 5.00pm for rally at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, then marches at 5.30pm to Whitehall.

Student march assembles at 4.00pm in Malet Street and marches at 4.30pm to Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Some will be going on to an overlapping Labour Representation Committee event in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, Westminster from 7 – 9 pm.

Note that in some parts of London (e.g. Barnet) there are local demonstrations and, if you are not in London, there may be events in your area.

Finally, we badly need money for this demonstration and other events: please send donations made out to ‘Coalition of Resistance’, to CoR, c.o. Housman’s Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX.'

Thanks to Paul Mackney, a member of the Coalition of Resistance steering committee, for the above.


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