Activist network of workers, students, retired and claimants in and around Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The network was launched out of the bottom up protests of the students, which others were keen to support and now campaigns against cuts.

We meet every fortnight at organise specifically to oppose cuts to services, jobs and communities.

We aim to coordinate with other local campaigns including campaigns to save Libraries; Youth services; Play services; Pools & Leisure centres; City Hall; Sure Start services etc.

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Response to recent riots: Anti Cuts Network statement

Statement on the recent riots agreed at last ACN meeting:

Whatever we think of either the actions or causes of the recent riots
across the country, we do know they happened in areas of massive youth
unemployment and to communities facing cuts to youth services and
reduced accessed to education, as well as rising police repression.

We demand:

1. And end to police repression:
End "Stop and Search", disarm the police, and oppose increases to
police powers, including curfews, rubber bullets and water cannon.
As well as cuts in legal aid

2. Fight poverty and inequality:
oppose cuts to public services, decent funding for youth provision and
Restore grants and maintenance allowance for students
Decent homes for all, create more council housing
Trade Unions should organise the unemployed
trade Unions should fight job losses and not allow cuts by agreeing to
voluntary redundancies - every lost job is a lost service

3. For a labour movement inquiry into the causes of the riots

Agreed by ACN meeting 10 August 2011

Other local and national groups and trade unions have agreed similar statements like sunderlandagainstthecuts and lewisham anti cuts alliance and Stratford RMT branch

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