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

Weekly ACN mailout, incl. Wed meeting and more..

Hi all

1. Next ACN meeting - 5.30pm, Wed 24 August, Tyneside Irish Centre
(meeting room 1, second floor - use lift opposite the bar)
Don't forget to get lift up to second floor, meeting room one
see you all there


2. Protest against cuts to Youth Services
Some of us went to support Lizi and others youth service users angered
at the cancelling of My Place youth centre planned for city centre.
They met with Labour and Council Leader Nick Forbes, and next week
Lizi will share with the meeting how he responded to the meeting and
our solidarity protest outside the civic.
See photo on the blog, Lizi Amd others will give feedback on what
council leaders said last week

3. Protest against Tax Havens to follow on from the meeting in the
City Library (see details below). So the plan is for a big roaming
protest targeting stores who use tax havens, DRESSED UP AS PIRATES!
protest last Thursday was huge success. More on blog tonight and you tube clip:
Thanks to Ewan for this!
More protests planned

4. 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:
A. 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
B. 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
C. For a labour movement inquiry into the causes of the riots

Agreed by ACN meeting 10 August 2011

This is our blog. Don't forget to visit it, post comments on articles,
share articles on facebook.
If you want to post stuff to the blog, email this list and we will put
it up there.
If you want to help with artilces for the blog, and updating it, come
to Wednesdays meeting and volunteer or email us.

6. Facebook group
Join our fb group: or search anti cuts network

7. FInally ACN needs YOU!
We know that we can't all make meetings in Newcastle on a Wednesday
night, which is fine. But perhaps you can do other stuff:
a. Help with blog and fb group
b. Do some research on cuts
c. Share our events with friends on facebook and help us build bigger campaigns
d. Do press releases
e. Design leaflets, posters, tshirts etc
f. Help with fundraising (benefit gigs, socials, etc.)
g. Make links with Trade Union branches, community groups
EMAIL back to us at this email address with any information on your skills?


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