Sunday, November 27, 2011

Opposing privatisation and cuts at Rivoli & Goldsmtihs

A couple more moments in the unfolding movement against cuts and privatisation:

Lewisham SOS NHS

Lewisham SOS NHS, which is campaigning against privatisation of the health service, is holding a benefit gig tonight (Sunday 27 November) at the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley Road.  They say: 'We have a really great bill of locally sourced comedy and music - local bands The Grey Cats, Delta Detour and the T Men will be compered by Dulwich's very own Stephen Frost, ably abetted by the comedy of Charmian Hughes, Luke Sorba and Niall Ashdown with added musical humour from Pippa Evans ( check out her forthcoming Radio 4 series )'.

Pippa Evans' characters include country singer 'Loretta Maine', check out some of her songs here.

Tickets are £15 and have to be bought in advance here.

Goldsmiths Occupation

I popped down to the Goldsmiths occupation yesterday, and gave a talk on New Cross radical history.

This is the third occupation there in the last year. In March there was a short occupation of the old Deptford Town Hall buiding in the lead up to the big anti-cuts demonstration, and the library was occupied last December. This time around they have occupied the Whitehead building.

They say: 'We are an open heterogeneous group including Goldsmiths staff, students and many others who believe the university is a public resource that should be open to all. We stand with all those affected by the privatisation agenda and against those who profit from its misery. Goldsmiths is now occupied in solidarity with the UK-wide strike on November 30th and the global occupy movement. We are here because we reject the privatisation of the university, symptomatic of the neo-liberal agenda that permeates all aspects of life. For this reason we have strategically occupied the building housing Goldsmiths’ finance offices, responsible for executing the cuts and the privatisation agenda.. All groups on and off-campus are encouraged to use this space to host meetings, events, and planning sessions for actions on November 30th. Where the current government agenda not only encourages, but enforces the transfer of public resources to private hands we join people worldwide in taking them back!'

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