A team of TTIP campaigners hung a huge banner off two York bridges during Saturday. Rachel Maskell helped us unfurl the banner on Lendal Bridge for half an hour, before we moved over to Ouse Bridge. Passengers on river tours waved and we gathered signatures from passers-by and punters outside the famous King’s Arms. The same banner has been appearing around Britain, with its simple “Hands Off Democracy” message. Continue reading
Two weeks ago, we were outside York Art Gallery, creating a free gallery and demanding our right (as specified in the lease) to free gallery access for residents. Now there’s a plan afoot to hold ‘the consultation York Museum’s Trust forgot’.
On Tuesday 18th August, from 5.30 to 7.30pm at Priory Street Centre, we’ll be offering you the chance to air your views on how our gallery is run, and what purpose it serves. If enough people show up, we can show YMT and the council that our voices must be heard in this process. Register a free place here.
Last week, Greek Trade Union federation Adedy unleashed its response to the German-led forced bail-out: a fresh General Strike. The first such strikes since the No, or Oxi, vote in the bailout referendum, we want to send them messages of support and solidarity (English is fine, if your Greek isn’t up to scratch!). Standing up to the economic violence of the Troika, as they threaten to starve your nation, takes guts. We’ve even provided you with a simple form to use to send them your messages: Continue reading
The Stop TTIP petition was the focus of our action on Tuesday, 21 July from 11am to 2pm in St Helen’s Square, York. At least a dozen of us shared the task of publicising the dangers of this US/EU deal and getting passers-by to sign. To catch the public’s attention, a giant inflatable pencil dominated the Mansion House end of the square. Hazel Palmer reports… Continue reading
York People’s Assembly wants to express its solidarity with the Greek People in their fight against austerity. It recognizes that the fight of the Greeks against the conditions imposed by the Troika is the same fight that all victims of austerity are facing in Britain. It declares that the path to austerity is a path to social collapse and economic depression.
York People’s Assembly invites the people of Greece to reject the requests of the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund, and to take their destiny back into their own hands. We believe that another economy is possible, we believe that austerity must be stopped.
A crowd gathered outside York Art Gallery on Wednesday, 1st July, to mark one month until entry charges are introduced, and to welcome a striker from the National Gallery. PCS members at the gallery in London want to prevent privatisation of their jobs. The strike, now in its 45th day, has already secured a living wage for all staff. A brilliant £350 was raised for strike funds during the visit.
Meanwhile, York has seen a string of Arts issues in recent months. The new Council leadership have cancelled funding for the Guildhall digital media centre and the grass-roots Arts Barge project. Add to this the decision to charge up to £7.50 for visits to the local art gallery, and it’s clear that arts are being restricted to the most well-off.
Anti-homeless bars have appeared on benches at a bus stop in the city. The devices have been fitted to the benches on Rougier Street. A petition to have them removed has gained 2000 signatures, whilst the bars themselves have been given a bit of illicit decoration. Whatever you think of the decoration, the question is the right one. We’d encourage everyone to sign the petition here and we’ll try to keep you updated on the campaign.