For the last year, thousands of households have endured the misery of the bedroom tax. This week, second year Writing, Directing and Performance students at the University of York present an evening of three original half-hour plays, created from the true stories and real lives of the people involved in the controversial Bedroom Tax/Spare Room Subsidy. They even interview members of York People’s Assembly after our April bedroom tax action. The show is on for three evenings – Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May and tickets are £5 from the University website.
The route for the “No More Austerity” demonstration on June 21st has been unveiled. No backstreets and no detours: from the headquarters of the BBC and the Tax Dodgers on Oxford Street to Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, the route is direct, visible and to the point. Tickets for our coach from York to the summer’s biggest anti-austerity event are selling well, so please book now so you don’t miss out!
A few York People’s Assembly members were present on 29th January 2014 for the launch of the film of ‘Enough is Enough’ at the University of Leeds. The event included a showing of the film, now publicly viewable on the website, along with a panel discussion between the 350 strong audience and
- Andrew Simms – Chief Analyst at Global Witness, fellow of the New Economics Foundation, and author of Cancel the Apocalypse
- Kate Pickett – Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York, co-author of The Spirit Level, and co-founder of the Equality Trust
- Dan O’Neill – Lecturer in Ecological Economics at the University of Leeds and co-author of Enough Is Enough
- Natalie Bennett – Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
- Tom Bliss – Producer and director of the film.
Find out more about steady-state economics and view the film here http://t.co/4N3HhRIw7b
Some of the same YPA people saw Kate Pickett again on Friday 31 January at the Priory Street Centre in York where she delivered a different but equally compelling talk to a big room full of people for the ‘Truth, Lies and The Spirit Level’ day conference http://www.comehear.org/further-resources.html.
Many citizens of York and Yorkshire are obviously seeing that we need to challenge the divisions within society, and bring about a much more equal one. We hope to see them all on the walls and streets of York on the 8th March telling attendees to the Lib-Dem conference what we think of their coalition for the rich and wealthy.
It seems hard to imagine, but six months ago, we’d only just booked a room for our first meeting. Since then, a lot has happened, and as a movement, both locally and nationally, we’ve grown tremendously. What started as 40 people in a room has become hundreds taking action in the streets. As we look back over 6 months of action, here’s to an amazing 2014! Continue reading
After last week’s actions, the Fire Brigades Union has announced its next move, which includes a strike on from 7pm to Midnight on Christmas Eve, when Scottish firefighters and support staff across Britain will join in the action for the first time. On New Year’s Eve firefighters will begin 18hours of strike action at 6.30pm. York People’s Assembly hopes that locals will make time to show solidarity with those on strike amidst the busy celebrations. Let’s help our firefighters get the deal they want for Christmas!
2013 is drawing to a close. York People’s Assembly is only six months old, yet we’ve come a long way. To celebrate, we’ve booked out York’s first cooperative-owned, living wage pub for a party to celebrate. When good news is rare, its even more important to take time to celebrate when we can.
Everyone who’s played a part in building the Assembly, and every group and organisation we’ve worked alongside, is invited to join us.
Celebrate with us on Wednesday 18th at the Golden Ball
We’ll be getting started at 7.30pm. Click here for a map, the pub is marked as ‘B’. Continue reading