Students launch the fightback

Around 60 students took part in a today’s march from campus to town, followed by a short rally. As the march entered town, members of the public joined in and the volume rose. Taking part were several disabled students with fears about welfare cutbacks. In other news, tonight’s York People’s Assembly meeting has had to be moved to a bigger venue, and we’re about to book a second coach for the June 20th “No More Austerity” march in London – get tickets here.

Castlegate Campaign gains more time

002Protesters gathered again outside the Council’s West Offices to protest the closure of 29 Castlegate and the decimation of support services for 16-25 year olds in our city. The current plans would eliminate the popular counselling service and reduce other services to 16-19 year olds only. We’re campaigning for a holistic service in a suitable venue instead. Continue reading

Victory for Castlegate protest!

IMG_20141031_164329Around 40 people assembled to protest outside West Offices last night, ahead of a crucial council committee vote on the fate of the Castlegate Centre. The protest was covered by York Press, appearing as the main story on the home page. The decision will now go back to the council’s Cabinet, who must decide how to change course. It’s rare to hold a protest and get a victory so soon afterwards, and everyone involved deserves to celebrate. Let’s hope its the first of many! Continue reading