Eyewitness Calais – Report-back from the Refugee Jungle at Calais

When the group of York University social work students planning to take supplies to the  refugee ‘jungle’ in Calais came to a York People’s Assembly meeting, as we’d offered our support, we asked them to report back on their experience following the visit at the end of September. Continue reading

York Declares Support for Junior Doctors Againt Government Imposed New Contract

At a joint meeting of York People’s Assembly Against Austerity and Defend Our NHS York on 2nd November to discuss the ‘Crisis in the NHS’ it was unanimously agreed to support all necessary action by junior doctors in the UK against the imposition of a new contract upon them by the Tory government and to issue a statement in support of the doctors. This include support for the proposed strike on the 5th November. Continue reading

Massive TUC demo hits Manchester

On a warm, sunny day in Manchester (yes, really!) 100 of us from York joined another 80,000 to protest the Government’s unfair Trade Union Bill. The Bill requires unrealistic levels of voter turnout and bans online voting. It also allows employers to use agency workers to break the strike. In other words, it’s an attack on industrial democracy that has to be countered. Continue reading

Eyewitness Calais – Public Meeting on Refugee Crisis

Wedneday, 4th November 7:30-9:00pm, Friends Meeting House, Friargate

At the end of September, a group of Students from York took a lorry packed with donations from local people to the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais. We’re hosting a public meeting sharing what they saw during their visit, and to discuss future practical and political action for refugees.

The meeting will be in three parts. The first part will be the eyewitness accounts of what they saw in the camps, in the second part they will be taking any questions people might have, and in the final part we will be discussing any further action that we might take.

We’ll be having a collection, with everything minus the venue hire cost going to projects working with the refugees.

York Says Refugees Welcome Here

York Says Refugees Welcome HereIn one of the largest demonstrations the city has seen for years, over a thousand people marched the streets yesterday, calling for refugees to be made welcome in York.

Starting in torrential rain at St. Helen’s Square and finishing with blue skies at the Minster, the weather on the day was perhaps symbolic of the way attitudes have changed in Britain towards the humanitarian crisis. In the past weeks, some of the world’s most desperate people have faced an onslaught of abuse and degradation from our media and government. Yesterday marked the beginning of a compassionate approach to the issue from ordinary people, coinciding with events across the country.

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Calling Ryedale! People’s Assembly comes to Malton

We’re delighted to announce the first ever People’s Assembly meeting in Malton. If you live in Ryedale, come along to The Yard in Malton’s market place at 7.30pm on Monday 14th September. The district faces bus and fire service cuts, amongst others.
And another first: Malton will have a coach ‎pick-up for the TUC national march at the Tory Conference in Manchester on 4th October, too, thanks to the Unite union.‎