Join the March for the Alternative, Saturday 26th March 2011

March 20, 2011

Government spending cuts will damage public services and put more than a million out of work. They will hit the vulnerable, damage communities and undermine much of what holds us together as a society.

Ministers say there is no alternative.

People round the country are already campaigning against these deep, rapid cuts. Students have shown their opposition to cuts, the ends of EMAs and increases in fees. Parents and teachers have opposed cuts in school building. School sport, libraries and public woodlands all now have strong defenders. Few towns now don’t have their own campaign group.

The TUC’s March for the Alternative has two key aims.

* First we want to give a national voice to all those affected by the cuts.

* Second we want to show that people reject the argument that there is no alternative.

That is why it is the March for the Alternative – an alternative in which rich individuals and big companies have to pay all their tax, that the banks pay a Robin Hood tax and on in which we strain every sinew to create jobs and boost the sustainable economic growth that will generate the prosperity which is the only long term way to close the deficit and reduce the nation’s debt.

Meet at 11.00am at Lincoln’s Inn Fields to join IHOOPS on the march.

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Support Public Workers Against Anti-Union Attacks

March 1, 2011

Your support is needed to help the crucial struggle in Wisconsin:

The heroic occupation of the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison has electrified the entire U.S. labor movement, which has suffered decades-long attacks in the form of devastating layoffs; plant closings; loss of wages, health care benefits, pensions and much more.Now right-wing, Tea Party-supported governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin – on behalf of big business and Wall Street – are attempting to decimate the right of all workers to unionize with reactionary legislation like the “budget repair bill” that would deny workers the basic right to collective bargaining.

Tens of thousands of workers and students and their families have liberated the Madison Capitol for almost two weeks to demand “Kill the bill” and “Union rights are human rights”. Their fighting spirit and actions have inspired people throughout the U.S. and worldwide.There has been concrete solidarity shown by vast donations of food and water. Supporters have travelled from as far away as California to stand with these courageous people of all nationalities and genders, who are fighting for the rights of all workers.It has even been reported that activists in Egypt—who liberated Tahrir Square—have ordered pizzas delivered to the Madison occupation!

The Bail Out the People Movement has sent organizers from Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Ralleigh/ Durham, New York and elsewhere to stand with the workers and students in Madison to show solidarity—and to tell of the real day-to-day developments. BOPM has sent out national emails and used all available technology to provide continual news of what is happening inside and outside the Capitol.This is the kind of grassroots information that the mainstream media won’t show!However, we need your help! You can make a difference! Donate now at http://www.bailoutpeople.org/donatewi.shtmlThis information is available at bailoutpeople.org: there are articles, tweets, videos, a petition aimed at Gov. Walker and more.

Our activists, youth and seniors, have been sleeping on the Capitol floor for ten days. However, it is costing Bail Out the People Movement thousands of dollars to provide airfare, transportation to and from the Capitol, food, text messaging, cell phone calls, and to purchase supplies to make banners and placards, run off leaflets for rallies and demonstrations, and do what is necessary.

This is where your contribution can help defray the costs of these expenses. Whether your contribution is large or small, every cent collected will help to keep Bail Out the People Movement’s presence alive in Madison and to help provide you with real insight of what is happening on the front lines there. The longer that this occupation goes on, the more costs will be incurred–to support the struggle!

In solidarity,
Bail Out the People Movement