#Islington’s Comedy Against Austerity – 16 May

May 2, 2014
  • Time and Date: Friday 16 May, 7-11pm
  • Place: Sotheby Mews Day Centre, Sotheby Road, (just off Blackstock Road)
  • Cost: £10/Concessions, £5

Help pay for the venue before the gig by sending your cheques to and collect tickets from IHOOPS, The Elfrida Society, 34 Islington Park Street, London N1 1PX. Tel. 020 7359 7443.

Progressive comedians, Jeremy Hardy, Francesca Martinez and David Jordan are coming to Islington to support good causes and give people a laugh.

PIC Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy: opposing the ConDem comedians

They will perform in a fundraising comedy and music gig. Food, drink and a raffle will feature.

Funds go to local anti-austerity campaigners, IHOOPS, Islington Disabled People Against the Cuts and the Elfrida Society’s entertainment team, the Wild Bunch Club.

The gig is supported by Islington GMB, Islington National Union of Teachers and the Islington Trades Council.

IHOOPS chair, Andy Bains said:

“Protest against injustice is never a waste of time and IHOOPS works as a coordinating group to raise the struggle in Islington against austerity, cuts and privatisation.

“The Accident and Emergency unit at the Whittington would not be there if there had been no protest. IHOOPS is pleased to support this fundraising night of comedy and music as a step in building the movement against this Government.”

Austerity isn’t working, so come and have a laugh while resisting the cuts!


Mobilise for the June #anti-cuts national demonstration

April 10, 2014

Stalls & Leafletting this Saturday, 12 April

North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity (NLPAAA)

If you can help contact: northlondonassembly@gmail.com

On Saturday April 12,  the NLPAAA will be promoting the June 21 national demo at 3 different places across North London:

  • Angel, meet by Sainsburys, map 11am-1pm
  • Wood Green, meet in area outside Nandos! 12pm-2pm
  • Camden, 12pm-2pm — contact Sam samdathi@hotmail.com


Mobilising Meeting for June National Demo

Wed April 16, 6.30pm – Kurdish Community Centre at 11 Portland Gardens, London, N4 1HU.

If you can help contact: northlondonassembly@gmail.com

The North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity (NLPAAA) will be meeting up on Wednesday April 16 at 6.30pm to discuss how we can get the maximise number of groups and people on – and working to build – the important June 21 national demonstration. It is open to all supporters of the People’s Assembly in North London.

Please put this date in your diary today so we can launch a two month plan of action to build this landmark action against austerity.


People United: National demonstration on 21 June 2014

Start Spreading the Word!

Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union said:

“Join the demonstration on 21 June because mobilising, protesting and taking direct action in defence of our NHS, public services and social solidarity is our duty. To join the fight against vicious cuts and ideological austerity is to fightback against the destruction of everything we hold dear, fought for by generations past and taken for granted today at our peril. Stand up on 21 June, together we can mobilise a generation to win!”

When: Saturday 21 June 2014, 1PM

Where: Assemble at BBC HQ, Portland Place, London and march to Parliament

The demonstration will be followed by a free festival in Central London.

Banner Theatre’s Anti-Austerity Show in #Islington

March 5, 2014
  • At 7pm to 9.15pm, on Friday, 14 March

POSTER IHOOPS, bannertheatre, 14-03-14

Grab a night of anti-cuts entertainment and donate to the struggle:

at Platform, Hornsey Road Baths, 260 Hornsey Road, London N7 7QT.

Order tickets online at: http://www.platformislington.org.uk/banner-theatre
or pay on the door

Bar open until 10pm.

Rally and Demo marking UN #Anti-Racism Day

March 1, 2014

The rally and demo called for 22nd March by UAF and the TUC, supported by many unions, community organisations, migrant and muslim organisations will be the biggest anti-racist event for many years.

See below for UAF statement. For further information go to: www.standuptoracism.org.uk

Islington UAF is organising for this event and we hope that you will join us on the day and help us build support for the event. On the day there will be a parade celebrating diversity, multiculturalism and the contribution of immigrants to our communities. It will be child-friendly and, we hope, noisy and colourful.
Before the event Islington UAF will be doing a number of things:

Friday 7th. March: leafleting at Finsbury Park.

  • 12.45 Meet Finsbury Park mosque (St Thomas Street)
  • 5.00 Meet Finsbury Park Tube (Bus station exit  at Seven Sisters side)

We also hope to organise leafleting at other local tube stations. Any volunteers?
Saturday 15th. March: demo and leafleting Chapel Market

  • 12 noon Meet Angel Tube

There are also events in Hackney:

  • Cavalcade to build M22 assembling at 11.00am on Saturday 1st March 2014. Starts from Car Park at Topps Tiles, 92 Stamford Hill, London N16 6XS (opposite the Morrison’s)
  • Public Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at the Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, E5 0PU with Diane Abbott MP, Weyman Bennett (Unite Against Fascism) and Billy Hayes (general secretary Communication Workers Union)

Please join us and help to make March 22nd. a big step forward in the fight against Racism and Fascism.
If you would like leaflets please contact us.
Richard Kirkwood
Co-Chair Islington UAF

Rally and Demo marking UN Anti-Racism Day
11am, Saturday 22nd March 2014
Parade from the Mandela Statue in Parliament to rally at Trafalgar Square

A day of action against racism has been called for across Europe to coincide with the marking of UN Anti-Racism Day in 2014, with eyes on the European elections in May.

Already in most European countries parties of the right, centre and even the traditional left are allowing the terrain of these elections to be dominated by racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and the scapegoating of minorities – Muslims, immigrants, Roma, Black and Asian communities.

Across Europe the fascist and populist racist right are on the rise. From the violent Golden Dawn in Greece, the anti-Roma Jobbik in Hungary, the Islamophobic Freedom Party of Geert Wilders in the Netherlands to the success of the Front National in France, these currents are encouraging hatred, fear and prejudice in a frightening wave across the continent.

In Britain the far right is hoping for gains in the Euro elections. The British National Party (BNP) is seeking the re-election of Nick Griffin in the North West and Andrew Brons is seeking re-election in Yorkshire and the Humber. The mainstream political parties look set to capitulate to UKIP in their calls for draconian ‘anti-immigration’ policies and promoting a ‘Little Englander’ anti-foreign, anti-Europe mentality.

The ‘go-home’ vans sent out by the Home Office over the summer are a sign of things to come. Hostility is already being stirred up towards Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers who will be able to work here from January.

Such campaigns simply whip up racism in general and induce a ‘blame game’ for falling living standards and squeezed incomes that falls on visible minorities in stepped up discrimination, institutional racism, abuse and violence.

This all encourages currents like the English Defence League, which turn their Islamophobic prejudices into real attempts to terrorise the Muslim population – attacking Mosques, assaulting veiled women, insulting religious sensitivities with vile slogans and throwing pigs’ heads, and organising intimidating marches into Muslim communities.

Following the rising violence of Golden Dawn and the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, (also known as Killah P), the Greek anti-fascist and anti-racist movement has proposed that next year’s UN Day Against Race Discrimination on March 21/22 should be the focus for actions against racism and fascism across Europe.

While there is a real threat that openly racist parties may win the 2014 Euro-elections in some countries, this can be prevented by the widest possible unity against them and the mobilisation of the broadest progressive forces.

Unite Against Fascism has therefore initiated this call for a demonstration and rally to Stand Up to Racism in London on Saturday 22nd March. We endorse this proposal and call on all those of goodwill to join us in a riposte to the rise of racism, to show that migrants are welcome and demonstrate our confidence in a future free of scapegoating and hatred.

Hands off our #Unions – Our right to resist #Austerity

February 8, 2014

Public rally organised by the People’s Assembly, Institute of Employment Rights and the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom

Tuesday 11 Feb, 6:30pm
Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1
Tube: Kings Cross

Speakers include:
Len McCluskey
, Unite the Union
Mark Serwotka, Public and Commercial Services Union
Francesca Martinez, Comedian
John Hendy QC, Campaign for Trade Union Freedom
a striking transport worker
Sam Fairbairn
, The People’s Assembly
Chaired by: Alex Kenny, NUT andCarolyn Jones, Institute of Employment Rights

Register your place here:https://handsoffunions.eventbrite.co.uk <https://handsoffunions.eventbrite.co.uk/>

The People’s Assembly has teamed up with the Institute of Employment Rights and the Campaign for Trade Union freedom to launch an initiative in defense of the trade union movement and our right to resist austerity.

The Tories have launched fresh attacks on the trade union movement. David Cameron is proposing further limitations on the right to take strike action and Boris Johnson continues to attack London Underground workers striking against cuts to jobs and the closure of the station offices.

This comes at a time when strikes are on the increase, with Higher Education workers also taking action and teachers look set to announce further strikes in the coming weeks.

But these attacks have not just come from the Tory-led government. Milliband has pushed through reforms to weaken the trade union’s influence over the Labour Party.

As millions of people face falling real wages, unemployment, part time or casualised low paid work, and the rapid destruction or privatisation of the welfare state they stand in need of trade union organisation and the right to protest more than ever.

Upcoming Events from IHOOPS and North #London People’s Assembly

January 18, 2014

Jan 2014

Islington free school teachers strike ballot
STEM 6 Academy  ballot for strike action closes

IHOOPS – Review deadline for March public meeting
Deadline to review IHOOPS public meeting in March

UCU industrial action
11am – 13pm. Higher education and further education lecturers’ mini-actions

North London People’s Assembly Against Austerity (NLPAAA) street stall
12noon, Wood Green. Building the Hands off Our Unions Campaign and March public meeting. Contact: elaine@redpuffin.co.uk

UCU industrial action
Higher education and further education lecturers’ mini-actions

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) meeting
7pm, Finsbury Park Mosque, 7-11 St Thomas’s Rd, N4 2QH. Near Finsbury Park Tube

IHOOPS meeting
29/01/14 (Weds)
7.30pm (not 7pm), Islington Town Hall, Upper St

Feb 2014

North London People’s Assembly planning meeting
6.30pm, venue tbc. Discussing 2014 activity, mobilising for the June People’s Assembly Against Austerity national demonstration the recall People’s Assembly Conference in March. Volunteers needed for leafleting, design and stalls.

Stop the Privatisation of Student Debt
‘No sell off of the student loan book’. In November, the government sold off all student loans taken before 1998 and worth £900m to a private debt collector for £160m. This is likely to be just round one of the ‘Great Student Loan Giveaway’. Student Assembly Against Austerity will lead national actions on campuses. More info.

Hands off our Unions
Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9AU. Defend the right to resist national speaking tour launch rally. The government’s announcement of an inquiry into trade union tactics is further proof of its determination to undermine the right to protest against its austerity programme. We pledge ourselves to resist this attack. Speakers include: Len McCluskey, Unite the Union, Mark Serwotka, Public and Commercial Services Union, Francesca Martinez, Comedian, John Hendy QC and others.  Register for a free event.

Women’s Assembly Against Austerity
10am – 5pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. Info and register

Mar 2014

RALLY: The People vs Austerity – North London People’s Assembly Rally
Venue and further details tbc.
2014 anti-austerity plans. Speakers include Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North, Katherine Connelly, Student Assembly Against Austerity, Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North & Chair, Stop the War Coalition, Elaine Graham-Leigh, Enfield Against the Cuts & NLPAA, Unite plus participation from a range of local, union, anti-cuts and community campaigners. Facebook info here

IHOOPS public meeting
06/03/14 (to be confirmed)
Islington Town Hall, Upper Street.

Banner Theatre play
Platform, 260 Hornsey Road London, N7 7QT

Re-call People’s Assembly conference
The Emmanuel Centre, Marsham St, London, Westminster SW1P 3DW. Supporting trade union branches, campaigns and community groups shuld send delegates. Contact: conference@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk Facebook event info

Budget Day – ‘Britain needs a pay rise’ demo
Protests and actions are being organised across the country on Budget Day, information and details to follow soon. The People’s Assembly plan an evening protest ending in a rally at Downing Street and want short videos and photo showing what should be in a ‘People’s Budget’, office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

No to Racism and Fascism demo
Supported by People’s Assembly Against Austerity (PAAA). More information.


May Day protests

June 2014

People’s Assembly National Demo
Central London. Free festival. More info soon.

Oct 2014

TUC National Demonstration in London.

People’s Assembly Against Austerity, http://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Lobby the #Whittington Board: HITCHINS AND KOH HAVE GOT TO GO!

January 3, 2014

Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition

Lobby on Wednesday 8 January, 1.30pm, outside the Whittington Hospital

We are horrified that Steve Hitchins has been appointed as Chair of the Hospital Board. He was Lib Dem leader of Islington Council for several years. He has been working with private sector companies, contracting them for health services: see http://www.localleadership.gov.uk/future/specialadvisers/

There are two main reasons for our concerns at this appointment:

i. Steve Hitchin’s links with private health care… at a time when our NHS is under threat of privatisation and cuts from this Government, through their Health and Social Care Act. He is a member of a party that supports this decimation of the NHS. He is a board member of Newlon Housing Trust and chairs their regeneration charity Newlon Fusion. He also works with a number of private sector companies principally contracting with local government or the health service. Is this the kind of person we want to be responsible for our NHS, our hospital and our health service provision?

ii. Steve Hitchin’s reputation amongst his own party: see http://susannelamido.blogspot.co.uk/2006/08/islington-knives-are-out-for-steve.html, written by a Lib Dem!

We wonder why Dr Koh is still in post having led the Board through such a wrecking and disastrous plan to slash the hospital in its bid to become a Foundation Trust.

So do join us outside the main entrance of the Hospital on Wednesday 8th January at 1.30pm. This is OUR hospital. We need it to provide a positive environment and to meet our health needs, under a publicly funded system, not under a system that pours money for health into shareholders’ profits.

See you there! And do pass this on to everyone you know!