Date: 
23 October 2011 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Somers Town Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, London, NW1 1EE

This gathering is open to everyone who wants to take action to defend welfare. We are a claimant-led network – our response to welfare reforms is led by people who feel their effects the most – but the attacks on welfare will affect us all whether we are in work or may need welfare as parents, if we become unemployed, due to sickness or disability, or as pensioners.

We plan to run the day with lots of discussion and chances to share ideas and information in workshops and an open space session where we can set the agenda on the day. If you can offer a workshop or would like to propose something for the agenda, please get in touch.
Please help make the day happen:
  • Let us know you can make it!
  • The network does not have any funding, so if your group or union branch can make a contribution to the costs of the room or participants’ travel, please help raise funds for it. Groups and individuals may want to approach union branches or organise fundraisers to raise funds for your travel.
  • Let us know if you can help with food, childcare or facilitation on the day.
  • Forward this invite to anyone else you know who might be interested, post it on your blog or social media; mention it at meetings, and help spread the word!

Upcoming events

1 Nov 14

In Britain, you’d never be able to tell from the outside, but hundreds of our hospitals, schools, prisons, roads and even homes are no longer run by the public, the state, the people. Politicians have given them away to private companies – only to have the public sector rent them back at extortionate costs. Taxpayers’ money is making these tax-avoiding corporations rich, while the people are losing critical frontline services. This is the Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

4 Nov 14

From PFI contracts that make hospitals three times as expensive as public funding would, to the bubble in the housing sector, from graduates’ average debt burdens of £44,000, to unpayable energy bills …debt affects all aspects of our lives.

Be it private, national or local government, debt is one of the neoliberal system’s most powerful tools to discipline us.

But together, we can overcome the shame attached and the idea that you need to be an expert to understand what is happening.

Together we can start building strategies for resistance.

17 Nov 14

Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique Café Diplo at The Gallery, 70/77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. Nearest tube station Farringdon. 6.45pm (doors open 6.30).   £3, concessions £2, tickets on door. Info 07905 313 759 or see our website www.mondediplofriends.org.uk

The triumph of Hindu nationalism: a watershed for India and the subcontinent? with Priyamvad Gopal

24 Nov 14

Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique Café Diplo at The Gallery, 70/77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. Nearest tube station Farringdon. 6.45pm (doors open 6.30).   £3, concessions £2, tickets on door. Info 07905 313 759 or see our website www.mondediplofriends.org.uk

Israel and Palestine – the roots of the conflict and how to solve it with Dr Ahron Bregman

7 Dec 14 - 9 Dec 14

Our leading global event will outline the strategy for moving forward the RE-volution as well as dealing with the opportunities and challenges facing the global Cleantech industry.

We will also highlight the recent achievements by the global clean energy hub of Eilat Eilot including new energy startups and meeting the goal of RE independence based on over 100 MW of solar energy.