Mayor Marvin Rees has called a march and rally on Saturday September 9th - following pressure from a coalition of organisations led by Bristol People's Assembly - to demand the Conservative government gives Bristol and other cities the funding we need for our public services and stops the cuts that are
damaging the lives of so many.
The many organisations (listed in full below) supporting and helping to coordinate the action include Bristol PA, Bristol Labour Party, Bristol Green Party, trades unions and community campaigns.
The general election and polls since have shown that austerity is now opposed by the great majority of the public. But despite its weak position this government is handing £70 billion to the wealthy in tax breaks over five years, even as it burdens Bristol City Council with cuts to bare-bones essential services totalling £104 million (10% cut each year).
On September 9th, three days before the Mayor is set to lobby ministers at Westminster, let’s send a powerful message by marching in our thousands in Bristol and other cities: we won’t take any more cuts - not to our social care and NHS, our children's services, our housing, our libraries, our arts, our community centres, our parks, our schools, our children's crossing patrols…
We’ve had enough of closures, privatisation and job losses, and we’re uniting - as workers, service users and citizens - to fight all the way for the investment we need in the public services and the living standards of our communities!
-- Blocs welcome: every campaign and community group, carnival, live bands, circus performers, skaters, cyclists, mobile sound systems --
BPA is seeking FUNDS to help make the demo a huge, representative event: gofundme.com/bristolendausteritynow
Contact us if you want to help promote/organise the demo, or you know an organisation who can add their support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol People's Assembly
Bristol Labour Party
Bristol Green Party
Fair Funding For All Schools Bristol
Protect our NHS
DPAC Bristol & Southwest (Disabled People Against the Cuts)
Bristol Disability Equality Forum
Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (BARAC) Bristol
Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) SW region
Unison South West (union)
Unite the Union South West
GMB Union Wales & South West
National Union of Teachers Bristol
University and College Union - Bristol uni branch
Public and Commercial Services Union South West
National Association of Headteachers Bristol
Union for Shop, Distrubutive & Allied Workers Bristol branch (USDAW)
South West Trades Union Congress
Love Bristol Libraries
Bristol and district anti-cuts alliance
38 Degrees Bristol
Weston-Super-Mare Labour Party
People's Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC)
The Ambling Band