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The Autumn of Resistance is fast approaching. The riots showed there is an anger in this country that needs to be directed. The new student term will bring in a layer of activists, and in October the European conference and anti-war mass assembly will take place. We are calling on Counterfire members to prepare for these events now:
London fresher's Planning Meeting
Monday 5th September
ULU, Malet Street
The student protests of last year saw thousands on the streets, with anti-cuts events and the Arab revolutions highlighting an increased political awareness and the potential for radical political action. Counterfire is planning to have as wide a reach as possible within student politics from the start of the new academic year, with stalls at Fresher's fairs across the country. In London we will hold a Fresher's planning meeting to prepare for this. If you are a returning student, new student or are able to help during this period do prioritise this meeting. In the meantime, if you are able to help during the Fresher's period then reply to this email with details of the dates you are available.
Europe Against Austerity Conference
10am-5pm, Camden Centre, London, WC1 9AU
The Europe Against Austerity Conference on 1 October could is a starting point for a Europe wide fight against Austerity. The potential for co-ordinated action will depend on the number and breadth of those attending. Hundreds of European delegates from a variety of organisations have already registered. Here in the UK we need to ensure there is a broad representation of activists booked- therefore we are asking all Counterfire members to register for the conference now and to contact anti-cuts activists and groups to get them to do the same. To register click on the link: http://www.europeagainstausterity.org/
Locally regular CoR stalls and leafleting sessions should take place. If you need help with this please get in contact.
Anti-war mass Assembly
Saturday 8 October
The anti-war mass assembly will take place on the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. A mass turn out in Trafalgar Square on 8 October will send a message to MPs and the government that it's time to go. Sign the pledge and spread the word- involve yourself in local STW activity and encourage meetings and leafleting sessions to take place.
Recent events in Liyba show we have to demand the NATO forces get out. Read John Rees' current article on the situation: http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/51/14504
11am Weavers Field
The Anti-EDL no place for hate demonstration is an important event in combating Islamophobia and showing the strength of people opposed to the EDL and racism. Counterfire members to across London should take part in this demonstration. If you attending please reply to this email so that we can organise activity on the day.
Counterforum: The working class ain't what it used to be
Thursday 25th August,
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road (nearest tube: King's Cross)
This is the fifth in a series of theoretical forums hosted by Counterfire to discuss the changing nature of the working class. With:
Owen Jones- author of Chavs: The demonization of the working class
Dan Poulton- writer and producer
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=216233048425876