Sam Fairbairn, Secretary of the People’s Assembly said: “50,000 people united together on Saturday. It brought Central London to a standstill and we sent a clear message to the government; this movement is here to stay, we're rapidly growing in size, and we are willing to take further action until the views of the majority are represented.”
The demonstration marked the start of a new wave of resistance over the next few months.Saturday has paved the way for huge co-ordinated strikes on 10 July. The Unison ballot result came back today with a yes vote. It looks likely that these co-ordinated strikes will be the biggest for years and will involve members from the NUT, Unite, GMB, PCS as well as Unison.
Over the summer, campaigners are marching the length of the country from Jarrow to London in defence of the NHS. We'll be helping to co-ordinate big rallies, protests and meetings as the marchers arrive into towns and cities.
We'll be supporting the demonstrations when NATO come to Cardiff highlighting the fact that billions are spent on war, yet we're told there's not enough money for social security, hospitals and education.
In September, a big demonstration will take place outside the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, and on 18 October we'll be working with the TUC to get one of the biggest demonstrations in British history in London.
We need more local People's Assembly groups and will work hard with local activists to set them up across the country.
On campuses we need more Student Assembly groups - get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for help in setting one up on your campus.
The Student Assembly Against Austerity will be joining forces with other groups in the student movement to organize a national student demo in late November to build on momentum fro the TUC demo – more information on this will follow shortly.
In the meantime come to the Stand up Against Austerity benefit gig on Monday 7 July at the Hammersmith Apollo. Acts include: Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Stewart Lee, Shappi Khorsandi, Francesca Martinez, Marcus Bridgstoke, Jeremy Hardy, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Kate Smurthwaite. Follow this link for tickets.