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BARAC Needs You!

Black Activists Rising Against The Cuts (BARAC) are holding a public forum on the 6th June to discuss the impact of austerity and cuts. Unemployment amongst young black men is over 50% as the recession and austerity impact disproportionately on different groups of people. We hope that you will join BARAC on the 6th to build resistance in our communities to the engineered poverty of austerity.

Thursday 6th June

The Drum, 166 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU

Speakers: Lee Jasper (National co-chair, BARAC UK); Maxi Hayles (Chair BARAC UK Birmingham); Desmond Jaddoo (Birmingham Empowerment Forum) and other guests, plus light entertainment.

BARAC Needs You!

Time for the Community to wake up tot he effects of the CUTS!

Bedroom Tax
Universal Credit
Benefit Caps
Caps on Child Benefit
Attacks on Disabled People
Benefit Harassment
Attacks on the Poor and Vulnerable
Reductions in Services
Increase in Food Banks
Increased Community Isolation
Higher Levels Of Poverty

Join BARAC for a Public Forum to discuss the future of our Community

Time to Wake Up and Get Involved
This is a free event all welcome.

BARAC meeting poster


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What Caused the Riots? Public Meeting

See also Birmingham Against the Cuts statement on the riots

The meeting will now take place on Tuesday 23rd August at 7pm in the Carrs lane Church centre, Carrs Lane/ Moor Street, B4 7SX.  Facebook EventRight To Work, Black Activists Against the Cuts, Unite Against Fascism, The Indian workers Association and other community activists and campaigners have called a public meeting to discuss the riots and the causes behind them.


Speakers include:
Right to Work, BARAC, Unite Against Fascism
and others.

Date: Tuesday 23rd August
Venue:Carrs lane Church centre, Carrs Lane/ Moor Street, B4 7SX

Birmingham Against the Cuts statement on the Riots
West Midlands Right to Work statement on the Riots:
– Time to understand not to condemn

Martin Luther King Jr said: ”A riot is the language of the unheard’’ – wise words at a time when we need to understand rather than condemn.

Clearly these are shocking scenes which we have witnessed. The destruction of our communities takes many forms. Like all councils Birmingham council had their budget slashed by this Tory led government to pay for a financial crisis the people didn’t create. We have had cuts to Connexions and other youth services, cuts to Further Education places and Education Maintenance Allowance, we have 20% youth unemployment and over 200 charities in Birmingham have or are facing closure. There is clearly a pattern emerging comparable to the riots in Thatcher’s 1980′s when communities were deprived of investment and resources.

Cameron’s cure for the ‘sick society’ is more oppressive powers for the police and more cuts. The riots that have spread across the country need to be understood against the backdrop of racism, increasing poverty, inequality and restricted access to education.
Cameron says ‘It is clear there are things that are badly wrong in our society’ but has no understanding that his cuts agenda has created the tinderbox igniting in cities across Britain.

As John McDonnell MP and Honorary Chair, Right to Work said, we are now “Reaping what has been sown over three decades of creating a grotesquely unequal society, with alienated young copying the ethos of looting bankers.”
When young people have their hopes and futures ripped apart by government policies it should come as no surprise that frustration explodes into riots. We were not alone in predicting this kind of social explosion – during the election campaign Nick Clegg predicted riots if the Tories were elected. Government and bankers’ greed created both the economic crisis and the frustrations that have led to the riots. We call on everyone to support the TUC-backed protests at the Lib Dem and Tory conferences in the autumn and to step up the fight against the cuts, racism, poverty and inequality.


See also Birmingham Against the Cuts statement on the riots

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February Events

There are a number of upcoming events in February already, more details will come closer to the time but I thought we should let you know:

12th Feb: City Centre stalls by Birmingham Against the Cuts, Trade Unions and campaign groups

17th Feb: Birmingham Against the Cuts public meeting at the Council House – speakers to be arranged

19th Feb: Stalls across Birmingham by Birmingham Against the Cuts, Trade Unions and campaign groups

21st Feb: Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts (BARAC) Public Meeting

26th Feb: Planned for a march/rally in Birmingham City Centre against the council cuts – Birmingham city council have their budget setting meeting on the 1st March, and this demonstration directly beforehand will be to let them know that the cuts that they are implementing for the ConDem government are not acceptable.

Route, times and speakers are currently being arranged, but please put this date in your diary, and let people know about it.

More information on all events coming up in Birmingham are available on the Upcoming Actions page – don’t forget there are still plenty of things happening locally in January

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