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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 January 2008
Cardiff schools campaign grows
FOURTEEN CARDIFF schools now face cuts and closures from the Liberal council, with many more set to join them.
Links are developing between some campaigns, including Lansdowne primary school, Llanedeyrn and Llanrumney.
A meeting on 23 January in Canton Community Centre at 7.30pm will trade campaigning ideas and plan joint action to defeat the council's programme. Lansdowne already plan to march on City Hall on 24 January at 3.30pm and could be joined by many other schools.
Cardiff parents beat council cuts in 2006, photo Socialist Party Wales
A united campaign, similar to the one which defeated these plans in 2006, is starting to develop. It could, if focussed on exerting maximum pressure on councillors, repeat the victory of two years ago.
If local councillors only oppose closures in their own wards while backing all the others, then all the closures will go ahead.
A joined-up Save Our Schools Campaign pledging to fight all attacks on Cardiff schools could extend pressure to all 72 councillors.
And if councillors refuse to act to save schools then parents and campaigners should stand against them in the May elections as Save Our Schools candidates.
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In The Socialist 17 January 2008:
Fight for a living wage
Burslem: Support victimised postal workers
Editorial: Fight three year low pay tie-ins
Environment and socialism
Stop nuclear power plans NOW!
Is the burning of fossil fuels causing climate change?
Hain's sorry saga of sleaze
Blair's rewards from big business
Fire cuts threat to our public safety
Cardiff schools campaign grows
Nationalise Northern Rock - permanently
Growing crisis in housing
Socialist Party news
Save our post offices
Salford says: "Don't close our women's centre"
'Them and Us': news shorts
Feature: Building the shop stewards' movement
Socialist Party campaigning
Ideas for campaigning and fundraising
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka: New year starts with atrocities
Biggest miners' underground occupation in Polish history
Socialist Party review
Review: More Time for Politics, Diaries 2001-2007, by Tony Benn
Socialist Party workplace news
Reinstate Karen Reissman - defend mental health services!
Derby nurses fight management attacks
Liverpool: City of Cuts
Vote Jim Cessford
The Socialist 17 January 2008 |
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