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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 January 2008
"Don't close our women's centre"
"SAVE OUR Women's Centre" chanted 50 protesters on 9 January, opposing the Labour-driven closure of Salford women's centre. This vital community resource provides facilities for women across Salford. The Labour-controlled council are trying to force its closure as part of their agenda for privatisation and 'gentrification'.
Steve North, Salford
We assembled at the women's centre and marched down to the road, waving our glow-sticks and getting a lot of support from passing motorists! The council say they cannot justify continued funding for the women's centre.
Yet they can 'justify' hundreds of thousands of pounds being spent on 'prestige projects'. Public money should be made immediately available to fund the centre indefinitely. Any savings the council needs to make should be made by abandoning privatisation and private-sector partnership projects, not closing community facilities!
The next steps for the campaign are to lobby the Labour councillors on 14 January, and the full council meeting on 16 January when campaigners with banners will pack the gallery. We are holding more petitioning over the weekend and a campaign meeting the day after the full council meeting.
If the council decides to press ahead, we are looking to organise a larger public meeting. This could prepare a big demonstration to show Salfordians' mass opposition to 'their' council's cuts. Socialist Party members will continue to mobilise through the unions and among young people, to save our women's centre!
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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
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