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Next Wednesday (25 August) there's a planning meeting for the Coalition of Resistance in Tyne and Wear. The meeting - open to all supporters of the launch statement - is at 7pm at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle. See the Facebook Event.

Public Services Alliance bannerThe purpose of the meeting is to contribute to efforts at improving co-ordination, across the country, of anti-cuts campaigning (see my thoughts on this issue here) A crucial task is building support for the national organising conference in November.

In the North East the Public Services Alliance (PSA) is the main coalition for opposing the cuts. It got off to a very impressive start, with a 150-strong public forum just after the emergency budget in June, followed by a series of well-attended local meetings to begin planning community-based campaigns. There was also a PSA contingent at July's Durham Miners' Gala (pictured).

The second round of meetings, which aim to move things on practically, are now organised. The full details are below.

Public Services Alliance - South Tyneside
Tuesday 24 August, 5:30pm
Committee Room A, South Shields Town Hall, Westoe Road, South Shields, NE33 2RL

Public Services Alliance - North Tyneside
Thursday 26 August, 5.30pm
Wallsend People's Centre, 10 Frank Street, Wallsend, NE28 6RN

Public Services Alliance - Newcastle
Tuesday 31 August, 5.30pm
Unison Regional Office, 140 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6TH

Public Services Alliance - Sunderland
Wednesday 1 September, 5.30pm
Room 2, Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DN

Public Services Alliance - Durham
Wednesday 1 September, 5.30pm
Committee Room 2, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

Public Services Alliance - Northumberland
Monday 6 September, 5.30pm
Methodist Church Hall, Howard Terrace, Morpeth, NE61 1HU

Public Services Alliance - Teesside
Wednesday 8 September, 5.30pm
St. Mary's Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RW

Public services Alliance - Gateshead
Tuesday 21 September, 5.30pm
Council Chamber, Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH

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Alex Snowdon

Alex Snowdon

Alex Snowdon is a Counterfire activist in Newcastle. He is active in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition and the National Education Union.​ He is the author of A Short Guide to Israeli Apartheid (2022).

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