Daily Archives: November 24, 2014


Guest blog: ‘No More Deaths from Fuel Poverty’

This is a guest blog from Fuel Poverty Action.

 

This Friday 28th November pensioners will lead a march from Charing Cross to Energy UK- the Big Six energy company’s lobby body  under the banner ‘No More Deaths from Fuel Poverty: Energy Rights Now!’

Why? Because this is the day that the Office of National Statistics will also be releasing the numbers of ‘Excess Winter Deaths’ in winter 2013/2014- and it’s estimated that at least 30% of these deaths caused by the impacts of living in a cold home. Shockingly, in winter 2012/2013 there were more than 10,000 deaths in the UK from cold homes (with 31,100 Excess Winter Deaths recorded in total) whilst in the same year the Big Six energy companies- British Gas, E.On, EDF Energy, npower, Scottish Power and SSE- made £3.7billion in pure profit.

Fuel Poverty Action, the Greater London Pensioners’ Association and Reclaim the Power are inviting everyone angry about fuel poverty, deaths from cold homes, Big Six polluting and profiteering, lack of government action on badly needed home insulation , home break-ins by energy companies, benefit cuts and more to come and join the march and ‘powerful and creative’ action outside Energy UK.

FPAWe are also inviting you to attend the end of the protest where there will be n ‘Energy Rights teach-in’ – where we will learn, collectively, how to negotiate if you’re in debt to your energy supplier or steps that you can take if you can’t afford your bill. We will also read out Fuel Poverty Action’s ‘Energy Bill of Rights’ which recently had a rowdy launch in Parliament- a Bill of Rights that asserts our right to access affordable, sustainable and democratic energy as well as decent housing that doesn’t waste heat. We think that until we make real demands about our Energy Rights we will continue to be at the whim of the profiteering companies and couldn’t-care-less government.

Join us to express sadness, anger, solidarity and to point fingers at some of those responsible for outrageous cold home deaths. Take action with us this Friday 28th November.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1486809398267145/?ref=ts&fref=ts

-A Pensioner? Join the Pensioner Bloc meeting at 11am at Charing Cross Station

https://www.facebook.com/events/1486809398267145/?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/events/708554315906912/?fref=ts

-A student? Join the SOAS Student Bloc, meeting 10.45am https://www.facebook.com/events/1486809398267145/?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/events/732599153496936/

-Join the main protest gathering outside the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall at 11.30am

Can’t come?
Tweet support using the hashtags

#HeatNotGreed and #EnergyRightsNow


Guest blog: Invitation to join the People’s Solidarity Network

This is a guest blog from the People’s Solidarity Network, a new coalition trying to bring grass roots camapigns together.

We are the People’s Solidarity Network, and we’d like UK Uncut to join us.

 

FIRST OPEN PLANNING MEETING:
12noon-5.50pm, 6th December, East Oxford Community Centre, 4 Princes St, Oxford OX4 1DD

 

The People’s Solidarity Network is being established to unite groups on the left, who are campaigning or working to address issues which have been neglected or affected by government and corporate policies, including: climate change, energy, women’s rights, disabilities, housing, and many more. We want to create change by collective action and solidarity. Each new group that joins will be able to ask for support from the rest of the network’s members in any instance where they feel like their rights or principles are violated. This might be attending marches, tweeting about their events, or even taking more significant action, like striking. Each member group will also be asked to pledge reciprocal actions in solidarity, in whatever capacity they’re able to.

SolidarityWe will be holding an open meeting on Saturday 6 December in Oxford, which we’d like to invite YOU to. During this meeting we plan to decide on the main issues which we will focus on in the run-up to the general election on 7 May 2015. The meeting will also act as a day of planning for a series of actions around these issues over the next few months, and an opportunity for groups to share their own plans for, and collaborate on, different actions. We aim for these to culminate in a big day of action around the election, after which we hope to hold a People’s Summit in the summer of 2015, where we can collectively start a process of more significant change, by tapping into our collective power through reciprocal solidarity.

Our aim is to have as many groups as possible represented. We already have representation from groups such as Disabled People Against the Cuts, Boycott Workfare, the Blacklist Support Group, Reclaim the Power, and UK Uncut. We’d be really excited if you or other members of your group could attend our day of planning on the 6th December and have an input into what the People’s Solidarity Network will look like and do. Please let us know if you, or another representative of your group is able to attend, and we’ll send further details.

We want the event to be as accessible as possible; the venue is wheelchair accessible and we will be providing large print resources. If you would like to come but would struggle financially to do so, or if you have particular travel requirements, please let us know as we are looking into a funding pot. Also, do let us know if you would like accommodation on either the Friday or Saturday night.

We look forward to hearing from you, and working together in solidarity.

CONTACT: peoplessolidaritynetwork@gmail.com