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TTIP: Press release for local papers

August 29th, 2014 by

You could spread the word about TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership – even further by telling your local papers and radio stations about the deal. Just look on the websites for your local press for an email address to write to.

Here’s a template press release that you can adapt, with more information about what happened on Saturday’s day of action. Just copy the text below, and change the parts that are bolded to make it relevant to your area, and what you’ve been doing in the campaign against TTIP.

Embargo: for immediate release
Contact: <add your name and phone number here>

<AREA> people take to the streets against ‘dangerous deal’ with the US
Locals launch campaign to protect the NHS from secretive trade pact

Scores of people gathered this Saturday at <LOCATION> to spread the word about a dangerous international trade deal which they say could put the NHS at risk.

The campaigners – members of campaign group 38 Degrees – met to <add brief details of what you did, for example leafleting, talking to passers by or something else>.

They joined almost 10,000 people across the country who took part in the national day of action.

The agreement – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – would force NHS trusts across the country to open themselves up to competition from American private healthcare providers.

The pact also includes provisions to allow multinational businesses to sue the government if British laws dent their profits. Critics say this would expose the government to lawsuits if it tried to take privatised health services back into public ownership.

More than 125,000 people have signed a 38 Degrees petition against the deal.

This week, a YouGov poll commissioned by 38 Degrees found that 42% of people say that they don’t trust the government to protect the NHS.

And 39% of those surveyed by YouGov said the treaty would be bad for the UK – three times as many as those who say it would be good for the country (13%).

<NAME>, who joined the day of action at <LOCATION>, said: “<Include here a short comment – you could start with explaining why you joined the day of action and what happened on the day>”.

Blanche Jones, campaign director at 38 Degrees, said: “It’s no surprise that thousands of people are taking to the streets about this terrible deal. Our NHS is being used as a bargaining chip in a decision made behind closed doors.

“By talking to others about the deal, 38 Degrees members will be forcing this issue out of backroom negotiations and into the spotlight.

“Now politicians of all parties need to explain exactly what they’re doing to get it fixed or scrapped.”

Notes to editors

1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,021 adults. Sample size in the region was 139. Fieldwork was undertaken between 25-26 August 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults.

2. With 2.8 million members, 38 Degrees is one of the UK’s biggest campaigning organisations. 38 Degrees brings you together with other people to take action on the issues that matter to you and bring about real change in the UK.




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TTIP day of action: help make it happen!

August 28th, 2014 by

Two days and counting: on Saturday, 38 Degrees members across the UK are meeting up to spread the word about a sinister EU-US trade deal called TTIP.

The deal is huge, and almost no one knows about it. And that’s exactly what the powerful interests behind it want. TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – is currently being negotiated between the US and the EU.

If it goes through without any changes, it’ll make privatisation of services like the NHS and National Rail irreversible. It’ll also allow big corporations to sue our government if they make changes to the law which affect businesses’ profits – like raising the minimum wage.

So a whopping 8,018 38 Degrees members are volunteering in almost every constituency in the UK on Saturday. They’ll be talking to their neighbours and ramping up the pressure just before MPs come back from their summer holidays.

Here’s how you can help. Every volunteer is getting a pack of materials in the post – leaflets, posters, badges. Each pack costs just £3.27. They’re as cheap as they can be, but they aren’t free.

Could you help cover the cost of a pack or two? For £6.54, you could pay for 200 leaflets: that’s up to 200 more people who’ll know how dangerous this behind-closed-doors deal is. Not bad for £6.54. Please click here to chip in now.

38 Degrees is funded entirely by people like you. Not by big business, or by political parties. That means we’re free to hold anyone and everyone to account: including those behind TTIP (who are desperately hoping ordinary people don’t get involved). You can read our donations policy, and see a copy of our audited accounts, by clicking here.

Saturday’s day of action against this sinister trade deal will echo across the country. 8,000 ordinary people will be hitting the streets to talk to their neighbours. That’s people power in action.

Can you help it happen by chipping in to fund a couple of packs of materials today? Please click here to make a secure donation.

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Puppy and kitten farming: Tell your MP to attend the debate

August 27th, 2014 by

Next week MPs could take a stand against the cruel conditions many puppies and kittens are sold in. There’s a debate happening in parliament that could be an important step on the road to banning the sale of young pets, that are mass-produced in puppy and kitten farms.

Farmed pets are often taken from their mothers too early – so they look smaller and cuter when they’re sold. They can be transported long distances, before being sold by newspaper ads, websites or private dealers. These tiny puppies and kittens can suffer trauma or injury in the process.

But unless MPs know their voters care about the welfare of young pets, they might not turn up to the debate next Thursday – or decide to crack down on this unregulated trade. You can ask your MP to attend the debate here.

Buying a new pet should be a great experience for the pet and the owner. But puppy and kitten farming puts profits over the welfare of young animals. Together, we can urge MPs to crack down on puppy farming, by changing the law so that a pet’s mother must be present when it’s sold – as proof that it hasn’t been mass-produced in a farm.

The debate next week will cover all aspects of the sale of puppies and kittens – from puppy farming, to selling animals online and importing dogs. Right now, MPs are thinking about what to put in their election manifestos on animal welfare. Thousands of 38 Degrees members are getting in touch together to show MPs that stopping the cruel sale of pets from puppy and kitten farms should be a priority.

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TTIP: FAQs on the leaflet action

August 26th, 2014 by

TTIP Day of Action – Saturday 30th August 2014

A whopping 7,900 38 Degrees members across the country are meeting up this Saturday to deliver flyers and talk to the public about TTIP – the dangerous EU-US trade deal.

TTIP is the deal that’ll make privatisation of our services like the NHS and National Rail irreversible. It’ll also allow big corporations to sue our government if they make changes to the law which affect businesses’ profits – like raising the minimum wage.

TTIP is being negotiated behind closed doors, and most of the general public don’t know about it. By going out in our thousands and handing out leaflets that explain what TTIP is, and why it’s dangerous, we’ll be taking a major step together in our campaign to stop it.

Below are some frequently asked questions 38 Degrees members have asked, if you can’t find the answer to your question, you can always email the office team on ttipaction@38degrees.org.uk

What will happen on the day?
38 Degrees members are coming together to tell as many people as possible about this dangerous trade deal. It’s up to you how you raise awareness and it will probably be a bit different everywhere – some groups are handing out flyers on the high street, some are putting flyers through their neighbours’ doors, others will be meeting up and talking to people in busy local areas.

There won’t be a member of the 38 Degrees staff team at your local event, but there should be other 38 Degrees members there. You can click here to see how many people are expected in your area.

If you don’t want to meet up with a local group, you could just post the flyers through the letterboxes on your street and put your TTIP poster up somewhere people can see it!

What to take with you:

  • Leaflets to hand out – volunteers will receive these before Saturday
  • Petition sheets to collect signatures – volunteers will receive these before Saturday
  • A camera or smartphone if you have one to take pictures so you can share what’s happening on social media or emailing the 38 Degrees office team
  • Any posters or placards you’d like to make and take

Handing out your leaflets
Try to find a prominent place with lots of foot traffic where you’re leafleting. Gather together with other 38 Degrees members who have come along.

If you don’t want to hand your leaflets directly to people, you can deliver them through the letterboxes of the people living on your street.

How will I get the leaflets to deliver? When will they arrive?
You’ll be receiving a pack through the post before Saturday 30th. The pack should contain:

  • a badge for you to wear on the day
  • a bumper sticker for you to display if you have a car 
  • a poster for you to put in your window if you choose to 
  • 100 flyers which explain TTIP in plain English
  • The last thing in your pack is a piece of paper that gives space for you to collect extra signatures for the 38 Degrees petition against TTIP.

If I want more leaflets, what should I do?
You’ll receive 100 leaflets through the post. If you think you’ll be able to hand out more and you’re able to print them off at home, please click this link for a copy of the flyer:

If you don’t have a printer at home, the office team can send you some extra leaflets in the post. The sooner you do this the better so we can make sure they’re with you by Friday! Please click this link to tell us how many you need.

Lots of people will have done this before and lots will be doing it for the first time. Use each other for support. Before the day you can chat to the other people in your area to ask their advice. Some people are meeting up before Saturday to talk through their plans.

Whatever your level of experience, there’s a few basic things to keep in mind. The first is to make sure you’re being respectful to everyone you meet and to keep yourself safe at all times.

The second is to have fun and be proud! Talking to people in your community and leafleting on an important issue you care about is fantastic. Whether you’re part of a big group with a market stall in a town, or walking your own street letterboxing in your village, you’re part of a much bigger movement to fix or scrap TTIP.

Some talking points to help start discussions:
Although it may seem daunting, having a conversation with others is one of the most effective ways to communicate your message. Remember, not everyone will agree with you (or even want to stop and talk at all) and that’s okay. Don’t be disheartened or take it personally, by being on the streets you’re already raising awareness about this secret trade deal.

Although a rehearsed speech might not be the best way to engage people in your community you might want to think of a few introductions to try and catch the attention of passers-by. Try a few different approaches with your group and share what happens!

The packet of materials contains a range of potential conversation starters, but simply asking someone “have you heard about TTIP?” might be enough to start a really good conversation.

How do I answer in depth questions about TTIP?
You don’t have to be an expert! If someone has a question about TTIP and you’re not sure about the answer, you can point them to the web address on the bottom of the flyer. The site includes links to further reading about TTIP, and should give any interested members of the public the answers they need.


Where should I give out my leaflets? Is it legal to give out leaflets?
There are a few different rules about giving out leaflets, but it’s definitely legal!

If you’re in a public place, you’re well within your rights to hand leaflets out to the public if it’s for a charity, or a political or religious group. So these leaflets will definitely be allowed. If anyone does ask you to move, put the ball back in their court and ask where you can hand them out instead.

If you’re meeting up somewhere that could be considered private property – like inside of a shopping centre – security or the centre’s managers could ask you to leave. If you are asked to leave somewhere by staff or security it’s best to do so and move to a public space to carry on handing out your leaflets.


You can get in touch with the 38 Degrees office team.
Call: 0207 970 6023
Tweet: @38_degrees
Email: ttipaction@38degrees.org.uk

I can’t attend (or unable/afraid to/ don’t want to sign up online etc) the day of action. How can I get involved?
You can still put a TTIP poster in your window or tell your friends and family about this secret deal. There will definitely be other opportunities to get involved – in the next few weeks people will be contacting MPs and MEPs to let them know our concerns about TTIP.

You could help make the day of action a big event by sharing it with your friends, family and colleagues! Why not share the event page on Twitter and Facebook.

If you don’t use social media why not email friends and family instead? Are there any local groups you know who might be interested?

If you’re a journalist and would like to speak to our media team, you can find our press office number on our media page.

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Your decision – 22nd August

August 26th, 2014 by

Every week a group of 38 Degrees members vote on which issues our movement should prioritise and which campaigns to get behind. Here are the results for last week.

Protecting the NHS by stopping the government’s dangerous plans like privatisation and closing A&E departments has come top this week.

The next biggest issues were: campaigning against the privatisation of public services and welfare cuts, and cracking down on tax dodging by big companies.

You can see how 38 Degrees members voted on other issues on the graph below. The blue on the graph shows how many people answered ‘a lot’ in support of the campaigns listed, the red represents people answering ‘a little’, and the green is ‘not at all’.

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Milford Haven library’s youth deterrent alarm

August 22nd, 2014 by

Last week 38 Degrees member Gareth got together with other local campaigners to protest against Milford Haven library’s youth deterrent alarm.

The ‘mosquito’ device releases a high frequency sound which can only be heard by certain people and is designed to ‘disperse’ young people. Gareth says that the device discriminates and is dangerous to those with health problems.

You can sign his petition here.

Here’s what Gareth said about the protest:

“25 local supporters protested outside of the library and the offices of the port authority who, for 6 months, deliberately left the alarm on 24/7.

Our petition was handed in with 190 (now 200+) signatures and the port authority agreed to go away to ‘cost’ alternatives. We explained our opposition was to the nature of the use of a sonic weapon in such an area, not just it’s discriminatory nature, and the danger it could have to mentally ill and disabled people of all ages in the town, and have agreed to meet again in two weeks. We are running information and petition gathering stalls for the next two weeks and the campaign gives on.”

Here’s a picture of the protest:

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TTIP day of action materials

August 22nd, 2014 by

If you’ve volunteered to get the word out on TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) during the 38 Degrees day of action on Saturday 30th August, you’re not alone – and here are all the important materials you’ll need.

Thousands of 38 Degrees members will be handing out leaflets, getting petition signatures and making sure people know about this terrible trade deal between the EU and the US. There are over 200 events happening across the UK and there’s still time to get involved.

Here are copies of the leaflets, posters, stickers and badges you can hand out on the day. Everyone who has signed up to volunteer will also get a pack of these in the post late next week. There will be 100 leaflets plus a poster, badge, sticker and petition in each posted pack.

To download copies of these online, please click the links below:

A4 leaflet

A5 double-sided version of leaflet

A3 poster


Bumper sticker


Welsh language flyer

Intro and convo starters

Feel free to print out or photocopy any of these. There is also a Welsh language flyer coming soon. If you want any extra materials posted to you, please just drop the staff team an email.

If you can’t download the PDF versions of the materials below, here are JPEG copies:
A4 flyer
A5 version of flyer – front
A5 version of flyer – back
A3 poster
Bumper Sticker
Petition front
Petition back
Welsh language flyer front
Welsh language flyer back

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Fracking grants feedback

August 19th, 2014 by

Last year 38 Degrees members came together and chipped in to help groups stage local fights against fracking companies. 38 Degrees members raised and granted £50,000 to 25 community groups, below are some pictures and comments from campaigners on the ground.

Residents from Frack Free Upton, Cheshire gather at drilling site in Farndon. Frack Free Upton are part of the Frack Dee Dee Coalition.

Hannah, Frack Free Somerset:

‘The grant from 38 degrees allowed Frack Free Somerset to organise the second Frack Free February. We had over 31 events in 28 days, from public meetings in tiny village halls to benefit gigs in cities. We took a coach of campaigners to stand in solidarity with others at Barton Moss Community Protection Camp in Greater Manchester and we distributed thousands of leaflets and DVDs to raise awareness aboutfracking. The month of action generated several new groups and attracted county-wide attention about why we need to resist unconventional gas’

Frack Free Wales Training Day, Winter 2014. The Frack Free Wales Coaliton is made up of resident’s groups from across the country.

Keith Ross, Safe Energy Wales:

‘Funding from 38 Degrees members has provided a real boost to our campaign in South Wales. The new leaflets we’ve produced have given a professional feel to our publications, and the training days we’ve organised inspired and energised our activists, helping to set us up for the challenges of the year ahead’.

Emma Joyce, Frack Free Surrey:

‘There has been a real buzz about the 38 Degrees anti-fracking grant. Beyond the public meetings and new group formation and support the money we received has enabled, just knowing organisations like 38 Degrees are behind the movement has been huge’.

Resident’s march in Beverley, East Yorkshire June 2014. The march was organised and supported by the Frack Free East Yorkshire Coalition.

Public meeting in Wells, Somerset. One of the 31 events organsinsed by the Frack Free Somerset Coalition as part of Frack Frack Feburary 2014.

Paddy Holdsworth, Frack Free East Yorkshire:

‘Funding from 38 Degrees has been the single most important factor in enabling us to campaign against fracking in East Yorkshire. We have been able to put on 8 public information meetings for hundreds of people, and leaflet homes across a huge rural area. Only by mobilising public opposition will we stop this desperate and dangerous industry’.


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YOUR DECISION – 18th August

August 18th, 2014 by

Every week a group of 38 Degrees members vote on which issues our movement should prioritise and which campaigns to get behind. Here are the results for last week.

Protecting the NHS by stopping the government’s dangerous plans like privatisation and closing A&E departments has come top this week.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies and privatisation of public services and welfare cuts.

You can see how 38 Degrees members voted on other issues on the graph below. The blue on the graph shows how many people answered ‘a lot’ in support of the campaigns listed, the red represents people answering ‘a little’, and the green is ‘not at all’.

What do you think? Please comment below. For a full size chart please click here.

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Campaigns by you: Save Good Hope local services

August 18th, 2014 by

On Friday, 38 Degrees member, Krystyna travelled from Sutton Coldfield to hand in her petition at 10 Downing Street. She, and other Save Good Hope local services campaigners, say local people haven’t been given a say in changes to their local hospital.

Krystyna had collected enough paper signatures to bring her Campaigns by You petition up to the 2000 mark, and get her an appointment to hand it in at Number 10. Here she is at Downing Street:

After they handed in the petition, they were interviewed by a journalist – giving the campaign it’s TV debut on BBC Midlands. They also later found out that the public meeting they have been campaigning for has been agreed to – finally! Krystana isn’t resting on her laurels though – she is now aiming to make sure the public are listened to and consulted at the meeting. And that a fair decision is made!

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