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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

Badge

Bumper sticker

Petition

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
Badge
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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Support your firefighters

August 15th, 2014 by

This morning, firefighter and 38 Degrees member Liam delivered a 7,606 strong petition to the office of Penny Mordaunt MP, the fire services minister. Firefighters across the country have been on strike this week over unfair pension changes.

Liam is calling for Penny Mordaunt to “reconsider the unfair, unworkable and unaffordable pension changes currently being imposed on the Fire Service”. You can sign his petition here.

Here’s what Liam says:

“I decided to start the petition as the changes currently being implemented are unfair and unworkable. Having picketed several times over the last months I knew the public supported our cause and this was a way to get that down on paper. I would like to thank everyone who contributed, by sharing or signing and hope it all leads to a successful outcome.”

And here he is outside the Department for Communities and Local Government earlier today (see picture below).

If there’s an issue close to your heart you can start a campaign today:

www.campaignsbyyou.com 

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Jeremy Hunt: Don’t close our GP surgeries

August 15th, 2014 by

Jeremy Hunt has changed the rules again. He’s bringing in cuts that could see some local GP surgeries closing their doors for good. 700,000 of us could lose our local GP.

The top-up funds that many surgeries rely on are being slashed and the money channelled away from those who need them most. Even NHS England admitted that Hunt’s reforms strike the poorest hardest.

The clock is ticking: some surgeries say they could close within a year. The government won’t want bad news stories sticking around in the run up to the election. If Jeremy Hunt feels another big battle brewing over the NHS, it might be enough to persuade him to stop the cuts.

As Hunt tries to relax this weekend, let’s make sure he feels the heat. We can build a huge petition to leave him in no doubt that these cuts are not ok and we’ll always be here to protect our NHS:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/dont-close-our-surgeries

38 Degrees members have already taken on Jeremy Hunt and won before. We stopped his Hospital Closure Clause and people power beat him in court twice when 38 Degrees members helped fund the legal case to save Lewisham hospital.

Protesters with Save our NHS banner in Westminster

As more surgeries are forced to shut, this could open the door for more GP surgeries to be run by large private firms on the cheap.

Hundreds of our GPs have already been campaigning against these cuts – let’s stand with them.

Please sign the petition to stop Jeremy Hunt’s dangerous plans in their tracks:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/dont-close-our-surgeries

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Letter to Simon Stevens

August 15th, 2014 by

A letter sent today from 38 Degrees to Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England:

Dear Simon Stevens,

I’m frustrated to have to write to you today, after months of waiting for NHS England to deliver on your promises of transparency and openness.

Since February, 38 Degrees members have been asking NHS England to commit to high standards of transparency. We asked you to publicly declare conflicts of interest, publicly register any meetings with corporations and lobbyists, and not pay corporate lobbyists to write NHS policy.

This started when NHS England was found out to have employed the lobbying company, Specialised Healthcare Alliance, to write a draft report that could feed into NHS commissioning worth £12bn. As you know, SHA work for some of the world’s biggest health companies. 38 Degrees members see this as a clear conflict of interest and a threat to a publicly owned NHS.

You’ve repeatedly said NHS England stands for transparency, that this is a patients’ NHS, and that absolute transparency is key to driving improvements in standards of care. But your response to 38 Degrees members over the past five months hasn’t been transparent at all.

148,000 people signed the petition for greater transparency at NHS England. This is one of the biggest petitions 38 Degrees has ever had. You gave us some promises that NHS England would begin to declare conflicts of interest and register meetings with lobbyists. But you didn’t give details of what this will look like in practice.

Then almost 8000 people emailed you inviting you to meet with 38 Degrees members to flesh out your commitments. We heard nothing back.

300 38 Degrees members then attended your NHS Open House days in York, Leicester, Basingstoke and London. Your own regional directors, Jane Barnacle, Alan McDermott, Julie Hickling and Giles Wilmore, met us and said that NHS England would deliver plans on transparency by the start of July. Now its the end of July and we still haven’t heard anything.

The longer this goes on, the more concerned the public will become.

We would still like to see firm commitments from NHS England to declare any conflicts of interest, publicly register meetings with corporations and lobbyists and not pay corporate lobbyists to write NHS policy. Please can you let me know if you have any intention of doing this, and if so when?

In anticipation,

David Babbs,
Executive Director

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Fracking public consultation: one day left

August 14th, 2014 by

The government is trying to change the law so fracking companies can drill under our homes, without our permission.  They’re consulting on the plan – but only for another 24 hours.  So let’s flood it with opposition.

The government is sensitive to anything that might be an election issue. Fracking is becoming toxic – let’s make sure they know that voters won’t accept dirty energy companies drilling under our homes.

You can email the consultation before 11.45pm on Friday 15th August to voice your opposition.

The government is on the side of the fracking firms. But they’re coming up against huge opposition. Within hours of the law’s announcement in May, 25,000 of us emailed our MPs to warn them about getting behind the government’s new law. And across the country communities are coming together to fight fracking on their doorsteps.

The future of fracking in the UK rests on this new law going through. Asked what would happen if it was stopped, the head of Cuadrilla, one of the biggest fracking companies, admitted: “I don’t think the industry will go ahead in the UK.”

Fracking companies will be making sure their voices are heard. But together our voices can drown them out.

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Gaza: Petition hand in at Downing St

August 14th, 2014 by

38 Degrees members have just been down to Downing St to hand in the massive petition about Gaza.

The petition calls for our government to make a stronger stand for peace. The UK has, rightly, already got controls in place to stop British-made weapons going to Hamas - it’s time to ban arms sales to Israel too.

It’s just tipped over 100,000 signatures, you can sign the petition here.

Here are some pictures from the day:

Pictures courtesy of Photo project and 38 Degrees

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