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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
1. THE LOGISTICS: ON THE DAY

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:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/ttip-leaflet-print

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.
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/signup/ttip-events-address-info

2. I’VE NOT DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE – ANY TIPS?
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.

3. LEGAL INFO

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.

4. IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS….

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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Privatisation at the National Gallery?

August 22nd, 2014 by

38 Degrees member Clara has started a petition to stop the privatisation of services at the National Gallery.

The National Gallery has decided to privatise up to 400 of its 600 staff including those who look after security of the paintings and deal with the public. Clara thinks private companies like G4S and Serco shouldn’t be left to look after our national treasures. Click here to sign her petition.

Here’s what Clara says:

“Only last November the Gallery Executive endorsed the view that privatisation could not guarantee quality of service and would not save money. Now they and the Board of Trustees have announced privatisation is the only option.” You can sign her petition here.

If you disagree with Clara’s campaign, or there’s another issue close to your heart, you can start your own campaign here.

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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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