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TTIP Day of Action in Scotland – FAQ

March 20th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members across Scotland are meeting up this Saturday 28 March to collect signatures and talk to the public about TTIP – the dangerous EU-US trade deal.

Already 12,000 of us have signed local petitions in every constituency in Scotland, telling our MP candidates to oppose TTIP. Let’s make these petitions even bigger – we’ll make sure every single candidate knows just how important it is that they listen to us and stand up to TTIP.

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 emailtheteam@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. We’re going to build up the local petitions, telling our Westminster candidates to stand up to TTIP.  Groups will have petition sheets and flyers to hand out.

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 leaflets through the letterboxes on your street and put your TTIP poster up somewhere people can see it!

What to take with you:

  • Petition sheets

  • Leaflets to hand out – 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.

1. I NEED LEAFLETS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Everyone who sets up an event will receive 500 leaflets and some petition sheets to hand out to everyone on the day. 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 flyers.

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: emailtheteam@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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We like Jammy Dodgers, not Tax Dodgers

March 20th, 2015 by

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It took us only ten days in Sheffield to organise something against tax dodging by the rich. We were able to stand on the shoulders of  the 38Degrees online petition about closing the Mayfair tax loophole and turn this into a street activity. It was a great success, considering it was shockingly cold and none of us had gloves. Harder to organise than around the NHS but we still got nearly 200 hundred signatures.   It was great making  connections with the 15 of us doing the leafleting, who came from all over Sheffield .

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Hands up for the NHS in Hove

March 20th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members met in The Sussex pub in Hove last night to talk politics beside the fire. From TTIP to the Health & Social Care Act of 2012, then onto Austerity there was plenty to get us fired up.

On Saturday we’ll be back on the high street, putting our hands up high for the NHS. Join us for action on George Street this Saturday (21st March) to add weight to our petition to protect the NHS. You can join the discussion here, or meet us by Boots on George Street at 12pm.

That same evening we’re going over to Kemptown to meet 38 Degrees members from the other side of town to watch hard-hitting documentary “The Sell Off” – all are welcome, it’s a free event. Click here for details and to RSVP.

Brighton Pavilion members want to talk about TTIP, and we’re all invited – join them 7.30pm Monday 23rd March at 68 Middle Street. They hope to plan a city-wide public event to raise awareness and start conversations about TTIP before the election. Come along if you can. For details and to RSVP, click here.

 

Hove meeting 19th March

 

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South West Surrey met for a very fine curry

March 18th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members in South West Surrey talked politics over poppadoms at a buzzy meeting last night at the Bengal Lounge in Wrecclesham, Farnham.

Thanks to the Bengal Lounge, we left our mark. Pop in and sign the petition

Some of our number have spent their entire careers in the NHS, proud of the service it’s offered. Now they are watching it being dismantled in front of them – with little thought for patients or staff.

Temperatures rose as we talked about TTIP: a dodgy EU-US trade deal, cooked up by corporate lobbyists in Brussels, that could allow US corporations to carve up our health service. With people keen to spread the word, there was a strong commitment to action on Saturday 18th April.

38 Degree members talked politics over poppadoms

Social care was a big item on the agenda, with stories shared of personal experiences of treatment of loved ones.

Local MP Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, tweeted yesterday “We need to make sure that we can look after older people around the world with dignity and respect“, ironic that in his own constituency all the state run care homes have been recently condemned for closure.

Then at the end of the night, the superb staff signed themselves up and offered to keep petition sheets on the front desk. Let’s hope Jeremy Hunt has a read next time he’s in.

Staff back the campaign after the Curry in Surrey

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Cardiff North: Join in the Tax Dodging day of action!

March 18th, 2015 by

This Saturday, 38 Degrees members in Cardiff North are taking on tax dodgers. Together, we’re hitting the streets to talk to local people – and gather signatures for the massive petition calling on politicians to crack down on tax dodging. Will you join in?

38 Degrees members voted to make tax dodging a big issue this election – and next Saturday we can start to do just that. Every conversation we have will put more pressure on the politicians trying to be Cardiff North’s MP to stop companies and individuals who avoid paying their fair share.

Liz, John, Maryse and other 38 Degrees members are hosting the event on the day. They’ll have petition sheets and leaflets about the campaign. But the more of us that join in the bigger our impact will be. Can you come along next Saturday? Please RSVP by clicking the link to let others know you’re coming (you’ll be able to chat with them on the website too).

Where: Outside the Post Office, 53 Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, CF14 1XG
When: Saturday 21st March, 10am
RSVP here.

Most of us pay our tax, and play our part in society. Because we’re serious about protecting our vital public services, like lifesaving NHS care and teachers to nurture our children. At a time when people are relying on food-banks, some rich individuals are stashing away billions. Tax dodgers have had special treatment for too long.

Two weeks ago, over 10,000 38 Degrees members came out in towns and cities across England to speak up for NHS services. On one day, we gathered over 170,000 signatures for local petitions to protect NHS services – and got the most media coverage of any 38 Degrees action, ever!

So can you spare an hour or two next Saturday to join in? Everyone is welcome and it will be a great way to meet other 38 Degrees members who live near you. Together we can make sure that everyone in Cardiff North knows that tax dodging is a key issue – and push our MP candidates to do the right thing.

Please click here to let the others know if you’ll be joining in.

Here’s some information on tax dodging to help you out on the day:

1. A copy of the report about the Mayfair Loophole.

2. Tax dodging costs the UK £119 billion a year, the current UK deficit is £90 billion

3. The Mayfair Loophole costs the UK £700m a year: this could pay for 13,000 teachers or 20,000 nurses

Tax dodging is an example of us living in an unequal society – with one rule for the rich, and another for the rest of us. Many fewer people are prosecuted for tax avoidance than benefits fraud. If we cracked down on tax dodging, we could rethink austerity – cuts that impact on local services.

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Kingswood 38 Degrees members rally for Cossham Hospital

March 18th, 2015 by

On Wednesday 11th March, 38 Degrees members in Kingswood rallied together to raise pressure for a minor injuries unit at Cossham Hospital.

38 Degrees members joined the rally, organised by the Save Cossham Hospital group. Together, they called for a Minor Injuries Unit at Cossham Hospital. One that’s run by the NHS, and not a private company. Lots of people turned up and they aimed to make sure the local press, MP candidates and members of the public heard just how important protecting NHS services is – and got behind the campaign.

The Save Cossham Hospital group want to show politicians hoping to be the next Kingswood MP, that local people want an NHS that focuses on saving lives. Not making money for private companies.

The rally was an opportunity to make sure every politician in Kingswood knew that if they intend to run down or sell off the NHS, they’ve got a fight on their hands. It was also a great chance for 38 Degrees members in Kingswood to meet other people who live nearby and to fight to protect our NHS.

Bristol People's March for the NHS

Kingswood Cossham Hospital

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Bristol: People’s March for the NHS

March 18th, 2015 by

This Saturday 38 Degrees members in Bristol joined the People’s March for the NHS – a big march through central Bristol organised by a group of NHS campaigners, NHS 999.

The march was a celebration of the NHS. It was also a call for people in Bristol to sit up and pay attention to the need to protect the NHS. 38 Degrees members have been working hard to get the message out to people in Bristol that privatisation is a huge threat – and that people should use their vote wisely in the upcoming election if they want to stop our NHS being sold off.

There were over a thousand people marching through central Bristol on Saturday morning. People gathered at College Green at 11am holding placards and leaflets to hand out to the public. It was overcast to begin with but when we started to walk the sun came out!

Bristol People's March for the NHS
Bristol People's March for the NHS

Bristol People's March for the NHS

There were groups of 38 Degrees members from Bristol North West and Bristol West, as well as NHS workers, members of the public and people from other groups supporting the NHS in Bristol. The Labour and Green party MP candidates were also on the march – so we made sure they saw our message to all the MP candidates: save the NHS.

38 Degrees members want 3 key promises from MP candidates on the NHS:
* Stopping privatisation
* Making sure it has the funding it needs to provide high quality healthcare to everyone
* Protecting it from US health corporations by keeping the NHS out of TTIP

The local press were there to help get the word out further, and we spoke to hundreds of people along the route. The support was brilliant, and cars honked their horns in support the whole way.

At the end of the March we heard inspiring speeches from Emily Downs, a student physiotherapist representing Protect Our NHS; Dr Dominique Thompson, Director of Service at the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service; Gwyneth Powell-Davies, a local NHS worker and Dr Phil Hammond, local actor, comedian and commentator.

Bristol People's March for the NHS
Bristol People's March for the NHS

Bristol People's March for the NHS

Hilary Saunders, a 38 Degrees member at the March, said “I’m joining in the march for the NHS alongside 38 Degrees members in Bristol because our NHS is precious. We’ve seen politicians try to destroy the NHS, and open it up to privatisation.

“Together, we’re calling for more funding for vital NHS services, a stop to damaging privatisation, and we also want to keep the NHS out of the dodgy TTIP trade deal.”

The People’s March in Bristol sent a clear message to Bristol’s politicians: you’re being watched by thousands of us fighting to protect our NHS.

The NHS is the best healthcare system in the world, and it belongs to all of us. But too many politicians have ignored the doctors and nurses on the frontline. They’ve turned their back on the principle of an NHS owned by all of us and working to save lives, rather than to make money.

At the march, 38 Degrees members stood with hundreds of people in Bristol to say that we love our NHS too much to let it be sold off to the highest bidder.

Bristol People's March for the NHS

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South West Surrey stands up for the NHS

March 18th, 2015 by

38 Degree members took to the streets in February to stand up proud for the NHS. Local campaigners secured this lovely bit of local press too.

As part of a national day of action, shoppers on Farnham high street were treated to hundreds of conversations about the importance of the NHS in the Secretary of State for Health’s very own constituency.

A further NHS action is being planned in South West Surrey on Saturday 25th April.

South West Surrey NHS press

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The biggest NHS sell off ever: Gail’s story

March 18th, 2015 by

This is a guest blog from Gail, a 38 Degrees member from Staffordshire (who is third from the left here!)

The biggest-ever sell-off of our NHS has just been announced – and it’s happening here in Staffordshire. Cancer treatment and end-of-life care is being privatised to the tune of £1.2 billion.

I live in Gnosall. Twenty years ago, I lost my mother to a rare form of bone cancer. Throughout her treatment and in the last few months of her life, the care she got from the NHS here in Staffordshire was exemplary.

Eight years ago, my husband was diagnosed with the same condition – and he’s still here. He had two stem cell transplants and quick treatment from the NHS. Now I want to fight to save the doctors, nurses and hospitals who saved him.

Cancer patients and people at the end of their lives need to know that the staff caring for them are there to provide life-saving medical care, not make money. We can’t let private companies take over.

I’ve started a petition calling on NHS bosses in Staffordshire to stop the sell-off. They’re trying their best to push this deal through before the election – the last thing they want is a huge public outcry. The more of us who sign, the more chance we have of scrapping this deal. Will you add your name?

This sell-off was agreed by stealth, with a sham consultation. If it goes through, we’ll be locked in for 10 years – with no way out, even if the standards of care fall. The money in the pot is capped, so if more people need cancer treatment it will just have to stretch. The whole thing is ludicrous.

The reasons for the sell-off are murky. But what we do know is that the people in charge of Staffordshire’s NHS are taking a public service, owned by all of us and run for all of us, and giving it to private companies to run for profit.

Privatisation isn’t working in the NHS. The list of horror stories goes on and on:

The Staffordshire sell-off is an untested 10 year experiment with our beloved NHS, and we have to stop it. We can’t let Staffordshire blaze a trail for privatisation. The bigger the campaign here, the stronger the message to politicians: we won’t stand idly by while you sell off our health service. Click here to sign my petition.

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Scotland: Local actions against TTIP

March 16th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members in Scotland are taking action against dodgy trade deal TTIP in huge numbers. Over 21,000 called on Labour MEP David Martin to oppose the deal – and it seems to be working. Martin pushed through a motion in his Brussels group to oppose ISDS, the part of the deal which would see governments sued by companies for lost profits in undemocratic ‘corporate courts’.

But it’s not enough. Leaked documents have shown that the NHS is still at risk – so are all our public services. Attempts to reverse privatisation in the Scottish NHS will be impossible if the deal goes through. And rules protecting our environment and food safety could be fatally undermined, a new report has said.

With less than 60 days to go until the election, and huge changes predicted in constituencies across Scotland, we have hundreds of hopeful MP candidates vying for our votes. Most don’t have a strong position on TTIP – many don’t even know about it! – so it’s a perfect time to remind them, in huge numbers, that this issue should be top of the agenda. Every candidate, from every party, needs to hear our message – stand up to TTIP!

Petitions are growing in every constituency, and you can add your name by clicking the link and and entering your postcode. It just takes a minute. Let’s make sure they can’t ignore this crucial issue!

Only 53% of the public know what TTIP is – we need to spread the word. As well as petitions in every constituency, 38 Degrees members are organising street events for Saturday 28 March. To see what’s going on in your area, click here.

So far events are planned for:

We’ll be posting pictures from across Scotland as the events take place, and tweeting under the hashtag #nottip

See you on the streets!

 

 

 

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