Assemble at Bruce Castle Park,
Lordship Lane N17 8NU
Move off 11.30 – march down Tottenham High Road to Tottenham Green East, N15 4UR for a PUBLIC SPEAK-OUT
Follow up meeting: Haringey benefit claimants and supporters
11 am – 1 pm Saturday 12th April
North London Community House, 22 Moorefields Rd, N17 6PY
MOTHERS OF LONDON SAY
MARCH TO DEMAND living incomes and decent, affordable homes to rent or buy for waged & unwaged
MARCH TO REJECT bedroom tax, housing benefit caps, unfair taxes, hunger and cold homes – austerity hurts vulnerable people, the rich get richer
The £500 overall benefit cap forcing families to pay rent out of the income they need for food, utilities, clothes and transport or be evicted and deported away from their extended families and vital support to anywhere in England or Wales; cap rents not benefits.
The bedroom tax hits disabled people who have one or two spare bedrooms. It also hits 50 to 60 year old adults who become unemployed and are expected to survive on £71.70 a week minus £24 pw bedroom tax and £5 pw council tax. People evicted are forced out of London – this is social and ethnic cleansing.
20% of the council tax has added to the misery of residents. Last year Haringey Council started court proceedings against 23,000 households adding £125 court costs and in over 9000 cases bailiffs’ fees, which have already been increased by 42% this year.
Sanctions imposed by jobcentres punish people for little or no reason leaving them penniless for up to three months.
Freezing increases in benefits at 1% a year while prices escalate inflict hunger and cold on thousands of households.
Food banks as an alternative to social security; the three days food does not end hunger for adults or children. Supply food by right, not by charity.
The activities of ATOS inflict poverty on disabled people with inappropriate fitness for work tests carelessly administered.
All African Women’s Group, Barnet Alliance for Public Services, Day-Mer Turkish & Kurdish Community Organisation, UCU at CONEL, Global Women’s Strike, Haringey Alliance for Public Services,
Haringey Defend Council Housing, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, Haringey Green Party, Haringey Housing Action Group, Haringey Solidarity Group, Haringey Trades Council, Haringey UNISON, Holy Cross United Reformed Church,
Unite the Union/Community, London Region National Pensioners Convention,
Single Mothers’ Self-Defence, Socialist Women’s Union, Socialist Workers Party,
Somerford Grove Community Centre, St. Paul’s C-of-E Tottenham,
WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities),
Speak-out 2pm: Room G2, SOAS, London School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh St, WC1H OXG
Invest in caring not killing
For Everyone’s SURVIVAL & WELFARE
End Cuts, Poverty & Discrimination
WOMEN, MEN, YOUNG, OLD BRING YOUR DEMANDS!
Why a Mothers March? Because:
Mothers produce and care for the world’s people, while brutal market forces destroy us and our planet.
Mothers’ basic contribution to survival and welfare is unrecognised and unpaid.
· Governments invest in weapons of war, banks and corporations. Feeding, housing, health, support, education, the environment – they couldn’t care less.
Our young people are victimised for defending everyone’s right to education.
Everywhere people are risking their lives to bring change – from Palestine to Egypt, from Haiti to Colombia, from Kashmir to Congo and Nigeria …
Why march with us? Because:
Most women do caring work, whether we’re mothers or not.
We’re all being robbed of benefits and services our labour and taxes paid for.
We’re thrown out of jobs or made to work harder for less.
Mothers can help bring together all who stand for life, against war & exploitation.
Everyone’s contribution and struggle must be counted and supported.
Fathers, sons, brothers, partners . . . it’s time to show your support.
Mothers March in Guyana, Haiti, India, Peru, the US.
ASK ORGANISATIONS TO ENDORSE THE MARCH
The Global Women’s Strike is an international network for recognition & payment for all caring work, and for military spending to go back to the community starting with women the main carers.
Why I’ll be marching:
‘My daughter has a life threatening disability. Mothers like me get no respite. They are even pushing us to go out to work. We are heading for disaster.’
‘It’s frightening to raise children in a world where they are not valued.’
‘Asylum seekers were cut first. No recourse to public funds, food vouchers, destitution. That’s what they intend for everyone.’
‘We run a small health food shop. Times are hard. My oldest child is losing his EMA. I don’t know how we’ll manage.’
‘We use the library all the time, for revision, books and films for holidays.’
‘Women are not believed. I was raped, accused of lying and jailed.’
‘Legal aid enabled me to sue the police for assault and wrongful arrest. Without it only the rich can afford justice.’
‘Mums of young children are treated as “workless”. When I was on Income Support I could be available to my son.’
‘After a life of labour, pensioners are told living longer is an economic crisis.’
‘Grandparents are expected to step in. We’re also expected to retire later.’
‘After school clubs are closing. Children are “collateral damage” for the cuts.’
‘I was tortured and claimed asylum. My children weren’t allowed to join me. I worry about them terribly.’
‘My partner was violent. I reported him and social services took my children. Why punish us?’
‘We share our house with others to reduce costs. Cuts in housing benefit will make it impossible, especially in London.’
‘I went into sex work to support my kid and pay for my degree.’
‘People are told to blame “others” for the cuts. Racist attacks go up, bullying, against immigrants, disabled people, lesbians, gays, trans. It’s scary.’
‘Child Benefit should be universal. Kids should see they and their mums are valued. Means testing stigmatises; many kids hide they’re on school meals.’
‘Young people want to find their own way to activities. Without out-of-school clubs, sports, music . . . we are impoverished.’
‘Flooding, drought. Now they want to take our forests. They don’t respect anything.’
Global Women’s Strike international demands:
Payment for all caring work – in wages, pensions, land & other resources. What is more valuable than raising children & caring for others? Invest in life & welfare, not military budgets & prisons.
Pay equity for all, women & men, in the global market.
Food security for breastfeeding mothers, paid maternity leave and maternity breaks. Stop penalizing us for being women.
Don’t pay ‘Third World debt’. We owe nothing, they owe us.
Room G2 SOAS: Main entrance has ramp. Room G2 is on ground floor. Platform lift inside G2 down to floor of hall. Accessible loo on ground floor and other floors.
Parking near SOAS: We hope to arrange some parking on the university campus. Blue Badge holders get one hour free in Pay & Display bays if you pay something to start it off. The Blue Badge is not recognised in Camden’s Green Badge zone south of Euston Road. Parking restrictions are in force until 8.30pm.