Thursday, 30 April 2009

Save Our Schools MAY DAY!

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SSP Support Save Our Schools - STOP NEW LABOUR IMPLEMENTING THEIR CLOSURES!

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PARENTS PROTEST AS GLASGOW COUNCIL HOLDS SECRET MEETING WITH HEAD-TEACHERS

At Education Offices, Wheatley House, Cochrane St (off George Sq)

9am, Friday 1st May


Parents from closure-threatened schools and nurseries are staging an angry protest outside a secret meeting between the Labour Council and head-teachers from the schools affected, demanding entrance to the meeting and for the Council to stop trying to rail-road through their closures.

Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign organiser, Richie Venton, today said:

“This meeting is typical of the Labour Council’s methods.

“It is secretive; parents discovered it by pure chance.

“It is exclusive; parents and carers whose kids are threatened with traumatic moves were not even informed, let alone invited to it.

“And it is another attempt to rail-road through the closures; the Labour council knows full well that we are mounting legal challenges to their immoral closure procedures, and taking our case to the Scottish parliament, yet they want to bamboozle and browbeat people by making it appear the closures are done and dusted.

“Parents are demanding an invitation to the meeting. We condemn the Labour council for excluding the very people whose families are at risk from their education cuts.

“The people of Glasgow will not be denied their voice by Labour’s dictatorship – the fight to obstruct and prevent these closures continues; the schools are still there; and the will to resist closures has hardened in the face of the Labour Council’s obscene disregard for kids and communities.”



For more info contact Richie Venton on 07828 278 093 or at richieventon@hotmail.com



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Monday, 27 April 2009

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

RENEWED PROTESTS AS GLASGOW SCHOOL CLOSURE LIST LENGTHENS

Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign - statement below poster. Click on poster to see bigger size.

PRESS RELEASE … for immediate use (26th April)

RENEWED PROTESTS AS GLASGOW SCHOOL CLOSURE LIST LENGTHENS

Hands around our schools – we shall not be moved!

3pm Monday 27th April

The Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign has called city-wide protests outside the schools and nurseries threatened with closure, at 3pm on Monday 27th April – as reports confirm that Labour plans further school closures.

Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign organiser, Richie Venton, today said:

“Spineless Labour councillors voted to close down 22 schools and nurseries last week, but they won’t find it so easy to implement their scandalous decision!

“Far from being defeated, we are defiant. The Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign has a whole raft of protests planned, starting with a city-wide series of human rings around the schools and nurseries they want to shut. Our defiant message is: ‘Labour can vote to ignore the public, to shut our schools, but we shall not be moved’.

“And as reports confirm what we have warned of since January – that anything up to 34 more Glasgow schools could face closure in the next year or two – we appeal to parents from those schools and communities to join our protests, to add power to our battle to defy, obstruct and reverse the closures.

“This show of continued defiance is only one strand to our struggle.

“We are pursuing legal challenges to a brutally flawed procedure.

“And we are taking our case to the Scottish parliament. The Scottish government should come out clearly in opposition to these closures, wield its political power to demand they be reversed, and side with the people of Glasgow against the Labour council’s vandalism. The Glasgow SOS Campaign plans a lobby of the parliament to seek support in the next few weeks.”

For more info contact Richie Venton on 07828 278 093 or at richieventon@hotmail.com

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"He will use his local henchman like Steven Purcell and lackeys such as the SNP and the Liberal Democrats who will say there is nothing we can do about the global crisis and its London’s fault. The £3.5 million that the Glasgow council hope to save by closing schools and nurseries will be the shape of things to come right across Scotland as central government cuts back on block grants. These public sector cuts will be put through under the guises of efficiency savings. But they are effectively taking our money and throwing it at the rich bankers to bail them out whom they encouraged in the first place on this mad binge of greedy speculation." Why the cuts in schools in Glasgow is a way to pay the debts and bonuses of those who killed the economy. See below.... -

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Henchmen Purcell and the reason why he puts Profit before Glasgow + how the budget affects YOU

Make Greed History by Making Capitalism History


By Raphie de Santos

The unacceptable face of capitalism was a phrase coined by the Conservative leader Edward Heath in the 1970s to describe the bribing of African leaders by the “entrepreneur” Tiny Rowland. It became a phrase to describe the worst excesses of the 1970s property boom and bust. Today is greed the unacceptable face of capitalism or is it inherent in the capitalist system rather than in people themselves?


At end of 2006 there were 946 billionaires with a combined wealth of 3.5 trillion dollars that’s $US 3,500,000,000,000! The world’s population is around 6.6 billion
The majority of who live in varying degrees of poverty and squalor. It would take $80 billion a year for ten years to meets the entire planet’s population’s basic needs: safe housing, nutritious food, clean drinking water, primary education and healthcare.

Put another way 0.000014% of the world’s population has enough money to provide the planet’s entire population with a sustainable and enriching way of life for 44 years! Is that an acceptable face of capitalism or pure obscene greed?

This increasing inequality has manifested itself in the UK. Since 1976 the liquid wealth of the bottom half of the population has fallen from 12% to 1% in 2003. At the same time the richest 0.01% of the UK’s population has seen their incomes increase by 500% over the same period.

In a similar vein the International Monetary Fund have estimated that global banks will have written off over 4 trillion US dollars by the end of 2010. A credit think tank KKW have estimated that US banks alone need one trillion US dollars of capital in the next few months to act as a buffer against further losses. In 2005 during the make history campaign we were asking the world’s banks to write off the 182 billion US dollars owed to them by the planet’s poor countries. So far they have written off nothing. Is this the acceptable face of capitalism or sheer greed?

In the UK Darling and co are looking to borrow over 700 billion pounds to cover the money, our money, that was given to bailout the banks. This is a large underestimation of what he needs as there will be further bank losses – we are liable or another one trillion pounds through the toxic asset insurance scheme alone. His view of the state of the UK economy is dishonestly optimistic – he’s predicting a shrinkage of 3.6% in 2009 but as was announced last week the UK economy shrank by 1.9% in the first quarter of 2009. This means that tax revenues will be lower and social security payments higher. In other words a larger deficit than predicted by the government.

How will he find the money? One route is through issuing government bonds (gilts) – a sort of government IOU. But no one wants to touch these IOUs – as a borrower we are now rated alongside Portugal and Greece. He will then be forced to make huge cuts in public expenditure – much larger than he was forecasting in the budget.

He will use his local henchman like Steven Purcell and lackeys such as the SNP and the Liberal Democrats who will say there is nothing we can do about the global crisis and its London’s fault. The £3.5 million that the Glasgow council hope to save by closing schools and nurseries will be the shape of things to come right across Scotland as central government cuts back on block grants. These public sector cuts will be put through under the guises of efficiency savings. But they are effectively taking our money and throwing it at the rich bankers to bail them out whom they encouraged in the first place on this mad binge of greedy speculation.

The second place they are going to pay for this bailout is through increased taxation. But it will be us who face a heavier tax bill and not the rich bankers. Darlings’ proposal to tax earnings above £150,000 at 50% has caused the City and Fleet Street to squeal with horror. But as most tax experts have said this gang of spongers do not pay tax on their total incomes. They are paid a basic salary below £150,000 and receive a bonus on top which is paid in such a way as to avoid paying tax.

These people are parasites in a parasitic system. Most of the capital raised by corporations comes from our pensions and insurance funds – over 70% of the world’s shares and bonds are owned by us through these funds. The money is invested through financial markets and these bankers hang around like vultures to speculate and pick up the crumbs from our cake.

The time has come to squeeze them until they squeak and howl and make all this capitalist greed history by making capitalism itself history.

Raphie de Santos is the co-author of the just published book “Socialists and the Capitalist Recession” which is available from the Wee Red Book Shop, Wordpower or Amazon.com

Raphie has drafted a brief summary of Darling's Budget...
Alistair Darling

• Budget is to pay for bail out of banks
• Unable to raise money on financial markets because our IOUs (Gilts) are worth nothing – in line with Portugal and Greece
• Deficit for 2009 at over 12% biggest of the G20 countries
• Big cut in public spending and over the near term and medium and long term
• Tax rises after next election for the poor and middle incomes
• Darling’s growth expectations laughed at by all – IMF reckon economy will shrink by 4.3% this year while Darling has us at 3,5% and IMF been behind the curve
• Darling expects recovery to start at end of 2009 – likely that economy will bottom out in mid 2010 with no recovery because of lack of credit from banks for individuals and corporations
• Budget assumes recovery and no more bailouts for banks – likely to be more money for bailouts and no recovery
• Global economy from Europe too US to Japan shows that the recession continuing at same pace and quickening up after a lull in February
• World ex China will effectively be in depression by end of 2010
• We are liable for another trillion pounds because of insurance of toxic assets
• Britain effectively bankrupt
• No money for stimulus programmes
• In summary we are going to pay a huge price for speculation and greed of the bankers and the neo-liberal dream
• Huge battles lie ahead over jobs, homes and public services around the world
Q1 GDP Numbers Show the Hollowness of Darling's Forecast

The quarter one GDP figures released today showed the UK economy shrank by 1.9% just two day after Darling had predicted a 3.6% decline for the whole year. This shows how far off the market he was and was generally trying to deceive the mass of the population. This means that the public cuts will have to be much larger than announced in the Budget. The GDP number was much worse than consensus expectations and the UK now has had the largest two successive declines in GDP since the days of Thatcher in 1980.

The UK is on track for a decline of at least 6% in GDP for 2009 with it technically entering a depression sometime in 2010. The Q1 decline shows that the IMF’s prediction of a 4.2% decline for the UK in 2009 is well short of the mark. This has been par for the course for the IMF which has consistently underestimated the scale of the recession.

The news from Germany was even bleaker where Axle Weber the Bundesbank (equivalent of the Bank of England) president said that German GDP shrinkage would be over 3% in Q1. This stands in sharp contrast to a prediction by the IMF of 4.1% for the whole year. Germany is being particularly hard hit by being heavily dependent on exports to the US and the UK.

In the US previously owned homes sales fell in February and half off these were the sales of distressed mortgages and house prices fell 12% in the calendar year. Credit experts KKW have estimated that US banks alone need another $1 Trillion to stay afloat.

Outside of the US, governments will be unable to cover deficits and the cost of bailouts from the issue of government bonds as international investors downgrade the credit worthiness of major economies – Britain is now rated on a par with Portugal and Greece.

This will mean they will have to make massive public sector cuts and raise taxes for the low and middle incomes. This will only deepen the recession and prolong it.

We are all going to pay a very high price for capitalism’ reckless follies.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

FURY ERUPTS AS LABOUR COUNCILLORS PUT THEIR LABOUR PARTY CAREERS BEFORE KIDS

Fury has erupted amongst parents, carers and communities after Labour councillors voted to close primaries and nurseries, despite the mass opposition movement of the past 3 months.

The Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign has agreed an immediate plan of action at an emergency meeting this afternoon.



Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign organiser, Richie Venton, today said:



“Labour councillors have shown absolutely spineless careerism by bowing to the dictatorship of their Labour group leader, Steven Purcell. They will rue the day!

“At the secretive meeting of the Labour councillors last week, they voted by 31:6 to proceed with 22 closures. That means 6 of them felt the closure package is rotten, the tens of thousands who oppose the closures are right, and they hoped to save their electoral skins by making a gesture of opposition behind closed doors. But today Labour councillors all toed the Labour party line, obeyed orders and ignored their own consciences. Shame on them for their cowardice - for putting their Labour party careers before kids!

“They have voted to close down schools and nurseries, but they won’t find it so easy to implement their scandalous decision!

“Across the road from the Council meeting, the Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign met, with representatives from schools across the city, and decided a plan of action to defy, defeat and reverse these closures.

“We will launch a new round of peaceful direct action protest, with unity in the community, starting with a city-wide Hands Around Our Schools protest on Monday at 3pm, declaring that the councillors might vote for closures, but ‘we shall not be moved’!

“We are seeking professional help with legal challenges to a brutally flawed procedure.

“And we are taking our case to the Scottish parliament. The Scottish government should come out clearly in opposition to these closures, wield its political power to demand they be reversed, and side with the people of Glasgow against the Labour council’s unprincipled axe-wielders. The Glasgow SOS Campaign plans a lobby of the parliament to seek support in the next few weeks.”



For more info contact Richie Venton on 07828 278 093 or at richieventon@hotmail.com

Campsie Branch Support Save Our Schools Big Blockade of Glasgow City Council

Photos from SSP comrade, Gordon Scott. Click on the images below to see more.




BBC Coverage of today's demonstrations HERE

HUMAN BARRICADES CALL ON LABOUR COUNCILLORS TO REBEL AGAINST PURCELL

BIG BLOCKADE OF GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL POSTER BELOW PRESS RELEASE>

PRESS RELEASE … for immediate use (23rd April)



HUMAN BARRICADES CALL ON LABOUR COUNCILLORS TO REBEL AGAINST PURCELL



As Glasgow city councillors vote on school closures, they will encounter a mass blockade of people up in arms at this cost-cutting attack on kids and communities – who are demanding that enough Labour councillors rebel against the Labour leadership to overturn the closure package.



Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign organiser, Richie Venton, today said:



“Labour councillors will today face the wrath of a mass of people forming a human blockade as they enter the city chambers. They cannot hide any longer.

“In the privacy of the Labour councillors’ Group meeting last week, they voted 31:6 for the closures.

“That means 6 of them think the package is a rotten, unacceptable deal. It also means a further 9 Labour councillors were absent – probably to hide from voting in favour of the closures in some cases.

“We call on them to stand up in public and vote against the closures at the Council meeting today.

“If they think the tens of thousands of people against the closures are right when they meet in private, they should act on that in public and prevent Purcell pushing the closures though. Otherwise they will be branded cowards who put their Labour party careers before kids’ needs and well-being.”



For more info contact Richie Venton on 07828 278 093 or at richieventon@hotmail.com



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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

24 Hour vigil outside Glasgow City Chambers in progress leading up to a blockade of the Council.

Parents and carers of children who are being ousted from local schools due for closure and then packed into other schools far from their homes, are currently on a vigil outside Glasgow City Chambers. The Council meets tommorrow to rubber stamp the breaking up of communities and the disruption of children's education. Please lend your support - have a chat with them if you are wandering by!

DETAILS BELOW PHOTO ON THE BIG BLOCKADE. If you are free tommorrow to show/lend support for people who are trying to protect their communities from the Labour cuts, please join them outside Glasgow City Chambers at 12.00noon (details below).

Big Blockade of glasgow City Council!

CLICK ON LEAFLET FOR DETAILS. PRESS RELEASE BELOW.


Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign

PRESS RELEASE … for immediate use (22nd April)



24 HOUR VIGIL AND BLOCKADE OF GLASGOW CITY CHAMBERS



As decision-day at the Glasgow city council looms, parents and carers in the Glasgow Save Our School Campaign have decided to hold a 24-hour vigil outside the City Chambers from 12 midday today (Weds), in the run-up to the Mass Blockade of the meeting at 12noon on Thursday.



Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign organiser, Richie Venton, today said:



“People who care for their kids and communities are full of fear for the future, fury at Labour councillors who threaten the closures, and firm determination to fight on

“The peaceful vigil will have a stark message to Steven Purcell and his team of councillors: we are watching you!

“Watching whether Purcell has the decency to meet parents and try to justify the indefensible closures, after going into hiding for weeks.

“Watching whether at least 7 Labour councillors have the principles and strength of character to rebel against the closures of all the schools and nurseries, and help stop larger classes, in old buildings, with less staff being the fate of our kids.

“The vigil will help spread the message to the public that when the Council meets to vote on Thursday, they should encounter a mass human blockade demanding they save our schools or face the sack, that they should put kids before cash.”



For more info contact Richie Venton on 07828 278 093 or at richieventon@hotmail.com



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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Video of the Rooftop protest in Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School in Glasgow



sosglasgow.wordpress.com

We need to put in final efforts to get as many people to the Glasgow SOS BLOCKADE of the city Chambers,Geo Sq for 12noon on Thursday.We have decided to hold a 24hour vigil from 12noon Weds until the start of the Demo/BLOCKADE.This will add to the publicity around our resistance to butchery by New Labour.

Reply both by email and text/call to volunteer what times you can take part-and then contact others to enlist their help as well. Ring/text me on 07828278093
( but take the precaution of emailing as well,given the mob phone problems,which are causing delays).richieventon@hotmail.com

If you can fit in a visit to Ruchill,show your support to the parents staging the rooftop protest against closure of Our Lady of Assumption.They are showing tremendous courage and endurance, planning to stay there until the Thurs meeting of the Council-if you cant visit them but want any messages passed on to them just text me.

See you Weds and Thurs
Keep battling!
RichieVenton-Glasgow SOS Organiser

Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign

PRESS RELEASE … for immediate use (21st April)



RESISTANCE TO SCHOOL CLOSURES SPREADS – SUPPORT FROM TRADE UNIONS



As decision-day at the Glasgow city council looms, parents and carers have won fresh allies in the battle to save the schools and nurseries on Labour’s amended hit-list for closure. Parents staged sit-ins at two schools just two days after the 15-day sit-ins ended, and a delegation from the city-wide Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign won support from several trade unions at the STUC Congress in Perth.



Glasgow Save Our Schools Campaign organiser, Richie Venton, today said:



“Protests are breaking out like bush fires beneath the backsides of the Labour councillors on the eve of the Council meeting on Thursday.

“Those who staged the sit-in at Victoria school were applauded for their courage by a huge crowd of local people as the came out of the building.

“Parents on the roof-top protest at Our Lady of Assumption in Ruchill have shown immense determination in resisting the closure, and there is no excuse for the Council’s over-reaction, dumping kids in another school, because the protest in no way would interfere with the kids’ education – it’s the council’s planned closure that does that!

“A delegation of us travelled to meet delegates at the annual Congress of the Scottish Trade Union Congress. We won massive support from several trade unions who recognise that the cuts in staffing levels, rise in class sizes, threats to parents’ ability to hold down jobs, and assault on community facilities are all issues that trade unionists should take up.

“Given the historic link between Labour and the unions, they would do well to ponder the widespread support for the campaign to stop the closures that union leaders and delegates expressed

This campaign will not go away – we are finding fresh allies in the fight for local community schools with smaller class sizes.”



For more info contact Richie Venton on 07828 278 093 or at richieventon@hotmail.com



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Saturday, 18 April 2009

Occupation over! Parents leave in defiance of the bullying Glasgow City Council Labour Group...



Preparations for leaving, song, interviews and cleaning...



“The city council threatened that unless the sit-ins ended by Friday at 3pm they would punish the children of the entire Wyndford area on Monday morning, telling parents they could not even enter the playground, would have their kids snatched off them in the car park, stuck on buses, and dragged off to the schools the Council want to dump them in after their planned closure of Wyndford and St Gregory’s.

“This action is an abuse of the law, the actions of playground bullies, and an attempt to intimidate and above all divide the local community.

“They failed, as all cowards deserve to fail. The parents and carers in the sit-ins are responsible people. They refused to allow the Council to dictate to them, but also refused to allow the council to use their children as hostages in a dirty attempt to divide and defeat local people who want to save the schools.

!”So they are coming out at a time of the campaigners’ choosing, which leaves the Council with absolutely no excuse for barring young kids from entering the schools they are familiar with and want to return to on Monday morning.

“It is the Council which all along has sought to disrupt kids’ lives and education – not the people fighting to save the schools.

“Those who have sacrificed their family Easter to heroically do battle with a heartless Labour Council will be greeted as heroes by a crowd of campaigners and community members as they leave the buildings.

“And they have pledged to fight by all other means up to and well beyond the Council meeting on 23rd, unless the Council does the decent thing and reverses its closure plans.”



For more info contact Richie Venton on 07828 278 093 or at richieventon@hotmail.com

Parents Fightback!

Parents fightback over the decimation of their communities and children's education. Hundreds march through Glasgow to the City Chambers to let the councillors inside know that OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE COMES FIRST!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Video from inside the Occupied Schools!

The Occupiers Speak! Richie Venton, Glasgowe Save Our Schools Organiser, in discussion with the women occupying St Gregory's Primary and Wyndford Primary in Maryhill, Glasgow.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Campsie Donation

Campsie Scottish Socialist Party branch have raised £30 and are buying groceries for the two occupied schools in Maryhill, Glasgow. The grocery's will be delivered today, the third day of occupation. The occupations began on Friday after school broke up for the Easter holidays. These brave and principled parents, grandparents and campaigners are currently occupying the Wyndford Primary School and St. Gregory's primary School. They are protesting at the proposed closure of the schools - both schools being at the heart of the Wyndford community.

Glasgow City Council have proposed that 25 schools and nurseries - at the heart of communities across the City - should be closed in their game of political football with the SNP Government. The Labour run council, and it's leader, Steven Purcell, are trying to impress their Labour bosses by making it impossible for school classes to reduce to the 20 or less proposed by the SSP and subsequently enacted upon by the SNP Government.

Purcell, who has designs on being the Labour Leader in Scotland, is more concerned about his career than the jobs of Education workers or the education of our children.

Call in and visit the schools to show your support! And if you have a website/blog, link to their sites -

http://stgregorysoccupation.blogspot.com/

http://sosglasgow.wordpress.com
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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Poll Tax 20 years on... Scotland on Sunday interviews Alan McCombes, Keith Baldassarra and George McNeilage

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Save Our Schools - Clowns lobby the Glasgow City Council Labour clowns

Glasgow City Council Labour group met today to discuss the scandalous closure of Primary Schools and Nurseries across Glasgow. These closures are political - the Labour run council leader, Steven Purcell, has ambitions beyond the City Chambers (he wants to be Labour Leader) and making the SNP/SSP policy of 20 or less in a class unworkable is seen as a good way to cosy up to his bosses - AT OUR CHILDREN'S AND EDUCATION WORKERS EXPENSE!

A group of parents dressed up as clowns to lobby the Labour clowns inside. Richie Venton, a Save Our Schools organiser, facilitated a Save Our Schools press conference which was attended by all the major networks and newspapers.








More photos HERE