Next Thursday 18th July from 6pm outside Runnymede Borough Council in Addlestone - Save Our Fire Services. Runnymede Labour councillors will be moving a motion against local fire service cuts at the council meeting that evening (starts at 7.30pm) and would appreciate some support. If enough of us turn up from 6pm we can have a small protest outside with the SOSiS Stop Fire Cuts banner.
Tuesday 3rd September from 7pm - SOSiS (public) steering committee meeting at the Maybury Centre, Board School Road, Woking. We have invited all the recently elected Labour and Green councillors (other councillors welcome) to look at developing a joint anti-austerity programme in Surrey and we are also inviting the Guildford 'Strike 4 Climate' School Students to address us. Should be a lively meeting. All welcome. Updates will be posted on our website www.sosis.org.uk.
Friday 20th September all day - Global Earth Strike for Climate. This is something that has been called by Greta Thunberg and is an appeal for people across the world to make a stand on the same day against climate change. We have yet to see what that will mean in practice but trade unions are already looking at linking up with the school student movement and holding lunchtime rallies etc. Any concrete activities which people can join in with, will be posted on our website and our FB page. If you are in a union why not invite the students to your next meeting? They can be contacted via their FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/Strike4ClimateGuildford/ Let us know if you hear of something happening local to you.
Tuesday 24th September from 1pm - the SCC Cabinet will make their decision regarding the cuts to night time fire cover across Surrey. Our petition is now well over 12,000 and we want to push it to 20,000 by the time of the cabinet. The cabinet meeting is at 2pm (https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=120&MId=6329&Ver=4) but we want everyone to come along for an hour beforehand for a massive protest outside in support of our fire services. You can still sign the petition here. Please also share widely: https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/Fire-Cuts/
Finally, please do not forget that we are still supporting the fight for truth and justice for Zane Gbangbola. The campaign for an independent panel inquiry now has over 80,000 signatures. We need to get it it 100,000 to demand a debate in parliament. You can sign it here if you haven't already. Please do so and share, share, share: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/call-for-a-public-debate-into-the-death-of-7-year-old-zane?bucket=+via+%4038_degrees
Secretary, Save Our Services in Surrey