The Eastbourne People’s Assembly Against Austerity took to the streets again for a Christmas Protest against the Cuts on December 19.
The group welcomed its biggest turn out so far to Bankers Corner to gather signatures for the petition to East Sussex County Council to think again about its proposed cuts of £40 million to adult social care services.
Activists also engaged in lively discussions with passersby about the austerity cuts which are ‘driving more and more people into poverty and hardship, even though austerity policies are rejected as unworkable and unnecessary by most mainstream economists’.
Leaflets with details of the next General Meeting of the Eastbourne People’s Assembly on January 20, to which all Eastbourne residents are invited, were also distributed.
Chrissie Parsons, a member of Eastbourne Labour Party, said, “We need more love in powerful places. We the people have to dig deep and with that love and compassion we feel we need to challenge our government on every injustice that we see.
“Right now the government’s economic policy of ‘austerity’ is unjust and unfair and it is leaving people on the lowest incomes in this country in extreme poverty and hardship.”
Andrew Durling, a member of Eastbourne Green Party, added, “Austerity simply does not work. It can never work, not here, not anywhere.
“We, the people, must rise up against austerity and reclaim the vision of our parents and grandparents, the vision they created out of the rubble of war, the vision of a New Jerusalem in England’s green and pleasant land.
“That vision - of a country where care and compassion is once again at the heart of our public and political life - must be our guiding star as we build our new grassroots movement that will hold our politicians truly to account and tell them where power really lies: with us, the people.”
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