My impression is that the 12th of January is NOT a day for demonstrating as such - it's a formal lobby WITHIN the Houses of Parliament, so don't bring your megaphones and banners then or you might not get past security!
I do think we need to make some noise soon, and that these cuts have still not reached the awareness of the wider public. We certainly need to do something big when the white paper is announced later this year. What do others think? If you hear of or want to organise a protest please spread the word via ilegal.
Post by Colin Henderson on Mar 25, 2011 14:31:24 GMT
Just for completeness on this thread a reminder that tomorrow is of course the huge TUC anti-cuts demo in London. Just be there if you possibly can. Legal Action's piece on this is a follows:
"Lawyers on the march
Supporters of the campaign group Justice for All will be joining the TUC march taking place this Saturday to protest over the proposed cuts to legal aid. LAG is one of the original members of the steering group for the campaign and is urging anyone concerned about legal aid and access to justice to join the march behind the Justice for All banner.
Lawyers, advice workers and others working in legal aid services will be marching to highlight the government plans to cut civil legal aid. Housing, family and debt cases are amongst those targeted for the cuts. Legal aid for some areas of work, such as employment and education law is set to be cut completely if the government goes ahead with its plans.
“It is very important that the potentially devastating cuts to legal aid are not lost in the bigger picture of the Government cuts. These proposals will dramatically undermine access to justice for the most vulnerable members of society at just the time they need help to assert their rights. Everyone who cares about legal aid should join this protest and make their voice heard,” says Edward Kirton-Darling a solicitor and a LAG board member. Kirton- Darling will be attending the march with colleagues from the firm Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.
Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) will also be joining the march, "It is important that we take every opportunity to tell the Government that the brutal cuts proposed for legal aid are counterproductive and dangerous. YLAL members are committed to social justice but by slicing the legal aid budget in half, justice will become the preserve of the rich leading to increased financial and social costs. We hope the march will highlight just how many people care and will be affected by the cuts if the Government chooses not to consider alternative ways to deal with the deficit"
Justice for All marchers will be assembling from 10.15a.m outside the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand in London. They will move off around 10.45 to join the main march which is due to leave from Victoria Embankment between the Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges at 11 a.m. The march will then make its way through central London ending with a rally in Hyde Park. This is due to start at 1.30 pm.
LAG learnt last week that the response to the consultation on the proposed cuts published in November last year will not now be released by the Ministry of Justice as had been expected before Easter. Publication is not now not anticipated until after the local elections and the referendum on voting reform taking place on 5th May. The first reading of the Bill, which will include the reforms to the legal aid system is also expected in May. "
Law Society Gazette has a similar article on legal aid and the march
".Protest marchers call the tune on legal aid Friday 25 March 2011 by Catherine Baksi
Tomorrow sees the Trades Union Congress ‘March for the Alternative’ rally, taking place in central London.
It is predicted that tens of thousands will turn up to protest against the planned public sector spending cuts, in what is expected to be the largest TUC event for decades.
The Law Society will be represented, through its Sound Off for Justice campaign, alongside supporters of the Justice For All campaign.
They will be protesting against the government’s proposals to reduce legal aid eligibility and scope.
Lawyers are not generally known for their militancy.
The Gazette reported last month that thousands of French judges and lawyers had taken to the streets to protest against remarks made by president Nicolas Sarkozy, in which he declared a murder suspect ‘presumed guilty’ before trial and criticised ‘lax’ judges.
But this is not France.
Yet it is indicative of the strength of feeling among legal aid lawyers that so many are expected to give up their Saturday to make their voices heard.
And they plan not just to shout and wave banners - but also to sing.
A Sound Off For Justice choir who will ‘sound off’ along the route of the demonstration, singing the nation’s favourite protest songs.
Have we ever seen the like?
People following the campaign on Facebook, can suggest their favourite protest songs for the choir to sing.
For one day only, at least it will not be the Ministry of Justice calling the tune."