1st April: All Together for the NHS Day

After 26 March, the next big date in the campaign calendar is 1st April. NHS supporters around the country will be lobbying their MPs, at local events and individually for All Together for the NHS Day.

The NHS as we know it is under threat from drastic changes contained in Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill. The bill has now cleared the committee stage, and will soon be going on to its third reading in the Commons.

It’s vitally important that we engage with MPs now, to make them aware their constituents are worried about the bill.

Placard amnesty this Saturday

Goldsmiths art students were out in force on the March for the Alternative, in a partnership project with the Museum of London. Students handed out placards with historical protest imagery at the start of the march, and organised collections of placards and props at the rally, hoping to gather a record of creativity in popular protest, to use at the Museum.

The team had loads of placards donated on the day, but are still after more of people’s creative protest art. If you’ve got a placard you’d like to donate, they’ll be holding another collection at the Museum of London on Saturday 2nd April.

Lost property – calling Adrian from Birmingham and someone who’s lost their specs

If you’re called Adrian and came to the march from Birmingham then we have your wallet with two bank cards and a library card. We suspect it probably had more in when you lost it but we can return what’s left. Please email us.

And if you’ve lost a pair of Eye Time glasses with metallic blue grey frames, we’ve got them too.

But if you’re a government minister, we’re afraid you can’t have your support back.

Photos from the March for the Alternative

Thanks to flickr user Steve McInnery for setting up a flickr group for march photos – which now has over 1,000 pictures uploaded to it. Check out how people who were there saw it by scrolling the photo wall above.

Here’s some coverage we liked

Lots of interesting coverage and discussion of the march today and yesterday.

Here are some links we like (without necessarily endorsing all the arguments) – and of course there’s lots more good stuff that we won’t have seen.