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UK Uncut protests: Saturday at Starbucks

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This Saturday, 8 December, UK Uncut is staging a national day of action.

Activists will be targeting Starbucks coffee stores in protest at the company’s tax avoidance and the impact of government spending cuts on women.

And to highlight the sickeningly disproportionate impact of the government’s spending cuts on women.

People throughout the country will be joining forces to show their opposition to government cuts to vital public services – from crèches to domestic violence refuges and homeless shelters.

With the scything force of spending cuts in full swing, victims of rape and domestic violence are being turned away from safe homes as newly under-resourced women’s services find themselves incapable of meeting demand.

And women and families are facing homelessness in increasing numbers. Benefit caps and housing shortages mean the number of children living in temporary accommodation will be at record levels this Christmas.

Meanwhile, international corporate giant Starbucks is refusing to pay its taxes and the the UK’s tax collectors, the HMRC, are turning a blind eye.

As part of the nationwide protests being planned for 8 December, two groups of women and campaigners, led by UK Uncut, will transform two Starbucks coffee houses in North London into a refuge from the cuts, to object to the attack on women’s access to work, services, financial independence and safety.

Around 400,000 women are sexually assaulted and 80,000 women are raped each year.

Yet this government is planning £5.6m of cuts to services including refuges for abused women, domestic violence advocates, victim support centres and centres for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

And so in Islington, a Rape Crisis Centre will start opening  at 12 noon in the Starbucks opposite The Angel underground station at 7 Islington High Street.

Join us as we set up an info centre inside Starbucks providing information on the services out there for women who have been raped and sexually assaulted and making a space to discuss how we can continue to campaign for these services that are vital to so many women.

Bring yourself, an open mind and some passion for ensuring we don’t let this male-dominated government take life-saving services away from women.

And, slightly further along the road, from 2pm another Starbucks – at 3o Islington High Street – will be transformed into a home and will be having a house warming party.

Bring some things (pot plants, pictures, cushions, curtains, cake) to make it feel like home and celebrate our resistance!

More and more women – one million more women than men are being affected by housing benefit cuts –  and families are facing homelessness as housing benefits are cut, rents soar and the massive lack of social housing forces families and individuals out of their homes and into temporary accommodation, slum housing or out on to the streets.

And many London families are being forced to leave their homes, schools, jobs and communities and moved to far reaches of the country by councils unable to or refusing to house them.

Disgusted with a government which refuses to acknowledge the scale of the crisis?

Join us.

Clck here to check up on UK Uncut events on facebook.

Click here to see where there is a UK Uncut day of action event near you.

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