Forthcoming events

Defend the NHS – public meeting at Friends Meeting House

Thursday 7th March 7pm – Caroline Lucas speaking

International Women’s Day  – Friday March 8th

Meeting on Sexism & Media 10.30 – 12noon at Brighton Media Centre, Middle Street

IWD Extravaganza & benefit for Brighton Womens Centre

Friday 8th March Sallis Benney Theatre 8pm

Celebration of International Womens Day

Saturday 9th March Dome concert Hall 10am – 4pm

Stalls, performances, workshops. Includes the BHWAC exhibition on the impact of cuts on Women. (Mezzazine level).

Voices against the Cuts – Women and Austerity Public Event organised by BHWAC

Angry about what’s happening to benefits, jobs, pensions, many of our services, rights, and our NHS? What can we do about it?

Public event (organised by Brighton and Hove Women against the Cuts)

                                       in the Brighthelm centre, North Road

                                       on Saturday 2nd February 1 – 4 (doors open 12 30).

Everybody welcome.

Creche provided by Threshold.

Great speakers – Caroline Lucas, Olufemi Hughes – Community dialogue for change, Katie Love and Shana Pezaro – Fed Independent Living centre, Gail Gray RISE, Rehana Azam GMB National officer, Mary Ann Stephenson – Coventry women’s voices and author of TUC Women and the Cuts Toolkit.

Workshops include – art and activism; using the media; benefits – support and campaigning; Women and safety; Women in the public sector; Setting up women’s network; NHS – building the campaign; non violent direct action.

BHWAC Anti Austerity Workshop




Anti Cuts Carol Singers

Anti Cuts Carol Singers


bhwac festive songbook

Anti Cuts Carols!

A good time was had by all as we entertained passers-by to Christmas carols with a difference outside Hove Town Hall last Saturday.

We held up a giant poster showing our Christmas wish list together with six separate placards each showing one of the ‘wishes’. These included the repeal of recent NHS legislation, and the reinstatement of millions of pounds slashed from Brighton & Hove City Council’s budget.  The group sang alternative words to familiar tunes to get their powerful festive message across.  Supporters and passers-by joined in to sing topical versions of traditional favourites such as ‘Away in a Manger’:

Away in a Manger

No houses to rent

Our benefits capped

Should we live in a tent

We want a fair system

And know this makes sense

No tax breaks for the richest

There is no defence

Brighton and Hove’s Tory MPs Mike Weatherley and Simon Kirby will receive a Christmas photo-card of the event, along with a special Christmas parcel containing dozens of postcards previously signed at the group’s stalls by local people opposed to the savage cuts.

We’re looking forward to our next public event, focusing on the impact of austerity on women, to be held at the Brighthelm Centre on 2nd February, 1.00-4.00pm.”

Saturday 15th December, outside Hove Town Hall, 11-11.45am

Gather around our giant anti-cuts Christmas wish list, sing some alternative words to familiar carols, and be part of a group photo Christmas card to our local Tory MP’s, which they will later receive with a parcel of our campaigning postcards telling them that ‘We won’t vote for you if you vote for Cuts’.Download our flyer for more info, and to read our Christmas wish list which includes the repeal of the disastrous NHS Act, reversing cuts to jobs, services and benefits plus the reinstatement of the £25M Government has cut to the city budget.

All welcome – please come and bring your friends. Wearing of festive hats encouraged!

Join the Protest in London on October 20th

Book your place on the train to the mass TUC demo October 20th!
The Trades Council has booked a train with the support of the majority of our city’s union branches.
This will provide travel to and from London for the ‘Future that Works Demo’.
The train will leave Brighton 10am and return from Victoria 5pm (these times are approximate)
To book a place for you and your friends and family:
If you are a union (or student union) member contact your own branch in the first instance
If you are not a union member (youth, unemployed, retired etc) email to book seats.

City-wide meeting being planned on women and the cuts

Brighton and Hove Women Against the Cuts is planning a public meeting to look at on the impact of the cuts on women and women’s services across the City. In many cases women will be hit the hardest with reports estimating that women will suffer 72% of the tax and benefit cuts.  The aims of the meeting are to build a picture of how the cuts are impacting on women/women’s services, how this affects the wider community and how we might work together and respond to this.
We are thinking of early – mid November for this event.
If you would like to get involved or have any ideas to contribute, there is a consultation / planning meeting on Wednesday 12th September at 7pm in Community Base, Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG. We would love to hear from anyone who can’t get to this meeting, but may have suggestions and ideas or know of some good speakers to invite. Please email us on