'Artists of the Resistance'

10/12/2010
Dear Guardian letters

Len McCluskey calls for a "broad strike movement" to stop the coalition's  "explicitly ideological" programme of cuts. ('Unions Warn of Massive Wave of Strikes', Guardian 19 December 2010) This will happen. Government cuts are  decimating education, welfare, health, sports and the arts. We are told t; that they are as inevitable as the rain; that the only choice we have is between  music classes for our kids or care for our elderly.

We need both and do not  accept that jobs, services and the quality of life have to be jettisoned for  the greed of those who are asked to sacrifice nothing. Cutbacks in the arts  mean that access will be limited to those who have the money to pay while  many who work in the arts will lose their jobs.

 The closing of public  libraries is the most obvious example. They are where literature, art and culture are available to everyone without charge. Some authorities are already selling them off, others are offering them to the 'consumer' on the principle of 'if you want them buy them'.

Massive increases in education fees and the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance are part of the same philosophy. Everything that is not immediately of use to the  corporate agenda is to be placed on a 'pay as you go' principle. Meanwhile  funding for theatre, film, music, dance and other arts projects is to  return  to the Victorian notion of finding patrons, drawn from the people and  corporations who have their own agendas of how to define the arts.

 In the  face of those who choose to exercise their power to destroy, we need to  create. We urge all those who work in the arts to join us at 'Artists of  the  Resistance' in opposing the cuts.

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> Iain Banks, writer

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> Andy de la Tour, actor

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> AL Kennedy, writer

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> Roger Lloyd Pack, actor

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> Miriam Margolyes, actor

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> Susie Meszaros, musician

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> Michael Rosen, author and poet

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> Martin Rowson, cartoonist

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> Janet Suzman, actor

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> Timberlake Wertenbaker, playwright

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> Shaun Askew, animator

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> Shabina Aslam, theatre director

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> Anne Aylor, writer & ballet teacher

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> Jordan Baseman, video artist

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> Elizabeth Beech, artistic director,The Phoenix Project

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> Maria Birmingham, animator

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> Cecily Bomberg, writer

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> Sean Bonney, poet

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> Phil Branston

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> Stephen Carley, AV artist

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> Florence Curtis

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> Karl Benjamin Frankson, artist

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> Jill Gibbon, artist

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> Marilyn Halpin

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> Joseph Hely, disability worker

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> Simone Hodgson

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> Camilla Howalt, artist

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> Angela Jane Kennedy, artist

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> Fin Kennedy, playwright

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> Ol'ga Kretz, film-maker

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> Lucy Lepchani, writer & poet

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> Fiona MacDonald, opera singer

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> Mel McCree

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> Carol Mottershead, dancer

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> Jane Park

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> Romayne Phoenix, visual artist

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> Konstantina Ritsou-Zavolia, author & director

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> Dee Shaw

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> Patricia Shrigley, video artist

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> Patrick Simons, artist

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> Patrick Snape

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> Ron Stagg, Museum Association

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> Rebecca Thorn, musician

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> Geoff Tibbs

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> Charlotte Turton, artist

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> Elizia Volkmann, writer and artist

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> Michael Walling, artistic director, Border Crossings

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> Joanne Walker, CoR Tyne & Wear

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> Debra Watson

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> David Wilson, publisher

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> Tom Wood

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> Jan Woolf, writer

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> Artists of the Resistance

> c/o Coalition of Resistance

> Housmans Bookshop

> 5 Caledonian Road

> City of London N1 9DX

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> T: 07951 579 064

 http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/

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