The People’s Assembly Against Austerity was launched nationally in London on 22nd June 2013. Over four thousand people from across the country attended the event including thousands of trade unionists, community activists and anti-cuts campaigners in what became the largest political event thus far in opposition to the coalition government’s austerity programme. The principal declaration of the assembly was a call to build a mass, unified and co-ordinated movement against government cuts.
Since then over 80 groups have sprung up across the country. These assemblies, including this one in Bristol, played a significant role in mobilising for the demonstration outside the Tory Party conference in Manchester at the end of September in 2013. Then on November 5th, the new local assemblies organized a Bonfire of Austerity, which in Bristol saw various actions throughout the day from different campaigns and culminated in a successful ‘burn the cuts’ protest in the city centre. Bristol People’s Assembly has also been involved in launching Save Our City a new local campaign against the proposed £90 million of cuts to Bristol City Council which is threatening vital local services .
The strength of the assembly lies in its unity and breadth, backed and represented nationally by nearly all the major unions, community groups and anti-cuts organisations.