Bristol People’s Assembly Monthly Activists Meeting, 14th December 2015
- Report back from the People’s Assembly National Conference, 5th December
- Alan presented Kevin’s report of the conference
- Issues discussed included the two most contested motions (on the EU referendum and the campaigning for local government budgets) and the participation of disabled activists in PA actions.
- Kevin’s report will be posted on the facebook page.
- Susan will draft a letter to all mayoral candidates to elicit their views on a ‘needs’ budget. This will be workshopped at the next meeting.
- Jack will contact someone at the Festival of Ideas to find out about their plans for mayoral hustings.
- PA activists to attend the next Mayoral QT and hustings to raise questions on a ‘needs’ budget.
- PA activists to keep an eye out for events where we can raise issues of a needs budget
- Issue of disabled access to be raised in all discussions of action and meetings.
- Plans for next year
- Ollie will post a list of all national actions contained in the National Conference proceedings.
- Needs budget campaign focussed on the mayoral and council elections.
- Further plans to be discussed at the next meeting.
- Affiliates Drive
- Alan will prepare a motion to take to local union branches and campaigns for discussion and adoption.
- Naz will investigate the precise details on the issue of SWP and Unite the Resistance affiliation to PA nationally.
- Other Campaigns
- Pete reported back on the last meeting of the Stand Up To Racism meeting where 850GBP was raised in donations for Calais. The next SUTR planning meeting will be on the 11th of January at the YHA
- Stop Trident National Demonstration has been called for the 27th of February
- Bristol CND will be putting on a coach
- Bristol PA to help with promotion
- Joint Rally between Bristol CND, Stop the War and People’s Assembly will take place on the 2nd of February to build for the national demo. Kate Hudson has been confirmed to speak.
- AOB and next meeting
- Issue of establishing formal structures in Bristol PA will be discussed at the next meeting
- Next meeting will be at 18:30 on Monday 11th January
- Whilst this clashes with the next SUTR planning meeting, we will ensure that someone from Bristol PA will attend the SUTR planning meeting
Notes from Bristol PA meeting
Mon 23 November
– No motions submitted
– Delegates are: Jack H, Kevin P, Tom V, Zara N, Alan V, Ollie Tl, Caleb P Glyn E, Anne L, Amy L
– Some disagreement on delegate list/process
– Agreed to have better notes from meetings & distribution in future
– Delegate registration deadline on Nov 29
– People can still go through affiliated organisation / as individual
– Report back from conference at next meeting (Dec 14)
2. Cuts to tax credits protest 24 Nov
– Isaac finishing Osborne piñata
– ensure we raise anti-war message by making connections: cut war not welfare
– Jeremy from StW to speak
3. Upcoming actions
Junior Doctors strike
– Doctor’s strike rally Nov 30th: Bristol PA to support & publicise, ask for speaker
– Doctor’s strike: Dec 1, 8, 16
– William to let others know about organising visit to picket lines
– Amy / UoB student assembly to make presence/support
– Bristol PA to support & encourage others to join picket lines
Climate March 29th Nov
– Bristol PA presence / banner / block
Stop the War
– long discussion on threat of war against Syria and need for connecting issues of war, austerity and racism
– plans for lobbying and protest, Jeremy C will us posted
– Leaflet will be prepared for Climate demo on Sunday
– Protest in London on Saturday
– Feb 28th Trident demo in London, Jeremy & Jack to meet CND
– Fundraiser at Crofters Rights on Thu 17 Dec 6pm-1am, hip hop and spoken word
– Suggestion to have more formal structure for accountability and to deal with day to day business
– Next Bristol PA organising meeting: 6.30pm on Mon Dec 14 @ TSSA
“It’s time for everyone who wants to see a change to come together once more and decide how we create a movement that can stop austerity in it’s tracks. Whether you’ve been central to the organisation, or if you just want to find out how you can get more involved, join us on 5 December.”
**Speakers include, John McDonnell MP, Francesca Martinez, Dr Rory Hicks (Junior Doctors Campaign), Christine Blower, Dave Ward, Natalie Bennett and more!**
This conference is open to all and we’ll have 10 delegates from Bristol People’s Assembly (nominated at previous meetings) attending – please join us there!
Any organisations/campaigns that wish to affiliate to the People’s Assembly (£20 yearly) can also send a number of delegates. Conference is the main democratic forum for PAAA.
For more information and tickets please visit: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/people_s_assembly_national_conference_dec_5
REGISTER YOUR PLACE HERE: https://paconference2015.eventbrite.co.uk/
The People’s Assembly has called a National Day of Action.
We’ll rally at the Cascade Steps (Harbourside) to say **STOP cuts to tax credits!**, NO to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, END failed austerity & OUT with the nasty Tories! We demand a just and fair society!
Optional THEME: Osborne’s Nightmare Before Xmas! Ghoulish Tory costume and masks, Vampire Tories & Scrooge-Osborne all welcome…
There’ll be an **Open Mic** for your 1-liner statement on why George Osborne/the Tories are *discredited* (get it?) or why you want them OUT!
And we’ll have *George Osborne Piñatas* for you to pound until they pop!
Dependant on the weather, we’ll then head out on a short but vibrant anti-cuts parade through two other relevant locations centrally.
Bring anything glow-in-the-dark or lights/torches too!!!
MORE (from People’s Assembly) #ToriesOut
It’s not going well for the Tories: they faced a humilliating defeat on their plans to cut Tax Credits, they’ve lost their credibility & public opinion is turing against them.
George Osborne will annouce his Autumn Statemant the day after this protest. They still plan to cut billions from the welfare bill, to privatise our services and to drive millions into poverty.
The People’s Assembly is calling a National Day of Action in opposition. Join us to say End Austerity Now.
Book your COACH TICKETS Tickets now! https://bristoltoryconfdemo.eventbrite.co.uk/
Departure Sunday 4th October 7.15am Anchor Rd / Return coaches leave 4.45pm —————————————
Join us to travel up to Manchester for what looks set be a massive Anti-Austerity Demonstration co-organised by the TUC (Trades Union Congress) and The People’s Assembly Against Austerity…
Over 500 of us travelled on 10 Bristol coaches to the #EndAusterityNowDemo in June (a great contingent!) – let’s aim to multiply that for Manchester!
It’ll be the first day of the Tory Party Conference and we’ll march through the city centre in hundreds of thousands – filling the streets with noise and colour – to a defiant rally very close to the conference itself.
*** There will also be 3 more days of mass protest, public meetings, comedy/music gigs & occupations, outside the conference & around Manc., organised by the People’s Assembly – some have called it a ‘siege’! *** TIMETABLE HERE.
We’d urge you to try to make the time available and join a good number of Bristol People’s Assembly activists who will be staying in Manchester until Wednesday evening. There is a facebook for these ‘pledgers’ here: https://www.facebook.com/events/466053743574682/
*Indoor ACCOMMODATION* for thousands is being arranged by The People’s Assembly – BOOK here: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/mancaccommodation
>>> Most coaches will return on Sunday 4th Oct around 5pm, but we may arrange transport for a return journey on Wednesday 7th October afternoon/early evening depending on the numbers who can stick around!
In light of the terrible situation surrounding the refugees fleeing Syria and inadequate response from David Cameron ; we are accepting only 4000 refugees whilst other european countries are accepting up to 80000.
We will be joining many other cities in the country by taking to the streets on Saturday at 12 noon. Please bring along family and friends as the more of us there are the bigger the impact.
If you have any banners or Placards do bring them along.
For those of you not familiar with Bristol The Fountains are next to the Harbourside in the city centre.