Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Brighton People's Assembly June/July 17 newsletter.

June/July 17 post election edition
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Hello Friends,

Welcome to the Brighton People's Assembly June/July 17 newsletter.
Good news, the General Election result was devastating for Theresa May and the Conservatives. She called it to gain a bigger majority in Parliament, and despite massive media bias in her favour, she failed spectacularly to deliver on that. Now the Conservative Party are in chaos, forced to try to prop up a Government with the deeply conservative and regressive DUP. Even if they can get a Queens Speech through Parliament this arrangement is unsustainable, it won't last for long.

Thanks to the thousands of you who came out on the doorstep to campaign for the Greens and Labour party to secure victories in the three Brighton and Hove constituencies of Kemptown, Pavilion and Hove & Portslade. We are proud pf the people of this city who worked together to oppose austerity. Long may it last. 

The election result represents a rejection of Tory policies. They know they have no mandate; already the Government has suggested they may have to ease their austerity plans because of huge opposition. We need to make sure the full force of that opposition is felt. If we continue to mobilise in huge numbers we can deepen the crisis for the Conservatives and force big concessions on the NHS, education, housing and jobs. There is already talk of another General Election in the next few months which would likely see the Tories loose further support and be unable to form a Government. So the work carries on.

This Newsletter contains details for:
  • 'Not One Day more'. the  Peoples Assembly demonstration on Saturday 1 July - its going to be big!!!
  • The Brighton and Hove People's Assembly Demonstration this Saturday 24 July
  • The next Brighton and Hove People's Assembly Meeting on Wednesday 12 July 
Thanks for reading and we hope to see you at our next meeting on the 12 July.
'Not One Day More'.  Oon Saturday 1 July we are working with Sussex Defend the NHS to invite everyone - from campaigns and community groups , from the trade unions, from political parties, and any individual - to come together in one massive show of strength. We're marching against another 5 years of a Tory Government committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation. And we're marching for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all. Join us, bring your friends and spread the word. 
Meet Brighton Station for the 10:18 train to Victoria.
100 Subsidised tickets are available at Brighton Station concourse from 08:30 on a 'pay what you can afford' basis.
Bring placards, whistles, bells, drums and also your friends and family.
It's going to be massive!
Local Demonstration - Saturday 24 June.  Meet at The Level, Brighton at 1pm
 

Join friends from anti austerity campaigns, trade unions, neighbourhood and community groups across Brighton and Hove to show what we think of the proposed Tory arrangements with the DUP and demonstrate our support for those who lost their lives and those that are still suffering as a result of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The next meeting of the Brighton People's Assembly
Wednesday 12 July 7:30 pm
Upstairs at The Eagle - 
125 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AF
All are welcome to join us at our next meeting.
The atmosphere is friendly and informal and your voice and ideas count.


Local campaigns and events
Fantastic events leading up to the election to get involved with:
Tuesday 4 July
Brighton& Hove Clinical Commissioning Group:
‘Big Health and Care Conversation’
Public meeting to discuss Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STP)
10 -1pm Dome foyer cafĂ©. Brighton. Event is free but ticketed.

Wednesday  5 July
69th Birthday of the NHS!
Look out for local and national activities.


Tuesday 11 July
Defend NHS Organising Meeting
7 – 9pm. Dorset gardens Methodist Church


For more info visit the Sussex Defend the NHS Website
Brighton and Hove Stand Up to Racism
Funds raised are for the Sussex Syrian Community Hardship Fund, and Brighton & Hove Stand Up to Racism.
There will also be delicious Syrian food provided by the community.
Entry is £6 - all funds to above causes

For other news please look at Brighton and Hove stand up to racism's facebook page.
This open and frank discussion with Professor of Economics John Weeks and BPA's Sam Coombes strips Tory economic ideology and debunks the propaganda often heard in the main stream media.  Professor Weeks is an extremely accomplished economist and widely respected.He is an author of many books, most recent of which is titled Economics of the 1%.
'Love Kitchen' is still being set up every Sunday where possible. The kitchen is now a collaboration of Love Activists and Sussex Economic Support group. See the facebook page for details. Donations of food and equipment welcome. No cash donations accepted.  If you would like to be part of the Love Kitchen Crews or coordinate please email loveactivists@riseup.net
To help those living on
the streets. Please drop off at the Love Kitchen or email to arrange:
  • Self inflating roll mats
  • Sleeping bags (season 4)
  • Bivvy bags (they help to keep sleeping bags dry)
  • Sun Cream
    Caps/Summer hats
    Bottles of water
  • Waterproof trousers/jackets
  • Thermos flasks
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The People's Assembly Against Austerity: SATURDAY 1 JULY - NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION

The General Election result was devastating for Theresa May and the Conservatives. She called it to gain a bigger majority in Parliament but failed spectacularly to deliver on that. Now the Conservative Party are in chaos, forced to try to prop up a Government with the deeply conservative and regressive DUP. Even if they can get a Queens Speech through Parliament this arrangement is unsustainable, it won't last for long. 

SATURDAY 1 JULY - NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
Not One Day More #ToriesOut 

Assemble 12pmSaturday 1 July 2017 
BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place, London W1A 1AA
March to Parliament

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK 

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The Election result represents a rejection of Tory policies. They no they have no mandate; already the Government has suggested they may have to ease their austerity plans because of huge opposition. We need to make sure the full force of that opposition is felt. If we continue to mobilise in huge numbers we can deepen the crisis for the Conservatives and force big concessions on the NHS, education, housing and jobs. There is already talk of another General Election in the next few months which would likely see the Tories loose further support and be unable to form a Government. 

Protests have sprung up across the country and there are many more planned in the next few days, we're supporting all actions and events against Theresa May's attempt at forming a Government. On Saturday 1 July we want to invite everyone - from campaigns and community groups all over the country, from the trade unions, from political parties, and any individual - to come together in one massive show of strength. We're marching against another 5 years of a Troy Government committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation. And we're marching for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all. Join us, bring your friends and spread the word. 

For publicity materials please contact office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

Transport is being arranged from across the country - full details available soon. If are organising transport please let us know and we will publicise. Keep checking our website for updates. 

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK 

The People's Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Monday, 12 June 2017

The House on Coco Road

The Rio Cinema in Dalston will be showing a film on Grenada called The House on Coco Road on Saturday 24th June at 12.30 in the afternoon.

The House on Coco Road

A man pays tribute to his mother and reflects on the social turmoil of his childhood, set amidst the Grenada Revolution.
More details of the film...

Thursday, 1 June 2017

WHO STOLE THE TOWN HALL?

SERTUC Public Service Committee welcome Dr Peter Latham 

Book Signing: 

WHO STOLE THE TOWN HALL? - Tuesday 13 June 2017

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Date and time of event: 
Tue 13 Jun 2017 - 13:30 to 15:30
Venue and town/city: 
TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London
Costs: 
FREE ADMISSION (please register)
About this event: 

SERTUC PUBLIC SERVICES COMMITTEE welcome  Dr Peter Latham Book Signing: WHO STOLE THE TOWN HALL?

Joined by:  Dr Jane Lethbridge

TUESDAY 13 JUNE 2017, 1.30 – 3.30pm (Lunchtime refreshments)
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In his new book, Dr Peter Latham argues that the UK Conservative Government’s devolution agenda conceals their real intention: to complete the privatisation of local government and other public services. Using illustrative examples from across the UK, including the so-called ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and the Midlands, the book explains the far-reaching implications of the reorganisation of local government that is already affecting vital public services, including education, health, housing and policing. Proposing an overhaul of the taxation system to include land value taxation, a wealth tax and more progressive income tax to fund an increase in directly provided services, the author argues that a new basis for federal, regional and local democracy is vital. 
Books available for purchase at event - special SERTUC Public Services Committee discounted price £6.99 
Book Orders: pp-info@bristol.ac.uk  or 0117 954 5940
Information about the venue: 
Congress House is a fully accessible building  
Please refer to Map and Directions to TUC Congress House 
Contact for further information: 

PLEASE REGISTER

Queries: 020 7467 1220 

Theresa May's a 'Liar Liar'

7 Days to go and it's fair to say the wheels are falling off the wagon of Theresa May's chaotic campaign.The polls are closing fast while Theresa May continues to hide away from the public, too scared to even show up to debate the other party leaders last night. When she does briefly appear, she's met with protest and questions she clearly has no answer to. In Bath, Ealing, Halifax, Bristol, last minute protests were organised when she visited, and her attempt to answer why she wasn't at the leaders debates was laughable.
This is a critical election and a lot can happen in 7 days. The devastating Tory manifesto backfired in a big way and it seems there are rumblings about May's credibility, even in her own party.
Theresa May's a 'Liar Liar' - song to hit top 10 tomorrow
It's astonishing that an unsigned band, with no financial backing or help from the music industry, is set to hit the Top 10 in the Official Charts which will be announced tomorrow. Captain Ska's 'Liar Liar' exposes the true record of Tory policy - a NHS crisis, schools cut, foodbank Britain, and 'weak and wobbly' prime minister who is forced into U-turn after U-turn.
'Liar Liar' has stormed up the charts and looks set to get close to No1 tomorrowWe still have until 23:59 TONIGHT for downloads to count and push it further up the Top 10 - please download if you haven't or do it again if you have and can afford to! Click here to download
Lift the ban on 'Liar Liar'
Despite the unprecedented success of the song, the broadcasters are refusing to play the track. We're organising a protest and party outside BBC Broadcasting house tomorrow while the chart show is being aired, to demand the track is played. We'll listen to the Top 10 countdown and blast the song outside when they refuse to play it themselves!
Protest and party - Play 'Liar Liar'
Friday 1 June, 4pm - 7pm, BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA
Please invite your friends and share on Facebook
People's Open Mic: We want to party hard and make the protest a celebration of the best political music and spoken word that we have to offer. If you have a good political tune to suggest for the soundtrack, or would like to suggest a band or spoken word artist to perform, let us know asap at office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

*Captain Ska is also organising a pre election gig on Wednesday 7 June at the Brixton Jamm. Click here for tickets and info
BBC Question Time Special - York
Friday 1 June, 6pm, The Ron Cooke Hub, Deramore Lane, YO10 5DE York
Theresa May will make an appearance on a BBC Question Time special in Yorktomorrow. York People's Assembly and others have pulled together a protest to give the 'weak and wobbly', austerity obsessed PM the welcome she deserves.
Invite your friends on Facebook
Billboard Campaign - She's a Threat
Theresa May is a Threat - to our NHS, education, jobs and living standards. Our huge billboard campaign has taken off and made a massive impact. We launched a crowdfunder to do more of these across the country. We've raised a massive £31,500 on our website & £5000 from a union donation plus two of our local groups - Nottingham and Swindon People's Assemblies - have raised over £4000 themselves for a billboard in their area.
We now need to finalise the plans for the final week of the campaign and the more money we can raise - the more advertising we can do!
If you haven't already, please donate!
A huge thanks to those who have donated so far.


The People's Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Green Party has suspended campaigning today after last night's terrorist attack in Manchester.


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The Green Party has suspended campaigning today after last night's terrorist attack in Manchester.

All national campaigning events, including the billboard launch and Welsh Green Party manifesto launch are cancelled.

In a statement following the attacks, the Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley said:

"Our thoughts are with those affected by this appalling incident in Manchester. For young people to be targeted in this way is utterly atrocious.

"As ever our emergency services have done us proud - and we pay tribute to the police, firefighters and paramadics who stepped up in this time of need.

"Our country will never be divided by terror. The people of Manchester showed last night just how strong the bond of friendship is between the people who live on these islands - and in the coming days and weeks we'll show that we won't let terrorism tear us apart."

Monday, 22 May 2017

The RMT is holding a one-day strike on 30th May on Arriva Rail North, Virgin East Coast and Southern.

Dear CATP supporter,
The RMT is holding a one-day strike on 30th May on Arriva Rail North, Virgin East Coast and Southern. You are invited to join us on the Southern picket-line on the edge of Victoria Station 8.30 - 10am.
The RMT fight to Keep the Guard on the Train has spread from Southern to elsewhere in England. Southern recently announced that Disabled Passengers were no longer welcome to use 33 of its stations on a Turn-Up-&-Go basis as they had stopped using guards.
But getting rid of the Guard also has terrible implications for Non-Disabled passengers too. You'll remember that  guards who spend several months training have 35 safety-crucial competencies - - including the ability to safely evacuate a crashed train (if the driver is trapped in the front) and to use special equipment to turn the nearest lights to red in order to prevent another train running into the back/front of the crashed train.  Only 30% of trains run without a Guard. 
ASLEF now have an overtime ban on these same lines.
Please put the date/time in your diary! Hope to see you on the picket-line. The action supports the need for nationalisation of our railways, the need for safe numbers of well-trained staff on all railways and making rail more accessible.
In Solidarity,
Jan Pollock
CATP Co-ordinator