Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Brighton People's Assembly July 2015 Newsletter

July 2015 Newsletter
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Hello friends,

Our austerity addicted government has wasted no time in getting stuck in after the election....but our resistance to meet this onslaught grows in equal measures. Locally our meetings and actions are getting bigger and stronger. There's plenty to build on over the summer months, so please do support where you can!

Welcome to those new to this email list- we send out local news with details of campaigns and meetings once a month. All details are on our website at:  If you have any ideas or want to help, please email 
Brighton People's Assembly Against Austerity News
Balls to the Budget! 

In response to the Emergency Budget and the call for a national day of action, many people turned out on 8th July to throw balls and make some noise outside Brighton Town Hall. Alongside speakers from different campaigns, wewere also serenaded by Hullabaloo Community Choir and Robb Johnson. Check out Robb's new song he wrote for the occasion here
NEXT Organising Meeting: Wed 5th August 7.30pm @ Brighthelm Centre 

We will continue to make progress on the ideas that came out of our last large meeting - see below.
To get involved with any of the ideas come along to the meeting or send an email, Please address to the relevant contact (from the right hand column), and explain which activity you would like to get involved with.
Organise in Worthing - ideas include greetings card to MP, QT event in September, get stories of people affected by austerity.
ACTION: Phone-in to Paul Miller show 10pm-1am, Radio Sussex. 
Open meeting for private tenants  - mutual support
ACTION: Plan meeting jointly with Living Rent Campaign + other housing groups (Brighton Tenants Union, Home Sweet Home) – idea is to have a film-show (Spanish action against evictions) and discussion event, early in October (when students are back in town.)
Practical solidarity – volunteers provide solidarity and support to those affected by austerity e.g. accompany to Job Centre interviews / other appointments.
ACTION: Plan meeting to talk about this further, and try to involve people who are available during the day.
Solidarity with disabled people who are private tenants - taking action e.g.facing rent rises, losing benefits and facing eviction.
ACTION: put something on website and build group
Large anti-austerity event in December -  with speakers, sharing information, discussion etc. Possibilities: a festival in a number of venues or national anti-austerity speakers in a single venue; include film, performance, activists, campaigners, brilliant speakers- it will be interactive!
ACTION: Open meeting on 29th July at 7pm in the Friends Meeting House to discuss how we might plan this event-see below.
Small regular events -  engage people, wider reach, e.g. Small Revolutions, pub quiz
ACTION: smaller group meeting to plan
Week of events on climate change -  to coincide with UN talks. Possibility to Campaign for a proper cycle route to Newhaven as part of cycle ride to Paris (see below listings)Ken
Talks at Trade Union meetings and other external meetings - to start discussing support & actions together
ACTION: John to pull together draft presentation & discuss with volunteer presenters
Develop Union news section of websiteDave
Privatisation on education - Share information about impact of: forced acadamisationNadia
Twinning with groups in Greece - explore possibilityDave
Administration team - current tasks include website updating, email update, checking emails, facebook, twitter etc.
ACTION: Dani to start organising tasks with new admin volunteers
STAND UP TO AUSTERITY SHOW - Organising meeting
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 7pm-9.30pm

‘Let’s declare Brighton & Hove an Anti Austerity Zone’
We want to involve every campaign, activist group and trade union in the city so we’re holding this open meeting to begin planning the event.
Email for more information
Small Revolutions VIII
Sunday 13th September 6.30pm@ The Grey's Pub, Hanover

Our 8th event bringing people together to support local campaigns against austerity whilst enjoying music, dance, poetry, comedy and everything in between! MC Michael James Parker will lead us through the amazing acts:

# Tracy Jane Sullivan ~ songwriting that weaves together reggae, jazz, country and soul, ranging from heart shatteringly exquisite to downright hilarious 
# Carl Walker ~ 'the only funny thing about the sell off of the NHS' - affectionate ribbing of our beloved health service by local writer, academic and campaigner 
# Broken Ears ~ raucous trio serving up blazingly fast americanapunk: "like Tom Waits on coke!"
# Aunty Austerity’s pub quiz~ for the first time ever we will have a political pub quiz segment!

Suggested donation £5 and all money raised goes to local campaigns against austerity and cuts


Local Campaigns: Actions, Events & Meetings
Save Our Children's Transport Campaign
From September, Brighton & Hove City Council will be withdrawing disabled children's transport to school. Our children's safety is at risk - the wellbeing of our families is at risk. We are a group of parents planning to FIGHT BACK and demand that the council put our children first
The campaign is involving both taxi drivers and bus workers. This cut affects pay and conditions of both groups. If you are a Brighton & Hove bus or taxi driver, or if you know Unite & GMB activists on Brighton and Hove buses who want to help the campaign please email us.
We've just had a planning meeting and if you want to get involved and we'll pass your details onto the organisers.

Love Activists Brighton set up a street kitchen called the 'Love
Kitchen' every Sunday where possible.
See the facebook page for event pages:
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
*Coordinators Urgently Needed* ... Not as formal as it sounds and
actually lots of fun, get in touch to find out more!!

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