Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Brighton People's Assembly Mid March 17 Newsletter

Mid March 17 Newsletter
Hello Friends,

Welcome to the Brighton People's Assembly mid March newsletter.

First, a big thanks to Sussex Defend the NHS and Momentum for joining with us to organise getting over 300 people to London for the #OurNHS demo on 4 March, and to everyone who joined in publicising the event. Special thanks to the generous contributions towards cost of train tickets from local branches of GMB, Unison, UNITE, NUT, RMT, Green Party and the Labour Party.

The march and rally in London was HUGE and a real show of solidarity with NHS and public sector workers. Tens of thousands of placards and banners from all over the country called for a stop to the devastating cuts to the NHS and to its deliberate destruction.

There is a lot more learning and activism going on this month, which is why we are sending you another email to tell you about three important events that are taking place locally during March:
  • 14 March - Education Question Time at the Sallis Benney Theatre
  • 18 March - Stand up to Racism - Brighton train to the National Demo
  • 20 March - I, Daniel Blake - Free screening at the University of Sussex 
Our monthly Brighton People's Assembly meeting is now on 3rd Monday of every month. so we will next meet on Monday 17 April 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Duke of Wellington, Upper Gloucester Road, Brighton. It would be great to see you. All are welcome to contribute and help organise.

Thanks for reading and we hope you can join in with one or more of these forthcoming activities.
Brighton People's Assembly Meeting
Debates and planning. - All welcome
Monday 17 April 19:30

Upstairs at the Duke of Wellington
70 Upper Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 3LQ
Education Question Time
Tuesday 14 March
19:00 Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton
  • Too much testing? Too little funding? Too little accountability?
  • Grammar schools, Free schools or Community schools?
  • Loans, Grants or Fees?
  • Education for Profit or Public Good? Education for Work or for Life
  • Competition or Collaboration?
Join parents, teachers, lecturers and residents to discuss the current changes being implemented by this Government to our education system.
I, Daniel Blake - Free Screening
Monday 20 March
Doors 18:30 Film 19:00 and discussion with Kerry Anne Mendoza
 @ The Fulton Theatre, Sussex Campus, Falmer,
University of Sussex

Brighton People’s Assembly in partnership with the University of Sussex Politics Society will screen Ken Loach’s critically acclaimed and BAFTA award winning film – I, Daniel Blake at the University of Sussex Fulton Theatre. The screening will also include discussion with Kerry Anne Mendoza editor-in-chief for The Canary.

Admission to this event is free, however we would appreciate donations (suggested £5 waged and £2 unwaged).

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie's only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn't know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man's land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and skiver' in modern day Britain.

Saturday 18th March

Amid a vitriolic atmosphere of anti-migrant hysteria following the EU referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 in order to “have the freedom to choose the way we control immigration.”
In a situation where migrants, Muslim women and anyone considered to be ‘foreign’ are being attacked on a daily basis and refugees are being abandoned by Britain and Europe to destitution, drowning and exploitation, there has never been a more important time in recent history to stand up to racism.
On March 18th, let’s make the Stand Up To Racism demonstration for UN Anti-Racism Day the biggest yet.
Tickets priced at £11.21 but pay what you can afford. Donations will help pay for friends who can't afford the full fare. Click on this Eventbrite link to book and for more information.

Meet 9.45am, Brighton station to collect your ticket. Tickets are only valid when travelling in a group.

Assemble for the demo at 12.00, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. 

Local Campaigns: Actions, Events & Meetings

'Love Kitchen' is still being set up every Sunday where possible. 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
PLEASE take a couple of minutes to contact B&H council to demand that they apply 'Extended Winter Provision' and protect people from risk of death by keeping all available centres open THROUGHOUT the
winter for those without a home, instead of only opening one centre when it is below zero for 3 consecutive nights.
Email: clare.moonan@brighton-hove.gov.uk(Housing & New Homes Committee and Deputy Chair of Neighbourhood, Communities & Equalities Committee) and/or emma.daniel@brighton-hove.gov.uk (Chair of Neighbourhood, Communities & Equalities Committee)
It's still cold and our wish list is growing 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)
  • Thermal underwear & socks (men & womens)
  • Waterproof trousers/jackets
  • Thermos flasks
  • Gloves & hats

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