Monday, 24 August 2015

Brighton-hove peoples assembly August 2015 Newsletter

August 2015 Newsletter
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Hello friends,

This last summer email brings you lots of autumn actions to get involved in - from impacting on the political party conference season through to tenant eviction resistance. With the swell in numbers in our local assembly, we're also able to look further ahead, starting with a big anti-austerity show at the beginning of 2016...

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

Also if you have any stories you want to share on the website - please get in contact!
Brighton People's Assembly Against Austerity News
STAND UP TO AUSTERITY SHOW - Organising meeting
Monday, 24th August 2015 7pm @ Duke of Wellington pub, Upper Gloucester Road

‘Let’s declare Brighton & Hove an Anti Austerity Zone’
Planning is underway for a big event in early 2016 that brings together every campaign, activist group and trade union in the city. This planning meeting is open to anyone interested.
Email for more information
NEXT Organising Meeting: Wed 2nd September 7.30pm @ Brighthelm Centre 

We had a lively and productive meeting on August 5th. Here are the minutes. We will continue to organise and finalise our actions for the autumn which includes the national demo at the Tory Party Conference and Tenant Resistance event.

The following proposals for Action outside Labour Party Conference on  27th September will also be discussed:
When & whereSunday 27 September 2015: at time of opening of main Labour Party conference & again in lunch break
PurposeTo challenge Labour Party to actively oppose Tory Welfare policies and to adopt anti- austerity position of the People’s Assembly
  • Applaud the 48 MPs who defied the whip and voted against the Tory’s destructive Welfare Reform and Work Bill at its second reading on 20 July 2015
  • Expose the failure of 185 Labour MPs (the abstainers) to oppose the Bill
  • Challenge them to change position (e.g. at next reading).
  • Display long banner (30 m) listing the 185 (in blue) and the 48 (in red)
  • Read out list of names, use megaphone, with responses
  • Display placards 
  • contact all local People’s Assembly groups for support on the day; (NB Defend NHS already voted to support; B&H Trades Council in broad support of a PA decision)
  • banner will be started next week  - see below
  • send out details to national PA and to national Defend NHS contact list and other networks;
  • write and distribute press release
Banner/placard-making sessions for proposed Labour Party Conference Action  

Saturday September 5th

Meet 1pm Phoenix Community Centre (room available from 1-3)
and/or 2pm grass outside St Peter’s church (north side)
with Jackie and Janet
Bring any materials and ideas

Our 8th event bringing people together to support local campaigns against austerity whilst enjoying music, dance, poetry, comedy and everything in between!  Please come down to support -facebook event page is here
Tenant Resistance event ~ Thursday, 15 October
@ Friends Meeting House, Ship Street

Unaffordable rents, outrageous letting agents' fees, benefits squeezed - private tenants are under pressure from all sides in a housing market that is out of control. This event is a chance for private tenants to join forces and start to fight back.

There will be a showing of the film Si Se Puede, which documents the powerful eviction resistance movement in Barcelona, as well as plenty of space for discussion and action planning. Please bring a plate of food to share. Doors will be open from 6.30, the event will start promptly at 7.00.

Event supported by Brighton Tenants Union, Global Justice Now, the Living Rent Campaign and Brighton People's Assembly against Austerity
Local Campaigns: Actions & Events
  • Info night about Calais crisis, Tuesday, 25 August 7pm @ Cowley Club ~ Event organised by Brighton Antifascists. Following the recent mass migrant crossings through the Channel Tunnel accompanied by an aggressive and racist response from the state, media and right wing groups, Brighton Anti-Fascists have invited activists from Folkstone and Dover to talk about how we can provide support along this frontline. Members and guests welcome. 
  • Sussex Defend the NHS stall, Saturday, 5 September 11-3pm@ War Memorial, Old Steine ~ All welcome.
  • Public meeting: What is happening to GP services in Brighton & Hove? Thursday, 24 September7.30pm @ Friends Meeting House, Ship Street  ~ Event organised by Sussex Defend the NHS. What is happening to GP Practices in Brighton & Hove? Will we have to pay to see a GP? What Can We Do to Save our Surgeries?
  • Brighton CAN (Climate Action Network) has been set up as an umbrella network to co-ordinate action leading up to the Paris Climate Talks in early December. As well as building for the national demo (Time to Act!) on Sunday 29 November and the international bike ride to Paris (UK end comes through Brighton on the 5/6 December weekend), there will also be a major week of action in the City from 16 - 22 November with a range of activities in schools/colleges, Trade Unions, faith groups and so on and a major rally in the City.
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!!

Local Campaigns: Meetings
  • Living Rent Campaign organising meeting, Wednesday, 26 August 7pm@ venue tbc ~ All welcome to help organise events and activities in the campaign for radical solutions to the housing crisis.
  • Brighton Benefits Campaign meeting, Thursday, 27 August 7-9pm @ The Old Ship Hotel, Kings Road ~ General meeting to plan our autumn actions including a national day of action against Pinnacle People for bullying sick and disabled people, and anti-workfare campaigning. Join us!
  • Climate Action Network meeting, Wednesday, 2 September 7.30pm @ venue tbc ~ Meeting of Brighton's new Climate Action Network, a broad-based umbrella network of groups & individuals across Brighton & Hove who are meeting, thinking, discussing, developing, taking action and creating change to address our climate crisis.
  • Sussex Defend the NHS organising meeting,  Tuesday, 8 September 7pm @ Venue tbc ~ All welcome.
  • Tenant Resistance planning meeting, Tuesday, 15 September 7.30pm @ Old Ship Hotel, Kings Road ~ All welcome to help plan an open film show and discussion meeting for private tenants on October 15th
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