Monday, 21 September 2015

Brighton-hove peoples assembly: September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter
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,Hello friends,

This month sees all types of activism, from action at party conferences through to a music weekend for food groups and charities. Please do come and 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

Also if you have any stories you want to share on the website - please get in contact!
Brighton People's Assembly Against Austerity News
Monday, 21st September 2015 7.30pm @ Duke of Wellington pub, Upper Gloucester Road

Planning continues 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
Action at Labour Party Conference ~ Sunday 27th September
10 – 11 am & from 12 30pm
Congregate on the sea-front opposite the Brighton Centre, Kings Road

Join us on the first day of the conference to demand that Labour do their job as the official opposition. A huge banner will be unfurled opposite the Brighton Centre: “48 Labour MPs voted against the Tory Welfare Bill: Thank you! 185 Labour MPs abstained. Call themselves Labour MPs? Have they completely forgotten who they represent?”
This will be accompanied by a reading of  names expressing solidarity with the MPs who voted against the bill and shaming those who abstained
With the election of Jeremy Corbyn as LP leader we have a real chance to make our voices heard. Make sure your voice is one of them!
National demonstration at Tory Party Conference, Manchester
Sunday, 4 October 2015 - 12:30
The TUC has called a national demonstration against austerity and the attacks on trade unions. The demo will take place in Manchester, as the Tory Party conference begins. It will be followed by a week of events, called by the People's Assembly nationally - these are detailed on our website here.

Brighton and Hove Trades Council has organised transport from Brighton. Coach will leave St. Peters Church at 5am and should return to Brighton by 10pm. Tickets cost £4 waged/£2 unwaged or low waged. Book your tickets here. Let us know you're coming, and spread the news by sharing our facebook event.
NEXT Organising Meeting: Wed 7th October 7.30pm @ Brighthelm Centre 

First Wednesday of every month is now set as our regular meeting. Topics up for discussion include:
  • update on the big event we are planning for February
  • planning an event on the worldwide refugee crisis and the links with austerity
  • what can we do to support and take part in the week of action on Climate Change in November?
  • space for new ideas
Minutes for the September meeting are here.
Our 8th Small Revolutions was a lovely success- incredible talents displayed by our performers and we also witnessed the first outing of Aunty Austerity's pub quiz. We raised £182.12.

Thank you to pub quiz creators Clare King & Becca Dyer and all the performers for sharing their incredible talents - Tracy Jane Sullivan (who even debuted her harp), Carl Walker and Broken Ears. To Michael James Parker for 'putting the gloss' on the night as one punter put it! To the Greys & Ben for being so hospitable. To Dani Ahrens for the political shout outs and Paul Stapleton for the artwork/publicity.
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
  • Public meeting: What is happening to GP services in Brighton & Hove? Thursday, 24th Sept 7.30pm @ 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 Climate Action Network official launch24th September 7.30pm @ Brighthelm Centre ~ Agenda includes the adoption of a constitution, election of officers, and break-out groups to plan the week of climate related activities 16th-22nd November, mobilising for the national climate demo 29th November, and reception of cyclists on the mass cycle ride 6 December. All welcome. Bring your ideas! 
  • No Human is Illegal Friday 25th September 2015 7pm@ Synergy Centre, 78 West Street ~  The Brighton Social Forum presents an evening of lively discussions and musical entertainment to raise awareness of the current humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes across Europe. Suggested donation of £5 - money raised on this evening will go to the Hummingbird project and Children of Calais. Odjbox, Dave Pepper, DJ Tiago, DJ Eggs Legs, English Disco Lovers DJs. More info on facebook page 
  • Stop the Housing Sell-off: Public meeting Thursday, 8th October 2015 7pm @ BMECP Centre (Rose Room)~ Event organised by the Living Rent Campaign. The government's Housing Bill will force local councils to sell off their housing stock, to compensate Housing Associations for being forced to sell off their housing stock! The Living Rent Campaign has started a petition, calling on our local MPs to vote against the sell-off, and all three Brighton & Hove MPs are being invited to this public meeting, to hear from council and housing association tenants, housing experts and residents in need of decent housing. Please come along and let them know what you think.
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
*Hosts Urgently Needed* ... Not as formal as it sounds and
actually lots of fun, get in touch to find out more!!

We Shall Overcome is a national weekend of gigs aimed at raising awareness of food charities and activist groups.

Friday 2nd Oct 8pm-11pm @ The Cowley Club, Brighton ~ RatBag, The Emperors of Ice Cream & Chuck SJ Hay
Sat 3rd Oct 12-6pm @ The Cowley Club, Brighton ~ Fanzine and small press fair
Sat 3rd Oct 8pm-midnight @ The Cowley Club ~ Wolf Like Child, Broken Ears & The Sway
Sun 4th Oct 5pm-11pm @ The Greys pub ~ Chris T-T, Pog, Robb Johnson, Naomi Bedford, The Bandana Collective & Wob

Entry for all these events is free. However, we will be collecting food donations for Love Activists Brighton and FareShare Brighton and Hove, so be sure to bring along any food you can - tinned goods and non perishables mainly. The Love Activists will only take vegetarian and vegan food, Fareshare are able to accept all donations.Cash donations will be taken for weekend expenses (bands' petrol costs, flyers etc).

More info on the facebook page National website here
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