Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Brighton-hove peoples assembly, UPDATE

October 2015 Newsletter
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Hello friends,

Lots of campaigns kicking off over the next month including actions on local council tax benefit changes, tenant solidarity and the week of action on climate change. Please support where you can  - including an urgent action to complete a council consultation by end of tomorrow if 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: http://www.brightonpa.org.uk/  If you have any ideas or want to help, please email pplsassembly.brighton@gmail.com.

Also if you have any stories you want to share on the website - please get in contact!
Brighton People's Assembly Against Austerity News
Last chance to have your say in consultation
  - Tues 20th October!
Please click here and see below for details on our campaign

Fair Taxes - campaign on Council Tax benefit reduction

While tax evasion and avoidance deprives us of up to £122bn of revenue each year, and taxes for high earners and home owners come down, the rest of us are facing vicious cuts to tax credits, a freeze on benefits and below inflation pay rises.

Brighton & Hove Council is holding a consultation on a proposal for another unfair hike in the amount of council tax people on very low incomes will have to pay. Asking the poorest residents to plug the gap in council funding is unfair and immoral. More details on our website.

What can we do to stop it?

1. Complete the consultation: Have a look at our briefing notes for ideas about completing the consultation here.

2. Sign and share our petition: We need 1,250 signatures to force a debate at the council meeting on December 17th. You can download petition sheets to collect signatures on paper. Please contact us to arrange to get all the signed sheets back to us by December 1st.

3. Come to our public meeting: 12th November, 7.30pm at the Synergy Centre. Please come along to show your support. A big turn out will show the council how many people care about this.

4. Share your story: If you will be affected by the changes, would you be willing to share your story? If you don't want to speak in public, perhaps you could write it down or speak to us, so that it can be published on our website and / or read out at the meeting.

5. Spread the word: Tell everyone you can and use social media to get this out there.
Facebook event to ask people to complete the consultation.
Facebook event for public meeting on Thursday 12th November.
Fliers to be produced soon- Can you help by handing some out in your neighbourhood? Please get in touch!
NEXT Organising Meeting: Wed 4th November 7.30pm @ Brighthelm Centre 

First Wednesday of every month is now set as our regular meeting. The October meeting included updates from the successful party conference actions and working groups:big event in February 2016, private tenants eviction resistance, time to act week of action and admin group. Strategic focus was also discussed and proposals for actions with working groups were made for the following:
  • Build a campaign against proposed cuts to Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Organise creative debate between a range of different people in different roles, 
  • Organise Brick Lane debate style small events
  • Write a paragraph encouraging voluntary sector organisations to resist becoming complicit in privatisation
Minutes for the October meeting are here. The above and updates from all working groups will be discussed at the next meeting, Please do come and support. 
Tenant Solidarity - new campaign

Following on from last week's successful Tenant Resistance event, a new campaign is emerging around Tenant Solidarity. Inspired by the PAH movement in Spain, tenants are taking direct action to support each other and change the unfair housing situation in Brighton & Hove.

Tenant Solidarity demo ~ Saturday, 31 October 1pm meet outside Waitrose, Western Road

Demo to highlight the unfair charges made by letting agencies. Letting agents are completely unregulated and charge large amounts of money for things like "holding fees", renewal of tenancy agreements and providing references. Tenants should not have to pay any fees - the agents are acting on behalf of the landlords and should cover their admin costs from the commission landlords pay them. The demo will visit a selelction of letting agents offices in Western Road, to see if they are displaying their charges clearly and draw attention to this injustice.The demo will also be publicising the new Tenant Solidarity group.

Tenant Solidarity banner making session Tuesday, 27 October, 2pm @ Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project Come make banners for demo!

Tenant Solidarity meeting Wednesday, 4 November 7.30pm @ Old Ship Hotel (in the bar, room to the left of the entrance) All private tenants and supporters welcome. 
Local Campaigns: Actions & Events
  • Living Rent Campaign organising meeting Wednesday, 28 October 7pm @ Venue tbc Brighton ~ All welcome. Brighton & Hove Council's Fairness Commission is going to discuss the issue of high rents in the city. How can we help them to understand? What should we do next about the Housing Bill?
  • Brighton 4 Corbyn Thursday, 29 October 2015 7.30pm @ Friends Meeting House ~ Event organised by Sussex Labour Represenatation Committee. If you want to see Jeremy Corbyn elected as our next Prime Minister, come along to this first meeting of Jeremy's supporters in the Brighton & Hove area.
  • Dark Days: Homeless Film Festival screening Monday, 2 November 7.30pm @ Emporium Theatre ~Event organised by the Homeless Film Festival. Followed by a post-film talk with special guests inc. the Living Rent Campaign.Tickets £6. Book on the event page.
  • National Demo for Free Education Wednesday, 4 November 1pm @ Malet Street, London ~ Event organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts. Free Education & Living Grants are not pipe dreams. They can be funded by taxing the rich and clamping down on tax avoidance. We won’t get the world we want by asking nicely, though. Join us on the streets to demand it.
Time to Act  - Week of Action 15th-22nd November

2015 is a crucial year for the climate. In December, governments will come together in Paris to strike a new deal for the climate - we must make our voices heard.n the lead up to the COP21 conference in Paris, there will be a range of actions locally and nationally to put pressure on the government to take action.

Pre-week of action planning & fundraising:
  • Brighton Climate Action Network steering group, Wednesday 21 October 7.30pm @ Synergy Centre, 78 West St ~ Organising meeting 
  • Time to Act open planning meeting Thursday, 22 October 7.30pm@ Synergy Centre. 
  • Reclaim the Beats Fri 23rd Oct @ Synergy Centre Debate: 7.30 - 9pm, Party: 9pm - 3am ~ An eclectic evening of eco-politics and lively debate, inspiring spoken word and tales of direct activism. Live music and freaking funky beats included. Organised by Brighton Action against Fracking and Radio 4A

Week of action local events are on Brighton CAN comprehensive calendar & includes:
  • Flag making workshop Sunday, 15 November 2.15 - 4.30pm @ Hanover Centre ~ Make bike flags to take your message to Paris with the riders who are undertaking a mass Cycle to the COP21
  • This Changes Everything film screening Sunday, 15 November 7.30pm @ Hanover Centre ~ Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change
  • Power through Paris and Climate Justice Training Wednesday 18 November 2015 6pm @ Onca Gallery ~ Training session with representative from 350.org

Time to Cycle - mass ride to Paris, including joining Brighton to Newhaven section on Monday 7th November- see message from Joe below!

National Demo Sunday, 29 November 2015 - 12pm
London Demonstration called by the Campaign Against Climate Change, also occurring in Scotland, Wales & Paris - details here.

Hello all. I'm Joe from Time To Cycle. We're organising a mass ride to Paris for the UN Climate Summit (COP21) 

This is the 21st such summit and so far GHG emmisions have been rising steadily because our Global leaders have failed to address the biggest problems of our time. As I'm sure you're aware, the outcome of this summit is likely to be inadequate. We will arrive in Paris in time to take part in several actions. The final demonstration on the 12th December (D12) will be huge. This is the last day of the COP21 and although the delegates and lobbyists might think it's finished, it's up to us to show them otherwise. The Climate movement has been gaining strength, reaching out and making new alliances. Together we are strong. Our ride is a massive outreach project. We will act as messengers for our communities, taking thousands of messages and projecting them in Paris. Groups are cycling from Scotland, Reading, Oxford and Camebridge to meet us in London and continue on to Paris. 

My question is, Will you join us? We need people to sign up within the next 2 weeks. Please check out our Website for more info or find us on Facebook
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 loveactivists@riseup.net
*Hosts Urgently Needed* ... Not as formal as it sounds and
actually lots of fun, get in touch to find out more!!

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