Monday, 25 January 2016

Brighton-hove peoples assembly: January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter
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Hello friends,

We've only just dipped our toes into 2016 and we've already held an AGM and there are local and national demonstrations afoot. There's even an exciting festival to boot! After months of planning and group efforts, we can now announce The 99% Festival - a whole 2 days of action in April! 

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
Brighton March for Jobs and Services
Saturday, 30 January 2016 @ The Level Brighton

Called by Brighton & Hove Unison and Brighton & Hove Trades Council. Supported by Brighton People's Assembly Against Austerity. As a result of the unprecedented cuts being considered by Brighton Council, Brighton and Hove Trades Council is asking all unions, anti cuts groups, community groups, service users and supporters to demonstrate against the cuts. Although these cuts are a result of the anti austerity policies of the Tory government it is the 54 councillors who will ultimately carry out these cuts. Whatever these politicians tell us they could reject these harsh cuts. Hundreds of jobs are under threat, family centres will shut, day centres for the elderly will close and mental health services will shut. March and demonstrate against these cuts, march from the Level to Bartholomew Square. See facebook event page
The 99% Festival, Sat 16th - Sun 17th April @ The Synergy Centre
Two days of live performance, speakers and debate, running alongside the National Demo called by the People's Assembly.

National Demo for health, homes, jobs & education
Saturday 16th April 1-6pm (Central London)

* Demo train from Brighton Station - more details tbc.

Big Revolutions ticketed fundraising evening event
Saturday 16th April 7:30pm until 2am

* Official after-party for the National Demo!
* Two stages of music, bellydancing, Mcs vs. Poets & DJs.
* Live performances from Fable, Meow Meows, Sam Walker, Mindofalion, Chris TT, Chuck SJ Hay, Pog, Phil Jones, DJ Adrian Pickard, Dancing Queer, Ter'zim, Michael James Parker & poets/Mc friends.
* Licensed bar.

Ousting Austerity - There is another way, free day event
Sunday 12pm till 5pm

* Speakers, film festival, debate, soap box & stalls; all exploding the myth of austerity, how it is affecting people everywhere and fighting for real alternatives.
* Nick Kochan, James Meadway, John Weeks, Caroline Lucas, Attila the Stockbroker, Dr. Lee Salter.
* Debate led by Sussex & Brighton University students.
* Great food all day from the Real Junk Food Project.

Tickets and info on eventbrite here
£16 Demo train & evening, £8 evening, £6 unwaged / low waged, group ticket options available.
Organised by Brighton People’s Assembly Against Austerity and supported by Brighton & Hove Trades Council.

Please support this event and tell your friends! You will be seeing the below flyer out and about - if you would like to help with flyering / postering let us know...
Next Organising Meeting: Wed 3rd February, 7.30pm @ Brighthelm Centre - all welcome

Thanks to Rose for taking the minutes at our January meeting (incorporating the AGM). Here are links to the AGM minutes and the organising meeting minutes. At the AGM we agreed three amendments to the constitution, resulting in this amended constitution.
Run Against Austerity!

Our marvellous treasurer, John Allcock, is running the Brighton half-marathon next month
 to raise funds for Brighton People's Assembly! Please check out his gofundme pageand chip in something to speed him on his way. Don't forget to share the link with your friends so they can contribute too.
Small Revolutions VIII - a short documentary
Check out this lovely video put together of the last Small Revolutions VIII by Manu Fruteau. It wonderfully captures the talent and generosity of all our performers and audience that have kept the night going! Here's to going bigger at the 99% Festival...
Local Campaigns: Actions, Events & Meetings
Love Activists Brighton have  handed their solution-based proposals to the council with 1,800 signatures and been invited to full council on 28th January. You can still sign the petition here. A new petition and campaign have been launched against the criminalisation of homelessness and begging - please sign here. The campaign has so far seen a court demo, twitter storm & press coverage - see Argus article here.   ‪#NoMoreDeathsOnOurStreets

The '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
Brighton Citizen's Health Service
- a chance to share what you think about local healthcare commissioning

My name is Carl Walker and I am an academic based at the University of Brighton. A group of us are launching a Brighton Citizen’s Health Services Survey. The Brighton Citizens Health Services Survey aims to make sure that public attitudes on issues like NHS privatisation and health cuts are taken into account by the people who commission our local health services. 

It is a 6 monthly, public consultation drawing on a large sample of people from Brighton and Hove and concerns some of the broader questions about local healthcare commissioning like funding cuts and privitisation of local NHS services.  Whereas Healthwatch tend to focus on people’s immediate experiences of using health services, we are  undertaking a survey oriented around specific commissioning practices and public values. The results will be analysed and made public to try to inform the CCG and Council (which buy in health services) of any disparities between their commissioning decisions and what the people of Brighton and Hove want. 

I would be very grateful if you could complete the survey and ask as many people as possible who live in or work in Brighton and Hove to complete it. It only takes a minute or so to complete and is very quick.

We need as many local people to sign it as possible.  Please click here:
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