Thursday, 18 February 2016

Brighton & Hove People's Assembly Against Austerity February 2016 Newsletter

Hello friends,

This month sees our campaign against local council cuts continue alongside lots of activity from campaign groups such as Love Activists and Sussex Defend the NHS. We're also moving ever closer to our momentous 99% Festival - this is our most ambitious event yet so please do spread the word 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 (

Brighton People's Assembly Against Austerity News
How Should Our City Respond?
Cuts to Council & NHS Services?
Wed 24th February 7.30pm
@ The Synergy Centre, 78 West Street
Confirmed speakers so far:
· Phil Clarke - Secretary, Brighton, Hove & District Trades Union Council
· Clare Jones - Brighton & Hove Defend Our NHS & Unite
· Andy Richards - Chair, Brighton & Hove Local Government Unison branch
· Rose Rickford - Brighton People's Assembly Against Austerity
· Mark Turner - GMB B50 Branch secretary
· Councillor Phelim MacCafferty - Green Party
· Councillor from Labour Group (detail to be confirmed)

Meeting called by Brighton and Hove People’s Assembly and supported by Brighton, Hove and District Trades Union Council and local union branches. Admission free.
The 99% Festival, Sat 16th - Sun 17th April @ The Synergy Centre
The 99% Festival - two days of live performances, speakers and debate bringing together people, groups and artists as part of a weekend of action including the national March for Health, Homes, Jobs and Education – End Austerity Now (in London, Saturday 16 April).

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, Poets vs. MCs & DJs.
* Live performances from Fable, Meow Meows, This Party, Chris T-T, Chuck SJ Hay, Pog, Phil Jones, DJ Adrian Pickard, Dancing Queer, Ter'zim, Michael James Parker & poet/MC friends.
* Licensed bar.
More details on the facebook page (

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, Attila the Stockbroker, Dominic Frisby, Kerry Anne Mendoza & 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! If you can help with flyering / postering let us know...
Next Organising Meeting: Wed 2nd March, 7.30pm @ Brighthelm Centre - all welcome
Thanks to Sam for taking minutes at the February organising meeting. Minutes of the meeting are here. (  Next Admin meeting will be Tues 23rd February 7.30pm - email for details of venue.

Call out for help! We need help with tasks such as updating the calendar on the website and other core admin that keeps the assembly going. The next organising meeting will discuss this in more detail. Please do come along if you can to this meeting and/or email if you can offer some time -  many hands make light work!

Run Against Austerity!

There's still chance to support our marvellous treasurer, John Allcock, running the Brighton half-marathon on 28th February to raise funds for Brighton People's Assembly! Please check out his gofundme page ( and chip in something to speed him on his way. Don't forget to share the link with your friends so they can contribute too.
Local Campaigns: Actions, Events & Meetings
Love Activists Brighton update

ThankYOU to everyone who is signing & sharing the petition against Criminalising Homelessness & Begging ( . Please keep it circulating! ‪#HomesNotHandcuffs

NoMore Deaths on Our Streets - Council meeting & Demo, 2nd March 3pm @ Friends Meeting House
Love Activists Brighton & people living on the street gathered almost 2,000 signatures in support of the Solution Based Proposals To End Homelessness ( . Some online and most were gathered on the street.

The proposals were debated at the Full Council Meeting on 28th January. They were referred to be considered at the Housing & New Homes committee meeting on 2nd March. This Committee has overall responsibility for the Council’s housing functions, including Council housing, homelessness, allocations and standards of housing in the area. The public meeting is expected to start from 4pm. We have been told the public cannot participate in the discussion, only to sit in to listen.

We are rallying for a demo prior to the meeting from 3pm to express that we won't tolerate anymore homeless people dying on our streets.

'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
Cut Warfare Not Welfare: No Cuts; No War; No Trident

The fight against cuts and austerity is the fight against war and Trident. Brighton & Hove will suffer unprecedented cuts to jobs and services that could mean the closure of libraries and special schools and cuts to housing support, youth services and more. Yet while Brighton & Hove suffers £68 million of cuts and Tory austerity policies damage the NHS and schools and cut welfare, Britain spends £40 billion per year on its military - the fourth biggest military budget in the world – and has spent £30 billion on failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan plus another £700 million on subsidies to arms companies. If our politicians can find the money to kill people they can find the money to help people. No Cuts – No War!

Join the campaign & find details of our next meeting:
Facebook:Stop the War Brighton & Hove (
Twitter: @StopthewarBH

Join theNational Stop Trident Demonstration ( : Assemble 27th Feb at 12 noon Central London to march to Trafalgar Square for rally
* Film screening: This Changes Everything, Mon 22nd Feb 9pm @ Dukes at Komedia ( ~ Event organised by Global Justice Now Brighton & Hove. Please reserve your ticket here (
* Give us back our NHS! Sat 5 March 11am @ Brighton city centre ( ~ Organised by Defend the NHS Sussex. Die-in event to publicise the second reading of NHS Bill on 11th March. More details to follow.
* Sussex Defend the NHS Organising Meeting, Tues 8 March 7 – 9pm @ Dorset Gardens Methodist Church ( ~ All welcome
* ‘Send off ’for Caroline Lucas as she goes to London for 2nd reading of NHS Bill, Fri 11 March 7.30 am @ Brighton station (  ~ Organised by Sussex Defend the NHS. Details to be confirmed…
* March for the Homeless, Fri 15th April 11am @ Old Steine Brighton ( ~ Event organised by Opsafe Winter Brighton. This is about the Homeless people EVERYWHERE that are suffering on the streets hostels, b&bs, hotel rooms and hidden homeless, you are not supporting any group by taking part in this event its about taking action for the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless in 2016.

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