Coming together – People’s Assembly update

By Sam Fairbairn National Secretary, Coalition of Resistance

In April a whole new round of austerity measures will be implemented; from the Bedroom Tax and caps on benefits to more job losses, cuts and the continued sell-off of the NHS.

What we do in the run up to the Peoples Assembly can shape the future of the anti-austerity movement in Britain. Below is the second update. Click here to see the first.

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Owen Jones wrote a fantastic piece in the Sunday People last week, promoting the Peoples Assembly.

The Green Party voted at their conference to support the event and agreed to send a delegation to the Peoples Assembly and to encourage local parties, regional federations and other GP bodies (e.g. GPTU) to also send delegations and to support future local Peoples Assemblies.

Sussex University Occupation, now in their third week of occupation, voted to support the Peoples Assembly.

SOAS student union and UEA student union voted to support and send delegates to the Peoples Assembly. UEA also agreed to fund transport for any student who wishes to attend.

Birmingham Trades Council, East London Teachers Association, Unite Community London and Eastern Region, County Durham Trades Union Council, RMT TfL No.1 Branch and Banner Theatre are just some of the latest supporters.

Film maker Ken Loach, one of the lead signatories on the Guardian letter, has given an interview for the Coalition of Resistance website and has agreed that at the over 40 showings of his new film, The Spirit of 45, on Sunday 17 March we can distribute publicity for the Peoples Assembly.

Over 350 people have booked their place for the assembly already and this number will rise fast.

A number of economists are signing a letter in support of the Peoples Assembly. Full details will be available shortly.

The first organising meeting for the Peoples Assembly was held last week which had representatives from across the trade union and anti-austerity movement including Unite the Union, PCS, NUT, NUJ, TSSA, Unison, War on Want, Disabled People Against the Cuts, Coalition of Resistance, Peoples Charter, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, the Green Party, Ken Loach, Owen Jones, Roger Lloyd Pack and many more. There are now a number of things we’d like to appeal for:

1) Website we need someone who can help with developing a new website for the Peoples Assembly. If you can help please get in touch.
2) Logo help us design a logo. Send in your design to assembly@coalitionofresistance.org.uk. We will also need help designing publicity.
3) Volunteer we expect to be setting up an office in the next couple of weeks to organise the Peoples Assembly from. If you can offer a couple of days a week in the run up to the event please get in touch.

Please make sure you have registered your place at the Peoples Assembly, passed the Model Resolution at your trade union branch, student union or organisation and invited your friends on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to organise a meeting in your locality or would like a speaker for your trade union or organisation please get in touch.

Please make sure you have added your organisations support to the list here.

Contact the Peoples Assembly team:

Email: assembly@coalitionofresistance.org.uk
Phone: 07872 481769

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