Action Points: 2nd July 6pm Meeting at Brunswick Methodist Church

18 People in attendance – Chair: Alex Snowdon – Action Points: Mark Tyers


(38 people attended the report-back from the Peoples Assembly meeting at 7pm)



-Proposed plan for North East Peoples Assembly on 14 September was discussed and revised- see below for the latest version of plan.

-***Matthew Giles and Martin Levy to visit Northern Stage and see if appropriate as venue***

-Further details to be discussed and fleshed out at next organsing meeting

-Public Service Alliance support event and Beth Farhart the new Secretary of the Northern TUC has agreed to speak at it.

-***Simon Hall to incoroporate advertisement in it in Gateshead PSA leaflet which will be handed out this Friday at the 65th Birthday celebrations of the NHS***



  • 5.30pm, Redhills (Miners HQ), Durham
  • Over 100 people are planning on attending this



-Stall has been booked on the field, a number of peope have volunteered to run it over the course of the day




-Tuesday 16 July, 6pm, 2nd Floor, Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Road

-Proposed agenda; 14 September local Peoples Assembly (Venue, Sessions format and speakers, catering, building the event) and 29 September NHS demonstration transport





2nd version of plan for North East People’s Assembly on 14 September.


Need to book a central Newcastle venue with capacity of 300+ and break-out rooms as soon as possible. 1st choice Northern Stage (8hrs for £1200 +VAT)


***Matthew Giles and Martin Levy to visit Northern Stage and see if appropriate***


Session timings:


9.30 – 10.30am: venue set-up and registration

10.30-11.30am: Opening plenary

11.45am-1pm: Workshop 1

1-2pm: Lunch (Unions to be approached to put on buffet – possible radical cultural performances to be put on also)

2-3.15pm: Workshop 2

3.30-4.30pm: Closing plenary

4.30-5.30pm: venue-take-down


Plenary sessions and speakers:


Opening plenary (10.30-11.30am) and Closing plenary (3.30-4.30pm) each to last 1 hour and include about 3 national guest speakers. Suggestions: Owen Jones, Mark Steel, Francesca Martinez.


Each plenary session to also have 2 regional union speakers and 1 or 2 campaign speakers. Campaign speakers should include an NHS speaker, and someone associated with People’s Assembly-NE to talk about planned future actions and urge people to get involved in PA.


Opening plenary to have 3 speakers, have time for discussion and also feature voting on amendments / additions to draft national resolution of the Peoples Assembly Against Austerity (see full draft statment at


Co-chairs for each plenary session. These choices should reflect gender balance and combine trade union and campaign representatives.


Workshops (and co-sponsoring groups):


2 sessions (11.45-1pm and 2-3.15pm), with a suggested 4 options in each session.


Suggest about 3 speakers per workshop, each one speaking for maximum of 10 minutes to allow plenty of time for discussion.


Suggested workshops – other ideas are welcome:


Cultures of Resistance – with local artists, writers, performers etc.

Local towns /areas planning sessions

Alternatives to Austerity – with PCS?

Welfare not Warfare – with Stop the War Coalition?

Racism, immigration and the cuts – with Newcastle Unites

The struggle for the NHS – with KONP? unions?

The housing crisis and the bedroom tax – with Tyneside and Durham No Bedroom Tax campaigns and disability groups?


Trade unions and communities: building alliances – with Newcastle trades council? Unite Community?


Pay attention to gender balance when arranging workshop platforms.


Workshops to be chaired by people involved in organising the event.


About farmerg13

22, Media Production Graduate (Sunderland Uni) from Hebburn, South Tyneside. North East Peoples Assembly and Coalition of Resistance Media & Communications Officer. Active in Hebburn South Labour Party. Admin of this blog, opinionated is putting it mildly. NUFC fan. Follow me @farmerg13
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