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)

 

14 SEPTEMBER NORTH EAST PEOPLES ASSEMBLY

-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***

 

OWEN JONES DURHAM PEOPLES ASSEMBLY RALLY 12 JULY

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

 

PEOPLES ASSEMBLY AT THE DURHAM MINERS GALA

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

 

 

NEXT ORGANISING MEETING

-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

 

 

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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 www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk)

 

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?

others)

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.

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