Cambridge Group

Agenda for the CPA Annual General Meeting 2015

Wednesday 7 January / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Everyone's welcome at what will be our first annual general meeting, to be held (probably in the basement) at the CB2 Bistro. Here's the draft agenda which circulated by e-mail last week.

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Document: The People's Charter for Change 2014

We present for reference and discussion motion 2.1 of the People's Assembly Conference 2014, including the People's Charter for Change 2014. This text is based on that of the compiled motions published online.

Please also see the original People's Charter, previously adopted by the TUC Annual Congress 2009.

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Document: The People's Charter

We present for reference and discussion the People's Charter adopted by the TUC Annual Congress 2009 and by the People's Assembly Conference 2014. This text is based on that published online by the Scottish Organizing Committee for the People's Charter, checked against that published in the Morning Star newspaper on 22–23 June 2013.

Please also see motion 2.1 of the People's Assembly Conference 2014, including the People's Charter for Change 2014.

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Minutes of the December CPA meeting

Please find below the minutes of our December meeting. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 January at 7.30 p.m., CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD.

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Petition Cambridge City Council to stand against TTIP

At our popular #NoTTIP event with John Hilary on Thursday (hosted jointly by the Cambridge People's Assembly and the Cambridge World Development Movement) we launched a petition to Cambridge City Council, asking the council to endorse the signatories' conclusion that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership 'threatens the capacity of elected governments to act for the common good', and to communicate its opposition to the agreement. That petition, 'Cambridge Against TTIP', is now online!

Other local councils have already passed motions expressing concern about TTIP: Brighton and Hove in July, Oxford in September, and Southampton in November. It's time for Cambridge to stand up in solidarity.

Readers, please sign our petition!

'Which Side Are You On?'

We present a video posted on our former blog in June 2014. The song, based on 'Which Side Are You On?' by Florence Reece, was recorded during an interview with members of the Cambridge People's Assembly, broadcast on the Rebel Arts Radio programme on 16 June 2014. The performers were members Olivier (voice) and David (guitar). Neil wrote the new words, below.

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Cambridge: John Hilary on TTIP

Thursday 4 December / 7 p.m. / Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road, Cambridge CB1 1JW

TTIP is ... correctly understood not as a negotiation between two competing trading partners, but as an attempt by transnational corporations to prise open and deregulate markets on both sides of the Atlantic.

Thursday's event can't be missed: John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want (latest book The Poverty of Capitalism), will introduce the threat of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP.

This is the trade agreement in secret negotiation between the United States and the European Union, under which workers' rights, product standards, and environmental regulations would be targeted as so many barriers to trade, and public services broken up as unfair monopolies. Meanwhile under the mechanism of 'investor–state dispute settlement', transnational corporations would be able to sue states should their elected assemblies pass laws which might curb profits in any way – which is why the People's Assembly Conference 2014 described it as 'a frontal assault against democracy'.

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Agenda for the December CPA meeting

Wednesday 3 December / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD

Everyone's welcome at our monthly meeting, which will be held in the library upstairs at the CB2 Bistro. Equally welcome are suggestions for the agenda, but here's a first draft.

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Cambridge: Clare Solomon debates austerity

Thursday 27 November / 7.30 p.m. / Cambridge Union, 9a Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB

People's Assembly activist and press officer Clare Solomon is a guest at the Cambridge Union student debating society tonight, speaking against the motion, 'This house believes that austerity works'. You can imagine what she'll be up against, so if you're a Cambridge Union member, please go along and give Clare some moral support!

Some readers will recall Clare's speech at the Women's Day event we held on 8 March with the Cambridge and District Trades Council. No doubt she'll be as brilliant tonight.

Cambridge: Peter Hallward on 'Organizing Capacity'

Thursday 27 November / 5 p.m. / Room 5, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Cambridge CB2 1RX

There is a tension within radical politics that has stubbornly refused to ease. Street movements and university theorists are as likely to appear worlds apart as to be well integrated, with worries on either side that the other is missing something vitally important.

Tonight Cambridge Defend Education will hold the last seminar in its important series Critical Theory and Practice. Following Nina Power, Göran Therborn, Bruno Bosteels, Ed Emery, and Peter Thomas, this time the philosopher Peter Hallward (latest book Concept and Form, as joint editor with Knox Peden) will give a seminar on 'Organizing Capacity'.

This is going to be great.

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