Minutes of the August CPA meeting

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


Cambridge People's Assembly, 5 August 2015

  1. Agenda
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes and matters arising
  4. Secretary's report
  5. Treasurer's report
  6. Reports on protests: (i) Emergency budget protest, 8 July; (ii) Sports Direct picket, 18 July
  7. Report on Assembly body meeting, 11 July
  8. Anti-austerity music event, 3 October
  9. Protest at the Conservative Party conference, 4 October
  10. Cambridge activities in support of anti-austerity forces in Greece
  11. Union meetings tour
  12. Review of the CPA's second year: a text for comment
  13. Special CPA meeting, 19 August
  14. Other business and announcements
  15. Next monthly meeting

The venue was the CB2 Bistro basement, at 7.30 p.m. Present were Johnny, Jon, Lesley (acting chair), Martin B., Neil, Ozzy, Rachel, and Vern. Names may have been changed.

1. Agenda

The meeting accepted the draft agenda which had been circulated.

2. Apologies

Apologies were received from Hilary, Maud, Olivier, Simon, and Stuart.

3. Minutes and matters arising

The minutes were approved and there were no matters arising.

4. Secretary's report

Neil reported that the Cambridge People's Assembly (CPA) had 230 subscribers to its mailing list (last month 228), while 507 Facebook users liked it (last month 480) and 723 Twitter users followed it (last month 696). It had 25 members (last month 22).

5. Treasurer's report

Neil on behalf of Maud reported a balance of £407. He asked the meeting to note a collection of £27.30 at the July meeting and a payment of £1190 for coaches hired for the 20 June demonstration.

6. Reports on protests

i. CPA emergency budget protest, 8 July

Neil reported that thirty people had demonstrated against the budget at the railway station and distributed leaflets for the next national demonstration against austerity. The protest had been well supported by the Green Party. Neil regretted not having had more time to take in a more subtle political move than was expected. Ozzy stressed that the budget remained a major attack.

ii. Cambridge Unite Community Sports Direct picket, 18 July

Ozzy reported that ten people had protested Sports Direct's standard use of insecure zero-hours contracts, part of a national day of action on the issue. There would be another in September.

7. Report on Assembly body meeting, 11 July

Ozzy reported that thirty to forty local groups had been represented. The main subject of discussion was the 20 June national demonstration in London, which it was agreed had been a great success. That success had now persuaded the Trades Union Congress to support the demonstration planned at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester in October. The People's Assembly was planning a disruptive and sustained demonstration over the week of the conference, with themed protests on different days. The national office was organizing cheap accommodation, and demonstrators were encouraged to camp in the city for the whole period.

8. Anti-austerity music event, 3 October

Jon explained that around a hundred performance events would be held across the country on the same weekend, at the initiative of a national collective of musicians. The performers would take no payment and the events would be free; those attending would be asked instead to bring food parcels for distribution to food banks and shelters. Left Unity was helping to organize the Cambridge event, which it was hoped would take place at the Golden Hind pub on Milton Road. A contribution from the CPA to the performers' transport costs would be welcome.

Rachel volunteered to contact her musician friends.

The secretary had to leave the meeting at this point and the continuation of the minutes has not been received.

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