There follow the minutes of our December meeting. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 January at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.
Cambridge People's Assembly, 2 December 2015
- Apologies for absence
- Approval of minutes and matters arising
- Secretary's report
- Treasurer's report
- Report on Out of Credit, Out of Office, 21 November
- Planning action against the county council cuts
- People's Assembly Conference 2015
- Supporting DSEI demonstrators
- Other business and announcements
- Date of next meeting
The venue was the River Lane Centre, at 7.30 p.m. Present were Andrea, Martin B., Neil (secretary, acting chair), Richard, and Simon. Names may have been changed.
The meeting accepted the draft agenda which had been circulated.
Hilary and Maud had sent their apologies.
The minutes were approved and there were no matters arising.
Neil reported that the Cambridge People's Assembly (CPA) had 225 subscribers to its mailing list (last month 227), while 810 Twitter users followed it (791) and 548 Facebook users liked it (544). It had 27 members (unchanged from last month).
Maud had supplied a written report giving a balance of £220.62. Income had included contributions of £55.15 each from the other joint hosts of the TTIP event in October, and a collection at the November meeting of £25.75. Expenditure had included the TTIP speaker John Hilary's travel expenses of £55.25, the meeting room hire cost of £7.50, and the CPA's monthly contribution of £5 to the national office.
Richard reported that the Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner and others had spoken at the CPA's demonstration in Market Square in advance of the chancellor's autumn statement, but on a cold and windy day which had made it hard for people in the square to hear and get involved. Richard thought it would have been useful to have had flyers to distribute. Although the demonstrators had the CPA banner, he believed people could have passed by without knowing what was happening.
A meeting to plan action against the county council's latest proposed cuts had been scheduled immediately after the Out of Credit, Out of Office demonstration, but the present meeting had no information about it. It decided to try to organize a demonstration outside the next meeting of the county council on 15 December. Neil would draft a leaflet, which should mention cuts to bus services and school crossing patrols.
The conference would be held on Saturday 5 December. A motion for a demonstration in support of the NHS had been drafted by Steve and agreed by the CPA discussion list. Dan, Neil, Richard, and Steve had previously volunteered for the CPA delegation. There were no more volunteers in the meeting.
A longstanding friend to the CPA was among several peaceful demonstrators at the DSEI arms industry fair now charged with criminal offences. The meeting agreed that the CPA should publish a statement in their support, and seek to raise funds to contribute to their legal and childcare expenses. Neil would draft a statement.
Simon reported that he had attended Climate March London on 29 November, a demonstration of sixty or seventy thousand people.
Richard reported that he had attended the Don't Bomb Syria demonstration in Cambridge on 28 November. Two hundred people had gathered on King's Parade to hear speeches (Neil spoke for the CPA) before marching round the town centre.
Andrea suggested that the CPA might work together with Cambridge Amnesty, the human rights campaign group of which she was a member, on issues such as defending the Human Rights Act and immigrants' rights. Cambridge Amnesty had set up a subgroup to work on the latter issue. The meeting welcomed this suggestion.
The next meeting would be held on Wednesday 6 January at the same venue of the River Lane Centre, and would be the CPA's annual general meeting.