Motions on: Next steps for the People's Assembly

Motions in this section from:

1) People's Assembly National Committee
2) York People's Assembly
3) Manchester People's Assembly
4) Merseyside People's Assembly
5) Birmingham People's Assembly
6) Communist Party of Britain

1) People's Assembly National Committee

Conference Notes:
The Conservative Party gained a slim majority of just 12 seats at the general election in May with less than 24% of the total electorate's vote.

The government remains committed to a vicious austerity programme with more than half of planned cuts to public spending still to come.

Immediately after the election there was a huge public reaction in opposition to the new government. Over a 250,000 people were mobilised for the People's Assembly national demonstration on 20 June and the week of action in Manchester saw the biggest demonstration there in decades.

Jeremy Corbyn, one of the founding members of the People's Assembly, has been elected as leader of the opposition on an anti-austerity platform and with a massive majority of the votes.

Conference Believes:
Austerity has failed the majority of people and will have disastrous results if it continues. No cut in public spending should be accepted. Local government will be a crucial area for anti-austerity campaigning as it will take the biggest hit of the cuts, reducing councils to just about providing only statutory services and increasing the divide between the richer and poorer local authorities.

The election of Jeremy Corbyn was an expression of the growing unpopularity of austerity and the mass mobilisations over the last few years.

A broad, national, cross party, organisation that mobilises in the communities, in our workplaces and on the streets has never been more important.

The Conservatives are weak and public opposition is growing. Even those who may have voted for the Conservatives are now facing austerity, as we saw around the proposed cuts to Tax Credits, and public opinion is shifting against the government.

The government is attempting to squash opposition with new legislation like the Trade Union bill which will make it easier for employers to exploit and make it more difficult to organise in our workplaces and take strike action.

A mass movement has the potential to create a political crisis which forces the government to change direction or forces them out of office.

Conference Resolves:
To continue to strengthen community organisation, bring existing local anti-cuts groups towards the People's Assembly, and work to set up new local People's Assembly groups in towns and cities across the country which represent every section of the community.

To work closer with the Trade Unions, both on a national level and branch level, to strengthen organisation and confidence to take action in workplaces, mobilise support for any group of workers taking strike action, and support any unions which defy the new anti-union laws.

To support and initiate action in defence of the staff and services of the NHS alongside existing health campaigns, to campaign against the growing housing crisis and against further privatisation.

To oppose any attempt to scapegoat migrants, refugees and minority groups for the problems caused by austerity.
 
To continue to liaise with those fighting austerity internationally and particularly across Europe.

To organise a major national demonstration against austerity in the first half of 2016.

2) York People's Assembly

Building the People's Assembly in our Regions

This conference notes the huge growth in local People's Assembly groups, now numbering over 100 across Britain. Conference further notes the growing workload this is placing on the National Office, and the growing travel costs associated with supporting such a wide array of groups.

This conference believes that, for our movement to be effective on a national scale, we need groups in every community in Britain, however large or small. Our movement will be stronger if the most successful groups support newer or struggling groups. Rural poverty is a growing problem, exacerbated by lack of organisation for resistance on the ground. Where there is a gap in our opposition, the Far Right will fester.

This conference calls for the creation of regional assemblies, bringing together groups from across a region a few times each year. Regional assemblies should focus on building the capacity of our movement to act, rather than the creation of local policies. This may include developing new groups, sharing skills or uniting on key actions, such as demonstrations and strike support.

This conference also calls on the National Committee and National Office team to identify a few key activists in each region to form regional teams. These should report to the National Committee, working alongside the National Office to promote the People's Assembly and its national activities in their region. They should assist the groups co-ordinator and be a first point of contact between local groups and the National Office, organise Regional Assembly meetings, and support the creation and development of groups.

3) Manchester People's Assembly

Towards a broad and united campaign against the real enemy

The People's Assembly notes
1. Since launching the People's Assembly nationally we have seen the election of a Tory majority  and the election of an anti austerity leader of the opposition.
2. The 'Take back Manchester' initiative around the Tory party conference showed in practice what a coordinated and united mass movement can look and feel like. In addition to the rally of 10,000 at the end of the TUC demo, an estimated 25,000 + people attended the events and protests during the week.

This conference believes
1. That the election of the a Tory Government drove tens of thousands into the People's Assembly
2. That People's Assemblies are successful when they are shaped by a wide and diverse spread of parties, passions, gender, ethnicity, age, where the majority are unaligned and where those that are aligned or in affiliated groups are delegated by those organisations to focus on building the Assembly
3. That embracing and positively encouraging diverse and different forms of protest and events is critical to attracting the numbers we need to achieve our goal.
4. That a critical balance should be struck between activity around embedded grass roots campaigning where the target is often the local authority and big strategically  important initiatives that will actually impact on the Government
5. That events and protests should be well organised, inspiring, different, informative, inclusive and always be a positive experience, especially for new supporters
6. That campaigns and affiliates should be engaged in the thinking and objectives behind an event or protest before it is underway. This is easily achieved if the organising group includes these groups.
7. That supporting campaigns, for example, the Junior Doctors, involves identifying and  facilitating their activities, offering guidance and practical support and most importantly drawing together the host of affiliated campaigns, unions and individuals that will support them.
8. That trade Unions are an important line of defence in fighting austerity

This conference resolves:
1. To build all People’s Assembly groups, events and campaigns in a broad and united way mindful of the aims of the People’s Assembly and actively progress and promote these aims.
2. To encourage new People’s Assemblies to invite, and established Assemblies to revisit inviting, the local contacts of the organisations that have signed up nationally in support of the People’s Assembly to participate locally .
3. People’s Assemblies should not be dominated by or follow the agenda of any one group or organisation.
4. To have a national focus that can take on austerity right where it's being orchestrated, as well as being able to campaign against every local cut and austerity measure.
5. To hold a national organising event in Manchester to share good practice and experiences
6. That 5% of national income is placed in a solidarity fund to support legal fees incurred for activists at People’s Assembly events
7. To make a representation to the TUC to call and support a national day of action against austerity, anti-union laws and racism
8. To oppose all attempts to blame refugees and migrants for the crisis in the NHS, low pay, bad housing, the lack of good jobs or any other problems we face
9. To welcome refugees and immigrants here and to call on the government to open the borders to refugees an migrants from Calais and else where

4) Merseyside People's Assembly

The meeting agrees that there needs to be a campaign to encourage young people to engage in the political and community arena. The meeting also agrees that we should use a wide range of methods to help young people take part in the process.

Therefore this meeting agrees to approach acting, journalism and broadcast Trade Unions such as BECTU, the NUJ and Equity, to explore the possibility of producing a short film; which talks directly to young people about how they can get active in their communities and politics, in order to defend the services essential to them.

The film could then be shown in schools and community and youth centres etc.

5) Birmingham People's Assembly

Unwelcome the Tories to Birmingham in 2016

Conference congratulates the People’s Assembly office, Manchester People’s Assembly and the TUC for the excellent Take Back Manchester events in October as the Tory Conference took place.

The 80,000 strong demonstration brought together the forces that can overthrow the Tories – the anti-austerity movement and the trade union movement.

The week of cultural and political events highlighted the issues that we are fighting over – austerity, trade union freedom, privatisation, war, racism and the climate.

The Tories will be meeting in Birmingham in 2016. Birmingham People’s Assembly is already starting to prepare the Unwelcoming Committee and is aiming to match the success of the Manchester events.

Conference commits the People’s Assembly to working with the widest possible forces in mobilising to make sure the Tories receive the welcome they deserve when they meet in Birmingham.

6) Communist Party of Britain

Communist Party Motion 2015

"PA AGM Conference agrees that the continuing Austerity offensive demands a campaigning response in favour of positive policies based on the needs of the overwhelming majority of the people, not the greed of the tiny minority, the ruling class of capitalist Britain.

The People's Assembly  therefore welcomes the new edition of  our People's Manifesto and calls on all PA affiliates and local Assemblies to use it extensively in their campaigning work with their own members and communities."

Motion to People’s Assembly national conference
Unwelcome the Tories to Birmingham in 2016
Conference congratulates the People’s Assembly office, Manchester People’s Assembly and the TUC for the excellent Take Back Manchester events in October as the Tory Conference took place.
The 80,000 strong demonstration brought together the forces that can overthrow the Tories – the anti-austerity movement and the trade union movement.
The week of cultural and political events highlighted the issues that we are fighting over – austerity, trade union freedom, privatisation, war, racism and the climate.
The Tories will be meeting in Birmingham in 2016. Birmingham People’s Assembly is already starting to prepare the Unwelcoming Committee and is aiming to match the success of the Manchester events.
Conference commits the People’s Assembly to working with the widest possible forces in mobilising to make sure the Tories receive the welcome they deserve when they meet in Birmingham.

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  • commented 2015-12-04 19:25:42 +0000
    Where is Hackney People’s Assembly motion? We submitted it on time and received an acknowledgement.:

    Hackney People’s Assembly
    Motion to People’s Assembly National Conference 5th December 2015

    Housing

    This conference notes:
    • only 53% of the target of 7,920 homes at social and the unaffordable ‘affordable’ rents were delivered in 2013/14 and that the target is in any case inadequate
    • this failure to build the homes that are needed at rents that people can afford is repeated across the country and over many years
    • the Housing Bill with Right to Buy 2 and Pay to Stay will sabotage existing homes at social and affordable rents and future investment in them.

    This conference calls for:
    • outright opposition to the Housing Bill
    • an end to privatisation of public land and use of public land for private house building
    • central Government housing grants to local authorities to build council housing
    • empty homes to be brought back into use
    • measures to prevent the rich commandeering housing for investment rather than to live in
    • rent controls
    • secure tenancies
    • investment in construction training to alleviate skills shortages and so high standard, ultra-low energy sustainable homes are delivered
    • a halt to Labour Councils selling off/transferring council housing

    Conference calls on the People’s Assembly to organise
    • a national housing conference
    • and a London housing conference
    prior to the Spring elections in the UK to develop these policies and to bring together and mobilise housing and other campaigners in active resistance to this Government’s housing policies.

    Proposed by Hackney People’s Assembly
    November 2015
    London Tenants Federation http://www.londontenants.org/publications/briefings/AMR%20London%20Plan%202015%20-%20LTF%20analysis.pdf and http://www.londontenants.org/publications/reports/social%20and%20affordable%20rent%20delivery%202013-14.pdf

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