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York People’s Assembly began as a response to The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, a widely attended conference held in Westminster Central Hall on 22nd June, 2013. Inspired by the range of people who showed up, we’ve set out to create a local vision of democracy in the face of a huge democratic deficit.

The London conference issued a Draft Statement that will be reviewed at the follow-up conference in early 2014. Alongside this, we have created our own ‘Working Principles’:

  • Provide a positive channel for anger at cuts and austerity.
  • Inclusion and respect for diverse skills, opinions and experiences.
  • Real democracy leading to collective action opposing cuts.
  • Local focus, but building national events and movements.
  • Build relationships and support new local networks.
  • Solutions developed through opposition to cuts.
  • Create clear, accessible and meaningful literature.
  • Use the media to tell people’s stories and communicate our messages.
  • Fundraising to sustain the movement and enable participation.

Our group is involved with a wide range of activities. Examples include promoting national demonstrations, organising conferences and speakers, getting people to support picket lines when strikes occur, creating and supporting local protests, giving support and working alongside local groups focused on Housing issues and the NHS.

Our decision making meetings take place on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, currently held at the TSSA office on Nunnery Lane. Everyone who is sympathetic to our aims is welcome to attend and contribute. We are forming working groups to be tasked with carrying out certain areas of our work. These meet when they need to and report to the decision making meetings.

If you want to keep up to date with our plans, the best way is by joining our email list.

York Coach to 21st June "No More Austerity" demo

We've booked a coach to London for the "No More Austerity" demo on Saturday June 21st! Tickets are on sale and going quickly. If you're waged, they're £20 and if not, then £10. The coach will depart Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road at 8am and should arrive back in York at around 11pm. You can buy your ticket and get full details on Eventbrite or at our meetings.

York PA - Six amazing months: 2013 in review

YPA_logo00a10dIt seems hard to imagine, but six months ago, we’d only just booked a room for our first meeting. Since then, a lot has happened, and as a movement, both locally and nationally, we’ve grown tremendously. What started as 40 people in a room has become hundreds taking action in the streets. As we look back over 6 months of action, here’s to an amazing 2014!

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North Yorkshire People's Assembly Report

On Tuesday we hosted a 'Defend Education' rally of over 100 people in the City Centre, and supporterd 10 picket lines across the city's 2 Universities and the FHE college. Students, staff and community members spoke in an open-microphone style rally. We learnt a key lesson: it only takes one group to call a demonstration, but if you wait for everyone to get back to you, you end up announcing it too late in the day - in this case, with only 5 days notice. See for photos.


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