Recent Activities of the BPA
In the last two years the Brighton People’s Assembly has been involved in numerous campaigns and events locally and nationally. Come to the December meeting to find out how you can help further develop the work and aims of the Assembly.
Since the beginning of 2015 Brighton People’s Assembly has initiated or been involved in the following activities. Januarysaw Power to the People – a citizens' conversation about democracy, cuts and resistance. 300 people attended talks, workshops, campaigns stalls, networking free lunch, films and in February there was a march with Save Children's Centre, petitions, fliers/ breakdown info on website of proposed cuts against the proposed cuts in the council budget.
In March, May and September there where Small Revolution cultural events to raise awareness and funds and in May we participated in the may day parade and fayre.
In June and July there were demonstrations in response to the election and in September and October demonstrations at the Labour and Tory Party Conferences.
In October there was also a Tenant Resistance event with a showing of Si Se Puedo at the Friends Meeting House and in November as part of the Fair taxes campaign there were public meeting and actions on Council tax benefit changes with a petition, meeting and helping people to fill out consultation forms and in December we sent a delegation to People’s Assembly national conference.
2016 saw many changes in the Assembly with some great events taking place, kicking off with the successful 99% Festival over two days in April; a feast of music, poetry, workshops, speakers, debates and more.
In addition to being an place to network, build solidarity between campaigns and help launch new work against austerity, we also have given over part of our meeting to short 'teach in' issues on themes.
The autumn saw informed inputs from the Living Rent Campaign on the housing crisis,;catching up with the privatisation and cutbacks in Education and action being taken and what's going on in the co-operative sector in Brighton (presented by Mutual Aid in Sussex- MAIS). There was the launch of the Voluntary Sector Charter for independent voluntary action, an event attended by many different representatives from interested groups in the local area with speakers and live amendments made to the charter. A working draft of the code of practice that charitable groups can sign up to is now available on the website. Go to: Voluntary Sector Charter.
The November meeting had as a focus the Migrant Crisis and what we can do to help. A variety of speakers spoke about the position of refugees abroad and positive action taken to improve conditions and groups already providing support and housing to migrants locally. The meeting was well attended and a lively discussion highlighted areas of development for migrant support.
It’s also worth remembering that a comprehensive newsletter detailing local events, campaigns and actions goes out every moth to over 750 people and organisations on our mailing list.
Now, with AGM in January, it is time to take stock and consider what direction we want for the Assembly in the future.