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Arguments for action at People's Assemblies around the country

by Camilla Royle
Issue No. 2356

Over 120 people crammed into a room in the Twelve Pins pub on Thursday of last week for a north London rally to build for the national People’s Assembly.

Activists heard speeches from Kate Hudson from CND and Lindsey German of the Coalition of Resistance and Stop the War. 

Murad Qureshi, a Labour member of the London Assembly, also spoke along with health campaigner Shirley Franklin.

But the rally wasn’t just an evening of top table speeches.

It also attracted people from a wide variety of local campaigns and was the start of a debate about what kind of action is needed to stop the cuts. 

Students, pensioners, trade unionists from Wood Green bus garage and members of Disabled People Against Cuts were all represented.

The rally offered a chance to share details of action on the ground including campaigns against free schools, to defend Clerkenwell fire station and estate-based initiatives to oppose the bedroom tax.

Crucially, it was also a platform to argue for everyone to attend the anti-fascist demonstration on Saturday. 

Speakers referred to the politics of hope but also remembered how hope turned to despair when union leaders abandoned strikes to defend pensions in 2011.

So the event was also an opportunity to debate the best way forward.

Some looked to the Labour Party while others stressed how the People’s Assembly on 22 June could be used to put pressure on unions to call strikes.

There were also more than 300 people at the People’s Assembly rally in Bristol on Wednesday of last week. Over 300 people turned out in Brighton the following day and another People’s Assembly meeting also took place in Derby on Monday evening.

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Tue 4 Jun 2013, 17:42 BST
Issue No. 2356
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