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Islington People’s Assembly meeting deepens resistance

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Anti-cuts activists in north London gathered for a day of debates and workshops at Islington People’s Assembly last Saturday.
Issue 2270
The People
The People’s Assembly

Anti-cuts activists in north London gathered for a day of debates and workshops at Islington People’s Assembly last Saturday.

Over 80 people came to the assembly, which was organised by Islington Hands Off Our Public Services (Ihoops).

The opening session was kicked off by speakers from the unions, including Peter Kavanagh from the Unite union and Sean Vernell from UCU, who called for activists to back the 30 November strikes.

Other speakers included local Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, Lee Jasper from Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (Barac) and the economist Costas Lapavitsas, who spoke on capitalist crisis.

Later, Catherine West, Labour leader on Islington council, debated Ihoops secretary Suzanne Jeffery, who argued for the council to defy the government and set a no-cuts budget.

Some said this would just cause the government to come in and run the council. But others said it was the only way to defend services.

After workshops on issues from education to pensions, racism and housing, demands and actions were read out to the Assembly and added to the Ihoops manifesto.

Labour MP John McDonnell closed the assembly by calling on activists to support the 30 November strikes and make the country ungovernable.

Activists left feeling their local anti-cuts group had been strengthened in size, and in ideas, for the battles ahead.

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