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People’s Assemblies get organised to take on Tory austerity

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Issue 2383

The People’s Assembly held its first national meeting for representatives of local groups last Saturday. 

Some 60 people discussed a national action plan and a People’s Assembly conference next spring.

Upbeat reports described successful launch meetings around Britain. 

The organisation’s “hands off our unions” statement has gathered thousands of signatures.

The meeting agreed a series of priorities. These include a student week of action, budget day protests and support for a Unite Against Fascism national protest on 22 March.

Pete Jackson


Around 250-300 people attended the south London People’s Assembly conference at Goldsmiths College on Saturday of last week. 

Speakers including Owen Jones, Lindsey German and Lee Jasper addressed two plenary sessions.

Fourteen workshops covered issues including fighting benefit cuts, defending the NHS and fighting racism.

There were quite a few new people there.

In the final plenary Jack Monroe gave a moving speech about living in poverty as a single parent. 

It reinforced the need to build a movement against austerity.

Ian Crosson

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