“Today is about what we do. We are here as one and are not going to be picked off against each other” – Owen Jones
The North East People’s Assembly on Saturday 14 September was a remarkable success.
Northern Stage was packed out on Saturday all day & all evening as hundreds turned out to support the fight against cuts and austerity.
Saturday’s People’s Assembly was bigger, broader and more representative than any previous anti-austerity meeting in north-east England. Attended by 500 people, the day of rallies, workshops and entertainment served as a platform for future action, as well as providing space for valuable discussion and dialogue.
A huge, huge thank you to everyone who made the event such a success: everyone who attended and everyone who has supported and helped to organise the event over the past several months and on the day.
A big thank you to Northern Stage and all their staff who enabled the day to run so smoothly!
And, of course, very many thanks Northern TUC affilliated unions Unite, Unison, PCS, GMB, FBU and NUT for their financial support, without which we would not have been able to do this.
Thanks to Mark Husmann and his team for these photos.
And here’s a great review of the evening entertainment by GiggleBeats
“North East comedians support People’s Assembly launch”:
Well, as Paul Simpson, chairing the afternoon plenary, said:
“We need to build local People’s Assemblies in every area. We need to co-ordinate and to build the movement in every community.”
And this has already begun!!
Thursday 19th September, 7-9pm
TEESIDE People’s Assembly planning meeting
St Mary’s Centre
82-90 Corporation Road
Following up last weekend’s North East People’s Assembly event in
Newcastle, a meeting has been arranged to explore the potential for,
and practicalities of, organising the People’s Assembly Against
Austerity movement in Teesside.
Thursday 19th September, 12:30pm
Demo against Probation Privatisation
outside Newcastle Crown Court
Tuesday 24th September, 6pm
‘Where next in the fight against austerity?’
St John’s church hall
A North East People’s Assembly public meeting to discuss the next steps, including:
29 September – Save Our NHS demonstration in Manchester
5 November – national day non-violent direction action against cuts and privatisation
Tuesday 24th September, 6:30-9pm
‘Creative Placard Making Session’
Hosted by studio member Theresa Easton, this event builds on the success of the North East Peoples Assembly and an engaging presentation at a workshop with Phil Kitchen on using Creative Practice to fight in Injustice.
36 Lime Street
“Want to make your placard stand out on the National Demonstration outside the Tory Party Conference in Manchester Sunday 29th September? You are welcome to drop by at the Gallery from 6.30pm onwards.”
Wednesday 25th September, 5pm
‘Hands Off Sunderland Libraries’
JOIN THE DEMONSTRATION TO SAVE OUR LIBRARIES
Meet at the Murray Library on Chester Road at 5pm for a march to the Civic Centre to protest outside the full council meeting.
Sunday 29th September
coaches leave Newcastle 7:30am
- 29 Sept: Mass protest at the Tory Party conference, Manchester
There are also coaches from Durham & Teeside – please contact Mark (above) for details.
Saturday 12th October, 5pm
Show Racism the Red Card is proud to announce that Gary Younge will be talking about his new book ‘The Speech – The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream’ at a special FREE event in Newcastle at Northumbria University
The book offers a fascinating insight into the story behind the writing and delivery of Dr King’s most famous speech. It also examines why and how speeches are remembered and details the context of the speech.
Make sure you don’t miss what will be a memorable event!
An interesting counter-propaganda website, In Actual Fact (http://inactualfact.org.uk)
, a collection of carefully-sourced ‘actual facts’ that combat the rhetoric of government and press. Each fact is short, memorable and instantly tweetable, providing bite-sized information for users to call on when answering back against benefits changes and cuts to public services. In the three weeks since the site launched, its facts have already been tweeted many thousands of times and have been used in mass tweets and in answering back to programmes such as ‘Benefits Britain 1949’.
The more widely the site is used, the more of an impact it will have, so I would be really pleased if you would let your members know about it, as well as using it to support People’s Assembly and other anti-cuts campaigns and actions.
Please let me know if you’d like any more information.
All the best,
Roaring Girl Productions
Chair, North East People’s Assembly