WHAT IS THE PEOPLES ASSEMBLY?
The founding conference of the People’s Assembly in 2013. Photo: Jim Thatcher
- Is a broad united national campaign against austerity, cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services, based on general agreement with the signatories
- Is linked to no political party, committed to open non-sectarian working and dedicated to supplementing, rather than supplanting, trade union, student, pensioner and community opposition to austerity measures.
- Is based on affiliation by individual supporters, unions nationally and locally, anti-cuts campaigns, and other student, pensioner, unemployed, disabled people’s, women’s, Black people’s, youth and LGBT campaigning organisations.
- Aspires to support, encourage, coordinate joint action, and facilitate a transfer of experience rather than to command.
- Encourages the establishment of new local campaigns and/or People’s Assemblies.
- Organises newsletters, a website, twitter, Facebook and social media, meetings, conferences, lobbies, rallies, marches, demonstrations and other events.
- Vehemently opposes all proposals to “solve” the crisis by discrimination or scapegoating on grounds of disability, race, religion, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation or identity.
- Liaises closely with similar movements in other countries resisting austerity measures.
- Encourages a wide debate on how to protect the welfare state and develop an alternative programme for economic and social recovery.