You might want to know about this.
On 15th and 16th January we are calling a gathering for all networks and individuals that are oppositional, non hierarchical and opposed not only to the cuts, but to capitalism itself.
Across the country local groups have sprung up, and networks have worked together to pull off some amazing protests, but we want to go further… From peoples kitchens to action medics, action support to workshops.
If we would like to see anger around The Cuts over the next few years become strong movements then it is not only necessary to establish this infrastructure, but to base them in a wider discussion – we will hopefully be inviting delegates from occupations and actions across the country to this end.
We know this work is going on and those involved in calling it are already doing some. We hope to provide a space for co-ordination, planning and discussion.
At Network X gathering we hope that we can work out
*An organisational philosophy (to be open to change, but based around the things we already share)
and hopefully then can get down to the business of sorting out getting everyone on the work at hand. We’ll take proposals, plans, shout outs, and maybe sort out working groups potentially around the following;
None these need exist as working groups, and certainly not to replace existing networks, but can provide co-ordination and a space to not only share ideas but to take collaborative action and share resources and skills.
We invite the following networks especially to attend – though all organisations and people who value autonomy, decentralised organisation, and opposing oppression in all forms are welcome.
Stop Racism and Fascism Network
Defend Welfare (Local coalitions against poverty)
General Assemblies/People’s Assemblies
Autonomous Students Network
Sol-Fed So We Stand
Seeds for Change
We don’t want to create another talking shop and we reject sectarianism and all party politics. Rather we seek to have an open and inclusive process, that really facilitates working more closely including the use of working groups and consensus decision making towards practical outcomes. We think its important that we can link up local groups and take immediate direct action and working towards doing so on a large scale including; industrial action, blockades, occupations, land grabs, civil disobedience, rent strikes, etc, etc…
We respect autonomy and find unity though diversity and solidarity with other anti-capitalist struggles in the UK and internationally.
We hope to establish a network that will allow libertarians to co-ordinate and support each others struggles.
All communication will go through our more secure email address, firstname.lastname@example.org and you are welcome to join the mailing list leading up to the gathering here.
or contact NINJA or facebook if you are struggling.
this way you can get updates on the gathering practicalities, and post the gathering on UK wide updates, though you will also be able to unsubscribe at any point.
Travel – There will a travel pool at the event, where we will encourage donations for people who can’t afford travel, or struggle to cover costs. This will be all in the spirit of mutual aid, so if you have a job and some spare cash please bring with in thinking of all of those (like 6th formers, the disabled, elderly, jobless, etc) that struggle economically to engage in this kind of gathering.
We now have a central crash space sorted, however spaces will be limited, so please let us know if you need accommodation for the night of Saturday 15th (or potentially Friday the 14th, though this will be very limited) as soon as possible, and only if you don’t already know someone in Manchester that could put you up.
Please put in the title of your email CRASH SPACE – to email@example.com – with the number of people that definitely need space.
At the moment there is still plenty of space, though we need to know if you’re coming asap. If you want to make your own arrangements we suggest
http://hattersgroup.com/ – Mad Hatters hostel City Centre
http://www.couchsurfing.org/ – for free places to crash across the city
The Landsdowne Hotel in Fallowfield – http://www.booking.co/landsdowne
On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of January. There are eateries all around including a vegan cafe and food, sadly we will not be able to provide food for so many, but there are many options on the door step.
The gathering will START at 10.30 am (please arrive for quarter past to get seats) both days and finish (ideally) by 5.30 on each day. No later than 6!
Local anti cuts groups, occupations and networks
If you are involved in a particular group, network, or student occupation then we would like to hear from you! We would like to have a series of short presentations to kick the gathering off so we can hear what has been going on around the country and learn from the successes and mistake that have been made so far.
If you are interested please send an email titled PRESENTATION to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your group, experience and what you’d like to talk about.
We need people to help with a kids space. If you are up for helping, or you are bringing kids then please let us know. Email email@example.com with KIDS SPACE in the title.
This will be clarified more closer to the time, but will have this essentially loose framework to allow time for in depth discussion and proposal formulation.
Political discussion en masse – reports back from anti cuts groups, occupations, networks
Space to break down and discuss organisational lessons, put agenda points, strategy for action, political philosophy points.
time to formulate decisions and proposals – working groups, small groups and large plenary all to be used.
Work out implementation of decisions.
Ideally we’d like to set up at least one group and that would be to organise network administration (emailing, minutes, agenda setting, gatherings, call outs, etc) that will be as democratic as possible. The suggestion will be for rotating spokespeople, nominated from each of the different regions to take on the role for 6 months at a time, but this is just a suggestion at this time. How we do it can and should be decided together at the time.
If you are interested in making proposals in one of the three key discussion areas then email firstname.lastname@example.org with one of the three titles below
PROPOSAL ORGANISATIONAL – how we should organise ourselves, what methods and structures should we use.
PROPOSAL POLITICAL – political philosophy – what do we believe and want to say to the wider world.
PROPOSAL STRATEGY – Strategy for action and creation. What actions do we want to take to fight the cuts and the system in general. Why? How?
We will put these proposals together into a pack for the weekend and they will be used as some of the basis of discussion on the first day (ideally introduced by the facilitator or proposer in the afternoon – though we will have to see logistically if that is possible), and will help guide the creation of proposals to be decided upon on the second.
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THEM LONG! Ideally 250 words max, absolutely no longer than 500 words.
We will bring together proposals that are similar, though not lose their originality or original authors.
We are doing this out of deep feeling of love and a desire for freedom and equality for all beings. We are obviously as fallible as anyone, so probably have made, and will continue to make, some mistakes. We are chuffed to bits with everyone who wants to get on this so please bare with us and also approach each other (and us!) with the same respect and love as you wish to see in the world. In the struggle to create a better society this is just the beginning…
See you there!