Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Coalition of Resistance National Council on Saturday

Cuts are not the cure: Video from March for the Alternative from Trades Union Congress on Vimeo.

The film above was shown at the TUC anti-cuts demo on March 26th. The Coalition of Resistance as the broadest based and most national anti-cuts movement has continued to meet forthnightly - I am on their Steering Committee. The National Council, which is the body which elected the Steering Committee and has national representation, meets on Saturday in the University of London to discuss where next for the anti-cuts campaign in this country and also to plan for the second national conference of COR on July 9th. Romayne Phoenix, National Campaigns Coordinator of the Green Party and Chair of COR has sent out the following invite to all the National Council members of COR.

With a divided coalition and the assault on benefits, disabled people, and the unwaged about to begin (a large march by disabled people due tomorrow called 'The Hardest Hit') now is the time to strike against this government of spivs and speculators. We must gear up - March 26th was only the launch pad of the campaign.

CoR National Council meeting - Saturday, 14th May, 12-4pm, room 3A, University of London Union, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7H
Dear CoR Councillors

We meet this Saturday to build on the success of the TUC demonstration on 26th March and to celebrate the part that the Coalition of Resistance played in building for this important day. 5000 placards and 25000 broadsheets gave us a strong presence and helped send out a powerful message to the government and to those people who have yet to become active in fighting cuts and privatisation plans locally and nationally. Lansley’s NHS ‘reform’ plans are now under threat. The size of the demonstration and other campaigning was a game changer.

CoR steering group have been working to identify ways in which to focus our campaigning effectively. CoR councillors are invited to bring suggestions for action to the CoR council meeting.

The programme for the day is:

12.00 - 1.00 Introduction, and report from CoR steering committee

1.00 - 2.00 Building the campaign:

• getting individual and organisational affiliations

• establishing regional representatives

• supporting or forming local and sectoral groups

2.30 - 3.00 Arrangements for CoR conference on Saturday 9th July

3.00 - 4.00 Proposals for action.

The Coalition of Resistance is becoming a recognisable and unifying focus for the anti-cuts and privatisation movement.

Your contributions to the discussion, and action plan suggestions, will help to shape our COR Conference 9TH July and to organise the building of COR work in the regions. I look forward to meeting you all on the day.


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