Hastings against the cuts
Hastings Anti Cuts Meeting 10th March 2011
1) After the hugely successful Anti Cuts benefit Gig we now have a fighting fund of £300
2) We now have filled 4 coaches with over 200 people coming to the TUC March and rally on 26th March. We are looking at a 5th coach and agreed that we will donate £100 to PCS to encourage support for the 5th coach. Everyone to meet at the white rock opposite the pier at 8.30 on the 26th.The coaches will drop us off near the march and then to to a pre allotted space organised by the police, we will than have to make our way to this location after the march and rally.
3) It was agreed that members of the Anti cuts group will do a further leafleting in the town centre on Sat 12th. Leaflets will be printed out.
4) A new group called churches against the cuts has been set up, following communication from Sam we have agreed to invite a guest speaker who they have offered and a member of our group will attend their next meeting.
5) A proposal from the floor was made to make sure we contacted the local mosque and invited them on the march and to attend the next meetings, unanimously agreed.
6) Now that we have access to over 200 people we will look to set up a local demonstration, proposed dates were offered and it was agreed we will look to have it on 16th April.
7) A proposal was made to hold another banner making workshop. One small event had been held and a member of the group showed one of the banners. A sub committee has been set up to take forward and were pledged £25 from the fighting fund.
8) We will put in arrangements to organise a clearer system for publicity and press coverage at the next meeting, most of the coverage in the local paper after the anti cuts rally outside the town hall was fairly good, but concerns were raised regarding a journalist looking to portray us in more of a negative light.
Unison are having a day of action for the NHS on 1st April, the group will support and be involved on the events planed for the day.
Discussion was held as to what venue for our public meeting, the Pig back room, St Mary’s in the castle, Unitarian church, we want a venue with proper disabled access, St Mary’s would be best but will need to see costs and if we can get a deal. We will invite local parliamentary candidates, reluctantly the group agree to invite the liberals as well. the meeting agreed to invite victimised Trade Union rep Rob Williams as the anti cuts speaker.
It was raised from the floor that the voluntary sector did not have an outlet such as those organised by the trade unions and the anti cuts group, and that the voluntary sector in Hastings was suffering as much as everyone else. It was agreed we need to involve the sector in our campaigns and we will contact Hastings Voluntary action group to invite to meetings.
- Posted by: Eddie HDTC at 9:27am on 11 March 2011
- Website: www.hastingsagainstthecuts.org.uk
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