RUSKIN HOUSE, 23 COOMBE ROAD, CROYDON CRO1BD
SATURDAY, 24 JUNE
12.30- 4.30pm (Doors open 12 noon)
Campaigning on health, education, housing, benefits, employment rights, pensions, social care and the right of communities to have a voice, now has the declared support of major sections of the electorate. Campaigning is no longer just to protest, but must also call on supporters to confront and stop government policy.
A co-ordinated programme of meetings, petitions, demonstrations, support for workers in direct struggle, bringing together all the campaigns against government actions, must be part of the discussion.
The Croydon Assembly Our Plan for Croydon, together with the Labour election manifesto gives us the basis for preparing such a programme.
The Assembly is an opportunity to assess the results of the General Election and what course of action is now needed to press for the Assembly’s manifesto to end austerity and for change.
Here in Croydon Central Labour ousted Tory Housing and London Minister Gavin Barwell while in North Steve Reed’s went up massively.
The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has brought into national highlight the problems facing those sections of the working class who live in social housing in the context of the wider housing crisis.
Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, will open the Assembly.
John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Chancellor, is sending a special video greeting for the Assembly.
Speaking with Mark will be Caragh Skipper, from Croydon Momentum, with experiences of the election here in Croydon.
The Assembly is a great opportunity to come together to plan the campaign for a more progressive national government and for a more progressive Labour Council next spring.
Central to the latter is the need for Croydon Labour to abandon the Executive Leader Cabinet system of governance. The leadership also needs to listen more to the growing rumblings of discontent about many aspects of Council policy, action and decision making. The fcat Labour did so well in the General Electiondoes not mean that it will gave the same level of support in May. The local election is likely to be decided in 3-6 marginal wards. It does not matter if Labour piles up the vote in wards where they have a strong majority. It runs the risk of losing votes in those marginal wards because of the discontent.
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Doors open at 12 noon for a 12.30 start.
Sean Creighton will be running a booksstall so bring your debit card with you. Items will include:
his ‘Who Control’s Croydo’ collection of articles from Croydon Citizen
pamlhets on Croydon’s Rdaical and Black and Asian history
pamphlets on aspects of British Black history
Croydon activist Peter Latham’s book Who Stole the Town Hall? The end of local government as we know it