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Minutes for the People’s Assembly in Trafalgar Square 24th July 2011

An assembly of 25-30 people took place yesterday, 24th July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm in Trafalgar square, London consisting of Spanish 15M group, British activists and others of diverse nationalities.

Reports from Spain, UK and Europe:

In Spain – assemblies being held every week in Madrid and at least twice/month in smaller towns and villages. Indignados just marched to Madrid from routes all over Spain arriving on 23rd July. Plaza del Sol has once again been occupied. Good atmosphere – groups from different routes told their experiences. The struggle continues. Successes in stopping housing evictions (although not successful everywhere.)

An assembly from a village in the Basque country has gained executive powers as the local mayor is accepting its decisions. Success in chasing off police racist stop and search raids in Madrid. However police repression is increasing especially in Barcelona.

UK – Last week a solidarity letter to Syntagma Sq Assembly Greece was made.
23rd Jul Solidarity March and manifestation in Trafalgar square, London took place. As did in Paris, France and other European cities – all connected in solidarity via live streaming.

Notification of events leading up to 15th October

3 wks ago, an International meeting of indignants in Lisbon. Plans and good ideas came out of it:
-March from Madrid to Brussels starting 17th Sep to arrive 15th Oct – idea to involve all Europeans.
-Idea to continue march on to London for 5th Nov.
-In USA – New York a call out to occupy Wall St, Freedom Plaza with possible camp 17th Sep.
-In UK a letter is being sent to wide range of groups inviting them to take part on Oct 15th. So far no letter yet for ordinary citizens.

15th Oct: open discussion on preparation took place

 Consensus on necessity for local assemblies (once or twice/ month). Aims: counter centralisation – local is v.important – reach out to areas where people most disenfranchised and can get support through confronting real local issues. Promote Oct 15th.
2 Suggestions – i) Local assembly in Kilburn in August. Pilar agreed to make flyers to disseminate in area.
ii)Local assembly in park in September when many returned from holidays (possibly Victoria Park) with camp Saturday and Sunday assembly – suggested by Simon Moore (peace activist.)
Both suggestions have supporters wishing to organise working groups to follow up.
-Consensus on continuing weekly Sunday Trafalgar Square assembly.

-Thursday 28th July 8pm – Online meeting for UK movement. Discuss UK situation (website and 15th Oct) – Taking place in the chat room at http://15m.speeqe.com/
-Agreement for an Open Planning Meeting for Oct 15th (indoors i.e ULU) – wide range of groups to be invited. Organisation for this will be in August assemblies or working group.
-A Facebook page connected with assembly exists in facebook. You can post comments videos there etc.

Planning for next week’s Sunday Assembly (31/07)

Agenda
i)
News from various countries and UK
ii)
Brief presentation of political, social, economic situation in the UK. (why change is needed here)
iii)
Explanation “Why we are here” (for onlookers/newcomers)
iv) Open discussion (chance for newcomers’ voices)
v) Further proposals (i.e local assemblies, Oct 15th)
vi) Prepare next week’s Agenda

A banner with the words “People’s Assembly” will be prepared. (Possibly use the one Chris & Camilla have in future)
It was agreed we’ll print leaflets to describe assembly, our collective situation in Europe/World, inviting everyone to speak/listen. Andy will write text. José will format and print. Leaflets will be handed out before assembly to people around Trflgr Sq – inviting them to participate.
Anticipating possible higher attendance important we organise well – ie moderator/facilitator/turn keeper/ minute taker etc. Arrive prompt at 6pm!!
Posters with slogans to be placed in assembly circle i.e “They don’t represent us!” “We don’t represent any group” etc.
Suggestion to have agenda on sign for all to see.
Also suggested each person invites 2 friends to come along.

Finally… A young Hungarian had questions and a debate with him took place which was cut short. It was suggested in future situations like this we could be flexible and allow this or designate a few people to explain i.e why we don’t have democracy at present.