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Here is a Draft UK 15M Manifesto from the Brighton General Assembly

We are ordinary people. We are like you: people, who get up every morning to study, work or find a job, people who have family and friends. People, who work hard every day to provide a better future for those around us.

Some of us consider ourselves progressive, others conservative. Some of us believe in socialism others in laissez faire. Some of us have clearly defined ideologies, others are apolitical, but we are all concerned, troubled and angry about the political, economic, and social outlook in our society: politicians, businessmen, bankers, with a monopoly on power leaving us helpless, without a voice.

Our powerless situation has become normal, a daily suffering, without hope. Yet if we join forces, we can change our communities, our society, our country, our world. It’s time. We must build a better world together and start here at home, we must protest, camp, demonstrate and occupy for the future, peacefully always. Therefore, we strongly argue that:

 -Democracy belongs to the people (demos = people, krátos = power) which means that government is made of every one of us. . Politicians should be bringing our voice to the institutions, facilitating the political participation of citizens through direct channels that provide the greatest benefit to the wider society. They should not get rich and prosper at our expense.

-In the UK our political system does not represent us. Our electoral system is undemocratically heavily biased in favour of two parties and most of the political class does not even listen to us. We live more in an elective despotism than a democracy. The political class attend only to the dictatorship of major economic powers and holding them in power through a bipartidism headed by the immovable Conservative and Labour parties.

-Our government is tearing apart the social fabric of our communities by taking an axe to public services. This disproportionally harms the poorest and most vulnerable in society and is just further confirmation of our government’s disregard for the people.

-Our NHS is under attack from the corporate interests embedded into British politics. Our right to free and public education has been inflicted a heavy blow by the tripling of university tuition fees. We must defend the people’s interests and protect our free, public and universal healthcare and education.

-Lust for power and its accumulation in only a few; creates inequality, tension and injustice, which leads to violence, which we reject. The obsolete and unnatural economic model fuels the social machinery in a growing spiral that consumes itself by enriching a few and sends into poverty the rest. Until the collapse.

-The will and purpose of the current system is the accumulation of money, not regarding efficiency and the welfare of society. This wastes resources, destroys the planet, creates unemployment and unhappy people. Instead of placing money above human beings, we must put it back to our service.
   
-In our present system citizens are the gears of a machine designed to enrich a minority which does not regard our needs. We are anonymous, but without us none of this would exist, because we move the world.

-If as a society we learn not to trust our future to an abstract economy, which never returns benefits for the most, we can eliminate the abuse that we are all suffering.

-The priorities of any advanced society must be equality, progress, solidarity, freedom, culture, sustainability and development, welfare and people’s happiness.

-These are inalienable truths that we should abide by in our society: the right to housing, employment, culture, health, education, political participation, consumer rights, protest, expression, speech and free personal development.

-The current status of our government and economic system does not take care of these rights, and in many ways is an obstacle to human progress.

For all of the above, I am outraged.

I think I can change it.

I think I can help.

I know that together we can.

We pledge alligence to all groups fighting for a more equal, fairer, freer and more just world including all other real democracy now groups all over the world.

Need before greed, people before profit! Stand up and dream! We’re ready! Another world is possible and we pledge to make it real!

http://realdemocracynow.webeden.co.uk/#/our-manifesto/4551801662

Posted June 2nd // Agenda Summary from Gen. Assembly on 1/06/2011

To start with there are several organizing themes that were dealt with at the Assembly. It was agreed on the body language that will be used from hereafter, for instance waving both hands in the air is a sign of approval whilst crossing your arms over your head is understood as a veto on the issue being discussed. Other signs were also introduced and we shall remind about them at each Assembly if necessary. It was also agreed that individual interventions should not be over 5 minutes, to keep the conversation going. On the other hand, it was decided that no set time limit will be given to the Assemblies and we shall simply use as much time is necessary/possible.

Then we moved onto the Committee Briefings. The Legal Committee, represented this time by Juan Cruz, told us that an organization from London had sent us information on how to set up our own legal observers. It may come in handy soon so do keep in touch with the Legal Committee if you could help in that way.
The Camp Committee (Pau) informed that there is a need of volunteers throughout the whole day to help and organize activities. Also volunteers to join any Committees are welcome, even though it sounds very formal its just a bunch of people organizing stuff! The Awareness Committee (David) introduced itself and some of its basic functions, such as reminding all of us the reasons why we are undertaking such protest actions. Finally, External Relations (Carlos) Committee has been in touch with other assemblies across the UK and there is news of Europe-wide demonstrations on the 19th of June which will need further discussion.

To conclude with, a manifesto from the following website ( http://www.facebook.com/l/018f99-syMtxFJSpf_ULwQ2Z-Ag/realdemocracynow.webeden.co.uk/) was presented to the Assembly. The general feeling was that something more could be added, thus it was decided that a working group will swiftly make some amendments to the text so that we have a coherent text to spread around during our demo on the 4th of June (2pm at Churchill Sq. until further notice).

Therefore for the next Assembly we will have to discuss issues that could not be dealt with today. For instance, the list of proposals that has already been synthesized from the ballot box we had during the week and how to organize the demos for the 19th of June (for example should we have one in Brighton or join London’s Assembly?) Start brainstorming about these issues, volunteer for the committees or show support at any time!

Thank you, and talk to you soon! [ "Democracy Brighton" <democracybrighton@gmail.com>, http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_162196720511506&ref=ts]
Real Democracy Now Brighton

Acta de la Asamblea del 1/06/2011

Para empezar varios temas organizativos se aclararon al principio de la Asamblea. Se presento el lenguaje corporal que usaremos de ahora en adelante, por ejemplo agitar ambas manos es señal de concordancia mientras que los brazos cruzados sobre la cabeza es un veto a la cuestión que se este debatiendo. Otra simbología fue también introducida y la iremos recordando en las Asambleas cuando sea necesario. Las intervenciones individuales se limitaron a un máximo de 5 minutos para mantener los debates mas fluidos. Por otra parte, se decidió que no habría un tiempo máximo de Asambleas y se usara todo el tiempo necesario/posible.

Pasando a los briefings de los Comites. El Comité Legal, representado en esta ocasión por Juan Cruz, informo de que una organización de Londres nos ha enviado información sobre como crear/organizar nuestros propios observadores legales. Puede ser de gran utilidad en el futuro asi que poneros en contacto con el Comité Legal para informaros al respecto si podeis echar una mano.
El Comité de Campamento (Pau) informo de que se necesitaban voluntarios a lo largo de todo el dia para organizar actividades. Tambien invitamos a que la gente se prese voluntaria a unirse a los comités, suena muy formal pero es tan solo un puñado de gente gestionando acciones! El Comité de Conciencia (David) se introdujo asimismo y las actividades que lleva a cabo, como por ejemplo recordarnos a todos el porque de nuestras protestas. Finalmente, el Comité de Relaciones Externas (Carlos) ha estado en contacto con otras Asambleas en el RU, y hay noticias sobre movilizaciones a nivel Europeo para el 19 de Junio que tendrán que debatirse mas adelante.

Para concluir, un manifiesto sacado de esta pagina web ( http://www.facebook.com/l/018f9fqsdGirjqAW8-CHFVZ7K7g/realdemocracynow.webeden.co.uk/) fue presentado a la Asamblea. El sentimiento generalizado es que podíamos añadir algo mas a este texto, asi que se creo un grupo de trabajo que se encargara de las enmiendas de forma rápida para que tengamos un texto coherente con el que presentarnos en la manifestación del 4 de Junio (2pm en Churchill Sq. hasta próximo aviso).

Con lo cual, para la próxima Asamblea trasladaremos los temas que no pudimos tratar hoy. Por ejemplo, la lista de propuestas que se sintetizo a partir de la urna que tuvimos la semana pasada y como organizar las manis del 19 de Junio (por ejemplo hacemos una en Brighton o nos unimos a la Asamblea de Londres?) Id pensando sobre estas cuestiones, presentaros como voluntarios para los Comites y apoyad de cualquier forma posible!

Gracias y estaremos en contacto.
Democracia Real Ya Brighton

One Comment

  1. I came across the report of your assembly by chance while searching for a pub called People Before Profit in Brighton.

    Lewisham People Before Profit is holding a party conference on 15th October to discuss priorities for the coming year and you would be welcome to send an observer.

    It might be a good idea to have some contact as our groups seem to have similar aims and methods.

    Yours

    John

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