Citizens UK Delegates Assembly and public action with new Government – see letter below from CUK Director Matthew Bolton, 17.9.19
Dear Leadership Groups and Organisers,
With all the political turmoil – today we will hear from the Supreme Court whether the Government acted illegally in proroguing Parliament – it is hard to predict what the next few months will bring. But it is looking increasingly likely that there will be a General Election before Christmas and so we should get ourselves ready to seize that opportunity. It’s a chance for us to push forward on our urgent campaigns for social justice and demonstrate an approach to politics that is built from the concerns of everyday people, with relationships and public accountability at its heart.
Fortunately, we already have our Citizens UK Delegates Assembly scheduled in 4 weeks, in what is currently looking like decent timing to set our strategy and priorities for a General Election.
Citizens UK Annual Delegates Assembly
Tuesday 15th October from 12pm-4.30pm
London Muslim Centre, 46 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1JX
The Citizens UK Leadership Team, 25 leaders drawn from across our 15 Chapters, have been meeting on video conference monthly for the last 5 months and helping to shape the plans for this important action.
Turnout & travel: We are asking each Chapter to send between 5-10 leaders and at least 1 Organiser. Off-peak train fares for those outside of London will be funded and purchased centrally (please let email@example.com know who will be attending), or we can cover petrol if people could come in groups in cars.
- Relationships between leaders across the 15 Chapters.
- Training sessions on running an effective Leadership Group and on Organising Money.
- Decision-making on our strategy and campaign priorities ready for a General Election.
Preparation in advance:
- Come with a power analysis of the Parliamentary Constituencies in your area, including where you think you could hold Accountability Assemblies or have diverse delegations negotiate with candidates.
- Identify the key issues your Chapter would want to push at a UK level, and the local issues you would want to raise with your candidates.
- Request a meeting with your local MP(s) at 5pm on 15th October in Westminster.
12:00-13:00 – RELATIONSHIPS & CELEBRATION
- Lunch & 1-2-1s
- Stories of community organising success from around the UK
A range of workshops to choose from, including:
- How to be an effective member of a Leadership Team
- A power analysis of the UK government
- Election campaigning preparation
- Tools for leadership development
- Building core teams
- Developing your institution through community organising
- Increasing the ‘hard money’ in your Chapter budget
- Deciding our strategy to engage the UK Government, especially in relation to Strangers into Citizens and the Real Living Wage
- Agreeing our plan if an election is called
16:30 – ASSEMBLY ENDS – OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE YOUR SITTING MP IN WESTMINSTER
- Many Chapters have said they would like to use the time between the end of the Assembly and the start of off-peak trains to go to Westminster to lobby their sitting MP on national CUK and local Chapter issues, and deepen our power analysis ahead of an likely election.
- This time could also be used to build stronger relationships with other Chapters or continue learning.
Please contact me or Jonathan with any queries or suggestions on the agenda and confirm attendance with Marta asap so she can arrange tickets.
Matthew Bolton, Executive Director
For more information, contact Tom Bulman, tel 07962 838685.