Motions for National PA Recall Conference from Stuart R

Motion: Fresh, creative and unfamiliar approaches must be encouraged and nurtured.

Conference notes

  • Upon launch, the People’s Assembly offered hope of a renewed resistance to government attacks.
  • Upon launch, the People’s Assembly carried a fresh momentum.
  • Momentum is easily lost.
  • From those on the fringes of the left there has been repeated calls for an organisation to step outside the typical model and offer something new.

Conference believes

  • The current political climate within the UK and elsewhere demonstrates that familiar activist practices have been less effective than desired.
  • To date most actions undertaken by the People’s Assembly have conformed to familiar activist practices.
  • The People’s Assembly doesn’t aim to replace any existing organisation on the left.
  • The People’s Assembly is a unique opportunity to find and build new, more effective methods of activism.

Conference resolves

  • To nurture an environment that is open to and encouraging of new ideas.
  • To prioritise and embrace new, experimental and unfamiliar methods of action.
  • To remain analytical, self critical and unafraid of the unfamiliar.

 


Motion: We must get what we need rather than accepting what we have.

Conference notes

  • At grassroots level, the left wing movement is done by those who show up.
  • Any organisation can only work with the resources it has.

Conference believes

  • As long as it accepts only what it has, grassroots left wing politics draws its talent pool entirely from that tiny demographic of people who are happy to/able to consistently volunteer their time.
  • To build the movement the left needs to engage with those outside the existing activist circles.
  • We are an intelligent and educated people. This is an untapped resource.
  • The People’s Assembly can be the tap.

Conference resolves

  • To identify the ways in which we can attract and retain the broadest range of talent.
  • To identify, seek out and actively engage those whose skills would be valuable to the movement.
  • To constantly demand more of ourselves.
  • To consistently identify what we need, and remain committed to getting it.
  • To remain committed to bridging the gap between what the left has, and what it needs.

 


Motion: We’re not another voice. We’re the loud hailer. We must be more than the sum of our parts.

Conference notes

  • The People’s Assembly doesn’t replace any existing organisations on the left.
  • It is a way to bring together the existing left.

Conference believes

  • There is a lot of noise on the left.
  • By adding to existing noise, overall noise levels increase only slightly.
  • Amplifying the existing noise is a more effective use of our time.
  • Those wishing to engage with existing methods of activism have many opportunities to do so outside of the People’s Assembly. They do not need the People’s Assembly to provide them with another opportunity to enact existing methods of activism. They need the People’s Assembly to make the existing opportunities more effective.

Conference resolves

  • To actively avoid duplicating any existing activities happening elsewhere in the movement.
  • To focus on methods of improving the existing left.
  • To aim to be more than the sum of our parts.
  • To ensure all our input is a multiplier, not an additive.

 


Motion: We shouldn’t simply take the temperature. We should take control of the heating.

Conference notes

  • The left has a long history of calling for change.

Conference believes

  • It’s time the left started creating the change it calls for.

Conference resolves

  • To prioritise fixing society over commenting on how damaged it is.

 

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