OK! So who would think that this is just a sample of what came out of the meeting!
We finally have got the first of the minutes out – apologies for the time it took, those hangovers aren’t getting any shorter… Please check it all out, it’s got loads of good and useful info – we’ve put some of the best stuff at the bottom to make you go all the way down! Also we need help to fill in a few gaps.
1. Network X at TUC 2. Network X statement
3. January 29th 4. Regional Meetings
5. Links and contacts 6. Network report backs
7. FE Bulletin! 8. Next gathering
9. Critical reflections 10. Questions of gatherers
There will be future mail outs – and we may even move to a fortnightly one if information keeps coming in – so please update us and keep checking the site.
1. Network X at TUC March 26th Demo
A call out was drafted and adopted by the Network X gathering on the weekend. it is a broad call out with room for furtherance locally – you can find it on the links below.
2. Network X Statement
A statement on class struggle was agreed and adopted by the gathering on the weekend, with 14 stand asides with concerns expressed
3. January 29th – A call out was made to take action on the 29th January at the demonstrations in London and Manchester
4. Regional delegates meetings
There were several regional meetings called
North West to be held in Manchester – 2nd February, anchester, 7pm, venue tbc – for more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
please email email@example.com with title REGIONAL with more information on regional gatherings- we know they’re happening, get it out there!
5. Links to be uploaded
Links to groups that provide support and skills are being uploaded on the website. Please send all info and links to firstname.lastname@example.org – the more we get to share the better, and please send us the links we’ve missed. Here are a few of the ones that were picked out – but the rest will be on the website by the end of the week, promise!
Activist trauma support – http://www.activist-trauma.net/
Scottish Activist Legal Project – scalp.noflag.org
Media training offered by climate camp media team – email@example.com
Support the youth in doing DA and security – anticutsaction.wordpress.com
Urban and rural climbing training – firstname.lastname@example.org
Emails, lists, security training, blogging, defend your data – Aktivix.org
If you have any more useful info and links please mail email@example.com
6. Report backs from Networks
We had a productive practical session and ideas came out for a national aggregator website. The basic features we said we wanted were:
– English language
– Focused on anti-cuts (for the time being), but with the possibility of expanding in the future
– User-filtered content: no editorial control, however some degree of moderation
– To be launched as soon as possible
The different skills required include:
– Tech and programming
– Source finding
– Promotion and publicity of the site, copy when it needs to be written
– Feedback from people on matters of accessibility and aesthetics
– Somebody to put tags on articles and content?
Here is where people can sign up for the announce list: https://lists.aktivix.org/mailman/listinfo/newsagg
NINJA will no longer be administrating anything to do with Network X, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for Network X enquiries.
NINJA will also no longer be attempting to be an outreach network – a very cogent concern was that the name was not particularly broad in appeal! However it will still continue as a propaganda organisation, with some very cool stuff to come!
An outreach network will still be continued, potentially under the name Shout Out (yes we know it was on Network X bingo!). To find out more please e-mail email@example.com – this is the interim contact address until the network has been named.
The practical aims of the Outreach network, as a starting point, can be found here, http://ninjarise.wordpress.com/who-we-are/n3-2/ – please bare with us though as the rest will be edited in the coming 10 days.
Green and Black Cross
3 regional groups were set up at Network X – South Coast, North West and London – get in touch if you want set up a group or you want more information on the regional groups set up.
Some upcoming meetings
Green & Black Cross Legal Observer Training
23 January, 13:30 – 18:00 G2 Lecture Theatre, Ground floor of SOAS, Near Russel Square
7pm London, on the steps of the Institute of Education next to SOAS
Legal Defence and Monitoring Group are holding info night for defendants
Feb 6th – LARC, London, 7.30pm
GBC skill share session
12th Feb, venue TBC
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
There will there be online direct action training with UKUNCUT on 22nd January
So We Stand
Please hit us up with your minutes! X
7. FE Bulletin
Is being produced and prepared for distribution as we speak!
to get involved with this bulletin, lend your support with contacts, some help with distribution please get in touch with email@example.com
or firstname.lastname@example.org in brighton, and south coast
This is to go out nationwide and they are looking for contributions from FE students to go in this (it will only be two sides of A4 so they don’t need to be very long) on topics like:
– the affect that the cuts (including but not limited to EMA and tuition fees) will have on them
– but we also want to show that in reality EMA is used as a disciplinary tool (we don’t just defend how things are uncritically)
– their experience of the movement so far (good things, impressive things, but also the reality of repression which college students have faced, any stories resisting this would be good)
Get on it!
8. Next gathering
We agreed to have another gathering, and there is a mail list that is being formed to discuss it, if you want to get involved (you crazy fools!) then e-mail email@example.com with the title GATHERING.
9. Organisers critical reflections
Lessons learnt and recognitions of failings will be published in the next few days. Hopefully this can serve as a guide for future organisers, and provide a collaborative forum for skill sharing.
This was a first stab at a gathering like this and there were lots of lessons to be shared, so watch the next mail out for details of where and how to – but if you have any thoughts you want to share immediately please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title REFLECTIONS
10 .QUESTIONS OF GATHERERS
We want contact details, links and information on all these things that were brought up at the gathering. Please email email@example.com with the title LINKS! Safe!
A few examples of gaps…
Details on Brighton carnivalesque action.
Details of Brighton training weekend
Details of Bristol guide for students at demos
Love police training in Cambridge
Tripod training collective in Scotland
Anarchist Black Cross Prisoner support
Squatters support and other housing support projects
We know it was a tad difficult at times, but if this is just some of what we can do when we get together, even when put together by a rag tag bunch of first timers, then the future looks pretty hopeful!
Lots of love