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  • #111180
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Gnome, how do those new folk hear about the meetings?Is it your street stalls, your contact lists, word-of-mouth, or what?

    #111181
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    alanjjohnstone wrote:
    Gnome, how do those new folk hear about the meetings?Is it your street stalls, your contact lists, word-of-mouth, or what?

    Largely by word-of-mouth and our contact lists but we also make wide use of social media like Facebook and Twitter (see some of the links given in #60).  Street stalls have not been held in Brighton since the time of the last General Election.  But things may well change now…

    #111179
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    A really good meeting tonight with 10 present, including 5 new faces (2 of whom were members who had not attended previously) – engaging, insightful & most importantly, active; unanimously agreeing to carry on, but differently…Plans were discussed for future activities, a possible change of venue and a proposed public meeting entitled 'Post-Capitalism – what now?'More information as it becomes available.

    #111182
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    A public meeting will be held in Brighton on Tuesday, 13 September.The upstairs venue room of the Victory Pub, 6 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AH has been booked between 19.30 and 21.30The working title is “Post-Capitalism: what now?”Put it in your diary now and start inviting peopleVarious tasks have been allocated including the following:-1)    Leaflets to be designed ACTION Ele B-G.2)    Leaflets run of a minimum 200 ACTION Anton P, Dave C.3)    Mail out batches of leaflets to the above ACTION Anton P, Dave C.4)    Distribution of leaflets ACTION Theo P.  (NB Freshers week), Amanda B, Ele B-G, David N.5)    Paul Mason author & journo to be asked to speak  ACTION Amanda B.6)    Event publicity via Brighton Peoples Assembly website ACTION Barry S.7)    Event publicity via social media ACTION Ele B-G.8)    Re: social media, investigate paid FB advertising ACTION Anton P, Ele B-G.Anyone else who is prepared to lend a hand with the publicity, etc. should PM me in the first instance. 

    #111183
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    A5 flyer advertising this event

    #111184
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    This is tonight (13 September) at 7.30pm 

    #111185
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Report of the meeting on 13 September

    Anton.P wrote:
    "Post Capitalism: What Now?"This title came from a previous meeting where the book ‘Post-capitalism’ by Paul Mason was brought up. Clearly from a party perspective we have nothing of the sort but we thought it an engaging subject for discussion. Attendees:Anton P – memberAmanda BElena B-GTheo PAiyana GMaria RJessica HJess BMike LTotal:9Publicity for the event was through a print run of 1000 leaflets designed by Elena B-G and distributed by mail and in local cafes, etc. On the evening posters were outside the pub. Social media was used as much as possible.Very disappointing turnout that began the discussion which lead on quickly to whether indeed we have ‘post-capitalism’ (we don’t!) and what in the face of misunderstanding & apathy, we can do. Co-operatives were discussed at length & largely dismissed though this lead to the idea of spreading ‘consciousness’ & expanded to encompass the Corbyn debate. Incidentally, there was a large support Corbyn benefit gig in Brighton that evening, unknown to us when we booked the date. It was also unseasonably warm & being inside was not attractive!The conclusion was that we need to engage specific interest groups. Indeed, leafleting at the mentioned gig would have had a much larger impact than our tiny meeting. I know from my own experience that we like to have these cosy meetings rather than cold leafleting so need to kick that habit! Also we would really welcome suggestions for which existing leaflets or new leaflet content and although it is our area, also suggestions for events to attend.The Universities were mentioned several times and it was decided this is where we need to concentrate. Theo & Aiyana offered to look into it.The new people contributed towards the end & were very interested in the cause with both saying they came from on-line engagement. Mike L saw it on ‘Meetup’ & he follows the party from time to time whereas Jess B saw it on Facebook from a friend of a friend (I think). They were impressed & will come again.There are no concrete plans at the present – We were all a bit down but our K&S branch secretary was very supportive. I have just heard my son Theo will let me know by Weds 28th Sept regarding a University suggestion.
    #111186
    jondwhite
    Participant

    Would it help if a SPGB member was willing to deliver a public talk in Brighton?

    #111187
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    jondwhite wrote:
    Would it help if a SPGB member was willing to deliver a public talk in Brighton?

    Possibly, although there have been two public talks already given in Brighton by a SPGB member (Howard P) in September 2015 and November 2015.Transcripts here:http://socialismoryourmoneyback.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/the-environment-and-red-green-politics.htmlhttp://socialismoryourmoneyback.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/the-false-promise-of-jeremy-corbyn.html

    #111188
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    A meeting, 'Capitalist Crisis and the Next World Slump' at the Fulton Building, Sussex Uni Campus on Wednesday, 28 September at 6pm (today), organised by Socialist Appeal (aka International Marxist Tendency) will be leafleted by members of the Brighton group.

    #111189
    Anonymous
    Inactive
    gnome wrote:
    A meeting, 'Capitalist Crisis and the Next World Slump' at the Fulton Building, Sussex Uni Campus on Wednesday, 28 September at 6pm (today), organised by Socialist Appeal (aka International Marxist Tendency) will be leafleted by members of the Brighton group.

    After dropping off the literature and chatting with one of the student organisers yesterday the members learned that Socialist Appeal run weekly meetups, so there appears to be plenty of opportunity to go along and start some kind of dialogue…

    #111190
    jondwhite
    Participant

    Perhaps Socialist Appeal could explain this from libcom

    Quote:
    In the 80s Militant under junior Lenin Ted Grant had the "disease of capitalism" position. I was involved in a campaign to get local authorities to include lbgt in their equal opportunities employment policies. Tommy Sheridan would always force a gay Militant member to speak against us. He knew that the man did not agree with the line but this was a test of loyalty. A large group of their membership disagreed with granddad Grant and it was seen a vulnerability that other sects could exploit and cause splits and steal members. When Grant died they changed their position very quickly- and without any pretence of an explanation. After a Labour Party Young Socialists meeting a group of Militant thugs attempted to queer bash me and a friend- we got away and to my amusement I met two of the perpetrators when I was out on the piss with the wildest of my mates a month or so later- we never beat them up (not my style) but we followed them from bar to bar taunting them. I guess if you trawl the bottom of Bolshevik pond you may still find some such prehistoric creatures still lurking in the slime today.
    #111191
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I'm pleased to report that one of the earliest visitors to the Brighton Group meetings, Jessica H, has been accepted into party membership.  Jessica also attended our Summer School in 2015. 

    #111192
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Members of the group will be having a literature stall outside Brighton rail station this Saturday, 21 January from 12 noon on the occasion of an NHS Rally.

    #111193
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Three Brighton comrades had a stall at today's NHS Rally there.

    Jessica H wrote:
    It was good!  We were there for about an hour and gave out loads of leaflets, some Standards.  Few people seemed genuinely interested in the party.We're planning to make more contact with the Sussex Marxist society too;  I'm going to go to another meeting and see about doing a joint evening of talks or something similar.
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