To get us started I’m posting a list of activities and some notes on practicalities. Comments please.
We have taken on voter registration as one activity.
Need for maximum info on who is registered and who isn’t. Where from?
The Big Society.
Legal advice and support for claimants and housing tenants,
Digital championing (vital as more official paperwork goes online). Foodbanks
Who is doing what that we can support. What can be identified that needs new initiatives.
Support for local anti-cuts groups
Focus for talking to people, finding out what support is wanted, giving advice, advocating support for campaigns…
Stall to have a circuit or several stalls?
Table, banner, transport, leaflets, people
Gather leaflets from all campaigns. Storage and retrieval? Updating?
Protection against wind and rain.
Sympathetic pub/cafe/hall – display space?
Which LP wards do such. Join them.
Where ward doesn’t – propose via ward meeting and recruit people to do the knocking.
Part of the new politics espoused by the Corbyn campaign was devolving the basis of policy making. These could involve not just discussion of possibilities but the gathering of information on the local state of affairs rooting those discussions in the way things have been and the way they are now.
Can be started with a blog here, or a page on the website
Covering areas of forums, promoting involvement in them.
Need a list of usable spaces, capacity, cost…
Suggestions for initial subjects/speakers
A public meeting for existing campaigns to report on their activity and to ask for assistance in specific areas. A Campaigns Council – equivalent of the Trades Council. Maybe quarterly.
Supporting existing campaigns
Establishing and promoting a full diary of events and activities
Regular email compendiums of forthcoming events
Recruiting via public meetings
Socials and cultural events.
Fundraising gigs. Cause of the night – half surplus to CAM, half to specific cause or campaign.
List of venues capacities, costs etc.
Performers? Who do we know?
Socials for us – vital. Hall or pub, or college space?
For adults – reading groups?
General political education for adults – history of the labour movement.
Local radical history exploration
Communication (writing, speaking, singing, theatre, stand up…), media training, interpersonal (listening, observing, understanding, democratic discipline…),
organisational (running groups, meetings, campaigns…) ,
intellectual (politics, philosophy, economics for starters)