Plan for 2017 to be discussed and voted on at Lewisham Momentum AGM

lewishammomentumOn Monday 27 February Lewisham Momentum is holding its second AGM (7pm, New Cross Learning, 283 New Cross Road – Facebook event here). The agenda is below.

We will be discussing and voting on a strategic plan for 2017 drafted out of a brainstorm and discussion we had at our last organising meeting on 6 February. You can read the document here.


7pm Welcome and introduction to AGM (chair Jill Mountford)

7.10 Speakers:
Joe Cowley, NUT rep at Forest Hill Boys School, where a big struggle is about to begin
Kelly Rogers, rep at Ritzy cinema in Brixton, part of Picturehouse strike
Questions and suggestions

AGM business

7.30 Strategy document (Rebecca Lawrence to introduce)

8.10 Election of officers
3 Chairs (to rotate each meeting)
3 or 4 administrators – emails, social media, data, website
3 CLP organisers
Treasurer – supported by fundraising working group
2 or 3 action point minutes takers (to rotate each meeting)
6 delegates to 11 March grassroots Momentum networking conference

Reports from working groups and organisation of new ones, including
Migrant workers and refugees
Political education
Education cuts

8.50 Solidarity picture for Derby TAs’ fight

8.55 CLP caucuses

9.15 Finish

Sylvia Pankhurst: an organiser for working-class women

sylviaI first had this published in Workers’ Liberty magazine number 58 in 2000.

I’ll be speaking about Sylvia at a meeting on 5 March to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 – 3pm at New Cross Learning, 283 New Cross Road. Facebook event here.

“The name of our paper, the Woman’s Dreadnought, is symbolic of the fact that the women who are fighting for freedom must fear nothing. It suggests also the policy of social care and reconstruction which is the policy of awakening womanhood throughout the world, as opposed to the cruel, disorganised struggle for existence amongst individuals and nations from which Humanity has suffered in the past… the chief duty of the Dreadnought will be to deal with the franchise question from the working-woman’s point of view… (and) to review the whole field of the women’s emancipation movement.”
– From the first edition of the Woman’s Dreadnought

On International Women’s Day (March 8, 1914) Sylvia Pankhurst, having been expelled from the suffragette organisation, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), by her mother, Emmeline, and sister, Christabel, launched a working class women’s paper, the Women’s Dreadnought, in the East End of London. Continue reading “Sylvia Pankhurst: an organiser for working-class women”