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IS Network steering committee teleconference minutes (12-v-2014)

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IS Network Steering Committee teleconference (12-v-2014)

Present: Alison L (nationally elected), Kris S (chair, nationally elected), Rob M (rep: southwest and Wales), James N (rep: London), Simon H (secretary, nationally elected), Rich TT (rep, LGBT*Q+), Javaad A (nationally elected), Kat BM (secretary, nationally elected)

Apologies: Brian Collier (rep: Bradford/Leeds) Jade M (rep: women’s caucus), Luke S (rep: north west)


  1. Next national members’ meeting
  2. Progress on further regroupment proposals
  3. SC representation from other areas
  4. Reports
  5. Anti-fascist work
  6. AOB


1) Next national members’ meeting

Given the previous decision to invite other organisations to a second one-day unity conference on 2nd of August, and the previous decision that a national meeting requires a good deal of notice, Kris S argued that Saturday 30th of August was the next realistic date available.

Rich T proposed looking again at the calendar to see if there was any way of bringing this date forward. Kris S & Rich T to discuss prior to a date’s being announced.

Javaad A proposed that a social should be part of any NMM planning and that was agreed

2) Progress on further regroupment proposals

In response to the invitation sent to other organisations for a further one-day unity conference in August, Kris S reported back on a brief reply from rs21 explaining they need to discuss further within their Steering Group, and a reply from SR which seemed to object to our unity bulletin proposals’ being pursued before a further small meeting of the various groups’ representatives.

It was agreed to await further response from rs21.

3) SC representation from other areas

Kris S reported no progress on getting a rep from the northeast.

Javaad A has been in touch with the new members dual-carding with the International Socialist League, some of whom are based in London and are planning to get involved in London IS network activity. It would be particularly welcome if women members get involved and possibly stand as woman rep from London.

4) Reports

Steve Hedley / TUSC / RMT: Kat B reported back on the Hedley petition. Over 250 signatures and other high-profile women in the movement being approached. Election is on 22nd of May so the petition needs to be sent off to TUSC within the next few days, to give them a chance to consider and respond to the petition.

Alison L reported back on the activists’ meeting about Steve Hedley, in London. During the meeting an activist reported that there are RMT members who feel too intimidated to come forward with their concerns about the issue within the union. The activists’ group will meet again in a month, by which time it will be the RMT general secretary election will be closer.

Women’s publication: There is a face-to-face women’s publication editorial meeting planned for London on the weekend of 21st/22nd of June.

Branch and Membership: Javaad A has been in contact with new members - as reported there are about 5 ISL members joining us. The full ringround of members on the contact list has also started.

5) Anti-fascist work

It was a bad weekend for anti-fascists, with the EDL outnumbering our side in Rotherham and Britain First fascists & loyalists intimidating people at various mosques in Bradford. Javaad A reported that Leeds/Bradford branch will be discussing a proposal to initiate activity in Bradford in response.

Rich T and Javaad A discussed differing approaches to anti-fascist work, and agreed to take the discussion into the membership and to write pieces for the IS Network bulletin. Javaad A also reported that there has been a proposal for a regional stewarding meeting in the north and another proposal for a national meeting of anti-fascists. Javaad to update further.

6) AOB

rs21 event: rs21 is running a workplace activist training day on Saturday, some Network members will be going. rs21 organisers have made clear that IS Network members are welcome.

World Cup meeting: IS Network London and rs21 North London are planning a meeting on the politics of the World Cup in Brazil with Mike Marqusee

Facebook: We have the intersectionality pinboard up and running on Facebook.

Meeting closed