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IS Network steering committee teleconference minutes (18-viii-2014)

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ISN steering committee teleconference minutes (18/viii/2014)

Present: Kris, Kat, Simon, James, Edd, Gareth, Jenny
Apologies: Paris, Luke

Agenda

  1. MAMA (Minutes And Matters Arising)
  2. Implementing agreed perspectives (Brian's point on FB)
  3. Birmingham AntiCapitalists
  4. Working groups
  5. Next meeting

 

1. MAMA

Went through the last meetings minutes and action points.

 

2. Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union meeting (20th Sept, London)

Makes sense for us to network the conference through our trade union conference. A few Birmingham comrades have gone to Reclaim the Power (antifracking camp in Blackpool) this weekend Edd will try and get a report from them for the ISN website. Which will be some activity on the subject for the website.

Discussion about how the network organises and can develop work around particular issues. This will clearly be a major theme of the NMM. Gareth raised the idea of a possible "buddy system" to help develop more support for different areas of work.

 

3. Birmingham AntiCapitalists

Edd reported on Birmingham AC group - having a meeting on Friday at 4pm to report back on the ISN NMM.

 

4. Working groups for national members' meeting (NMM)

We need volunteers to do the ring rounds for the NMM.

Left Unity - Amendments have been produced for the draft education policy document that ISN members have seen. Simon has emailed Kate asking if the foreign policy document has substantially changed from the March policy conference.

LGBTQ/Women's caucus working together on the transphobia meeting, speaker organised and venue booked at Goldsmiths for 20th September. Time is from 1-5pm.

NHS demo/work - Gareth is coordinating with Mark B on the docs not cops campaign and general work around NHS privatisation.

 

5. Next meeting

Monday 25th August, 8pm

Next weeks agenda and to-do list for next week

Divided up the national members list - James
Simon to draft points to discuss with members on the ring round
NMM anti-racist/anti-fascist conference - Simon to circulate Mike from Socialist Resistance's document
Report backs from the working groups.