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IS Network steering committee minutes - 1 December 2014

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Present: Simon, Steven, Sam, Kris, James

Apologies: Jenny, Kelly

1. The situation in the International Socialist Network
The IS Network has suffered a series of resignations. There was a lengthy discussion about what the cause was and what the best way forward might be. 
Steven will draft an article for the website about recent events and future plans for the network.

2. Bulletin for the National Members' Meeting
Steven is collating the next bulletin, including several pieces already published elsewhere. It will be out by the end of the week.
The deadline for second bulletin is 20th December, and the steering committee should encourage people to write.

3. National Members' Meeting
NMM venue is sorted out now. The meeting will take place two weeks after the national rs21 meeting.

4. Forums and working groups
We agreed to try and focus on producing a discussion in the revolutionary theory forum. Report from the LU working group. Acceptance that some of the forums and working groups are not functioning. 

5, Face to face IS Network SC meeting - Sunday 7th December, 6.30pm, Central London
Open to all members as usual, agreed to specifically invite anyone who wants to to come along.