See proposal agreed at Regional Network on 31 July 2016: proposal-for-a-momentum-northern-region-conference

See facebook event here

Here’s a summary from Jamie of whats planned so far. Next conference planning meeting is Monday 31 October, 7pm, Broadacre House

Hi everyone,
We have made progress since the regional conference planning meeting last week.  We’ve found a venue for the regional conference, Castlegate in Newcastle city centre, on 3rd December 2016.
Objectives:
The conference has two main aims
– To allow democratic decision making on a regional level about Momentum’s structures & policies.
– To enthuse, train and integrate some of the thousands of new & rejuvenated political activists who have joined our cause over the past year.

The details:
The venue is CastleGate in Newcastle.  It’s a former Manors Power Station and has a great look & feel to it, and has accessible toilets, lift to all floors, dedicated crèche room, etc.  There’s a large main space for debate and headline speakers, and an area for stalls for partners / sponsors such as trade unions and other allied campaigning groups.  There are three other large meeting rooms suitable for workshops of approx 100 each, with smaller rooms for breakout sessions.  We’ve haggled quite a bit and got the price down from £2200 to £1143 for exclusive use of the whole building, subject to us doing all the setting up & tidying up and running a proper stewarding service.
Link:  http://thecastlegate.co.uk/venue/

The approximate outline for the day is:
Morning (approx 9:30 to 10): short plenary session – e.g. a keynote by the Durham teaching assistants
Morning (approx 10: to 1pm) Momentum structure and policy resolutions and debates. We need ideas on how Momentum should be structured, both regionally and nationally. We also need motions on issues of importance for Momentum in the North East Region.
Afternoon (approx 2 to 5pm) Three parallel strands, whether workshops, talks, or debates:
A:  Skills – e.g. canvassing, the art of persuasion, community activism, standing for election, a case, working with the local press, analysing data?
B:  Policy- e.g. issues that we want to influence, anything from economics, defence, education, the NHS, immigration, etc.
C: History – e.g. aspects of the history and structure of the Labour movement.

Evening: There may be an additional set of workshops, or possibly a central event in the main hall with national speakers.  Suggestions are invited.
We are currently working on getting some headline speakers.

We’re aiming as much as possible to have interactive, participatory sessions rather than passive speaker-audience sessions.

When people get to practice, engage, discuss and interact the level of action that comes from an event is higher.

In particular, if you know of people that produce excellent quality sessions, please put us in touch.

Suggestions we have had so far include:
Social media campaigning
How the Labour Party works
How to stand for council
Effective direct action campaigning – how private renters are making a real difference
Activism, Clicktivism, and Bulding a Social Movement
Pint & Politics – arguing for socialism without alienating people
Dying to Work – campaigns around benefit sanctions
Trade Union involvement
Corbynomics – Where Will The Money Come From?

The main hall will be arranged to hold 400.  The rest of the spaces cannot exceed 340 in total.  This gives a maximum attendance of 740 people, but a realistic limit will be lower since people will move between sessions.

Solidarity,Jamie

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