At our regular monthly group meeting we welcomed two guest speakers from local organisations to tell us more about their work.
Chris Waddilove from Citizens’ UK , Taunton group, explained the aims of his organisation as “empowering citizens to change lives”, using people power to oppose state power, make politicians accountable and support local organisations. CUK set up the Living Wage campaign and are currently campaigning for limitation of detention of asylum seekers, as well as putting pressure on Taunton Deane Council to accept responsibility for sheltering refugees.
- what would we get as a group if we affiliate;
- how are decisions made with CUK ;
- what are the core values and guidelines;
- what is community organising?
After discussion it was agreed that we should continue to keep in touch and campaign together where appropriate.
There was no proposal to affiliate at this time.
People to People Solidarity
Ali Borman from “People to People Solidarity” also based in Taunton, spoke about their fund-raising efforts and asked for solidarity and support.
Sarah Shaw has already visited The Auction House collection point, with food. Leaflets were circulated. A collection was made and members agreed to take a request for donations back to their organisations.
You can visit with donations: The Auction House, Canal Road, Taunton, TA1 1PN, Wednesdays 10am-2pm, Saturdays 10am-5pm, or donate money at Donate to People to People Solidarity
If you’d like to stay informed with their continued good work they have a Facebook group you can join.