Poet, musician and political activist Attila the Stockbroker, pictured right, is making a special appearance to open the Croydon Assembly on November 26.
“He featured in many rallies Jeremy Corbyn held during his recent election campaign and will get us off to a roaring start,” Ted Knight, of the Croydon People’s Assembly, said.
Philipa Harvey, the former president of the National Union of Teachers, will then set the scene, opening up the discussion.
“The open conflict between the courts and the Tory government over Brexit has brought the crisis of democracy – or the lack of it – in the UK right out into the open, making the work of the Assembly even more important,” Knight said.
“Behind the argument over who can trigger Article 50 is the more fundamental question about whose interests come first, when the UK negotiates to leave the European Union.
“Both the government and Parliament want business and financial interests put first – as if they were the same as those of working class people. They are not.
“As we have seen in Croydon and neighbouring areas, starting that way round has led to cuts in services, sweetheart deals with property developers, a massive shortage of affordable housing, a break-up of the education system and a major crisis in the health service. We are told we are powerless to stop them.
“So on November 26, we will work on drawing up a People’s Plan for the borough as a basis for taking action in Croydon and beyond. The aim is to put people in control of their lives, services and communities.”
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