Sunday, 15 February 2015

Developing a network of progressive groups in Christchurch

An Open letter to Activists in Canterbury 

Kia ora koutou,

In recent years progressive groups in Christchurch have tended to work on their own issues in isolation from each other. The earthquakes have also naturally meant a stronger personal focus for many people and their families.

We think the city would benefit from us working more closely together for the benefit of everyone and therefore we are proposing that together we develop a network of progressive groups and people here in Christchurch.

The aim would be to help each group gain greater support from a wider pool of supporters and potential supporters and to give a stronger public profile and direction for progressive politics in Christchurch.

On the practical side we are proposing the network organise a monthly forum at WEA to focus on a particular issue.

The first forum will be held on 
Monday 2 March  
7pm to 8.30pm  
WEA, 59 Gloucester Street 

and will focus on the union campaign against zero hour contracts. It will have workers and union officials speak about the issue and seeking wider practical community support for this campaign. (link to Facebook event page below) 

At this meeting we will also want to get feedback on this proposed network and discuss how it could work most effectively for the benefit of progressive politics in Christchurch.

We hope you will be able to make the meeting.

In solidarity,

Ben Peterson, Union organiser
Liz Gordon, Former Alliance MP and QPEC spokesperson
Murray Horton, CAFCA, Anti-Bases Campaign
John Minto, QPEC spokesperson and Mana Movement co-vice President
Warren Brewer, political activist
Paul Hopkinson, political activist
Robert Lechte, Mana Otautahi member
Michael Will, MUNZ member
Lois McClintock, Internet Party candidate 2014
Byron Clark, political activist
Joe Davies, Union organiser
Leiana Robertson, Mana Otautahi Chair

Go to the Facebook Event page