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What Is MOMENTUM

"Momentum is the organisation built out of supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign.

What does Momentum want to do?

 

Organise in every town, city and village to create a mass movement for real progressive change.

 

Make Labour a more democratic party, with the policies and collective will to implement them in government.

 

Bring together individuals and groups in our communities and workplaces to campaign and organise on the issues that matter to us.

 

How will Momentum do this?

Organise events, rallies, meet ups and policy consultations to encourage mass mobilisation for a more democratic, equal and decent society.

 

Encourage those inspired by Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to get involved with the Labour Party. Assist members in making their voice heard in Labour Party debates.

 

Facilitate and coordinate people to build new and support existing organisations that can make concrete improvements to people's lives. Through these actions, we aim to demonstrate on a micro level how collective action and Labour values can transform our society for the better.

 

Who runs it?

Formed as a successor to the Corbyn campaign, Momentum is in the process of setting up governance arrangements to represent its supporters amongst the Labour Party membership as well as the wider social movement which is springing up. As it grows, Momentum will develop democratic governance structures at every level of the network.

 

What is the relationship to Labour and Jeremy Corbyn?

Momentum is the successor entity to the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader campaign but it is independent of the Labour Party's leadership. It will work with everyone who supports Jeremy's aim of creating a more fair, equal and democratic society.

MOMENTUM IS NOT A FACTION NOR A PARALLEL POLITICAL PARTY TO LABOUR PARTY

BUT A MOVEMENT

 

Momentum is a network for people inside and outside the Labour Party to organise and build a mass, democratic movement for progressive change.

 

Momentum will help people develop their own organisations in their areas on the issues that most matter to them.

 

It will assist these groups in campaigning and working with allies, but importantly in making real changes in people’s lives now.

 

Already, activists are discussing setting up a private sector tenants’ union, cooperative childcare, a network of food banks, and much more.

 

Corbyn and McDonnell have said another world is possible. It is. That’s why we want a Labour government in 2020. But, while we grow ’til then, there’s so much to do to start building that world today.

 

SOURCE: Shelly Asquith is NUS Vice President of Welfare and was Student Youth and Young Trade Unionist spokesperson for the Jeremy Corbyn leadership campaign

Momentum: Building the Labour Movement

 

Momentum is made up of people from many different parts of the political spectrum. Seasoned campaigners, newbies, trade unionists, students, Labour and Green Party members.

 

And in the era of 'a new kind of politics' there is a necessity to respect where we are all coming from to ensure we can get to where we need to be.

 

Crucial to building Momentum will be the ability of local groups to be inclusive and outward looking.

 

To welcome all these different strands, to identify what we can learn from each other, to develop campaigns and to organise within our communities and trade unions to deliver a Labour victory in 2020.

 

But most importantly to develop a new layer of activists ready to lead the fight for a better world based on the principles of the Labour Party, reinvigorating and enlivening our current structures.

 

Many of the activists involved in Momentum genuinely want to work with (and are indeed members of) local Labour parties.

 

We want to engage in the structures, support the canvassing and campaigning work that many of them are already doing, not cut across, undermine or duplicate.

 

SOURCE HUFFINGTON POST

 

WHY MOMENTUM WAS BEGUN?

In a statement issued at lunchtime on Tuesday (December 8 2015) in the wake of the Guardian report, Momentum said the group had “sprung out of a desire to empower people not previously energised, to encourage those people to engage in debate and to organise on issues which affect them in their communities”.

HOW MOMENTUM COULD BRING BACK THE LOST

OVER 23 MILLION NON VOTERS.

 

HOW GREECE'S SYRIZA WENT FROM 4 PER CENT MICRO PARTY TO 30 PER CENT OF

VOTES AND GOVERNMENT.

 

An example from abroad:

SYRIZA's Solidarity for All group that was an outreach movement to the community in Greece:

 

HOW GREECE'S SYRIZA WENT FROM 4 PER CENT MICRO PARTY TO

30 PER CENT OF VOTES AND GOVERNMENT

in 1 month of 2 general elections:

 

..."Solidarity for All, which provides logistical and administrative support to the movement...avowedly political movement of well over 400 citizen-run groups – food solidarity centres, social kitchens, cooperatives, “without middlemen” distribution networks for fresh produce, legal aid hubs, education classes – that has emerged in response to the near-collapse of Greece’s welfare state, and has more than doubled in size in the past three years.

 

As well as helping people in difficulty, Giovanopoulos said, Greece’s solidarity movement was fostering

“almost a different sense of what politics should be –

a politics from the bottom up,

that starts with real people’s needs.

It’s a practical critique of the empty, top-down,

representational politics our traditional parties practise.

It’s kind of a whole new model, actually. And it’s working.”

 

... Syriza-led government ...when were first elected in 2012 the radical left party’s 72 MPs voted to give 20% of their monthly salary to a solidarity fund that would help finance Solidarity for All.

 

(Many help further; several have transferred their entitlement to free telephone calls to a local project.)

 

The party says the movement can serve as an example and a platform for the social change it wants to bring .

 

SOURCE: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/23/greece-solidarity-movement-cooperatives-syriza

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell on Labour’s new politics:

“It’s a story we can all be part of”

This is going to be one of the most significant periods for politics this country has seen for a century, writes the shadow chancellor.SOURCE: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/economy/2015/12/john-mcdonnell-labour-s-new-politics-it-s-story-we-can-all-be-part

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour being most powerful force for progressive change in generations.

 

SOURCE:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/05/john-mcdonnell-jeremy-corbyn-labour-force-progressive-change?CMP=share_btn_fb

Momentum:

Building the Labour Movement

 

Whilst much of this new social movement appears uncertain there is one thing I am sure of, for me, politics has never been this exciting and there's no way I'm going to miss it.

 

If there is the slightest hope that Momentum can invigorate the Labour movement, build an inclusive space for discussion, education and action which ultimately aims to end the austerity agenda of the Tories then from where I'm standing we've got nothing to lose.

 

SOURCE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/nadine-houghton-/momentum_b_8412306.html

WHAT IS MOMENTUM?

It means not waiting

until we’re in Government to get things done

8TH OCTOBER, 2015

 

To deliver on this promise of participatory, the Corbyn campaign has today transformed into the Momentum movement. Momentum is a network for people inside and outside the Labour Party to organise and build a mass, democratic movement for progressive change.

 

Momentum will help people develop their own organisations in their areas on the issues that most matter to them. It will assist these groups in campaigning and working with allies, but importantly in making real changes in people’s lives now. Already, activists are discussing setting up a private sector tenants’ union, cooperative childcare, a network of food banks, and much more.

 

Through these actions, we hope to make the case for a transformative Labour government in 2020 that brings people together to build a more democratic, equal and decent society.

Corbyn and McDonnell have said another world is possible. It is. That’s why we want a Labour government in 2020. But, while we grow ’til then, there’s so much to do to start building that world today.

 

SOURCE:

http://labourlist.org/2015/10/what-is-momentum-it-means-not-waiting-until-were-in-government-to-get-things-done/

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Momentum, founded by Jon Lansman, a former aide to Tony Benn who was heavily involved in Mr Corbyn’s leadership campaign, now has 95 branches throughout the country. In the tradition of grassroots political movements, it has no formal leader, and when The Independent spoke to one of its main organisers, they asked to be referred to only as a spokesperson. The exact number of supporters is not known but is, he said, in the “tens of thousands”.

MOMENTUM IS NOT INSIDE

THE LABOUR PARTY

 

Jeremy Corbyn (Labour leader) ... has few personal connections to Momentum, the 60,000-strong left-wing pressure group that was built out of his leadership election campaign" ..."Corbyn rarely talks directly to the leaders of Momentum, and they have only fleeting communications with him."...

 

..."Corbyn’s top organiser (for his leadership bid of Labour party in September 2015) ... Jon Lansman

 

Corbyn’s friend Jon Lansman was one of the most important architects of Corbyn’s victory. He was one of only two registered directors of

“Jeremy Corbyn Campaign 2015 (Supporters) Ltd.”, the other was Simon Fletcher — who was soon to become Corbyn’s chief of staff. The company was set up to collect Corbyn’s campaign funding and support data and has since changed its name to Momentum Campaign (Services) Ltd."...

 

..."The Corbyn campaign set up seven offices around the country, staffed with campaign workers who phone-called party members to try to get support. There were two offices in London, at Unite's headquarters in Holborn and at the Transport and Salaried Staff Association offices near Euston. The TSSA office ran Corbyn’s strategy, and that office is now the Momentum HQ."...

 

Day after Jeremy Corbyn's victory Momentum began to emerge..."Momentum officially launched on October 8 and despite extended discussions by its newly formed leadership as to the possible ways it could be structured, it quickly got out of control.

 

Setting up a local branch of Momentum was easy, meaning literally anyone could do it. One local founder says that they set up a Facebook page, stuck the Momentum logo on it, and announced that they were now in charge of Momentum for their area. The same story was repeated across the country.

 

Local groups were set up by all sorts, from people whose first taste of politics had been working on Corbyn’s phone banks to those who had been politically active in their area for a long time. SOURCE LINK CLICK HERE                  

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Momentum is a grassroots network coming out of the 'Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader' campaign

In a year, Momentum's membership has exploded to almost 20,000 full members, and

ten times as many supporters