NoTTIP planning meeting 2/8/14 Notes

Reflections on 12 July day of action


Norwich: We had a professor of development economics who gave an overview of TTIP. And a speaker from KONP. Then a discussion afterward, where we came up with campaign ideas. We’ve started with one – sign-on statement from local politicians and people to put pressure on and get media attention. We had nearly 100 people in the room on the day of action – there was a huge amount of enthusiasm. And then 20 or so people at a demonstration.


What went well What could have been better
So many different speakers on different angles It would have been great to see more banners from supporting groups. And where were the unions? We need a banner in front of the march next time.
The best thing was that it was made very clear that we can change things. Some people didn’t find the action because it moved or because the website was too slow.
It was a good turn out and vibe, a symbolic show of strength. People felt the action was a bit fragmented. Maybe because there were so many people.
Liked the stilt walker as a great image that engaged a lot of people. The march should have been more organised so all that arrived at 12 knew what they were doing. The march could also have been longer. It could have stopped in more places. People kept getting separated, drivers got angry.
The newspaper was written nice and simply as a good publicity tool. People couldn’t hear the microphone.
The march reached out about the issue to new people. It seems like it’s definitely worth keeping on with similar protests. More noise and a band would have been good. We could also have had a Trojan horse like in Germany.
The speakers were very good. It was very informative and emotionally positive to see how the issue relates to different struggles. The action should have had better publicity.
The messaging was good, highlighting how TTIP cuts across issues. Some people weren’t sure what was happening when people split into different activities. Maybe this was because there were more people than expected.
Kids activities were extremely good. The space itself was away from any public so nobody else could have seen what was happening – maybe this is another thing to think about.
Interesting, engaging, colourful. The media presence could have been bigger. Do we need to think about how to get more media?
The messaging was simple which was good for engaging people. It was good that the action was not UK-centric but Europe-wide. If we can get the groups who signed on to get more involved that would be good.
Norwich was organised by just 3-4 people with no resources – you can do a lot with a little! It brought together people who were already active, but we need to reach out beyond these groups. This is a lot about our language and messaging.
The location allowed us to get away with a lot that we wouldn’t have in parliament square. We could make a bigger link to the history of the anti-globalisation movement
Actually the media coverage was quite good: BBC, Radio 4, Independent, VICE. Target not great as it was closed. Maybe before there could have been direct action there when it was open.

Update on TTIP

–        Negotiations happen every 2 months, the next round will probably be end of September in Washington or Miami. Then after that Brussels in November.

–        They are experiencing a lot of problems negotiating TTIP – “they” are losing the public debate. We control the public narrative – that’s key for us to win this!

–        Strategically EU and US don’t totally agree on everything. EU want’s financial negotiation in there (and so do big banks), but the US are refusing at the moment. The US are desperate to get the wishes of big agri business – but the EU is pushing back on this. We can exploit that!

–        There’s a lot of powerful people and a lot of money behind TTIP – we need to fight hard to win this!

–        The house of lords report: It was a really bad report – positive towards TTIP. We are going to some of the Lords to try and change that view.

–        There’s no fixed timetable for the negotiating – the US wants it finished before the next US election.

–        Big campaigns in Germany, France, Austria – people are quite impressed with the UK action – the majority of responses to the ISDS consultation came from the UK.

–        European citizens’ initiative – if you get 1.000.000 signatures you get 1 day in the EU parliament to present your cause. Campaigners are launching an EU-wide petition for this. We need to make sure the EU Parliament will not vote it though.

–        CITA is being held back at the moment because of the ISDS consultation

–        The NHS: The UK government says that TTIP will not affect the NHS, but that is not true – healthcare is not in the treaty – the UK government could remove it, but has not done it. Only audio-visual is not in, because France has demanded it to be taken out

–        People are resisting across the EU. Spain and Greece – talking about corporate dictatorship. Italy and France are focussing a lot on agribusiness. In August Italian activists will go around to local authorities to get them to join the resistance. In France local authorities are declaring themselves as TTIP free zones.

–        There’s a call for an international day of action on 11 October – it’s against TTIP, Tisa, CITA – against free trade. There’s a list of signatories already – contact Vica to add your group to the list. It’s a call for autonomous actions – so local actions can be appropriate to their context.

–        Work is going on now to outreach to countries where not much is going on – and to campaign groups that are not involved yet.

–        Trade agreements have allowed for a corporate takeover of our society – normally they have just gone through – so the people in power are chocked that we are resisting so much.

–        We need a common agreement on Hashtag to use.
Alternative Trade Mandate – people working to create principles for good trade. Trade should be about redistribution and protecting the environment etc. It’s very useful for us to have an alternative – even if it’s still being worked out. Some of these principles are already being used in Latin America.


Future actions
Upcoming actions:

11 Oct: Int day of action on TTIP


21 Sept: Ppl’s climate march

The Putney debate – End of October for 2 weeks

Lots of petitions: Avaaz, Campact, WDM etc.

999 call for the NHS – 6 September

6th August – Meeting against Cita and TTIP (Islington 277a Unity church Upper st)

TUC protest – 18 Oct

Global Frack Down – 11 Oct

Reclaim the Power 14-20 August

30 August-5September: Week of action in Newport against NATO summit

Radical independence – 18 September vote

Stop AIDS – have been meeting with MEPs + MPs – lobbying on TTIP

18 Oct – Occupy Parliament SQ: 1 day themed about TTIP

Ideas for actions to defeat TTIP
Referendum on the EU: We could build towards referendum on TTIP
Local debates – make it an issue for local press
Critical Mass to shot down the City of London – unregulated (Drive on the left + right) to show what lack of regulation
Form a party – or get together the Greens
No TTIP banner on websites of supporters

Make little video clips focussed on different interests: Food, HIV medicine
Do another newspaper – and get a lot more!
Focus actions on local services, local issues in specific locations – like local hostpital closure
Occupy Democracy
Having TTIP info stand outside Europe House
TTIP-free councils
Focussing on companies lobbying for TTIP
Targeting City UK – big Lobbying consortium of banks, based in the City, lobbying heavily for TTIP

More coordination between grassroots groups and NGOs organising – central communitation hub
More of the same branding – we need one hashtag
We need more placards
Some sort of uniform to make our action more visible

Everyone change fb pic to noTTIP
Hit other marches with info
Have leaflets and newspapers early!
Follow the Kony campaign (not content!) – Placards with just the Hashtag and the website
Twitter storm just before action
Media hub
Stick up posters just outside tube stations

Specific emails to different interest groups
Framing everything we do around the corporate takeover of the world
Highlight that smaller businesses will lose out – targeting small business federation
Alternative media press list – we need to get more out about the campaign
Physically target the BBC – go to question time.
Engage with local communities / organisations
Get people to use TTIP in all their digital communications – email signatures etc.

Lobbying MPs – link it to the protest or the billboard launch
Flash mobs etc. in the run-up to the 11ths
We need something for the clicktivists – we could target twitter accounts like the European parliament or MEPs
We should have loads of materials / publications to hand out to people leading up to 11 Oct and on the TUC march.
Mark Thomas is on tour
Get celebs involved – particularly on social media

Get at catchy logo
More material to educate people – like the newspaper
Celebrity endorsement
Animal protection activists
Targeting businesses
Get small businesses to put up noTTIP posters

We need leaflet for 11 Oct – soon!!
We need to get the media + MPs on board
We need to use more social media to promote
a noTTIP meeting in every borough in the country
TTIP-free councils
Feedback from working groups

11 October working group

Aims: visibility, getting messages to public, bigger numbers, more diverse turn out, create momentum, question the whole system through TTIP

Plan: talk? March? Autonomous actions? Local actions? Samba band, noise, tall things. MAP to hand out. Unregulated cycle ride. Info hub.

Next steps: workshops, continuity of work, communicate and collaborate with fracking groups. Get list of targets out. We need a planning meeting – we will organise it and inform the list.

Our Comms and Media working group

AIMS: Spread the message, knowledge, making message consistent, contacting people that inspires them to take action.

Plan: hub of resources for activists: posters and leaflets downloadable etc, template press releases, stickers. Twibbons.

Next steps: Make a decision on how to get all the info on the website.

Outreach Working Group

AIM: get every household in the country to know about TTIP.

Plan: target different groups. Needs to be a simpler message to get the idea across. Target different levels: local communities, going to actions that are happening, using national media. Tailoring message to different groups.

Targets Working Group

AIM: Put TTIP in the context of the way the world is run by corporations

Plan: Put it into context of people’s lives. The existing material is very complicated. Get a message out about how the world could be.

Parliamentary Working Group

AIM: build opposition to TTIP in parliament. Build greater awareness among MPs and show los of people care.

Plan: Parliamentary day of action – could be UK or EU on 9 October, the Thursday before national action. Either email your MP or MEP to ask them to raise questions to oppose TTIP or you go to central Lobby and summon your MPs.


Coordination: This space is valuable, it’s important to re-create. We’ll call another forum beginning of September and keep people up to date through the mailing list. This should be kept London-focused but in September we can discuss organising a national assembly.

Author : James : World Development Movement



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