At 7pm exactly tonight, the Sydney Alliance City Assembly will begin. This is one of the many things that is different about the Sydney Alliance – meetings always start and end on time. It’s a tip of the hat to the importance of professionalism for civil society – and a mark of respect for the thousands of people who turn up to organise as part of this magnificent coalition of Sydney’s civil society.
The event tonight is a launch of our election agenda –1500 people in the room will be invited to get more involved in their organisations, the Alliance and the campaigns to make Sydney a better place for everyone.
Assemblies are political theatre. They are the public representation of what is possible with 49 organisations from all across the political, religious and geographic span of Sydney come together to organise for the common good. There are literally hundreds of speakers. There is a choir made up of our leaders. There will be a roll call of our partner organisations who will make commitments to what they are going to do to build the election campaign.
Tonight Anita Tang from the Cancer Council and Rev Garry Derkenne
from UnitingCare will co-chair the event and behind the scenes Honey Muir from
Settlement Services is the producer.
Tonight is about launching a campaign that aims to show our political leaders and civil society that there is a new way to do politics. That it is possible for citizens to come together from across all walks of life and agree on solutions to make our city a better place to live for everyone. Our common good agenda for transport, housing and jobs is widely and deeply felt across Sydney – and over the next year we will work to make these meaningful changes a reality.
If you are interested in joining the NSWNMA contingent at the Assembly, contact Rita Martin on 8595 1234 or rm*****@ns****.au