Liberation campaign caucuses. What you need to know and what to expect

Wednesday 27 May 2020

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Why are we having caucus spaces?

  1. To provide a space for activists from each of the five Liberation campaigns to have rich and open discussion about priorities and campaigning tactics in three subject areas.
  2. These priorities will be voted in by delegates who identify into that liberation campaign. These discussions will work more like a policy discussion and will inform the work of the NUS officer team, including Vice President Liberation. 
  3. To find out what work has been done by the Liberation officers this year and mapping out the next two years of work for Liberation
  4. To provide a space for activists to connect with others who are passionate about the same issues and self-organise on these at an individual, regional and national level.

What are the outputs?
Detailed notes on the discussion including major outcomes, points of consensus and divergence. From this, a narrative report will be produced and sent to members.

What’s next for Liberation campaigning?
After Liberation conference, online spaces will be set up surround the three priorities for delegates to continue the conversations, organise together and campaign on these issues.

What to expect?
Timings: Each caucus will be a total of 80 minutes, delegates should arrive two minutes early to ensure we start on time. There will be a ten-minute break between one caucus and the next so delegates can have a break, decompress and grab a drink before entering the next caucus. If you’re not entering a caucus straight after, join us in the virtual coffee room or join the wider conversations on our Twitter while you’re having a break!

How will the caucus sessions go?

5 mins    Officer welcome speech
5 mins    Election reserved place speeches
20 mins  Priority discussion 1 with 1.5-minute open contributions on the topic
2 mins    Mini break before next priority discussion
20 mins  Priority discussion 2 with 1.5-minute open contributions on the topic
2 mins    Mini break before next priority discussion
20 mins  Priority discussion 3 with 1.5-minute open contributions on the topic
5 mins    Close of caucus by steering, reminder of voting

Who will be in the call?
Each caucus will only have delegates who identify into that Liberation campaign group. Each call will have four NUS staff members to provide content, tech and staff support. There will also be one Liberation Steering Committee member from that Liberation campaign group facilitating the content and conversation.

Follow the action at #NUSLC2020 and remember to drop by the ☕ virtual coffee room ☕!