2pm Saturday 4 February – Homeless people speak out at St Paul’s
From the beginning of Occupy London at St Paul’s and Finsbury Square, rough sleepers and other homeless people have been occupiers at both camps, taking part in actions, discussions and assemblies and keeping the camps alive by working in the kitchens, stores, recycling and shelter.
Occupy London has become a home – and an occupation – for people who have been homeless for years, and for others who have dropped “normal” life to join the fight for justice for the 99 per cent.
This week is Poverty and Homelessness Action Week and on Saturday, outside St Paul’s, an action group formed at OLSX will be hosting a speak-out on homelessness.
The event will be a chance for those with experience of homelessness – on the streets, in hostels, on friends’ sofas, or in other insecure accommodation – to tell the truth about what it is like, how they are treated by police and authorities, how they got there, and what they think would help.
Occupy London has already brought social justice up everyone’s agenda. But homeless people remain invisible to many, and now new legislation, housing cuts, and cuts in benefits, jobs, and wages mean more and more people without homes.
The event will be 2pm outside St Paul’s Cathedral. Some shelter may be available, but please dress warmly and bring a flask!
Following the Speak Out and a general assembly, you are invited to celebrate Occupy London with “Occ Stock” live arts fest from 7pm.