This Saturday, as Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) marks its three week anniversary, it will host a rally at St Paul’s Churchyard calling for a fairer, more just society.
Beginning at 2pm, prominent speakers will advocate a range of progressive alternatives for the 99% who have been forced to help pay for a crisis that they did not create. They include:
- Seumas Milne, The Guardian
- Josie Long – UK Uncut & award-winning comedian
- Aaron Kiely, NUS Black Students’ Campaign
- Stef Newton, NUS LGBT Campaign & National Campaign Against Fees & Cuts
- Weyman Bennett, Unite Against Fascism
- Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition
Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “I’m going to be at OccupyLSX tomorrow speaking out for the 99 percent. The global financial crisis and billion-pound bailouts have exposed the plain truth that the entire economic system is rigged against the hard working majority.”
After the address, some of those present will join the 2011 March for Jobs from Jarrow gathering at Trafalgar Square in solidarity with all those affected by unemployment nationwide.
Occupy London supporter George Robbins added: “The economic crisis is affecting us all, with the many paying for the privileged few. Occupy London – with its camps near the London Stock Exchange and at Finsbury Square – stands firmly in solidarity with the Jarrow marchers who’ve marched over 300 miles down to London over 5 weeks to highlight youth unemployment”.
Further comments from Saturday’s speakers:
“Occupy London, like the Occupy movement all over the world, is the most exciting breakthrough in a resistance vital to humanity.”
“I am very glad to take part – their cause is absolutely just and proper. The occupation movement has, in a few short weeks, put global capitalism in the dock and in the press in an unprecedented way.”
“The Occupy movement has bust open the political establishment’s veto on the scale of change demanded by the crisis – now we need to seize that opportunity.”
“It’s time for our society and economy to be run in the interest of the people, not a tiny group of the totally unaccountable super-rich. Ending war and nuclear weapons would be a good start: killing people is not an answer to anything.”
Kate Hudson, chair of CND
“The Occupy movement could not have come at a better time, with the backdrop of swinging cuts to education, record levels of youth unemployment and government attacks on living standards – it is a breath of fresh air. As racism is used to scapegoat and distract from the government’s agenda, it is important that we forge links between the anti-racism movement and the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice.”
Aaron Kiely, NUS NEC and Black Students’ Campaign
“This year, at the Open Education Assembly, the students voted overwhelmingly in favour of marching on the City of London. This sends out a clear message: we refuse to pay for the banks’ crisis. We are part of the same struggle, and this is why we need to support OccupyLSX.’
Stef Newton, NUS LGBT campaign and National Coalition Against Fees and Cuts
“The occupation shows us how to challenge the ocean of despair handed to us. The millions, diverse and different stand out for change. They are the future.”
Weyman Bennett, Unite Against Fascism