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Caroline Lucas, John Pilger and others at OccupyLSX today

 

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:

  • Caroline Lucas MP
  • John Pilger
  • Bruce Kent, CND
  • Seumas Milne, The Guardian
  • Kate Hudson, CND
  • 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.”
John Pilger
“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.”
Bruce Kent
“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.”
Seumas Milne
“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
 

32 Responses to “Caroline Lucas, John Pilger and others at OccupyLSX today”

  1. This isn’t published on the home page!

     
  2. Hmm… did my comment kick it onto the home page?

     
    • Fraid not – it twas a nudge from someone else. It was always meant to be on the homepage x

       
      • What happened to the Guy Fawkes demo at parliament ?????

         
        • I suspect it was due to a clash (metaphorical!) with the Jarrow marchers reaching Trafalgar Square.

           
          • Jarrow, that was the depression of the 1930s. I hope no one is trying to “mimic” a great historical episode in the modern era. It just causes the denigration of historical figures / activists ??????

             
        • Airbrushed from history by the OccupyLSX Tsentralniy Komitet.

           
  3. Great that you are getting some debate going. Thats what we need, some real serious debate, because things as they stand are leading us into a very dark place.

    Having read some of the comments posted here I must say how disappointed I am at how often they are petty and personal. The issues we are facing are vast in the grand sense and quite possibly devastating.

    I’ll give my two cents but firstly would like to try and reason with those seem to disagree that we can gather in open spaces to debate our very future (I have been once to St Pauls but am not part of the movement, though I do support it)

    1) 99% is about hitting home that we have 1% that holds a disproportionate amount of wealth and power. Nobody can represent every view of every single person. So it is ridiculous so say “you don’t represent me” or “you don’t represent every single one of the 99%”. The point is they represent at least some of the 99%, i.e. the ones that are not heard or ignored by the 1%. Before you criticise the movement for not representing your personal views etc reflect that there is not a single government anywhere that represents 100% of 99% of the people.

    2) Why are a few tents outside a church so upsetting? Historically this is where people have always gathered to debate, seek guidance etc. Have we really reached the point where society only accepts people coming together when it is to ‘consume’? And anyone who does feel angered about the few tents on a pavement outside a church needs to ask themselves how many would be equally angry if a corporation had hired the pavement for a spot of advertising during the festive season? Not many of the city workers, I’m sure.

    A couple of points I would like to suggest:

    1) I am pretty certain that out current model of a corporation is dangerous. If you work for it your only legal duty is to maximise profits. I am not sure what the solution is but I do think co-ops should be expanded. Look at this article in the Guardian about co-ops in the Basque country: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/30/basque-country-big-society-spain
    2) The ‘Robin Hood’ tax. If a bank can charge us to keep and use our money (and the government has made it so it is almost impossible to not have a bank account) then why should we not charge the banks for transactions using our money for the sole purpose of making profit for themselves?
    3) The current banking model: why is indebting the western world to such a degree that is it almost bankrupt such a good model to be following? Something must surely change?
    4) Land tax. Should that be looked at as opposed to Income tax?
    5) Is out very notion of Democracy being eroded? A million people march against a war – the war goes ahead. The Greek Prime Minister suggests a referendum- he is vilified. Etc, etc. I know everything has its course, but has democracy coupled with capitalism run its course?
    6) Why so much inequality and so on…
    .

     
    • Well said.

       
    • Just to add to my previous point on democracy. The outrage at peaceful protest is another example of how we seem to be losing our very notion of democracy and, in my opinion, humanity. The system seems to have become all controlling. They allow you to vote, but once you have voted allow themselves to be bought by the powerful (so it seems anyways). You can, very briefly, march against something – remember to behave – but we shall change nothing, and so on.
      PS: excuse spelling- I always seem to be in a rush!

       
    • Thanks Pat, thought provoking stuff.
      “…has democracy coupled with capitalism run its course?”
      This is powerful and sums up a lot that is at the heart of these protests for me. A real core idea around which debate and awareness can grow. Also your point;
      “They allow you to vote, but once you have voted allow themselves to be bought by the powerful…”
      Reminds me very much of the current situation in Iceland as summed up in this interview
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK8k5ST4zWU

       
    • excellent pat.

       
  4. Where’s the old event no gunpowder march with all the comments about speakers gone to?

     
    • I have also asked of this ! Friends were going down to show support but then the thing evaporated & no explanation on the website – shame on the promoters – to promote such an iconic gathering and then let people down.. Apparently there is now a “leftist” gathering in it’s place????

      Unfortunately the occupylxs could not respond to me in time to stop a wasted journey from Newcastle. Thanks for that ! And if your website is genuinely manned please reply to those who have something to lose -even if it is only their train fares- You do yourselves no service by ignoring the grass roots !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

       
      • I didn’t hear of the Gunpowder march – What was that?

        Be good to hear about what it is here if we missed out on having it.

         
        • It appears that the ‘POWER” occupylsx is ignoring people like us & refusing to respond as their posting for a demo was removed w/o even having the decency to explain why. Perhaps all affected should shout “boycott occupy LXS”. We want our money back, we want our money back, la la la la la la la la , ????????????????????? Occupy LXS respond now to angry would be supporters ???????????????????????????????????????????????????

           
        • facebook.com/occupylondon (and gunpowder wasn’t on the agenda).

           
          • For days the November 5th demo was on the website but suddenly disappeared after loads of postings against SWP & left wing speaker involvement. I have friends travelling down to attend this and now they are super dismayed by occupylxs having pulled the plug- but leftist speaking continues- hell, most people just wanted to see Guido Fawkes at parliament with his mask!! Would have made a great picture for Sunday tabloids also !!

             
          • WordPress doesn’t seem to like too much indenting, so this is a reply to Roger, not to me!

            I think it’s cockup, not conspiracy. (a) I guess when the march was organised, they didn’t realise the Jarrow march would be ending at the same time. (b) The Web site is poorly organised (though getting better). Witness the fact that the re-arranged rally wasn’t published on the front page till some time after 8am today, though it was agreed sometime yesterday. Put (a) and (b) together…

             
          • Graeme,
            Very straightforward sensible thinking and well explained.

            Come on people, how long have the occupiers been together, give them a break, after all they are not funded by a BANK with spare money to throw around, are they ?

            Frustrating at times, YES, but cynical, NO.

             
  5. I respect Caroline Lucas, and I’m glad she came out in favour of squatting but the line-up of speakers looks depressingly similar to the classic STW/SWP roster.

     
    • I agree, we need a broader range of speakers in future. I’m all for last week’s sermon and this week’s — well, can I call it “campaigning”? — theme, but I’d also like to hear from speakers with more scientific, engineering, mathematical, business, technocratic backgrounds.

       
    • How on earth can one be “in favour” of squatting. ??????????????????? Suppose you would love to find spliff smokers in your living room when you returned home ??????????? Get real – You want a place- You pay rent or get a loan. No one owes anyone a living,

       
  6. The Reverend Dr Giles Fraser spoke on Thought for the Day this morning. +0:49:00 here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/b006qj9z/console

     
  7. I was in New York twice last year. I normally live in Hong Kong but i could see the appeal of living in Manhattan, although a small apartment would cost at least 500,000 quid. Am I wrong to strive for a job & apartment in Manhattan?? or does this make me one of the 1% that all are striving against ?? Even though I am a normal ” worker” and pay tax and am not a “banker” !! I admit to live in Manhattan would require an after tax income of at least 50,000.- quid per annum but if I can earn it as an employee, does that not give me the right, Please advise as I am now confused as to what I am allowed to do ethically whilst in principal supporting St. paul’s protest ??????????????????

     
    • There are many replies. One which pops into my head is to suggest you investigate (if you haven’t already) what Buddhism has to say about right livelihood.

      You mention ethics. This is it.

       
    • Hi Roger,

      I don’t think anyone is against ‘success’ per se…this movement is, from what I gather, asking us to question how is it achieved and at what cost?

      At great danger of sounding cliched, how much does an individual actually need to live a happy and contented lifestyle? A comfortable home isn’t enough, a second or third is needed as a holiday retreat or for investment? I read a few years back of a ‘normal’ couple owning 13 (!) houses, 12 of which were rented out. In their own small way each of those purchases fueled the increase in house prices, in turn resulting in some people becoming even further away from being able to buy their own home and, ironically, making it more likely that they rent (and into the hands of those like the aforementioned couple). I know you can’t legislate against that kind of dynamic (or can you?) but this about us all making long term decisions and battening down in our own minds what is enough, what do we need as opposed to what do we want as the latter path is potentially never ending…

       
  8. Tony Benn on 4th November in front of St’ Paul’s
    “First they ignore you” , he tells his audience.

    “Then you are described as mad”

    “Then they send in the police and you are arrested for your pains. Later they will insist it was their idea all along”.

    Is it possible that he was talking about David Cameron jumped on a husky sledge?

     

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