Democracy Action – Occupy Parliament Square
Date(s) - 17/10/2014 - 26/10/2014
On March 1st 2014, at a General Assembly on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, Occupy London decided to form a Democracy Action Working Group (DAWG). Part of the remit of this group was to begin organising for a mass action for Democracy. Parliament Square was mooted as the location for this action; sometime in Autumn 2014 was agreed.
A starting date for the mass action has been chosen: Friday October 17th. This will be close to the 3 year anniversary of Occupy London; it also coincides, on Saturday 18th, with the TUC march.
There is a huge democratic deficit. Political decisions are mostly the product of powerful economic interests. The 1% fund our political parties and our media. The views and opinions of the public on issues like the NHS, energy and rampant inequality are being ignored.
We need to shift the power so state decisions reflect the will of the 99%. Loads of people are campaigning on different issues and we need to pull all these threads together. First as they are all symptoms of the power of the 1%, and second because if we’re divided we’re ruled.
The goal of the Occupy Democracy campaign is to direct the energy from current single issue struggles into a critical mass that can radically challenge the corrupt and unrepresentative system.
WHAT WE WILL DO:
We will Occupy parliament square for a week in October, to broadcast and demand the solutions we already know exist, to inspire people to be the active citizens required to take back democracy from powerful economic interests .
The Occupation will be the rallying point to join together from all our backgrounds, using the energy of the amazing actions that will be happening between now and then. It will be the start of a campaign for a sane and just democracy, that isn’t about just voting but about changing the conversation and mobilising people so those votes can really count.
For too long our energies have been taken up by firefighting the worst new disasters to be imposed – fracking, privatisation of the NHS, cuts targeting the elderly and disabled – the list goes on!
To reclaim democracy we need to get on the front foot by channelling the energy from these defensive campaigns into a movement about the much better, fairer, happier world we are for.
Check the OL Events page for dates and times of DAWG meetings if you’d like to get involved.
We want to bring alive a movement that is able to take action over the institutions that have power over us. The late Tony Benn had five questions of power.
1. What power do you have?
2. Where did you get it from?
3. To whom are you accountable?
4. In whose interest do you exercise it?
5. How can we get rid of you?
Of these the fifth is most important. The late Tony Benn noted that those with power do not like democracy and that is why every generation must struggle to win and keep it. We need to demand answers from them
Together we are powerful – get involved!