Mothers and children invited to Occupy London for Occupy Half Term

 
Mothers and children invited to Occupy London for Occupy Half Term
24 October 2011
A group of mothers and children from Cambridge has issued an invitation to every mother in the UK to join them on Wednesday 26th October 2011 at Occupy London Stock Exchange at St Paul’s Churchyard. This is an opportunity to find out more about the camp, which is part of the global movement for real democracy aiming to challenge social and economic injustice in the UK and beyond.
Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) will welcome Occupy Half Term at noon this Wednesday. Parents and children are invited to meet members of the occupation, as well as supporting groups including Anonymous (UK) and Global Women’s Strike. Through a special workshop, put together by OccupyLSX’s Tent City University, children will have the chance to practice direct democracy in an open and inclusive space. There will also be a short dance and a procession back to Liverpool Street Station at 2.45pm, for those taking the train from London back to Cambridge.
Started by a mum with a mortgage who is sympathetic to Occupy London, Occupy Half Term has evolved into an event for everyone who is curious and who would like first-hand information about the London occupations – now including the site near the London Stock Exchange and the new site opened this Saturday at Finsbury Square.
All children on half term and their carers are invited to this bridge-building event, where parents and children can question those involved in the occupation about their reasons for being there. Parents and carers unable to attend can track Occupy Half Term with their playgroups and schools online. More information can be found at the facebook group Occupy Half Term and at the blog http://www.libertyandowain.blogspot.com/.
Occupy London and Occupy Half Term are both sympathetic to the difficulties and expense of bringing children across or into London and sympathetic to the fact that schedules are filled, and that time for politics and protest is all but non-existent in the life of a mum. Both are happy with the response thus far and aare happy to welcome any other parent and child who wishes to witness and consider the occupation.
Tent City University will be also be running a ‘Tent School’ for students during half-term starting Monday 24th October. Each day from between 2-4pm, students will be immersed in a new citizenship curriculum written by activists involved in Occupy London, and the students will then feedback what they have learned from the week at the General Assembly on Saturday 28 October.
Notes
[2] Facebook page for OccupyLSX https://www.facebook.com/occupylondon. Overall Occupy London twitter Occupy London hastag is #occupylondon. OccupyLSX Twitter is https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyLSX ; hashtag #occupylsx. Twitter for the new Finsbury Square site is https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyFS; hastag #occupyfs. 
[3] Nearest tubes for the Occupy London Stock Exchange (OccupyLSX) site are St. Pauls, Mansion House and Canon Street; buses 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242; do check Transport For London website for delays and closures at http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en. Occupy London’s new site at Finsbury Square (OccupyFS) is near Moorgate; buses 141, 153, 205, 21, 214, 43
[4] On Sunday 16th October at an assembly of over 500 people on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, Occupy London collectively agreed the initial statement below. Please note, like all forms of direct democracy, the statement will always be a work in progress.
  1. The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives; this is where we work towards them.
  2. We are of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together with occupations all over the world.
  3. We refuse to pay for the banks’ crisis.
  4. We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing corporations instead of the people.
  5. We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate.
  6. We support the strike on the 30th November and the student action on the 9thNovember, and actions to defend our health services, welfare, education and employment, and to stop wars and arms dealing.
  7. We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The world’s resources must go towards caring for people and the planet, not the military, corporate profits or the rich.
  8. We stand in solidarity with the global oppressed and we call for an end to the actions of our government and others in causing this oppression.
  9. This is what democracy looks like. Come and join us!
[5] Bringing together a diverse range of people, Occupy London’s Stock Exchange and now Finsbury Square (OccupyFS) are part of more than 20 actions and occupations happening in towns and cities across the UK and over 950 actions worldwide coming together under the banner of “United For Global Change” calling for true democracy. OccupyLSX is supported by groups including UK Uncut, the London-based Assembly of the Spanish 15M movement and others. It has already received phenomenal interest, from the public and media in the UK and around the world, with the OccupyLSX facebook group now having almost 25,000 members.

[6] For more info on UK occupations please see: http://www.occupybritain.co.uk/protest-details/

 
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