Occupy Half Term – Today at OccupyLSX


A group of mothers and children from Cambridge has issued an invitation to every mother in the UK to join them today, Wednesday 26th October 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.

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 the camp’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. 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/.
Come and join! The schedule for the day is:
  • Meet at Cambridge train station at 10:00 for the 10:15 to London Liverpool St – stories and snacks on the train as well as sign-in and talk with Rachel.
  • Arrive at Liverpool St Station at 11:45.  The train will be met by some people from the camp and some other mums joining the event.  We will walk together to St Paul’s
  • 12:15 A look around and orientation before meeting Anonymous – the group who wears the Guy Fawkes masks.  They have promised a completely on the level question and answer period, where kids can ask them why they are there, what they are doing, why they wear those masks and what they want.
  • Lunch at the Vegan Cafe – There is a free Vegan Cafe that has delicious plentiful food so a packed lunch may not be necessary.  While we sit and eat lunch, a very nice lady named Ruth from the outreach committee has promised to talk to us about the camp and what has happened and why they are camping.  [Please bring your own plates if you can or food if your kids are not into lentil bake type arrangements – there is always plenty of fruit and cakes and tea].
  • 1:00  General Assembly and Tour:  This unique leaderless format of direct democracy in order for a group to come to a consensus came via the Spanish indignados and Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street and thus to all the occupations in the world (more than 1000).  It has its own protocols and sign languages and it is fascinating to watch.  The kids won’t watch a whole session, though, they will watch for a bit before they tour the camp, including the prayer tent and free book store, first aid tent.
  • 2:00  Tent City University:  This will be amazing.  The facilitators at the camp’s Tent City University have promised to be there and listen to the kids and help them have their own general assembly about what they have seen, what they want to do next.  The function of listening humbly while all have their say has really been a great personal learning experience for me.
  • 2:30  Dancing:  There is a lot of joy in this camp, a lot of hope for a better world, a lot of pleasure in simple human activities like dancing and listening to music – things that do not cost money, so there will be music and dancing!
  • 2:45 Departure to catch the 3:15 back to Cambridge.  People from the camp have promised to walk us back.
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. 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 are happy to welcome any other parent and child who wishes to witness and consider the occupation.
Tent City University is also be running a ‘Tent School’ for students during half-term from Monday 24th October. Each day from between 2-4pm, students are 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.
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