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Occupy London crowdsources new logo

 

As many reading this will be aware, on Thursday morning Occupy London changed our logo. The image used up until then, which will we not reproduce here, was loosely based on the Transport for London roundel, a logo which has become synonymous with the city itself, a kind of colloquial visual shorthand for London and the city’s distinguished design heritage, which is widely understood as such worldwide.

The TfL roundel was originally commissioned in 1903 and has been used on London’s transportation systems since 1908. The design has undergone a number of revamps over the years, but the version Occupy London took influence from has been in regular use for at least 64 years, following the nationalisation of the London underground system in 1947. Harold Hutchinson, who was responsible for that particular refinement of the logo, did that work as the Publicity Director of a nationalised public corporation; a public servant paid out of the public purse.

Yesterday, Occupy London received the following email from TfL’s lawyers, requesting that we change our logo immediately or risk losing our facebook page – an essential means of communication for us which currently has over 30,000 likes.

Dear Sirs

We act for Transport for London (“TfL”) and we are writing in relation to your ongoing use of a version of TfL’s Red and Blue Roundel as part of the “Occupy London” campaign (“the Roundel”). This includes the use on your website at www./occupylondon.org.uk and on your Facebook page at facebook.com/occupylondon.

TfL has already been in contact with you on 20 October and 28 October in an effort to resolve this matter amicably. Unfortunately, TfL has not had any response (or even an acknowledgement) to its requests so far and it is disappointed that you seem unwilling to deal with this issue in a sensible way. TfL is not looking to disrupt your campaign but it has legitimate concerns which need to be addressed in order to avoid the need for further action.

In short, and as already explained, because of TfL’s rights in the Roundel and because it is a public funded and non-political body which cannot promote or endorse your campaign, you now need to cease using the Roundel and adopt a new logo.

Please confirm by return that you will cease using the Roundel (or any similar variation) in relation to the Occupy London campaign including, without limitation, on your website and Facebook pages.

If we do not receive a response by noon tomorrow, TfL will liaise with Facebook in order to seek the removal of the version of the Roundel being used on that site (at facebook.com/occupylondon). Please note that once Facebook is on notice that you are infringing TfL’s rights, it may decide to take down your Facebook page in its entirety. We therefore suggest that you arrange for the relevant pages to be changed voluntarily and in order that this can be resolved amicably.

Yours faithfully

Eversheds LLP

Twitter and independent ISPs typically put up a more robust response to legal threats than do facebook or google but on this occasion, as a gesture of goodwill, Occupy London have decided to accede to TfL’s request and change the logo used across our online media.

We welcome the opportunity this gives us to demonstrate the creativity of our on and offline communities, who we will be asking to help us find a new logo.

We also appreciate that, in these straightened times for all public bodies, TfL needs to safeguard its merchandising income, much of which relies on the exploitation of the body of classic design it has become the custodian of. We trust that the management of TfL will be as understanding of the needs of ordinary commuters who are now facing significant annual fare hikes.

Finally, we appreciate that TfL wishes to be seen as neutral and is “not looking to disrupt your campaign.” We trust that TfL would put up defiant resistance to any kind of political interference, be it in relation to our campaign our any other.

Anyway, enough of TfL: We need a new logo and we’re going to crowdsource it!

Here are our requirements.

Originality: Our new logo needs to be original. Images based on existing corporate logos or any variations thereof cannot be used.

Key messages: Our new logo needs to reflect what the Occupy movement stands for. Some key words that might help: democracy, equality, 99%, london, global movement, occupy

Colours: We welcome any colour combination, but our new logo should also look good in black and white so that we can use it on different coloured backgrounds.

Neutrality: Our new logo cannot resemble the imagery of any political party or similar institution.

File formats: We would prefer to receive submissions in two formats, as an esp. and a high-resolution jpeg.

Please send all your suggestions to logo4occupylondon@gmail.com. We are not going to specify and end date for submissions, but obviously we’d prefer not to be logo-less for too long…

Lend us your creative spark and help us create a better world!

 

63 Responses to “Occupy London crowdsources new logo”

  1. I suggest you find someone who can write.

     
    • Chill, man. If you care so much, join in and offer your services. Which % do you think you belong to?

       
    • Dave why are you so intent on attacking others opinions and efforts?

       
  2. Whilst I don’t mean to necessarily antagonise TfL, just as a point of interest: if you take a logo, or any other copyrighted graphic, and make 12+ changes to it (colour, add / remove graphic elements – even very small ones) then there is no longer any legal copyright infringement.

    Crowdsourcing a new logo sounds very much in the ethos of the occupy movement though, and would move us away from corporate branding, which, whilst losing the iconic nature of the logo we have, is an exciting opportunity for us to get creative – hope we make a good one!

     
  3. wow, the trolls are out already, Get a life Deve, Oh sorry did I spell your name wrong, who gives a shit! This is not about spelling, grammar or punctuation it’s about ending human suffering all over the world. If you think that’s not important and want to try and undermine our attempts to make the world a better place then I suggest you go get some professional help instead of using these forums to expose your ignorance to the whole planet.

    I think The current logo Is very good as it says London instantly to anyone who sees it and I’m sad to see that you have been pressured into dropping it.

    I understand that OWS are also looking for a new logo and I think it would be good to collaborate with them to try and find a global logo that can be used by all occupations all over the world.

    As it is I think the one symbol that is already being used all over the planet is the mask from v for vendetta.

    Here is my suggestion for a logo. it’s very simple and can be used in every possible format including text, twitter etc

    (v)

     
  4. Why need a, logo at all? Protesting causes is not a brand type, and those camping around the world are doing so for a multitude of reasons. I believe that it its very important that everyone maintain their individuality, their personality and own motivations for protest. As soon as you are one cohesive group, like Stop the War or Uk Uncut, both of which I support in principle, you can be so easily dismissed. To my mine, the beauty of this pretest its exactly that it its contradictory, broad and inclusive. So yes, no logos, please.

     
    • that’s a very good point but there is also the fact that most people want to feel they belong to something and having a logo that people can display makes it easier for people to show their support and feel that they are part of the protest!

       
  5. And sorry, I types that on my phone hence the spelling mistakes.

     
  6. Yawn, yawn, why are you now ranting about TFL? Actually, don’t answer that, it’s so insignificant that I will not be coming back to see any replies. Copyright should be upheld and it’s right that TFL have requested that you change the logo. Without these sorts of laws we would be in a state of anarchy….. Hmm, actually that does seem like something most of you campers want… Well, cheerio for now anyway!

     
    • “I will not be coming back to see any replies”

      Hooray! ;P

       
      • ….sorry Dill Doe, I don’t see anyone ranting about TfL !?

         
  7. Hello again Dill Doe

    Admire your consistence … is that the best you can muster up 🙂 ?

     
  8. My suggestion was sincere. I thought it ironic that a plea for help in designing a logo to best express the organisations aims and ideals was so poorly written. Having read some of the other articles I found the same poverty of expression. A better writer would help your cause.

     
    • I actually agree on this. A sub-editor too- and I’m sure you could crowdsource that.

       
    • You have a point. Unfortunately there’s a fine line between having everything copywritten well enough to make it look sincere and alienating those with not-so-expensive educations.

      One of the things I like most about this protest is that it is giving a voice to anyone who has something to say.

      The biggest problem with politricks is that they use a lot of waffle and jargon to hide their corruption. I would rather read the truth written in the language of a 6 year old than a load of lies written in the style of a college professor!

       
    • Dave,

      You missed out an apostrophe. It should be “organisation’s aims and ideals”, where the possessive ‘s’ indicates that the ‘aims and ideals’ belong to the ‘organisation’.

      Just sayin’

       
      • What a ‘kin pedant.

         
  9. As to which percentage of the population I belong; it´s the 3.4% – the drug dealers and house breakers.

     
  10. I’m fully in support of an Occupy London free from political influence (remember, most unions are part of the political establishment) and I just have one niggle about the 99% slogan. It’s too easy for the trolls to pick holes in. 99.9% probably doesn’t work so well, and “99.9% plus any mega-rich who have made their fortune through legitimate sustainable enterprise with respect for workers and the environment and who haven’t taken extreme steps to avoid tax” is never going to fit in a facebook/twitter avatar.

    I’m no good at graphic design, so won’t be helping with this one, but I did make a flyer (and have about 500 b/w hard copies to bring down to the info desk when I get a chance): http://www.flickr.com/photos/uncoolbob/6262302716/in/set-72157627811775537/lightbox/

     
    • I have to agree here. The 1% 99% argument is easy to deflect. Despite it’s message is about power rather than people.

      I am *useless* at graphic design. But it didn’t stop me! If there is anything to be learnt from this Movement: anyone can contribute something. And the sum will be greater than its parts:
      http://twitpic.com/7d0sdz

       
  11. Please note: You do not represent 99% of us. You represent yourselves and your own envy and desperate need for attention. Many of those of us not engaged in mob intimidation outside a church have no sympathy whatsoever with you and wish the police would do their job and remove the rubbish heap you have been calling a camp. Occupy the London Stock Exchange? You chickened out! A church was an easier target. I realise that a lot of you are stoned beyond the capacity for rational thought, but if you grasp nothing else, grasp this, you are not the 99%, you are less than a tiny bit of 1% and you are the tiny fraction of the population who spoil life for everyone else.

     
    • “tiny fraction of the population who spoil life for everyone else.” LOL

       
    • You sound really happy with your life……………NOT !

       
      • How can something you deride as so insignificant warrant such an angry response !

        I suspect you are not so happy with your lot either !

         
        • If it is spoiling your life, just ignore it, after all it is so insignificant.

          btw
          How did you know about it in first place ?

           
    • oh Helen,

      Mob intimidation? I think that better describes police tactics to quell the right to protest.
      Do you really think its right that 1% of the population should own 40% of the wealth?
      Do you think its right that corporations make more and more profit by cutting wages and jobs?
      Do you think its right that after we, the tax payers, bailed out the banks they gave themselves huge bonuses?
      The one thing you are right on is your description of the job role of the Police. Protecting private interest.
      I’m all for constructive criticism but please stop throwing insults. Do you not see we are trying to make the world a better place for all? Yes, this is a global movement gaining momentum. Petty insults have no place here.

       
    • Helen you are the worst kind of human being. It is thanks to people like you that this planet is falling apart at the seams. You are so quick to blindly criticise a protest that you clearly know absolutely nothing about that you make a complete ass of yourself by making statements that are so obviously wrong to anyone who has taken even 5 minutes to read about the protest.

      The twisted resentment that you are holding inside you is going to make you ill and shorten your life considerably. I suggest you stop reading the Daily Mail and take a look past the end of your nose and see if this country is really being run as well as the lies you have been fed. When you start to realise how screwed up the system is and how little hope there is of your children having a comfortable future, have a think about what you could do to change it and if you can come up with something more effective than the current GLOBAL movement that you seem to have not even noticed is happening, then please let us know so we can make your voice heard as well.

       
    • It’s OK to be angry Helen.

      I can see how the ‘we are the 99%’ phrase combined with the diverse range of causes and unconventional methods championed by people associated with Occupy would be frustrating.

      It’s not perfect, but it’s an earnest attempt to make the world a fairer place.

       
    • OCCUPY

      In London ,New York and Bangkok
      Occupy is all the talk
      London ,New York and Belfast
      Wall Street thought it wouldn’t last
      The Politian’s come and go
      Yet we see the movement grow
      These banker boys each sold their soul
      Now Satan’s minion, is their role
      With Ponzi schemes and pension fraud
      They’ve made Euro ,and the Dollar god
      These bankers crawl in self-made slime
      Yet think, we see them , as sublime
      When the starving masses rise
      These idiots look, in quaint surprise
      As if they never, ever knew
      Their devilish mix, their mammon brew
      Would not bubble and burst, out of their hellish Ponzi pot
      Where theft and graft, and greed were got
      Right now the 99% do rise
      And peacefully surprise
      Obama Blair, Cameron and cronies
      Exposing them as Satan’s phonies
      The British Bullshit Corporation does tell lies to the whole nation
      We can vote X factors best
      But starve our weans and damn the rest
      We all believe that which we see
      Cause it comes out the BBC
      Yet it’s a hellish sewer
      Shat in by Satan’s biggest whoore
      In her mouth she gobbles greed
      Lies and deception, her biggest need
      Then shits out war and poverty
      Which then floats past for all to see
      Along that sewer from the BBC
      Where nothing is as it should be
      There is One Truth, then there’s yours, then there’s mine
      Until you starve, all things are fine
      Till you’re against the wall
      Then barriers will fall
      And you’ll begin to see
      99% just aren’t free
      And life and love is but a loss
      Though you 1% should fear
      ANNONYMOUS

      andy sorbie

       
  12. How much are you paying?

     
  13. It´s quite astonishing that a comment as asinine as mine would get such vitriol in response. I´m a firm believer that for every bunch of bully boys in power there are another waiting in the wings. Anybody have any thoughts on that?

     
    • Dave stop insulting people.

       
    • “Chill, man. If you care so much, join in and offer your services. Which % do you think you belong to?”

      “Dave why are you so intent on attacking others opinions and efforts?”

      Vitriol?

      “bunch” is singular therefore there *is* another (bunch)

      “He who is without poor grammar among you…” with apologies to John And Jesus of course! 🙂

       
    • Dave, your initial comment was not asinine, it was snarky. If I had written this article, I would have been upset to read it.

      Regarding your ‘bully boys’ point, i agree with you. I think that’s why it is important that some thought be put into whether the current state that the country is in is due to programmatic or systemic issues.

      Mainstream politics would like us to believe it is programmatic – that is, they just need to work out the right thing to do using the same old methods and system, and then things will be sorted.

      Part of what Occupy is trying to say, in my opinion, is that the problem goes deeper – it is rooted in the way that the political system works. This could include unfair influence of those with lots of money over the political process, which means the programmatic attention is skewed in the favour of the rich, at the expense of the needs of the poor.

      Changes to the way our country is run that prevent bully boys of any political flavour from dominating proceedings, even if only a little, in their favour, would be most welcome.

      Cheers

       
  14. Why don’t you roll over and let TFL and Eversheds fuck you up the arse next time?
    Nah seriously it was a shit logo anyway, and at the end of the day why should you, me or anybody be worried about a logo and what it looks like.
    In fact I am all for removing all such nonsense from the interweb anyway.
    Bring back bulletin boards.

    Anyway fuck the police.

    arthur out.

     
    • My sister is a police officer. A few weeks ago she had to tell someone that their child had been killed. She has been involved in tracking and arresting a child abuser. Recently she also helped prevent a suicide.

      Do you really want to fuck her?

       
      • I’ll reserve judgement on that until i see a photo of her.
        Has she got a nice rack?

         
  15. I suggest a pillow.

    “How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn’t have that dangerous beak.” – Jack Handey

     
    • Ho, that image made me laugh so much, the vision of a pillow as a peace symbol but wait not they fight??
      On my travels around the occupy LSX I saw some well cool expressions like the pigeon “JOIN US OCCUPY THE CITY” and the WALK LIKE A REVOLUTIONARY with egyptian dancer.
      I think we could use these and keep away from corporate logo stuff, to not get pigeoned holed after all to say we are the 99% is to say we have many faces! The more expressions the merrier.

       
      • I am not in sympathy with the campers.Try and find some of my earlier comments if you want to get an idea of my true sentiments.

        Be sure to Google .”Jack Handey” if you want good laugh, though.

         
  16. Crowd source for a new logo? Why can’t you pay a little more respect to the many people who do this for a living (many of whom are financially struggling right now). Or commission someone to do it pro-bono – I’m sure there are plenty skilled designers who would like to help.

     
    • It’s mob tyranny. Otherwise known as ‘democracy’. Actually, I used to believe in it. Then I discovered liberty.

      They’re not the same…

       
      • As far as I understand, liberty is one of the goals of true democracy, and vice-versa, democracy is a means with which to attain liberty.

        As for democracy being ‘mob tyranny’ – this is exactly one of the issues that Occupy is looking to explore. Classical majority voting means laws can be passed when 49% may strongly disagree with them on a fundamental level.

        Moving on from this to something else is what the desire for ‘real democracy is about’.

        One alternative being explored by Occupy is consensus decision making, some information about which can be found here: http://seedsforchange.org.uk/free/consensus

         
        • Liberty is freedom, which includes the freedom to fail. Democracy in the sense of ‘mob rule’ is the imposition of the ‘majority view’, or the organisation of society along lines determined by consensus opinion (however that is arrived at).

          I sometimes call myself a libertarian. I am not sure I am exactly that, but I certainly find some of the views espoused by libertarian thinkers such as Milton Friedman to be very persuasive. I am deeply, deeply suspicious of ‘collectives’, and the groupthink that inevitably comes to pervade them.

           
    • Anyone is most welcome to submit a logo – hence this post.

      This does not exclude professional graphic designers!

       
    • Have you considered joining the No-Spec movement? Seriously… How about paying a little respect to the many people who do writing for a living yet get paid so very little because nobody has respect for the written word any more? You know, like the people who write these press releases and other news for free while you complain about crowdsourcing for a simple logo? It’s a hard time for EVERYONE, and we are all struggling right now, yet people can still manage to put their skills to good use and donate what they can to help instead of expecting something in return. Why can’t you? Move along, because this is exactly the kind of greed that is at the root of societies ills. It’s not the “expect something for nothing” culture, but the “won’t do anything for nothing” culture. It’s only perpetuating the misery that we all despise in society – and undermining the fundamental values of teamwork that the human race was built upon.

       
      • When you talk of ‘teamwork’ all I hear is ‘Borg.’

         
        • Perhaps that is because you are extremely selfish, with very little human empathy and understanding anybody’s needs other than your own? Maybe you should look into getting your egotism and narcissism looked at, because if you fail to understand the concept of teamwork, it’s a wonder you have even managed to survive so long. A lack of empathy and understanding has been scientifically proven, by both social scientists and evolutionary scientists, to be the result of a lack of intelligence.

           
  17. TfL has already been in contact with you on 20 October and 28 October in an effort to resolve this matter amicably. Unfortunately, TfL has not had any response (or even an acknowledgement) to its requests so far and it is disappointed that you seem unwilling to deal with this issue in a sensible way.

    This is the third time that you’ve picked a fight with an organisation unconnected your protest, the church and the CofCL preceding this (I don’t accept your conspiracy theories about big business controlling them unless you are prepared to provide evidence of this). Why are you intent on taking such an antagonistic stance because ultimately it will go against you?

     
    • In my opinion:

      Occupy LSX asserts it’s right to exist. Others deny that right, so by default there will be a state of disagreement between such parties.

      As a result of this, I’m sure Occupy LSX receives a lot of ‘cease and desist’ type correspondence that it cannot respond to, because in the legal system of this country, even sending a response to such demands can lead to the forfeit of rights.

      In the case of St Pauls, Occupy LSX cooperated to the extent that St Pauls is open and operating normally, and will not be taking legal action to remove them.

      In the case of TFL, Occupy LSX has, after an ultimatum from TFL, agreed to stop using the roundel logo, and has politely explained why in this blog post.

      ‘Picking fights’ and ‘antagonistic’ are not words that describe these interactions.

      Regarding the Corporation of London, it represents part of what Occupy LSX is trying to draw attention to in the hope of changing for better. Company have more votes in its elections than people do – is that enough evidence that its controlled by big business?

      I’m sure Occupy LSX would love to give you more evidence, but it can’t because the activities and funding of the Corporation of London are not open to public scrutiny.

      In short: Occupy LSX have been polite and accommodating with St Pauls and TFL, and are challenging the City of London corporation to be more democratic and accountable, which inevitably involves some antagonism as they do not wish to be.

       
      • Hi Jonni – thanks for responding:

        Occupy LSX asserts it’s right to exist. Others deny that right, so by default there will be a state of disagreement between such parties.

        Out of interest, who is denying that right and why?

        As a result of this, I’m sure Occupy LSX receives a lot of ‘cease and desist’ type correspondence that it cannot respond to, because in the legal system of this country, even sending a response to such demands can lead to the forfeit of rights.

        Sending the wrong response to “cease and desist” and other threats of legal action can leave you open to litigation. Occupy has solicitors as far as I’m aware so that shouldn’t be an issue as long as they’ve been instructed appropriately.

        In the case of TFL, Occupy LSX has, after an ultimatum from TFL, agreed to stop using the roundel logo, and has politely explained why in this blog post.

        But TFL had already written to Occupy twice previously about this. Occupy could have removed all trace of the logo when first asked on 20th October and made no further comment or response thus avoiding any forfeit of rights as you put it. However they chose not to until threatened with legal action and despite being already being asked. I would say that was fairly antagonistic and trying to pick a fight.

        Regarding the Corporation of London, it represents part of what Occupy LSX is trying to draw attention to in the hope of changing for better. Company have more votes in its elections than people do – is that enough evidence that its controlled by big business?

        The City is unique in the UK insofar as most of the population leaves in the evening and at weekends. 97% of them in fact. It is overwhelmingly commercial, and like it or not is the world’s leading financial centre, employs hundreds and thousands of people, and contributes billions to the Treasury. To have just 9-10,000 people resident shaping the City doesn’t sound particularly democratic to me, so what’s your solution? And if the CoCL is controlled by big business like you allege then why exactly is that a problem? What have CoCL supposed to have done while in the control of big business? Evidence please, no conspiracy theories.

        I’m sure Occupy LSX would love to give you more evidence, but it can’t because the activities and funding of the Corporation of London are not open to public scrutiny.

        I’ve posted here before that I support transparency in relation to CoCL and that them being subjected to the FoI act can only be a good thing. However, that and the other two demands are a reaction to CoCL wanting to evict Occupy in my view as well as being based on conspiracy theories again – see previous comment of mine.

        In short: Occupy LSX have been polite and accommodating with St Pauls and TFL, and are challenging the City of London corporation to be more democratic and accountable, which inevitably involves some antagonism as they do not wish to be.

        I disagree with that:
        1. St. Pauls became unwittingly involved in all of this, eventually asked you to leave but you refused. Then came the accusations of the cathedral being in the thrall of big business. 2. Two letters from TFL were ignored by Occupy, who had stolen their intellectual property.
        3. I seriously doubt the CoCL is as interesting or a powerful as the the Occupy conspiracies make it out to be.

         
  18. In my opinion:

    Occupy LSX asserts it’s right to exist. Others deny that right, so by default there will be a state of disagreement between such parties.

    As a result of this, I’m sure Occupy LSX receives a lot of ‘cease and desist’ type correspondence that it cannot respond to, because in the legal system of this country, even sending a response to such demands can lead to the forfeit of rights.

    In the case of St Pauls, Occupy LSX cooperated to the extent that St Pauls is open and operating normally, and will not be taking legal action to remove them.

    In the case of TFL, Occupy LSX has, after an ultimatum from TFL, agreed to stop using the roundel logo, and has politely explained why in this blog post.

    ‘Picking fights’ and ‘antagonistic’ are not words that describe these interactions.

    Regarding the Corporation of London, it represents part of what Occupy LSX is trying to draw attention to in the hope of changing for better. Company have more votes in its elections than people do – is that enough evidence that its controlled by big business?

    I’m sure Occupy LSX would love to give you more evidence, but it can’t because the activities and funding of the Corporation of London are not open to public scrutiny.

    In short: Occupy LSX have been polite and accommodating with St Pauls and TFL, and are challenging the City of London corporation to be more democratic and accountable, which inevitably involves some antagonism as they do not wish to be.

     
  19. To clarify; I wasn’t criticising the punctuation, grammar or spelling of the writer(s). I was suggesting a better writer; one who writes with clarity and style; would help your cause.

    It’s a long and tough campaign that occupy has begun and one of the biggest challenges is communicating their aims and ideals to a sceptical general public.

    P.S. Well said jonni.

     
  20. It’s a good idea to change the logo and TfL are right to protect it.

    The LU Roundel is one of the first ideas people come up with for ANYTHIING they’re promoting in London, and TfL rightly stop them. If they didn’t, then London would be awash with clubs, sandwich shops, barbers, and innumberable vendors of tut, all with the same logo. Then you’d never see the tube station from up the road…

     
  21. Just for the h… of it. Why not a circle with the word occupy making the bridge in the middle of it. Looking like …. Smile.

     
  22. Here’s my submission 😉 well, one of them. I may make a few others if I have time.

    http://imageshack.us/f/832/occupylondon.jpg/

    10 points for each copyright infringement you can identify.

     
    • That’s not a logo – that’s a ransom note! 😀

      +1

       
  23. I feel sad to read so many negative and disparaging comments. I feel that this movement should have understanding, comaradeship, copmassion, ect as its founding ethos. We should disagree in a pleasant way.

    I admire the work being done by the occupy brothers and sisters. They need all our support.

     
  24. So many are still putting trust in financial institutions in the hope that they would solve economic problems. The majority however have little choice but pay for the mess created by the minority through our own ignorance by allowing the authorities to dictate their rules to us without it being challenged.

    As the government and/or monarchy don’t seem to have either power or interest to protect its nation (apart from Inner City of London which is sovereign) from constant financial attacks, undemocratic behaviour and other injustices it should be a moral duty for everyone to stand up and protect the planet from further harm…before its too late.

    Occupy LSX movement is an inspiration to many who may have lost hope for a better future. It is a movement that the majority are not familiar with, but the concept of ideology deserves its recognition and support.

    If your heart acquires strength, you will be able to remove blemishes from others without thinking evil of them.
    Mohandas K. Gandhi

     
  25. Occupy London received the following email from TfL’s lawyers, requesting that we change our logo immediately or risk losing our facebook page

    That is exactly the problem with relying on corporate technology as your main communication medium. You have pretty much given in to being bullied by some corporation. Please consider using activist alternatives and not relying on the goodwill of multinationals to provide you with freedom of speech.

     
    • We have to be pragmatic and many people use facebook – without the ability to build critical mass on that particular website, we probably would not have an occupation at all. This does not mean that we are not critical (making the TfL letter public was intended to do just that) or do not support more credible alternatives. If you think we should be developing a presence on a medium where we currently do not have one, please do let us know.

       

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