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#occupylsx – Come to City of London's PUBLIC MEETING regarding the eviction of OccupyLSX


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Occupy London: Come to City of London’s PUBLIC MEETING re: eviction of OccupyLSX. Plus response to Bishop of London’s ‘invitation’ to debate

This morning (Friday) the City of London will discuss the possible eviction of OccupyLSX – and their meeting is open to the public. Come join us at 10.30am at Livery Hall, Guildhall, EC2V 7H. Members of the public who want to witness the start of this meeting, and the likely act of their own exclusion from that meeting, have a legal right to do so. Make sure to read this: http://thoughcowardsflinch.com/2011/10/27/the-city-of-london-corporations-public-meeting-on-st-pauls

Occupy London would also like to respond to the Bishop of London’s ‘ultimatum’ to “pack up your tents” and “join the Dean and Chapter in organising a St Paul’s Institute debate on the real issues here under the Dome.” [2] We very much agree with him that the cathedral needs to “recapture the serious issues” and have already arranged an event that he, the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s and others are welcome to attend. This is our Sermon on the Steps event that will take place at 3pm Saturday 29th October at St. Paul’s, which thankfully means he won’t have to travel far (having not to date engaged on a person to person level with his peaceful and friendly occupying neighbours).

At this event, there will be people of different faiths, beliefs and none coming together to look at what we all have in common and why we’re here – to bring about real social and economic justice for every single person in society. So, rather than inviting us to a debate on Sunday, why not come to this already organised event. Rather that inviting Occupy London and its supporters to “a panel from across the political and business spectrum … [to which you] … invite the protesters to be represented” we urge you come and meet some people in a non-hierarchical forum – where no one person’s view is privileged over another’s.

A wide variety of faith groups and individuals, including Christian churches, Catholic Workers, Pax Christi, Church of England reverends, Jewish outreach groups, Hare Krishnas, atheists, humanists and reverends from denominational and non-denominational churches have already expressed a desire to participate and add their voices in support of our occupation and cause.

We would add that whilst the Bishop and Dean’s offer of a ‘debate’ is laudable, we would ask that they allow us to focus on the real issues of injustice caused by corporate greed, rather than threatening us with legal action, which is distracting us and others from more urgent and fundamental concerns.

[1] How to get to the Guildhall – Nearest tubes are St Paul’s, Moorgate, Bank and Mansion House and Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Moorgate and City Thameslink railway stations. Nearest bus routes are to Bank, Moorgate, Cheapside and London Wall. Wheelchair accessible entrances and facilities are available. Handy map –
[2] http://www.london.anglican.org/NewsShow_15638

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