THE LAST STAND, LEICESTER AUGUST 2013, PART OF NATIONAL MASS SLEEP OUT
Leicester City Council (LCC) currently has 54 councillors, of those 52 are Labour Politicians; given this, you would be forgiven in thinking City residents are protected from some of the most brutal Welfare Cuts for 30 years?
The reality is LCC have imposed every one of the Governments Policies at it’s fullest, and in order to show LCC precisely what this might mean, a group of local people are organising the Leicester mass sleep out on August 24th 2013.
This is part of a National movement which aims ‘”To gather in all main cities in UK and sleep on the streets, to raise awareness of impending mass homelessness brought on by bedroom tax.” Similar Events are going on throughout the UK, you can find your nearest group at http://occupylondon.org.uk/events/the-mass-sleep-out-24th-aug-2013
Lee Barney Weston, one of the Leicester organisers said -
“August 24th is going to be a great way of showing the government what it is really going to be like on the streets of Leicester with they way they are continuing with the austerity cuts.
Leicester is really the last stand – bastions in the fight against the cuts that the government are trying to make around the homelessness support services. Because at present Leicester city council are planning to shut two homeless hostels and end private hostels places starting from the beginning of October, to help support a protest around these planned cuts.
We are now going to also extend the event to include the 25th to 27th to show Leicester city council what it will look like if they close the hostel places down as they plan to; we are hoping that we can include activities through the event.
On the Sunday we are going to have a last stand picnic and would like it if people could bring food to share so that everyone gets a little food to eat, we are inviting speakers and musicians, spoken word artists, to get in touch that might be able to help support this.”
All I can add is, if you’re in or near Leicester, please come and support this vitally important event and if you’re not, visit our local sleep out, I’m sure they’d love to see you.
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