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Occupy London Gets Set for Student Demo on 9th November


Education march to come to Occupy London as fight is taken to the City, bringing together students, electricians, unions, anti cuts campaigners and others.
Expect lively teach out from Occupy London; Rise Against, Tom Morello and others marching with Occupy London; Plus Billy Bragg, Chumbawamba and more to perform at St Paul’s
Attendees invited to bring warm clothes, sleeping bags and tents if wanting to join Occupy London’s camps.

In solidarity with students, education workers and all resisting the various attacks on education, Wednesday 9th November sees Occupy London – part of the global movement for real democracy which aims to challenge social and economic injustice in the UK and beyond – join the national student demonstration against fees, cuts and privatisation. Students will be joined on the day by thousands of striking electricians who are marching in protest at a 35% national pay cut, as well as many others.

“Students inspired people when they took the government to task last year over austerity cuts intended to slice up the UK’s education system for the benefit of the priviliged few,” said Occupy London supporter Laura Taylor. “We must challenge those who have caused the iniquities of the financial crisis. The nation’s students and others should not be the ones paying for the gambling of the financial sector and the lack of regulation.”

With tens of thousands expected to attend, the day of action is supported by National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, NUS, UCU and a host of trade unions. Occupy London will be supporting in a numbers of ways.

Occupy London’s Tent City University’s ‘Teach-Out’
Tent City University – Occupy London’s education arm – is holding one of its ‘teach-outs’ at 10.30am at Russell Square, just around the corner from the march start point. It promises a lively discussion looking at the attacks on FE and HE education, the issues of social justice, commodification and radical alternatives. Speakers include George Monbiot, Polly Toynbee, Richard Hall and Dave Hill (of the Social Science Centre), Alex Callinicos (King’s College London), Guy Mitchell (the Really Open University, anti-cuts activist) with lots of space for discussion.

March to the City past Occupy London Stock Exchange
Starting from Malet Street at 12 noon, the march will travel through Trafalgar Square, up the Strand, before passing the Occupy London Stock Exchange site, just by St Paul’s Cathedral. The demonstration will finish at Moorgate Junction, symbolically next to London Metropolitan University, which will be one of the hardest hit institutions.

Occupy London supporters Rise Against and Tom Morello will be joining the march and performing after. Expect other guest appearances. Do bring warm clothes, food and water, and camping equipment if you are planning to stay at the Occupy London camps, which are currently at St Paul’s Cathedral and Finsbury Square.

Protest songs for Occupy London
From 3-5pm at Occupy London Stock Exchange by St Paul’s there will be a very special gathering of political, folk and acoustic singers, supporting Occupy London and the student demonstration. Chumbawamba, Peggy Seeger, Billy Bragg, Roy Bailey, Steve Knightley, Leon Rosselson and Tony Benn will all be there, so bring your loudest singing voice and be ready to join in. [3]

[1] Tent City University’s Teach-out facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=212149632189696
[2] Protest songs for Occupy London facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=237083046345584
[3] Biographies:
Half-sister of Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger is an icon of the folk revival both in the US and the UK. She was the subject of the song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, written for her by her husband, Ewan MacColl. She has written many political and feminist songs, perhaps the best known being I’m Gonna Be An Engineer. She participated in the Greenham Common protest and wrote the song Carrying Greenham Home. It was Peggy finding out about her brother Pete’s singing in New York in support of Occupy Wall Street that inspired the folk sing-song for Occupy London.
Billy Bragg is probably the UK’s best-known singer of political song. His recording career began in the 1980s, with many of his songs a direct response to Thatcherism. Billy has in recent years become one of the left’s most high-profile spokespeople, leading the recent rout of the BNP in his home town of Barking.
For 50+ years, Roy Bailey has been one of the UK Folk & Acoustic scene’s most admired performers. He has a vast repertoire of songs of dissent and hope, which he has performed on stage, TV and radio all over the world. In 2000 he was awarded an MBE for Services to Folk Music – an Award he later returned in protest at the Government’s Foreign Policy.
Tony Benn is one of the most popular politicians in Britain, and a virtual national treasure. He presents the show “The Writing on the Wall” with Roy Bailey, which explores the UK’s proud history of dissent in words and music.
Leon Rosselson is one of the UK’s formost writers of political songs. His song The World Turned Upside Down has been recorded and popularised by, amongst others, Dick Gaughan and Billy Bragg (who took it into the pop charts in 1985) and has been sung on numerous demonstrations in Britain and the USA. A couplet from the song currently adorns the fencing around the Occupy London site! His Ballad of a Spycatcher, ridiculing the ban on Peter Wright’s book, went into the Indie Singles charts in 1987 in a version backed by Billy Bragg and the Oyster Band.
Steve Knightley is one half of massively popular folk rock duo Show of Hands. The band has always delivered music with a political message, sometimes focusing on the issues facing their home county of Devon and other rural communities. They performed their song Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed (about the banking crisis) on stage at the Anti-Cuts rally in Hyde Park in March.
Chumbawamba are anarcho-socialist collective of musicians who have always kept politics at the heart of their music. They famously tipped a bucket of ice over John Prescott at the 1998 BRIT awards. Though more acoustically-oriented these days, they still deliver music with a strong message, and Jude Abbot is one of the organisers of Folk Against Fascism.
[4] 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 Finsbury Square site is https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyFS; hastag #occupylfs.
[5] 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
[6] 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 – http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/17/occupy-london-stock-exchange-occupylsx. Please note, like all forms of direct democracy, the statement will always be a work in progress.
[7] Bringing together a diverse range of people, Occupy London’s Stock Exchange and now Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) 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.
[8] For more info on UK occupations please see: http://www.occupybritain.co.uk/protest-details/


15 Responses to “Occupy London Gets Set for Student Demo on 9th November”

  1. Chumbawamba: Amazing. I think they really represent what your movement is about.

    If my memory serves me correctly, the chorus from tubthumping goes something like “…pissing the night away…”

  2. Billy Bragg, Polly Toynbee, Tony Benn – what have they all got in common? They’re all part of the 1%, as you term them. I bumped into Billy Bragg in Bristol a while back. He was there to debate the AV system and was doing a bit of shopping before hand – in Harvey Nichols.

  3. I don’t shop in Harvey Nicholsons myself but you don’t have to be part of the 1% to shop there. (In fact the 1% almost certainly don’t shop there unless they’re putting on a ‘slumming’ act.). The point of the ‘99%’ is that it means just about everybody except the super-super rich (0.01%?) and super-super powerful. It’s not about ‘them and us’ where them is anyone you don’t like or an old style ‘class war’.
    1% of the world population is 70 million people and of the UK population nearly 700,000 people. By London standards I’m pretty poor (probably a lot poorer than Billy Bragg) but globally I’m super-rich – much poorer than a Chinese capitalist or some African politicians perhaps – but almost certainly in the top 10% – that still makes me one of the 99%!
    (PS Tony Benn is a former Lord, that doesn’t invalidate his present contribution).

    • PS. If you bumped into Billy Bragg in Harvey Nicholls, were YOU shopping there, or working there, or stealing there?

    • I think you guys have got it wrong, the 1% are the anarchists camping outside St. Paul’s. I’m part of the 99% – those that feel that financial regulation is required, but not the anarchy that the tented ones want.

      • Hi Dill Doe,

        Try replacing anarchists with peaceful protesters or campaigners for fairness.
        Now dosent that feel so much better, less stressful !

        Or is it your secret mission to build up the illusion of anarchy ?

        • AND @Dill Doe

          Loving the 100% has written you a reply in the welfare chat room further down which she would like you to read, sincerely.

          • *******further down the list on main page that is*******

          • and SORRY it is on the Occupied Spaces Ben Roberts ‘room’

            Sorry i can be a ‘plum’ too.

  4. keep calm tomorrow.

    It is dreadful to see Daily Mail printing story of “Police will have the right to fire rubber bullets on student protesters”


    • I’ve just posted this on other thread, which looks like a duplicate. I think they are trying to provoke violence. It is called reverse psychology.

      We are in a police state 🙁 . Who authorised this. Theresa May?

      • Further to that, I read in another article in the Guardian that the Met have sent letters warning anyone previously arrested not to attend.

        “The letters have been sent to anyone arrested in connection with previous public disorder offences even if they were later cleared or charges were dropped.

        The police have admitted the names and addresses come from a database of those arrested during anti-austerity protests. They include protesters aged 17.”


  5. I am part of OLSX. I am committed to peaceful assembly and Occupation. Most others who are at the camps for the genuine reason of discussion dialogue, debate and the process of the Occupy Movement are similarly committed. We are working towards a fairer and better, more rational system.

    Of course there are people who may represent themselves as part of this movement who have the intention of stirring up violence as a form of undermining the peaceful movement. It ever was thus.

    I will have no part in violence, tomorrow or ever. I will take personal responsibility to prevent it. I am engaged in legitimate Occupation, and will always use non-violent civil disobedience, when civil disobedience is required.


    • “Of course there are people who may represent themselves as part of this movement who have the intention of stirring up violence as a form of undermining the peaceful movement. It ever was thus.

      I will have no part in violence, tomorrow or ever. I will take personal responsibility to prevent it”

      Well said

    • Are you one of those scary ‘Zeitgeist’ people, who believe that ‘in the future there will be robots’? If so stop taking yourself so seriously. Laugh at yourself for a least 10 mins every day.


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