Occupy London – Time to ‘Occupy Everywhere’ on 15 December
- Occupy London calls for national day of non-violent creative direct action highlighting social and economic injustice
- Invites concerned citizens across the UK to get involved
On 15 December, the two month anniversary of the start of its first site in St Paul’s Churchyard, Occupy London – part of the global movement for social and economic justice – has called for a national day of creative non-violent direct action.
Dubbing the day ‘Occupy Everywhere’, Occupy London is issuing an invitation to communities up and down the country to get involved, to take the message of Occupy – that it is time for change, that we need dialogue and that we can create a better world – and make it their own. Occupy London looks forward to seeing a huge variety of creative actions, bringing communities together in the interests of social change.
“For me, Occupy is about thinking differently. It is about imagining change, talking about what a more just society would look and feel like, and then doing something about it,” commented Occupy London supporter Frank Hobson. “Just as the tents outside St Paul’s Cathedral have brought together a community that really wanted to make something happen, we invite others around the country to find ways of coming together.
“We are not talking about David Cameron’s phoney Big Society, but something real that we can all be involved with and have a stake in. Think creatively about what you and your friends could do. It could be as simple as getting involved with your local Occupy occupation, setting up a Facebook event for your own Occupy get together, or holding an event at your local hall, school, university, union or church. Do something bold and make a statement, work through existing channels if you like – it’s the fact of doing something that’s important.”
Over the past two months, Occupy London has drawn national attention to the role organisations across the banking and financial industries, including their regulators, have played in causing the financial crisis and further deepening existing social and economic inequalities. Occupy London recognises that it is part of a global emancipatory movement that has drawn inspiration from struggles for social and economic justice and real democracy across the US, Southern Europe and the Middle East.
Across the world, people are standing up, stating that the crises of unregulated finance, broken democracy, and corrupt institutions will not be solved by those who caused them. Occupy London invites those who feel similarly to take the movement into their own communities: it’s time to Occupy Everywhere.
In advance of 15 December, Occupy London will be providing a range of resources via its website which will explain and demonstrate what consensus decision making is about. People interested in holding their own meetings, people’s assemblies and starting their own occupations will be welcome to use these.
Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/297327236965475/
 Occupy London now has three spaces including its first occupation camp at St Paul’s Churchyard – just by the London Stock Exchange in the heart of the City – and a second camp at Finsbury Square in the borough of Islington. Its third space, is a multi million abandoned complex of building at 21-29 Sun Street in Hackney, belonging to investment bank UBS which Occupy London, in an act of ‘public repossession’ has turned into its first Bank of Ideas, a space for debate and dialogue.
 Facebook page for Occupy London’s Stock Exchange site just by St Paul’s (OccupyLSX) is 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 new Finsbury Square site is https://twitter.com/#!/OccupyFS; hastag #occupyfs. Twitter for Bank of Ideas is http://twitter.com/bankofideas and facebook is http://facebook.com/bankofideaslondon
 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 journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/user/XSLT_TRI…. The new Bank of Ideas (is at 19-29 Sun Street, just down the road from the Occupy London Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) space, which is near Moorgate; buses 141, 153, 205, 21, 214, 43
 Bringing together a diverse range of people, Occupy London’s Stock Exchange, Finsbury Square (OccupyLFS) and Bank of Ideas are part of more than 30 occupations happening in towns and cities across the UK and over 1,000 actions worldwide coming together under the banner of “United For Global Change” calling for true democracy. Occupy London is supported by groups including UK Uncut, the London-based Assembly of the Spanish 15M movement and many 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 more than 31,000 members.
 More information on UK occupations at www.occupybritain.co.uk/protest-details