▪ 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.