Occupy London has called for a national day of non-violent creative direct action to highlight social and economic injustice and invited all concerned citizens across the UK to become involved. The date is set for 15th December 2011, which is the two month anniversary of Occupy London setting up camp at its first site in St Paul’s Churchyard.
“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.
To assist people unfamiliar with consensus decision making Occupy London will provide a range of resources to explain and demonstrate how the process works. People holding their own general assemblies will be welcome to use these resources.
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. There is the inevitable Facebook Event page. Occupy London Stock Exchange is a different facebook page. 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/#!/OccupyLFS; hastag #occupylfs. Twitter for Bank of Ideas is http://twitter.com/bankofideas and facebook is http://facebook.com/
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/
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. You can find more information on other UK occupations at www.occupybritain.co.uk/