#occupydemocracy: The Return to Parliament Square
Get involved this Friday at 6pm (21 November) as #occupydemocracy supporters return to Parliament Square for a long weekend. We will also be supporting the 24-hour Save The NHS vigil in the Square, which starts on Thursday at 7pm – https://www.facebook.com/events/1399914726928640/.
We’re coming together because we want genuine democracy – free from corporate influence – where our voices count. Our votes, so hard won by the struggles of previous generations, have little value if politicians ignore the population they’re supposed to serve.
Join us and help us build the movement for real democracy, in whatever way you can.
Our democracy is in crisis. Our elected ‘representatives’ are paralysed in the face of yet another banking crisis. Under the banner of the ‘austerity’ scam, our public funds were stolen to bail out immoral gambling banks. Much needed and hard fought for public services are being gutted in preparation for yet more privatisation. The failure of our parliamentarians to deal with the sordid child abuse scandals at the heart of Government speaks volumes.
The main political parties no longer represent us: they have been captured by corporations and their lobbyists, and their policies are largely the same.
Decisions are made for the benefit of corporations and the super-rich – not for the 99%.
The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, while corporations pay an ever-decreasing amount of tax. The inequality is only going to get worse if we don’t act.
Nobody voted for the dismantling of the NHS, tripling of tuition fees, the Bedroom Tax, welfare cuts, an attack on disabled people and those on benefits, fracking under our homes or secret trade deals that give corporations power over how our country is run.
The media is not reporting it but everyday people are protesting about the symptoms of this crisis including: depressed wages, a housing crisis, hospitals threatened with closure, an escalating climate crisis, police brutality, wars we don’t support, benefit cuts and blacklisting.
But these are all symptoms of the same disease: the corruption of our democracy.
A new movement for a revolution in democracy
Last month, we occupied Parliament Square peacefully for nine days. The Establishment responded with a strategy designed to have a chilling effect – over-policing and media silence. We remained peaceful and resolute in our determination to make our point, and to demand our right to protest and assemble. Our numbers grew and we kept on with our solutions-focused programme of debates, talks and entertainment. On the final night we agreed a provisional set of demands.
Now, we need to escalate our campaign. We have a real opportunity between now and the general election to put the spotlight on our ailing democracy. We want to work with a wide range of people and groups, to collectively bring about a democracy that puts people, community and the environment before profits. We work by consensus, have a safer spaces policy and are dedicated to non-violence. Come join us as we #occupydemocracy.
How can I get involved?
- Drop by and help build the movement for Real Democracy Now!
- Bring warm clothing and food to share
- Get involved in the conversation of twitter – follow the #occupydemocracy hashtag
- Check out the website for the full updated programme https://occupydemocracy.org.uk/
- If you can’t get down to the Square, get together with your friends and create your own event, action or occupation
- Share the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/697553266979460/
- Share this call out!