Programme for February 14th-15th

Programme for February 14th-15th

Note: Occupy Democracy returns to Parliament Square at 3.30 pm on Valentine’s day, Saturday 14th February. We have moved the start time back so that people can show their solidarity with some of these other actions also happening on Saturday and invite more people to come and join us at Parliament Square.

  • Divest London – City Hall 12.30 pm
  • Shaker Aamer – Parliament Square 1 – 3 pm
  • Reclaim Love – Piccadilly  Circus – 2.30 pm
  • The Love Revolution Billion Women Rising – Marble Arch 12 noon

The following is the draft programme – check back for updates:

Saturday 14th January

3:30pm Assemble at Parliament Square

  • set up space
  • Safe space policy
  • introduction to Occupy Democracy

4pm Sortition – the end of politicians? Talk and discussion by Brett (Sortition Foundation)

4:45pm Islamophobia – speaker to be confirmed followed by discussion

5:30pm Vigil for the Death of UK’s democracy underneath Nelson Mandela’s statue – bring candles, jam jars and tarpaulin – with speaker to be confirmed

18:30pm Speaker: Josh from London Black Revs

7pm Kerry-Anne Mendoza (aka Scriptonite) on Austertiy and Conquering Divide & Rule

7:30pm – General Assembly

  • Occupy London General Assembly to discuss proposal on OL’s relationship to political parties (see note at the foot of this programme for the full wording of the proposal) (60 minutes)
  • Occupy Democracy General Assembly to brainstorm ideas for creative direct actions in the run-up to the general election (60 minutes)

9:30pm – Entertainments – including Mizan the Poet, Wolf Like Child and Josh from London Black Revs

10:30pm Ends/possible overnight presence on the square subject to discussion

Sunday 15th January

11am – Introduction to Occupy Democracy and our Safe Space Policy

12pm – Love Activists / Bohemians for Soho

12:30pm – Frances from 50:50 Parliament

1pm – Gender and Neoliberalism with Sam Keyes (Women Against the Cuts) and Ruth Cain (University of Kent)

2pm Lucy from Sisters Uncut

2:30 – speakers including

  • A representative from Syriza
  • James Meadway of the New Economics Foundation

4pm – General assembly – agenda to be confirmed

6pm – Entertainments – including Mizan the Poet & Wolf Like Child

7pm – Occupation ends

Occupy London proposal:

In line with its Statement of Autonomy, Occupy London is unable to support or endorse any established political parties. However with the forthcoming general election, it is recognised that certain political parties have policies that are more in line with Occupy’s aims than others, even though none of them seek the systemic change that Occupy sees as essential.

Therefore it is proposed that:

‘In the run-up to the general election, Occupy should highlight those policies in political parties’ manifestos, and statements by individual candidates, that are in line with our aims, and those which aren’t, with the hope of giving some assistance to those supporters of Occupy who wish to exercise their democratic right to vote.’


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