Posted on | December 5, 2010 | 1 Comment
Led by the brilliant example of the student protests and occupations against the tripling of tuition fees and the cancelling of the EMA (which provides vital support to help low-income teenagers through their A-levels), a real movement against the many tentacles of the Coalition’s Shock Doctrine is growing by the day.
Just a handful of our new favourites include:
Mobilising agianst the tax-dodgers whose cancelled and avoided bills could more than plug the gap in public spending, UK Uncut have closed shops belonging to Vodaphone (est £6 bn written off) and Arcadia tycoon Philip Green (£300 million avoided last year alone) who owns Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, BHS and many more shops.
The great thing about a campaign focused on chain stores, is there’s one in every town. Even if you missed Saturday’s day of action, their Big Society Revenue and Customs needs you – and you can find (or start) an upcoming protest near you via their site: http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/
Video of Top-Shop action on Saturday:
And a blog by our own (and everyone else’s) wonderful Adam Ramsay:
The False Economy team are crowd-sourcing anti-cuts campaign details, and have made a really excellent short video about the alternatives to cuts and redundancies, narrated by actor Samuel West, no less.
You don’t have to be under 25 or a student to join these actions. Starting at UCL, the occupations are practising what they preach by providing daily programmes of free education. If you can’t get to your nearest occupation and take them your backing in person (and any supplies they need), support their legal fighting funds as many of the occupations face eviction in the coming days.
List of occupations here – and find them on Twitter too for the most up-to-date news and alerts. Here’s a useful list of occupation accounts: http://twitter.com/#!/niknoks1980/solidarity/members