Trafalgar Square Anti-Cuts Occupation Mayday Weekend


More info
Following four successful peaceful occupations of Trafalgar Square on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of April, we will be holding another occupation from Saturday 30th April 18.30, this time for 48 hours, and we invite you and everyone you know to attend.
Plus also check out this video from during the day at last week’s occupation: http://bambuser.com/channel/ronanshaun/broadcast/1603926.

The May Day march on Sunday ends in a rally in Trafalgar Square:

http://www.londonmayday.org/docs/web_GFTU_MAYDAY_FLYER_A5.pdf.

This is an important time for us to be there both in terms of our aims, growing in numbers and building bridges and alliances in the movement as a whole. We hope that people there for May Day, which is about the defence of people against economic exploitation and injustice, will join us. This week has the potential to be a big show of opposition so please tell all your friends, hopefully it will be the most significant occupation so far.
You are welcome to come for as long as you can, whether that is for the night camping, to pop in for a cup of tea or for a workshop. We’d love to hear from artists, performers, speakers and workshop leaders too! Do bring food to share (ideally vegan) and we will aim to have pot luck dinner on Saturday evening again.

THIS IS A 48 HOUR EVENT 6.30pm SAT – 6.30pm MON. Unless otherwise stated this will almost definitely continue on a weekly basis.

The key aims of the occupation are:

- To raise awareness of the ideological cuts that the Government is instigating – without mandate – and how they are affecting the most vulnerable in society, creating a safe space for all, including parents and children, where alternatives to current policy can be discussed and learned about, with workshops, talks, debates and creative art.

- To defend the right to protest. The group intends to show that without police presence, protesters can organise themselves peacefully and lawfully. This has already been successfully demonstrated on previous occupations, when the police stayed at a distance and there was no conflict. If there are attempts to remove participants, they will resist non-violently through passive resistance. The group refuses to use violence when it is violence done to our society that it is trying to resist.

Further info:
- Keeping it safe - http://bit.ly/hcyYeB
- Things to bring - http://occupytrafalgarsquare.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/things-to-bring/

On the day you can keep in the loop:
- On Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/occupytraf)
- On Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/occupytraf)
- Plus via the camp phone: 078044 067766

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Trafalgar Square Anti Cuts Occupation Saturday 23rd April

Following three successful peaceful occupations of Trafalgar Square on the 2nd, 9th and 16th of April, we will be holding another occupation from Saturday 23rd April 18.30 for 24 hours and invite you to attend. Unless otherwise stated this will continue on a weekly basis.

Please help spread the word if you can. Facebook event - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138700842869049&index=1

People are welcome to come for as long as you can, whether that is for the night camping, to pop in for a cup of tea or for a workshop. We’d love to hear from artists, performers, speakers and workshop leaders too! Do bring food to share (ideally vegan) and we will aim to have pot luck dinner on Saturday evening again.

The key aims of the occupation are:

- To raise awareness of the ideological cuts that the Government is instigating – without mandate – and how they are affecting the most vulnerable in society, creating a safe space for all, including parents and children, where alternatives to current policy can be discussed and learned about, with workshops, talks, debates and creative art.

- To defend the right to peaceful protest. The group intends to show that without police presence, protesters can organise themselves peacefully and lawfully. This has already been successfully demonstrated on previous occupations, when the police stayed at a distance and there was no conflict. If there are attempts to remove participants, they will resist non-violently through passive resistance. The group refuses to use violence when it is violence done to our society that it is trying to resist.

Further info:

- Keeping it safe - http://bit.ly/hcyYeB

- Things to bring - http://occupytrafalgarsquare.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/things-to-bring/

On the day you can keep in the loop:

- On Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/occupytraf)

- On Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/occupytraf)

- Plus via the camp phone: 078044 067766

Website - http://occupytrafalgarsquare.wordpress.com/

Campers from 9th April. Credit: Ronan McNern

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Trafalgar Square Anti Cuts Safety Reminder

Looking forward to seeing you all this evening. As it is Dutch Day in the Square we will gathering in the Square as usual at 6.30pm (look out for our placard).

Wanted to circulate some reminders so that we make it another successful peaceful occupation ;) Have popped below info about legal advice from Green & Black Cross, key aims of the protest, draft groundrules to be put to consensus vote this weekend.

There will be representatives from Green & Black Cross in attendance tonight to give a basic overview of keeping things safe and providing some basic legal advice..

We will also be updating Twitter (http://www.twitter.com@occupytraf) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/occupytraf) and will have a text number for you to contact.

Occupytraf xx

Green & Black Cross Legal Advice

Download / Print / Distribute a ‘Bust Card’ with our arrestee support number on it. You can use you own or ones we’ve already prepared: Comprehesive [PDF] or Summarised [PDF]

On your body write
Legal Support 07946 541511
Bindmans 020 7833 4433

IF ARRESTED – NO COMMENT

You do not need to talk to the police about anything. If you are arrested, giving your name and address will speed up the process of being released. Any other information may be used against you and once you start talking it can be hard to stop: so don’t say anything, it is easier! If they ask you questions, just say ‘no comment’, until you have spoken to a solicitor and don’t sign anything.

DON’T USE THE DUTY SOLICITORS

If you’re arrested you have a right to FREE legal advice. You can use a ‘duty solicitor’ but we STRONGLY advise against. If you haven’t been told at the protest of local solicitors who have experience of dealing with protesters, we recommend you use BINDMANS (020 7833 4433) who should be able to come to your interview if you are in London or otherwise advise you by phone on what to do.

DON’T GIVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS TO COPS

When you are stopped or searched under any search powers, you don’t have to give the cops your details. The only time you are legally required to give your name and address is if you are driving a vehicle or involved in a road traffic accident. If you are suspected of anti-social behavior (causing harassment, alarm or distress) or when the cops want to issue you with a summons with or fixed penalty notice, then the cops can arrest you if you fail to give them your details.

If you are arrested but you think there is no good reason for your arrest, the police may be just trying it on to get your personal details (they have a database to fill). At this point you can still refuse to tell the arresting officer and say that you will give your details to the custody officer at the police station. You may find you are simply released so it can be worth waiting it out.

AVOID LETTING THEM PHOTOGRAPH YOU
You don’t have to make it easy for them to photograph you – they have no power to force you to comply with being photographed or filmed unless you are being processed at the police station.

Check out the briefings page for more info.

GET IN TOUCH WITH US VIA 07946 541511 (KEEP THIS NUMBER WITH YOU)

* Call if you want practical advice about your rights!
* Call if you want arrestee support for your protest or action!
* Call if you want to know what to do after your arrest!
* Call if you were injured or subjected to unacceptable police behavior!
* Call if you filmed or witnessed an arrest or police misconduct!
* Call it you want information about the legality of occupations or campus protest!

HAVE YOU BEEN ID’D IN A MET PHOTO?
If you or a friend has been Id’d in one of the photos the Met Police are pubishing you may want to read the following articles

An article from fitwatch here
An article on indymedia here

Aims and ground rules

Aims:

  • Raises awareness of the ideological cuts that the Government is instigating – without mandate – and how they are affecting the most vulnerable in society, creating a safe space for all, including parents and children, where alternatives to current policy can be discussed and learned about, with workshops, talks, debates and creative art.
  • Defends the right to peaceful protest. The group intends to show that without police presence, protesters can organise themselves peacefully and lawfully. This has already been successfully demonstrated on previous occupations, when the police stayed at a distance and there was no conflict. If there are attempts to remove participants, they will resist non-violently through passive resistance. The group refuses to use violence when it is violence done to our society that it is trying to resist.

Ground rules (draft):
The occupation strives to create a safe anti-oppressive space, whether physically in Trafalgar Square or on online associated spaces. To ensure this, it is imperative to establish some ground-rules for which participants of the group are collectively responsible:

  1. Raising awareness of the agreed aims above is vital to the success of the camp. It is us that can engage with the public, helping to make people think and feel that they can do something about these cuts. As such, if you are part of the camp, please help make this happen so that more people become aware of what is happening and get involved in the movement.
  2. The protest camp is comprised of a group of individuals. When you speak with the public or members of the media, do reiterate the key aims above, but remember that when you are speaking, you speak as an individual, not for the entire group.
  3. “Respect the person; challenge their behaviour.”
  4. Islamophobia, ageism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism or prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender presentation, language ability, sexuality, asylum status or religious affiliation is unacceptable and will be challenged.
  5. Be aware of the space you take up and the positions and privileges you bring to the discussion, including racial, class and gender privilege. Avoid making assumptions about the opinions and identifications of other participants.
  6. The group is not here to judge each other, put each other down or compete. Let’s foster a spirit of mutual respect: listen to the wisdom everyone brings to the group, and give each person the time and space to speak. Be aware of the language you use in discussion and how you relate to others. Try to speak slowly, clearly and be considerate of others’ language abilities.
  7. In large groups, or for groups using facilitation: raise your hand to speak, and remember to use hand signals in meetings. Respect those who have raised their hand before you.
  8. If someone is having difficulty with any of the issues raised in the discussion, there is the option to speak to a nominated mediator (who is acceptable to the majority of participants) on a one-to-one basis outside the discussion space. If someone violates these ground-rules, they can be asked to leave the space to speak with the nominated mediator.
  9. It has been agreed by consensus that alcohol will not be consumed during daylight hours in the camp. Should people wish to drink at other times be mindful of the impression that your behaviour demonstrates to the public and others watching, including the police. Opaque plastic cups are available.

[Adapted from the Queer Modes of Belonging Ground-Rules]

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Pro Cuts Bingo @ Trafalgar Square Anti Cuts Occupation (#procutsbingo)

We are making a bingo game for us to play, with right wing/pro-cuts arguments on them. We’ve got some so far, have you heard any more? Feel free to suggest new additions for the list. x

  1. Labour got us into this mess!
  2. Gordon Brown sold all our gold
  3. They’re just making services more efficient
  4. Our national debt is gaining interest every day!
  5. Your protest won’t make any difference.
  6. Get a job!
  7. Just write a letter to your MP!
  8. You’re just jealous of successful people.
  9. If we tax the rich they’ll leave the country!
  10. But your movement is divided: Violent thugs and peaceful Hippies! WHICH ARE YOU?
  11. But Fortnum and Mason give to CHARITY!
  12. I suppose you want to increase benefits too?
  13. Yes it’s unfair but there IS no alternative!
  14. We ALL have to tighten our belts.
  15. We have to stimulate economic growth
  16. The NHS and the Post Office run at a loss – that just won’t do!
  17. You just care about your own pay and perks!
  18. Why do you want to pass the debt on to THE CHILDREN?
  19. Like you wouldn’t avoid taxes if you could!
  20. I had to work for my privileges, you just want handouts!
  21. We will protect the “vulnerable” (Adrian via Facebook)
  22. They took our jobs (Joe via Facebook)
  23. We’re all in this together (Wendyl via Facebook)
  24. We’re going to pause & listen (Wendyl via Facebook)
  25. Frontline services will be protected (thanks to @djhanks)
  26. These cuts are not ideological (@biggerchief)
  27. Disabled claimants have nothing to fear (@BrokenOfBritain)
  28. Coalition Govt making the Benefits system easier (@BrokenOfBritain)
  29. We’ve got to mend broken Britain
  30. ‘Big Society’
  31. It’s because of the immigrants!
  32. We’re focusing on the squeezed middle
  33. We would have been the next greece, ireland or portugal (Allan via Facebook)
  34. We’ve had the worst winter in years (@robomam)
  35. We mustn’t tax bankers too much or they’ll leave the country (@pareayh)
  36. We have to reduce public spending in order to reduce the deficit (@pareayh)
  37. Those with the broadest shoulders will bear the brunt of the cuts (@djhanks)
  38. We are tough on banks, bonuses & non-doms (@BrokenOfBritain)
  39. Why do you think that bus drivers, who never have the chance of going to university, should have to pay for your education?
  40. We can’t afford housing benefit at current rates (@pareayh)
  41. YOUR party, Labour didn’t do any better”… [like since when were there only 2 parties?] (@ColourMeWed)
  42. Because there are too many people shirking work and choosing to live on benefits. Britain is broken and we have no work ethic (@politicsgeek)
  43. At least we’re not touching the NHS or education… (@Alisonannk)
  44. Because you’re worth it (@etherealabyss)
  45. Think of the poor wittle corporations… you don’t want the corporations to cry do you? (@Chubby_Chocobo)
  46. Street parties are a great way for neighbours to come together and celebrate the royal wedding (@djhanks)
  47. Don’t you want to do volunteer work? (@yogilesley)
  48. If Phillip Green and other businessmen paid their taxes, they wouldn’t be able to keep so many people in employment (@news_unspun)
  49. We inherited this situation fron the previous administration (@robomam)
  50. Were paying off the nations credit card… (Carol via Facebook)
  51. Why should we pay your uni fee’s ? (Sophie via Facebook)
  52. Why do you think that bus drivers, who never have the chance of going to university, should have to pay for your education? (Simon via Facebook)

More info about Trafalgar Square Anti Cuts Occupation:

Facebook event for occupation on 16th April – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138700842869049&index=1

Facebook page (good place to stay in the loop) – http://www.facebook.com/occupytraf

Twitter – http://twitter.com/OccupyTraf

Website – http://occupytrafalgarsquare.wordpress.com/

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Another amazing weekend/new facebook page

Awesome weekend again everyone. Bigger and better than last week. Hopefully it will carry on increasing like this, I can see no reason for it not to! Make sure you tell everyone you know and use any networks you have.

We have a new facebook page http://www.facebook.com/occupytraf This should make it easier to update people about what’s happening rather than creating a new events every week. Do sign up to this page to stay in the loop.

 

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Things to bring

Hi, Here is a list of things that I reckon we should bring. I’ll split it into things you should bring for yourself and things you should bring for the benefit of the space/group.

 

Things you should bring for yourself:

  • Tent (pop-up is best for speed, believe me!)
  • Sleeping Bag / roll mat
  • Wet Wipes
  • Torches
  • Umbrella
  • Water and food
  • Warm and waterproof clothes
  • Sun cream, sun glasses, sun hat etc.

Please add to this list

 

Things you could bring for the general space:

 

  • Tarp (very important)
  • Carpets
  • Pillows or chairs
  • Milk Crates/wooden pallets
  • Surplus food and water
  • Battery Powered Lighting
  • Paper cups and plates
  • Bin Bags/ recycling bags from a nearby borough
  • Duct tape
  • String
  • Decorations like balloons, bunting, tinsel, fake flowers
  • Sheet/banner/fabric/boards
  • tea towels/kitchen towels
  • Cleaning fluids/brushes
  • Musical Instruments / chord and lyric sheets for popular songs
  • Other Creative tools
  • Cameras
  • megaphone
  • First Aid Kit
  • Toilet Paper
  • Gazebo (one can be bought by all of us for a tiny cost when divided by 15-30?)

Please add to this list

 

Skills to bring:

 

  • First Aiders
  • Multi-Linguists
  • Media Savvy people
  • Musicians
  • Artists
  • Speakers
  • Facilitators
  • Legal observers

also please comment  if you are planning on bringing any of this stuff! <3

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Occupy Trafalgar Square April 9th

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176287425753287

Facebook page. Make sure you’ve clicked attending and invited all your friends.

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