The First Anniversary of Occupy London
On the 13th October 2012, Occupy London joined people all over the world for Global Noise, a global day of protest to highlight the fact that people are still here, one year on, united and more determined than ever.
Previously, Occupy London had been in residence in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral for over 4 months until the 27th February 2012 when the City of London Corporation and the Clergy at the Cathedral forced them to pack up their tents and move on.
This didn’t stop Occupy London continuing their work though. Over the following months they have continued to meet to discuss ideas and to formulate the best way to recover from the economic downturn that had affected so many lives.
A newspaper has been established, periodically published in print and also electronically. There’s a wealth of information on the website for anyone interested in activism, environment, banking and economics, law and policing or political theory. As with the Occupy movement in general, the website essentially provides a place to learn and discuss how to achieve greater equality within society.
The paper is produced by a diverse, international group of people and has featured in its pages everyone from Nobel Prize winners to first-time writers. If you have something that you’d like to contribute then please review the submission guide here.
Their first anniversary also sees the launch of ‘The Little Book of Ideas’ by Occupy London. A free guide that demystifies the language associated with the banking crisis and offering alternative economic models.
The people who set up tents last year also went back to communities filled with energy and hope because of what they had discovered at Occupy London. The occupiers took their newly found skills and supported community action groups across the country.
They will be continuing their campaign for economic reform on the Saturday 20th October 2012, where they will be joining a whole variety of groups on a trade union congress march through central London.
A Future That Works
It is clear that austerity isn’t working. Our country faces long-term economic problems. But our political leaders have failed to face up to them. For the next five years or more, unless policies change the economy will not grow, incomes will not rise, and there will be almost no new jobs.
If the government keeps on with big spending cuts and austerity, we face a lost decade. Even on their own terms government policies are failing. To close the deficit we need a healthy growing economy that generates tax income. But austerity has led to a vicious circle of decline.
Instead of just letting the banks go back to business and bonuses as usual, we need policies that promote new and old industries. This new approach would create jobs, especially for young people.
It would encourage companies to raise average pay, penalise big bonuses and invest in training and new industries. It would crack down on tax evasion by big companies and the super-rich. It would tackle the growing inequality between the super-rich and everyone else.
Rather than deep, rapid spending cuts, we need to reverse our decline and build an economy that works for ordinary families. We need a future that works. Will you join the 500,000 other people that are expected to take to the streets on Saturday 20th October 2012?
About the Documentary Artist
Lucy Peel’s documentaries will be featuring at the DocFilm Festival from the 7th- 13th November, where she will also be available for discussion about her work. Among those being screened includes ‘A Tale of Tent City,’ a film about the first days of Occupy London.
Lucy’s first feature length film ‘Doc:Comedy,’ will also be screened on Saturday 10th November. This film examines the mechanics of comedians. What drives these people to stand in front of crowds, opening up their hearts? What is the process involved in transforming a brief thought into a full blown, side-splitting show? What role do politics play in the way that comedians shape their material? Bursting at the seams with hilarious material and interviews from a selection of local and international comedians. Tickets are available from The Phoenix Square Box Office.