SIGN THE ONLINE PETITION
Defend the Occupy Movement – No to Eviction at St Paul’s
The Occupy movement that has spread from Wall Street in the United States has electrified people across the globe. It has focused attention on the crimes of the bankers and the financial elite, as well as raising profound questions about the entire way we live our lives. This is a movement which resonates with millions across the world who agree that the “99 percent” are suffering while the “1 percent” continue to enrich themselves.
We therefore oppose utterly the recent attempts to criminalise and violently disperse occupiers in a string of US cities. This is a deliberate and coordinated process of trying to stifle protest. We note that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan told the BBC that the move against Occupy Oakland came after a conference call “with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation.”
As the 1 percent comes together in an effort to crush the movement, the 99 percent must come together to defend it.
We stand with the US Occupy movement and other similar groups across the world. We are also appalled that the City of London Corporation has renewed its threat to take legal action against the St Paul’s occupation. This well-planned occupation has encouraged debates everywhere about the bailout of the banks, the behaviour of corporations, environmental degradation, and the future of our society. It should be encouraged, not met by intimidation.
The occupation has made links with groups and individuals everywhere. It is hugely important that the occupation has made links with the trade unionists who will be on strike on 30 November, with the electricians battling 35 percent pay cuts, and the students who continue to defend education. Already over 1,000 trade unionists have signed a petition to support the occupation and oppose any attempt to evict it (see http://www.petitiononline.com/tulsx/petition.html)
As part of the more general need to defend the right to protest, we pledge our support for the St Paul’s occupation and oppose attempts to evict it.
Initial Signatories include:
Defend the Right to Protest
John McDonnell MP
Liam Burns NUS President
Kevin Courtney Deputy General Secretary NUT
Louise Christian Campaigning Lawyer
Lee Hall playwright
Alfie Meadows activist
Sara Bennett National Executive UNITE the union (pc)
Nina Power author & senior lecturer Roehampton University
Samuel West actor
Michael Kustow writer and cultural activist
Hannah Dee Chair Defend the Right to Protest
Mark Campbell UCU National Executive & Save London Met (pc)
Steven Rose Emeritus Professor of Biology (neuroscience)
Alberto Toscano Senior lecturer Goldsmiths College
Kanja Sessay NUS Black Students Officer
Mark Bergfeld NUS NEC & Education Activist Network
Sean Rilo Raczka ULU VP
Margaret Gordon Christian Khan Solicitors
Susan Matthews Justice for Alfie Meadows
Wail Quassim student
Dr William McAvoy Lecturer in English, University of Sussex
Danielle Grufferty NUS Vice President Society & Citizenship