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Something for the weekend? – A Round Up Of Next Saturday’s Events

This weekend sees the first large scale march against the government cuts along with countless other protests, actions and events planned for Saturday March 26th.

The big news is that Stay For 1 Day – the planned event to occupy Hyde Park for 24 hours is not cancelled, despite it’s recent disappearance from facebook.  For more info visit: http://www.resist26.org/post/4020653091/stay-4-one-day-is-not-cancelled

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) have announced a virtual protest for people unable to attend in person, please visit: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2011/03/in-solidarity-with-the-protesters-on-the-streets-on-26-march-online-map-disabled-people-and-allies/

DPAC will be meeting with activists from London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP) at Savoy Street near Charing Cross at 11am to join the TUC march.

And now, lifted direct from the highly recommended Freedom newspaper here’s a round up of all the other activities planned for the day, with a handy map (visit Freedom’s website for latest updates).

A – Education Bloc feeder march
ULU, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY, 10am
Directions
Called by
London Student Assembly

What began as a simple bloc has turned into a full blown feeder march due to the massive positive response. Get there early for a pre-demo breakfast. In terms of energy and imagination definitely the place to be.

B – South London feeder march
Kennington Park, London SE11 4AU, 10.30am
Directions
Called by
Lambeth SOS
Southwark SOS
Lewisham Anti-Cuts Alliance
Along with the education feeder march, it will be the biggest ‘unofficial’ bloc on the demonstration. South London is being hit particularly hard by the Tories cuts and the increasing anger and resentment is being turned into effective local action. Destined to be one of the most passionate and vocal blocs on the march.

C - TUC march start point
Victoria Embankment,
Assemble 11am
Forming up between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. The large numbers expected mean there is certain to be an extended wait until it is allowed to move off.
http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/

D – TUC Rally
Hyde Park, advertised to begin at 1.30pm and go on until 4.30pm.

In addition to the stage and giant screens, there will be refreshment facilities and extra toilets. As well as private security. Ed Miliband, New Labour leader and ’same cuts but slower’ doctrine will be speaking. A robust response to Miliband’s politicking is expected.
http://marchforthealternative.org.uk/

E – Occupy For the Alternative
Oxford Street, 2pm

UK Uncut. A massive simultaneous shut down of banks and tax dodgers on London’s Oxford Street – flash mobs, bail-ins and occupations along the length of Europe’s biggest shopping street. Then at 3.30pm there will be a massive final convergence, ready for a spectacular mass occupation of a secret target.
http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/

F – Pink and Black Bloc meet up
Soho Square, London W1D, 10am
Called by
Queer Resistance
Queer Resistance is a group of queers and allies from across the UK who have come together to fight the cuts! They want to march in solidarity with other anti cuts groups and ensure a visible queer presence and invite people from across the lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities as well as friends and allies to join with them.
More info: Pink and Black bloc facebook page

G – Freedom Bookshop
The oldest anarchist publishing house in the UK, the longest running anarchist newspaper and one of the few remaining political bookshops in the country.

H – Dissident feeder march
Cable Street, E1, 11am

From the East End to the action taking back the city streets en route to revolution departure points on the way.

» BLOCS

Radical Workers’ Bloc
Called by
South London Solidarity Federation

Anarchist Federation
It will form part of the South London feeder march from Kennington Park (see above) and probably the biggest and most visible anarchist presence on the demo.

Militant Workers Bloc
on the Education bloc feeder march
Called by London anarchists
Join us on the Education Bloc FOLLOW THE SOUNDSYSTEMS // AVOID THE KETTLE // OCCUPY OXFORD STREET 2pm //
They have over 150 red and black flags to hand out, donations welcomed!
More info: Militant Workers Bloc facebook page

Anarchist Bloc
on the Education bloc feeder march
Promoted by
Anarchist Federation
Anarchist Federation (London) will be joining with radical students on the Education Bloc feeder march, at ULU (See above). They are asking people to bring red and black anarchist flags and banners. More info here: http://london.indymedia.org/events/7813

Pink and Black Bloc
Soho Square, London W1D, 10am
Called by
Queer Resistance
Queer Resistance is a group of queers and allies from across the UK who have come together to fight the cuts! They want to march in solidarity with other anti cuts groups and ensure a visible queer presence and invite people from across the lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities as well as friends and allies to join with them.
More info: Pink and Black bloc facebook page

Buggy Bloc
Victoria Embankment Gardens, 10am
Meandering from Embankment to Hyde Park. Babies and buggy boarders, spread the word… kids against cuts being seen and heard!
Joining the myriads to oppose the squandering of our future
More info: Buggy bloc facebook page

Women’s Bloc
Cleopatra’s Needle, 10am
Supported by
Women Against the Cuts
Southall Black Sisters
Million Women Rise
Eaves Housing for Women
London Feminist Network
Calling on all women to stand in solidarity together against the cuts that will affect the most vulnerable in our society the most. Come dressed in purple and green with pots and pans or anything else to make a lot of noise! There will be a direct action following the march, with more details to be announced soon.
More info: Women’s Bloc facebook page

The Bigger Society Soundsystem
Playing the soundtrack to the day – chosen by you.  It’s our revolution and we’re dancing to it.
More info: The Bigger Society Soundsystem facebook page

Black Bloc
Not a group but a tactic whereupon individuals come together wearing all black attire for maximum anonymity. Key elements are: collective action and mobility. A facebook page has been created declaring “meeting point will probably be outside one of the stations near victoria embankment like temple station precise details will be given nearer the time”. You have been warned.

Book and Black Bloc
More info: Book and Black bloc facebook page

» GROUPS AND NETWORKS

Legal Observers
Not technically a bloc but there will be hundreds of legal observers from the radical movement present on the march to document the unlawful behaviour of the police and help protesters with legal advice (including handing out bust cards). These are committed political activists and unlike the Liberty police-sanctioned observers are not in collusion with state agencies.
Legal Defence Monitoring Group
Green and Black Cross
FITwatch – monitoring police surveillance tactics on demonstrations

FITwatch flashmob
Flashmob! – block FIT cameras from taking your own photo (entirely legal) or other’s photos (more dubious legality) using banners/flags/placards/newspapers and get noisy – bring over soundsystems, horns, whistles or just get gobby.
More info: FITwatch flashmob facebook page

Shut Down London
Coordinated roving flash mobs promising to “stop traffic, run wild, make as much noise, get as much publicity”.
More info: Shut Down London facebook page

Network X
A national network of activists and radicals formed out of the Manchester gathering in January. Yet to promote their actions, activities for the day although they do say legal advice, food and shelter will be available.
http://networkxuk.wordpress.com/

Resist26
An umbrella network (and brainchild of arch prankster and academic eccentric Chris Knight) for various events and activities and media spectacles planned throughout the day, including the mass occupation of Hyde Park Stay 4 One Day. Visit the website for the full list of actions.
http://www.resist26.org/