Tomorrow lots of people will be marching through London on the TUC’s Britain Needs A Pay Rise demonstration. Sadly this slogan does not apply to those on TUC backed work experience schemes or Traineeships on which people don’t get paid at all.
Still many will wish to march anyway to show their disgust at the current austerity policies that are destroying so many lives. But if you’re coming into central London for the march why not make a day of it. Instead and standing around at the end listening to a bunch of boring old bastards making speeches about action that will never materialise, jump on the tube over to East London where the annual Anarchist Bookfair will be taking place.
As well as lots of books, and other info stalls, many groups will be holding meetings and workshops, including Boycott Workfare at 2pm and the Focus E15 Mothers along with Action East End at 5pm. See the website for full details of everything taking place.
Then, just down the road at 6pm, the biggest demonstration against the Poor Doors so far will be taking place. Weekly protests have been held outside the plush yuppy tower block at 1 Commercial Road, E1 after it was revealed those living in the handful of social housing properties in the building are forced to use a different entrance to the latte slurping twats who live in the posh flats. With thousands of people from around the country coming to London this weekend, this is a chance to take the biggest stand yet against this form of social apartheid.
It’s time to move beyond marches and the same old political speakers giving the same old speeches. We may not yet be at the point of “devastating the avenues where the wealthy live”, as once called for by famous American anarchist Lucy Parsons. But we can certainly noise the bastards up a bit.
The Anarchist Bookfair is held this Saturday 18th October from 10am-7pm at the Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS. The entire bookfair is wheelchair accessible and there will be an access point on the day. There is a creche for younger children and a kid’s space for those over 8. For more info check their website.
The Poor Doors demonstration will be held at 6pm outside 1 Commercial Street, directly above Aldgate East tube station.
Then on Sunday 19th October an Anarcha-Feminist conference is being held at the same venue as the bookfair – Queen Mary University. For more details visit their website or follow them on twitter @AFem2014. Please help spread the word about all events.
The TUC march will be forming up at Victoria Embankment from 11am and will be heading to Hyde Park.
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