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CALL OUT: take action this weekend with Sisters Uncut

This is a guest blog by Lucy, a Sisters Uncut and UK Uncut activist. Sisters uncut’s next action is on Saturday 28th November at midday, Soho Square

Just over a year a go a group of angry women activists from UK Uncut decided that enough was enough.

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We worked in the domestic violence sector, we were survivors, we were women who felt backed in to a corner by a brutal state that was slowly taking away our safety net. And we were tired of the violence, the humiliation and the silencing that survivors of domestic violence faced.

UK Uncut and the people within it gave us the skills and knowledge to realise that sisters could do it for themselves. We felt that the vicious silencing of domestic violence backed up by the brutality of austerity meant this issue needed its own protest. That women needed to take to the streets, to use direct action to demand our needs are met and that violence could no longer enable inequality.

That first meeting seems so far away from now. The first agenda stated: this isn’t a space for disclosure. How far from that we are now. Now each meeting is based on a right to speak out, a right to articulate our experiences and a space to understand that each of us experience oppression in different ways: whether trans, BME, Lesbian, Bisexual, person with disabilities, working class. Its organising based on empathy, understanding, trust and love.

What a year it’s been, from four women eating beige food and drinking tizer in a living room in Stratford to over a hundred folk regularly attending meetings. From being an unknown entity to changing the news agenda for a whole week following a protest picked up by the global media.

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UK Uncut always reminded us that austerity was a political choice. An unnecessary means to pay for a rich elite to continue a ludicrous system of profit. We too continue that message: never believe that there is not money to pay for services. It’s a lie fed to us by those that wish to maintain their power and privilege. Its a lie that allows abuse to continue.

Since austerity began over 30 specialist services have closed and the major funding cuts have been to BME and specialist services. Council’s are choosing to commission cheap and poor quality services. Cuts to benefits leave survivors stuck between violence from abuse or violence from an uncompromising and unequal state.

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And austerity continues unabated. On the 25th of November, the international day to end violence against women, George Osborne announced £4.1 billion of cuts to local government budgets. He then had the audacity to announce the tampon tax would fund domestic violence services. What a bloody mess – a tax on menstruation paying for cleaning up the consequences of violence.

We do not want token funding. We want an end to austerity and a state that does its job. A state that enables an end to oppression, an end to violence, the safety and security we deserve. And this does not mean more money for a police service. A service that time and time again has failed us.

What started out as an idea to hold a protest around domestic violence has become something else. It’s a movement. It’s a powerful space in which domestic violence has been taken out of the home and onto the streets. In which those who have been told they should not have a voice are shouting, screaming, crying and demanding.

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And you can join us. On Saturday we are holding a march in remembrance of all the domestic violence services cut as a result of austerity. We are marching to remember that domestic violence and state violence are intimately connected and that when they cut we bleed. We will not be silenced, we will not stop: we will win.

Sisters uncut’s next action is on Saturday 28th November at midday, Soho Square. It is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis), all those who experience oppression as women (including non-binary and gender non-conforming people) and all those who identify as women for the purpose of political organising. Self-definition is at the sole-discretion of that sister. We ask that our male allies support us on social media and by helping their sisters attend.

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ACTION CALL OUT

The Great British Tax Robbery: CITIZENS’ ARREST

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Election season is upon us. For the past four years we’ve been fighting the coalition government’s savage public sector cuts and exposing their lies and hypocrisy. Labour and the coalition promise more cuts to come. Join us on Saturday the 21st March for a national day of action to send a clear message to the political parties: reverse the cuts!

The government told us they’d “protect the poorest and most vulnerable”. They said “those with the broadest shoulders will bear the brunt of the cuts”. And what have we seen? Dismantling the NHS and wrecking the welfare state. Cutting schools, youth clubs, sure start centres, domestic violence refuges and libraries. Slashing local council budgets. Attacking disabled people with inhumane ‘work capability assessments’ and cuts to vital benefits. Removing access to justice through legal aid cuts. Allowing the big six energy companies to push people into fuel poverty. Cutting jobs, wages and pensions. Selling off social housing and moving people away from their communities. Driving hundreds of thousands into food banks and making families choose between heating or eating.

Angry? Join us on Saturday 21st March on the trail of one of the most obvious crimes of all time: the Great British Tax Robbery. We’re targeting the governments’ favourite tax-dodging bank, HSBC. David Cameron says we can’t afford funding for the welfare state. But the deepest and most brutal cuts to our vital public services have been enacted whilst big banks like HSBC who caused the financial crash pocket billions in tax avoidance and help other companies to do the same.

George Osborne thinks it’s “not his job” to clean up corrupt tax-dodgers. So it’s up to us to show HSBC for what it really is: a crime scene. On Saturday 21st let’s send a clear message to the government and HSBC that what they’ve done is CRIMINAL.

Dress as your detective of choice or as a tax-dodging robber with a bag full of public service swag. Turn your local HSBC into an ‘active crime scene’, cordon off the area, take ‘witness statements’ from passers-by and get set to expose the crimes against our public services.

The government talks about ‘benefits scroungers’, but we all know who’s really scrounging off the state. It’s time to bring the REAL CRIMINALS to JUSTICE.

Go to the actions page to find an action taking place in your area, or organise one yourself! Information here on how to organise an action. If you need any help get in touch on ukuncut@gmail.com.

Use the #taxdodgingistheft hashtag on the day and to get planning.

Let’s come together on the 21st and take a stand against austerity.

See you on the streets!


CALL OUT: October 18th and week of actions

Join the UK Uncut bloc on the TUC rally on Saturday 18. Meet under Waterloo Bridge at 11am. Look out for the UK Uncut flags. We’ll join the main march and have some fun along the way. At the end of the rally in Hyde Park, meet at Hyde Park Corner to join Occupy Democracy in Parliament Square.

The political party conference season is finally over – now we can get on with some real politics. They’ve had their say, now we’re going to have ours.

Let’s talk about tax dodging by the super-rich costing us £100bn a year. Let’s talk about CORPORATE welfare hand-outs that cost us £85bn a year. Let’s talk about how the 5 richest families in the UK are wealthier than the bottom 20% of the population – 12.6m people! Let’s talk about how in the world’s 6th richest country, there’s more than enough money to ensure everyone has a place to call home, food on the table and access to vital public services: free education, health and care. Let’s talk about how austerity is a political choice, not an economic necessity. Let’s talk about the alternatives.

The Conservatives attack the poor. We can’t believe a word the FibDems say. UKIP blame foreigners. And Miliband forgot most of his speech – the bit about taking on the banks, making the super-rich pay up, reversing the cuts and standing up for people.

Political parties are rapidly proving themselves to be obsolete. But that doesn’t mean that politics doesn’t matter. Politics doesn’t belong to the architects of austerity in Westminster, it belongs to us, the people.

The ‘big’ parties have a membership of less than 400,000. The trade unions have a combined membership of over 6.5m. And they’re mobilising. On Saturday October 18, hundreds of thousands of people will be on the streets of London, demanding an end to austerity from the government and poverty pay from the big companies. Join the UK Uncut bloc on the demo.

marchBut marching alone won’t change things. In the week leading up to the march, workers will be taking part in strikes. Strike action is direct action. And people will be mobilising to make themselves heard on issues from fracking to housing.

UK Uncut has always supported workers taking action. On March 26 2011, when half a million people were on the streets, UK Uncutters took part in one of the biggest acts of civil disobedience in this country for decades when we occupied Fortnum and Mason. When 750,000 people went on strike on June 30 2011, UK Uncutters supported their pickets with Big Society Big Breakfast. When 2m people went on strike later that year, UK Uncutters supported them with SolidariTEA. And when hundreds of thousands of workers marched on October 20 2012 UK Uncutters joined the march, and then joined up with DPAC to block a major road.

solidariTEA4In the lead up to the march, support the people on strike – go to their picket and take them a cup of solidaritea. Take a pic and share it on twitter with #UKUncut. And find the local actions and protests happening near you.

Then join the UK Uncut bloc on October 18. Join the facebook event and check back here for details. Bring flags, bring banners, bring your friends and family. And watch this space for some surprises to be announced.

See you on the streets.

Actions and strikes:

Saturday 11 – Global Frackdownhappening everywhere! AND European wide day of action against TTIP

Monday 13-Wednesday 15 – strikes in NHS, local government and civil service! Happening nationwide

Wednesday 15-Friday 17 – Homes for People not Profit – actions in London

Saturday 18 – demos in London, Glasgow and Belfast

Join the UK Uncut bloc on the TUC rally on Saturday 18. Meet under Waterloo Bridge at 11am. Look out for the UK Uncut flags. We’ll join the main march and have some fun along the way. At the end of the rally in Hyde Park, meet at Hyde Park Corner to join Occupy Democracy in Parliament Square.


Crash Clegg’s Conference Speech

It’s time for Clegg’s big speech, and time for us to take action. We’ve had enough of being attacked by a cabinet of millionaires. At 1pm today let’s tell Clegg what we think of four years of Con Dem government, and show them we’re going to fight them all the way.

On Twitter:

At 1pm click these links to tweet at him, or make up your own. Tweet .@nick_clegg and use #ldconf and #UKUncut

Four years of Con Dem government

Clegg’s lies about tuition fees

More broken promises

Hands off our NHS

Letting the Tories into power

On Facebook:

At 1pm go to the Liberal Democrats facebook page and comment under their latest post. Be creative, and tell them what you think of the Con Dem government. Or you can copy and paste these comments below:

1.

Under the Con Dem coalition we’ve seen four years of savage cuts to public services. The public have been punished for a financial crisis that was caused by the rich. And what has Clegg done to rein in the Tory tyranny? Nothing. Instead we’ve seen the Fib Dems break promises and back policies that have caused suffering for millions of people. In the world’s sixth biggest economy, nearly 1 million people have been driven to food banks to feed themselves while in the last five years  the wealth of the richest 1,000 people in the UK has more than doubled and super-rich tax dodgers avoid over £100bn every year.

2.

Nick Clegg we’re sick of your lies. You promised a fairer tax system and to introduce a mansion tax. You promised you wouldn’t raise university tuition fees. You promised you’d protect the NHS and Sure Start Centres. And what happened? You climbed into bed with the Tories, went back on your promises and pushed through a whole host of ruthless austerity measures. You’ve demonised the marginalised as ‘benefit scroungers’ whilst letting the bankers and corporate tax dodgers off scot-free.

This is only going to work if everyone gets involved, so join in.

See you online


CALL OUT: Crash the Conferences: #ldconf

We’re coming for you Clegg!

We’ve already heard from the Tories and Labour, where Cameron/Miliband/Balls/Osborne gleefully sang the same song on austerity and cuts. Now the Liberal Democrat conference is upon us and no doubt they’ll be joining in loud and clear!

At 1pm on Wednesday October 8th, while the Lib Dems gather to hear Clegg’s big speech, we’re going to crash their conference. When Clegg starts talking, let’s flood the Lib Dems on facebook and trash Clegg on twitter – let’s tell Clegg that we will never forgive his lies and never forget that none of the cuts would have happened if he hadn’t teamed up with the Tories. More details here.

clegg-crown-copyright-prime-ministers-officeUnder the Con Dem coalition we’ve seen four years of savage cuts to public services. The public have been punished for a financial crisis that was caused by the rich. And what has Clegg done to rein in the Tory tyranny? Nothing. Instead we’ve seen the Fib Dems break promises and back policies that have caused suffering for millions of people.

They promised they’d implement a fairer tax system and introduce a mansion tax. They promised they wouldn’t raise university tuition fees. They promised they’d protect the NHS and Sure Start Centres. And what happened? They climbed into bed with the Tories, went back on their promises and pushed through a whole host of ruthless austerity measures. They’ve demonised the marginalised as ‘benefit scroungers’ whilst letting the bankers and corporate tax dodgers off scot-free.

Last week together we hijacked Cameron’s speech. Now it’s Clegg’s turn. Let’s not let the Lib Dem architects of austerity off the hook!

Nick Clegg will be making his speech this Wednesday at 1pm. Be ready.

See you online.


CALL OUT: Crash the Conferences: #cpc14

Time for the Tories to listen up. We’ve had enough of being attacked by a cabinet of millionaires.

They told us “we’re all in this together”. They lied. They told us “we’ll cut the deficit, not the NHS”. They lied. They told us they’d “protect the poorest and most vulnerable”. They lied. They told us “those with the broadest shoulders will bear the brunt of the cuts”. They lied.

At 11:30am on Wednesday October 1st, while the Tories gather to hear Cameron’s big speech, we’re going to crash their conference. When Cameron starts talking, let’s flood the Tories on facebook and trash Cameron on twitter – let’s tell him what we think of four years of Tory government, and show them we’re going to fight them all the way. More details here.

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The Tory government have unleashed a relentless attack on the public with their savage austerity plans. Dismantling the NHS and wrecking the welfare state. Cutting schools, youth clubs, sure start centres, domestic violence refuges and libraries. Slashing local council budgets. Attacking disabled people with inhumane ‘work capability assessments’ and cuts to vital benefits. Deepening gender inequality, as their cruel and unnecessary cuts disproportionately affect women. Removing access to justice through legal aid cuts. Allowing the big six energy companies to push people into fuel poverty. Cutting jobs, wages and pensions. Selling off social housing and moving people away from their communities. Driving hundreds of thousands into food banks and making families choose between heating or eating.

They told us there was no alternative. But this cabinet of millionaires has continued to let mega-rich individuals and companies get away with dodging BILLIONS in tax – £100 billion a year! They’ve cut the top rate of tax for the rich, they’ve opposed the Robin Hood Tax at every turn, and they’ve allowed bankers’ pay and bonuses to rocket.

Instead of making the tax dodgers pay up and the banks pay for the crisis they caused, they’ve made the public pay. The cuts are a political choice, based on ideology, not economic necessity.

We’re sick of their lies. We’re sick of them protecting the rich and punishing the poor. So watch out Cameron, Osborne and the rest of your crony cabinet of millionaires. We’re coming to get you.

See you online at 11:30am, Wednesday October 1st.


CALL OUT: Crash the Conferences: #Lab14

Listen up Labour!

For the last four years the Government have been punishing the public for a financial crisis caused by the banks. They have sold schools, dismantled the NHS, attacked disabled people, cut libraries, closed children centres and domestic violence refuges and driven people out of their homes and into food banks. And the Labour Party hasn’t done anywhere near enough to stop them. If Labour wants us to think they’re different from the Tories, they need to prove it.

Today at 2:15pm Ed Miliband is making his speech to the Labour Party Conference. This is his big moment to tell us what he’s standing for. Well we think it’s time he started listening instead.

Here’s what we need to do:

At 2:15pm, tweet @Ed_Miliband (and use #lab14) telling him what you want to see the Labour Party do if they win in 2015.

If you’re on facebook, go to the Labour Party page and comment under their latest post with your ideas about what should be in the Labour manifesto.

Yesterday the ever uninspiring Ed Balls set out his agenda: to support the Tories’ austerity, continuing their cuts. But we’re tired of hearing about cuts to our vital public services, while the greedy super-rich get away with dodging tax. We’re tired of the poor getting punished for the financial crisis caused by the banks, while the fat cats get fatter. We’re sick of politicians telling us there’s no alternative, and not addressing real problems

Labour have moved so far from their roots it’s an outrage they’re still calling themselves the Labour Party. It’s time for Labour to listen to the people.

See you at the conference!

Here are some ideas to share with Miliband:

People are ready for change.

It’s time for Labour to get their priorities straight.

And do something about inequality.