The People’s Assembly
Over the past year I’ve been involved with The People’s Assembly. Their aim is to bring together all the various groups that are campaigning against the recent austerity measures. There is power in numbers. The most effective campaigns have been the ones involved in Occupy like tactics, rather than the traditional march. We have taken over Market Street on a number of occasions in Manchester.
For example, we recently campaigned against Pay Day loan sharks, such as Wonga. The demo was filmed as part of a BBC 3 documentary. The good news is there have been recent limits put on these kinds of companies. Here is photo of me and Merlyn Taylor ‘chained by debt’, and other activists, including Manchester Occupy outside a Money Shop.
TTIP is the evil we have all been waiting for. A big problem is no one knows about it and it is sneakily being introduced by Cameron and Co. The Independent explains:
‘The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, things like food safety law, environmental legislation, banking regulations and the sovereign powers of individual nations. It is, as John Hilary, Executive Director of campaign group War on Want, said: “An assault on European and US societies by transnational corporations.”’
There is an ongoing campaign against it, and this is a recent awareness raising event in Mcr, again confusing the shoppers on Market Street: (will insert some photos here).