99% of Nothing: Can change ever come from below?
It was stated that the 1% only own the world because we have allowed them to and that we have to challenge them holding onto their wealth. Economic growth comes from exploiting vulnerable countries. For example 3/4 of people in the UK and US want an end to the war in Afghanistan. After the post war period here in the UK we got good at organising ourselves with gay rights and disability rights groups but now there is more division on the 'left'. Can we become united over a whole range of issues? It seems we do need to get more organised together.
Things we can do are support strikes and boycott companies. It was also mentioned that in Iceland the government was got rid of by its citizens although this isn't in the mainstream news.
There was a short Q&A debating Male dominance - how women are hit hardest especially with public sector cuts, UK uncut - how the 1% only pay 27% income tax and the focus on the Murdoch's dodgy dealings that have been occupying the news lately.
All in all for me it was quite a tame discussion that just scratched the surface and didn't really go deep enough. There weren't many young people in the audience and I only saw one person I recognised who had camped at Occupy Liverpool and that was only for one night. I think it would have been good to have had some student activists and occupiers actually on the panel. I discovered a much greater appreciation for my activist friends, a few who were in the audience, as I realised how they are the ones who have been on the streets week in, week out for years fighting with courage and deep wisdom to challenge, shame the 1% regularly and try to improve not just the UK but the whole world. These are my unsung heroes who have made huge sacrifices to make change from below by putting their lives on the line at great risk to themselves.
Comment left by Tracey Dunn on 12th May, 2012 at 7:56
Occupy London's May 12 action and information about Banks, Crisis profiteers, policing, financial services firms, government, hedge funds, stock exchanges and more.http://london.indymedia.org/articles/12206
Comment left by Minnie Stacey and Casey on 12th May, 2012 at 18:28
If the discussion was tame, why was it allowed to be so by the reviewers' 'heroes' in attendance? If they can't intervene successfully at a friendly meeting, I don't rate their chances against the capitalist enemy! How naive to think that the 99% could be 'shamed'!
Comment left by Minnie Stacey and Casey on 12th May, 2012 at 18:32
Apologies for the mistake in the above comment... here's the correction, it should have read "How naive to think that the 1% could be shamed!."