Know Your Rights

Posted on Mon 23rd Jun 2014, 1:17pm

#VodaHome and #TaxDodgersAlliance

On June 14th, UK Uncut activists closed down Vodafone shops around the country. It was a huge success, with hundreds of people taking to the streets to oppose Vodafone's outrageous tax dodging. You can read all about it here.

On Saturday 28th UK Uncut is going back to another tax dodger that we've protested at before: Boots. Boots are being investigated by the Government for avoiding £1.3bn in tax. In London, protesters will be at their store on Victoria Street, and other actions are already planned elsewhere too.

Momentum is building again. People are angry and are taking to the streets to show it. These protests are part of a wider movement against austerity, last weekend 50,000 people marched on Parliament to demand alternatives to austerity, UK Uncutters from all over the country were there as the #TaxDodgersAlliance.


If you’re coming along to a UK Uncut action on Saturday, as with any protest and act of civil disobedience, it’s important to know your legal rights.

At the London action on Saturday there will be legal observers from Green & Black Cross who are there to record what happens at the protest and to monitor police behaviour. If you notice anything significant, go over and tell one of them. GBC's legal support number is: 07946 541511

GBC has some great information about protesters' rights, as well as a model ‘bust card’ – providing simple info about what to do if you do get arrested - you can download these here and give them out on the day.

There were no arrests at any of the VodaHome actions, arrests at UK Uncut actions are rare, but the police response is unpredictable. It’s important to look out for each other and for everyone who comes on UK Uncut actions. If you're coming, try to buddy-up with someone and look out for them.

We will have fun, we will make our resistance known. And we will look out for each other’s safety. See you on the streets!

CALL OUT: Tax Dodgers Alliance

Posted on Tue 17th Jun 2014, 8:00am

Join the UK Uncut bloc on the #NoMoreAusterity march, June 21st

This Saturday, thousands of people will be taking to the streets of London to demand an alternative to austerity. If you are sick of this governments’ cuts and lies, tired of politicians from all of the big parties telling us that there are no alternatives, angry about super-rich tax dodgers getting a free ride, then come and join the UK Uncut bloc on the demo.

Meet 12:15pm Bedford Square, London, WC1B

Come and join the newly formed 'Tax Dodgers Alliance'. Big businesses and the super wealthy are welcome. Bankers, lawyers, CEOs, new money, old money... What do we have in common? We're stinking rich & we don't want to share - our cash is offshore.

Come dressed as a tax dodger – are you going to be suited and booted or in your best holiday gear just back from visiting your favourite tax haven?

Bring placards and banners fitting for the Tax Dodgers Alliance. Here are some ideas: "Tax is for little people", ‘I’m with Gary Barlow’, ‘Who needs the NHS?’

Marching alone won’t stop the cuts. We need to be taking direct action against the government and the tax dodgers. Watch this space for an announcement about UK Uncut’s next action. But marches are an important way to come together and show our strength. And they can be fun.

See you on the streets

Demonstration route:
The Tax Dodgers Alliance bloc will meet at Bedford Square, then join the main march from the BBC's doorstep, marching through central London, and ending with a free festival outside Parliament.

Transport to London:
There are coaches coming from over 40 locations to the demonstration, many of them for free with new coaches being booked all the time! Find your nearest one here.

Guest blog: a Small Spark of Hope

Posted on Sun 15th Jun 2014, 6:30pm
This is a guest blog by Maddy Evans, one of the coordinators of the Economic Justice Project, on behalf of the Jubilee Debt Campaign

On Monday, St Peter’s Community Hall in Bethnal Green, London, will be transformed into The Spark: a week-long hub of social justice workshops, discussions, music, art, poetry and more.

With almost 50 sessions, The Spark looks at topics from privatisation to policing, from political poetry to young people’s voice in film and media, from economics to the environment. It brings together a wide range of groups working on diverse social justice issues in the UK and globally. As well as promoting an understanding of the issues, it aims to provide space to speak and perform the hope and despair, the joy, and the rage, that flows from this understanding and to build new relationships and networks to contribute to a stronger movement for social and economic justice in the UK.

I keep hearing people say that progressive movements in the UK have lost hope and offer no positive alternatives. I’m not sure about that – I don’t feel hopeless when I hear about the tenacious, inventive & politician-arse-kicking campaigning of the E15 mothers (now launching their ‘Focus on the Future’ campaign), or the victories of the 3cosas campaign , or even just when I raise my voice at My Heart Sings (renamed The Spark Sings for one week only) with a group of joyful women, inspired to work for social justice at home, at work and in the world.

And, if none of that does it for you check out the Friday night session where Selma James, a life-long activist, feminist author and critic, Clara Osagiede, a leader of the successful London Underground cleaners’ living wage campaign, and Zena Edwards, amazing spoken word artist, will all speak about how they have kept hope alive through dark times, and stayed committed to social change. We hope people will leave the Spark with a renewed sense of excitement about getting active, or staying active, on social justice – especially in difficult times.

Saturday the 21 June sees a full day of sessions focussed on intersectionality and liberation. Not sure what ‘intersectionality’ means? Don’t worry! The day includes a starter session explaining ‘what intersectionality is, and why it’s important for social justice struggles’, followed by sessions on organising accessible events, inequality and under representation on the left, solidarity organising, using music to empower communities, and islamophobia and women’s liberation.

The Spark is being organised by a group of individuals from a wide range of social justice focused groups including London Roots Collective, Black Feminists, UK Uncut, Algeria Solidarity Campaign, AMP (art and politics must meet), People & Planet and Jubilee Debt Campaign for the Economic Justice Project, youth and refugee organisations, and others.

We hope to see you there.

Find out more and sign up:

This blog was first published at Open Democracy
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