Our day out in London. We marched. We spoke up. We met lots of people who are fed up with what is being presented by a Tory Government as the mainstream view of the UK electorate. It is plainly not.
We met young, old, disabled, of all nationalities. We met people whose homes are under attack. Under attack by Government and their lackey organisations such as The Canal and River Trust. Under a banner of Boats are Homes, they were demonstrating to demand that the Canal and River Trust stops evicting, or threatening to evict, travelling boat dwellers based simply on their pattern of travel, or distance traveled.
These people have chosen, or been forced to choose, an alternative way of living. That is there only “crime”, to choose a different way. Is that what we have come to?
I met people who were fighting to save their libraries. Others who were campaigning against the continued existence of Guantanamo. All these people have a feeling of injustice, persecution, or are just trying to fight the injustice perpetrated against others.
And let’s not forget those held in detention in the UK simple for trying to escape from persecution in their own countries. Their voice was heard loud and clear in London.
There are many causes, it’s impossible to be involved in all of them. But it is possible to offer our support, however limited that support is and constrained by our individual time and resources. Success to all of them.
I hope that by campaigning for a political alternative we can help build a society that does not just value wealth and privilege, but is able to see the value of alternatives, and lives that do not subscribe to money and material possessions above all else.
The People’s Assembly March for Jobs, Health, Education and Homes allowed all of us to stand up on the 16th April 2016 and say, “We do not accept what you are doing and we oppose you all of the way”.
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