Sadly, the Occupy LSX camp at St Paul’s Cathedral was evicted in the early hours of this morning, after almost four and a half months. I, for one, will miss its presence, as I firmly believe that powerful things can happen when people come together as a community to work together towards a common cause – and that the Occupy movement worldwide has already helped to open the eyes of many people as to what is going on in our governments, businesses and societies.
However, despite the end of this high-profile Occupy camp (and the eviction of the Occupy School of Ideas at the same time), the Occupiers have promised that this is only the beginning – and I hope it is. It certainly isn’t the end of Occupy London, as the site at Finsbury Square is – as far as I know – still in operation and intends to remain so. And that has to be a good thing…
You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front recently. The reason for that is a very exciting one – my friends at The Crisis of Civilization asked me to help them set up their brand new website, which went live (after a lot of hard work from the web team!) last week.
There’s already lots to read, watch and listen to on the new site. You can find out more about the crises featured in the film, discover how The Crisis of Civilization came to be made, watch some of the archive footage used in the film, read how artist Lucca Benney created the film’s distinctive animated sections, listen to radio interviews with the director Dean Puckett and the writer and narrator Nafeez Ahmed, or even learn how you can help by subtitling the film or by putting on a screening yourself!
And on the subject of screenings, I have some equally exciting news…
After last week’s successful London premiere at the Whirled Cinema, we have three more FREE London screenings of The Crisis of Civilization coming up in the next few weeks! Forget the consumerist excess of Christmas and come join the team for one, two or all of these:
15th December 2011 – Transition Brixton, 6-8 Robsart Street, SW9 0DJ – 7pm
16th December 2011 – UBS Bank of Ideas, 29 Sun Street, EC2M 2PT – 7.30pm
19th December 2011 – Tent City University at Occupy LSX, EC4M 8AD – 8pm
For more information on how to get to these venues, visit The Crisis of Civilization website here.
Photos from the one week anniversary celebrations at #OccupyLSX at St Paul’s Cathedral, plus the Tent City University State of the Nation Roundtable Discussion at Bank and the additional new site of occupation at Finsbury Square, EC1. For more information, visit the #OccupyLSX website.
(You can also see more of my #OccupyLSX photos here)
The Occupy movement is spreading. Yesterday there were Occupy actions in cities across the world, including here in London. As ever, I was there, armed with my trusty camera – and you can see some of the results above.
Follow @OccupyLSX on Twitter or Facebook for more information on Occupy London, or check out their website – they’re currently camping outside St Paul’s Cathedral (with the cathedral’s tentative blessing!) if you are interested in visiting and finding out more. You can also email them with any inquiries at: email@example.com.
Update: On Sunday evening, #OccupyLSX issued an initial statement, which you can read here.