Address the culture of fear

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Second week in the office and the campaign is rolling now, a lot of advertising for the coming demonstration in March to which we are selling tickets to in our office AS46.
If you are interested in going to the demonstration on the 26th of March but are still unsure about things come up and have a chat, we will put your mind at rest and hopefully encourage you to bring family and friends too.
Once again it has been a busy and yet productive weekend, Andy and Jordi attended an executive meeting for the UCU on Saturday and gave some up dates with the campaign followed by some much appreciated applause. The members did a whip around seeing us raise a nice little donation for campaign materials; it is always nice to see committed individuals.
One issue that came up over and over both by ourselves and by the UCU members was addressing this culture of fear that seems to have developed around protesting, the media sensationalises violence in protests in order to reinforce this culture of fear, by creating a moral panic and all together negative portrayal of protests it puts people of attending.
Firstly, the violence that may occur at a protest is confined to small groups of individuals and this is not representative of the larger mood of actions of protesters. The Manchester anti cuts march on the 29th of January proved this, not only did unions and students take to the streets but so too did young children and families. Toddlers smiled from their prams with the hustle and bustle of the march and school children of all ages raised signs from ‘Let me learn’ right down to cut nuclear ‘weapons not my future.’
It is inspiring to see a nation take to the streets in Egypt and that is because they are fighting against corruption and for justice, its easy to see images of riot police In London of tanks in Egypt and get scared. But, remember protesting is a right and one everyone has and should use if you feel your voice doesn’t deserve to be listened to on the streets then why do you think it will be listened to when you complain to your MP about broken roads or not being able to afford to send your kids to school.
We want to try and remove this fear, if anyone would like to chat to us about protests or the movement, or would just like to speak about the anti cuts campaigns here and in the rest of the country we are happy to help.
We are in the office 9-5 most days so drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat.
Solidarity and good health.

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