Occupy Bath are to make an important announcement at the Queen’s Square camp at 4.30pm on Wednesday 30th November, following the trade union march in Bath.
In their statement, they say they support the march and some of the camp will join in solidarity with the marchers. They are inviting the trade union members and all other members of the public to come to the camp for the announcement.
Following the announcement they will have speakers and the members want to explore common ground with the marchers on the issues that are affecting us all.
Last weekend, delegates from Occupy Bath attended the UK and Ireland Occupy Conference in London, meeting with delegates from over 20 other occupations, sharing ideas and inspiration. The Occupy Movement in the UK and Ireland is now well-connected and organised.
“Over the last four weeks we have had many talks, debates, open public meetings and musical performances. We’ve got some strong ideas that we have been talking through over the last few weeks which we intend to implment shortly, and hope that these will contribute towards building a more fair and equal society. Many people have visited the camp with messages of support and to find out more. Our current manifesto is as follows:
1. The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives.
2. We are of all ethnicity, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together with occupations all over the world.
3. We refuse to pay for the banks’ crisis.
4. We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing corporations instead of the people.
5. We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate.
6. We support the strike on November 30 and actions to defend our health services, welfare, education and employment, and to stop wars and arms dealing.
7. We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The world’s resources must go towards caring for people and the planet, not the military, corporate profits or the rich.
8. We stand in solidarity with the global oppressed and we call for an end to the actions of our government and others in causing this oppression.
9. This is what democracy looks like. Come and join us!
The Occupy Bath members would also like to point out that they “are not all “anti-capitalists” (as many newspapers seem to think we are), but rather pro-economic fairness and pro-direct democracy”.