Saturday 26 June will see possibly one of the biggest demos of 2021 so far. Here’s all the details you need to know to get involved and show that Boris Johnson is #NotFitToGovern.
On Saturday, the People’s Assembly will be demanding a ‘new normal’ with a protest. The demo will assemble at 12pm at Portland Place, central London. Then, it will march to Parliament Square:
There’s a shorter, accessible march for chronically ill, disabled, and older people. Full details are here. There’s also a specific block for disabled people on the longer march. The rally will have space near the front for chronically ill and disabled people. As of 3pm on Friday 25 June, People’s Assembly had not released details of the speakers.
The protest has 12 demands of the government:
- Renationalise key services.
- Decent housing for all.
- Sack the corrupt politicians.
- Properly funded, fully publicly owned NHS.
- End the marketisation of education.
- Act now to tackle the climate emergency.
- Support international justice.
- Safe workplaces, save jobs.
- End “fire and rehire“.
- Fully funded social care.
- End institutional racism.
- Kill the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill:
Some of the trade unions and organisations supporting the demo include:
- Unite the Union.
- National Union of Students (NUS).
- Bakers Food and Allied Workers Unions (BFAWU).
- Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).
- Project for Peace and Justice.
- Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
- Stop the War Coalition.
- Extinction Rebellion.
- Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC).
- Women Will Not Be Silenced.
If you can’t attend the demo, you can get involved on social media. Post using the hashtags:
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is reportedly one of the speakers at the rally. He said in a press release:
I’m proud to support this demonstration. It makes a simple and crucial point: we cannot go on like this.
People deserve decent housing; properly funded schools, hospitals, and public services; fair pay and fulfilling work; and a liveable planet.
The pandemic has exposed what happens when health services are run down and government services are outsourced and privatised – placing the interests of the wealthy before the public good.
In its place we can, and we will, build a future that works for the many not the few.
Of course, the backdrop to the demo is multifaceted. As People’s Assembly said in a press release:
The government have made it clear that they want working people to pay for the crisis, as evidenced by the pitiful 1% offer to NHS workers, the public sector pay freeze, low levels of sick pay contrasted to the £billions awarded to friends and donors of the Conservative Party through corrupt contracts. The government has also continued to offer subsidies to big companies who have enacted corrupt practices such as fire and rehire, which has faced strong opposition from the organised labour movement including strike action.
Former Labour MP Laura Pidcock, who’s now People’s Assembly’s national secretary, said in a press release:
This demonstration will be a coming together of the movement in opposition to the government. One united voice against the handling of the pandemic, against the plans they have to place restrictions on the right to protest in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, we will be there to reject further austerity and NHS privatisation. We are there to say that there is a different way, it does not need to be like this.
Please make sure you’re Covid-safe: wear a mask if you’re able and try to social distance where possible.
Featured image via the People’s Assembly and the Telegraph – YouTube
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