“I doubt I am quite what the police would expect of the typical Olympic protester. On Thursday morning, I will be gathering with friends from my local running club to cheer on a member of our team who has been picked to run with the official Olympic torch; only afterwards, on Friday, will I run with the unofficial Olympic Poverty torch, first made by activists for the Vancouver Games.”
Me on the openDemocracy website explaining why I am marching on July 28.
Thanks all to the 50+ people who attended yesterday evening’s Counter Olympic Network planning meeting at SOAS.
I thought it was a brilliant event, its breadth indicated by the number of groups who spoke in the opening “shout out”: Youth Fight for Justice, Save Leyton Marsh, Disabled People Against Cuts, Stop the Olympic Missiles, People and Planet, Spacehijackers, UK Tar Sands Network, Drop Dow Now, Carpenters Against the Regeneration Plan, War on Want, etc, etc…
We announced – and confirmed – the route of the demonstration on July 28th, and groups were able to bring ideas in terms of the post event planning. A few very practical points emerged:
The painting of banners for the 28th will take place on either Thursday 19th or Friday 20th July at LARC 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES between 12-6pm contact juliancheyne[at]yahoo.co.uk for confirmed time
There will be an Alternative Torch Relay starting at 2pm on Saturday 21st and Friday 27th July in East London.
We are looking for people to help with being on streets with leaflets and encourage runners, to film and photograph the runners, for details or to offer help please contact juliancheyne[at]yahoo.co.uk
Please note these two events will not interfere with the official torch relay!
A variety of events were advertised at the meeting. If people wish to publicise meetings on the CON website please contact juliancheyne[at]yahoo.co.uk