The #ToriesOutNow demo which was called by London Black Revolutionaries and others to respond to the surprise election of the Tories was an inspiring experience – but what was also inspiring was the emergence of #WeCantMarch on twitter.
With that in mind, we hope to offer a list of suggestions inspired by that hashtag, to help those who won’t be there on the day make a co-ordinated contribution. This list of suggestions will focus exclusively on actions linked with the demonstration, but of course, our movements rely on organisation and reproduction way beyond the boundaries of a single day.
Marching is not the pinnacle of political action, and other forms of organising activity are even more important. Physical action in a specific place at a specific time is only one component of struggle. The march on the 27th it is part of a much broader movement – one which has to be rooted in organised communities.
Taking action on a local basis to produce and reproduce left wing campaigns is vitally important, much more important than walking through the streets on a summer evening. With that in mind, here are some ideas for co-ordinated action on the 27th itself.
Design shareable social media content and get it trending: Pictures, videos, blogs, gifs, posters and more can all help spread the message and help our arguments reach new people.
Write about how the cuts will impact you, and share your testimony on social media: Taking part in consciousness raising by telling personal stories, if you are able to and comfortable with doing so, is an incredibly effective way to reach out to apathetic or un-involved audiences to get them on side.
Help share information to demonstrators: If there is important information to be shared that will effect demonstrators safety – like police forming a kettle, instances of police violence or arrests being made – we need everyone to know as quickly as possible. You can help by sharing any content which has particular practical relevance.
Arrestee Support: We will be posting information on the @NCAFC_UK twitter account as the day goes on, and should any arrests take place we will be sharing information on how/where you can offer support.
Continue to raise issues of accessibility: #WeCantMarch raised a lot of awareness about the inaccessibility of left wing politics – keep raising these issues, and help make sure that organisations and individuals get better at organising accessibly.