Occupy Democracy’s demand to end corporate lobbying and funding of political parties, with Tom Lines on the corporate lobbyists pushing for the secretive TTIP trade deal, panel discussions, a keynote speech from Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch and author of A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism & Broken Politics in Britain, and entertainment from Irish poet Grassy Noel and friends.
Mon 04 May: Make politicians accountable!
Ridding politicians of vested interests and second jobs so they represent their constituents will be the focus of the day, while a direct action and a walking tour will focus on the pending climate crisis.
Occupy Gandhi (12pm) will be a peaceful direct action underneath the statue of Gandhi on Parliament Square, calling for criminalisation of fossil fuel exploration and investment.
Climate Change: The Elephant in the Polling Booth (2pm-6pm) is a walking tour with speakers – including Asad Rehman from Friends of the Earth, Suzanne Jeffery from One Million Climate Jobs and Mel Strckland from Reclaim The Power – plus creative action, looking at why tackling climate change requires system change.
Tues 05 May: Real media now!
Exploring Occupy Democracy’s demand for democratic reform of the media with Strike! magazine’s workshop on Subvertising and Brandalism (2pm), talks by Donnachadh McCarthy (author of The Prostitute State and founder of Occupy Rupert Murdoch, Kam Sandhu of Real Media, Tim Gospill of the Media Reform Coalition and Chris Hurd from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism before the first of three evenings of comedy with Bridget Christie, Gein’s Family Gift Shop, Heydon Prowse, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Liam Williams, Goose, Bearda and Ahir Shah – if you aren’t laughing you’ll be crying.
Weds 06 May: Celebrating the resistance!
A day dedicated to learning about campaigns that have beaten the system, including speakers from UK Uncut, Disabled People Against Cuts, Save Lewisham Hospital and the Shell Out Sounds choir in a panel titled ‘How to Win’ (6pm).
Student occupiers from the recent UAL, LSE and Goldsmiths occupations will take to the square from 2pm for a skill-share session, followed by a talk by David Beetham author of Unelected Oligarchy – Corporate & Financial Dominance in Britain’s Democracy (5pm).
Thurs 07 May: Election Day!
To mark the election, learn about the history of democracy, with Chris Knight from the Radical Anthropology Group, Adam Ramsay of Open Democracy and others. Plus at 9pm Stand Up for Democracy! – the second of two nights of comedy with Bridget Christie, James Acaster, Iain Stirling, Joe Wells, Chris Coltrane and Liam Williams, followed by a musical performance by Ansuman Biswas (10pm).
Friday 08 May: There are alternatives!
A day to explore alternative systems happening in the UK, including Move Your Money and a workshop on Democracy and Revolution.
Sat 09 May: There are international alternatives!
A day to look at what alternative systems are happening across the globe, participatory sessions on What Can We Learn From Latin America?, lessons on democracy and anarchism from the Rojava Solidarity Network, and Campaign Against Arms Trade’s ‘Arms To Renewables’ campaign.
From 9pm there will be comedy from Goose, Beard, Emma Sidi, Ahir Shah, Chris Coltrane, Matt Highton, Matt Winning and Michael J Dolan, followed by spoken word from Mizan The Poet.
Sun 10 May: Where Next?
Let’s build an alternative system ourselves and talk about where next for Occupy Democracy. At 12pm David Whyte will discuss his recent book, How Corrupt is Britain?, and from 1pm there will be a participatory session on reimagining democracy and moving towards a citizens’ assembly on the constitution.
Occupy Democracy is a social movement for democracy free from corporate control that works for people and planet. Working by consensus decision-making, Occupy Democracy has a safer spaces policy and is dedicated to non-violence. Click here to find out more.