From 1st August 2005, Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) made criminal the rights of free expression and association in a 1km Exclusion Zone around Westminster. As a result, a number of people have shown a determination to defy this undemocratic law, through a variety of peaceful means.
People In Common began as part of this determination. On 7th August 2005 a hundred or so people came to Parliament Square to defy SOCPA and risk arrest. On that day, some of us took it upon ourselves to throw tea in the Thames, in defiance of SOCPA and in protest at the untaxed international trade in money.
As a result of this action, the Sunday Peoples’ Commons Tea Party was born. People in Common campaigns against SOCPA, but also aims to show creative, non-hierarchical democratic solutions.
People In Common says NO to s.132 of SOCPA and NO to the current regime and the unrepresentative authoritarian laws it produces. Instead we say YES to just laws, YES to direct democracy, and YES to mutual aid, conviviality and global solidarity as the correct means to justice and peace.
So, in revolutionary picnic-like response to s.132 of SOCPA and in Tiananmen Square-like solidarity with all civil society movements everywhere, the new People of the Commons Picnickers hereby declare electronic democratic independence from the organised lies of government by making something fresh and new happen.
If you are interested, please join the People In Common Mailing List, or even better come to our weekly democracy picnic, held every Sunday at 1pm in Parliament Square. Or, alternatively, why not set up your own local meeting?
Please Bring Something Nice to Share.