Great Occupy Newspapers out on the streetsTagged as: culture cuts occupylondon occupylsx solidarity
Yesterday i was handed Issue Ten of the long running Occupied Times being being given out at the St Paul's site as i was passing to get home, containing all i wanted to know about news from the camp and related debates around the UK. This follows another newspaper i found at LARC last week called The Occupier that was made up of 8 large posters all based on the occupy ideas encouraging me to put them up in the streets. It is great to see the occupy ideas being spread around outside of the camps themselves, visually and with words and seeing so many interesting ideas, as we are the occupiers and we need to be doing this stuff in our streets.
Here are some pictures of the newspapers which i will add here, but lets all get out and make more information to get this news out to the wider public who are only hearing about this through the main stream media, even the Guardian is biased against these ideas, never mind the Mail and Standard.
I had heard that there had been an Occupy Art event earlier in the year which i would have liked to go to, if anyone knows more about what went on can you add in the comments. Some friends went along to an Occupy Design workshop a few weeks back, off Brick Lane and said it was really inspiring. Apparently the Occupied Times people spoke there about the newspaper, and there were piles of the Poster one to take away. I am really excited that this idea is building and finding new spaces to discuss the ideas in, this is where it starts to spread slowly into society and has an effect beyond the headlines. I used to be involved in creative arts stuff during the anti-capitalist heydays a decade back, where there was a real feeling that we were changing the global discourse on poverty and politics. The movement then was very creative, with amazing poetic statements coming out from the Zapatista deep in the Chiapas Jungle, films were made by networks of activists in new collaborative ways (Genoa Red Zone and Praha Rebel Colours) and the tactics on the streets were artistic, confrontational and new.
I'm hoping this new wave is going to build in the same way and from what i see so far it is, the occupied spaces are great but they are not all, it is time to move back into the communities and talk to them get these ideas into the workplace and into the schools and colleges. If i get time i will add some links of where the the fold films and books can be found from 10 years back they should inspire the new generation and remind us all that we need to keep going.