Daily Archives: February 17, 2011

The London Bail-Ins

If you live in London, there are a tantalising number of actions planned for Saturday. Unfortunately, you can’t go to all of them so this blog will allow you to make your choice.

This action will be transforming a Barclays branch into a library. Bring books, cake and banners and enjoy banker’s story time and poetry reading. Meet Soho Square at 11am.

Stand-up Occupation
This action will be transforming a Barclays branch into a Stand-Up Comedy gig. The incredible Josie Long and Nick Revell will be providing the laughs. Turn up for a chuckle. Like the Library Group, meet in Soho Square at 10.45am and look for the orange umbrella.

Breakfast Club
In Camden, children and working parents are set to lose three-quarters of local authority funding for breakfast clubs, after school clubs, holiday schemes and play centres. Be at the Barclays bank at 16-17 Tottenham Court Road at 10am ready to hold a breakfast club. Bring kids!

Books not Bombs
Activists from London Campaign Against the Arms Trade will be transforming a Barclays branch into a library in protest against Barclays’ massive investment in the arms trade. This is a flashmob, so be inside the Barclays in Piccadilly at 11am ready to sit down and start reading when the librarians say “shhhhhhh”

Library in Elephant and Castle
Turn Barclays on the Walworth Road into a library. Bring books and banners. Time tbc.

Library in Brixton
Meet 11am at Barclays on 463-465 Brixton Rd. Bring a good book!

Carnival Against Cuts – Lewisham
A massive day of anti-cuts protest in Lewisham, one of the most inspiring local anti-cuts mobilisations in the country. Some of the day will focus on Barclays but there is lots more too.

Bail-In check list

Congratulations on posting up a Big Society Bail-In. There are just a couple of days left before the day of action!

Some tips to make sure your action is as good as it can be:

  • Put a time and meeting place registered on our website
  • Set-up a twitter account and tweeted about your action
  • Set-up a Facebook event and invited everyone you know
  • Emailed your local anti-cuts group, or any other group that might be interested.
  • www.falseeconomy.org.uk has a good directory of contacts.

  • Contacted your local media (important!). Call up the local paper and the local radio station, have a quick chat, give them your phone number and invite them along. Email ukuncut@gmail.com if you have any media queries.
  • Printed off flyers from http://www.ukuncut.org/targets/banks/barclays
  • Made any additional banners and signs
  • Felt proud!