We hope that some of you will be able to join with our friends from the Sock Mob and help support this event.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
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As you know Westminster council are in consultation to bring in a bylaw which will effectively criminalise our street friends and us by making it illegal to “lie down or sleep in any public place”, “deposit bedding” and distribute free food and drink in an area around Victoria. Not only does this effectively serve to ‘criminalise compassion’, but will also serve to further marginalise our street friends as Westminster council now deems it acceptable to label any homeless person a criminal simply because they are homeless and sleep near Victoria. It is a profoundly depressing state of affairs, but we must not be complacent and let them get this bylaw passed. So on that note we are planning a sock mobbing and street party (with a potential flash mobbing too!). This will be to celebrate the positive impact of soup runs and groups giving to the homeless in Westminster.
We’ll start with our usual sock mobbing at 12.30pm in various areas around London. This will follow the usual format of smaller groups meeting at a location convenient to you (perhaps we could get enough people to cover the Strand, Waterloo, London Bridge, Old Street and Victoria). The idea is to get as many of our street friends (and you!) to come along to the street party on the piazza. We will be meeting at the piazza at 2pm for a flashmob followed by a lovely street party with food and drinks supplied by the local soup runs! The idea of the street party is to bring together the local community, people involved in caring for the homeless and our street friends to raise awareness of the disgusting bylaw, and open dialogue between the various affected groups so that the day can be a positive learning experience for all involved.
If you are able to print, please bring along copies of the Draft Rough Sleeping and Soup Run Bylaw_ Consultation Letter. This can be found in the ‘files’ section on the Meetup group which can be found by clicking the ‘more’ tab along the top of the webpage. The more people we can get to sign it the less likely it will be to get passed
And most importantly tell everyone you know to join us, it promises to be an exciting and fun-filled positive protest!
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!