A RAISED FIST & A HELPING HAND – 3-9th OCTOBER 2016
Child poverty, food banks, benefit sanctions, bedroom tax, cuts to disabled support, carers in crisis, soup kitchens, rough sleeping, homelessness, mental health crisis, pawn shops, payday lenders. Why do these things exist in one of the richest economies on earth?
We Shall Overcome is a movement of musicians, artists, activists and community organisers who are angry about the human costs of austerity policies but who want to do something practical to help those affected.
For one week from 3-9 October we’re encouraging people to organise gigs and events that will get direct help to those in our local communities who have been adversely affected by austerity policies.
HOW IT WORKS
Each event is used to directly help the community in which it is based. Some events ask for donations of provisions for their local food bank, others charge a moderate fee and take cash donations in a bucket. To become a part of We Shall Overcome all you need is the desire to see an end to Austerity, and the guts to do something about it – if you have, then join us.
WHAT WE DID IN 2015
The very first We Shall Overcome took place over the weekend of 2/3/4 October 2015. It eventually became 250 gigs in 123 towns across 8 countries on 3 continents, raising an estimated £125,000 of cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit by austerity.