A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

Cassandra Fox – The Wimmins’ Institute and Thee Faction WSO Interview #23

cassieWhy should anyone be forced to either go hungry or use a food bank in a country with so much wealth?

Cassandra is playing with Thee Faction and Interrobang?! at the Pipeline, London on 2nd Oct and also involved in the “Loud women” gig along with The WI, Blindness, Argonaut, Emily C Smith (and more) at Silver Bullet, London

I’m the keyboard player in Thee Faction, and at the end of last year I started up a new band, The Wimmins’ Insitute. While I love being in Thee Faction for all its big, passionate noise and rabble-rousing, and getting to play to lots of people, I’m most proud of The WI. We’re all playing instruments that aren’t our first, and we swap between songs, take turns to sing lead, and we all write very different kinds of songs. So we’re learning all the time, while we’re having fun with our friends and spreading a positive message – not unlike another organisation with a similar name to ours! (Although I don’t think they swear quite so much, or sing songs about caesareans.)

Off-stage, I’m a mum of two feral/gorgeous pre-school boys, I’m married to “Babyface” oout of Thee Faction, I sing in South London Choir, and I’m a freelance book editor.

This government is picking off the poor and the weak one by one. Why should anyone be forced to either go hungry or use a food bank in a country with so much wealth? Charity is not what’s needed, but while so many have no other option, we must show solidarity and support the groups that are helping people meet their basic needs.

It’s heartening to see SO many people taking part in the weekend, to send a message of resistance to the divisive c***s in Westminster who would have us believe that our neighbours are our enemies. Let’s make them fear the poor.

I’m hopeful when I see my kids charging about with their mates – oblivious to the wealth or status of their families, the colour of their skin, and only even slightly aware of each other’s sex. That’s how we all started off, so we can all get back to that, I reckon, so long as we continue to charge about together.


Author: Matt Hill Songwriter

Storytelling singer-songwriter and community artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana. Formerly known by the stage name Quiet Loner. Recent projects include a songwriting residency in a museum, an album co-written with people at a homeless project and a stint as a resident musician in a prison.

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