A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

The Raised Fist & The Helping Hand

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We call it ‘A RAISED FIST, AND A HELPING HAND’ because that’s what it is.
On one level it is a grassroots movement against Austerity; and on the other, a series of benefit gigs helping to alleviate the suffering #ToryNeglect is causing in #FoodBankBritain
We Shall Overcome belongs to everyone who chooses to march under its banner; and in marching with us, you give your event a national voice in the struggle for change; you help make the cries for an end to Austerity a little louder; because the Establishment doesn’t fear random, disconnected events; it fears one thing and one thing only.
We shout loud enough first so they can hear, and then so they are forced to listen.
For that we need numbers, and for numbers we need you.
And that’s the easy part.
The other bit.
The ‘Helping Hand’.
Just slap our logo on your poster somewhere, and make a collection for a local cause. What cause is your choice. All we ask is that it helps people who are struggling out there thanks to the policies of this government. It could be a collection of groceries for your local food bank or soup kitchen; warm clothing for Homeless outreach; cash for a crisis centre; you know your town best, so you decide where the help goes.
Oh, and let us know. That way we can add your event to the others.
All 846 of them so far.
In 142 towns and cities.
In 9 countries.
Across 3 continents.
We Shall Overcome gigs have raised somewhere in the region of £360,000 worth of food, cash, clothing, sleeping bags and bedding, toiletries, sanitary towels; furniture, small electrical appliances and, well, anything people needed and we had the collective power to provide.
Quite something that.
Join us.
Fighting back never felt better.

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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