It’s here! The We Shall Overcome t-shirt for #WSO2018 is now available via the good people at Philosophy Football and we could not be happier with the design. From the amazing ‘loudhaler’ logo by Marcus Henfrey, it looks cracking on a classic black tee and we can’t wait to see you out there wearing it.
There are three ways to get your hands on one.
First up you need this link:
From there you have three options.
- STANDARD PRICE You pay the Philosophy Football standard price of £22.99 plus postage and 10% goes to fighting austerity through WSO causes.
- SOLIDARITY PRICE You choose the ‘Solidarity’ option and your shirt costs £29.99 but £10 then goes to our causes.
- ARTISTS AND ORGANISERS DISCOUNT If you are an artist, an organiser, or are helping in any way, large or small, to run a WSO event then there is a discount code on all orders of two or more shirts which reduces the price to 50% making it effectively a 2 for 1. To get the code just email me at email@example.com and I’ll message you back asap.
We hope that somewhere in there is an option which will help you wear our 2018 shirt with pride.
We can’t wait to see the selfies landing.
GO GET EM!!!
It’s our 2nd Birthday today.
Two years have seen us take We Shall Overcome from an idea on a Facebook thread to an international anti-austerity campaign fighting for communities everywhere.
We have run upwards of 550 events now, in 135 different towns and cities across nine countries on three continents and the estimated £225,000 worth of food, cash, clothing, bedding and furniture raised has helped change lives up and down this country, it has got the homeless off the streets, it has rehoused young children living in slums and it has forged long-term bonds between musicians, poets, organisers and activists which have led to the movement changing, evolving and making the leap from protest/benefit gigs to feet on the ground 24/7 working in tandem with dozens of other campaigns to help the poorest and most vulnerable at the point of need.
Sadly though, if anything, we are needed now more than ever and it is in this spirit that I appeal to you all to rise again and start planting your red stars on our map.
We are running all year now, but the main focus of our work is the weekend of Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October. If you can bring your town to the party that would be fantastic.
Remember, We Shall Overcome is not about me or our committee or any individual in this group; We Shall Overcome is about us, ALL of us, and what can be achieved when we all pull together and add our single gigs into one massive festival. It is a celebration of community solidarity, and a demonstration of how incredible it is when a few thousand people all decide together they will be that someone somewhere who does something about it.
Please message me on firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me in a post or comment on this thread if you are willing to come back for more or have confirmed dates we don’t yet know about. It’s vital we are able to paint some kind of picture as to what we have out there. We know only too well some of you will have changed circumstances and won’t be able to join us; we also know some of you who were there in 2015 couldn’t make last year but will return full on for #WSO2017. Old friends and new friends are all welcome here.
Come on folks. Roll up.
The world won’t change itself.
Bring it on.
We are delighted to announce that the RMT Yorkshire and Lincolnshire branch voted to donate a staggering £500 to We Shall Overcome in a show of solidarity with our fight against the effects of austerity in our communities.
Regional Organiser, Sean McGowan, made the announcement last night and we can’t thank Sean and the union enough for their incredible generosity.
As you know, WSO Central does not handle money and everything we raise out there in our communities STAYS out there in our communities going direct from those making the donation to those on the front line delivering street-level help to those most in need. As such we could not accept the cheque directly but instead asked it to be forwarded to Pauline Town‘s teams in Ashton-under-Lyne where it will be put into use in January when people are broke and the weather is cold. With their generosity here the RMT will be literally saving lives.
We’d like to ask all WSO supporters to return that solidarity by sharing this blog in the hope that it will help counter the ruthless anti-union press coverage as the RMT strike to keep our rail networks safe for passengers; and if any of you out there can spare a little time to support RMT members on picket lines I’m sure they would be glad to see We Shall Overcome at their shoulder.