Yes, I admit it, in the last few weeks this blog has become very occupied with OCCUPY! But in all honesty in the whole UK I find nothing more fascinating than witnessing the first big political awakening this country has seen since…aeh…ever?
People finally get off their sofas and start directing their conversations away from X-Factor or Strictly Come Dancing towards issues that should really concern all of us.
I am not saying there is anything wrong with light hearted entertainment from now and then, but I think in such an overload with hundreds of TV channels it can stop many people from seeing what is really going on around them.
Yesterday I read that the Occupy movement has taken over an abandoned building of UBS – the United Bank of Switzerland.
The block of former bank offices is only about 20 walking minutes away from the Occupy site at the Stock Exchange / St. Pauls and a stone throw away from the second site at Finsbury Square.
In total awe about this surprising move – which got a lot of media attention – I went there myself today. Although most parts of the building are still locked from access until clearing from Health and Safety I can already see this building becoming the new headquarter of Occupy UK.
Sheltered from the winter cold many rooms are waiting to be turned into offices for the organisers, class rooms for lectures, workshops for all sorts of creative purposes and definitely shelter for some people in need.
Although it was only taken over yesterday there was already an information desk, a technology room, wifi and a little cinema and a class room where talks and readings where held throughout the weekend.
But of course many things are still missing – for example there are no lights and electricity in the upstairs floors – so when it gets dark outside – it is pitchblack inside. There is no furniture and heating. And well the rooms were totally empty – so many things still need to aquired.
So if you have anything you want to donate, in material values of in form of some of your time just pop down there. You’ll be greeted with big smiles.
But what I definitely notice, the things that were not missing were a huge sense of dedication and drive to bring Occupy to another level.
I am curious to see how the movement will organise life and work in such a massive building. Will it be beneficial for the movement or will it be just a massive junk of additional duties to organise?
Regardless of that I am amazed to see that this happened and I hope this will be the start of many more occupations of the many empty buildings in the city.
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