Once again I am helping organise We Shall Overcome – a week long musical protest against austerity that intends to also get direct help to those affected. Last year we ended up with 250 gigs taking place 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.
We shall return for a full week of events 3rd-9th October 2016. I’ve a background in working in the charity sector doing campaigns and communications work. I know what’s involved in getting a nationwide initiative off the ground. When big charities do this they spend tens of thousands of pounds and devote hours of staff and volunteer time. The beauty of We Shall Overcome is that we pulled it off without spending any money or having any significant centralised structure. Each event was self-contained and run locally. The organisers picked which local cause they were supporting.
What happened last year was very special, and we hope this year will be also. We’re not aiming to smash records or exceed what happened last year. WE just want events to take place. We want to step up the political campaigning side of it too. Last year most of the events supported foodbanks, but that’s not enough. We need to move to abolish foodbanks. They should not exist in an economy as wealthy as ours.
If you know how to book a room, get some bands together and put an event on, then please think about taking part.
Go to weshallovercomeweekend.com for all the details