Sheffield Uncut campaigns against austerity being meted out on our society as others prosper like never before.
Allied with the national UK Uncut movement, Sheffield activists visit or occupy the premises of companies and corporations accused of not paying their fair share of taxes to leaflet their customers.
Here is the interview:
How did Sheffield Uncut come into being?
UK Uncut and Sheffield Uncut started as twitter hashtags, which are the internet versions of a banner or signpost. it’s not an organisation as such.
The media and many people who are used to ‘top-down’ organisations, such as charities, NGOs, national/local government and the school system find this hard to get their heads around.
We could have used the hashtag #pissedoffangrypeople and the media would still have called it the ‘pissed off angry people’ movement.
The best way to describe the structure is as ‘flat'; everyone is equal and anybody, anywhere can initiate things on whatever they want and nobody has to ask ‘permission’ to protest or take action.
People who have informed and educated themselves want to share that information with as many others as possible.
For example, they are taking action on issues such as: the way disabled people are being robbed of their income; the millions in one of the world’s wealthiest nations who are just one trip to the food bank away from going without food; the theft of our National Health Service; women who are having their lives ruined by austerity.
Basically, everyone who knows that austerity is reversing any move towards equality that people all over the world have fought for over decades and centuries.
What types of protest?
Civil disobedience by doing what’s called ‘direct action’. That means taking a message directly to people who need to hear it, those we live amongst.
In 2008, after the worst economic crash in generations, it was obvious that the crisis we’re still living through had been caused by the greed, arrogance and apathy of the world’s wealthiest. Yet what unfolded from governments and global media was that it was somehow the fault of we who have had our power continually stripped from us over the years – people like you and me.