Tomorrow at 12 noon, I am meeting the Brighton Uncut crew under the clock tower and then we’ll be off peacefully protesting against corporate tax dodgers on the high street. This will be my first anti-cuts protest, but I am prepared! I know the last Brighton cuts protest outside TopShop a couple of weeks ago resulted in protestors being kettled for 4 hours, so here is my list of what I’m taking:
- Walking boots. Good ankle support for marching round and warm so my feet won’t get cold in the snow.
- Water. But I will only drink this when severely dehydrated – there are no toilets in a kettle, y’know.
- Biscuits! To eat and hand out and thus attract activisty friends like moths to a flame.
- A sandwich. This is all for me.
- A flip camera, so I can record amazing actions / passerby reactions / potential police brutality.
- Clean hair. If you don’t have this you risk being seen as a hippy / crustie / social pariah by 95% of the population, whatever your cause. Sorry.
- Lipstick, obviously. I’m on a protest darlings, not in prison (yet).
- Phone so I can tweet! Follow me @hannathomas
- Banner – I don’t actually have this, but in an ideal world I would!
- A big smile. Yes, I am blimmin’ angry about the cuts. For me, it means jobs will be scarce when I graduate from my masters and that my brother, who is nearly 16, will have to pay up to eight times more than I did to go to uni. It also means that the young, unemployed people I work with at Otesha will find it even harder to find jobs or get any qualifications. Having said all this, my anger is directed at the government, not the people who are shopping or work at the stores. So I plan to be smiling at them and having some great conversations with them tomorrow.
Here is a video of the last protest in Brighton and if you’re looking for what’s going in your own town visit UK Uncut here.