You can’t evict an idea – and so just as Occupy continues beyond the St Paul’s site, so too does The Occupied Times.
The first issue of the publication to be printed following the clearance of the St Paul’s camp rolls off the press this Thursday, with all the usual news, comment and features – as well as some special content to highlight the achievements of the movement to date and give an insight into plans for the future.
Issue eleven will pay tribute to the origins of Occupy London and the camp atSt Paul’s with a centre-fold photo collage and a timeline infographic mapping notable events since the movement emerged last year as part of a concerted, global response to social, economic and environmental injustice.
OT #11 will also include a section dedicated to the issue of homelessness, including interviews with homeless people who have been staying at Occupy camps and features looking at how the state is failing homeless people and how we can address the issue.
News will focus on the recent clearance of theSt Paul’s camp; which, at the time of eviction this week, was the world’s longest-standing Occupy site. The issue will also feature headlines on the eviction of the School of Ideas, the ongoing Finsbury Square eco project and the recent School of Rockupy initiative – which saw Occupation Records work with musicians Kate Nash and Sam Duckworth to make music with schoolchildren from across the capital.
Featured in the international section are pieces on the trouble inSyria and Greece and the second wave of Egypt’s stuttering revolution.
Other articles of note in this issue are a piece on ‘future people’ by Green Party politician and academic, Rupert Read, and a forward-thinking piece by American sociologist, novelist and political writer, Todd Gitlin on ‘Occupy After the Camps’.
Distribution of OT #11 will compliment the wider outreach drive of the Occupy movement. Marking a first for the paper, distribution will extend beyond the City and into our communities, with a number of independent businesses across the capital participating to stock copies. You will find copies of The Occupied Times at locations including Come The Revolution Cafe, Cafe Crema, Sister Ray, Rough Trade, Freedom Bookshop, London Review Bookshop, Black Gull Books and Housemans – Radical Booksellers.
As Occupy moves beyond its origin at the London Stock Exchange, The Occupied Times is also gearing to the future. Plans are underway for further development of the non-profit, ad-free publication and its digital front; to support the causes of Occupy and to offer a credible media outlet for the voices of the 99%. To make these plans a reality, the publication is launching a funding drive with Sponsume for readers and supporters to help keep the printers rolling with any donations they may be able to spare.