06 Mar Mini protest banner in Liverpool Street station, London, May 2009
I have been making mini protest banners on and off for the last few months and they have gradually formed a little pile in my craft suitcase (like Mary Poppin’s bag but better!). I finally took a day off work last week, so I put up a few of my banners.
This was my first sneaky guerilla crafting. It says ‘Inequality = Conflict’. I made it last month but decided to put it up in Liverpool Street Station, London last week because there has been a bit of an incident there recently: the police blocked off this a few weeks ago for an advertising agency to film a flashmob for a company. However, soon after that an activist group wanted to do a flashmob there too but the police stopped them= inequality which led to a lot of tension and worries that a small riot might happen.
This banner is close to my heart because I grew up in Everton, Liverpool which is the fourth most deprived area in the UK which reliable online generic pharmacy happened to be on the edge of a city centre. The majority of our community grew up in council houses watching expensive luxury apartments being build in the city centre, see flashy sports cars speed down our main road while we had one of the lowest rate of cars per head of the population in the UK. This caused tension and understandably made many of our residents and especially young people angry and therefore wanting to lash out. Please read ‘The Impact of Inequality’ by Richard Wilkinson if you have a chance: its an amazing book that is full of facts and statistics explaining how inequality isn’t good for community and the world.
It can’t be a coincidence that South Africa is the most violent country outside of wartorn countries and also happens to have the biggest gap between rich and poor in the world. My worry is that we are following South Africa and being more and more violent, angry and torn apart.