11 Apr London Craftivists at their Stitch-In campaigning for Fair train fares and to protect our environment
London based Craftivists held a protest stitch-in at King’s Cross railway station
At 1pm on Sunday 10th April, craftivists, joined a nationwide protest to demand a halt to rail fare increases. Currently the coalition Government plans to hike fares by 31% over the next 4 years.
Hundreds of craftivists (activists who protest using scissors, thread and fabric) converged on railway stations across the UK for a protest picnic and stitch-in.
The event at King’s Cross brought together over 20 eager craftivists, who shared our message with members of the public who wanted to find out about the unique action.
We arrived at 12:45pm and set up at 1pm ready for some media photographers to take photos of our beautiful picnic setting. Sadly the police with the station manager moved us outside at 1:30pm because they said we were too large a group and getting in the way. Luckily we were smiley and compliant so they allowed us to sit outside in the shade underneath the Kings Cross sign.
Creating 4inch deep x 7inches wide fabric train coaches covered with statistics, facts, quotes and consumer views on our Government’s carbon-friendly transport policy, as well as providing jam sandwiches and cupcakes for passers by from our ethical picnic hamper. We stayed until 4pm when our bums were sore from sitting on concrete pavements
It was a great way to engage the public in the issues of unfair rail fares and climate change. We crafted loads of train coaches to add to our bunting petition during the day. And which other protest could you attend that provides jam sandwiches, cupcakes and tea with a smile?!
As the Craftivist Collective we are passionate about showing our love for local and global neighbours. The unfair fare increases will stop people using trains when we need help keeping our carbon footprints down. The increases will hit people living in poverty the most and stop them getting to their jobs and alienate them even more from society. Short-haul flights and cars shouldn’t be the cheapest most convenient option. Philip Hammond MP wants to hike fairs a massive 31% over the term of this Government. We’re here to demand fair fares and a sustainable alternative.
Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Transport, said in 2010:
‘Whether we like it or not, the ability to travel point-to-point on an individually-tailored timetable [i.e. in a car] is one of the great quality-of-life gains of the second half of the 20th century.
The various panels will be collated into a petition-train which will be taken on a Fair Fare Railway Adventure on Saturday 16th April. It will be delivered to Philip Hammond MP (Minister for Transport) by direct action group: Climate Rush.
Look out for more blog posts from other Stitch-In coordinators coming soon and check out more photographs of stitch-ins across the UK and carriage petitions here