Trade Bill Takedown
Join a two day mobilisation to build the campaign for trade democracy, organised by Global Justice Now and War on Want.
Thanks to the hard work of activists on the ground, and the brazenness of the government, trade democracy is climbing up the political agenda. Over 100 MPs have signed an EDM calling for increased parliamentary scrutiny over trade deals. The SNP are calling for Scotland to have its own trade policy. People don’t want chlorinated chicken flooding UK supermarkets. Now is the time to strengthen the campaign for trade democracy.
Through education, protest, a mass lobby of MPs, and building relationships among activists and campaigners across the country, this two-day mobilisation will do exactly that.
- When: 5-6 February 2018
- Where: In and around the City of London and parliament
Further details are below, including accommodation options for people travelling outside of London. This page will be updated as more details are announced.
Monday 5 February
Monday's activities will be in and around the City of London, starting at 2pm.
Trade impact tour
2pm, top of escalator from Liverpool Street Station to Bishopsgate entrance
Get up close to the corporate seats of power: the multinational businesses that wield so much influence over government and state institutions responsible for setting trade policy and law. We will learn about the places where corporate courts are dreamed up and the lobbyists who are so central to the process of corporate influence.
Public meeting: Make trade work for us all
7pm, Rivington Place – limited capacity, first come first served!
Featuring Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party. A panel discussion to debate the latest developments in trade deal negotiations and the arguments needed to win it.
Trade activists meet-up
9.30pm, Curry House in Brick Lane
Join other activists to talk trade politics over some food and a social.
Tuesday 6 February
Trade democracy demo
10.30am Dept for International Trade, Whitehall Place
Gather in a central location with banners, chants and speakers to make our views known. Details to be announced nearer the time.
Mass lobby of MPs
from 1pm onwards
Meet your MP, present the arguments for trade democracy and try and convince them to support our key demands. 12 noon, in the Café at Westminster central Hall for lunch and lobby briefings, then into Parliament fat 1pm (or the time that best suits your pre-arranged meeting with your MP).
Places to stay
If you're coming from outside of London and need somewhere to stay on the Monday night, you could consider some of the following options. Please note, we're providing this list for information, but haven't generally visited the accommodation and can't go as far as to recommend it:
- Central Hostel: 26 Princes Square, W2 4NJ (Dorms from £10 a night)
- Via Limehouse: 628-634 Commercial Road (Dorms from £12)
- Smart Russell Square Hotel, 71 Guilford Street (Dorms from £13)
- St Christopher’s Inn: around London. Well known global hostel chain with 8 locations in London and with varied prices depending on the chosen location (dorms begin at £10)
- Travelodge: around London. Single, private room from £40, the closer to central the more expensive it becomes.
- Premier Inn: around London. Similar to Travelodge, beginning price is £49. Again, the price is dependent on chosen location
- City View Hotel, 113 Roman Road, E2 0QN (Single, private room from £31)
For shared dorm options which tend to be cheaper: www.hostelworld.com