Stars from stage, screen and the music world will be among thousands of people rallying in central London, on Friday 15 April to call for Trade Justice not free trade.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke said, “It’s an overnight ‘happening’ – and it’s happening at the same time as many events all around the world. I’m going with a sleeping bag and a paint brush and maybe even a guitar if I can get it in the suitcase.”
The all night vigil, organised by the Trade Justice Movement as part of a Global Week of Action for Trade Justice, will start with a special gathering at Westminster Abbey which will include songs and readings presented by some of Britain’s most well known actors and others.
At midnight a mass moment will see thousands of protestors gather outside Downing Street, historic home and office of the British Prime Minister, to call on the UK Government to stop pushing poor countries to open up their economies and respect their right to decide on trade policies which will help them end poverty and protect their environment. The vigil will continue all night, culminating in a dawn procession and delegations meeting representatives from the main UK political parties.
Glen Tarman, Trade Justice Movement coordinator, said: “It’s going to be an amazing night. If you care about those living in poverty across the world – come and join us if you can. If you cannot stay up all night please come to Downing Street just before midnight on Friday 15 April. Help us wake up UK politicians to the fact that the British public have had enough of the way global trade is run in our name to benefit rich countries and hurt poor ones.”
The all night programme (10pm – 8am) has a huge range of activities throughout the night to appeal to everyone from clubbers to faith groups including:
Club night in Leicester Square featuring Nitin Sawhney, Radio 1 DJ Bobby Friction and other artists, Trade Justice cinemas, Overnight fair trade café with breakfast served in the morning, A late night ecumenical church service at St Martins in the Field on the corner of Trafalgar Square. A fleet of rickshaws to give the public free rides to all the different venues and along the amazing spectacle of Whitehall lit up by thousands of candles and lanterns
Around the world, the Global Week of Action for Trade Justice will see hundreds of events in over 70 countries.