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Date Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:02:06 +0200

POST-ELECTION SPECIAL ISSUE: This issue contains reports of people fighting along side refugees and asylum seekers, winning against their dodgy landlords, and acting in solidarity with people sleeping rough. All this is being done without the wet blanket that is Jeremy Corbyn or the hope-filled lies of political parties. ---- Wake Up! Wake Up gatherings, where people are given opportunity to use quality PA on the streets of towns and cities are mushrooming over the country. Debates which divide and rule us, encompassing racism, extreme religion, sexism, Islam and austerity are taking place in market streets. The views of the right and the racist are openly being challenged out of doors without the use of darkened meeting rooms and the need to read in advance.

Equipment is provided by Community Bandstand and,
during sessions, no-one is allowed to outshout another
speaker, ensuring a degree of voice for all involved.
The first Wake Up! Manchester followed on from some
arrests in the summer of 2014 at the anti-fracking site at
Barton Moss. PA equipment was used outside the police
station where the arrestees were held and quality debates
began. Initially, the Wake Up! sessions were musical, with
serial monologues but they soon developed into debates.
Recently in Manchester, a rabid Christian using his own PA
was peddling his church on Market Street. He was
challenged, using another street microphone with"What
happens to all the money you collect?". Mobile mikes were
distributed and a large crowd got involved in a debate
which challenged the power of the church and the role
money plays in sustaining it while the poor and homeless
remain on the street.

In Bolton, an EDL member was mouthing off their usual
Islamophobia. A large crowd gathered and through debate
and discussion, the racist ideas were dismantled. It is risky
giving voice to those like the EDL and the religious right,
but by taking them on in a public forum, the Wake Up!
team believe that it is more effective to break down their
ideas and it is worth this risk to attack the ghettoised

For some people, access to new anarchist ideas is limited
by a fear of reading and limited literacy. Wake Up! gets
around this by allowing for street debate. When you have a
conversation with a person you have an opportunity to
clear up misunderstandings there and then.
Currently Wake Up! Operates in Bolton Manchester
Liverpool and Wigan. New Wake Up! groups are
developing in Ipswich, Newcastle, Bangor and Sheffield. If
you would like to set one up in your local area contact

? Will provide PA systems
? Megaphones
? Cameras telescopic banner poles
You will need to cover petrol/diesel money
Advice on setting up a Wake Up!
? Choose a space with
? Good footfall
? Space for a banner behind
? Space for PA equipment, e.g. outside a closeddown
shop with shutters.
? Pick a regular time so people can find you
? Check local by-laws. In some areas, when
challenged by the law, cops left when informed
it was a civil issue and the council were welcome
to come and discuss it with them. This may be
different in your area.
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