Merseyside Peace and Ecology Festival 2010
Whilst the Spirit of Shankly Liverpool Supporters Union were rallying at St George’s Hall, Merseyside CND were holding their annual Peace and Ecology Festival at the other end of town. Whilst some comrades spent their time at the SoS event, advocating a radical approach to fan ownership as outlined in the previous post, others held a stall at the Festival.
The festival did have the pitfall of being sponsored by the Socialist Labour Party, essentially just another group intent on gaining power whilst claiming to represent the working class. But, really, the day was not about them. It was about ordinary people having a good time and exchanging information and ideas.
In the gardens of St Luke’s, known to locals as “the Bombed-Out Church,” there was a fun and vibrant atmosphere as people meandered between the stalls, enjoyed food prepared by volunteers from the Next to Nowhere social centre, and listened to a broad variety of musical acts – including the Liverpool Socialist Singers – in the open air.
There we distributed our free newspaper, Catalyst, and our local Wildcat! newsletter, and raised a good few quid for our fighting fund from sales of CDs, magazines, pamphlets and books.
We were also able to spread the idea of working class self-organisation, independent of parties, bureaucrats, and would-be “leaders,” to people who might otherwise not have heard them. In itself, that’s worth more than adding £1.50 to your coffers each time you sell a magazine.
After all, we don’t just want a talking shop. We look forward to every time we can get our ideas out and let the working class that they don’t need to appeal to authority. If we want to change things, we must organise ourselves!