We Shall Overcome is a grassroots movement fighting the impact of austerity on our communities and pointing the finger of blame for this suffering where it lies.
Anyone can join us. Absolutely anyone. We have all kinds of events from your traditional three-band bills, all the way to bake-offs and history walks. Whatever talents you can bring to the party are more than welcome here. All you need is the will and we’ll help you find the way.
We Shall Overcome events raise everything from food and cash, to clothing, bedding, furniture, small electrical appliances, toiletries, sanitary products, tents and sleeping bags. Where there is a need we try and tailor events to fill it.
And here’s the beauty of it. You know your own towns, your own streets, better than we do. So you choose where your help goes. The help you raise stays in your town and goes direct to the front line of need. So if your food bank is struggling, then collect food and cash for them; if your friends run a soup kitchen, then do it for that; if your town has a crisis centre or a homeless outreach project in desperate need of help, then go for that. We don’t dictate. We want you to take control of it and see it home.
We are effectively a banner to march under. We unite a series of otherwise separate events in order to give them a national voice and highlight just how much work is having to be done at the grassroots to keep people alive. You may run similar events locally, and we applaud that from the bottom of our hearts, but why not stick the logo on your posters and let us know what you’re up to? That way you have a national voice for your local gig and you join together with thousands of other people saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH to austerity.
You can message me on here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get involved.
#WSO2018 is 108 gigs strong, and since October 2015 we have collectively run 822 such events and the actions of our artists and organisers together with the amazing people who supported them with voices and applause and donations, have genuinely helped save lives out there.
This is not charity.
This is solidarity.