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100 people at #Sheffield @ukuncut #Starbucks Action

@SheffieldUncut1 | 08.12.2012 22:41 | Public sector cuts | Social Struggles | Sheffield

Thanks to everyone who joined our Refuge for The Cuts. At one point, including those people who joined to talk and listen from the amazing parade of humanity that is Fargate, we had between 80 and 100 people. What struck us as most significant about this action was the amazing interaction with our fellow public in Sheffield; people seem genuinely interested to find out what they can do fight companies like Starbucks in their tax dodging. We had well over 1000 leaflets and flyers that all went to eager eyes. Thanks to all you amazing musicians that entertained and the people who made the coffee stall what may possibly have been the busiest coffee joint in town. And the only free one... There's no way we would have expected such an action to happen even a year ago; our message is making more and minds yield to and understand the anti-austerity message.

Make the dodgers pay
Make the dodgers pay

Inside Starbucks Fargate, Refuge From The Cuts
Inside Starbucks Fargate, Refuge From The Cuts

Inside Starbucks Fargate, Refuge From The Cuts
Inside Starbucks Fargate, Refuge From The Cuts

Coffee Stall
Coffee Stall

Sheffield Town Hall meeting point Refuge From The Cuts.
Sheffield Town Hall meeting point Refuge From The Cuts.

Music Refuge From The Cuts
Music Refuge From The Cuts

Giving a bit of a talk..
Giving a bit of a talk..

Pyramid mugging
Pyramid mugging

I won't be taken for any old mug...
I won't be taken for any old mug...

Coffee Stall Refuge From The Cuts
Coffee Stall Refuge From The Cuts

Front of Starbucks Fargate Sheffield
Front of Starbucks Fargate Sheffield

Consumer Power Works
Consumer Power Works

Banter
Banter

Music
Music

It does do.
It does do.

More people at the busiest free coffee stall in town...
More people at the busiest free coffee stall in town...

Unite The Community Supporting Refuge From The Cuts
Unite The Community Supporting Refuge From The Cuts

A bit of a showdown. But it all ended nicely...
A bit of a showdown. But it all ended nicely...


Source of this article:
 http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/actions/938#gallery

This is how the protest was called:

It’s time for the government to wake up and smell the coffee.

Women have had enough of being attacked by a cabinet of millionaires. But there is a refuge from the cuts. Join us at Starbucks in Sheffield on Saturday 8th December to transform the tax dodger Starbucks into services women depend on, such as refuges and crèches.

On 5th December the Chancellor, George Osborne, will deliver his autumn statement, with even further spending cuts expected to be announced. Women are bearing the brunt of the cuts- particularly low paid women and their families. The government’s savage austerity plans are pushing the cause of women’s equality back decades as benefits, healthcare, Sure Start centres, childcare, rape and domestic abuse services are cut and female unemployment soars.

If the government took strong action to stop tax dodging by companies like Starbucks- who haven’t paid any income tax for the last three years- we could easily afford to prevent the £5.6m being cut from violence against women services, the 25% cut to funding for Sure Start centres and the further £10 billion benefit cuts.

Domestic violence in Sheffield increases at Christmas and during times of economic hardship. 230 women are turned away from UK refuges every day as a result of the government’s cuts to women’s services. Against a context of reductions in the childcare element of tax credits that have forced 25% of women in the lowest income tier out of work altogether, in Britain 3 million children are in poverty.

Enough is enough.

Do you work with vulnerable women and their families in Sheffield and South Yorkshire? Then why not turn our local Starbucks into a refuge? Bring your kids, because 50% of people living in refuges are children. Housing benefit cut? Bring your sleeping bags. Are you working fewer hours because subsidised childcare is a thing of the past? You could set up a Starbucks crèche...

Sheffield Uncut actions are creative and fun; we've even got 'Refuge from The Cuts' t-shirts for you to wear and 'Refuge from The Cuts' mugs to drink our special Sheffield Uncut coffee from! Plus there's chance to take part in a 'Christmas Lucky Triple (?) Dip': ideal if you want some cheeky little freebies in time for Christmas...

If anyone is nervous or has any questions, please get in touch by emailing  ukuncut@gmail.com

Please spread the news to everyone you know. We want as many women, men and children out as possible to show that we refuse to lose these services.

Bring your own coffee... see you on the high streets!

**This protest is a symbolic transformation of a space into a vital service being cut by the government. It is in no way a replacement service where those affected by sexual violence should come to access an official support service.

Those directly affected by these issues should go to:

 http://www.rapecrisis.org.uk/centres.php
 http://www.womensaid.org.uk/page.asp?section=0001000100080006

Or call the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

@SheffieldUncut1
- e-mail: sheffield.uncut@hotmail.co.uk
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