Peter Bradley and the Chapter of Sheffield Cathedral should be in no doubt that by taking legal action to forcibly evict the Occupation could result in them being the first British church in recent times to condone violence by enforcement bodies against members of their own church. They would also be condoning the use of force against vulnerable pensioners, disabled and homeless people, such as users of the Cathedral Archer project. All of these vulnerable groups are regularly represented at the Occupy Camp.
Occupy Sheffield believe that compromise can only be reached by keeping open our lines of reasoned communication. All parties must dig deep and consider that if Peter Bradley, The Chapter and Occupy Sheffield embark on a long and costly legal battle it will ultimately reveal a collective lack of wisdom that this was allowed to happen at all. Occupy Sheffield are disappointed that Peter Bradley has never visited the camp to talk to us. We do not enjoy the vested ecumenical power of Peter Bradley or the Chapter; we believe they are vulnerable to abuse such power and make uninformed decisions about people who do not enjoy this advantage, and with whom they have had very little engagement.
Occupy Sheffield has taken a stand on Church St because we believe our world has become dominated by a competitive, “dog eat dog” mentality. We will become perilously close to our darkest of days if this attitude is not tempered by the duty to see each other as valuable human beings and act with the respect that we all deserve.
Our appeal is for all parties to see the humanity in each other, to seek compromise over conflict, and peace over violence.