17 June 2015
* Natalie Bennett: Demonstration will show our “determination to get real change in Britain.”
* Caroline Lucas MP: “Voting for what you believe in isn't always enough - sometimes you have to take to the streets too.”
* Shahrar Ali: Greens "will fight for the right of everybody to a decent quality of life.”
* Amelia Womack: “This election proved that austerity isn't inevitable and that alternatives are possible.”
Green Party members and activists will be joined by leading Green Party politicians in the Green Bloc at the People's Assembly Against Austerity’s national #EndAusterityNow march and demonstration (1) in London on 20thJune 2015.
Over 50,000 are set to join the People's Assembly Against Austerity march through London.
The Green Party is fighting for a fair economy that works for all. We can transform our economy if we have the courage to challenge vested interests and close the gap between the rich and the poor. The Green Party is committed to ending austerity and restoring the public sector, creating over one million good jobs that pay at least the Living Wage.
Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, said:
"We've seen a huge upsurge in activism since the General Election on May 7th 2015. June 20th is the chance to bring that all together, to demonstrate on the streets the determination to get real change in Britain."
Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and the Green Party’s Economics spokesperson, said:
"Voting for what you believe in isn't always enough - sometimes you have to take to the streets too."
Bennett and Lucas will be joined by the Green Party’s Deputy Leaders.
Shahrar Ali, Green Party Deputy Leader, said:
"Politics is about nothing if not about helping and protecting the most vulnerable in society. Not content to diminish the lives of the poorest in society, this government wants to widen inequality and deepen poverty still further. The Green Party will fight for the right of everybody to a decent quality of life."
Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy Leader, said:
"This election proved that austerity isn't inevitable and that alternatives are possible. With an austerity government, we now need to come together across parties to show that we can influence politics from outside of Parliament as well as inside it. I'll be marching in the Green Bloc to fight for a fairer future for everyone."
1) A message from the People's Assembly Against Austerity -
"June 20th will be an almighty show of strength. Everyone is welcome, and as always, it will be a family friendly event. The People's Assembly have secured an accessible route for the march, with both first aiders and trained stewards supervising and spread throughout the entire demonstration. Last year we saw 50,000 people from every section of society, young and old, march from the BBC to Parliament Square. This year, we aim to double those numbers, and with all our voices, send a clear and simple message to the new government: End Austerity Now!"