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*UPDATE - NEW LOCATION* Logistical arrangements for refugee march on 12th

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Theremustbesomething · 04/09/2015 11:38

Hi everyone,


We've just been told that the location of the march on Saturday has changed because of the large numbers expected.

It is now going to start from the bottom end of Park Lane, near Hyde Park Corner.

We are now going to have to meet outside the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, at the eastern end of the Serpentine, inside Hyde Park. We will be meeting at 11:45.

Perhaps if we all use the same hashtag on signs/posters (#couldbemychild) then it'll be easy to identify each other. I understand that it's fairly simple to put together a poster jpeg so I'll do that over the weekend and put it up here so that if anyone wants to print it out and use it for a poster/to put in windows etc then they can.

Interesting article has just gone up on the Guardian website about it:

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Robertaquimby · 04/09/2015 12:26

Thanks for this. I am over on the Scottish thread where there are going to be vigils in Edinburgh, Glasgow and as far as Orkney.

LaContessaDiPlump · 04/09/2015 13:01

Sounds like a plan! I'll be there.

Will post a link to this thread over on the other one too.

HannaClotta · 04/09/2015 13:12

Will be there!

Thanks for the thread ThereMustBe, and thanks for the link LaContessa Brew

Cheesybaps · 04/09/2015 13:13

I'll be there... making my sign as we speak! It says:


I've roped DP into coming with me too, as long as he isn't working. The Facebook group is now up to almost 73 thousand attendees!

Thank you for organising this. Flowers

HannaClotta · 04/09/2015 13:16

I'm making one with my dd this weekend.

Out of interest, are many bringing your dcs?

Mindexplode · 04/09/2015 13:21

I hope to come along. Does anyone know how long the march is as I have some health issues? Thanks

kateemo · 04/09/2015 13:23

Thanks! I am bringing my children.

LaContessaDiPlump · 04/09/2015 13:25

No worries hanna Grin

I'm not bringing my DC - they are 3 and 4yo and would get bored very quickly. Also, I'm a bit worried about the potential for violence or at the very least scary shouting since 73000 people have signed up to attend Shock if even 10% show up then it will be a bit busy!!

HannaClotta · 04/09/2015 13:26

Anything you need, or that we could help with, Mindexplode?

HannaClotta · 04/09/2015 13:27

I can see how a 3 & 4 yr old might be challenging, LaContessa! Grin

sleepyelectricsheep · 04/09/2015 13:46

I'm thinking of taking my DCs. Violence at demos IME usually happens late in the day (after most have left) or at flash points (like 10 Downing st gates) which I don't intend to hang around for lon.

I think it's important for them to know about this stuff. As the effects of climate change hit, there will be more refugees from wars over resources and droughts etc. Our kids need to be aware of this IMO as it's the world we're giving them.

kateemo · 04/09/2015 13:54

Mine are 3 and 5. Not particularly worried about violence as it's well publicised and police will be there.

Also agree it's important for them to know this stuff. They already know that there are children far away who need our help, and my 5 yo DD said simply, "ok. let's go get them in our car then." Human beings are born caring. It's later that we get jaded and horrible.

Cheesybaps · 04/09/2015 13:54

I won't be bringing DD (7), no.

She is very sensitive and I don't think she is ready. If she saw the pictures of the poor baby on the beach it would haunt her for months. Sad

HannaClotta · 04/09/2015 13:58

I'm bringing my 9 yr old btw. Just curious about numbers.

I agree Sleepy.

It's a great life lesson. And to be part of such a massive crowd demonstrating our right to be heard in a democracy, about the human rights of people suffering and in need, just seems like an event not to be missed.

Ime (granted I am talking about my dd relevant age group) they are very much interested in current affairs if introduced in a way they can understand. At school they were watching Newsround daily at one point. The number of times she would come home and discuss matters of the world with me, was eye opening.

I completely appreciate not all children or ages are the same though.

HannaClotta · 04/09/2015 14:00

I think it's very personal to the parents/individual, isn't it.

And agreed, Kateemo. We're all born with compassion, life just sucks it out of many.

LaContessaDiPlump · 04/09/2015 14:01

I agree that they should know about these things, and I have been talking to them about it - DS1 wants to share his favourite games with the poor refugee children and DS2 is cautiously accepting of the fact that other children may want to play with his toys Grin however I don't think I could manage them in a big crowd and DH would also be dead against it, as he is very conservative when it comes to their safety.

DS1 is a sensitive soul too, it would prey on his mind Sad

Pepperpot99 · 04/09/2015 14:15

I hope to go with my older dd who is 14.

Brilliant stuff - well done organisers.

Mindexplode · 04/09/2015 14:24

Thanks Hanna, I just need an idea of the distance so I can prepare myself. I have a little chair I can carry around with me so I can sit down instead of standing for long periods but can actually walk quite far at a steady rate.

OhYouBadBadKitten · 04/09/2015 21:13

Ive not decided whether to go with a group locally or join up with you all. Will decide closer to the time.

Blarblarblar · 05/09/2015 07:31

Omg I'm such a big dumb ass can someone please post a link to the Scottish activity as I'm not sure I'd manage London

theDudesmummy · 05/09/2015 10:05

I would love to bring my 6 year old DS but I don't think he would manage any hanging around or waiting, which I know from experience happens a lot on marches (he has special needs). But I will be there in London with a #thisismychild #refugeeswelcome banner.

theDudesmummy · 05/09/2015 10:05

sorry not #thisismychild (differemt campaign!) but #couldbemychild of course!

theDudesmummy · 05/09/2015 10:10

I am having this printed by Vistaprint

*UPDATE - NEW LOCATION* Logistical arrangements for refugee march on 12th
Theremustbesomething · 05/09/2015 13:07

theDudesmummy, that looks great, and frankly far more eye catching than my attempts at silhoutetting out children in beach photos etc. Can we all borrow that for next week/posters etc? I wonder whether we could ask people to make it their Facebook cover photo or something, if that's ok with you?

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Fishlegs · 05/09/2015 13:12

I am bringing my 9yo and 1yo. Definitely leaving my 3yo at home ( and feeling v lucky that I am able to do so!).

Are we having a mn group marching? If so, we'll be there.

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