I felt so happy yesterday for the support that was shown during the strike, and at how many people attended, especially because it was the half term holidays. This was my 13th week of protest and it has only made me more determined to keep going, and keep striking.
I was shy at first when we first arrived because I don’t do well in new situations, I get very nervous and a little anxious. So I sat near to where the youth speakers were and breathed deeply before I asked them if I could sing.
Although I was nervous, if you want to speak out at a strike, do a speech, poem, sing etc – don’t let fear stop you. Just do it. People need to hear what you have to say too. It is what YOU feel is important, and it matters!
I was nervous singing as well as chanting during the march part of the strike.
At first when I started chanting no one joined in, but gradually people started to and then we were all chanting together. It made me feel so excited and much more part of the whole strike and really changed the atmosphere. Even people on the streets as we passed clapped, on the street and in their cars. People came out of work/buildings to clap and cheer us on. It made me feel so good to have their support.
We did do a sit down protest too. We blocked off one of the main roads in Manchester for 10 minutes. The older youth strikers had organised this all with the police, so they were there to support us and make sure we stayed safe as we walked through traffic and I thanked them as we walked past and at the end of the strike.
I think this strike was a great success, even though my throat hurt from all the chanting 🙂
The next big strike will be on the 24th May. I will be in Manchester St Peters Square 12- 2pm again. you can find out where your local strike in the UK might be in this link.
There is also a families group that meet before at 11am for those with young children from birth. Rise Up Families Facebook Group!
If you cannot make a strike you can always Tweet your local MP. I Tweet mine every Friday. OR write them a letter. You can do that by using this link which makes it really easy to find out who your local MP is and write to the
I really hope you can make the next strike.
I will be back at the Fridays for Future Protest outside Manchester Town Hall next week as usual.