Statement read by Christianity Uncut and Occupy London women activists: St Paul’s Cathedral, 14 October 2012
We do not wish to distress you Only to appeal to you.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
We stand here as Occupiers, as women, Queers, disabled, grandmas, young, old, as women of all faiths and none in solidarity with all other groups who are marginalised by economic injustice.
Even when times are good women, along with our children, are usually those who suffer the most. In times of economic crisis our inequality is amplified but we refuse to be victims.
We will not be silent.
One year ago tomorrow, Occupy arrived on your doorstep and pitched our tents in the tradition of St Paul.
We offered you an opportunity to live out our shared truth: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
In the fight for economic justice Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple, but you invited them in
And instead evicted us.
Your collusion with the City of London Corporation led to our violent eviction on your doorstep.
You testified against us which acted to uphold injustice and inequality that is growing by the day.
St Paul’s Cathedral you must stand up and be counted at this great trial of history.
But you have denied us twice already.
Once when you closed your doors on us and watched on as praying Christians were dragged from the steps of St Paul’s and twice when you failed to act when we were gone.
Today we offer you a third chance. The resurrected Jesus spoke first to a woman.
He said, go to my brothers and tell them the truth. We come to you and we say, The truth is an urgent call for radical action in the Way of Christ.
There is no time left to procrastinate
This is what democracy looks like
Come and join us.