McDonald`s Day of Action 2007On Saturday 13th October, Midlands Vegan Campaigns joined forces with Birmingham Food Not Bombs for a day of action against McDeath in Birmingham City Centre.
Every year on or near the 16th October, World Food Day, thousands of campaigners across the globe, stage a Global Day of Action against McDonald`s. In towns and cities worldwide, there are protests, stalls etc outside local McDonalds stores against their promotion of junk food, animal cruelty, damage to the environment, the unethical targeting of children, exploitation of workers, and the global domination of corporations over our lives.
After meeting at 11am, 17 supporters of MVC kicked off the day at the McDonald`s on the ramp into The Pallasades Shopping Centre. A big `anti-Mc` banner was displayed immediately outside, along with the MVC banner and numerous placards. Others handed out `What`s Wrong With McDonald`s` and `Why Vegan` leaflets to the masses of general public walking past. Several police officers watched from a distance as we exposed McDestruction and raised awareness of the numerous reasons why they are quite possibly the most hated multinational on the planet!
After half an hour, we set off on our tour of the other McDonald`s within walking distance. With banners and placards held aloft, we marched along New Street to the McDevastation in Paradise Forum, near the library. Police followed us all the way there! For another half an hour, McDiseased were shamed to all that walked by.
Campaigners set off once again along New Street. Thousands of people watched as we made our way to the McDomineering store at the top of the High Street. Hundreds more leaflets were handed out and one group of young customers turned away after reading our leaflet!!
Finally, we ended up at the McDeath store on Cherry Street. As arranged previously, we were joined by half a dozen members of Birmingham Food not Bombs who set up a free food stall immediately outside! Crowds swarmed round the FnB table and were treated to delicious vegan burgers, curry and salad!!
The protest and free food distribution continued till after 3.30pm. During the 4.5 hours we were on the streets of Birmingham, hundreds of people enjoyed the free food, over 2,000 leaflets were handed out and many thousands more saw our banners and placards. It was an incredibly successful day and we hope to stage more joint events with FnB in the future.
Read more about the campaign against McDonald`s on the www.mcspotlight.org website.
Birmingham Food not Bombs serve free, vegan food to the hungry, homeless and curious on the streets of Birmingham via regular stalls. For more details, join the Brum FnB email list or see the international FnB website
|Photos from the event