Make Poverty History took to the streets of Canterbury last Saturday with a march to a music and politics festival in a city centre park.
The event was aimed at mobilising for the G8 protests in Edinburgh next month and was backed by a number of local trade union branches.
Activists from the World Development Movement, Globalise Resistance and the Jubilee Debt Campaign met weekly to organise the festival.
It was the biggest political event in east Kent for years. Hundreds came to the park and there was massive interest in all the campaigning stalls.
The local radio station carried hourly reports of the event, and thousands of people from across the region have signed petitions.
Many are now planning to protest during the Gleneagles G8 conference.
Some 50 people attended a Make Poverty History meeting in Derby on Wednesday of last week to hear speakers including Steve Sinnott, general secretary of the NUT union, Ruth Stockdale from Oxfam, and the Reverend Christopher Harrison, who is a Derby diocese world development adviser.
It was a really informative meeting and we are hoping to build on it by booking a coach up to Scotland for the Make Poverty History demonstration on Saturday 2 July
Around 150 people attended a Make Poverty History meeting in Bristol on Thursday of last week. There was a really good mix of people.
Students who are involved in the campaign in the university came along, and lots of activists brought along others who hadn’t previously been involved.
All of the local groups who are involved in the campaign had stalls.
Speakers included Billy Hayes, the general secretary of the CWU union, a representative from the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees, and Chris Nineham from the Stop the War Coalition.