(UPDATE) Knees Sore but in High spirits The Artist Taxi Driver delivers his important message! Good on Him!
Activist and performance artist Mark McGowan crawled four miles from his home in South London to the Prime Minister’s residence in Westminster pushing a toy pig on roller skates with his nose. McGowan suffers with Bowel Cancer and took the action to highlight privatization of the National Health Service, on the day the House of Lords pushed through legislation to outsource healthcare. We spoke to him in Downing Street as he delivered a letter to PM David Cameron, although the pig was not allowed in.
McGowan: The NHS is being privatized without a mandate, in the shadows. Can you imagine in 2015 when you have to pay for treatment – what’s going to happen to the people who can’t afford it? It’s outrageous. Anyone who doesn’t know or isn’t worried…one slip and you’re in hospital thinking ‘I can’t afford treatment’.
How did you choose this form of protest?
I’m a performance artist, and the pig is about the government at the trough. They see tax money as theirs and it goes straight to private companies.
What kind of reactions have you been getting?
Incredible. I didn’t know one person when I started but beautiful people have supported me. I got tearful when they played Richie Havens ‘Freedom’, the man who started Woodstock and died yesterday. I’ve talked to a lot of people on the way about the NHS and the impact privatization will have. I don’t expect David Cameron to read the letter but it’s on YouTube.
Are you getting home the same way?
No I’m a bit tired so I’ll get the bus. I will be feeling this tomorrow.
Various Videos from Excellent Supporters below!
Unfortunately we couldn’t be with Mark and show support today, however we are supporting him from our offices and keeping tabs on Marks progress throughout the day. Mark is currently crawling from Kings College Camberwell to 10 Downing Street pushing a PIG with his nose in protest against government privatisation of the NHS
Various Supporters are their on route with him and supporting with numbers growing…..a kind stream has been broadcasted also which can be obtained from here link
IMO Mark McGowan is one of a few that tells the story like it should be, whilst passionate about his cause he tells it like it is and with his following growing daily he certainly is starting to turn some heads, which is what we need more of. Support Mark at #WheresDaddysPig or @chunkymark or via his Youtube daily broadcast BBC Sucks o cock News!
In an extraordinary art performance artist Mark McGowan is to crawl along the road on his hands and knees pushing a toy pig with his nose the 4.1 miles from Kings College Hospital in Camberwell Green to number 10 Downing Street, to protest against this governments privatisation of the NHS.
Kings is where he is receiving treatment for recently diagnosed Bowel Cancer. McGowan says, “Without a mandate, having concealed their health policy, this Government is giving away NHS contracts to the highest bidder. The tendering of NHS services to private companies is a despicable act. Under the cloak of austerity the primary purpose of this government is to move public money into private pockets, as fast as humanly possible, they are like pigs at the trough of public money. “They” are the ones that are fleecing the public purse, “they are the least amongst us”.
The people of Britain are asleep and seem oblivious they have been manipulated to what actually has happened, the under reporting and anti NHS agenda, particularly attacks on nurses, propaganda by the likes of the BBC SKY Telegraph Daily Mail Express is shocking and shows the truth about a “free press”, a tool for those in power. The sell off of the NHS has already begun with the likes of Virgin Healthcare and Richard Branson taking over child healthcare in Devon, to profit from sick children shows the full calibre of the man. Countless private healthcare companies and their lords ladies and MP directors/advisors rubbing their hands because they know our health service is a Goldmine for their greedy souls. Under section 75 all NHS services must be put out to competitive tender, a £60 billion auction to private bidders of public health services of the vulnerable the sick and the dying. A man who tried to help Rupert Murdoch and his £8billion BSKYB bid Jeremy Hunt is the auctioneer.These people in government are liars criminals and thieves and should be arrested for embezzlement of public funds. A staggering 206 parliamentarians have recent or present financial private healthcare connections, amazingly all of them were allowed to vote on the Health and Social Care Act, this is not a democracy!
On the 24th of April there is a debate and vote on section 75, the final nail in the coffin. I will be starting my crawl and pushing the pig with my nose along the road on the 24th at 8am from outside Kings College Hospital. This performance is part of an upcoming solo exhibition at the Trade Gallery in Nottingham route…starts 8am from junction of Denmark Hill with Bessemer Road outside Kings College Hospital then straight down through Camberwell Green Walworth Road around the Elephant and Castle over Westminister Bridge turn right should arrive 6/10pm at 10 Downing street.
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The Huge Racial Injustice Hidden in Our Credit Scores
Worried about the use of big data for corporate gain? Look not further than the credit scoring system in the US, which has profound impact on our daily lives and is a source and perpetuator of systemic racial injustice.
In response to aggressive marketing by the “big three” multinational credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – employers, landlords and insurance companies now use credit reports and scores to make decisions that have major bearing on our social and economic opportunities. These days, your credit history can make or break whether you get a job or apartment, or access to decent, affordable insurance and loans.
Credit reports and scores are not race neutral. Rather, they embed existing racial inequities in our credit system and economy – to the point that a person’s credit information serves as a proxy for race.
For decades, banks have systematically redlined black and Latino neighborhoods, refusing to make conventional loans or locate branches in non-white and lower-income areas, notwithstanding laws that obligate banks to meet the credit needs of all communities they serve, consistent with safe and sound banking operations. Thanks to financial services deregulation and the advent of asset-backed securitization, a multi-billion dollar “fringe” financial system has filled the void, characterized by high-cost, destabilizing products and services, from payday loans to check-cashers – which banks typically also own or finance.
People and communities of color have been disproportionately targeted for high-cost, predatory loans, intrinsically risky financial products that predictably lead to higher delinquency and default rates than non-predatory loans. As a consequence, black people and Latinos are more likely than their white counterparts to have damaged credit.
This firmly-entrenched two-tiered financial system has had devastating consequences for entire neighborhoods of color. Starting in the 1990s, financial institutions began flooding historically-redlined neighborhoods with predatory mortgages that ultimately led to the meltdown of the global economy. Waves of foreclosures hammered neighborhoods of color for more than a decade before the crash and black and Latino Americans bore the brunt of the ensuing foreclosure crisis, recession and spiking unemployment. Droves of people turned to high-rate credit cards to cover even basic expenses, contributing to the consumer debt crisis and spawning a bottom-feeding debt-buying industry that purchases old debts on the cheap and then uses the courts to extract judgments disproportionately from people and communities of color. These judgments are then listed in their credit reports, which also brings down their credit scores, in turn limiting a whole range of opportunities.
Although Wall Street is no longer pumping toxic mortgages into black and Latino neighborhoods, people and neighborhoods of color continue to reel from the foreclosure crisis, which many predict is far from over. Meanwhile, racially discriminatory and subprime auto lending are on the rise, payday lenders continue to extract billions of dollars from low-wage workers, and student loan debt has surpassed the trillion dollar mark. One in five Americans has unpaid medical debt, with more than half of all African-Americans and Latinos carrying medical debt on their credit cards. By definition, people who take payday loans and have uninsured medical debt are struggling, and are likely to miss payments. Missed payments translate into decreased credit scores.
This information – unpaid medical and credit card debt, student loans, and mortgages, as well as foreclosures, bankruptcies, debt collection judgments, wage garnishments – appears on people’s credit reports and lowers their credit scores. And the credit bureaus make humongous profits by selling this information about all of us.
In New York City, a coalition of labor, community and civil rights groupsrecently won the strongest ban on employment credit checks in the country. It’s a major economic justice victory, but we know it’s just a first step. We knocked down this discriminatory barrier because there is no demonstrated connection between a person’s credit history and his or her likely job performance or character. Credit checks can also block applicants with no or “thin” credit histories, including many students and immigrants. Rather, using credit information to make hiring decisions – or to rent apartments, set insurance terms, or extend credit – is a clear way to perpetuate inequality, poverty and segregation.
Credit reports and scores are mirrors of our manifestly two-tiered financial system, and more broadly our system of racial wealth inequality and unequal opportunity. In our culture, indebtedness – and certainly failure to pay one’s debts – is deeply entwined with concepts of morality. The insidious notion that our credit history speaks to our reliability as human beings is largely taken for granted.
The credit bureaus and the information they sell have out-sized influence over our lives. It’s time to stop these pernicious practices and the systemic injustices that underlie them.
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