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Craftivist Collective and Climate Rush present the great British railway stitch-in!

With all the images of riot police, smashed-up banks and balaclava-clad protesters littering the media over the last few months, it’s really refreshing to see quirky and creative activism also going on.

I love this idea from the Craftivist Collective – a band of activists who protest using art and craft – and environmental campaigners Climate Rush.

The groups are coming together to hold ‘stitch-ins’ at railway stations around the UK on Sunday 10 April in protest against the 31 per cent hike in rail fares expected over the next four years.

They will be sewing fabric train coaches embroidered with statistics, facts and quotes, which will be strung together to create a ‘petition train’ and presented to the Minister for Transport, Philip Hammond, on Saturday 16 April.

I can’t wait to see the finished results of this brilliant spin on the traditional sit-in and petition. If you’re interested in attending then check out the Railway Adventures website.

You can also read my account of the 2009 Climate Rush roadshow here.

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