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Direct Action - Blackpool

Following this week's worrying news that Tom Hicks was seeking to place Liverpool Football Club into even more debt, the Spirit of Shankly EGM, attended by over  500 supporters, and the sit in protest organised by the Union which Merseyside Police estimate was supported by 9,000 remaining in the ground after the Sunderland game, have only highlighted the fact that supporters are now fully focussed on the removal of Hicks and Gillett.
 
The Union is calling for Hicks and Gillett to go and for the Royal Bank of Scotland to refuse to refinance their debts and to engage with supporters in their bid to save the Club. The Union is also seeking backing from the remaining Board members for their supporter ownership scheme and they are planning a sustained and escalating campaign to get these messages across.
 
Supporters are encouraged to read the proposal at http://www.spiritofshankly.com/documents/1009_egm_meeting_agenda.pdf and members are asked to get behind the new campaign put forward by the Union's Management Committee by voting in favour of it online at http://www.spiritofshankly.com/vote.
 
Next weekend further pressure will be placed on the owners, RBS and the Club as the supporters' own Deadline Date of 31st October approaches with a mass march planned before the Blackpool game, starting from the Supporters Club on Walton Breck Road at 1.45pm and heading towards the ground. 
 
It will be a further opportunity to demonstrate opposition to Hicks and Gillett and to promote the supporters as the only reliable solution to the ownership problem. Further direct action is planned if the Club and RBS fail to recognise the implications of financing Hicks and Gillett further and refuse to engage in the supporter ownership scheme as a viable alternative in time to meet the supporters' deadline. 
 
We are the answer to the ownership question. Supporters are the solution. So at this march, and moving forward let's tell them that. Let's tell them we don't want Tom Hicks and George Gillett in charge. Let's tell them we don't want them to give extensions or refinancing. Let's tell them this club needs a fresh start. Let's tell them that our football club, needs us!
 
Previous marches have seen 5,000 plus supporters take to the streets. This march is for all supporters to come together and speak with one voice. Match goer or not, local or out of town. Come along and add your voice to our campaign. 
 
We are looking for volunteers to assist in stewarding the march, which will involve a briefing with the Union and the police at 1.30pm. If you can assist please email directaction@spiritofshankly.com
 
All SOS members are asked to view the streamed EGM footage at http://www.spiritofshankly.com/news/September-2010-EGM-_-Video.html and vote on the resolutions proposed by the Union Management Committee at http://www.spiritofshankly.com/vote . Voting is open to all members who signed up to the Union before 9pm on Friday 24th September 2010, the time when pin codes for this vote session were issued.


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