This report finds that £1.2 billion could be saved by bringing the railways into public ownership - which equates to an 18% fare cut across the board.
8am, Thursday 18th January - online and at Kings Cross station
Virgin Trains East Coast is getting a bailout of up to £2 billion from Chris Grayling, at our expense.
We want to show how ridiculous it is that the public is paying for Virgin and Stagecoach's mistakes, so we're holding a 'fundraiser' for Richard Branson. Next Thursday morning, let's make some noise. If we all join together we can build pressure on Chris Grayling to stop the bailout.
1) Join in online
a) Share our facebook event to spread the word to your friends. If you're not on facebook, share this page by email.
b) If you're on twitter, sign up for our twitter flashmob. (This works by signing up as many people as possible to tweet the same message at exactly the same time - 8am next Thursday. By tweeting hundreds of the same message at the same time we might get our message to trend on twitter. You just have to give it permission to send this tweet, and then forget about it.)
c) And of course, if you haven't already, sign our petition to Chris Grayling: Stop the bailout of East Coast and bring it into public ownership!
2) Join us at Kings Cross station in London
Join us at 8am on Thursday 18th outside Kings Cross. We'll supply the buckets and placards! Sign up on facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you're joining. Remember to wrap up warm and wear something red if possible!
3) Or - bail out Branson at your local station!
If you'd like to organise an event near you, that would be amazing.
a) Email email@example.com to tell us where you'll be - we can help you out and share your event.
b) Download and print these resources to stick on the side of 'collection buckets' and to hand out to passers by:
(Click on the link, right click on the image, and click 'save image as' to download the graphics. If you have trouble, let us know and we'll send you the pdfs!)
c) Get in touch with your local paper, send them a link to this page and tell them where you'll be.
d) Wear red and take a good group photo! Tweet any photos straight to @We_OwnIt if you can, or email us later.
e) Please don't actually collect any money! If you do we'll need to actually send it to Richard Branson...
So far, other events are planned at:
Edinburgh Waverly (8am),
Manchester Piccadilly (12 noon)
Bristol Temple Meads (8am)
Redhill Station, Surrey (8am)
Milton Keynes Central (8am)
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to organise a bailout at your station.
Find out more
Jonathan Bartley, Green Party co-leader, explains why and how we should bring the railways into public ownership.
In a new video for We Own It, John McDonnell explains Labour's promise to bring rail, water, energy and the Royal Mail back into public ownership.