Archives by: Bobby

Why not to accept a caution from the police – and representing yourself in court

An account of defending myself in court - by Antoine9th November 2017  The arrest was a silly one. We had managed to block eight lorries for a few days at Preston New Road fracking site in late July 2017 -  thanks to 'truck surfers' who had climbed on top of four of them.  I had spent two nights sleeping in front of one of the lorries that had a surfer on top. On the morning of the second night, around 5am, ... Read more

Release: “We’re not guillty.” Lancashire anti-fracking councillors, residents and families in court plea

For immediate release: 8th August 2017A total of 17 ‘Not Guilty’ Pleas entered on first day of court hearings following ‘Rolling Resistance’ month of action in July. Contact: press@nodashforgas.org.uk / 07979817888. Photos available via Flickr. Photos of defendants in court available. On Monday 7th August, eighteen people including councillors, local residents and three generations of the same Lancashire family attended preliminary court hearings at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, following their peaceful direct actions against fracking in Lancashire last month. Many having taken ... Read more

Release: Five Leeds Women block fracking site over climate and water concerns

This morning (Wednesday 19th July 2017) five campaigners blocked the entrance to Cuadrilla’s fracking site on Preston New Road in Lancashire to protest the impact of climate change.The five women are locked on to devices across the front entrance of the site to disrupt work for the day in order to call for an end to fossil fuel extraction and a development in renewables.Contact: press@nodashforgas.org   and 07498908993Photos available on Reclaim the Power Flickr Skye Golding, one of the women locked on said:“We’re ... Read more

RELEASE: Lancashire Councillors and Residents Lock-Down Fracking Site

13 local residents, including three Local and County Councillors, have locked-on at the fracking site in Lancashire today, Monday 3rd July 2017.At 03.00hrs, a group of residents arrived at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, where the drilling rig is expected any day now, and blockaded the entrance, locking themselves to heavy objects and preventing any vehicles from entering the site.For  interviews and images, contact 07404016676 or email press@nodashforgas.org.ukLancashire County Councillor Gina Dowding, who is one of the councillors taking part ... Read more

Rolling Resistance Events in Lancashire this July 2017

The fracking industry has always leaned heavily on the Conservative government in Westminster to override local objections - and since the outcome of the General Election on 8 June 2017, that support is more fragile than ever.Cuadrilla Resources, who have begun building a frack pad at Preston New Road near Blackpool, are making a huge losses year-on-year. Preston New Road is the flagship site for the wider industry and for the Tories. Every delay keeps those fossil fuels in the ground ... Read more

Why we shut down the UK’s largest coal mine – a call to action

Today, we were sentenced to pay £10,000 compensation charges to Miller Argent Ltd, after pleading guilty to aggravated trespass by shutting down Ffos-y-fran coal mine for one day. If you want to help us pay these fines, click here.by Andrea Brock, Chris Field, Rick Felgate, Kim Turner and The CanaryIn the early hours of 21st April 2017, under the banner of Earth First! and Reclaim the Power, our group of five blockaded the UK’s largest opencast coal mine to disrupt the ... Read more

Cold homes kill! Fuel poverty ‘duvet die-in’ at EDF’s London HQ

Activists from Reclaim the Power and Fuel Poverty Action staged a ‘duvet die-in’ at EDF Energy’s London HQ this morning (24 Nov. 2016), holding banners stating “Cold Homes Kill” to highlight the fuel poverty crisis. The action was in response to the 24,300 excess winter deaths for 2015/16 announced yesterday, which coincided with the release of the Chancellor’s Autumn statement. [i] The protestors covered themselves with duvets outside EDF’s HQ at 40 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, blocking the entrance and disrupting access to ... Read more

Solidarity with Black Lives Matter UK shutdown at City Airport

Reclaim the Power has signed a statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter and their shutdown at London City Airport.   "We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter UK and fully support the inspiring shutdown of London City Airport that they led on 6 September 2016 to oppose the airport’s expansion. We agree that the climate crisis is a racist crisis. The proposed expansion of City Airport will enable rich, mostly white business people to fly more easily at the expense of the local ... Read more

Reclaim the Power on BBC Wales speaking about the ‘End Coal Now’ mass action camp

Kirsty from Reclaim the Power spoke on BBC Wales this morning (Sat 30 April 2016) about climate justice, the future of the coal industry and the need for a just transition to sustainable jobs. Have a listen below. Read more

Get clued up, get skilled up! Local events in your area

As part of the Groundswell year of action, Reclaim the Power are running a number of direct action training events across the country.  The Coal Action Network are also running a speaker tour in the run up to mass action at Ffos-y-Fran. For the latest see our Events page here. EDINBURGH - Direct Action Training Saturday 9 April 10:30 am – 5:00pm @ James Clerk Maxwell Building, The Kings Building Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/1674962242754332/ For anyone interested in taking direct action. Join this training day to learn: Creative ways to ... Read more
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