Events

Jul
20
Thu
The Rolling Resistance Ride – from Manchester to Blackpool by bike @ Manchester Picaddilly Gardens
Jul 20 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Roll on to the Rolling Resistance this July as anti-fracking activists converge on Preston New Road to stop the fracking industry in its tracks.

Beginning in central Manchester, this one day bike ride will wind its way through local sites of fossil fuel resistance including Barton Moss and Bolton before linking up with an evening ride from Preston.

By evening, we’ll arrive at the Camp of New Hope – and join the frontline resistance against fracking at Preston New Road on Friday 21 July. Here we’ll join the Food Growers network for an roadside banquet outside the gates of Cuadrllia’s frack pad near Blackpool.

Ride and Accommodation Logistics

The 45 mile journey will ride at a medium pace taking regular breaks. The ride is free to attend. We will have a support vehicle to take tents and other luggage from the start point at Manchester to the finish point at Preston New Road.

There is a chance to join the ride for the final section from Preston to Blackpool. Meet at 7pm at Avenham Park in Preston.

Background to the Fylde Gas Field

Since January 2017, there has been fierce resistance to Cuadrilla’s fracking operations at Preston New Road. For the entire month of July, affinity groups will be taking daily action against the fracking industry in Lancashire. More details here: https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/fracking/

What you need to bring:

– a working bike with puncture repair kit and pump.
– a sleeping bag, roll matt and tent.
– waterproofs
– A desire to change the world

Let us know you’re coming by registering here: https://goo.gl/rr9GCS

Live music from Pete the Temp @ The Anti-fracking Community Info Hub @ Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Lancashire
Jul 20 @ 10:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Pete the Temp

Come on down to Maple Farm for the energetic musical maestro Pete the Temp.  Feet stomping, heart pumping and spirit lifting. 

From 10pm at Maple Farm anti-fracking Community Info Hub.

More info: www.petethetemp.co.uk

Jul
21
Fri
Farmers Against Fracking @ Preston New Road
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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A day of family-friendly action for anyone who grows or eats food.

This July people from all around the UK are converging on Blackpool to support those resisting the first UK attempt to extract fracked gas on a commercial scale.

What’s fracking got to do with farming?

The fracking industry is threatening widespread pollution while billing itself as the farmer’s friend. After earlier claims that fracking would bring down fuel bills were discredited, the contentious ‘benefit’ of boosting nitrogen fertiliser production is one that’s still being touted.

Yet the industry’s international legacy to date is the permanent contamination of fertile land and critical water supplies. Livestock are often the first to suffer the impacts of air and water pollution, and the standard response to the devastation of herds is denial rather than compensation. With over 8,300 square miles currently under licence across the UK, few farms or plots are safe.

On Friday activities will run from 8am – 4pm and include a roadside sit down lunch banquet of locally produced food, a stall space to sell produce and small roving workshops on everything from Propagation for Kids to a Brief History of Land Rights.

If you’re interested in coming along and are based in the West Country, coach transport will be available. Please email bristolcoordination@gmail.com to book your place as soon as possible before the end of June.

If 100 people come to the site, Cuadrilla have to stop work. Let’s pull up the fracking industry before it takes root.

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Plan for the Day

8am- Breakfast at the Gate

8.30am – Welcome and housekeeping introduction.

9am- Round up of what’s happened in the past fortnight of the Rolling Resistance.

10am- A brief intro to the bigger picture of fracking and farming internationally and other speakers.

11.00: Music and Poetry from Pete the Temp

12.30 Locally-sourced Banquet is served!

1.30 after dinner speeches from local food growers.

2pm Roadside quiz! Grab a team and do battle on themes from food to fracking, plant identification to beer.

3pm Alan Schofield Chairman of the Organic Growers Alliance and local organic producer for the last 35 years speaking about the impacts of fracking in Lancashire.

3:30pm: Three Acres and Cow deliver their amazing ‘Brief History of Landrights’ through song and spoken word. A beautiful romp through a hidden history.

5.30pm: Lancaster University Dr Rebecca Whittle speaking about their recent study into the potential impacts of Fracking on UK biodiversity.

6:30pm – End of demo. Move back to Maple Farm for Dinner

7pm – Dinner at Maple Farm

8pm – Weekly Round Up of all the Week’s protests (Maple Farm)

9pm – Evening Entertainment at Maple Farm

See more workshops for the weekend here: https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/fracking/july-timetable/

Friday Night Action Round Up of the Week @ The Anti-fracking Community Info Hub @ Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Lancashire
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Friday night round upCome down to Maple Farm for dinner on Friday night (served at 7pm) and to hear a round up of all the actions from the Rolling Resistance so far.

See more trainings and workshops in legal observing, media and direct action on the Timetable here.

Jul
22
Sat
Direct Action Training with Seeds for Change @ The Anti-fracking Community Info Hub @ Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Lancashire
Jul 22 @ 11:45 am – 4:45 pm

Seeds for ChangeWant to fight fracking?  Then get trained up in direct action by experienced facilitators from Seeds for Change.

This training is open to all – no previous experience required – just a desire to change the world!

More events on the Rolling Resistance Timetable.

Jul
23
Sun
Progress without People – a Luddite Perspective on Fracking and Agriculture @ The Anti-fracking Community Info Hub @ Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Lancashire
Jul 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Progress without People – a Luddite Perspective on Fracking and Agriculture

with Dave King, Breaking the Frame

Sunday 23rd July 2017
12 noon – 2pm

The extreme stupidity of fracking in the context of climate change forces us to question not just capitalism but the whole industrial system, and the same applies to the food system. The greatest social and ecological disruptions of the last 200 years have been caused by the industrialisation of agriculture. All over the world people have been driven out of commons-based rural systems of subsistence into cities and wage slavery by the replacement of people by oil and machinery. The latest manifestations of this have been GM food and now, agricultural robots. It is not enough to propose green technologies as the solutions to these problems: industrial agriculture is a techno-social system. So overcoming it means transforming the whole of society including, crucially, people’s right to own land individually and collectively.
Jul
28
Fri
Mass Demo – Carnival for a Frack Free Future! @ Preston New Road
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Daily Protests at Preaton New Road, Lancashire 2

Don your glitter and join youth movements, families, activists and campaigners to come and resist Cuadrilla’s attempts to frack in Lancashire and celebrate the last Friday of the month with a carnival!

This July, Reclaim the Power are heading to Blackpool to support the amazing local resistance to fracking. As part of a jam-packed month of action, every Friday we’ll be hosting a family-friendly mass demo at the roadside of the site to show solidarity with the local communities and a broad and national opposition to fracking. On Friday 28th, we’ll be thinking about how we can create a better world for future generations.

There’ll be performers, speakers, face-painting and workshops to enjoy, and we encourage you to wear your best carnival-themed outfits, the brighter and more eye-catching the better! If 100 people come to the site, Cuadrilla have to stop work.

We will walk down from Maple Farm at 8am, although if you arrive later you can join us at the gate at any point. There will be an evening meal at Maple Farm at 6pm.

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Jul
29
Sat
From short conversations great movements grow: sharing lessons from the successful campaign to ban fracking in Ireland @ Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Lancashire
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Ireland Bans Fracking
“From short conversations great movements grow.”
Sharing lessons from the successful campaign to ban fracking in Ireland

Date: Saturday 29th July 2017

Time: 2pm – 3.30pm
Location: Maple Farm Community Info Hub, Preston New Road

On 6th July 2017 a ban on fracking was signed into law by the President of Ireland. This victory was the result of six years struggle by communities who built a successful movement to resist the fossil fuel industry in the Republic. Meanwhile, ongoing plans to frack just over the border in Northern Ireland threatens to put this victory in jeopardy.

In this workshop, activists from both sides of the border will share the story of the win in the Republic, highlight some lessons learned along the way and invite reflection on how our movements can support each other – particularly in the context of ongoing struggles in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and elsewhere.

Resistance begins at home – lessons from the movement against house evictions in Spain @ The Anti-fracking Community Info Hub @ Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Lancashire
Jul 29 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Resistance begins at home:
Learning from the fight against evictions by Spain’s community housing groups

With Tom Youngman

Saturday 29th July 2017
3.30pm
@Maple Farm Community Info Hub, Preston New Road

PAH workshop
How can we work together to solve problems that we usually keep to ourselves behind closed doors?

How can we resist when we can’t pay the bills?

How can we face up to banks, landlords, agents, bailiffs, councils and cops?

What alternatives are there to being trapped by a mortgage, screwed over by a landlord or stuck with parents?

There have been more than 400 000 evictions in Spain since 2008. But the resistance is as big as the crisis. More than 250 community housing groups are resisting evictions on the doorstep,  forcing even the biggest banks in Spain to give way.

Building this resistance has been about building trust. About building spaces where we can care for one another in our most difficult moments. About losing our fear and embarrassment. About building strong communities.

I’ve been part of the fight against evictions in Madrid for the last three years and I’d like to share some of the story. It’s a story that you’ll be familiar with, about building community, about resisting the powerful. Hopefully it will be useful!

If you’d like to know more, here’s a couple of links:

  • A film about how the group resisting evictions in Barcelona, PAH Barcelona, works
  • An article about how PAH Barcelona first started resisting evictions.
  • Updates in English from the Spanish housing movement
Sep
23
Sat
Reclaim The Power Gathering in London, 23-24 September @ Friends of the Earth
Sep 23 @ 10:15 am – Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm

Cyclists in Manchester at start of bike ride against fracking
Join us to debrief the amazing Rolling Resistance and discuss where to focus our efforts next. Facebook Event here

Venue: Friends of the Earth, 139 Clapham Road, SW9 0HP, London

Day 1 (Saturday 23 September) – Debrief for those who took part in the Rolling Resistance. Working group feed back, reflections on actions and organising process, discussion of ongoing support for the Preston New Road, and sharing learning. 

Saturday night social! Dancing, frivolities, etc.

Day 2 (Sunday 24 September) – Considering the bigger energy picture, updates from different camps and campaigns, reflecting on RTP’s strategy, and considering what’s next over autumn and winter. 

We will be organising crash space for Saturday night (and Friday night if needed). If there is demand, we will put on minibuses from Leeds, Bristol and Lancashire. Message RTP if you need crash space or transport.

ACCESSIBILITY:
We want our meetings to be as accessible as possible. If you have any specific needs or questions, message Reclaim The Power on FB and we’ll get back to you! Some general info…
– Meeting will take place on first floor and basement, both are fully accessible by lifts with accessible toilets available.
– Young children are welcome though we cannot provide childcare we’re afraid!
– Food will be vegan and on a donations basis, we aim to provide for dietary requirements.
– We understand that meetings like this can be overwhelming or difficult to follow, individuals are free to come to as much as they feel able to and take breaks when they need to.

Oct
12
Thu
RTP London Meetup @ Angel Room, CAN Mezzanine,
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A meetup for London-based people interested or involved in Reclaim the Power. All are welcome: come and find out what RtP do and help plan what to do next locally.

We will talk about how much time and capacity we all have and discuss fracking and aviation, as well as any other topics/issues people want to raise. If you are coming, please add yourself to this attendee list for the venue:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14dV-AfZg7vliSbcH4ISSIoD-61jEBbwv19JQmcBtj5w/edit?usp=sharing

See you there!

Oct
28
Sat
Saturday 28th October – Unite Against Fracking Conference @ Bridge street church, Leeds
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


This event is organised by Friends of the Earth and Frack Free Leeds.

For the past six years strong local communities have been tirelessly resisting fracking, supported by environmental and social justice organisations.

Together we have prevented the take-off of fracking across England, won suspensions of fracking in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, and supported struggles against fracking around the world.

As the fight against fracking intensifies, it is more important than ever to make space for people in our movement to share experiences, skills, stories to stop this planet-wrecking industry.

Join us in Leeds on Saturday 28th October for a free gathering and training day for community groups, national anti-fracking groups and activists. Expect workshops, inspirational speakers, and updates from the fracking frontlines.

Last year, Friends of the Earth, together with Frack Free Greater Manchester, organised United Against Fracking in Manchester – a day of training and networking for anti-fracking communities. This year, United Against Fracking returns with Frack Free Leeds, and we will build on the experience of last year’s event as well as the latest developments in the fight against fracking.

Sessions throughout the day will cover topics such as:

  • Media training
  • Fighting fracking through the planning system
  • Designing creative actions
  • Brainstorm – National strategy against fracking
  • Avoiding burnout
  • Taking on Ineos
  • Learning from experiences of Northern Ireland, Scotland, and beyond
  • And many more!

There will be speakers coming from all parts of the UK and beyond to share their knowledge and their experiences, giving the opportunity to learn from each successes in stopping fracking from across the world, struggle, and to share solidarity with each other.

There will also be lots of space for more informal networking, for updates from anti-fracking battlegrounds in the UK, and for sharing your story, your experience, your skills. This is a chance to enhance your skills, but also to build and strengthen links between anti-fracking struggles. Because we are stronger together, and we can stop this industry.

Register for your free ticket and join us for the day.

Oct
29
Sun
Sunday 29th October – Reclaim the Power National Gathering @ tbc, Leeds
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Facebook event here.

Having reflected on the the month of ‘Rolling Resistance’ against fracking in July 2017, we’ll be meeting to finalise our plans for the battles ahead in 2018. At our last gathering there was a strong feeling to continue our support for communities fighting fracking across England. 

Join us the day after United Against Fracking 2 (at the same venue) to discuss our strategy. See that event details here.

Childcare is being provided by a team of lovely Leeds folk. Food is being provided by the Interfaith Vegan Alliance. Please message us if you have any access needs. Crash space is available on the Saturday night before. We have a travel fund as well so that no one is unable to come simply because of money, just send us a message (info[at]reclaimthepower.org.uk) and we’ll sort it.

Jan
13
Sat
National Gathering in Bristol @ Hamilton House
Jan 13 @ 12:00 pm – Jan 14 @ 5:00 pm


As the fracking industry attempts to push ahead with operations in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Surrey – join Reclaim the Power as we plan collective actions in the fight for a cleaner energy future.

We’ll hear update from the front line at Kirby Misperton and Preston New Road as well as reports from the ongoing court cases relating to the Rolling Resistance last July 2017.

We’ll also be making plans for more creative actions for Spring and Summer 2018. A more detailed agenda will be posted on the Facebook event page closer to the time. 

A kids space will be available.

There will be dinner and a party / social on Saturday night.

Accommodation will be provided on Saturday night too.
Please email info@reclaimthepower.org.uk so that we can arrange this in advance.

Newcomers welcome.

Jan
27
Sat
London/South East fracking meeting @ LARC
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

As fracking in the South East of England is starting to hot up, London Rising Tide and Reclaim the Power (London) would like to get together fellow activists in London and the South East with those already working near local sites, to discuss how we can best support local communities in opposing the fracking threat throughout 2018 and beyond.

Following a brief update on the state of play from those already involved at each site, we will provide an opportunity to discuss how people in cities and towns within the region can provide support to communities on the front line of the struggle, and how we can best communicate urgent call outs for people to help.

They’ll also be plenty of time for people to break off into smaller groups and make plans for the new year, ranging from direct action to fundraising for front line protection camps.

Following the recent national gathering in Bristol this will provide a great opportunity to help promote plans for resistance at other sites around the UK and discuss our future plans more generally.

If you would like to come, please email us at NILS.RESPONSE@RISEUP.NET and let us know which site and/or which org you’ll be representing (or attending as an individual) and we’ll respond with a more detailed agenda in due course, but if there’s anything you think it would be useful to discuss, please let us know by return. Thanks!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744008905649141/