https://reclaimthepower.org.uk – includes history/principles of Reclaim the Power (RtP)
https://twitter.com/reclaimthepower – Twitter @reclaimthepower
Here’s some of the action coming up, click on the links for more details (if you’re not on Facebook extra web links underneath some entries). If you are on social media go ahead and click ‘Join’ on the closed groups for live updates from the front lines.
Free accommodation is available from Thursday night (15th) when people will be travelling up together, let me (Richard the piano tuner) know if you’re travelling up from Birmingham if you want to make contact with other people doing the same journey.
Every day Tue-Fri meet 8:30 am Maple Farm, Preston New Road, FY4 5RN
Twitter @UnitedResist – https://twitter.com/UnitedResist
Action planning, social gathering, accommodation and food is likely to be centred around the makeshift hub at Maple Farm, Preston New Road, FY4 5RN – the fracking site is half a mile east along the main road.
Short documentary covering the latest on aviation and climate: https://youtu.be/oEXe6qxL-Qo there will be an international meeting of campaigners and activists on this issue on 28th and 29th April in London, details TBC.
Action in Europe:
Netherlands: Newly-formed Code Rood successfully occupied the largest fossil fuel terminals in Europe last Summer and again last Friday, sign up to find out about their plans to take on massive gasfields next. Easily accessible from the UK, a few of our folk hop the channel to muck in.
Germany: Ende Gelände is an ongoing campaign to stop lignite coal mining and burning in Germany. Last year action centred on the Rhineland’s complex of coal mines and power stations – the biggest source of carbon emissions in Europe. The biggest acts of civil disobedience for climate justice and a great place to network with climate activists from all over Europe. A group of people normally travel over from the UK each year. More mass action this Summer, learn more and sign up here:
It’s unlikely that you’ll get any hassle from the police from politely participating in the family-friendly demos or the party at the gates, but great legal advice is available from our amazing allies at Green and Black Cross. We can point you to an adviser on action days, but feel free to have a quick read of your basic rights at https://greenandblackcross.org/
More about UK fracking and licenses nearer to Birmingham:
If you’re not familiar with the issue get the fracking basics from Friends of the Earth: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/
The nearest license areas to you are around Stoke on Trent and Nottingham but I’m not aware of any infrastructure or protest camps there yet. Sherwood Forest has been the site of some demos recently and if companies try to go ahead with fracking there, many Robin Hoods and Merry Men will be waiting in the trees 😉 it hasn’t gotten to the stage of direct action yet but Friends of the Earth are already mobilising local communities with a series of fun events: https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/save-sherwood-forest-fracking
PR Marriot drilling yard near Chesterfield is the closest live protest site to you where a permanent protection camp monitors and sometimes stops them from delivering drilling equipment to fracking sites like Cuadrilla’s.
Links to some of the studies we mentioned at the event:
Some of the action videos we shared:
South Wales April ’16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqCOMav0QXc
East Germany May ’16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa0dTUQL-Eo
Heathrow October ’16: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIdlrnDGOc8
First day of rolling resistance against construction of PNR site July ’17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TY2dLFnRRs
Affinity group action PNR July ’17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGaSYLosq5w
Truck surfing PNR July ’17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X2rggL7n9Q and https://youtu.be/1JleS5v9k6I?t=193
Carnival at the gates PNR July ’17: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TKQPc-H044
Black Lives Matter shutdown City Airport September ’16 in protest against airport expansion plans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcXh0G9xavI&feature=youtu.be&t=13 – I forgot to mention they made a group decision to plead guilty to the charge of aggravated trespass and got away with a £100 fine and a conditional discharge (which means no further penalties so long as you’re not naughty again over the next year!)
Some more video:
The Plane Stupid activists who blocked Heathrow Airport’s north runway for six hours in 2015, in protest against major airport expansion plans: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2016/feb/25/heathrow-13-climate-change-protesters-well-be-back-video
More at http://www.planestupid.com
Code Rood mass trespass at Europe’s 2nd largest coal port in Amsterdam: https://youtu.be/pZU2vj-Pmdw
Back in 2012, Reclaim the Power’s first action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HovQqw9jEJY