August 2014 Blog
Reclaim The Power Protest Camp in Blackpool
What The Fracking Frack Is Wrong With Our Fracking Government?
The Reclaim The Power time limited occupation of a field in Blackpool where an earthquake took place in 2010 due to fracking, was too good an opportunity for some activism to miss. Poisoning of our aquafiers is worth a 4 our trip I thought. With a borrrowed tent and totally unsuitable boots I crammed myself in a car with 3 other adult and a baby and 8 hours later we pooped ourselves out the metal box on wheels.
Reclaim The Power organized 13 direct actions targeting energy giants and weak politicians in camp.
RTP was a clear illustration of co operation amongst activists. Just when I was prepared to believe that large scale activism could never work because (via the consensus model) there will always be some tool blocking bright ideas along come Reclaim the Power. For me this camp was about reclaiming the faith, that activism can be civil, progressive, productive and that it can mobilise a greater population to co-operate with it.
The consensus model of Reclaim the Power was tiered and this is what made it work. By the time the larger population of the camp knew what was going in terms of details of the direct actions proposed, we were alreadly split into groups. This was very clever. I also believe that it is more likely to have developed into this genius model rather than having been wilfully designed. Whatever it was, it stopped the ability of the random individuals stopping the will of the vast majority.
About 400 people attended the camp. In 2013, at the now infamous Balcombe Camp, apparently around 2000 participants had attended.
I also put together a few articiles for the Occupy London website about my experience.
NoTTIP Campaign Continues
The NoTTIP planning meeting on the 2nd August was successful in forming 6 working groups. I joined the Outreach group adn teh co-ordinating group. We have flyered 3 Farmers Markets, Waitrose near Angel and Nottinghill Carnival and made in roads to the British Medical Association and the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces all which still need to be finalized. We also joined 38 Degrees on their National Day of Action and flyered in our separate neighbourhoods.
On the 12th July the NoTTIP movement organized a national day of action.
Occupy London Update
I am still working with Occupy.
In the past few months there have been 2 public assemblies promptly formed by us after the grander Stop The War marches and speeches against Operation Protetctive Edge in Gaza, had concluded.
Both assemblies were successful. It seems quite obvious to us now that we were providing a service for the emotionally charged marchers to voice their opinion. Hearing the daily news of the massacre of the population in Gaza is very hard on many of us.
The action of the London Palestine Action Group who occupied and closed down an arms factory in Staffordshie brought much hope to many of us that if enough members of the public know about the the £7Billion industry of UK arms sales to Israel that it might end. Action such as these help make the public aware!
The following is my work on the OL website in relation to Palestine:
/ http://occupylondon.org.uk/direct-actions-for-palestine/ http://occupylondon.org.uk/activists-close-down-arms-factory-day-2-occupation-join-them-staffordshire-nearbirmingham/ *press release http://occupylondon.org.uk/latest-on-gaza/ http://occupylondon.org.uk/occupy-public-assembly-for-gaza/
The Democracy Action Working Group are planning to Occupy Parliament Square and I have been asked to help with some videos.
Where were the 99% : A film about Occupy London.
Transcription is completed; Website page has been put together.
Still in formulation mode.