Blackpool Summer of Anti-Fracking: The Rolling Resistance

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When: July 1st – July 31st 2017

Where: Preston New Road, Blackpool, FY3 9, United Kingdom

What: Since Cuadrilla began building a fracking pad at Preston New Road near Blackpool in January 2017, people have been at the roadside every day, putting their bodies on the line to stop this toxic industry. The resistance is working – supply chain companies are pulling out and the building schedule has been delayed by months.

This summer, as Cuadrilla gets nearer to trying to drill, Reclaim the Power is joining the frontline struggle in Lancashire to support and reinforce the amazing local resistance, and we invite you to join.

Instead of having one mass camp for a few days with hundreds of people (as with previous years) we want to spread out our resistance to the fracking industry across the entire month of July. The general idea is turn up, meet like-minded folk, get trained and plan or support an action against the fracking industry or the supply chain. After a few days, another wave of people will arrive and go through the same process – and the rolling resistance rolls on!

We’ll be providing training, resources, and support to take creative action against Cuadrilla and the fracking supply chain. We will help continue to halt their work in its tracks and fight for a clean, safe, affordable energy system for everyone across the UK.

Whether you’re part of an action group already, or you’re new to taking action and want to test things out, there’s roles for everyone, and support to take part. Whether you can come for 2 days or 2 weeks, whether you can chop veg, brew tea or take action – this resistance movement needs you, and we’ll be lending our support to local activity however we can. It’s up to you how long you stay for, but we recommend you arrive on one of the Fridays in July and stay for 4 or 5 days if you can.

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.

We’ll be kicking these off on Friday the 7th of July with “NOT HERE, NOT ANYWHERE”, a celebration of all the incredible frontline community groups from around the UK and beyond!

We’re inviting Frack Free Groups and other communities facing fossil fuel extraction from across the country to share their stories and show support for the people on the frontlines at Preston New Road.

Bring your banners, bring your chants, your frustrations and your joy for this bold and beautiful show of solidarity.


WHAT’S HAPPENING ON FRIDAY THE 7TH OF JULY?

9 am: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join at Maple Farm from 9am for breakfast, tea and snacks.

12 – 4 pm We’ll be moving together to the roadside from 12 – 4 for a family friendly demo with speakers and celebration of the local protectors.

4 – late: Following the demo there will be a round up of the day, food for everyone, evening entertainment and a chance to find out other ways to get involved in the Rolling Resistance.

HOW LONG SHALL I STAY?

If you’re travelling from further away for the Friday mass demos, we encourage you to arrive on the Thursday night. We can provide food and campaing spaces.

We’d love for you to stay for as long as you can over the month but especially encourage you to to stay for a Friday to a Monday for a whole weekend experience, including the local Solidarity Saturdays, trainings, events, performers and workshops! Full programme for the weekend and whole month will be released soon!

Let’s kick the Rolling Resistance mass demos off with a bang and unite the voices of all anti-fracking communities in the UK.

Grab a friend and join us at the roadside!


Will there be accommodation?

Yes – there will be accommodation and we’ll be announcing the exact location nearer the time. Please bring a roll matt, a sleeping bag and tent. More accessible sleeping space (i.e indoors with a bed) will also be provided for those with access needs.

More info

For more Background and information please visit the website, https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/fracking/rolling-resistance-2017/ and please get in touch via info@reclaimthepower.org.uk if you already have an affinity group and an idea for an action.