Thursday, 1 February 2018

United Resistance... Love & Defiance

The United Resistance covering 3-months of actions April-July is organised by various groups fighting fracking and will see different groups 'adopting' a week each in order to bring about maximum resistance to the fracking industry and growing gas field on Preston New Road in Lancashire; the first week has been adopted by the women of Nanashire as well as women from: the weekly Call for Calm, the local area, other groups and camps and we need you to please TAKE TIME OFF/BOOK HOLIDAYS/ARRANGE CARE in order to be available at Preston New Road to exercise OUR LAWFUL RIGHT to peaceful protest and non-violent action.
This year marks 100 years since (some) women got the vote and we still find ourselves struggling to be heard or have our wise demands heeded. Today we find our rights to keep our children safe, protect ourselves from toxins that harm our reproductive health, fetal development, newborn health and increase our risk of breast cancer are not honoured by a government intent on bringing toxic gasfields to our communities.
The first week of the United Resistance is dedicated to women throughout history who have fought to make change and all the more important to us here in Lancashire if we are to have a hope of stopping Cuadrilla ...before their threat to frack is carried out. The period between April-July is what is timetabled by the industry for fracking to start and we can't let that happen.
Full details of our full week of women's actions are below and further info on actions by other groups in the weeks that follow, will be shared (if possible) when the groups make them public.
Please move mountains to be available... we need vast numbers, more than ever at this crucial time.
FIRST WEEK of United Resistance... Love & Defiance
BIG DAY:
TUESDAY 3rd April - #100Women Gathering (event click: 100Women)
-Bring - yourself, a friend, a spare bra
-Make - a 'Sash' to wear with #100Women written on it and anything else you'd like to add
-Wear - the Sash you made and as we're working with Suffragette colours of White/Purple/Green, clothing along these lines would be great
-Event plan - gather at Maple Farm Community Hub FROM 8:30am but event is ALL DAY so arrive anytime you can and please plan to stay as late as possible - will end at 6pm. Actions on the day are mostly super-secret so we can't broadcast lol! BUT be assured that all is designed to be safe and lawful and there will be surprise guests you will be delighted to meet!
WEDNESDAY 4th April - 'Woolly Wednesday Yarn-On'
(Starts as always on a Wednesday with the Women's Call for Calm 10-12 noon then an hour break before we head back up to the gates for the next event.)
-Bring - yourself, a friend, wool, knitting and/or crotchet needles, crafting items, baskets and... enthusiasm, even if you can't knit as other roles available
-Make - a nuisance of yourself with wool lol!
-Wear - anything goes today but bright colours and wool are definitely a theme
-Event plan - gather at Cuadrilla site on Preston New Road FROM 1pm but event is ALL DAY so arrive anytime you can and please plan to stay as late as possible - will end at 6pm. Actions on the day are again super-secret so we can't broadcast lol! BUT be assured that all is designed to be woolly, safe and lawful.
THURSDAY 5th April - 'Toxic Thursday'
-Bring - yourself, a friend and another friend
-Make - *info on the day as a bit secret
-Wear - white overalls and white dust-masks (like hazard clothing - available cheap in DIY stores although we aim to have spares)
-Event plan - gather at Maple Farm Community Hub FROM 8:30am but event is ALL DAY so arrive anytime you can and please plan to stay as late as possible - will end at 6pm. Actions on the day are yet again mostly super-secret so we can't broadcast lol! BUT be assured that all is designed to be informative, safe and lawful.
FRIDAY 6th April - 'Funeral Friday Finale'
-Bring - yourself, a friend, flowers (preferably decaying or dead) ...and another friend
-Make - *info on the day as a bit secret but if you could bring a doll with you, it will all become clear
-Wear - funeral attire; everything from black veils to tears 
-Event plan - gather at Maple Farm Community Hub FROM 8:30am but event is ALL DAY so arrive anytime you can and please plan to stay as late as possible - will end at 6pm. Actions on the day are as you're now expecting to read... mostly super-secret so we can't broadcast lol! BUT be assured that all is designed to be impactful, safe and lawful.
If you need a place to stay during this and other weeks during the United Resistance... do get in touch as we have camping available as well as limited spare rooms/couches for those needing indoor accommodation. Food will be provided nightly at Maple Farm Community Hub (we are in need of volunteers if spare time or perhaps prefer this role rather than action at the roadside).
Key contacts for info on logistics like where to stay etc can be obtained through the United Resistance page or directly to Becky DanielsRuth Owens
Updates will come... but so hope this brief overview inspires the women of the movement to join together for one week in solidarity, determination, love and defiance - honouring 100 years of women working together to make change happen
*Please do share this post and future events as they are listed xxx

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