Events

United Resistance: three months of events

United Resistance starts with a celebration of community at Easter Family Fun Day on EASTER MONDAY before kicking off with the BUSINESS of stopping Cuadrilla from fracking, with the 100Women march on TUESDAY 3rd APRIL… we’ll gather, walk to the fracking site on Preston New Road (between Blackpool & Preston) and do our best to protect our families with the only tool left to us in this broken ‘democracy’… our bodies.

100 Women March on Tuesday 3 April 2018 marks the beginning of a three-month sustained campaign against fracking in Lancashire and beyond.

The Lancashire Nanas and Women Against Fracking will lead Tuesday’s march in solidarity with their sisters before them, fighting for equal rights and their voices to be heard in the 100th year of women being given their rightful ability to vote. Wearing the sashes of the Suffragettes, those participating in the #100Women March will focus on other rights that have become relevant today; the right to protect themselves and their children from the ill-effects of polluting industries, the right to protect reproductive health and the right to be heard and listened to in the process of government approving plans seen as detrimental to health.

Peer-reviewed studies show that expectant mothers who live near active fracking wells have an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and for having high-risk pregnancies as well as increases in childhood illnesses. Studies also show a link between increased cases of breast cancer and proximity to fracking wells; the women plan to leave behind bras at the fracking site in order to draw attention to this aspect of opposition to fracking.

Each week of the United Resistance sees a different group or aspect as its focus: Week One continues with the women-led theme. On Wednesday 4 April, the women will participate in the weekly Call for Calm that has seen gatherings for a silent ritual on Wednesdays for the last 35 weeks, followed by an action called ‘Yarn-On’, which involves knitting baskets at the entrance gates to the fracking site.

Thursday 5 April’s action is entitled ‘Toxic Thursday’ and is an opportunity to showcase the inadequacies seen in the county’s Local Plan for dealing with toxic spills that occur at fracking sites. White overalls and face masks will be worn and there will be information and demonstrations of the types of materials likely to be encountered during a fracking operation. Also examined will be how regulators and emergency responders are able to safely deal with this new industry in a densely populated and busy area.

The final day of Women’s Week will end with ‘Funeral Friday’ seen as a poignant reminder of how it came to be that women are so clearly prominent in this movement. Participants refer to the early evidence brought out by the Utah Midwives who encountered increasing health issues amongst newborns and miscarriages amongst the women living near active fracking sites. Representative of those lost children, dolls will be placed at the fracking site and the women will hold a ‘funeral’ service followed by a wake.

The following weeks’ specific information will be released in due course, but please find below, the weeks’ outline of the United Resistance campaign, with clickable links:

Week One, 2nd – 6th April: Nanas/Women against Fracking
Week Two, 9th – 13th April: Political Colours
Week Three, 16th – 20th April: North West Week
Week Four, 23rd – 27th April: No Faith in Fracking
Week Five, 30th April – 4th May: Art And Music Against Fracking
Week Six, 7th – 11th May: Save Our Land
Week Seven, 14th – 18th May: Uniting the Roses
Week Eight, 21st – 25th May: Local Camps and Health day
Week Nine, 28th May – 1st June: International Week
Week Ten, 4th – 8th June: Unions
Week Eleven, 11th – 15th June: Green Party Week
Week Twelve 18th – 22nd June: Preston New Road
Week Thirteen 25th – 29th June: Reclaim the Power + Finale Week

United Resistance – April 2018

In Lancashire, the United Resistance group, launched in January 2018 , is promising three months of non-violent direct actions starting in April against Cuadrilla’s fracking plans near Blackpool.

Cuadrilla claims that it will carry out its first frack in April.  United Resistance will begin on Easter Monday (2 April 2018). On the following day, Tuesday 3rd April, when the trucks are rolling we will launch non-violent direct actions that will carry us through three incredibly important months.

A Facebook page is available for current information.

 

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All women strategy meeting at Maple Farm

Green Mondays, Preston New Road

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As part of the on-going protest campaign against fracking at Preston New Road, local people have organised ‘Green Mondays’, as a follow-on from the Rolling Resistance campaign which Reclaim The Power helped organise throughout July. This idea is now being promoted by various North West environmental groups, including the Green Party, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. At the same time, the national organisations are assisting by providing speakers for most of the ‘Green Mondays’ between now and the end of September. Natalie Bennett has attended, as have a number of Green councillors.

Monday 4 September: Amelia Womack (Deputy Leader) will be the main speaker on that day – and there is the possibility (not yet confirmed) that there will also be a national Greenpeace speaker.

4. Monday 18 September: Caroline Lucas, MP is confirmed as the main speaker for that day. One of the other speakers will be Stephen Hall – president of Greater Manchester Assoc. of TUs, & Chair of Unite the Union/GM Area Activists’ Cttee – who will be speaking about the One Million Climate Jobs campaign.

How to get there: For those using public transport, the nearest station is Kirkham & Wesham: from there, cross over the road outside the station and catch the #61 bus, which takes about 15 minutes. There is a bus stop very close to the fracking site. Alternatively, you could take a bike and cycle from Kirkham-and-Wesham station, which also takes about 15 minutes.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

 

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Women’s Peace Walk Every Wednesday, Preston New Road

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Ladies’ Peace Walk, Call For Calm, to PNR Fracking gates and 15 minutes silence- every Wednesday. This is proving to be a popular and very moving event as women call for calm and peace.

Please share the information round. Try to wear white if you can… as you can see from the photograph, it looks really effective when there is a lot of us together.

We meet at 9.30 a.m at Maple Farm and together we walk slowly up to the site. The police have been happy to facilitate this event and trust us because we are women standing united for peace. It’s a moving and safe action, and is a good one to take part in if you are new to anti-fracking and feeling uncertain about taking part in an action outside the site gates.

How to get there: For those using public transport, the nearest station is Kirkham & Wesham: from there, cross over the road outside the station and catch the #61 bus, which takes about 15 minutes. There is a bus stop very close to the fracking site. Alternatively, you could take a bike and cycle from Kirkham-and-Wesham station, which also takes about 15 minutes.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

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Black Fridays

Whilst the White Wednesdays will remain as non-action ‘Call for Calm’ days, it’s hoped that both Green Mondays and Black Fridays will now become the main ‘action’ days.

So do try to come to as many days as are possible for you – and bring friends along to swell the numbers!
Though, of course, attendance does NOT mean anyone will be under any pressure to do anything other than bear witness to Cuadrilla’s climate crime at Preston New Road.

Numbers matter!

PNR Solidarity Saturdays at Maple Farm – every Saturday!

Now that Cuadrilla have invaded Preston New Road, people gather each day to delay their progress and receive huge support from passing motorists. Online too there is a wealth of support but not everyone can be at the demonstration each weekday 9am-3pm; so on Saturdays we are hosting get-togethers just down the road at Maple Farm (next door to World of Water Blackpool.)

Ths is an opportunity for passers-by, drivers who honk support, visitors, residents, Protectors and others to get together after the long week, enjoy refreshments from the Nanas and chat as a community about what we do to ensure we stop this site from ever reaching the fracking stage.

There will also be Frack Free Lancashire merchandise for sale, information sheets and plenty of people who can answer questions.

You can park either at Maple Farm or at the rear of World of Water. If travelling by train get off at Kirkham and get the 61 bus just outside the station – there’s a bus stop very close to Maple Farm on Preston New Road. If travelling by bus from Blackpool or Preston, you need to catch the number 61 and get off at Maple Farm.

We do hope you can join us – the first few have been very popular and the cakes just get better and better!

Preston New Road Rolling Roadside Protest

As you are aware Cuadrilla started construction work for their exploratory pad at the Preston New Road site in January 2017. They work from 7.30 am until 6.30 pm.

We currently have a presence at the site all day and night. We will only engage in peaceful and legal actions.

This is going to be a lengthy campaign and we need boots on the ground. Please do come along and give your support even if it’s just for half an hour. You will not be asked to take part in any actions – we just need to show that when we said no, we meant NO!.

Some weekdays are now themed – such as Green Mondays, Women’s Call For Calm Wednesdays (please see the posts under the Events tab). You will be made very welcome at any event.

How to get there: The number 61 bus from Preston/Blackpool travels along Preston New Road. The bus stops near Maple Farm- marked bus on right of map. Walk towards Ma Bakers Cafe/Waterworld –  it’s only a short walk to the site from there.

For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at: Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane (off Preston New Road), PR4 3PE – Tel: 01772- 685166. The farm is less than a 20-minute walk from the fracking site.

If coming by train you need to get off at Kirkham. The Blackpool South and most of the Blackpool North trains (check before boarding) from Preston stop at Kirkham. From Blackpool all trains to Preston stop at Kirkham. From Kirkham Station catch the 61 bus (Blackpool) and follow the instructions above.

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Do you want to hold an event?

RAFF has spoken at lots of events throughout the UK, including the House of Lords. We’ve also organised many public meetings for residents around Lancashire and have worked with Frack Off and Friends of the Earth in setting up local groups. We have over four years of experience in fighting fracking and are happy to share this experience, wherever you are based.

If you would like RAFF to host a public information meeting in your community, please get in touch raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk.