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Roll Back The Tracks Bike Ride

Earth First! organises Roll Back the Tracks Bike Ride from the 15th to the 20th of August to resist HS2 destruction

This August, Earth First! is organising a bike ride to mobilise resistance against the second phase of HS2. We will cycle in a temporary community to build long term connections to halt this ecocidal and undemocratic project. We say “roll back the tracks!”

We will cycle the proposed route of phase 2A starting in Manchester on the 15th with a critical mass protest ride out of the city from where we will follow the route via Crewe and Stafford all the way to Birmingham where we will arrive on the 19th and stay until the 20thAlong the way we will visit protest camps and places that would be affected by the trainline to bring people together to gather the strength to stop this project, while connecting to other relevant struggles and creating a temporary cycling community based on mutual aid. We will camp on fields of supportive locals with no facilities but with your help we will build a basic toilet and provide catering for basic meals.

Call out for support!
Get in touch if you can support us with funding or catering. We are also looking for places to visit along the route and people who would like to offer workshops and/or skill-shares. Get in touch with us: 
rollbackthetracks@riseup.net

What do you need to bring?

– bicycle 

 bicycle panniers

– tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag

– headlamp/flashlight

– power bank for charging electronics

– bottles for carrying drinking water

– a (lightweight) bowl/plate, mug and cutlery

– toiletries and medication

– clothes to stay warm and dry

– first aid kit

– a basic cycle repair kit if you have one

– banners and flags to attach to your bike! (no XR banners please)

– cash for donations for food.

We are looking into continuing the bike ride along the second leg of the proposed route from Birmingham to Leeds from the 20th to roughly the 27th of August. More info will follow!


Drop us an email on rollbackthetracks@riseup.net to RSVP or for more info.

Keep an eye on our website https://www.earthfirst.uk/.

Mass Trespass – 24.07.21

JOIN US FOR A MASS TRESPASS!
Saturday 24th July 2021

The fate of Brighton Downs sharply symbolises the fate of much of our modern private countryside.

Within the lifetimes of our oldest people living today the South Downs used to be a ‘Landscape of Freedom’, with great open scented, flowery pastures, rolling, close-cropped ‘sheep walks’ – largely unfenced – over which people could freely wander, whilst Skylarks made music in the heavens above our heads.

To be sure, the mad economics of imperial food policy and the craziness of two world wars had seen these biodiverse ‘chalk grasslands’ greatly neglected in a century of agricultural depression, then turned into army training ranges, and cleared and destroyed by dig-for-victory and post-war ploughing.

Even now there are nearly two hundred shattered fragments of these pastures surviving locally… mostly on slopes too steep to plough… mostly in poor condition… mostly unknown to us all.

We lost our freedom to wander. We lost most of this hugely-rich ecosystem…this ‘rainforest in miniature’.

We were driven from the places we’d played in as children.

NOW we want our Landscape of Freedom back!

This July a new alliance of free walkers, local and national, are organising a peaceful mass trespass on Saturday 24th July, 10.30am, to re-connect with our local Downland.

‘Landscapes of Freedom’ is a new local activist group, organising with and in support of the national Right to Roam campaign.

This is in the tradition of the campaign of peaceful mass trespasses that were organised to support government proposals for a limited right to roam in the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000)… and in the tradition of the famous Kinder Scout mass trespass of 1932.

Come join us for fun and celebration of our threatened Downland wildlife…for:

‘What the eye cannot see the heart cannot grieve over’
WE WANT OUR LANDSCAPE OF FREEDOM BACK!

In person event: Mass trespass and picnic

TIME: 10.30am

LOCATION: TO BE ANNOUNCED NEARER THE TIME

WATCH THIS SPACE: landscapesoffreedom@gmail.com

https://landscapesoffreedom.com/

To stay updated, please also visit our social media sites and the hashtags #LandscapesOfFreedom and #Right2Roam

Reclaim Pride – Today, 2pm London

NOT A COP SHOP 2.0

The Serious Annoyance has returned to occupy the empty Camberwell Police Station, Camberwell Church St SE5, as we continue in our fight to #killthebill and highlight the destructive role of the police. 

This week, the draconian PCSC Bill passed its third reading in the commons as the state continues to enforce the expansion of police powers that do nothing but increase the ruling class’s ability to repress us. We know the cops don’t protect us – their resources aren’t focused on catching so-called “criminals”, but on protecting the wealth and power of the capitalist class. We also know that no demand to defund the police is enough – the bastard Tories have already been defunding the police for years! As all these empty cop shops prove… Instead we must build a world which abolishes the police by organsing our own communities and making the cops completely unnecessary. 

We do not and we will not accept increased police powers which effectively ban protest and criminalise trespass, something which amounts to the ethnic cleansing of the GRT community in the UK by making a travelling life impossible. 

Despite the increasingly violent and extreme attacks from the state against those of us who resist the growing police state, from the brutal eviction of the Clapham NotACopShop to the harassment of our comrades in Bristol and the vicious prison sentences being proposed for the brave militants allegedly involved in the Bristol Riots, we will continue to fight against the Bill and its criminalisation of trespass and our democratic rights. 

Not only do we continue to resist this Bill to the final possible moment, but we will continue to organise ourselves to break the system that needs it: a system falling deeper and deeper into a crisis it can only try to solve with more cops, more surveillance, more laws, that strip away our freedom and dignity in order to protect the wealth and power of the ruling class. We refuse to live in their world of ‘total policing’, guarded everywhere by the servants of an evil regime of persecution of women, Black and Brown people, queer people, the working class and every other oppressed group. 

In occupying this cop shop, we collectively stand against this injustice. We will be offering workshops and events that resist this fascist state. We hope that this will be space to find one another, to forge affinities, to tell stories, to inspire, provoke, plot. Watch out for workshops and discussions, for harnessing our ideas, for identifying our enemy, always towards total liberation from this authoritarian society. 

Together we are strong and we will take what we deserve. 

Fuck your laws, fight forever. 
In love, rage and solidarity, The Occupiers xx

ig for the collective: https://instagram.com/not.a.cop.shop

Resist G7 – June 2021!

The Resist G7 Coalition launched this week with a statement and call for a mass day of action – Saturday 12th June 2021

Read more at https://resistg7.org

Follow on social media at:

Twitter: @resistg7

Instagram: @resistg7coalition

G7 summit to be in Cornwall this summer.

11 to 13 June – Carbis Bay, near St. Ives.

The previous two UK-hosted meetings were at Enniskillen in 2013, and Gleneagles in 2005. Both were opposed by coalitions of anarchists, and other anti-capitalists.

contra-g7[@]protonmail[.]com

Faslane Peace Camp winter appeal

https://faslanepeacecamp.wordpress.com/

International Call-outs Oct/Nov 2020

Two call-outs for international solidarity cross over on 1st November.

https://eninterkiezionale.noblogs.org/
https://riseup4rojava.org/

May Day Revolt 2020

GAF is calling for an autonomous day of action on the 1st of May.

#MayDayRevolt #MayDay2020

EZLN Calls on People Not to Abandon Current Struggles

Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Mexico

March 16, 2020

To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples of the world:
To the National Indigenous Congress—Indigenous Governing Council:
To the Sixth in Mexico and abroad:
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion:

Sisters, brothers, hermanoas:
Compañeros, compañeras, compañeroas:

We write to inform you that:

Given the serious and scientifically proven risk to human life presented by COVID-19 or “Coronavirus”;

Given the frivolous irresponsibility and lack of seriousness shown by the bad governments and the political class in its entirety who are using this serious humanitarian problem to attack each other instead of taking the necessary measures to confront a life-threatening virus which endangers all regardless of nationality, gender, race, language, religion, political affiliation, social class, or history;

Given the lack of accurate and timely information about the spread and severity of the virus and the lack of a coherent plan to confront it, and;

Given that our commitment as Zapatistas is to struggle for life;

We have decided the following:

First: We declare a red alert in all of our communities, towns, barrios, and Zapatista organizational bodies.

Second: To the Juntas de Buen Gobierno [Good Government Councils] and the Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities in Rebellion, we recommend the full and immediate closure of the Caracoles and Centers of Resistance and Rebellion.

Third: To the bases of support and the entire Zapatista organizational structure, we recommend adherence to the series of recommendations and special hygiene measures which will be distributed in all Zapatista communities, towns, and barrios.

Fourth: Given the total absence of the bad governments, we strongly urge everyone [todos, todas, todoas] in Mexico and around the world to follow the necessary scientifically-based sanitary measures that will allow us to survive this pandemic.

Fifth: We call on you to sustain the struggle against femicides and violence against women, to continue the struggle in defense of territory and Mother Earth, to maintain the struggle for the disappeared, murdered, and imprisoned, and to hold high the flag of the struggle for humanity.

Sixth: We call on all not to lose human contact, but rather to temporarily change our forms of relating as compañeras, compañeros, compañeroas, sisters, brothers, and hermanoas.

The word, the listening ear, and the heart have many ways—paths, calendars, and geographies—in and on which to meet. This struggle for life can be one of them.

That’s all.

From the mountains of Southeastern Mexico,
For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation,

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.
Mexico, March of 2020.