Posted: April 23rd, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: activism, P.E.D.A.L | No Comments »
On the weekend of the 19th and 20th March 2011, 15 incredibly dedicated and brave young people prepared to set off for there 100 day cycle ride to Palestine in solidarity with the Palestinian people who are still under enforced occupation. The choice of a bicycle representing there belief in low carbon travel in a world threatened by climate change.
Along the way they will be staying with communities of resistance. So far they have linked up with the Calais No Borders krew, been involved in a mass day of action in Brussels, have swapped many seeds in Austria to spark discussions around food autonomy and the threat of GM and patented seeds and are currently cycling through Slovenia and Croatia.
On the weekend of departure – whilst the cyclists were doing last minute packing - many people attended the workshops that had been put on by P.E.D.A.L to give people a better understanding of why they were embarking on such a long journey for an issue that is so far away. Israeli and Palestinian activists hammered home the reasons for why the cycle ride is so important. They spoke of the confused majority of Israeli people who have been tricked by the Israeli government and media propaganda programme. What was so clear from the workshop by Anarchists Against The Wall & the International Solidarity Movement is that under any circumstances – an enforced occupation with impossible checkpoints of a whole population is a fundamental breach of all human rights conventions. Palestinians are rightfully angry and a long term solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict needs to be worked out NOW. Enforced occupation is not a solution.
Seeds for Change did a workshop on consensus decision making. An organising technique where everyone is included in any form of a decision making process, a technique P.E.D.A.L will be using along the way in all the different situations they will be getting themselves into. Consensus decision making allows for NO leaders, everyone is empowered to speak and decisions have to be agreed by all. If governments across the world embraced consensus we wouldn’t have half the problems that exist today.
The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination hosted a workshop on art & permaculture. Those who took part split off into pairs and each silently acted out one principle of the permaculture approach while the rest of the group had to work out which principle they were trying to act out. A difficult and enjoyable task as some of the principles were fairly difficult to work out. For example “Obtain a yield”.
So We Stand – an emerging group who organise with communities around race, class and gender issues gave a workshop on environmental justice from London to Palestine – environmental justice is a movement which is big in America but starting to make waves here in the UK. Dan Glass from So We Stand explained “how environmental degradation and pollution has disproportionate effects.” What he meant was that those who cause environmental problems, US in the west, are not the ones who have to suffer the worst effects – it is those in the poorer south who bare the brunt of the impacts.
Adam Weymouth told his amazing story for the first time of his walk all the way to Istanbul and the weekend was rounded off by the UK premiere of ‘Paths Through Utopias’. An inspiring documentary following post-capitalist utopia communities across Europe. A film which everyone must see.
Thank you P.E.D.A.L for such an interesting weekend and good luck! Keep up the inspiring job you are doing.
Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: cycling, P.E.D.A.L | No Comments »
On the weekend of the 20th and 21st March P.E.D.A.L. began its journey at Grow Heathrow in Sipson. The weekend saw two days of workshops on art & permaculture, environmental justice, storytelling, and discussions with Palestinian and Israeli activists. They then set off on Monday 21st March with a critical mass of cyclists starting at Grow Heathrow. The cycle procession went through significant sites in London of those involved in perpetrating oppression and those in resistance.
P.E.D.A.L. is a group of food growers, artists, community organisers, cyclists, and journalists, cycling from London to Palestine in 100 days in Spring 2011.
The living, breathing, cycling tool-kit leaves for the West Bank to support the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, and share stories, skills and strategies for resistance from the UK to Palestine. The bicycle caravan will be cycling in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli popular resistance movements- responding to the call-out from Palestinian civil society in 2005 to support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign. The ride will trace a trail of corporations complicit in the occupation, pollinate information about the campaign and support activists on trial for BDS actions. The group aim to join the dots of counter-cultures resisting injustice through Europe to the Middle East sharing stories, skills and strategies of resistance to create a cultural document for those working to end the illegal Occupation and the wider Global Justice movement.
Speakers along the way on the critical mass included Mortaza Sahibzada, the managing editor of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) eBook Series and Naomi Wimborne Idrisssi, the Secretary of Jews for boycotting Israeli goods. Presentations included stories of struggle and hope in the UK relating to the Palestine struggle outside the Israeli embassy, outside beauty product store Ahava in central London who sell Israeli goods on illegally occupied territories and then at Cable Street – the scene of historic anti-fascist and anti-racist riots back in the 1930s.
The final destination is Palestine and along the way they will stop at many locations across Europe and the Middle East. The purpose of PEDAL is to highlight the link between social and environmental injustices and how people across borders are responding to them in creative and innovative ways. This will be seen along the route they as they visit different communities where resistance takes positive forms. The choice of the bicycle as an empowering tool is designed to show the need for a life without dependency on fossil fuels and unsustainable transport.
PEDALler Andy Grange said:
“In 2011 we have seen explosions of people power across the Middle East. Across the world communities are fighting battles against economic, environmental and political injustice. Nowhere more do we see this than with the Palestinian people struggling for self-reliance, political rights, and liberation. PEDAL begins at an exciting time for popular movements fighting back.”
Posted: March 4th, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Events, Growing Group | Tags: P.E.D.A.L, workshops | No Comments »
P.E.D.A.L. begins its 100 day journey to the West Bank on the 19th & 20th of March at our squatted community garden Grow Heathrow in Sipson with a series of workshops to explore the themes around PEDAL’s journey- such as the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, Art & Permaculture, Environmental Justice, Consensus decision-making and Storytelling.
PEDAL Workshop Timetable
Grow Heathrow, Sipson
Saturday 19th March
Introduction to Consensus Decision-making’ with Seeds for Change
‘Art & Permaculture’ with the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination
Discussion: How to support Palestinian & Israeli Popular Resistance movements’
Special Film Preview of ‘Paths Through Utopias’
by Isabelle Fremeaux, John Jordan & Kypros Kyprianou. More information HERE
Sunday 20th of March
‘Carrying stories across Europe: A talk about walking from England to Istanbul’ by Adam Weymouth
‘Environmental Justice from Heathrow to Palestine’ with So We Stand
‘Facilitation for Consensus Decision-Making’ with Seeds for Change
Preparations for Critical Mass
Monday 21st March
Critical Mass through London Speaker Tour
Meet at Speakers’ Corner,Hyde Park
Monday 21st of March
PEDAL will be leaving Grow Heathrow and heading into London to begin a critical mass at Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park, for 11.30am on Monday the 21st of March.
We will visit locations relevant in the struggle to end the occupation of Palestine with speakers on the route, and also previous sites of resistance in the capital city.
PEDAL invites you to join us at the beginning of our story; to participate in the jam-packed workshop weekend and to pedal with us in a critical mass through London.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come for the weekend or any workshops so we can plan for catering.If you plan to stay for the weekend it would be great to arrive on Friday evening so we can have breakfast and start the workshops. Alternatively pick and choose the sections that interest you!
Space is available for camping so bring a sleeping, bag, tent and warm clothes if you plan to stay over. (Let us know if you have any special requirements)
Address and travel information here.
More information about the weekend here
Come and join us!
Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Events | Tags: film showing, P.E.D.A.L | 1 Comment »
As part of the P.E.D.A.L departure weekend at Grow Heathrow there is going to be a very special film screening of Paths Through Utopias on the evening of Saturday 19th at 7pm.
Paths Through Utopias is a utopian road movie exploring a post-capitalist Europe. Shot during a 7 month journey in 2008 visiting ten utopian experiments, the film is half of the book-film project published in France by Editions Zones. From the direct action Climate Camp set up illegally besides Heathrow airport to a hamlet squatted by French art punks, occupied self-managed Serbian factories to a free love commune in an ex Stasi base, this magicorealist travelogue transports us to a parallel universe where money is worthless and private property has been abolished.
Come down to catch this very special film screening.
Posted: February 24th, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Events | Tags: P.E.D.A.L, so we stand | No Comments »
On the 21st of March around 20 people will set off on their bikes from Grow Heathrow, London on a 100 day cycle ride to Palestine. (With a few stops in-between).
Popular Resistance Movements
Direct Action on B.D.S.
Arts and Culture
Linking Stories of Struggle
P.E.D.A.L. is a living, breathing, cycling tool-kit mapping communities of resistance from the UK to Palestine on it’s 100 day journey leaving Grow Heathrow on the 21st of March 2011. The bicycle caravan will be cycling in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli popular resistance movements – responding to the call-out from Palestinian civil society in 2005 to support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign (http://bdsmovement.net/).
The ride will trace a trail of corporations complicit in the Occupation, and support activists on trial for BDS actions. The group will join the dots of counter-cultures fighting injustice through Europe to the Middle East sharing stories, skills and strategies of resistance to create a cultural document for those working to end the illegal Occupation and the wider Global Justice movement. Video, photography, theatre projects will build the structures for messages of solidarity, stories of hope and ideas to build strong networks to support each other in our struggles.
P.E.D.A.L. will focus on environmental justice issues such as access to land, water and seeds- visiting Reclaim the Fields collectives through Europe and meeting farmers in the West Bank to strengthen mutual networks for food autonomy. The aim is to link and empower groups across our route following the concept of ‘dual power’; by linking with groups who are involved in opposing oppression in Palestine as well as those who are creating positive alternatives in sustainable living and new forms of organising.
There will be 2 days of P.E.D.A.L activities including workshops on storytelling, creative disobedience, legal, consensus decision making and the occupation of Palestine on the weekend before they leave (19th/20th March) at Grow Heathrow – so please come down to find out more and get involved.