Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Action | Tags: resistance, third runway | No Comments »
Last week, Heathrow submitted its proposals for expansion to the Airports Commission. It announced three separate sets of plans for the third runway to the North, North West and South West of the airport, in a case which, according to the Airport Environment Federation (AEF), “rests on a series of half-truths and promises not backed by evidence.”
Find out more on AEF’s website and Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN) blog.
Posted: June 28th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Events, legal | Tags: access to land, court, resistance, Squatting | No Comments »
We’ll find out the long-awaited verdict from the Court of Appeal at 9.30am on Wednesday 3 July.
Please support us:
We’d love you to join us at the Royal Courts of Justice (courtroom 70) at 9.30 on Wed. Better yet, come show your solidarity where it’s most important – at Grow Heathrow!
Join us on site during the day and into the evening. The bike workshop will be running all afternoon, we’ll be cooking up a delicious dinner and there’ll probably be a campfire and music. You’re also welcome to stay over on Wednesday night, ready for our community workday on Thursday.
You can find directions to Grow Heathrow here. And the Royal Courts of Justice are on The Strand, WC2A 2LL.
Please spread the news far and wide, and for more info call us on 07890751568. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @transheathrow.
Love from the greenhouses xx
Posted: June 4th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Action, Events | Tags: activism, democracy, direct action, police, protest, resistance, transparency | No Comments »
Every year politicians, royalty and CEO’s meet in secret to discuss the fate of the world. This year, you are all invited!
2013 welcomes the first ever Bilderberg Fringe Festival. Taking place between 7th – 9th June in Watford, the festival is a unique, FREE event which will nurture dialogue and discourse about Bilderberg in a peaceful, fun environment – alongside a jam-packed weekend of speakers, comedy, music, workshops, arts and entertainment!
Seeking to stimulate hearts and minds and unite the politically conscious, the event will be a positive platform which harmonises fun with enlightened idea exchanges. The Bilderberg Fringe Festival is an unmissable occasion for conscious citizens from all over the world to join together and have a fantastic party.
We are expressing our outrage at this travesty of democracy the only way we know how. By hula-hooping in the sunshine and dancing barefoot in the grass. Except where cows have been.
Where Bilderberg is closed, dark and joyless, we are open, happy and free. They may have better spa facilities, but we have better chai.
After negotiations by Hertfordshire police liaison officers, we are excited to announce that a site inside the fabulously scenic Grove Hotel grounds has been confirmed to house key Bilderberg Fringe events.
From Friday 7th through to Sunday 9th the ‘Bilderberg Speakers Corner’ will feature an exclusive programme of talks by researchers, journalists and academics as well as performances by comedians and poets set against the remarkable backdrop of the hotel next to the entrance used by Bilderberg delegates to access the conference.
Posted: May 25th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Action, Energy, Events | Tags: activism, climate camp, climate change, direct action, energy, no dash for gas, resistance, sustainability | No Comments »
Is Climate Camp back?
Big decisions are being made now about how we’re going to power the UK. The government’s policy of increasing our reliance on gas is pushing millions into fuel poverty. This – coupled with ruthless cuts to essential services – leaves many with an impossible choice between heating and eating. And the same policy guarantees that we’ll miss even our modest carbon reduction targets. Both the financial and the climate crises are related to the pursuit of profit above all else, in the interests of the few and at the expense of the many.
We need a win. And one win we need is a secure future for generations to come, where profits don’t trump the public interest and where we have safe, clean energy to meet our needs.
Be part of creating something BIG this summer, get involved now and Reclaim The Power.
We can fight back, as the student, trade union, women’s, disabled rights and anti-cuts movements have shown us. There has never been a more critical time to take action. The solutions are there to be grasped.
21 people went up two chimneys but 64,000 came down
Last October, 21 environmental activists shut down EDF’s West Burton power station for a week in protest at the government’s Dash for Gas. West Burton is the first of up to 40 new gas fired power stations being planned. With your help, including a solidarity petition signed by 64,000 people – they fought off EDF’s attempt to sue them for £5 million.
This summer, inspired by their action, we are building a wide coalition of groups and individuals who will be coming together to Reclaim the Power. We’ll plan together. We’ll put forward solutions. We’ll cross the border from anger to action. It was people power that stopped new coal and stalled plans for a third runway at Heathrow, that made bankers’ greed and tax avoidance toxic and that is now fighting austerity attacks on workers, women, pensioners and the disabled. Together, we will stop the dash for gas.
Want to be part of creating Reclaim The Power? Wondering where we’ll be, how you can get there or what you need to bring? More info to come soon, keep up to date at:
Posted: May 17th, 2013 | Author: matt | Filed under: Action, Events | Tags: activism, direct action, occupy, police, politics, protest, resistance, transparency | No Comments »
Hertfordshire Constabulary have confirmed to the Watford Observer that, in the words of the Observer, a ‘shadowy summit of world leaders [is] taking place in Watford next month.
It continues: ”The Bilderberg Group of around 140 influential figures including royalty, politicians and business leaders will meet at The Grove from June 6 to June 9… The group’s annual meetings have in the past attracted storms of protests from campaigners who accuse it of hijacking the democratic process.’
So local people are putting on a free framily-friendly fringe festival to Occupy Bilderberg. There’ll be:
- International Speakers
- ‘Hug a Bilderberger’
- Poetry and spoken word
- Delicious local and ethically sourced food and drink, plus grilled Bilderburgers.
All ages welcome, although it should be pointed out that this is not the same as the toddler-focussed consumer Build-a-Bear festival, which is what I thought when I first heard about it.
Updates and more info are at bilderberg2013.co.uk and bilderbergfringefestival.co.uk.
Posted: April 18th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Cool Projects, Education, Energy, Events | Tags: climate change, energy, peak oil, resistance, sustainability | No Comments »
The Energy Group at Grow Heathrow is kicking of a series of Sustainable Technology training days with a workshop on how to build your own generator from scratch – Saturday 27th April at 11am – 6pm
The small Wind Turbine that was kindly donated by one of our supporters isn’t quite up to scratch for our battery bank. We need to make some new windings, so what better opportunity to share our knowledge than by inviting people to come and share in the experience.
We’ll be going through winding our own coils with ceramic coated wire, setting the magnets in resin and then configuring the coils to produce energy as the magnets pass.
The workshop will be accompanied by a delicious lunch. Donations gratefully accepted where possible. Check out our Facebook event or email us at email@example.com for more information.
Come on down to Grow Heathrow to get skilled up for the Self Empowered Energy Revolution!
Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Action | Tags: activism, direct action, frack off, fracking, peak oil, resistance, sustainability | No Comments »
Frack Free February is a Month of Action in Somerset with public meetings, talks, stalls, workshops, actions and more all raising awareness about the threats to our communities and the bigger picture of extreme energy.
The Frack Free February Month of Action is an opportunity to:
- Systematically raise awareness about fracking & extreme energy to communities at risk in Somerset – we will be distributing 50,000 leaflets across towns & villages in the PEDL licensed areas
- Create a wide variety of opportunities for participation and action to anyone moved by the literature and outreach activities & the thought of fracking taking place locally – see the list of actions below
- To generate momentum for the campaign in 2013 and significantly increase planning application response capacity across the county e.g. starting more local groups, increasing the number of newsletter sign ups and so forth, so that when applications are submitted, we can best respond and support each other across the county.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- Organise a public meeting or event in your town or village – email us & we can support with any aspect, whether that’s graphic design, providing speakers or helping with the costs of hall hire
- Help us doordrop over 50,000 leaflets
- Got skills to share? Offer to lead, or participate in a workshop
- Get postering! Help us get posters up in every local shop in Somerset
- Ask your local groups to sign up to the coalition, we have a target of at least 50 new groups joining the coalition in February
- Help us make this happen – Donate!
For any of the above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS TAKING PLACE?
Click here to see an overview of all that is going on in February, click here for that list in chronological order.
Reblogged with love from frackfreesomerset.org and frack-off.org.uk
Posted: February 1st, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Action, Energy | Tags: activism, direct action, energy, resistance | No Comments »
A national weekend of fuel bill assemblies and action will be taking place from Friday 15th – Monday 18th February.
Find out what’s already planned and get organising in your own area. There will be a mass fuel bill assembly at the Department of Energy and Climate Change
Join and share the Facebook event
Call out for Stop the Great Fuel Robbery below.
Reblogged with love from fuelpovertyaction.org.uk
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Posted: March 7th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Art | Tags: activism, art, resistance | No Comments »
We started the week-long residency, ‘Resistance is Beautiful’ at Grow Heathrow, with an introduction to a site I’ve heard a lot about, and through various activist networks have met many of those who live there. After a series of procrastinated opportunities I decided this was the perfect opportunity to visit.
What is resistance? That is where we started. To some it is the standing in opposition, to the others it is the proactive search and enaction of alternative realities. I err towards the first as my definition of resistance, and in my own work call the latter ‘imagineering’. Grow Heathrow is a site of resistance and imagineering – and embodies different meanings to different people – visitors and residents.
As the week progressed towards an ‘exhibition/show’ on the Saturday, efforts were made towards pulling together some collaborative work. My thoughts began with the idea of ‘The Great Eviction Game’ – a playful enaction of the potential eviction that could happen later this year in which the evictors are only allowed to evict the residents if they win a game that is played out on site, by the site’s rules. Taking the format of a ‘wide game’, i.e. different tasks to be completed at various stations – teams are not necessarily in competition, rather, the aim is for all to have an educational experience in which they are given an opportunity to embody the ethos of the site through shared activity.
After spending some time developing this idea, I decided it focused on an eventuality that did not need to be evoked at this point in time. I still think it would be a challenging and engaging way to approach police if/when they come to the gate – to challenge them to a game, immediately taking on the eviction in the site’s own terms – when the police refuse to play, it is they who first break the rules. After hearing about others’ ideas I couldn’t see a place for me to take part in them – partly due to lack of experience/skill/interest, and partly because I needed to leave site for the entire day preceding the show and so wouldn’t be able to help in any way with their development at a key point.
I started to think about my own relationship with the site – how was I engaging with it. I felt very at home in Grow Heathrow, largely because I could see the similarities between life there and my own, very outdoors-focused life on a boat. I began with the notion that we should do nothing on the Saturday, simply allow visitors to observe the site ‘in action’ and make some effort to ensuring that they feel able to ask questions/enter into discussion – potentially through shared food or participatory tasks. This idea was then challenged by another member of the group, with what I felt was a valid opposition – people are only coming to the site in the hope of seeing/doing something. To do nothing would be to disappoint, and could potentially be harmful. Not doing anything wasn’t avoiding the performative, as the ‘audience’ had already been invited and so performance was intrinsic to the day.
Given the limited time available, I spent most of the days thinking about how to make visible the life aesthetic and opted to do it through objects – offering insight into the operations and history of the site through its material objects – telling the stories of these objects through explanation and anecdote, integrating the ‘explanatory signs’ into the fabric of the object. This in turn, I hope allowed the viewer to interact with the object, and therefore the site and its workings, in a deeper way.
I made five signs as part of the project I’d call ‘lifting the veil’: On a piece of sheet music I stuck to the piano I wrote the notes ‘A’ and ‘E’ which on the site’s piano were linked to the adjoining hammers. Between staves I then wrote ‘play these notes…” when you hold down one thing you also hold down the adjoining” Augie March – and something also on dissonance and resistance. On a T-shirt in the free shop I wrote about the idea of a free shop being more than discarding unwanted items and picking up freebies, but as its potential to be a tool in helping us imagine futures without monetary transactions forming the basis of everything we do. On plant pot signs I wrote about the radical nature of growing our own food. On the inside of an inner tube situated within a car tyre I wrote of the multi-function of car tyres, as plant pots, barricades, etc. and this link to permaculture. On a postcard I hung up in the main living area, I mentioned how the postcards, pictures and posters hung up in that area are not just memories and histories, but also locate the site within the wider activist movement.
In terms of my experience working collaboratively – I felt as though I’d come to the residency expecting a greater focus on radical politics and activism and their link-up with the creative arts. At first I was disappointed that this was not the focus, however, I did gain a lot from working with artists who have a defined and developed artistic practice. In reflection, I also see that what I gained was the lived experience of merging radical politics and creativity by living in Grow Heathrow whilst having a creative practice.
I also now feel as though I can’t claim credit for ‘lifting the veil’ as it only came out of discussions with the group, around the fire, whilst working, washing-up and cooking – and in discussing their own projects. And so in that way, ‘lifting the veil’, like so many projects, is made up of collaborative and communal experience – it is just my own interpretation made manifest.
Guest post written by Will who took part in the Grow Heathrow arts residency
Posted: February 13th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Art | Tags: art, resistance | No Comments »
For the Grow Heathrow Artists Residency: Resistance is Beautiful, 15 artists from all over; Bristol, Newcastle, Germany and more, gathered at Grow Heathrow on a Sunday, without really knowing what was in store for them in the week.
The project co-coordinators had created a loose structure. The beginning of the Residency was set up to introduce Grow Heathrow with its sustainable and community ethics and the history of Sipson, as nourishment and inspiration for the creative process. The week would culminate in some kind of ‘exhibition’ on the last day, which was to be planned by the residents. The rest of the week was open for the residents to make of it what they wanted.
Day one included tours of Grow Heathrow, looking at all the points of resistance, from the solar panels creating independent energy, to the many signs and placards opposing the third runway. Each resident then interpreted parts of the site that interested them, through their own creative means. On the Monday, a blank rota was also drawn up with chores such as cooking, washing up and going out to skip food. Throughout the week, everybody filled in their names to ensure the duties were equally distributed. At the end of the day, everybody was asked for feedback on how they felt it went, and the next day’s activities were discussed. As the light began to fade, the residents all settled in to a talk from Hedvig from the London Permaculture Network – more nourishment for the creative hands.
On the 2nd day the group was given a tour of Sipson and the surrounding area, showing the history of Sipson, and the detrimental effects the airport has had on the community. The residents were also joined by Steve, one of the many local residents who has adopted Grow Heathrow as a second home and who, with his wife and family are actively involved in protesting against the injustices being carried out by BAA. The rest of the day involved more creative interpretations, and ideas began to flow about the tragedy of Sipson, BAA and the hopes and strengths of the wider movement.
With our ‘introduction’ complete, everyone sat down to one of many delicious meals, made with ingredients largely ‘skipped’ or donated. Again, the group discussed opinions and experiences thus far, and what was wanted from the rest of the week.
By Thursday, the 4th day of the residency, the group had started to form plans of how the exhibition might evolve. Many ideas and concepts where discussed and suggested, from group forum theatre pieces to solo pieces. It was agreed by all that, of all of the worthy pieces of work we could muster between us, the site was not only a living breathing work of art, but also the site and its immediate surroundings represented enormous cultural relevance. It was our job as artists to present this in a way which embraced the significance, the beauty and the struggle of this powerfully charged square mile of land and the surrounding community. The form with which this were to take was a ‘trail’ or a ‘tour’ almost.
So Saturday came, the trail was set and a great mixture of friends and residents, new and old, were handed a map and sent off to explore the trail. The trail included paintings and signs at the gate, to art installations in the greenhouses, to creating a band playing entirely on recycled materials called the ‘Dumpstarz’ in the ‘Tat Store’ (the name given to the onsite recycling). A workshop was also organized, with talks and statements by residents and locals. These were held in the remaining derelict green houses to the ‘back’ of the site, which have been vacated since the early nineties, and have been nearly entirely ‘taken back’ by nature; trees and vines completely engulfing the vast amounts of domestic and industrial waste, and neglected market garden structures. We also went and did some excellent Guerilla gardening in the village, as part of the exhibition. Modifications were also made to a bridge, abstract installations, and ‘make your own pizzas’ in the Pizza oven made by residents. Oh and a map to the trail was lovingly penned by our one and only Mike!
It was a week of such condensed inspiration and action that it’s hard to fit everything in, but the magic of the residency has inspired Grow Heathrow residents, Sipson residents and residents from across the country and beyond. Thanks to everyone involved.
This blog was written by Dan, one of the artists who took part in the residency