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).
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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.