Monday, 9 July 2012

Take Back the Land!

There’s just days to go until a week of action against opencast coal in the Douglas Valley – a place where the ruling class is crushing communities for their own financial gain, where ecological destruction is taking place on a massive scale for the profits of big energy companies and where absentee fat-cat land-lords make millions off land that shouldn’t be theirs . Join us 12-18 July in the Douglas Valley, South Lanarkshire, to build on 20 years of community struggle and four years of direct action against the UK’s biggest opencast mining company.
Read on for programme highlights, how you can get involved and direct action resources. We’re ready – but the question is: is Scottish Coal?

Help us spread the word: please pass on our call-out to your friends. You’ll find publicity here, the website here and social networking here.
Join in the fun: there will be roles for everyone at the camp and lots of exciting things to get stuck into. See here for what to bring with you, and here for directions to the area. There’s three things you can do: 1) Get yourself to the camp or Lanark train station on Thursday 12th July, 2) Bring all your friends, 3) Come prepared for a week of low-impact living and high impact direct action!
Take action: be prepared for action – there will be a mass action on Saturday 14th July and we’re encouraging affinity groups to target coal infrastructure throughout the area. Want some ideas? See here for direct action resources, and here for a Douglas Valley direct action guide.
What to look forward to at the camp – here’s some highlights:
Thursday 12th – a big welcome to the camp & an introduction to coal in South Lanarkshire: what are the issues and why take action?
Friday 13th – Extreme Energy: Frack Off! will facilitate a session on underground coal gasification, fracking and more. Later, Reclaim the Fields Scotland will be asking: What is RTF?
Saturday 14th – mass action! A day of targeting coal infrastructure in the area.
Sunday 15th – preparing for the days ahead, and in the evening Biofuel Watch will facilitate a session on Bioenergy
Monday 16th – Land Rights in Scotland: What are the issues? And in the evening DIY Discussions comes to Take Back the Land! with a focus on overcoming machismo and including feminist voices in direct action struggles
Tuesday 17th – Strategies for winning: discussion on how can we make sure the struggles for environmental and social justice get what they want.
Want to host a discussion at the camp or run a workshop? There’s plenty of space to get involved – get in touch at
See you there!

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