Week One, 2nd – 6th April: Nanas/Women against Fracking.
Day one is a Family day as it is a non-working Easter Monday … the United Resistance actions start in earnest on 3rd April when the 100Women event starts us off.
Our week looks like this:
BIG DAY: TUESDAY 3rd April – #100Women Gathering Bring – yourself, a friend, a spare bra Make – a ‘Sash’ to wear with #100Women written on it and anything else you’d like to add Wear – the Sash you made and as we’re working with Suffragette colours of White/Purple/Green, clothing along these lines would be great Event plan – gather at Maple Farm Community Hub FROM 9.30am but event is ALL DAY so arrive anytime you can and please plan to stay as late as possible – will end at 6pm. Actions on the day are mostly super-secret so we can’t broadcast lol! BUT be assured that all is designed to be safe and lawful and there will be surprise guests you will be delighted to meet!
WEDNESDAY 4th April – ‘Woolly Wednesday Yarn-On’ (Starts as always on a Wednesday with the Women’s Call for Calm 10-12 noon then an hour break before we head back up to the gates for the next event.) Bring – yourself, a friend, wool, knitting and/or crotchet needles, crafting items, baskets and… enthusiasm, even if you can’t knit as other roles available Make – a nuisance of yourself with wool lol! Wear – anything goes today but bright colours and wool are definitely a theme Event plan – gather at Cuadrilla site on Preston New Road FROM 1pm but event is ALL DAY so arrive anytime you can and please plan to stay as late as possible – will end at 6pm. Actions on the day are again super-secret so we can’t broadcast lol! BUT be assured that all is designed to be woolly, safe and lawful.
THURSDAY 5th April – ‘Toxic Thursday’ Bring – yourself, a friend and another friend Make – *info on the day as a bit secret Wear – white overalls and white dust-masks (like hazard clothing – available cheap in DIY stores although we aim to have spares) Event plan – gather at Maple Farm Community Hub FROM 8:30am but event is ALL DAY so arrive anytime you can and please plan to stay as late as possible – will end at 6pm. Actions on the day are yet again mostly super-secret so we can’t broadcast lol! BUT be assured that all is designed to be informative, safe and lawful.
FRIDAY 6th April – ‘Funeral Friday Finale’ Bring – yourself, a friend, flowers (preferably decaying or dead) …and another friend Make – *info on the day as a bit secret but if you could bring a doll with you, it will all become clear Wear – funeral attire; everything from black veils to tears ♥ Event plan – gather at Maple Farm Community Hub FROM 8:30am but event is ALL DAY so arrive anytime you can and please plan to stay as late as possible – will end at 6pm. Actions on the day are as you’re now expecting to read… mostly super-secret so we can’t broadcast lol! BUT be assured that all is designed to be impactful, safe and lawful. Key contacts for info on logistics like where to stay etc can be obtained through the United Resistance page or directly to Becky Daniels, Ruth Owens Updates will come… but so hope this brief overview inspires the women of the movement to join together for one week in solidarity, determination, love and defiance – honouring 100 years of women working together to make change happen ♥ ………………………………………………………
GENERAL INFO: The hosting takes place at ‘ Maple Farm community hub’ (PR4 3PE) – just down the road from the fracking site that sits between Blackpool and Preston. We are able to provide free of charge: safe camping space plus some communal tents for those travelling light… 3 meals per day… kitchen and dining room areas… media hub… communal indoor space… composting and portaloo facilities for disabled… quite a bit of parking space and a whole lot of gratitude. The Nana/Women’s week will be kicking off what we’re calling the “United Resistance… 3 months of Love & Defiance” – each week following is ‘adopted’ by different groups ie: Faith Week (Catholics/Quakers/Buddhists/Pagans etc) – Art Week – Unions Week – Camps Week – Yorkshire Week etc. We will conclude the United Resistance at the end of June with a heck of a gathering.
The following is the background to all this: ………………………………………………………………
United Resistance 3 Months of Love and Defiance…Coming April to July x The situation is urgent and it is only a united and powerful resistance that will halt fracking before it’s too late – and we’re on the threshold of it being too late. IF the industry performs a ‘frack job’ then the damage is done and stopping them becomes a far greater challenge. Sites across the UK are making a stand with residents taking part in community meetings, rallies and non-violent direct actions; here in Lancashire, we KNOW that Cuadrilla intends on pushing the chemicals, silica sand and vast quantities of water underground between April and July. We are asking nothing more of you than your body and if you can’t bring us this…then your online shares, letter writing, local actions and events… but mostly, we need YOU here with us for any part of 3-months of targeted resistance starting 2nd April 2018. We launch on Easter Monday with a family-friendly get-together to be part of the joy and community we seek to preserve. The following day, Tuesday 3rd April when the trucks are rolling we will launch non-violent direct actions that will carry us through three incredibly important months. Details of all the actions that can be shared, will be posted and we urge you to please join us at the roadside to bear witness or take part