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Lancashire Rapid Response Training Day
July 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
This session is exclusively aimed at giving anti-fracking groups and their supporters some crucial campaigning and action skills that are likely to be extremely useful in the coming weeks and months. With a decision on Cuadrilla’s two major appraisal sites due to be made in the very near future, we have a small window of opportunity for gaining new skills, planning and prepping for what may be the biggest fracking fight the UK has faced to date.
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Know Your Rights – Green & Black Cross
The Know Your Rights workshop provides the knowledge and skills to deal with the police, know what to do if you or someone else gets arrested and understand common protest offences, as well as civil actions which target protest, such as injunctions & possession orders. Regardless of the range of experience within your group, this workshop will help to increase confidence when interacting with the legal system.
Using Events To Build Momentum – Seeds for Change
Actions and events are a great way to boost morale and bring people together. They are also a way of displaying our collective power. In a long campaign we need to think creatively about how we can use events to have an impact and keep up our own energy. In this session we will share tips and ideas – and come up with some new possibilities to try out in the coming months.
Frack Watch 1 – Suppliers, Equipment and Procedures – Frack Off
The fight against fracking is partially a battle over information. The industry’s standard practice is to try to hide, obscure and diminish the appearance of its activities until it is too late to effectively oppose it. This workshop aims provide a concise overview of what the industry does, the procedures, materials and equipment which it uses, and the waste it produces. Where they come from, and go to, and how they are transported. An exploration of the crucial information you need to acquire in order to more effectively oppose fracking.
Organising Securely – Seeds for Change
‘Security’ is about protecting ourselves from organisations that want to disrupt our campaigning. Effective campaigns come under surveillance from private companies and the police, whether or not they involve direct action. This session will explore reasons for organising securely, and steps we can take to protect ourselves.
Frack Watch 2 – Working Out What Will Happen & When – Frack Off
Gathering and distributing accurate information on the activities of the fracking industry is crucial to making resistance possible. Without useful, timely information on what the industry is planning to do and how it intends to carry it out, any sort of opposition is very difficult. This workshop aims explore some good ways of collecting this crucial information, from online research methods to direct observation.
Direct Action And Blockading – Seeds for Change
There’s a role for everyone in direct action… This session will open up creative possibilities for actions. We will explore how to take action more safely and effectively, including roles, preparation, use of direct action equipment, and working together on actions. Not just for people who want to get arrested!
Intro to Legal Observing – Green & Black Cross
Legal Observers are an essential part of the support we provide at protests. Whether they’re handing out key advice on bust cards, or finding witnesses for arrests, legal observers help to ensure that people protesting don’t face the legal system alone. If you’re an experienced activist there will be parts you know already, but the depth we go into should give you more confidence and knowledge of how to deal with the police. Whether you’re in a group or attending as an individual, this extensive training offers you important skills to support activists.
Big Banner Making – Frack Off
A hands on session with access to paints and material. In the session we will also explore a range of methods for creating really big banners and accurate copies of artwork using a laptop and projector.
Community Strategy – Frack Off
In this session we will explore the use of community surveys as a tool for community engagement and organisation. We will take a look at the materials required and techniques for making community campaigns effective and highly visible.
Travel, Food and other useful info
Food and drink will be available at the site cafe and shop, you may wish to bring a packed lunch or food to share. The site has free parking to the left of the entrance, the conference centre is opposite. There are good bus links from Preston & Blackpool.