Scotland (central & southern)
In the early hours of Sunday 29th November a group of autonomous activists caused embarrassment to Lord Home, exposing his role in the proposed development of Mainshill Woods into and open cast coal mine. This action was taken by a group of autonomous people in solidarity with all those who oppose the development of Mainshill Wood into an open cast coal mine.
From Saturday 28th Nov – Tues 1st Dec there was another successful action-packed gathering at Mainshill Solidarity Camp. With activists traveling from all over the UK, around 55 people converged on the camp and spent the weekend solidifying old defences, working on new ones and stopping the logging work on site.
On the morning of the 22nd of November a drilling rig had it's electronics and hydraulics cut. The specialist drilling rig is owned by Apex Drilling Services. The machine damaged is one of two rigs that have been working to prepare the Mainshill Wood area for coal extraction.
January Regional Gatherings
There will be no national gathering in January. Instead, we are encouraging neighbourhoods to hold their own regional gatherings in advance of a three-day national gathering in February.
Two Welsh bailiffs were found walking around the site this morning and followed to one of the bunkers which has been built as a defence.
Join people from across the spectrum of the British peace movement for a weekend of exploration, celebration and empowerment - learning from other movements, struggling with challenging issues, and creating greater cohesion and solidarity in a segmented peace movement.
Weekend of Action and workshops
at MAINSHILL SOLIDARITY CAMP
Sat 28th Nov - Tues 1st Dec
With signs that the eviction may happen any minute the Mainshill solidarity camp need all the support they can get (see http://coalactionscotland.noflag.org.uk/ for more details on the current situation).
This morning the process to evict Mainshill Solidarity Camp began. Members of the National Eviction Team, along with police climbers, are currently on site, walking around taking pictures. At the moment there are about 10 police/eviction team on site, they are attempting to gain access to dwellings and making threats.
Buy Nothing Day (Bristol, Birmingham, Falmouth, Leeds, Lincoln, Sheffield...) - Steal Something Day (everywhere)
Saturday November 28th is Buy Nothing Day (UK). It's a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!
The Scottish Activist Legal Project formed in October 2009. It draws on the experience people have of providing legal support for direct action at Faslane, the G8 2005 and many other situations.
Work was stopped for 5 hours and the protestor who locked on will appear in Lanark court tomorrow. Today is the 14th anniversary of the hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa & 8 other Ogonis for resisting Shell in the Niger Delta. This action was done in remembrance of them & in solidarity with communities across the world who are still fighting corporate oppression.