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Bentley Effect - (Anti Fracking) Non Violent Action & Strategy Workshop
Sat 27 May 2017, 09:30 – 14:30 BST
The Bentley Effect - Non Violent Direct Action & Strategy workshop
A message of hope, with Simon Clough, Ian Gaillard & Brendan Shoebridge of the Bentley Blockade
The Bentley Effect details how the idyllic Northern Rivers of NSW came under threat from invasive industrial gasfields and how the community responded with over 35,000 people visited in their homes and tens of thousands of DVDs burnt and distributed. People were asked if they supported CSG and results showed that on average over 95% opposed it. This ground work resulted in masses of people from all walks of life – activists, farmers, landowners, Indigenous people, mums & dads, scientists – organising themselves to rally against the unconventional gas.
A series of dramatic blockades ensued, before the final battle lines were drawn in the peaceful farming valley of Bentley. Over ten thousand people flocked to the site to stare down the threat of 850 riot police – who had been ordered to break up the protest. What happened next was unprecedented and set an historic turning point.
We believe we have a critically important message of hope to deliver to threatened UK communities.These communities have been ground down by government support for the frackers, strong arm police tactics and a very negative political environment. Not only will we be bringing a message of hope because of our successes in the Northern Rivers, but we will also share strategic planning and Non-Violent Direct Action training. Simon and Ian have had considerable experience in both these areas.
Hear the truth about fracking from people who lived with it and saw it destroying the environment, their health and their communities.
Learn how to fight fracking from the people that won.
All donations go to the Bentley Effect tour. If you would like to support the work of Bentley Effect but can't get to the workshop you can contribute via their Planet Funder page.
Booking for this event is not essential but it secures you a place.