Saturday, 21 November 2009

Aldermaston Big Blockade - Monday 15 February, 2010

Called by Trident Ploughshares and supported by CND and Aldermaston Women's Peace Camp(aign)

The Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, Berkshire is in the process of spending billions of pounds of UK taxpayers' money building the facilities for a new generation of nuclear warheads. Britain's submarine-launched Trident nuclear missile system already endangers us all, encourages global proliferation and undermines international law and disarmament negotiations. Instead of building new nukes, we call for global leadership by disarming now.
Come and join the blockade at Aldermaston on Monday 15 February, 2010 and help us make it BIG. The action will begin at 7am and continue for as long as possible. You can sit, lie down, "lock-on" or perch atop a tripod, or you can support and entertain blockaders (arrest is optional). Please encourage your friends and relatives to join what promises to be an empowering and fun day out for all the family (best leave pets at home though).

There will be groups travelling from all over the UK and abroad, so we can put you in contact with a group near you well in advance for nonviolent direct action training, transport, logistics and support. Specific gates are allocated for groups of internationals, environmentalists and cyclists, women, faith groups, students, choirs, parliamentarians, academics and Nobel Peace Prize laureates, as well as groups travelling from Scotland, Wales and the north and south of England.
We will organise pick-ups from police stations as people are released and somewhere warm we can all meet after the action to share our experiences and eat a delicious hot vegan meal together. Overnight crash space accommodation will also be available after the blockade.
For more information on how to get involved, phone 0845 45 88 361 or e-mail blockawe [at] yahoo.co.uk . Our current flyer is downloadable here, and a briefing pack is now available here: http://www.tridentploughshares.org/article1577
There is also now a Facebook page for this event.
Trident Ploughshares is a campaign to disarm the UK Trident nuclear weapons system in a nonviolent, open, peaceful, safe and fully accountable manner.
Please note that Trident Ploughshares actions are strictly nonviolent and alcohol- and drug-free. This includes not having alcohol or (non-medicinal) drugs in the bloodstream during the action and not carrying any weapons. We ask participants to be respectful and non-aggressive to all whom we meet, and to leave abusive placards, banners, T-shirts, etc at home. We will clear the blockade if necessary to allow emergency vehicles to pass, then resume the blockade afterwards.

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