RTF International Action Camp – Details Announced

All details are now available for the RTF International Action Camp taking place in the UK this year.

For full details visit: http://www.reclaimthefields.org.uk/reclaim-the-fields-international-action-camp-2015/

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Upton Community Protection Camp needs your solidarity!

Upton Community Protection Camp has been occupying a field earmarked as a fracking site for over a year and a half. Fracking company IGas Energy have been granted a possession order (effective from Dec 4th) and with a drilling deadline early next year, the company will be looking to get the site cleared and a rig on site as soon as possible.

The vast majority of the local community and the camp residents are strongly opposed to the drilling and have vowed to continue their fight despite the ruling to evict. A survey has shown 85% of the residents within 2km of the drill site do not want fracking in Upton. If allowed to proceed, IGas’s exploration plans could lead to thousands for wells being drilled across Cheshire, and the rest of the UK.


***Solidarity Weekend: 28th & 29th November***

The weekend has been called as a national day of solidarity, so numbers should be good. People will be building tree-houses, digging tunnels, making scaff-towers and all manner of other things including banner making and just hanging out at the camp with residents. You’ll gain a bunch of interesting anti-eviction skills or get to share some you already have! What’s not to like? Bring stuff to camp, keep warm and stay dry.

***Stay Until The Eviction?***

The exact date of the eviction is unknown, there could be delays beyond the 4th December. What is certain is that with larger numbers of people on site and more prep, costs and potential delays will spiral.

***More Information***

Frack Free Dee: http://www.frackfreedee.co.uk/eviction/

Frack Off: Web: frack-off.org Facebook: Frack Off (UK) Twitter: frack_off

Stay up to date:
1.  Send an email saying ‘Add Me’ to frackfreedee-volunteer@riseup.net.
2. Text ‘Add Me’ to 07950950695 to receive update texts.

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Reclaim the Fields International Action Camp 2015: Towards a world without prisons

IMG_1201From the 28th August to the 2nd September 2015, the Reclaim the Fields International Action Camp drew over 130 people to Wrexham, North Wales, to resist the ‘North Wales Prison Project,’ the construction of Europe’s second largest prison. Held at Borras Community Protection Camp, a site camp established to oppose fracking in the area, the gathering sought to link land struggles with resistance to the prison industrial complex(1) and ongoing mechanisms of state violence and dispossession.

Connecting the dots

From Saturday to Monday, a comprehensive programme of workshops, discussions and practical activities took place. People connected the dots between struggles around the prison system, food sovereignty, borders, and other aspects of the world post-enclosures. Several workshops explored the brutality of the prison system, introducing the P.I.C., ongoing struggles around IPP prisoners, nonhuman prisons and how prisons relate to gender and queer struggles, and over the course of the weekend a permaculture design was developed for the camp and people began work on a herb garden, biochar system and solar panels for the site.

Never alone, Never forgotten

Em banner shotThroughout the camp several actions took place. In the evenings, folk took sound systems, megaphones, and other noise making instruments to local prisons determined to show prisoners they are not forgotten and not alone. HMP Stoke Heath, HMP Drake Hall and HMP Altcourse were all visited, with many prisoners shouting back and banging their doors. Chants like “If you hate the screws, clap your hands” rang out under a full moon.
As part of the International Week of Solidarity for Anarchist Prisoners, children at the camp made a banner for UK anarchist prisoner, Emma Sheppard. Letters were written and prisoner stories shared. Banners were also made for comrades on tag and repressive bail conditions who couldn’t make the physical gathering.

In the Streets

There were also highstreet actions, with folk leafleting Wrexham about the prison and how they can get involved in fighting it. On Monday a protest was staged at P&A Landscaping. They are the prison’s landscapers and have supplied several fences and materials to the jail. In response their public garden centre was visited and customers were informed about their role in prison expansion.

Day-long Blockade of the Prison

fire to the prisonsOn Tuesday 1st September, around 20 people blockaded the three access gates to the Wrexham Mega-Prison’s construction site. This simple action was easy to co-ordinate, and with confused and unprepared police and site staff, had a big effect with very little effort. A queue of trucks were prevented from entering and exiting the site, including a huge cement delivery which had to be turned away before it spoiled. Simon Caron, Project Director for Lend Lease, begged protesters to let it in saying, “We’ve been reasonable letting you protest, please just allow this one to get through”. No one budged and vehicles delivering materials failed to enter. Read about the action in the local newspaper here and here.


Suppliers targeted regionally

As camp participants networked and bonded, regional groups formed to take actions against local targets in their own areas. (Find a list of suppliers in your area here). One group visited the Gloucestershire offices of Precast Erections Ltd, the company supplying concrete blocks used to build the prison. More actions are planned. Contact your local group to find out how you can get involved in Community Action on Prison Expansion


Solidarity Protest at the Court

On Wednesday 2nd, people from Reclaim the Fields supported a local woman, Vanda Gillett who had been charged with assault during the Barton Moss Community Blockade. Following a guilty verdict, anger erupted in her defence. The court was occupied and ‘scuffles’ with the police took place outside. Four people were arrested and people moved to demonstrate at the police stations where they were being held. See a video and mainstream media article on the day here.

Due to the arrests and priority of station support, further actions in Manchester were postponed, however local people motivated by the anti-prison struggle are keen to continue to target local companies and delay the construction of this super prison.


Reclaiming the Fields, Reclaiming our Lives

Reclaim the Fields is a constellation of people and collective projects willing to go back to the land and reassume the control over food production. We are determined to create alternatives to capitalism through cooperative, collective, autonomous, real needs oriented small scale production and initiatives, putting theory into practice and linking local practical action with global political struggles.

IMG_1175This camp is one part of our story (read the UK history here). We are not a ‘campaign’ or ‘coalition’ or a ‘mass movement’. We are diverse people, projects and struggles converging and diverging all over Europe. The manifold of ways in which capitalist economics comes to dominate the land (whether that be through the construction of prisons, drilling for gas or the exploitation of industrial agriculture) implicates and connects us all. While gatherings and action camps can be politically limited, they are not the be-all or end-all of our work. They are points of encounter, a chance for comrades to meet and critically reflect on how these struggles shape our lives. Read more about how RTF organises in our latest bulletin.

IMG_1171The gathering came alive through the work of an incredible group of people working collectively and horizontally. Numerous ex-prisoners and people who have supported loved ones through jail were present and moved by the experience. The passion and the hate for the prison system was very present and very visible. As was the desire for something more, for growing food, reclaiming land and living differently.

We will continue our work to reclaim our lives from the state, from our capitalist economic system and oppressive prison society. Until All Are Free!

– Reclaim the Fields, September 2015

(1)  Defined here as the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems.

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Lend Lease: Creating the Best Places (Biggest Prisons)

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Companies Profiting from the North Wales Prison Project

Companies Profiting from Prison Expansion

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Internationales Reclaim the Fields Action Camp

Wann: Freitag 28. August (18 Uhr) – Mittwoch 2. September 2015

Wo: Borras Community Protection Camp, Wales


Reclaim the Fields UK (RTF) ist 2011 entstanden, als star einer größeren Konstellation von Kämpfen um den Zugang zu Lebensmitteln und Land rund um die Welt. Seit 2011 haben Camps und andere Treffen von RTF dazu beigetragen, lokale Communities in ihren Kämpfen zu unterstützen, Wissen und Kompetenzen zu teilen, Netzwerke zu entwickeln und den Widerstand gegen Ausbeutung zu stärken, unter anderem in Bristol, West London, Gloucestershire, Nottingham und Fife.

Alle zwei Jahre findet auch ein internationales Camp statt, auf dem sich Menschen aus ganz Europa und darüber hinaus treffen, um lokale Kämpfe zu unterstützen (z.B. gegen eine Goldmine in Rumänien oder Kohleabbau im Tagebau in Deutschland). Ziel ist es, Erfahrungen und Ideen des Widerstands und der Wiederaneignung unseres Lebensmittelsystems jenseits nationaler Grenzen auszutauschen. Dieses Jahr findet ein internationales Treffen in Wrexham, UK, statt.

Die Ziele des Camps sind:

  • lokale Communities in Wales und Nordwestengland in ihren Kämpfen gegen Fracking zu unterstützen

  • die Partizipation an Reclaim The Fields zu vergrößern

  • aktiven und sichtbaren Widerstand gegen den Bau von Gefängnissen zu zeigen

  • dem Borras Community Protection Camp zu helfen, einen Garten und Infrastruktur aufzubauen, um autonomer sein zu können

  • die Verbindung zwischen diesen Kämpfen aufzuzeigen

  • alle Beteiligten zu inspirieren, zu bestärken und zu mobilisieren

Was wird passieren:

  • Aktionen – Demonstrationen und Aktionen gegen Unternehmen, die beim Bau des Gefängnisses von North Wales beteiligt sind, sowie gegen lokales Fracking

  • Workshops & Skillsharing – Es wird zahlreiche Gelegenheiten geben, zu lernen, sich auszutauschen, zu diskutieren und sich mit anderen Menschen zu vernetzen

  • Konstruktionen und Anbau vor Ort – Helfe mit, Gärten und nachhaltige Infrastruktur am Community Protection Camp aufzubauen. Erfahre mehr zu Permakultur, Agrarökologie, Waldbewirtschaftung, Anbau von Pilzen, Paletten-Konstruktionen, Kompost-Klo-Konstruktionen, DIY-Elektrik und vieles andere mehr.


  • Dieses Camp wurde organisiert, um die lokale Community in Borras in ihrem Kampf gegen Fracking zu unterstützten (sowie mit anderen lokalen Anti-Fracking-Initiativen und Protection Camps in Nordwestengland zusammenzuarbeiten, die sich seit einigen Jahren extremen Entwicklungen im Energiebereich entgegenstellen). Um mehr über ihren Kampf zu erfahren siehe: http://www.frackfreewrexham.org.uk/the-camp/

  • Das Camp wurde auch organisiert, um auf den Gefängnisbau in North Wales aufmerksam zu machen. Dies wird Europas zweitgrößtes Gefängnis mit 2100 Gefangenen; und das erste von einer Reihe von „Mega-Gefängnissen“, welche die Regierung Großbritanniens bauen möchte. Für mehr Informationen zum Gefängnis, warum wir dagegen sind und für Artikel zum Gefängnisindustrie-Komplex in Großbritannien siehe: http://www.reclaimthefields.org.uk/reclaim-the-fields-international-action-camp-2015/about-the-prison/

Wie mitmachen:

Klicke auf die untenstehenden Links, um mehr praktische Infos zum Camp und zur Teilnahme am Camp zu bekommen:

  • Workshops und Programm – Was passiert und was kann ich beitragen


  • Vorbereitung von Aktionen


  • Wegbeschreibungen & Informationen zu öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln


  • Was soll ich mitbringen


  • Gemeinsame Vereinbarung zu Safer Spaces


  • Barrierefreiheit vor Ort


  • Essen & Soli-Beiträge


Das ist ein DIY-Camp und die Initiative einer jeden einzelnen Person wird gebraucht, damit es zustande kommt. Es braucht Leute zum:

  • Unterstützen bei der Bewerbung – das Camp online sharen, Posters aufhängen, deine lokale Gruppe zur Beteiligung anregen; Es braucht auch Leute, um das Programm zu gestalten, Emails zu beantworten und Moderationsaufgaben zu planen.

  • Aufbau vor Ort & Konstruktion von Infrastruktur (Planung im Voraus und Anwesenheit vor Ort ein paar Tage vor dem Treffen)

  • Übernehmen von Schichten während des Wochenendes, um für Kochen, Aufbau, Sicherheit und beim Willkommen-Zelt usw. da zu sein.

  • Support lokaler Gruppen bei der Organisation von Aktionen

Wenn du zu einem dieser Aufgabenbereiche etwas beitragen kannst, schreibe bitte ein Email an info@reclaimthefields.noflag.org.uk

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Camp international Reclaim The Fields

Quand: *Vendredi 28 août 18h – Mercredi 2 semptembre 2015*

Où: * Borras Community Protection Camp, Pays de Galles*

Plus d’info :

Reclaim the Fields UK (RTF) est né en 2011, en tant qu’étoile d’une
constellation plus large, regroupant des luttes sur l’alimentation et la
terre qui se déroulent tout autour du globe. Depuis 2011, des camps et
d’autres rencontres RTF ont contribué à soutenir des groupes locaux en
lutte, partager des savoir-faire, développer des réseaux, et renforcer la
résistance à l’exploitation, à Bristol, Londres Ouest, Gloucestershire,
Nottingham et Fife, entres autres.**

Tous des deux ans il y a aussi un camp international, où des personnes
d’Europe et des alentours se rencontrent pour soutenir une lutte locale
(par exemple, contre les mines d’or en Roumanie, ou les mines de charbon à
ciel ouvert en Allemagne). Le but est d’échanger nos histoires et nos
idées autour des résistances et des moyens pour construire un système
alimentaire autonome au-delà des frontières nationales. Cette année, un
rassemblement international se tiendra au Royaume-Uni, à Dudleston,
Shropshire, sur la frontière anglo-galloise.

Les objectifs de ce camp sont:

* De soutenir les groupes locaux d’Angleterre et du Pays de galles dans
leurs luttes contre l’exploitation du gaz de schiste
* De faire connaître Reclaim The Fields et de donner envie à plus de
gens de s’y investir.
* De montrer une opposition active et visible à la construction de prisons
* D’aider le « Camp de Protection » (ou « ZAD »)de Borras à mettre
en place un jardin et des infrastructures pour plus d’autonomie.
* De mettre en avant le caractère interconnecté de ces luttes.
* D’inspirer et de susciter l’esprit radical chez les participant.e.s

Qu’est-ce qu’il se passe:

Des actions – Manifestations et actions contre les entreprises engagées dans la
construction de la prison au Nord du Pays de Galles, et contre des
acteurs locaux des projets autour du gaz de schiste.

Ateliers et partage de savoir-faire – Il y aura de multiples occasion d’apprendre, partager,
débattre et rencontrer d’autres personnes.

Constructions et plantations sur place – Participe à l’installation
de jardins et d’infrastructures légères sur la ZAD. L’occasion d’en
apprendre plus sur la permaculture, l’agroécologie, l’agroforesterie, la
culture des champignons, la construction en palettes, le compost de
toilettes sèches, ‘électricité autoproduite, etc.

Pourquoi ?:

* Ce camp a été organisé pour soutenir une communauté locale à Borras
dans leur lutte contre le gaz de schiste au niveau local (lutte
interconnectée à d’autres groupes locaux anti-gaz de schiste et d’autres
« ZAD » dans le Nord-ouest qui ont résisté très énergiquement depuis de
nombreuses années). Pour plus d’info sur cette lutte voir (en anglais):

* Il a été organisé également pour attirer l’attention sur le projet de
prison au nord du Pays de Galles, actuellement en cours de réalisation.
Ca sera la deuxième plus grande prison d’Europe, avec une capacité de
2100 prisonniers, et la première d’une série de « méga prisons » que le
gouvernement du Royaume-Uni voudrait voir construites. Clique ici pour
plus d’infos sur les prisons, pourquoi on est contre, et des liens sur
le complexe carcéral industriel au Royaume-Uni (en anglais):

Comment participer ?*

Clique sur les liens qui suivent pour trouver plus d’info pratique à
propos du camp et de comment participer :
* Ateliers et programme – ce qu’il se passe et comment y contribuer
* Préparer des actions
* Itinéraires et info sur les transports publics
* Ce qu’il faut apporter
* Charte sur les espaces « safe »
* Accessibilité sur place
* Nourriture et donations

C’est un camp autogéré et on a besoin que tout le monde y mette du sien
pour que ça puisse avoir lieu. On a besoin de gens notamment pour :

* Aider à communiquer avant l’événement – diffusion sur internet,
affichage, motive tes potes et ton collectif à venir. On a aussi besoin
de personnes pour établir le programme, répondre au mails et prévoir la

* Aider à l’installation du camp et à la construction des structures
nécessaires (prévoir ça un peu en avance et être sur place quelques
jours avant).

* S’inscrire sur un créneau pendant le week end pour aider à faire à
manger, s’assurer de la propreté et la sureté du camp, s’occuper de
l’accueil et autres réjouissances.

* Aider les groupes locaux à organiser et préparer des actions.

Si tu peux participer à n’importe laquelle de ces activités, merci
d’envoyer un mail à info@reclaimthefields.noflag.org.uk*

Et fais tourner !:

* L’affiche est dispo ici
* Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/560637597407933/

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Manylion Gwersyll Rhyngwladol Ail Feddianu’r Caeau yn Wrecsam!

RTF Camp Welsh Lang

Am manylion llawn ewch i: http://www.reclaimthefields.org.uk

Am y gwersyll

Ganwyd Ail Feddianu’r Caeau yn y Deyrnas Unedig yn 2011, yn seren mewn cyster ehangach o frwydrau bwyd a thir ar draws y byd. Ers 2011, mae gwersylloedd Ail Feddianu’r Caeau eraill wedi helpu cefnogi cymunedau lleol mewn brwydrau, rhannu sgiliau, a ddatblygu rhwydweithiau, ac yn cryfhau y gwrthwynebiad i ecsbloetio, ym Mryste, ngorllewin Llundain, Swydd Gaerloyw, Nottingham a Fife ymysg lleoliadau eraill.

Bob dwy flynedd ceir hefyd wersyll rhyngwladol, lle mae pobl o bob cwr Ewrop a thu hwnt yn cyfarfod gyda’i gilydd i gefnogi brwydr lleol (o mwyngloddio aur yn Rwmania i cloddio glo agored yn yr Almaen, er enghraifft). Mae pobl yn rhannu straeon a syniadau am cicio yn erbyn y tresi ac adennill ein system fwyd y tu hwnt i ffiniau cenedlaethol. Eleni, bydd gwersyll rhyngwladol yn cael ei gynnal yn Wrecsam, Cymru.

Amcanion y gwersyll yw:

Cefnogi cymunedau lleol yn y gorllewin a’r gogledd orllewin Lloegr, a gogledd Cymru gyda eu brwydrau yn erbyn ffracio
Cynyddu cyfranogiad yn Ail Feddianu’r Caeau
Dangos gwrthwynebiad gweladwy, gweithredol i adeiladu carchar
Er mwyn cefnogi Gwersyll Amddiffyn y Gymuned Borras adeiladu gardd ac isadeiledd i ddod yn fwy hunan-gynhaliol
Er mwyn dangos y rhyng-gysylltiad rhwng y brwydrau hyn
I ysbrydoli a radicaleiddio pawb sy’n gysylltiedig

Beth sy’n digwydd?

Gweithredoedd – protestiadau a gweithgareddau yn erbyn cwmnïau sy’n ymwneud â’r gwaith o adeiladu carchar yng Ngogledd Cymru, yn ogystal â thargedau sy’n ymwneud â ffracio yn lleol. Popeth o brotestiadau unoliaeth mewn carchardai lleol i ddosbarthu taflenni ar stryd fawr Wrecsam.

Gweithdai a Rhannu Sgiliau – Dros benwythnos gŵyl y banc bydd cyfleoedd helaeth i ddysgu, rhannu, trafod a chysylltu â phobl eraill.

Adeiladu a Tyfu ar y safle – Byddwch yn rhan o osod gerddi a seilwaith effaith isel yn y gwersyll amddiffyn y gymuned. Dysgwch am permaddiwylliant, agroecology, garddio coedwig, tyfu madarch, adeiladu paled, gwneud toiled compost, trydan oddi ar y grid a mwy.

Pam y gwersyll hwn? Pam rwan?

Mae’r gwersyll wedi’i drefnu i gefnogi’r gymuned leol yn Borras i wrthsefyll ffracio yn eu hardal (yn ogystal â gweithio gyda grwpiau eraill lleol gwrth-fracking a gwersylloedd amddiffyn yn y Gogledd Orllewin sydd wedi bod yn gwrthsefyll datblygiadau ynni eithafol ar gyfer nifer o flynyddoedd) . I gael gwybod mwy am eu brwydr ewch i: http://www.frackfreewrexham.org.uk/the-camp/

Mae hefyd wedi ei drefnu er mwyn rhoi sylw i’r Prosiect Carchar Gogledd Cymru sy’n cael ei hadeiladu. Hwn fydd y carchar ail fwyaf Ewrop sy’n dal 2,100 o garcharorion a’r cyntaf o nifer o ‘garchardai mega’ fod Llywodraeth y DU am adeiladu. Cliciwch yma am fwy o wybodaeth am y carchar, pam yr ydym yn ei herbyn a doleni at erthyglau am y cymhleth diwydiannol carchar (prison industrial complex) yn y DU.

Gwybodaeth ymarferol am y Gwersyll

Cliciwch ar y dolenni isod i ddod o hyd i wybodaeth fwy ymarferol am y gwersyll a sut i gymryd rhan:

Gweithdai a rhaglen – beth sy’n digwydd a sut i gyfrannu
Cynllunio Gweitredoedd
Cyfarwyddiadau a gwybodaeth am drafnidiaeth
Beth i ddod gyda chi
Cytundeb Mannau Mwy Diogel
Hygyrchedd y safle
Bwyd a rhoddion

Cymryd rhan

Mae hwn yn gwersyll DIY ac mae angen i bawb i gyfrannu i wneud iddo ddigwydd. Mae angen pobl i:

Cymorth gyda chyhoeddusrwydd cyn y digwyddiad – rhannu’r casglu ar-lein, rhoi posteri i fyny, annog eich grŵp lleol i gymryd rhan. Mae angen pobl hefyd i helpu i lunio’r rhaglen, ymateb i negeseuon e-bost a chynllun hwyluso.

Helpu gyda safle a sefydlwyd & seilwaith adeilad (cynllunio’r hyn o flaen llaw a bod ar y safle ychydig ddyddiau cyn y crynhoad)

Mae cofrestru am shiftiau dros y penwythnos i helpu gyda choginio, sefydlu y safle a diogelwch, bod ar y babell groeso &yn y blaen

Cefnogi grwpiau lleol i drefnu camau gweithredu

Os gallwch helpu gydag unrhyw un o’r tasgau hyn, e-bostiwch info@reclaimthefields.noflag.org.uk
Pwy yw Ail Feddiau’r Caeau?

Cliciwch yma i ddarllen hanes o Ail Feddiannu’r Caeau yn Ewrop
Cliciwch yma i ddarllen hanes o Ail Feddiannu’r Caeau yn y DU

Rydym yn grwp o werinwyr, heb dir a darpar werinwyr, yn ogystal â phobl sy’n cymryd yn ôl rheolaeth dros gynhyrchu bwyd.

Rydym yn deall “gwerinwyr” fel pobl sy’n cynhyrchu bwyd ar raddfa fach, ar gyfer eu hunain neu ar gyfer y gymuned, o bosibl yn gwerthu rhan ohono. Mae hyn hefyd yn cynnwys gweithwyr amaethyddol.

Rydym yn cefnogi ac yn annog pobl i aros ar y tir ac yn mynd yn ôl i gefn gwlad. Rydym yn hyrwyddo sofraniaeth bwyd (fel y’i diffinnir yn y datganiad Nyéléni) ac amaethyddiaeth gwerinwr, yn enwedig ymhlith pobl ifanc a byw mewn trefi, yn ogystal â ffyrdd amgen o fyw. Yn Ewrop, nid yw’r cysyniad ‘sofraniaeth bwyd’ yn gyffredin iawn a gellid ei egluro gyda syniadau fel ‘ymreolaeth bwyd’ a rheolaeth dros systemau bwyd gan gymunedau cynhwysol, nid yn unig yn genhedloedd neu wladwriaethau. Rydym yn benderfynol o greu dewisiadau amgen i gyfalafiaeth sydd yn gydweithredol, ar y cyd, ymreolaethol, anghenion-ganolog go iawn a yn cynhyrchu ac yn fentrau ar raddfa fach. Yr ydym yn rhoi theori ar waith a chysylltu gweithredu ymarferol lleol gyda brwydrau gwleidyddol byd-eang.

Er mwyn cyflawni hyn, rydym yn cymryd rhan mewn gweithgareddau lleol drwy grwpiau ymgyrchu a chydweithio gyda mentrau sydd yn bodoli. Dyma pam nad ydym yn dewis fod yn grŵp homogenaidd, ond i agor i fyny at yr amrywiaeth o actorion sydd yn brwydro’r model cynhyrchu bwyd cyfalafol. Rydym yn mynd i’r afael â’r materion sy’n ymwneud â mynediad i dir, ffermio ar y cyd, hawliau hadau a chyfnewid hadau. Rydym yn cryfhau effaith ein gwaith drwy gydweithrediad gyda gweithredwyr sy’n canolbwyntio ar dasgau gwahanol ond sy’n rhannu’r un weledigaeth.

Serch hynny, mae rhai cyfyngiadau i ni fod yn agored. Rydym yn benderfynol o gymryd rheolaeth dros ein bywydau yn ôl ac yn gwrthod unrhyw fath o awdurdodaeth a hierarchaeth. Rydym yn parchu natur a byw bodau, ond ni fydd y naill yn derbyn nac yn goddef unrhyw fath o wahaniaethu, boed yn seiliedig ar hil, crefydd, rhyw, cenedligrwydd, cyfeiriadedd rhywiol neu statws cymdeithasol. Rydym yn gwrthod a bydd yn mynd ati i wrthwynebu pob ffurf ar ecsbloetio pobl eraill. Gyda’r un grym ac ynni, rydym yn gweithredu gyda charedigrwydd, gan wneud unoliaeth yn arfer concrid o’n bywyd bob dydd.

Rydym yn cefnogi brwydrau a gweledigaethau o la Via Campesina, ac yn gweithio i’w cryfhau. Rydym yn dymuno rhannu’r wybodaeth a’r profiad o’r blynyddoedd o frwydro a bywyd gwerinol a chyfoethogi gyda’r safbwyntiau a chryfder y rhai ohonom nad ydynt yn werinwyr, neu’r sawl nad ynt yn werinwyr eto. Rydym i gyd yn dioddef y canlyniadau yr un polisïau, ac i gyd yn rhan o’r un frwydr.

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The Prison: A capitalist industry like any other

From Reclaim the Fields Bulletin 10:

Amor-YIn many parts of the world now, prisons mean big business. In the UK some prisons are run by a number of dubious companies including Serco and G4S. In France, it’s the same multinational, vinci, that build highways, nuclear power plants, prisons and try to build an airport in Notre Dame des Landes.

The company who has the contract to build the Wrexham Mega- Prison is an Austrialian corporation, Lend Lease, who’s activities are surrounded by controversy. The fact that they have previously evicted 1200 homes in Heygate, London, in order to build luxury flats and tried to build a housing development in “the largest intact area of the biodiverse and endangered plant community” in Australia clearly shows they don’t give a damn about anything but their profit margin. Any claims they make about providing for the local community is nothing but propaganda and lies!

In being private companies their prime motive for existing is to make a profit and therefore any claim of having the public inter- est at heart can of course be false (not that it’s necessarily true for state run prisons). In the search for profit, private prisons have no incentive to reduce prison populations and in fact would like to see their “market” grow – the more people locked up the more money they make! As well as this, the incentive to make profit means that corners are cut and conditions get worse, in order to save costs.

Prisoners are also used in many cases as cheap or even free labor for companies. Thus, prisons are becoming forced labor camps, not only making a profit from incarceration, but exploiting the labor of prisoners whilst they have their freedom taken from them.

It’s not only the prisoners who are being used to make a profit either. In the US prisons have been built in remote areas, which means that family members an other visitors need to travel a long distance to visit loved ones in prison. Once there they are forced to stay in hotel and shopping complexes near by, which is expen- sive. Thus, visiting prisoners is only possible for those who can afford it and then they are used to generate further profit.

As capitalism periodically enters phases of economic crisis, mega projects are often used as a way to soak up excess capital and to stimulate the economy again, often with the help of government investment. This is one of the arguments put forward for projects such as the airports in Notre Dame-des-Landes or Heathrow, as well as dams, high speed rail, TAv and also prisons. It is ar- gued that building such projects creates jobs, but these are often short term jobs in construction and the rest are often insecure and what David Graeber calls “bullshit jobs”.

Their arguments for such projects ultimately ring false and instead what really happens is they destroy our land, pollute our environment and repress us when we fight back, all in the name of short term growth and further extraction of wealth from the bottom to the top.

Further, in times of crisis more people end up in jails. This can be due to increasing unemployment and people needing to find non- legal ways to meet their needs. Yet, in this latest round of crisis there is a more complex situation due to the globalized nature of the economy, which has a close tie to issues around food. Around 2007-8 there was a food price crisis, which was characterized by volatile price changes and speculation by international investors looking to make a profit from the situation. The result for poor segments of the population in much of the global south was that they were unable to afford food, leading to hunger or food riots. As well as this, speculation also lead to an intensification of land grabbing, which is just the latest phase in the long and bloody story of the enclosures. Those unable to meet their needs may have been forced to turn to supposed crime (most of the time, “crime to the property” ) to allow them to eat, or they may have sought to migrate to countries in the global north in search of employment. In either case, however, there is always the possibility of prison as an outcome, as countries within fortress Europe continue to marginalize and detain undocumented migrants.

In the long run, prisons can be seen as a natural extension of the process of enclosure. Prior to the enclosures, land was held and managed in common, meaning that it was possible for anyone was able to gain access to the land in order to meet their needs of shelter, sustenance and so on, both on an individual and a collective basis. To be clear, this was no golden age and many of todays problems have roots in attitudes of times gone by – for example current sexism under patriarchy has a direct links to religious norms and the burning of the witches. Yet, through the building of “their” fences, in the name of “private property”, this dislocated peoples from the land, rendered them dependent on wage labor in capitalist enterprises in order to meet their needs. The enclosures ensured that there was a pool of cheap labor to be used within the new capitalist industries. At the same time,in UK, the the Enclosures Acts coincided with new laws brought in to criminalize the landless. Effectively this meant that the enclosures meant that people no longer had access to land and if they didn’t like it – they could go to jail! Our struggles have been linked from the start!

Fast forward a couple of hundred years to our present situation. The concentration of land into fewer and fewer hands has con- tinued unchecked, meaning that in Britain approximately 70% of the land is owned by less than 1% of the population. This means for the majority of the population, they are separated from the basic means of production and dependent on the capitalist economy. Yet, we know that their capitalist economy is the crisis and when their economy is unable to provide for the whole population, by necessity or by wanting to escape this economical rules people are forced to turn to “illegal” means to meet their needs. Criminalization of the landless continues.

On the other hand, prison inmates are the most extreme example of landless people. When people are forced into prison. they lack any sense of self-determination. They are separated from their means of production and have no chance to access land until the State decides to release them, at which point they will be socially stigmatized and will often find it hard to gain employment.

Above all, this struggle comes down to a simple question: who decides what land is used for and for whom?

Do we let fertile lands continue to be fenced off, privatized and used to make a profit at any cost?

Do we allow those with insatiable appetites for money to convert all life, love, friendship and wildness into things to be sold in order to make the numbers in their bank balances keep on growing? Even at the cost of locking people up, away from their friends, loved ones and denying them any sense of autonomy.

Or alternatively, should we collectively decide what to do with our lands? Taking into account collective needs for food sovereignty and the needs of the non-human community too. Ours has always been a struggle for life – and their prisons cannot hold back our dreams!

Reclaim The Fields includes reflection about access to land and food in a global analyses in term of struggles against capitalism, and any forms of dominations, and wants to participate to build self-organization, it seems to us that interesting links can be made with the anti-prison movement:

As anti-capitalists, it is important to see the lengths to which capitalists will go to accumulate profit, as well as to see the links between the loss of access to land and the loss of individual autonomy that is imposed by the prison industry.

In Wrexham, in Haren (near Bruxelles, where a mega prison is planned too, and where some people struggle and occupy the land where the prison is supposed to be built) and everywhere it’s needed, let’s join RTF issues and struggles against prison, ask ourselves about repression, and bring reflections on the social organization we dream of!

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Amazing news – Dudleston no longer under threat – Action camp moving!

We are very excited to announce that 10 days after announcing the camp, the access license which would have enabled drilling, has lapsed. The Dudleston Community Protection Camp is being dismantled and local campaign group FrackFreeDudleston have made the following announcement below.

The camp will now be moving to Borras Community Protection Camp which is closer to the prison and needs and welcomes community support. For more information on their local struggle visit: http://www.frackfreewrexham.org.uk/the-camp/

With a change in location, there are a few practical alterations. Please make sure you read all of the pages & information about the camp: http://www.reclaimthefields.org.uk/reclaim-the-fields-international-action-camp-2015/

We are extremely grateful to Borras Community Protection Camp for their offer to host (no small task!) and are very excited about the gathering.

06 wrexham says no

Press release from FrackFreeDudleston:

FrackFreeDudleston, along with the Dudleston Community Protection Camp, would like to make the following announcement.  The proposed CBM test drilling will not now happen because the Access Licence with Mr Hickson, the landowner, has lapsed.  When Dart Energy started the process of applying for permission to drill in spring 2014 they thought that the actual drilling would take place that autumn.  The residents of the Dudleston area looked into the proposals with an open mind and then almost unanimously concluded that it was seriously bad news for the community and the environment and would not provide a meaningful source of energy for the country.  Since then Defra have been forced to publish their own research showing that communities will indeed suffer.  The modest amounts of money being promised to local councils as a softener for granting permission will do nothing to mitigate the impact on the people who live nearby.

The planning application was contested by the whole community and is continuing its slow and tortuous passage through the planning appeal process. Now that the Access Licence with Mr Hickson has lapsed, it is technically possible for Dart to win the appeal and end up with a permission that they have no ability to utilise.  FrackFreeDudleston, on behalf of the community, are confident that that won’t happen and are working with Shropshire Council to present a thoroughly robust case that should establish a national precedent for an unconventional gas application being refused planning permission at appeal.

In July 2014, the Dudleston Community Protection Camp arrived at the site with the aim of physically preventing any drilling from taking place, as had happened in other areas around the UK.  In Chester the planning permission was granted over a year ago and has still not been implemented because a similar community protection camp was established on the site and remains there today.  That is happily no longer going to be necessary here and we would like to thank Yellow and his colleagues on behalf of the community for their dedication to the cause.

An important question is whether the threat of drilling to find gas has gone away from this area for good.  There are no certainties, however we have established that this area is geologically unsuitable.  We have also established that we have a very united community, willing to stand up for itself in defence of the rural way of life that we enjoy.  Almost all landowners in the area now understand the harm that would be inflicted by even just test drilling for gas and they know that they would be letting everyone else down if they were to sign up.  Provided we remain united, the threat has pretty much gone away.

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Bailiffs successfully resisted at Grow Heathrow (UK)


At 10:00 this morning the land owner plus 5/6 bailiffs arrived to evict the residents of Grow Heathrow, threatening to break entry. Residents locked themselves to structures and climbed to higher ground. The police arrived, explaining to the bailiffs they were woefully unequipped to enforce an eviction. Indeed they were. Moreover, Inspector David George from the Heathrow Villages Area Police confirmed to us that as no official documentation regarding a warrant for the eviction was presented to Grow Heathrow or the police, the attempt to evict the site was unlawful.

This success has proved to be useful practise for our call-out response, with many locals and individuals in the Grow Heathrow family arriving this morning.


If you’d like to be added to the eviction call-out phone tree, email us at info@transitionheathrow.com with your phone number, or text us on 07706602284.


We are still, as always, trying to buy our community garden’s land instead of having bailiffs at our home.

Heathrow airport admits that at least 750 homes would need to be evicted and bulldozed under their plans for a third runway, and obviously more for a fourth runway. However, houses next to the runway would be unliveable due to noise and possibly air pollution. Final government blueprints for a runway would be different to the airport’s proposals, and may include more homes. Grow Heathrow has been teaching local residents how to peacefully resist eviction, as a third runway could emit 11.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – more than the whole of Kenya. It is no surprise that people are refusing to be evicted to make way for climate crimes, when scientists warn that such airport expansion is incompatible with the government’s legally binding obligations under the Climate Change Act 2008 to cut carbon by 80% by 2050.

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