20 Jul 2007
Camp for Climate Action
Well up late for the count, I have a very healthy tan from sitting outside the polling station in Sedgfield for most of yesterday. A useful exercise and great to work with Chris Haines, who is a strong candidate.
I am hoping to get up here in the North East again and build up the Green Party.
For the time being here is one I prepared earlier. Direct action is part of the process...
Direct action helped get women the vote. In the 1930s, the great Benny Rothman led a controversial trespass on Kinder Scout Moor in the Peak District to win rights for ramblers. He spoke on at least one Twyford Down rally in the 1990s to support Earth First fighting the roads programme. The protesters lost at Twyford but they stopped a much bigger roads programme.
I am proud that the Green party fights elections and wins them sometimes, but I am just as proud to say that our manifesto lays down support for non-violent direct action as an appropriate way of bringing about social change. I am a novice - with just the odd caution, bind over and night in the cells - but I am always ready to learn from the dedicated, inspiring people of Camp for Climate Action.