Occupy Menwith Hill
Event date: April 15, 2012 13:00
Join us for 3 days of peaceful, poetic & creative protest at Menwith Hill the largest US spy station outside the United States and a key part of the Military-Industrial complex in Yorkshire — a US enclave with a dark role in global intelligence gathering and warfare.
Between 15th and 17th April an Occupy Menwith camp will be set up to host a range of events that will explore the base's role in militarism and surveillance society as well as providing a creative space to look at practical ways we can oppose it.
There'll be music, creative actions, banner making, peace walks, workshops and more..
Provisional Events schedule
Sunday 15th April
- 1.00pm onwards: Set up camp!
- 6.30pm: General Assembly – Why are we here, and what are our aims?
- 7.30pm onwards: Food, lively discussion and acoustic music (artists to be confirmed)
Monday 16th April
- 11.00am: A Walkers Guide to Menwith Hill – guided walk, taking in the protected flora and fauna alongside the military
- 1.00pm onwards: Creative Space for site art, banner making and White Flag actions
- 3.30-4.30pm: An Introduction to Non Violent Direct Action (Workshop)
- 4.30pm-5.30pm: Legal Briefing / Call for legal observers 6.30pm: General Assembly – Evolving a Statement?
- 7.30pm onwards: Food, lively discussion and topical films
Tuesday 17th April
Global Day of Action Against Military Spending
- 10.00am-12 noon: White Flag Actions
- 12-1pm: Activism Workshop – How Can we Oppose Militarism in Our Communities? (by Sylvia Boyles)
- 1.00pm-2.00pm Talk – The Rise of Global Militarisation and the Politics of Control, with tales of Opposition from the Island of Jeju ( by Prof. Dave Webb , CND)
- 2.00pm-2.45pm Talk – Conscientious Objection: Why I Couldn’t Serve in Afganistan (by Joey Glenton )
- 3.00pm-4.00pm Talk – 21st Century Warfare, Covert Drone Strikes and Remote Control Weaponry (by Steve Schofield )
- 4.00pm-5.00pm Talk – The Battle to Control the Internet: Censorship and Freedom in the Digital Age.
- 6.00pm-7.30pm Lively procession to Main Entrance, surrounding the base with White Flags along the way, with speakers and a General Assembly at the gates. Delivery of statement?
- 8.00pm: Food, lively music (artists to be confirmed), fire show and reflection on the day’s events.
Ways you can get involved
* We'll be meeting next Wednesday 11th April (7.30pm) to discuss ideas for the camp at the Quaker meeting house in Leeds, 188 Woodhouse Lane. Come join in the discussion.
* You can contribute online by sharing your music, pictures and messages for Peace on our Playlist for Peace
* Share your message of peace - we will be creating and surrounding the base with flags with your messages of Peace. Share your message online now , make your own flag to bring along or come to the camp to make one.
* Let us know if you can offer any support or resources for the camp
* We're planning to have a "Menwith Hill Express" service from Leeds/Bradford to the camp but if you can help out with transport to and from the camp from your area do get in touch.
*And of course please come and join us on the camp, whether you want to pitch up for the whole event or just come down for the day!